We pretend that we go through this nonsense as a small price paid to assure the safety of air travel. Rubbish. This has nothing to do with safety – 95 percent of these inspections, searches, shoe removals and pat-downs are ridiculously unnecessary. The only reason we continue to do this is that people are too cowed to even question the absurd taboo against profiling – when the profile of the airline attacker is narrow, concrete, uniquely definable and universally known. So instead of seeking out terrorists, we seek out tubes of gel in stroller pouches.
Trying to determine which of the following books to go for:
The Edge of Sadness - Edwin O'Connor - Betty Duffy recommended, but not lyrical and not exactly escapism material.
The Imperfectionists - Tom Rachmen - decently lyrical with comic undertones, which usually is my fiction forte.
Proud to be Right: Voices of the Next Conservative Generation - Jonah Goldberg - started reading first chapter via Kindle and looks pretty interesting. But it is non-fiction, of which I already have a heap.
Russian Debutante's Handbook - Gary Shteyngart - has much potential, looks generally engaging and accessible.
Everything Matters! - Ron Currie Jr. - comic, but a bit too cutesy. Not noticeably lyrical.
Parched - have the book, and read the first couple chapters yesterday.