February 25, 2005
I had looked forward to reading Schott's Original Miscellany for over a year, after reading an interview with the author, Ben Schott. The thought of a book comprised of odd facts and interesting tidbits was right up my alley.
This is an enjoyable collection of trivia, as dense as a small book can possibly be. Some of the book is actually useful as well, like the European to American clothing size conversions. Filled with a truly amazing breadth of information (from knitting abbreviations to cricket positions), I can envision this book becoming a reference for the rest of my life. My only quibble is what is considered "miscellany," I would have left out the first hundred decimals of pi and several of the quotation collections, but these are minor points.
My next book is a collection of essays, Crackpot, written by personal hero, Simpsons guest star, and film director John Waters. Many thanks to the Atomic Books staff for having the author personally autograph the book for me. (FYI: they sell autographed copies of John Waters' books as well as receive his fan mail)