Beyond The Pale

My Journal, Volume 2

I just finished writing the second volume of my journals since I started consistently keeping them in December of 2007. Until that point, I had kept a list of the books I read by year. But I’ve been trying for years to remove myself from the normal Julian calendar, and some of the ways that I’ve done that are to work out on 4 or 6 rather than 7 day cycles, and to count years based on deployments or school years, depending on what I’m doing in my life at the time. Another way is to list books based on journal volumes. Here are the books that I read in the last 14 and ½ months:

• Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen – 8 June 2009
• When you are Engulfed in Flames – David Sedaris – 13 June 2009
• Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Jane Austen and Seth Graham Smith – 20 June 2009
• Replay – Ken Grimwood – 21 June 2009
• Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands – Michael Chabon – 21 June 2009
• On Bullshit – Harry G. Frankfurt – 27 June 2009
• I Robot – Issac Asimov – 30 June 2009
• Judas Unchained – Richard K. Hamilton – 6 July 2009
• I Know This Much is True – Wally Lamb – 8 July 2009
• Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions – Lisa Randall – 23 July 2009
• Art & Physics – Leonard Shlain – 23 July 2009
• Quicksilver – Neal Stephenson – 6 August 2009
• The Yiddish Policemen’s Union – 12 August 2009
• The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order – Samuel P. Huntington – 25 August 2009
• The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand – 28 August 2009
• The Jungle – Upton Sinclair – 30 August 2009
• That’s Not in My American History Book – 5 September 2009
• The Dark Tower Book I: The Gunslinger – Stephen King – 12 September 2009
• Doubt: A History – Jennifer Michael Hecht – 13 September 2009
• The Structure of Scientific Revolutions – Thomas Khun – 21 September 2009
• The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon – 28 September 2009
• The Confusion – Neal Stephenson – 28 September 2009
• Too Much Happiness – Alice Munro – 2 October 2009
• Beowulf – 8 October 2009
• Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong – James W. Loen – 10 October 2009
• Blindspot – Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore – 11 October 2009
• Hyperion – Dan Simmons – 24 October 2009
• The System of the World – Neal Stephenson – 13 November 2009
• The Dreaming Void – Peter F. Hamilton – 13 November 2009
• She’s Come Undone – Wally Lamb – 16 November 2009
• Ringworld – Larry Niven – 22 November 2009
• The Dark Tower Book II: The Drawing of the Three – Stephen King – 3 December 2009
• Starship Troopers – Robert A. Heinlein – 7 December 2009
• Imagine Your Life Without Fear – Max Lucado – 7 December 2009
• Childhood’s End – Arthur C. Clarke – 17 December 2009
• Gorgias – Plato – 21 December 2009
• Anathem – Neal Stephenson 2009
• Celebration of Discipline – Richard K. Foster – 12 January 2010
• The Temporal Void – Peter F. Hamilton – 12 January 2010
• The Prefect – Alastair Reynolds – 22 January 2010
• Under the Dome – Stephen King – 26 January 2010
• Evil and the Justice of God – N. T. Wright – 27 January 2010
• Wittgenstein’s Poker: The Story of a Ten Minute Argument between Two Great Philosophers – David Edmonds and Jonh Eidenow – 28 January 2010
• The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kid – 1 February 2010
• Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card – 28 February 2010
• Look at this F*cking Hipster – Joe Mande – 1 April 2010
• Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke – 17 April 2010
• Galileo’s Dream – Kim Stanley Robinson – 12 April 2010
• On the Old Testament – Mark Driscoll – 22 April 2010
• The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye – Robert Kirkman –23 April 2010
• The Walking Dead Volume 2: Miles Behind Us – Robert Kirkman – 24 April 2010
• The Walking Dead Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars – Robert Kirkman – 24 April 2010
• Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson – 24 April 2010
• Creative Journal Writing: The Art and Heart of Reflection – Stephanie Dowrich – 25 April 2010
• The Walking Dead Volume 4: The Heart’s Desire – Robert Kirkman – 29 April 2010
• The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes – Neil Gaiman – 29 April 2010
• The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands – Stephen King – 30 April 2010
• The Walking Dead Volume 5: The Best Defense – Robert Kirkman – 1 May 2010
• The Sandman: The Doll’s House – Neil Gaiman – 2 May 2010
• The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks – Max Brooks – 3 May 2010
• The Sandman: Dream Country – Neil Gaiman – 3 May 2010
• Easy Spanish Reader – William T. Tardy – 4 May 2010
• Calculating God – Robert J Sawyer – 8 May 2010
• The Walking Dead Volume 6: This Sorrowful Life – Robert Kirkman – 8 May
• The Sandman: Season of Mists – Neil Gaiman – 9 May 2010
• Shadow Boxing: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction – Kristen Iversen – 9 May 2010
• Black Hole – Charles Burns – 9 May 2010
• The Walking Dead Volume 7: The Calm Before – Robert Kirkman – 15 May 2010
• The Sandman: A Game of You – Neil Gaiman – 16 May 2010
• Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born – Peter David Et. Al. – 16 May 2010
• The Resistant Writer: Rhetoric as Immunity, 1850 to the Present – Charles Paine – 17 May 2010
• The Walking Dead Volume 8: Made to Suffer – Robert Kirkman – 24 May 2010
• The Sandman: Fables and Reflections – Neil Gaiman – – 25 May 2010
• The Mysterious Benedict Society – Trenton Lee Stewart – 26 May 2010
• Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson – 27 May 2010
• The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass – Stephen King – 10 June 2010
• The Sandman: Brief Lives – Neil Gaiman – 16 June 2010
• The Passage – Justin Cronin – 10 July 2010
• The Dark Tower V: The Wolves of the Calla – Stephen King – 14 July 2010
• Dead Until Dark – Charliane Harris – 15 July 2010
• The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susanna – Stephen King – 20 July 2010
• Firestarter – Stephen King – 24 July 2010
• Gorgias – Plato – 29 July 2010
• The Fall of Hyperion – Dan Simmons – 30 July 2010
• Endymion – Dan Simmons – 5 August 2010
• The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower – Stephen King – 9 August 2010
• Phaedrus – Plato – 11 August 2010
• The Rise of Endymion – Dan Simmons – 15 August 2010
• Sophie’s World – Jostien Gaarder – 18 August 2010
• Rhetoric – Aristotle – 20 August 2010
• A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway – 25 August 2010
• Count Zero – William Gibson – 1 September 2010
• Rhetorica Ad Herennium – Anonymous – 3 September 2010

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September 14, 2010 - Posted by | Literature, Reading Lists

3 Comments »

  1. Question. Why do you desire to break free from the commonly used Gregorian calendar? Is it a desire to be non-conformist or post-modern? Or is there a practical reason?

    Comment by Michael Olson | September 15, 2010 | Reply

    • It’s a practical reason. I find that since my work is either always tied explicitly to the calendar week, as when at home, or there are no days off at all, as when deployed, by having as many conflicting cycles overlapping, I am less prone to fall into a routine that permits me to not do what I need to do simply because of the day of the week, or whatever. Also, as you might have noticed, I have to admit that I rather DO like to set my own rules whenever possible.

      Comment by davidjgross | September 16, 2010 | Reply

  2. Shit, man, how do you manage to read so much?! It looks like you just sit around and read all day! *jealous*

    Comment by xgravity23 | September 20, 2010 | Reply


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