Tuesday, October 31, 2006

what i'm reading now


The 2006 One Book One Denver is The Milagro Beanfield War by John Nichols. i'm currently in the middle of the book and it is very enjoyable to read. Nichols is a skilled storyteller with an hilarious sense of humor. a favorite quote, "You're just farting words." favorite character is Pacheco's pig which is a living legend or Mercedes Rael "her most far reaching fame was her habit of throwing stones at people." the book was written in 1974, but is still relevent today especially for colorado as it faces the dilemma of water rights. i look forward to finding out how this rag tag community of milagro pulls together to fight off the large development project of their valley.

another oldie, but goodie that i am in the middle of is Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig. a slower read, but just as enjoyable. the author takes a long distance trek across the country with his son and friends and parallels his motorcycle "adventures" with a character named Phaedrus. Pirsig asks questions about technology and science.

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