Every other week, we share what our patrons are reading with the Omaha World-Herald.
This week, Benson Branch patron Kendrick Olson, a graduate of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis with a B.A. in English literature, shares his favorites.
1) “Infinite Jest” by David Foster Wallace. This is David Foster Wallace’s masterpiece that inspired reading groups like “Infinite Summer.” “Infinite Jest” is over a thousand pages with more than a hundred pages of endnotes filled with David Foster Wallace’s unique sense of humor. The book’s vast themes inspire book groups to take this challenge – read the whole book.
2) “Homageto Catalonia” by George Orwell. This is the real-life experience of George Orwell as a soldier in the Spanish Civil war. An example of true democracy.
3) The Sea of Fertility tetralogy (“Spring Snow,” “Runaway Horses,” “The Temple of Dawn,” “The Decay of the Angel”) by Yukio Mishima. A love story in Japan following a person’s soul through several reincarnations. Written by one of Japan’s greatest authors.
4) “The Emperor Wears No Clothes: The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and the Conspiracy Against Marijuana” by Jack Herer. The title may recall the children’s fable, but this is the story of how the most important plant in the world can save our planet.
5) Any and all books by Noam Chomsky. Noam Chomsky was very successful in reaching a large audience with his book “9-11:Was There An Alternative?” and helping people understand what’s really going on in our world. His writings help us to understand propaganda models and media maniupulation. It inspres you to get involved.