I’m currently on Time Travel: A History by James Gleick.
I’d been a fan of his writing since reading The Information (which was all great but the section on the telegraph simply blew my mind). I find his writing style easily digestible and his analysis/topics are insanely interesting. So far this one is discussing the introduction of the concept of time travel in fiction (I’m about 70 pages in). Today, we take for granted the idea of time travel, but he discusses the conditions that allowed it to exist in the public mind.
And even though I’ve read several between Time Travel and Notable American Women by Ben Marcus, this is the book I really need to tell you about. Or rather…I can’t tell you about it because Ben’s writing wraps you up in recontextualizations until you can only navigate this story with your intuitive–yet VERY SPECIFIC–understanding. It’s about a boy…and ideas about the violence of speech…and some wood…and some of the coolest shit I’ve ever read in my whole life. It’s absolutely beautiful and bizarre.