I read some more nonfiction recently, and I thought putting some thoughts on paper would be nice (or…well, just go with it).
First I read The Next 100 Years by George Friedman. It’s a book that goes from history to economics and then into a bit of silliness, under the pretext of predicting the next hundred years of world political history. The analysis is excellent throughout the book…the silliness arises from the inherent futility in going so far out in advance. That being said, Friedman’s reasoning for all of his predictions is excellent, and considering the state of politics these days, refreshingly nonpartisan. Friedman is clearly a realist in international relations terms, but so am I, so that pandered to me a little bit.
After that I read Columbine by Dave Cullen. What a spectacular book. Now, I’ll preface this by saying that I’ve thought a lot about the events in Columbine high school, mostly because there were some, in my mind, disturbing parallels between what happened in Colorado and my own circle of friends. Understanding the situation better, I now see that this is simply untrue. Cullen portrays Eric Harris as a textbook-case psychopath, with Klebold as a depressive who was both feeding the energies of and pulled in by his companion. The myths of the shooting are laid bare and dissected, while both the lead-up and the aftermath are explored in as much detail is possible given the sources. After holding a somewhat (in my opinion) perverse fascination for years, I now feel content to put it to rest. Excellent read.
So now, I sit here, at the beginning of my last week before I go home, then returning to being a student again. I hope to work on my writing during break, and probably will, though I doubt I’ll reach any major goals. That’s all right…I’d really like to finish a first draft of the second so I have a good stopping point before I turn entirely to schoolwork.
It’s a grand time to have things unfinished. Single, still in school, two unfinished novels. School I guess I’m right on schedule, albeit a revised one. The novels hit one delay after another, but I’m making something resembling forward progress. As for the third item…ha.