Dear Ruffians. After I’ve read a book I really like I like to talk about it, but I’ve always balked at joining a book club because then I’d have to listen politely as people express incorrect opinions about the book in question (yes I realise this is my problem). So I’ve hit upon this great plan: a book club in which I’m the only one allowed to speak.
At irregular intervals I’ll be writing about books I’ve found interesting and connecting them to whatever’s going on. I hope it will be a source of reading inspiration for you, but also that each ‘review’ is interesting in its own right regardless of whether you’ve read or want to read the book. Sound good? Then let’s begin. No, me first.
Rational Ritual, by Michael Suk-Young Chwe, a book about why successful human society depends on everyone knowing something about what everyone knows.
The return of televised sport post-lockdown has been immensely welcome - you don’t realise how important the unimportant things in life are until they are taken away. There is no doubt, however, that watching a football game on TV when there is no crowd in the stadium is less enjoyable than it is with one. Even the biggest games feel a little flat and trivial, like watching a bunch of blokes in a park kick a ball around for ninety minutes. Yes, I know that’s what it literally is, but some veil of magic has been stripped away and I’d like it back.