Recent reading: I burned through Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis for book club last week. It was suprisingly good, although a bit repetitive. It's also surprisingly modern: I guess the use of religion for monetary and political gain is hardly a new thing in the US, or really anywhere, anytime.
Currently reading: For some reason I decided I needed to reread the Montmaray novels by Michelle Cooper. So right now I'm about halfway through FitzOsbornes at War, and girding myself for tragedy. These are so good, though. I love them all, even Aunt Charlotte. And the Colonel, who has no first name!
Frankly, I don't understand why nobody has optioned these for a movie or miniseries: they have great characters and a vivid, dramatic setting.
Next up: Probably Locked In by John Scalzi, which I got from the library. I've had only middling success with his stuff in the past, but I'm hearing good things about this one. I shall report back!
Oh, cool: how to make homemade ginger beer. That might be a fun thing to experiment with...
I may have to try this homemade noodle soup cup thing.
Stumbled across this in a thread on MeFi about food. I don't know whether Wodehouse would be chuffed, or appalled.
Ah, the advent of slow tv.
Diana Athill on being 96 and not fearing death. (link via the Toast)
The New Yorker has a depressing explanation for why we don't have cures for many tropical diseases. Of course, it's all about the money.
In other news, I was just told that the organization where I am employed as a contractor has just gotten approval to begin the hiring process for the position I am filling for them. Which means that, one way or another, I will be changing jobs at some point. Either they hire me directly and cancel the contract, or hire someone else and cancel the contract. But possibly not soon: it can take them months and months and months to get through the approvals to post the announcement, and then more months to decide who to hire. I will probably apply for it, but I'm glad I'm already sending out applications for other positions. At least I won't be caught off-guard (this time), and if I get another offer before they make a decision, well that's just too bad for them.