My current activities. Possibly not up-to-date.
I am used to read more than one book at a time and this is what’s currently on my bedside table.
Naked Lunch — This book has been on my to-read list for quite some time. I found a paperback copy in a thrift store and that’s when I finally started reading it. Burroughs was part of the Beat movement and has had a great influence on the later No Wave movement.
Naked Lunch is a challenging book to read. Burroughs uses a nonlinear style, result of the cut-up technique. According to him, any point in the book is a good place where to start reading.
Programming in Haskell — I learnt what little I know about programming in C++ mainly to solve the problems related to my Ph.D. project. Haskell and functional programming are something I have become curious about lately. There is a lot of potential in learning a different way of thinking when programming and the strong connection of Haskell with mathematics made me very curious.
This is the textbook for the FP101x course offered on edX. The book is clear: you don’t need any previous experience with Haskell or knowledge of category theory.
Om Høsten — I am trying to learn Norwegian and I have wanted for a while to read something challenging. It is a slow process: I need to look up words on a dictionary quite often. It is very rewarding though!
My first encounter with Karl Ove Knausgård was actually in English translation on the Fiction page of The New Yorker magazine. It was an excerpt from the third volume of his six-volume autobiography. I was intrigued by this project and decided to read it in Norwegian. Needless to say, I did not progress much further than the first few pages of the first volume. I lowered my ambitions a notch and decided to start with this book of his insstead. Om Høsten is part of a series of four. Each book is a collection of short letters to his unborn daughter, describing and explaining what things she will meet in the world.