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June 26, 2005
Sunday Wish List

I ran a quick eye over yesterday's rant and decided that what I really need is a remedial course in grammar and punctuation. I know I was taught those things in grade school many years ago (I got an 'A'), but decades of writing little but business letters have eroded those skills. I have Strunk and White's Elements of Style, Shertzer's Elements of Style, and The Transitive Vampire. Maybe I should read them? (I like words. I know a lot of them. I need to resist trying to put them all into every post.)

Beyond that, I'm finally getting back to my Required Reading List.

In dead trees, I have Start Making Sense, but I'm halfway through Krugman's The Great Unraveling and have to finish it first.

Krugman's book is very readable, and very absorbing, but it does require paying close attention, what with my incurable habit of keeping an index of things I think I may want to refer to later and even writing in the margins from time to time. I may save it for later this week, when I'm on a plane again. (Don't ask me why, I just know I concentrate really well on an airplane.) I may have to start over, anyhow. I was in the middle of it last fall when I tossed up my hands and stomped away from the world o'blog, never to return. It's only been in the last month that I've started digging out that pile of books I had waiting to be read and lining them back up on the bookshelf.

After I finish those two, I'm going to start on Kwitny's Endless Enemies.

After I read Political Paralysis, I wanted to order The Impossible Will Take a Little While but my shelves are already overflowing.

On-line, there's always more that I should read than I'll find time for. I still haven't found time to read, World Order, Failed States, and Terrorism.

After Kevin Drum so handily found and linked to the on-line A Nagasaki Report, I bookmarked it but am still waiting to read it.

I wanted to re-read The Multinational Monitor's Profits of War which I printed out when it was available on-line. (I need to subscribe. I read that site regularly.)

I'd like to order Rethinking the Patriot Act. I had intended to spend a few hours browsing through the information on the National Priorities site.

I read about the Idler and now I'd like to subscribe to the magazine and order Hodgkinson's How to Be Idle. The bit about not having enough free time to participate in political debate made me nod. (I'm only half as ignorant as I seem. I promise. If I only had the time....)

There comes a time in every blogger's life when they have to choose. (Seems to me that I've made this speech before.) Are you going to write rude remarks about the daily headlines, or are you going to do research and attempt Deep Thought on matters of significant interest?

I'm a nine-to-fiver whose job is currently looking a bit shaky (through no fault of my own). I need to focus on making a living more and spend less time pondering the intricacies of politics, a subject that no one paying me to spend 30 hours a week on. Most of my "free time" (and about 20% of my "work time") goes into blogging.

My problem is that I'd rather think (and write) than "do things" but when I'm eighty, I'll regret spending these glorious, sunny summer days sitting here at a keyboard. So, you know, I'm not going to.

Posted by AnneZook at 10:20 AM