September 28th, 2005

Sociopathy for Dummies

I have been looking at my recommendations. It has suggested Cory Doctorow's 'Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town', which I have ordered despite my taking the piss out of the rather clunky prose style when it was released on-line.
I have also ordered this: Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents by Ellen Ullman described as 'This text is a candid account of the life of a software engineer who runs her own computer consulting business. We find a smart, funny bisexual torn between the pure, abstract world of programming and her involvement in San Francisco's city-wide registration system for AIDS patients.' I am amazed I have never heard of this, although I have probably skimmed past reviews of it.

Lots of the books are ones I have vaguely considered buying, but there are some weird outliers, which seem to be things liked by other people who liked Robert Anton Wilson. The most disturbing (in at number 5) is:
Psychopath's Bible: For the Extreme Individual by Christopher S. Hyatt. One of the reviews says 'The Psychopath's Bible is just that; sound advice for people who aren't too concerned with ethics.'

I think I shall give that a miss...