The Art of War by Sun Tzu
While I have no immediate plans to become a military general, there are still some great tips for organizational management and leadership. Doomed spy is an interesting term.

The Lost City of Z by David Grann
The story starts fairly slow, so slow the author needs to insert his amateur adventuring in the Amazon to liven it up. It also miffs me that he does not fact check his statements on insects (e.g., botflies can pierce through clothing with ovipositors).

Year of the King by Anthony Sher
It’s comforting to know that the 1% of the acting world face the same problems and fears as the remainder of us. Sher’s storytelling is fresh and gets to the point. It’s just a pity that no video of his performance as Richard III exists.

Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum
Pleasant adventure tale, although some of the undertones are kind of creepy.  There are a lot of descriptions of sailing which made my eyes glaze over, but the narration livens up when Slocum encounters land.

Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
There is a lot of hubbub going on in this play: lots of entrances/exits, music, sound effects … magic tricks. The ending always makes me tear up. Chekhov originally wanted the piece to played a comedy but Stanislavski turned it into a tragedy.

Prick Up Your Ears by John Lahr
I’m fascinated by the dramatist, Joe Orton, and his work. It was interesting reading about the genesis of his plays and characters as well as his odd life and death. The Seattle P-I caught me reading this book on the train without pants.

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