Category Archives: Reading

Savage Harvest and Throwim Way Leg

I applied for a job in Papua New Guinea recently.  It would be a dream to work there, but it can be an intimidating place (in parts).  New Guinea is the second biggest island in the world (after Greenland. No, Australia is not an island, its a continent) and has some of the richest marine and terrestrial biodiversity in the world.  Papua New Guinea alone has more than 800 languages!  But it is poor and corrupt and some areas have high levels of violence.

To prepare for the interview I read two books about the island.  Savage Harvest, by Carl Hoffman, is the story of the death of Micheal Rockefeller and the author’s quest to find out if he had drown (as reported) or was eaten (as many suspected).  Throwim Way Leg is the story of Tim Flannery’s (who has described more species than Darwin did!) early adventures and explorations of the mammals of New Guinea.  He documented animals in areas no other scientist had been to all while battling tough field conditions, vermin, and disease.

Both authors describe how tough the island can be.  But through all the stories of hardship there is an underlying beauty of the people and the landscapes that still attracts me.  But, in the end, I don’t think I got the job….. so, it will just remain a dream.  Good books though!

Hiroshima: The World’s Bomb

Andrew J Rotter.

This was the first book I have read about the atomic bomb.  What a terrible, horrible weapon.  I am hoping to visit Hiroshima some time this year.


The Name of the Wind

Patrick Rothfuss’ excellent first fantasy novels.  Other than the Lord of the Rings, and recently, the Song of Ice and Fire, I have never been a fantasy fan.  But these books distracted me quite a bit over the last few weeks.

The story of Kvothe. He spends a lot of time at the University. I spend a lot of time at the University. Does this count as PhD reading?

The Limits of Institutional Reform

This may become one of the central theories in my PhD work.  Taking it very slow to absorb as much as I can.

Matt Andrews

Evil and the Mask

An English translation of a Japanese book.  Not to my liking.  It felt too much like the author was trying to be Haruki Murakami.

Evil and the Mask

How the mind works

I  have had a long, but shallow, interest in the universe.  I am now developing an interest in innerspace.  This is one of my first forays.