October 10, 2006

go away from this place

Posted in books tagged , , at 11:47 am by placeinthestars

I started reading Alpha Beta: How 26 Letters Shaped the Western World by John Man this morning. It’s pretty fascinating, even though I really haven’t yet read anything I didn’t already know.

Also, I finally picked up Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky again (I’d put it down to read something else and then forgot to go back to it. I have two or three other books I did that with that need finishing. Hmmm…) and finished it on the train on Friday. Too much about fish, but otherwise very interesting. And the section on Chinese food made me hungry.

I seem to be on a non-fiction kick lately. I also have a couple books on virii waiting, because you know I adore being terrified out of my mind by true stories of plagues. I don’t know, it’s like a thing. It scares me more than almost anything in the world, and yet I end up going back and reading more books on it. Ebola. Smallpox. The 1918 flu pandemic. Black plague and the great mortality. TB. My personal hit parade of horror and yet I need to know more.