Currently reading

The Art of Fiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers
Ayn Rand, Tore Boeckmann, Leonard Peikoff
The Name of the Rose
Umberto Eco
Ghostwritten
David Mitchell
To the Lighthouse
Virginia Woolf
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Edward Gibbon, Daniel J. Boorstin, Gian Battista Piranesi, Hans-Friedrich Mueller
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Douglas R. Hofstadter
Perfect Wrong Note - Learning to Trust Your Musical Self
William Westney
The Prince
Niccolò Machiavelli
The Varieties of Religious Experience
William James
Twenty Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy
G. Lee Bowie, Robert C. Solomon

The End of History and the Last Man

The End of History and the Last Man - Francis Fukuyama I didn't read the whole book. I think the idea that we're reaching the end of history and the last man (a world of liberal democracies) is intriguing, but ultimately incorrect. Reading books like The Clash of Civilizations, authors like Thomas Carlyle and James Burnham as well as watching world events (notably 9/11, and the wars Iraq and Afghanistan) have convinced me that as nice as Fukuyama's vision of the future sounds, it probably isn't realistic.