Summer is upon us. Today, being Memorial Day, marks the first weekend of summer, if for no other reason than all of the pools are finally open (and incidentally, dogs are no longer allowed on New England beaches). All through this semester, I knew I would have this time off... the time after the thesis was turned in and before the "life-changes" start. What I didn't expect was how dull things would seem without the constant demands of a MIT education. But it's summer. So dull now needs to be reinterpreted as calming and relaxing, and school work now needs to be replaced with, you guessed it, summer reading.
I'm really posting here in hope that I can find out what everyone else is planning on reading. I find this group of people always latches onto interesting reads. So to kick it off, I'll throw a few books out there. Some of these I have read and recommend, others I just will be reading because a) I want to, or b) its there. Either way, I wanted to share what's on my list in hopes of finding out whats on yours. So, post damn it.
Some guy made a lot of money doing two things: writing books and buying and selling real estate. The next logical step for him was to write a book about buying and selling real estate. Thus, the Rich Dad, Poor Dad series. I, of course, am being facetious. But Who Took My Money is a pretty good read for those of us moving on the working world (sorry Kate, Anup) and anticipating having extra money to put some where. While the writing in this book is repetitive and simplistic (especially compared to Schumpeter, et. al.) the insights are nice. The book is less about real estate as I joked, and more about changing the way you think about investing. Such tag lines as "401k's are for lazy people" and "You need two jobs: one for you, and one for your money" are drilled into your head. If you're like Will Hunting and like "anything that blows your hair back" this is as close as you come with investment books.
2) The Prize
Author Daniel Yergin, the head of CERA, writes about the long history of oil. I have not read this book, but have had it recommended by several different sources. I need to somehow further my energy education, and I think this book will do it.
This book was a gift to me and as such is on the list. I'm always partial to non-fiction, especially non-fiction that tells a good story. I hope Fast Food Nation will fit this bill. I can say that a group of us went to see Super Size Me and found it extremely funny. It was eye-opening to see the way some people perceived fast food and try and wrap our heads around what a typical American diet (and lifestyle) really consisted of. The movie, while definitely "outrageous" as Brigid said, is funny and worth seeing. Fast Food Nation takes a different perspective (i.e. no one will be gorging on Mickey D's and filming the subsequent vomit) on the societal impacts of fast food establishments.
That's a good three I think. Maybe not all technology and policy stuff, but then again it's summer, so maybe we should redefine this as multidisciplinary studies.