I'm going try to read more European history. I'd also really like to read some of the classics of European literature, starting with the Illiad. First, though, I need to understand the context it was all written in.
So I picked up a copy of Robin Lane Fox's The Classical World in Bologna last week, and I'm sort of "wiki-reading" it. I go through each chapter with a highlighter, picking out anything I don't understand (or anything I would like to know more about), then I hop onto Wikipedia and look up everything I've highlighted. It's like a DIY York Notes.
But "wiki-reading" works best online. This article from Portfolio magazine about the sub-prime mortage crisis is the best explanation of the crisis I have ever read, and I gained a much deeper understanding of it because every time I didn't "get" a concept I stopped reading and opened up Google or Wikipedia.
I wish that there was some way to have a "Wikipedia" button on my laptop's keyboard. When reading an article, it would be great to be able to click on text and link straight through to a Wikipedia article, rather than having to highlight the text, copy it and paste it into the Wikipedia search bar. Ah, well... maybe in Linux!
As well as blogging here, I'm also one of the editors on bloggingportal.eu - a new way to read blogs about EU affairs. We aggregate the content from more than 300 blogs about the EU! If you're at all interested in Europe, then check it out!
I'm living in Italy and taking European & International Studies at the University of Trento. My current mission in life is to learn as much as I can about Europe, her past, peoples, foods, cultures, crimes, triumphs and her place in the world. I want to know the whole shmeer! Warts and all!