Friday, 21 October 2011

Always remember you're unique - just like everyone else

There's nothing like commuting by tube to help you get through books at a bit of pace. Even when it's crammed, a shortish person can always find space to open a paperback and make yourself enough mental space to escape from the madness.
I've whipped my way through The Wisdom of Crowds (a slightly dated book about how and when markets work, and how market-type approaches could be applied to other decisions) and Them (Jon Ronson doing his Louis-Theroux-esque thing with a range of extremists - and bringing out their common fight against a 'New World Order'). 

Good, interesting, easy reads - engaged my brain a bit and gave me a few anecdotes to tell at work, but they aren't keepers. I picked them out of someone else's 'for the charity shop' pile - and they aren't long for my shelves.

Them: Adventures with Extremists by Jon…        The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are…

And I've just made a start on Chris Mullin's A Very British Coup - more anon.


  1. You must be very small to be able to get a book out when standing. I can never manage it on the Central line - although I normally can get a seat on the Jubilee line so that is prime reading time.
    Ironic that you were reading books about crowds on crowded public transport...

  2. Oh the Central line, yuk. Only the Northern line is worse in my experience. I'm normally crammed in the slopey bit by the door, and tuck my book into someone else's armpit! Nice.