Bil Browning

What I'm reading now - birthday edition

Filed By Bil Browning | October 16, 2005 2:33 PM | comments

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So its been a while since I posted a "What I'm Reading Now." I've read a few, started some others and - best of all - had a birthday! (So you know all my gifts were books!)

I keep hoping some of the other bilerico bloggers would pick up on this and start their own "What I'm Reading Now" posts, but so far no luck. I think it helps to give you a glimpse of what's influencing some of Indiana's LGBT community... If you like the feature, leave a comment and tell us. Tell us who's reading list you'd like to see.

Finished Books
Who Let the Dogs In? by Molly Ivens
While I generally love Molly Ivens' columns, this retrospective of the best of her work from Reagan through ShrubCo was a tad overkill. I usually find a chuckle or two hidden in Molly's ink, but for some reason this book just left me feeling drained. I was actually happy to see it end.

Greetings From the Lincoln Bedroom by Arianna Huffington
I picked it up when I saw it was by Arianna Huffington and didn't bother to read what it was about - I assumed it was like the Molly Ivens book - a retrospective of previous columns. Was I ever in for a suprise! This has to be one of the weirdest books I've ever read. It's Alice In Wonderland meets Bill Clinton. I hated every minute of this book, but found myself strangely attracted to it - like an accident scene where you can't help but look.

What I'm Reading Now
The Skilled Negotiator : Mastering the Language of Engagement by Kathleen Kelley Reardon
As some of you may know, I recently accepted a position with Lambda Consulting. Since part of my job will be learning the ropes of lobbying, I thought that this book would help me to gain some valuable skills that will be useful. I also picked up It's All Politics: Winning in a World Where Hard Work and Talent Aren't Enough by the same author, but Jerame scooped that one right up and has started reading it before I could.

I Dream of Microwaves by Imad Rahman
This grouping of short stories navigates the world of marginal actors looking for work--and love--in quirky, unseemly venues. Rahman's deadpan first collection of eight linked stories gets off to a promisingly weird start when Pakistani-American actor Kareem Abdul-Jabbar receives a letter and a one-way bus ticket from Eileen, an old girlfriend, who announces she's "through with big dicks and henceforth thinking constantly of you." It's a great opening scene, and a taste of what's to come.

Birthday Books
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
One of my favorite Dickens novels, this was a present from Jerame's mom. It replaces an old worn out paperback that I had. I've read it so many times that it was falling apart. I'm happy to have a new copy.

The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Stories by Henry James
Jerame's mom also got me this one. A Turn of the Screw is one of my favorite short stories. I think it outranks anything Poe wrote any day. Jerame's never read it, so as soon as he gets the time I'm going to have him read it too. What can I say? I love Victorian novels.

Bleach Vol 8 & 9 by Tite Kubo
I am sooooo caught up with the Bleach series of manga and Japanese television shows. I've even gotten Jerame hooked on the show. It's season is over with in Japan (TV Tokyo), but we usually get to see them a few days after they air over there. Ah, the power of the Internet! Jerame gave me these books.

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