Note on How Asia Works Notes and thoughts on reading Joe Studwell’s How Asia Works. It is one of the best books I have read, and often recommend it to anyone asking for a suggestion on what to read. This is a great read even if you aren’t interested in economics, policy making or development. My notes don’t capture this fully, but it will make you look at the world differently upon reading it; for me it fostered the idea of how to systematically explore my curioisties.
Death is a constant in Kerouac’s Big Sur, omnipresent, standing on our every turn. Religion is a constant. Drunkenness is a constant. Mother is a constant. The white line splitting the road is a constant. The road is a constant.
Friends and friendships though, change.
Even the ice cold Billie with her blond hair and blue eyes gets angry and cold, and you wonder what took her so long.
Of course, the immediate response to finishing the Big Sur, or any of Kerouac’s novels, his endless Legends of Duoloz series, is an urge to write in his manner.
Completely done with my indoor existence for the past few weeks, I took my old point and shoot out and went on a walk around my neighbourhood. When I came back and began editing them, I noticed a lot more tricolours than necessary. I realise this style of editing is passé, but I always wanted to do it since when I first saw them. And if our 75th Independence Day isn’t a good time then what will ever be.
On Reading the Left Hand of Darkness Light is the Left Hand of Darkness
In the edition that I read (from 2019, fifty years after this book was first published) there is an introduction, an author’s note and an afterword to go alongside the story.
I had purchased it in November last year, read it in March this year, and managed to read the introduction, the note and the afterword only today in June of 2022.
Planning and reviewing ones year in a journal is a a great habit, it is like making a packing list for a long journey, and then checking things off. It gives you the confidence that you are prepared for what’s ahead; it gives you a sense of direction in life.
But when you just write what you want from the year, and then write what happened, you miss a crucial ingredient - focus.