Sunday, February 15, 2009

Breaking Down the Stimulus

Very drunk man, yelling at laughing people outside my window at 2 a.m.: "this is just another way that the government's trying to control me."

The insight you gain, living next to a bar.

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#15 -- "No Mercy" by Redmond O'Hanlon

#16 -- "Vagabonding" by Rolf Potts

I'd started "No Mercy" several times before, but this time it finally clicked for me. Go figure. It's a chronicle of O'Hanlon's trip deep into the Republic of Congo, and a pretty harrowing trip is made entertaining by the author's sense of humor and desire for knowledge. It drags like no one's business toward the end, but for 3/4 of the book or so it was enjoyable.

"Vagabonding" is a little "you can do it" guide on the subject of long-term cheap travel, which holds a lot of appeal for me. I always buy these books thinking they're going to reveal amazing secrets -- "here's how you get free airfare," etc. -- which of course aren't there. This is a nice book, though, in terms of making it all seem very possible. This is something I'll keep around simply for inspiration.

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