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reading update and outlook

self-portrait from the sketchbook

finished dune. the best book i’ve read in a decade and a half. some consider it the greatest science-fiction novel ever written and i think that still underrates it. i read the 50th anniversary addition with a beautiful cover.

starting leonardo da vinci again. my plan is just dipping in a chapter a day. no more than that. going to read it concurrently with these current and upcoming reads

frank herbert

grapes of wrath

yiddish policeman’s union

reading dune

sandworm
ornihthopters
ornithopter

and drawing ornithopters and sandworms…

dune’s been on my to read list for awhile now

i expected it to be a slog, but it’s not. it really moves

the first chapter throws a lot at you, but after that it goes non-stop

star wars owes so much to dune, but elements of the novel seem to pop up a lot in other, unexpected areas of pop culture as well

(i’m thinking of metal gear solid’s sneak suit and skull suit owe a lot to the stillsuit of dune)

but maybe even more interesting than the influence of dune, are the influences on dune

i can’t wait to dig in there

i know so little about frank herbert, but he must have been off – the – charts brilliant