– finishing up
(tidying by reading, part 1)
Moving my library, I became aware of quite a few half-read books laying around. I have started sorting them out — some are too bad, vexatious or tedious to be read, but most of them had just been misplaced or forgotten in the middle of things…
And so now, being done moving, maybe now is the time for a bit of tidying by reading – ?
The first book I finished this year was John Kaag’s «Hiking with Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are», it hadn’t been lying around for very long, but I had had to put it down during the big MOVE – now it’s all read and ready for shelfing…
What I think about the book?
Its good, not quite as good as his previous book «American Philosophy: A Love Story», which I read earlier last year, but still very good.
I like Kaag’s personal take on philosophy, his way of fearless genre-bending; his way of mixing memoire, biography and non-fiction (which works only because Kaag knows his subjects very well, and because Kaag has an unusual talent for writing).
That said; I would have enjoyed a bit more philosophical context in the Nietzsche-book. But all in all: A great read!
My plan is to continue this little Nietzsche tour of mine with Sue Prideaux’s biography «I Am Dynamite!», sometime in the near future, but first I have some tidying by reading to do…
The next book I finish will however be something completely different, so stay tuned – !
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cool I plan on reading …”I am Dynamite” tooo …look forward to your insights …
Great – looking forward to your review!
I really enjoyed Kaag’s American Philosophy. To think that those wonderful books in that were sitting in the woods in New Hampshire (not far from where I live) going to waste! He also gave me a renewed interest in and deeper appreciation for William James. I’m not sure if I’m going to read his second book. Still on the fence about it.
Agree, «Am Phil.» is great, it made me want to know more about american pragmatism; to (re)-read James, Dewey & Emerson especially.