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Chilling the debate for a second, I thought it would be fun to just talk about books.
My high school Senior English teacher, the late Mrs. Theibert, insisted that we should read three books at a time - a play in class, a book on our own to be discussed in class, and a third book of our choosing for fun. Mrs. Theibert was the most well-read person I ever knew.
Since her passing I have tried my hardest to live up to that. I find that two at a time is the most I can really handle, but I can deal with three if the third is semi-fun/easy (like plays tend to be).
Right now I'm 600 pages into Neal Stephenson's "Quicksilver." It's a bit dense and difficult at times, sometimes you have to really slog through it, but it's fantastic stuff. I can't wait to see what kind of ending he has in store. He always had great endings. I think though that there are two more 900 page books before I even get there.
I've also just started reading Robert Boston's fantastic book, "Why the Religious Right is Wrong about Separation of Church and State." It's a really illuminating history book that analyzes the history of church/state separation in America, but at the same time does not devalue the importance of religion in people's lives. What the Religious Right is wrong about is that separation of church and state actually HELPS religion. The US is one of the most religious countries in the world, and the author argues that is is BECAUSE of church/state separation. Interesting stuff.
What are you all reading?