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  What are you reading?

  • Posted Over 10 years ago
  • by Marcelo

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…

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  • Post #481
  • Originally posted Tuesday, August 14, 2007 (6 years ago)
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  • Post #482
  • Originally posted Tuesday, August 14, 2007 (6 years ago)

A Futile And Stupid Gesture: How Doug Kenney And The National Lampoon Changed The Course Of Comedy

Great book on the early history of the Lampoon through to when PJ O'Rourke took it over and screwed it up.

The velocity of Spanish is that many tables do not have sadness...

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  • Post #483
  • Originally posted Tuesday, August 14, 2007 (6 years ago)

The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times &amp; Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers, by Robert L. Heilbroner. It's really cute, because it's from the 50's, so communism was still the big scare. And Heilbroner keeps rationalizing how American foreign policy is totally different from imperialism. Right.

God, I'm such a nerd.

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  • Post #484
  • Originally posted Wednesday, August 15, 2007 (6 years ago)

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain.

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  • Post #485
  • Originally posted Wednesday, August 15, 2007 (6 years ago)

I normally read two books at a time - one on the subway, the other at home.

For some reason I've gone overboard as I've ended up with a few books that I've started for lack of others around (one while upstate this past weekend, another a library book that had been on reserve for me, and the two I had previously started)

Somerset Maugham - Collected Short Stories Vol. 3 Charles Freeman - The Closing of the Western Mind: The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason Eleanor Herman - Sex with the Queen: 900 years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics Jon Spence - Becoming Jane Austen

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  • Post #486
  • Originally posted Wednesday, August 15, 2007 (6 years ago)
Quoted from "Ipanema"
Eat, Pray, Love

Let me know what you think of this. I've been tempted to pick it up a few times.

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  • Post #487
  • Originally posted Wednesday, August 15, 2007 (6 years ago)

I am re-reading a book that I loaned to a co-worker that I highly recommend - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Know-All-Humble-Become-Smartest/dp/0743250621/ref=pd_bbs_2/104-5106653-1652764?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1187187355&sr=8-2">The Know It All</a>. It's about a guy who decided to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica. Great book.

We are the keepers of Funny, the Judges, the Whisperers. We are Superior Naysayers And Rebukers of Knavery. We are SNARK. - Boosh!

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  • Post #488
  • Originally posted Wednesday, October 24, 2007 (6 years ago)

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawerence Wright.

In the early goings of this so far and I must say Wright has not only done his homework, he pulls off a novel type narrative of Islamic fanatics like Sayyid Qutb effortlessly. This has been excellent thus far.

"I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would affront your intelligence." --William F. Buckley Jr.

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  • Post #489
  • Originally posted Wednesday, November 21, 2007 (6 years ago)

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  • Post #490
  • Originally posted Wednesday, November 21, 2007 (6 years ago)

Wall Street Versus America (2006): A Muckraking Look At The Thieves, Fakers And Charlatans Who Are Ripping You Off By Gary Weiss

Dough (2007): A Memoir By Mort Zachter

The Hundred Year Lie (2006) How Food And Medicine Are Destroying Your Health By Randall Fitzgerald

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  • Post #491
  • Originally posted Sunday, January 6, 2008 (6 years ago)

you just got to listen to the music, 'cause it's talkin' to you man! -frankie http://www.zazzle.com/anarchyforpresident

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  • Post #492
  • Originally posted Sunday, January 6, 2008 (6 years ago)

Saturday Night Forever (2000) The Story Of Disco By Alan Jones and Jussi Kantonen

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  • Post #493
  • Originally posted Sunday, January 6, 2008 (6 years ago)

Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler

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  • Post #494
  • Originally posted Sunday, January 6, 2008 (6 years ago)

The Writing Life by Annie Dillard

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  • Post #495
  • Originally posted Sunday, January 6, 2008 (6 years ago)

The Making Of The Fittest : DNA And The Ultimate Forensic Record Of Evolution by Sean B. Carroll.

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  • Post #496
  • Originally posted Saturday, January 12, 2008 (6 years ago)

How Starbucks Saved My Life (2007) A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else By Michael Gates Gill The inspiring story of a man who had it all, then lost it all, and found it again where he least expected...Starbucks.

Jim Cramer's Stay Mad For Life (2007) Get Rich, Stay Rich (Make Your Kids Even Richer) By James J. Cramer with Cliff Mason

Keep On Dancin' (2000) My Life and The Paradise Garage By Mel Cheren (founder of West End Records and The Paradise Garage)

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  • Post #497
  • Originally posted Monday, January 21, 2008 (6 years ago)

Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg. In this controversial book, Jonah Goldberg of NRO uncovers a not-so-controversial truth about modern progressives and the collectist aims of totalitarians in decades past. What sounds like an oxymoron really isn't.

"I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would affront your intelligence." --William F. Buckley Jr.

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  • Post #498
  • Originally posted Monday, January 21, 2008 (6 years ago)

Whiteout: Life in Aspen by Ted Conover

Newjack is my favorite by him. Extremely interesting account of life in Sing Sing. As a journalist, they wouldn't let him in to do an investigative report, so he became a corrections officer and wrote about his experience.

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  • Post #499
  • Originally posted Monday, January 21, 2008 (6 years ago)

The Indian Grocery Store Demystified Linda Bladholm

I like to cook.

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  • Post #500
  • Originally posted Tuesday, January 22, 2008 (6 years ago)

"The Weather Makers" by Tim Flannery, an envirnonmentalist and scientist (not the same thing) writes a convincing book of why C02 is the bad ass gas when it comes ot global warming. He made me a true believer. I just finished it.

"Hard News", by Seth Mnookin. A well-researched and well-written page turner about the 2002-2003 meltdown of the NYT. I am just finishing it.

Books in waiting.

  1. "First Word: seacrh for the origins of language", by Christine Kenneally,
  2. The Creature form Jekyll Island: a second look at the Federal Reserve, by G. Edward Griffin.
  3. "The Stuff of Thought": Language as a window into human nature, by Steven Pinker.

    I purposefully bought the three above off Amazon

  4. "Mel Torme; It wasn't all velvet". An autobiography.

  5. "The City of Falling Angels", by John Berendt, a novel by the author of Midnight in the Garden of the Good and Evil.
  6. "Bing Crosby: A pocketful of dreams (the Early Years 1903-1940)", by Gary Giddins. I like his writing on Jazz.

The last three I glomed off a one buck table at a el-cheapo bookstore in a el-cheapo outlet mall in Valdosta Georgia.

If anyone wan't to shill me on or off any of these books in waiting, do so.

Allen Hall

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  • Post #501
  • Originally posted Tuesday, January 22, 2008 (6 years ago)

"Change your thoughts, and you change your world" - Norman Vincent Peale.

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  • Post #502
  • Originally posted Thursday, January 24, 2008 (6 years ago)

I'm reading Gone With the Wind.

I didn't realize it was so long.

I'm having a hard time picturing how they could have turned this into a movie.

I'll add the movie to my Netflix after I finish the book.

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  • Post #503
  • Originally posted Thursday, January 24, 2008 (6 years ago)

The Overlook by Michael Connelly

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  • Post #504
  • Originally posted Thursday, January 24, 2008 (6 years ago)

I don't read.

"Chaw, chi-chaw, chi-chaw." - Lindsay Bluth

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  • Post #505
  • Originally posted Tuesday, January 29, 2008 (6 years ago)

Born Standing Up (2007) By Steve Martin

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  • Post #506
  • Originally posted Sunday, February 3, 2008 (6 years ago)

I just finished reading Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman. Best Gaiman novel I've read yet. A bit lighter than American Gods, but the prose is much better, and the protagonists are actually likeable. About the two modern sons of the trickster god. Great book.

I also finished Tad Williams' ridiculously long Otherlands four-parter. A good, but flawed SF series. Great characters, plot, and world, but there were a couple of poor plot decisions which hurt it. It also badly needed a firmer editor. Williams writes like he's being paid by the word, and the four-parter could have probably been a two-parter. It's set probably around 50-100 years from now, and is about the Otherlands, a secret world that a dozen or so of the Earth's most powerful people are building, and how the protagonists are caught up in it. A good series if you're a fast reader, good, skimmer, or have a whole lot of time on your hands.

Dave

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  • Post #507
  • Originally posted Sunday, February 3, 2008 (6 years ago)

Quivers: A Life (1995) By Robin Quivers

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  • Post #508
  • Originally posted Saturday, February 23, 2008 (6 years ago)

Going to start House to House: An Epic Memoir of War by SSG David Bellavia which recounts the battle of Fallujah through the eyes of the 2nd BN/2 Infantry.

"I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would affront your intelligence." --William F. Buckley Jr.

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  • Post #509
  • Originally posted Saturday, February 23, 2008 (6 years ago)

Re-reading Good Omens by Neil Gaiman &amp; Terry Pratchett.

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  • Post #510
  • Originally posted Sunday, February 24, 2008 (6 years ago)

The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker (2006) By Suzanne Portnoy

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