David Dixon

πŸ“š Wuthering Heights by Emily BrontΓ« β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

Emily is my least favorite BrontΓ« sister, but the Kindle Unlimited catalog only has so much worth pursuing so I re-read this book for the first time since high school. Jane Eyre and Anges Grey are still better novels.

πŸ“š literally show me a healthy person by Darcie Wilder β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

This is essentially a structred 97 page collection of tweets, some longer than 280 characters, and it is hilarious and dark. Not sure why I wasn’t following the author on Twitter before I read this.

πŸ“š The Blondes by Emily Schultz β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

The premise of the novel is kind of weird and implausible and the ending is pretty abrupt, but the writing’s great and the relationships between characters is interesting and compelling.

Pink Camellia

πŸ“š Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

Always weird to read an author’s works in the reverse order of their release, as Gone Girl is a much better written book than this, but it was still a fun quick read with a nice twist of an ending.

Pollinating

Not many of the camellias survived the brief cold snap

Dead Flower on the Ground

Running Log: January 2019

January: 221.3 miles

2019: 221.3 miles

I ran 2,436.8 miles in 2018 according to Strava. I hope to run a bit more than that this year, but am focusing on getting faster more than anything else. To accomplish that, I’m doing a ‘speed workout’ with intervals once a week, two runs at a consistently ‘fast’ pace and three runs at easier paces, with one rest day. It’s working so far.

πŸ“š Educated by Tara Westover β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

As good a memoir as everyone says it is.

πŸ“š Stardust by Neil Gaiman β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†

I’ve read and enjoyed many novels by Gaiman, but this wasn’t one and I don’t think it was just because the Kindle edition has lots of annoying formatting errors.

Leaf’s Edge

πŸ“š Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

An updated version appeared on my Kindle’s homescreen a few days ago and so I’ve now read this book for the third or fourth time. It’s still fantastically hilarious.

As far as I can tell, the update just included a new cover with a ‘Now a Major Motion Picture’ badge. Hopefully said motion picture is good.

πŸ”— We Are Not Worthy, Naomi Osaka

The overwhelming affection for Osaka among the tennis-viewing public seems to be based mainly on two factors, both of which, in my view, represent dangerous entanglements that tennis fans would do well to avoid. I am referring to faith in humanity and faith in the future.

She plays Petra KvitovΓ‘ at about 3:30 in the morning, US Eastern Time. It should be a great match.

🎡 Better Oblivion Community Center

I don’t think Phoebe Bridgers has made a bad song in her life. This new album with Conor Oberst is fantastic.

I haven’t deleted my Twitter account, but I did delete Twitterrific from my phone again.

πŸ“š Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL by Jeff Pearlman β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

Spring football should be successful in the United States and hopefully the Alliance of American Football doesn’t suffer the USFL’s fate.

πŸ”— What Driving Can Teach Us About Living

There are stretches where the road briefly straightens so that you can see far enough to overtake. People in big, powerful cars do this boldly and calmly and as though insensible to risk. Others hesitate and miss their chance. But no matter how many times you overtake, within a few minutes you will be stuck behind someone else.

This is a fantastic essay about the pleasures of driving by Rachel Cusk.

πŸ“š Circe by Madeline Miller β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

Kind of disappointed in the first half of this book given the rave reviews and my experience with The Song of Achilles. It was so boring, but things get much better once Odysseus shows up.

πŸ”— The Suffocation of Democracy

If the US has someone whom historians will look back on as the gravedigger of American democracy, it is Mitch McConnell.

πŸ”— Andy Murray Deserves a Better Farewell

I always thought including Andy Murray as part of a ‘Big Four’ alongside Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal was dumb, but he should still be appreciated.

πŸ”— The Real Cost of Cheap Groceries

Americans now spend less than 10% of their disposable income on what they eat. When researchers first began tracking this figure some 90 years ago, it was closer to 25%.

πŸ“š The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

A short well-written novel with an interesting plot, but the main characters are so unlikeable.

πŸ”— Hockey players have big butts, and they cannot lie

I don’t have the butt or thighs of a hockey player, but I have calves and finding jeans that fit is annoying. Getting them off even more so.

πŸ”—James Harden Is the Outlier of the NBA

The league’s reigning most valuable player has elevated his game this season. These charts explain how.

Such an exciting basketball player to watch.