“I wonder... What's in a book while it's closed... Because as soon as I open it, there's a whole story with people I don't know yet and all kinds of adventure and deeds and battles... All those things are somehow shut up in a book. But it's already there, that's the funny thing. I just wish I knew how it could be.”
Michael Ende, The Neverending Story
“A wild dream and a far one -- but no wilder and no farther than some of the dreams of man.”
“That's the reason they're called lessons: because they lessen from day to day.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
“Think of a computer program. Somewhere, there is one key instruction, and everything else is just functions calling themselves, or brackets billowing out endlessly through an infinite address space. What happens when the brackets collapse? Where's the final “END IF”? Is any of this making sense?”
Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless
Here I try to maintain a list of book in-jokes: little jokes that most readers won't notice, hidden in otherwise serious books (for more about
what "in-jokes" are, see at the end of the list).
I'll need your help: if you find any such in-jokes, let me know. Please include the word “injoke” in the subject.
The books are listed in no particular order.
Book Reviews / Read LogBook Reviews: FictionScience-Fiction Book ReviewsNon-Fiction Book ReviewsComputer Science Book Reviews
I’ve read many books in my life, and many programs, but this was the first time I’ve read a book which is simply the documentation of a program; and a particularly short one at that (this isn’t Knuth’s Literate Programming project). Other things I’ve read between July and September 2022 include Greek plays, a history of ancient Greece, a science fiction book or two, and more.
Reading the Iliad twice doesn’t mean I can’t read it twice... again. Because new translations are often a real joy. Also, Graves on Greek mythology, the closure of The Expanse, human rights, fear of A.I., and more: my read log for the last three months of 2021.
Over the past three months I found myself reading science fiction books in preparation for a sequel, science fiction books in preparation for a TV series, a children’s book that got me thinking about a new science fiction idea, an important translated book about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, and a textbook about translation. My read log for July to September 2021.