What I Read in 2013

I don’t think I read quite as many books in 2013 as I did in 2012, but I’m pretty sure I read substantially more long-form and short-form content. I’m on a better pace so far this year, but I’ve noticed that I tend to read much more in the winter and during my summer break. Here, in no particular order is what I managed to get through.

The Orphan Masters Son – I can’t recommend this enough.

The Teleportation Accident – I was entertained, but not completely thrilled with this.

The Testament of Jessie Lamb – Well crafted, if not completely satisfying scifi.

Transatlantic – Fairly sprawling, beautifully written historical novel.

The Windup Girl – I actually enjoyed this a lot more than I thought: another scifi book with a good mix of tech, plot and character development.

The Plot Against America – An alternate history that was very entertaining and well-written.

People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo–and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up - Reporting of a murder that reads like fiction.

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created – Deeply interesting to me, and certainly sends a message about how we continue to ravage this planet.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomenon – Really stunning piece of fiction.

The Brothers – If you’ve ever wondered why the rest of the world hates the US, read this.

Notable Articles

Why it’s time to lay the selfish gene to rest – David Dobbs – Aeon

Healthcare.gov and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality - Clay Shirky

And Then Steve Said, ‘Let There Be an iPhone’ – Fred Vogelstein

American Schools Are Failing Nonconformist Kids. Here’s How. – Elizabeth Weil

What Paintbrush Makers Know About How to Beat China – Adam Davidson

Linda Stone on Maintaining Focus in a Maddeningly Distractive World – James Fallows

The Enlightenment’s ‘Race’ Problem, and Ours – Justin E. H. Smith

Why Can Some Kids Handle Pressure While Others Fall Apart? – Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

The Innocent Man, Part Two: Texas Monthly December 2012 – Pamela Colloff

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