In keeping with my blogging tradition of posting an annual book log, here is my 2015 showing:
- Lynne Rudder Baker, Naturalism and the First-Person Perspective (Oxford, 2013).
- Jeff Guinn, The Last Gunfight (Simon & Schuster, 2012).
- Steve Sheinkin, Lincoln’s Grave Robbers (Scholastic, 2012).
- Richard Carwardine, Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power (Vintage, 2007).
- Chris Kyle, American Sniper (Harper, 2013).
- Peter Kadzis, Blood: Stories of Life and Death from the Civil War (Thunder’s Mouth, 2000).
- David Roberts, Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration (W. W. Norton & Co., 2014).
- Mitchell Zuckoff, Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II (Harper Perennial, 2012).
- Richard Taylor, The Disciplined Life (Bethany House, 1962).
- Antonio Mendez, Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History (Penguin Books, 2013).
- Orson Scott Card, Earth Unaware
- Orson Scott Card, Earth Afire
- Orson Scott Card, Earth Awakens
- H. G. Wells, War of the Worlds
- Gary Paulsen, Brian’s Winter
- Gary Paulsen, The River
- Gary Paulsen, Brian’s Return
- Gary Paulsen, Brian’s Hunt
- Richard Adams, Watership Down
- Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
An abysmal list, really, as far as philosophy is concerned (Cf. 2013 and 2014). What can I say? The ‘game’ of professional philosophy and its star players disgust me more than ever. As a not-completely-subconcious act of personal protest, I’ve turned to other outlets to scratch inquisitive, creative itches. I still dutifully read the tenure files and enjoy my work. But that’s what it has become. Work. I never saw it that way before. Maybe that’s why I was better at it then. Anyway, the challenge I face this next year will be to keep that original flame of love for Lady Philosophy burning, and to not let the cold drafts of academia blow it out entirely. Here’s to 2016.