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 Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald Like everyone else in the known universe, I read this first in High School. At the time, my impression of it was that it was a bunch of fashionable, old, rich alcoholics leading completely incomprehensible lives. Reading it again 15 years later, now that I'm older than Nick (the narrator) and probably older than Gatsby himself, wasn't a lot different. The only change is that now the characters seem like a bunch of young rich superficial people living foreign and incomprehensible lives. I enjoyed the story but it's short and overrated and I can think of about 100 books that'd be better at getting high school kids interested in literature (how about the The Count of Montecristo for a mysterious rich guy?).