I read like I eat.
I’ll be starting with my fave mag, The Economist. Like tapas, I’ll have something spicy from the Americas section, traditional fare from Europe and something exotic from the Asia pages. A bit from Books and Art before the main course, Edward Tufte’s Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Tufte is so into using graphics to help the reader understand the implications of loads of data. Ever see those election maps with each county in red or blue? Thousands of bits of info in a neat picture. But beware, his mantra is, less ink is better. While this seems like a heavy meat and potatoes entrée, his use of examples and samples gives this book a beef Wellington with garlic infused mashed potatoes yummyness. A little bit of Tufte goes a long way so a chapter or two and its doggie bag time. But wait, there’s desert. And my special treat will be working my way through Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy, Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation. A story of the fall of the Galactic Empire might sound like a retread but this one tells the tale of one man’s plan to do a Phoenix like rebirth within a millennium. Hari Seldon, our main character, starts with getting the emperor to commission the Encyclopedia Galactica. He assembles the greatest minds to work on the project thereby saving and cocooning the intelligencia from the great fall. Just like my totally favorite après dinner treats of dark chocolate, strong black coffee and port, these books have it all. Intergalactic battles, palace intrigue, science as magic, heroines and surprise plot twists all told over a thousand years. And where will this repast be laid out? I’ll be in my patio (weather permitting) and then parked in front of my crackling fireplace dining on this feast of the printed word. Bon appetite!