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I pulled the plug on all television at the end of 1992, which leaves plenty of time for reading.

This page lists the 260 books I have finished between January 2010 and March 2017.

NOTE: 0.0 = the amount in percentage of these books which I consumed on iPad, eBook, Kindle, Nook or similar soul-sucking, culture-destroying devices.

BURN. YOUR. KINDLE.

Books Read, 2017

  1. Herblock: A Cartoonist's Life
    Self-portrait and Views of Washington from Roosevelt to Clinton
    Herbert Block
    1993 - Biography
  2. Tobacco Road
    Erskine Caldwell
    1932 - Fiction
  3. How The Other Half Lives
    Studies Among The Tenements Of New York
    Jacob A. Riis
    1890 - Journalism
  4. All The Pretty Horses
    Cormac McCarthy
    1992 - Literature
  5. Darkness At Noon
    Arthur Koestler
    1941 - Literature
  6. Animal Farm
    George Orwell
    1945 - Literature
  7. Keith Moon
    The Life & Death of a Rock Legend
    Tony Fletcher
    1998 - Biography
  8. The Gutenberg Galaxy
    Marshall McLuhan
    1962 - Media & Society

Books Read, 2016

  1. Longitude
    Dava Sobel
    1995 - History
  2. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
    Philip K. Dick
    1968 - Fiction
  3. Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
    Capt. Ted W. Lawson
    1943 - History
  4. On The Beach
    Neville Shute
    1957 - Fiction
  5. The Wayward Bus
    John Steinbeck
    1947 - Literature
  6. Crossing To Safety
    Wallace Stegner
    1987 - Literature
  7. Off The Record With FDR
    The War Years 1942-1945
    William D. Hassett
    1958 - History
  8. Finale
    The Reagan Years
    Thomas Mallon
    2015 - Fiction
  9. Specifications Grading
    Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students & Saving Faculty Time
    Linda B. Nilson
    2015 - Education
  10. The Bell Jar
    Sylvia Plath
    1963 - Fiction
  11. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin Franklin
    1793 - Biography
  12. The Big Picture
    On the Origins of Life, Meaning & the Universe Itself
    Sean Carroll
    2016 - Physics & Mathematics
  13. Thinking With Type
    A Critical Guide
    Ellen Lupton
    2004 - Design
  14. Six Amendments
    How and Why We Should Change the Constitution
    John Paul Stevens, US Supreme Court Justice (ret.)
    2014 - Law
  15. Death of a Salesman
    Arthur Miller
    1949 - Drama
  16. Notes From A Dead House
    Fyodor Dostoevsky
    1862 - Literature
  17. Real Peace
    Richard Nixon
    1984 - Political Science
  18. Stars In Their Courses
    The Gettysburg Campaign, June-July 1863
    Shelby Foote
    1963 - History
  19. Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72
    Hunter S. Thompson
    1973 - Political Science
  20. Zero K
    Don DeLillo
    2016 - Fiction
  21. The Johnstown Flood
    The Story Behind The 1889 Disaster
    David McCullough
    1968 - History
  22. A Walk on the Wild Side
    Nelson Algren
    1956 - Fiction
  23. The Jungle
    Upton Sinclair
    1906 - Literature
  24. Working
    People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do
    Studs Terkel
    1974 - History
  25. Hells Angels
    The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs
    Hunter S. Thompson
    1966 - Non-Fiction
  26. Babbit
    Sinclair Lewis
    1922 - Fiction
  27. Don't Wait for the Next War
    A Strategy for American Growth and Global Leadership
    General (ret.) Wesley K. Clark
    2014 - Foreign Affairs
  28. Here, There and Everywhere
    My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles
    Geoff Emerick
    2006 - Biography
  29. Sound Man
    A Life Recording Hits with The Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin
    Glynn Johns
    2014 - Biography
  30. Waiting For Lefty
    And Other Plays
    Clifford Odets
    1937 - Drama
  31. The Big Rock Candy Mountain
    Wallace Stegner
    1943 - Literature
  32. Voices From Chernobyl
    The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster
    Svetlana Alexievich
    1997 - Literature
  33. The Executioner's Song
    Norman Mailer
    1979 - Fiction
  34. Claudius The God
    And His Wife Messalina
    Robert Graves
    1935 - Literature
  35. The Imperial Presidency
    Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
    1973 - History
  36. Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey
    1840-1870
    Lillian Schlissel
    1992 - History

Books Read, 2015

  1. Harpo Speaks...About New York
    Adolph Marx
    1961 - Biography
  2. Not Too Old To Cut The Mustard
    Jumping Bill Carlisle & Friends Talk About His Life & the Country Music Business
    Anita Capps
    2000 - Biography
  3. The Prank
    The Best of Young Chekhov (1880-1882)
    Anton Chekhov
    2015 - Literature
  4. Polk
    The Man who Transformed the Presidency and America
    Walter K. Borneman
    2008 - History
  5. A Study In Scarlet
    Arthur Conan Doyle
    1878 - Fiction
  6. The Bridge of San Luis Rey
    Thornton Wilder
    1928 - Literature
  7. In The Wake of the Plague
    The Black Death & the World it Made
    Norman Cantor
    2001 - History
  8. All Quiet on the Western Front
    Erich Maria Remarque
    1928 - Literature
  9. Libra
    Don DeLillo
    1988 - Fiction
  10. Requiem For A Dream
    Hubert Selby, Jr.
    1978 - Fiction
  11. Notes on the Death of Culture
    Essays on Spectacle and Society
    Mario Vargas Llosa
    2012 - Media & Society
  12. A Detailed Analysis of the Constitution
    Edward F. Cooke
    1958 - Law
  13. Paterson
    Volumes I - V
    William Carlos Williams
    1946 - Poetry
  14. Art & Physics
    Parallel Visions in Space, Time and Light
    Leonard Schlain
    1991 - Physics & Mathematics
  15. The Story of a Bad Boy
    Thomas Bailey Aldrich
    1870 - Biography
  16. Independence Day
    Richard Ford
    1995 - Literature
  17. The Spectator Bird
    Wallace Stegner
    1976 - Literature
  18. O Pioneers!
    Willa Cather
    1913 - Literature
  19. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
    Harriet Jacobs
    1861 - Biography
  20. White Mule
    William Carlos Williams
    1937 - Fiction
  21. The Haldeman Diaries
    Inside The Nixon White House
    H.R. Haldeman
    1993 - History
  22. The Time Machine
    H.G. Wells
    1895 - Fiction
  23. Travels With Charley
    John Steinbeck
    1962 - Literature
  24. John Barleycorn
    Or, Alcoholic Memoirs
    Jack London
    1913 - Literature
  25. Law and the Nation
    1865 - 1912
    Jonathan Lurie
    1983 - Law
  26. One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn
    1963 - Literature
  27. That Man
    An Insider's Portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt
    Robert H. Jackson
    1954 - Biography
  28. Harlot's Ghost
    Norman Mailer
    1991 - Fiction
  29. Looking Backward
    Edward Bellamy
    1888 - Literature
  30. Equus
    Peter Shaffer
    1973 - Drama
  31. Seven Plays
    Sam Shephard
    1981 - Drama
  32. Days of Wine and Roses
    David Westheimer
    1962 - Fiction
  33. A People's History of the United States
    Howard Zinn
    1992 - History
  34. The Autobiography of Joseph Stalin
    Richard Lourie
    1999 - Fiction

Books Read, 2014

  1. The Unvanquished
    William Faulkner
    1938 - Literature
  2. Blockade Diary
    Under Siege In Leningrad, 1941-1942
    Elena Kochina
    1990 - Literature
  3. The Luck of Roaring Camp
    And Other Stories
    Bret Harte
    1869 - Fiction
  4. Groucho And Me
    The Autobiography
    Julius H. Marx
    1959 - Biography
  5. The Glass Cage
    Automation and Us
    Nicholas Carr
    2014 - Media & Society
  6. From Here To Eternity
    James Jones
    1951 - Fiction
  7. The Zone of Interest
    Martin Amis
    2014 - Fiction
  8. The Autobiography of Mark Twain
    1877-1910
    ed., Charles Neider
    1959 - Biography
  9. The Communist Manifesto
    Karl Marx + Frederick Engels
    1848 - Philosophy
  10. The Iron Heel
    Jack London
    1908 - Fiction
  11. Slaughterhouse-Five
    Or, The Children's Crusade
    Kurt Vonnegut
    1966 - Fiction
  12. It Can't Happen Here
    Sinclair Lewis
    1935 - Literature
  13. Homer & Langley
    E. L. Doctorow
    2009 - Fiction
  14. Plain Speaking
    An Oral Biography of Harry S Truman
    Merle Miller
    1974 - Biography
  15. From Eternity to Here
    The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time
    Sean Carroll
    2010 - Physics & Mathematics
  16. The Plot Against America
    Philip Roth
    2004 - Fiction
  17. Hitchcock and Bradbury Fistfight in Heaven
    ed., McSweeney's 45
    2013 - Fiction
  18. Good Hunting
    An American Spymaster's Story
    Jack Devine
    2014 - Foreign Affairs
  19. Bad Monkey
    Carl Hiaasen
    2013 - Fiction
  20. All The King's Men
    Robert Penn Warren
    1946 - Literature
  21. Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1940
    How Americans Lived Through the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression
    David E. Kyvig
    2002 - History
  22. Morning And Noon
    A Memoir
    Dean Acheson
    1965 - Biography
  23. Killer Of Crying Deer
    William Orem
    2010 - Fiction
  24. Barabbas
    Par Lagerkvist
    1950 - Literature
  25. The 480
    Eugene Burdick
    1964 - Fiction
  26. Big Bets & Black Swans
    Policy Recommendations for President Obama in 2014
    ed., Brookings Institution
    2014 - Foreign Affairs
  27. Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said
    Philip K. Dick
    1974 - Fiction
  28. The Friends of Eddie Coyle
    George V. Higgins
    1970 - Fiction
  29. Nixonland
    The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America
    Rick Perlstein
    2008 - History
  30. The Human Comedy
    William Saroyan
    1943 - Literature
  31. The Sportswriter
    Richard Ford
    1986 - Literature
  32. My Silent War
    The Autobiography of a Spy
    Kim Philby
    1968 - Foreign Affairs
  33. Winesburg, Ohio
    A Group of Tales of Ohio Small-Town Life
    Sherwood Anderson
    1919 - Literature
  34. Frankenstein
    Or, The Modern Prometheus
    Mary Shelley
    1831 - Literature

Books Read, 2013

  1. The Crucible
    Arthur Miller
    1952 - Drama
  2. Last Exit To Brooklyn
    Hubert Selby, Jr.
    1957 - Literature
  3. Six Months In 1945
    FDR, Stalin, Churchill & Truman - from World War to Cold War
    Michael Dobbs
    2012 - History
  4. The Circle
    Dave Eggers
    2013 - Fiction
  5. The Millennium
    A Comedy of the Year 2000
    Upton Sinclair
    1907 - Literature
  6. God's Little Acre
    Erskine Caldwell
    1933 - Literature
  7. Return of the Thin Man
    Dashiell Hammett
    1935 - Drama
  8. NW
    Zadie Smith
    2012 - Fiction
  9. Confederates in the Attic
    Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
    Tony Horwitz
    1998 - History
  10. I, Claudius
    From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius
    Robert Graves
    1934 - Literature
  11. Go East Young Man
    Short Stories on Class in America 1917-1931
    Sinclair Lewis
    2005 - Literature
  12. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Thomas Mallon
    1997 - Fiction
  13. The Art of Intelligence
    Lessons from a Life in the CIA's Clandestine Service
    Henry A. Crumpton
    2012 - Foreign Affairs
  14. Uncle Tom's Cabin
    Or, Life Among The Lowly
    Harriet Beecher Stowe
    1852 - Literature
  15. The Wanting Seed
    Anthony Burgess
    1962 - Fiction
  16. A Democrat Looks At His Party
    Dean Acheson
    1955 - History
  17. Flatland
    Edwin A. Abbott
    1884 - Physics & Mathematics
  18. Visual Explanations
    Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative
    Edward R. Tufte
    1997 - Design
  19. Cosmopolis
    Don DeLillo
    2003 - Fiction
  20. Sabbath's Theater
    Philip Roth
    1995 - Literature
  21. London Fields
    Martin Amis
    1989 - Literature
  22. The Hunt For KSM
    Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind
    Terry McDermott and Josh Meyer
    2012 - Foreign Affairs
  23. The Luck of Barry Lyndon
    William Makepeace Thackeray
    1844 - Literature
  24. Amity & Sorrow
    Peggy Riley
    2013 - Fiction
  25. Affection and Trust
    Personal Correspondence, 1953-1971
    Harry S Truman and Dean Acheson
    2010 - Correspondence
  26. Fellow Travelers
    Thomas Mallon
    2006 - Fiction
  27. Pakistan On The Brink
    The Future of America, Pakistan & Afghanistan
    Ahmed Rashid
    2012 - Foreign Affairs
  28. The Good House
    Ann Leary
    2013 - Fiction
  29. Freedom
    Jonathan Franzen
    2010 - Literature
  30. The Thin Red Line
    James Jones
    1962 - Literature
  31. Give Me Everything You Have
    On Being Stalked
    James Lasdun
    2013 - Biography
  32. Marjorie Morningstar
    Herman Wouk
    1955 - Literature
  33. Time's Arrow
    Martin Amis
    1991 - Literature
  34. Junky
    William S. Burroughs
    1953 - Literature
  35. Sunday Nights at Seven
    The Jack Benny Story
    Jack Benny
    1990 - Biography
  36. Hedy's Folly
    The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr
    Richard Rhodes
    2011 - Biography

Books Read, 2012

  1. American Nations
    A History of the 11 Rival Regional Cultures of North America
    Colin Woodard
    2011 - History
  2. Narcopolis
    Jeet Thayil
    2012 - Fiction
  3. Escape From Camp 14
    One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
    Blaine Harden
    2012 - Current Events
  4. Citizen Soldier
    A LIfe of Harry S Truman
    Aida D. Donald
    2012 - Biography
  5. Visual Strategies
    For Scientists & Engineers
    Felice C. Frankel & Angela H. DePace
    2012 - Design
  6. A Farewell To Arms
    Ernest Hemingway
    1929 - Literature
  7. Cities of the Plain
    Cormac McCarthy
    1998 - Literature
  8. Swamplandia
    Karen Russell
    2011 - Fiction
  9. Midnight Rising
    John Brown & the Raid that Sparked the Civil War
    Tony Horwitz
    2011 - History
  10. Envisioning Information
    Edward R. Tufte
    1990 - Design
  11. Washington, D.C.
    A Novel
    Gore Vidal
    1967 - Fiction
  12. Lionel Asbo
    State of England
    Martin Amis
    2012 - Fiction
  13. Where'd You Go, Bernadette
    Maria Semple
    2012 - Fiction
  14. The Counterlife
    Philip Roth
    1986 - Fiction
  15. Complete Stories
    1943 - 1982
    Truman Capote
    2004 - Literature
  16. American Diplomacy
    George F. Kennan
    1952 - Foreign Affairs
  17. Logavina Street
    Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood
    Barbara Demick
    1996 - Current Events
  18. The Dictator's Learning Curve
    Inside the Global Battle for Democracy
    William J. Dobson
    2012 - Foreign Affairs
  19. Canada
    Richard Ford
    2012 - Fiction
  20. The Education of a Typographer
    ed. Steven Heller
    2004 - Design
  21. The Corrections
    Jonathan Franzen
    2001 - Fiction
  22. Page One
    Inside the New York Times & the Future of Journalism
    ed. David Folkenflik
    2011 - Media & Society
  23. Mao II
    Don DeLillo
    1991 - Literature
  24. A Visit from the Goon Squad
    Jennifer Egan
    2010 - Fiction
  25. The Years of Lyndon Johnson
    The Passage of Power
    Robert A. Caro
    2012 - History
  26. Grouped
    How Groups of Friends Influence the Social Web
    Paul Adams
    2012 - Media & Society
  27. The Angel Esmeralda
    Nine Stories
    Don DeLillo
    2011 - Fiction
  28. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
    Ken Kesey
    1962 - Literature
  29. The Best American Science Writing
    ed. Jesse Cohen
    2010 - Physics & Mathematics
  30. Watergate
    A Novel
    Thomas Mallon
    2011 - Fiction
  31. The Design of Everyday Things
    Donald A. Norman
    1988 - Design
  32. Satan Is Real
    The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers
    Charlie Louvin
    2011 - Biography
  33. The Cleanest Race
    How North Koreans See Themselves
    B.R. Myers
    2011 - Current Events
  34. The Long Goodbye
    Raymond Chandler
    1953 - Fiction
  35. The Orphan Master's Son
    A Novel
    Adam Johnson
    2012 - Fiction
  36. Sound Reporting
    The NPR Guide to Audio Journalism and Production
    Jonathan Kern
    2008 - Media & Society
  37. The Hidden Reality
    Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos
    Brian Greene
    2011 - Physics & Mathematics
  38. Reclaiming Fair Use
    How To Put Balance Back In Copyright
    Patricia Aufderheide & Peter Jaszi
    2011 - Law

Books Read, 2011

  1. Collected Works, The Screenplays Vol 2
    1971-1978
    Paddy Chayefsky
    1995 - Drama
  2. Eisenhower
    The White House Years
    Jim Newton
    2011 - History
  3. The Visual Miscellaneum
    David McCandless
    2009 - Design
  4. I Married A Communist
    Philip Roth
    1998 - Literature
  5. Night of Camp David
    Fletcher Knebel
    1966 - Fiction
  6. Stasiland
    Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall
    Anna Funder
    2002 - Current Events
  7. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
    Edward R. Tufte
    1981 - Design
  8. The Art Of Creative Advertising
    Michael Antebi
    1968 - Design
  9. Life In Year One
    What The World Was Like In First-Century Palestine
    Scott Korb
    2010 - History
  10. The Great American Novel
    Philip Roth
    1973 - Literature
  11. The Song of the Lark
    Willa Cather
    1915 - Literature
  12. The Stranger
    Albert Camus
    1946 - Literature
  13. You Are Not A Gadget
    A Manifesto
    Jaron Lanier
    2010 - Media & Society
  14. Famine Ship Diary
    The Journey of an Irish Coffin Ship
    Robert Whyte
    1847 - Biography
  15. White Noise
    Don Delillo
    1985 - Fiction
  16. Nothing To Envy
    Ordinary Lives In North Korea
    Barbara Demick
    2010 - Current Events
  17. The American Civil War
    A Military History
    John Keegan
    2009 - History
  18. Mr. Citizen
    Harry S Truman
    1960 - History
  19. The Boys of Summer
    Growing Up Within Shouting Distance of Ebbets Field
    Roger Kahn
    1971 - Biography
  20. The Big Sleep
    Raymond Chandler
    1939 - Literature
  21. Augustus
    A Novel
    John Williams
    1972 - Literature
  22. Making Movies
    Sidney Lumet
    1995 - Biography
  23. The PEN/O Henry Prize Stories: 2011
    The Best Stories of the Year
    ed. Laura Furman
    2011 - Fiction
  24. Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure
    Matthew Algeo
    2009 - Biography
  25. My Antonia
    Willa Cather
    1918 - Literature
  26. Bomb Power
    The Modern Presidency and the National Security State
    Garry Wills
    2010 - Foreign Affairs
  27. Underworld
    Don Delillo
    1997 - Literature
  28. The Moviegoer
    Walker Percy
    1960 - Fiction
  29. Jefferson Davis Gets His Citizenship Back
    Robert Penn Warren
    1980 - Fiction
  30. The Next Decade
    Where We've Been..and Where We're Going
    George Friedman
    2011 - Current Events
  31. Cognitive Surplus
    Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age
    Clay Shirky
    2010 - Media & Society
  32. Change By Design
    How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations & Inspires Innovation
    Tim Brown
    2009 - Design
  33. The Humbling
    Philip Roth
    2010 - Fiction
  34. The Art of Immersion
    How the digital generation is remaking Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the way we tell stories.
    Frank Rose
    2011 - Media & Society
  35. The Lost Peace
    Leadership in a Time of Horror and Hope, 1945-1953
    Robert Dallek
    2010 - Foreign Affairs
  36. Chuck Amuck
    The Autobiography of Chuck Jones
    Chuck Jones
    1992 - Biography
  37. Marshall McLuhan:
    You Know Nothing of My Work
    Douglas Coupland
    2010 - Biography
  38. Cyber War
    The Next Threat to National Security
    Richard A. Clarke
    2010 - Foreign Affairs

Books Read, 2010

  1. The Grand Design
    Steven Hawking & Leonard Mlodinow
    2010 - Physics & Mathematics
  2. How Wars End
    A History of American Intervention
    Gideon Rose
    2010 - Foreign Affairs
  3. Physics of the Impossible
    A Scientific Exploration
    Michio Kaku
    2008 - Physics & Mathematics
  4. Truth In Comedy
    The Manual of Improvisation
    Charna Helpern et al
    1984 - Media & Society
  5. Hail, Hail, Euphoria
    The Marx Brothers in Duck Soup
    Roy Blount, Jr.
    2010 - History
  6. The Little Book of String Theory
    Steven S. Gubsner
    2010 - Physics & Mathematics
  7. The Big Idea
    George Lois
    2008 - Design
  8. Zero History
    William Gibson
    2010 - Fiction
  9. The Big Switch
    Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google
    Nicholas Carr
    2008 - Media & Society
  10. Stop Stealing Sheep
    And Find Out How Type Works
    Erik Spiekermann
    2003 - Design
  11. Thinking With Type
    A Critical Guide
    Ellen Lupton
    2004 - Design
  12. The Great Depression
    A Diary
    Benjamin Roth
    2009 - Biography
  13. The Shallows
    What the Internet is Doing to our Brains
    Nicholas Carr
    2010 - Media & Society
  14. Methland
    The Death & Life of an American Small Town
    Nick Reding
    2009 - Current Events
  15. Understanding Media
    The Extensions of Man
    Marshall McLuhan
    1964 - Media & Society
  16. Kissinger 1973
    The Crucial Year
    Alistair Horne
    2009 - History
  17. Portnoy's Complaint
    Philip Roth
    1967 - Literature
  18. The Trial
    Franz Kafka
    1925 - Literature
  19. Goodbye Columbus
    Philip Roth
    1959 - Literature
  20. The Satanic Verses
    Salman Rusdie
    1988 - Literature
  21. Rock Springs
    Richard Ford
    1987 - Fiction
  22. Lord of the Flies
    William Golding
    1954 - Literature
  23. A Confederacy of Dunces
    John Kennedy Toole
    1980 - Literature
  24. Lolita
    Vladimir Nabokov
    1957 - Literature
  25. American Pastoral
    Philip Roth
    1997 - Literature
  26. The Plague
    Albert Camus
    1948 - Literature
  27. How To Read Literature
    Thomas C. Foster
    2007 - Fiction
  28. The Next 100 Years
    A Forecast for the 21st Century
    George Friedman
    2009 - Current Events
  29. Indignation
    Philip Roth
    2008 - Fiction
  30. Presidential Command
    Presidential Leadership and the Making of Foreign Policy
    Peter W. Rodman
    2009 - Foreign Affairs
  31. The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet
    Reif Larsen
    2009 - Fiction
  32. A Brief History of Time
    Steven Hawking
    1988 - Physics & Mathematics
  33. Inbound Marketing
    The New Rules of Social Media
    Brian Halligan
    2010 - Media & Society
  34. Number
    The Language of Science
    Tobias Dantzig
    1930 - Physics & Mathematics
  35. The Great Gamble
    The Soviet War in Afghanistan
    Gregory Feifer
    2009 - Foreign Affairs
  36. The Real War
    Richard Nixon
    1980 - Foreign Affairs

A Chronological List of the Best 30 Books I've Finished Since 2010:

(All of these are 100% real books, of course, nothing whatsoever consumed on a device.)

  1. The Luck of Barry Lyndon
    William Makepeace Thackeray
    1844 - Literature
  2. Uncle Tom's Cabin
    Or, Life Among The Lowly
    Harriet Beecher Stowe
    1852 - Literature
  3. How The Other Half Lives
    Studies Among The Tenements Of New York
    Jacob A. Riis
    1890 - Journalism
  4. The Jungle
    Upton Sinclair
    1906 - Literature
  5. O Pioneers!
    Willa Cather
    1913 - Literature
  6. The Bridge of San Luis Rey
    Thornton Wilder
    1928 - Literature
  7. I, Claudius
    From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius
    Robert Graves
    1934 - Literature
  8. The Unvanquished
    William Faulkner
    1938 - Literature
  9. The Big Rock Candy Mountain
    Wallace Stegner
    1943 - Literature
  10. All The King's Men
    Robert Penn Warren
    1946 - Literature
  11. Paterson
    Volumes I - V
    William Carlos Williams
    1946 - Poetry
  12. A Walk on the Wild Side
    Nelson Algren
    1956 - Fiction
  13. Lolita
    Vladimir Nabokov
    1957 - Literature
  14. The Autobiography of Mark Twain
    1877-1910
    ed., Charles Neider
    1959 - Biography
  15. The Gutenberg Galaxy
    Marshall McLuhan
    1962 - Media & Society
  16. Understanding Media
    The Extensions of Man
    Marshall McLuhan
    1964 - Media & Society
  17. The Imperial Presidency
    Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
    1973 - History
  18. Plain Speaking
    An Oral Biography of Harry S Truman
    Merle Miller
    1974 - Biography
  19. Requiem For A Dream
    Hubert Selby, Jr.
    1978 - Fiction
  20. The Real War
    Richard Nixon
    1980 - Foreign Affairs
  21. A Brief History of Time
    Steven Hawking
    1988 - Physics & Mathematics
  22. Time's Arrow
    Martin Amis
    1991 - Literature
  23. Art & Physics
    Parallel Visions in Space, Time and Light
    Leonard Schlain
    1991 - Physics & Mathematics
  24. Independence Day
    Richard Ford
    1995 - Literature
  25. American Pastoral
    Philip Roth
    1997 - Literature
  26. Visual Explanations
    Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative
    Edward R. Tufte
    1997 - Design
  27. Voices From Chernobyl
    The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster
    Svetlana Alexievich
    1997 - Literature
  28. How Wars End
    A History of American Intervention
    Gideon Rose
    2010 - Foreign Affairs
  29. The Orphan Master's Son
    A Novel
    Adam Johnson
    2012 - Fiction
  30. The Years of Lyndon Johnson
    The Passage of Power
    Robert A. Caro
    2012 - History

I threw out my TV 25 years ago.

This leaves plenty of time for reading - check out the web app experiment I built: Interactive Reading Trends. This experiment displays statistics regarding the books I have finished reading since 2010. (That is real books, by the way, nothing device-based whatsoever.)

Not only does it give insight into reading habits over time, it features a sleek & responsive UI with a color-coded filtering system to see subsets of the data, all animating live in the DOM. It uses Isotope, custom PHP and mySQL, High Charts API and some interesting jQuery libraries.

How Do You Stack Up?!

This project is part of a PHP plugin experiment I wrote for automatically generating interactive charts and graphs as well as formatted content, notes & sources on the fly.

The idea is to have a live container populated by arrays of data from sundry sources.

It uses custom JavaScript, Bootstrap, PHP, mySQL & HighCharts. The idea was to create a flexible mechanism for displaying multiple types of dynamic data from .JSON and .CSV files in a small amount of screen real estate. Plus it’s a nice typographical treatment, and the information hierarchy is just right.