I finished reading Ender’s Game a couple of weeks ago. I don’t know why I never got around to reading it before. It really is a great story.
Now I’m reading An Apple a Day: The Myths, Misconceptions, and Truths about the Foods We Eat. My brother gave it to me for my birthday. The first part has several short chapters, each about a different nutrient / micronutrient (e.g. flavonoids, lutein) and the science that’s been done to establish its effect (or non-effect) on health. It’s a lot like a vitamin book, except it covers things that aren’t vitamins. Food is a lot more complex than we thought. The main take-away so far seems to be: eat a variety of whole grains, fuits, vegetables and unsaturated fats, plus dark chocolate (yay!). The emphasis is on variety, as each food brings something different to the table (literally).
The next book on my reading list is The Creative Economy, by John Howkins. Here’s a snippet from the book description at Amazon.com:
In the United States, the core copyright industries achieved foreign
sales and exports of $60.18 billion – a figure that surpasses, for the
first time, every other export sector, including automobiles,
agriculture, and aircraft. … The Creative Economy is not about information and the information society. It is about more basic matters, what we humans
want and what we are good at.