Thanks to MLK Day, this weekend will be a three-day weekend for me. In a lot of ways it affords me an opportunity similar to that of Labor Day, in tat it's a break early enough in the semester that I don't have a whole lot of accumulated assignments to grade. And while I'm recording a couple of interviews later today, those will be my last for the month. So for the most part, I have an opportunity for lots of self-directed reading in the days ahead.
While I'm thinking of taking advantage of it by reading a Ross Macdonald novel, I will likely use the time to tackle the David Glantz book that is awaiting my review. This was one of those reviewing plums that was too tempting to pass up, especially as I have been preparing to delve into Glantz's body of work in order to fill one of the most glaring gaps in my understanding of the Second World War. That being said, starting with Glantz is in a lot of ways like teaching yourself to swim by jumping into a fast-moving river, as his books are dense with detail and with very little context provided. He's far from the most reader-friendly author (especially for the novice), but I've committed to reviewing his book so I'll need to read it sometime soon.