I read a book called “The Victorian Internet” by Tom Standage.
Now, I am NOT a nonfiction person, so it took me a while to actually sit down and read this. And y’all: SO GOOD. It’s about the creation of the telegraph and even though the technologies differ, it is so relevant to modern technology too. It seem hokey when we think about the telegraph. Like, duh, right?? But it’s really incredible and it makes me wonder what will happen next, after the internet as we know it today. And then I feel so small and insignificant and I get existential and have to watch corgi videos on YouTube.
My next read will be “The Last Days of Night” by Graham Moore, lent to me by my father. This one is about the emergence of electricity and particularly the legal battle between Edison and Westinghouse. It is written as a novel.
My CURRENT read is “The Wicked Boy” by Kate Summerscale, a nonfiction about the saga of a Victorian child murderer (a child who was a murderer, not a murderer of children). It is clearly very well researched. She has some other books I’m also interested in.
What are you reading?