I read a lot. I sometimes have thoughts when I read things. Sometimes the stuff I read is interesting, other times it’s not.
Would The Commentariat(tm) be interested in periodic book reports? These would be of a semi-random nature, covering more or less whatever I feel inspired to write a report about. So it might be anything from the bletcherously verbose endless stupid fight scene comprising half of a John C. Wright novel, to a book about nuclear de-escalation.
Most of the postings I write here are digested versions of news combined with books I read or, whatever. It’s an interesting process to try to tease apart all the inputs and assign “this came from here” and “this came from there” as I do in my typical posting. For example, I was up late last night skimming two books by Bernard Lewis in order to find a critical passage that was responsible for a certain “ah ha!” moment. By midnight I realized that the actual passage was possibly a hallucination (I often read when I am slightly tipsy; it’s a great delight) or a bit from Martin Van Creveld’s book on the fall of nation states. So guess what I’m skimming tonight?
I think that being able to do a book report would free me up having to research back my citations (some of which, like the one I thought was in the Lewis book, go back decades) and allow me to just quote at length and present my understanding of a single source.
What do you think?