let’s call the whole thing off

Elvis/Beatles, Vanilla/Chocolate, Fiction/Non-Fiction… These are choices that supposedly define us.  I’m not sure what it means if I prefer The Beatles, chocolate, and non-fiction, but I do.  Even with The New Yorker—my devotion of nearly eight years—I skip the fiction. 


I’m tempted to say that this same preference attracts me automobiles.  Though tangible, technical, and apparently real, on second thought I realize that cars are equal part fantasy.  They do garner a broad selection of commentary, however, in the non-fiction category, which I have collected over the years.  Recently I heard of a few more books worth checking out:

Twilight in the Desert, Matthew Simmons, 2006

A comprehensive analysis of the Saudi oil reserves, ‘drilling’ into the details of Peak Oil.

Hell and High Water, Joseph Romm, 2006

The author of my constant reference The Hype About Hydrogen pays talented (and welcome) attention to climate change.

Cradle to Cradle, McDonough/Braungart, 2002

How did I not hear of this earlier?  Without reading it, it looks like The Omnivore’s Dilemma for manufacturing. 

Note that none of these links to Amazon.  In case you’ve forgotten (or *gasp* never hear of it), try Booksense