I am generally a fan of big fat books, but my teaching has recently made me reconsider short stories and the like. I mean, how many 900-page novels could you assign in a freshman class, anyway? So out of that has grown two book recommendations:
Lightman, Alan. Einstein’s Dreams. A beautifully-written book about different conceptions of time. If you’re a physics brain you’ll love it; if you’re an art brain you’ll love it. Each of the sketches of time is something like 3 pages, and there 30 in all. And did I mention that it’s short?
Lennon, J. Robert. Pieces for the Left Hand. A collection of very short (2-3 pages) stories about weird stuff that happens in life. Very funny and very enjoyable. Oh yes, and short.
For those of us who don’t have time to do much reading these days . . .
P.S. Any recommendations to throw my way?