Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Book Club: Let the Great World Spin

Life should be lived on the edge of life. You have to exercise rebellion: to refuse to tape yourself to rules, to refuse your own success, to refuse to repeat yourself, to see every day, every year, every idea as a true challenge - and then you are going to live your life on a tightrope. - Philippe Petit
Book club finished up reading "Let the Great World Spin" by Colum McCann and had our nearly-monthly meeting last Friday.  The book?  Pretty good.  I really enjoyed reading (and by reading, I mean listening on Audible) it as it spanned a bunch of different stories in NYC that intertwine with one another.  One of the central stories that bound things together was that of Philippe Petit doing a tight rope walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in NYC.  When I first started reading the book I assumed that the story of the high wire routine was fictional, like all the other stories in the book.  Later I learned that it was a historical event.  In fact, there is a documentary "Man on Wire" that has interviews with everyone involved.  The movie was awesome.
The other stories in the book were fiction, but good fiction.  There are even a few stories on about computer scientists and phreakers that I thought were basically accurate.  That is hard to do and I was impressed by it.
Of course, the other part of book club is just about the company.  Everyone else is a group of friends that met in grad school - and we are connected because Mrs.Chaos worked with some of them.  They are such a different group of friends from what I am used to from college - where everyone I know works in technology, all of them do jobs for the state of California (more or less).