Straight from the Library is the eleventh stop in my book tour of “Can Machines Bring Peace? Hope in a Post-Apocalyptic Age”.
Hi Judith, thank you for this interview.
Hello everyone, happy to visit ‘Straight from the Library.’
What is your favorite book today?
The book that I can’t believe was written is “Guns, Germs and Steel” by Jared Diamond. He explains why civilizations developed across the world as they did. He begins his analysis about 10,000 years ago when there is evidence that there are humans living on every continent.
The toughest chapter to read is the first one. That’s because Diamond has to pace through 200,000 years of human history. The information packed in that chapter alone could have been spread in a book.
When I tell people what Diamond’s main reason is why civilization developed quickly across Europe and the Middle-East, it’s because they had animals that could be tamed and could be used to farm land more effectively than in other cultures. And agriculture has made it possible for people to be freed from hunting and gathering to invent, create and build new things that advance civilization.
Tell us about your current book in 10 words.
“Can Machines Bring Peace?” Kazimir hopes to build that one.
What books do you have on hold at the library?
Kevin Kelly wrote “Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World”. It deals with cybernetics, emergence, self-organization, complex systems, negentropy and chaos theory.
The main reason this book is on hold, is because my brain runs wild every time I try to read it. It’s packed with so much amazing information that I constantly get lost is all the possibilities Kelly suggests. I’ve simply had to put it away otherwise I couldn’t sleep.
E-Reader or print? and why?
When I gave my friend a copy of my novel, he smelled the pages and felt the cover. It’s true that a printed book has a wonderful charm and an incredible history. But after expanding our library several times, we simply didn’t have any more space for more books. So, I moved on to e-reader. And I’m surprised to say that I don’t mind one bit. Actually, I like reading on my smartphone. I take it everywhere I go. And when the opportunity arises, I can continue reading.
Dog-ear or bookmark? (don’t worry—Librarian Judith won’t hold it against you—much)
Sorry, Judith, but there was a time that I wrote in the books I was reading. Underlining parts that I like, sometimes putting exclamation points in the margin, or even writing some of my own thoughts.
When do you do most of your reading?
Most of my reading is done just before sleeping. Even when it’s only a few pages. In my work, I have long meetings in the evening. No matter how late it gets, I read to relax.
And I also have some wonderful lazy Sunday afternoons.
Favorite place to read?
Although I do almost all of my reading before sleeping, my favorite spot to read is in a chair near our garden window. When it’s nice and sunny, there is no greater treat I can give myself.
Do you loan your books?
Not anymore. I used to be very generous with lending my books. But after a lot didn’t come back, I stopped. That was probably around the same time I started e-reading.
How do you keep your books organized?
Judith, is this a trick question? I don’t organize my books. Well, not alphabetically or around genres. The only apparent system is that I have the taller books on the sides with the shorter books in between. But looking at my bookcase now, I think even suggesting any kind of system is too much of a compliment.