18 February 2009

What I Am Reading

Theodore Dalrymple's latest book, Not with a Bang but a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of Decline. I am a regular, even faithful, reader of Dalrymple's, believing as I do that he is one of the greatest contemporary essayists in English. Intelligence, wisdom, wit, erudition: they are all on spectacular display in his writings. If you have not had the pleasure of reading his work, I highly recommend it to you. You might start with his book Life at the Bottom. You have a treat in store for you.

On My List: I have heard very good things about Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending's The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution.

1 comment:

Andrew Todd said...

Hear, Hear. Dalrymple is one of the best around.

I eagerly await my local library to get The 10,000-Year Explosion - and perhaps put my freshly-raised council tax to good use.