Science fiction / fantasy author Jeff Vandermeer, author of wildly inventive novels and stories (try this interview for a primer), has undertaken to read a book a night from Penguin's beautiful "Great Ideas" series (for a fortuitious intersection between that series and a title of our own, see our post from a few days ago titled "A Tale of Two Editions").
Thus far he's on #4, Thomas à Kempis’ The Inner Life. Entries one, two and three included Seneca’s On the Shortness of Life, Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations and St Augustine’s Confessions of a Sinner. All in all the posts are shaping up to deliver a series of impressionistic meditations not only on the works consumed, but on the act of reading itself and the trials and tribulations of a relationship with the "great books." Highly recommended.