bendawson asked: Could I ask a favor? I'm making an effort to make my brain more than a receptacle for numbers and useless sports knowledge, and just picked up some Pynchon and Fitzgerald (MINNESOTA PROVINCIALISM! WOO!) to slowly grind back up to speed. Could you recommend a few other things for me to read?
Which Pynchon and Fitzgerald? I’m a Neal Stephenson fanatic, you might like Snow Crash or Cryptonomicon—that one is long. I also really like Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, William Gibson, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Robertson Davies. For a fun, light read that moves quickly but is interesting, you might try to find ‘The Club Dumas’ by Arturo Perez-Reverte. Riveting.