April 30, 2016, Saturday night -- Reading Michael Herr

Walking down Mission Street
He is reading Dispatches, by Michael Herr. It's about the author's experiences being a corespondent in Vietnam during the war. He picked up Dispatches because he was in the middle of Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace and needed a break, and it was recommended by Michiko Kakutani, the chief book critic at the New York Times, who he follows on Twitter.

Something else good he's read recently is The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert. If he had to pick a favorite book, it would be The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.