The Modern Kong Zi

In a society relentlessly trying to sell me digital media, I remain in belief that printed literature is only gaining popularity. When I ride the subway in San Francisco, I see enough people reading books to combat the stereotypical nomophobic generation. In an ever growing, and perpetually better educated society, digital media will exist in harmony with print media, just as brick and mortar will coexist with e-commerce . This conversation is impossible to have if one does not recognize and apply an uncertainty principle (of sort) to the constantly evolving internet. Anything is possible. Just ride the waves as they come.

All of this being said, I do not have any printed media, and feel eons from a migration to that medium; I have contrarily expressed interest in video work. I do however make a valiant attempt to remain reading; one should never be caught off guard by the question ‘What book are you reading?’ As for myself, I am currently reading Outliers. This book very different from anything I have laid eyes on in some time, as I was on a 19th century fiction kick. I highly recommend Outliers to anyone interested in success stories, who is also not afraid of redefining success. Lowkey though…entropy, so don’t act surprised.

I will conclude this post with a ramble about some of my favorite books, the first being The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Written by a dead man named Steig Larson, he wrote two and a half novels by similar titles, and I haven’t yet read the final half-a-novel. The original title of his first book is Men Who Hate Women, or Män som hatar kvinnor in Swedish, and I will conclude my favored review on it with that.

The second and third books I would like to talk about are Frankenstein and Dracula. I found the latter more dramatic, but preferred the writing of Mary Shelly. She took me with a swift simplicity into the Swiss Alps, letting me explore her world like a child in the snow. Then, she landed me feet first, back upon my own reality, with socks dryer than a Tucson summer. The words of Bram Stoker, in contrast, are bloodstained print, no matter which edition you read.  He rips your heart out and leaves you tickle brained off of a book; a sewer of classics may find Dracula the most delicious of poisons.

Finally, I will say simply this: reading this book helped shrink the universe into a more manageable size for me. Two of Stephen Hawking’s books combined into one illustrated version. It is very important to get the illustrated version.

Chris 12.30.17