Even if it's not common to fail to recall details of traumatic events, which it is, I think you have to give Brian Williams a break - that guy has seen more crazy stuff in his career than just about anyone in America. It's not tragic that he was in the helicopter behind the one that took RPG fire or saw a dead Katrina victim floating in water rather than lying in a gutter. The real tragedy is that we were bullshitted into a dumb war with lies about future nuclear attacks on the US and that the White House thought they did a heck-of-a-job when a major US city was wiped out by a storm.
I work in what has been described as a "high-beta" industry, so I'm getting my hours in while they're still available to me. Here's what I've been up to when I'm not working, drinking and working, or [working] with my kids.
I highly recommend "Dark Pools" which is about how we've come to the point where trades are measured in picoseconds (a trillionth of a second) in order to remain competitive. Sounds boring, but it's written in the same style as a Michael Lewis book and if you ever wanted to know how a guy with lizards running around in his server room helped narrow the average holding period for a stock from two years to twenty seconds, well this is the book for you.
I also read "Savages" and it's prequel (probably not worth reading). This was before I knew Oliver Stone was doing the movie. A cross between Weeds and No Country For Old Men - really very entertaining fiction.
Other books I enjoyed the last six months: Ready Player One, Deer Hunting with Jesus, This Book Will Save Your Life, The George Martin series, Open City (about NYC), 1Q84, Horns: A Novel, The Fear Index, 11/22/63, Smonk, & The Digital Plague.
Believe it or not, "The Help" is excellent. I also finally saw "Too Big To Fail" which was surprisingly good and I liked "Rampart" about an LA cop in the 90's. I watched "The Grey" because Liam Leeson lives near me and he is one cool cat. That's about it - since I rarely have more than 30mins to myself, we've been watching TV (Mad Men, Big C, Dexter, Homeland, Boardwalk Empire).
I get around 10 hours a week in and played have played through ME3, Uncharted, Battlefield, Darkness, Gears of War, Arkham City, Modern Warfare and Fear on their most difficult settings this year. I actually just told a high school class that video games are good for you (hand-eye coordination, nonlinear progression, pattern recognition etc), which left their teachers understandably perplexed.
By far the best game I have ever played is Max Payne 3. Below is a screengrab from a fairly typical gameplay scene, so not for the fainthearted: