How often do you get a reading list from a certified genius?
This is from Donald Knuth's website, the page called "Retirement"
Of course I like to read nontechnical books, although I read very slowly. Here are some that I recently read and heartily recommend:
Life A Users Manual,
by Georges Perec (perhaps the greatest 20th century novel)
by Dorothy L Sayers (captures Oxford high-table small-talk wonderfully)
An Instance of the Fingerpost
by Iain Pears (also Oxford but in the 1660s)
Death of a Salesperson
by Robert Barnard (who is at his best in short stories like these)
by Leon Uris (great to read on a trip to Israel)
by Herman Wouk (in-depth characters plus a whole philosophy)
On Food and Cooking
by Harold McGee (applied biochemistry in the kitchen)
by Waverley Root (his magnum opus, a wonderful history of everything delicious)
The Golden Gate
by Vikram Seth (the Great California Novel, entirely in 14-line sonnets)
The Age of Faith
by Will Durant (volume 4 of his series, covers the years 325--1300)
by Stina Katchadourian (diaries and letters of a remarkable Armenian woman)
The Man Who Knew Infinity
by Robert Kanigel (biographies of Ramanujan and Hardy)
by Steven Levy (incredibly well written tale of our times)
The Abominable Man
by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (one of their brilliantly Swedish detective novels)
I had quite forgotten Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. I just requested two of their books from the library. More on that soon, I expect.
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