Earlier this summer the Oxford American picked their favorite summer reads.
Their list had two books I'd read, and two books I immediately wanted to read. You might recall we actually had a little challenge to see if any of the blog readers could pinpoint which book I meant.
One of the books on the list that I ordered is Thomas Chatterton Williams' LOSING MY COOL an elegant appraisal of "How a Father's Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture."
If you can refer to people in a non-fiction book as characters, my favorite character is Mr. Williams Senior, a man who read industriously and thoroughly his entire life but never for entertainment. As in, never read a novel for fun. I like to think that one of these days he'll retire and just read for the pure enjoyment of a story.
This is an odd thing to take from a serious and thoughtful book about culture, but I think it's a testament to this book that we see and care about the people in it, as much as think about things in new ways.