Reading The Assassins' Gate, America in Iraq, by George Packer. His dad gave it to him as a gift. He's only just begun but so far this is what he's learned: conservatives, together with expatriots from Iraq, exiled by Saddam, have been trying to launch this war for 20 years.

Right now he's also reading the 2006 edition of Best American Nonrequired Reading, edited by David Eggers. Recently he read Eggers' What is What. He's a big Eggers fan. His favorite book of all time is A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. What he likes about it--it's just honest and real; Eggers captures the gen x, liberal, go-getter mindset.