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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 1:07 pm 
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Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto by Mark Levin.

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 Post subject: Re:What Are You Reading?
PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 6:22 pm 
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Re-reading The Fountainhead. Next up...Jimmy Breslin's I Don't Want to Go to Jail.
I preferred "The Fountainhead" to "Atlas Shrugged". I especially enjoyed Roarke's empassioned speach in the courtroom.

Just finished John Cheever's "Bullet Park".


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Just finished the mammoth 2 Vol biography of D. Martyn-Lloyd Jones by Ian Murray. D.M. L-J was perhaps the most well-known and influential conservative British preacher of the 20th Century.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 8:06 pm 
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Recent reads -

The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck. - very good and interesting about late 19th Cent. chinese life. The fact that it was written by a woman and the main character is amn is even more interesting.

The Great Bridge - David McCullough - fascinating story about the design and building of the Brooklyn Bridge and the men who made it.

A throwaway Stone Barrington novel by Stuart Woods - the title doesn't matter - they're all the same. I can't believe it's not a comic book. This guy makes Clive Cussler look like Leo Tolstoy. However, a fun read.

The Nine - Jeff Toobin - interesting enough read about the recent justices of the Supreme Court. Way to liberal leaning for my taste. I had not really known a lot about how the court works and how personality driven it is. Amazing that they create/change so much law! Good current events stuff for the Sotomayor nomination.

Next up: the McCullough book about the Panama Canal.


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My most recent 2 reads:
Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong. Fascinating novel about a Chinese urban raised student from Beijing in his early 20s spending 10 or so years out on the grasslands in the late 60s with the last remaining herdsman Mongols and learning why wolves are feared yet worshipped while combatting the "great leap forward" that is threatening the grassland with destruction and desertification by modern farming and livestock raising. A very moving and interesting story. Strongly recommend. 4.5 clips.

http://www.amazon.com/Wolf-Totem-Novel- ... 1594201560

Lush Life by Richard Price. New type of take on the flawed hero cop detective in the context of a murder in a half gentrified neighborhood. Okay - not great - wanders around too much without a real point. I did sort of like the protagonist. 2.5 clips.

http://www.amazon.com/Lush-Life-Novel-R ... 715&sr=1-1

Currently reading To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Pure greatness. Better than I remembered. 5 clips.

I also read half of A Path Between the Seas - the David McCullough opus on the building Panama Canal. It is a library book, and I left it out in the rain after I finished the part about the French. It is currently drying out in my basement by the furnace. It was pretty good - much like The Great Bridge, McCullough's work about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. I intend to finish it at some point when it dires out, or I buy the library a new copy. 4 clips.


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Mysteries by Catherine Aird, a well-established British author who has somehow escaped my attention, and John Harvey, who has an excellent detective, DI Charlie Resnick.

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Andrew Bonar's biography of Robert Murray M'Cheyne. Great Scottish preacher in the mid-nineteenth century who died at the age of 29. I myself am 29. Haunting.


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Just finished Pictures from an Institution (1954) by Randall Jarrell. It's a satire about a women's liberal arts college and its odd and oddly typical professors. If you've spent any time in academia, you'll recognize the types right away, even over 50 years later. Randall Jarrell is better known as a poet than a novelist, and his poetry comes through in his prose. But he was an incredibly talented satirist.

A selection of memorable lines:

"Gertrude's French was so bad that anyone could understand every word of it."

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"Many a Benton girl went back to her nice home, married her rich husband, and carried a fox in her bosom for the rest of her life- and short of becoming a social worker, founding a Neo-Socialist party, and then killing herself and leaving her insurance to the United Nations, I do not know how she could have got rid of it."

Overall a very funny book, though it is rather thin in terms of plot. Given its age, it holds up remarkably well.


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I'm about half way through Michael Pollan's THE OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA. Truely a though provoking book about where our food comes from.

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More mysteries/procedurals:

Michael McGarrity - set in northern New Mexico, starring Santa Fe police chief Kevin Kerney. Overdoes the tough but sensitive guy stuff, but I like the settings and supporting characters. (I lived in ABQ for six years.)

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An interesting and straightforward analysis of the 2008 Presidential campaign, void of any demigodary or 'thrills up the leg'. Perhaps a little too dry for some, but a good read if you're a politico.


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 Post subject: Re:What Are You Reading?
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Ulysses, by James Joyce. My head hurts.


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Ulysses, by James Joyce. My head hurts.
Joyce always made my head hurt too.

Finishing up Julia Child's "My Life in France." Not great literature by any means, but an entertaining read nonetheless.


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 Post subject: Re:What Are You Reading?
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Same here on Ulysses. Sounds like the DTs.

Back in June I decided to read 100 books by Labor Day, and I am well past that mark.

Lots of mysteries — when I find a writer I like I read everything the library has. So M.C. Beaton, Robert Barnard and Carolyn Graham have received a lot of attention in recent weeks.

I sneak in some non-fiction, too: How the Beatles Killed Rock and Roll (musicology geekdom, but kinda interesting); Methland, by Nick Reding (fascinating to me for several reasons, not the least being the role of the press in either ignoring or over-hyping the drug); George Being George (tedious oral bio of Plimpton, who strikes me as being a bit of a wanker); working on 1491 (Charles Mann) now, history of pre-Columbian America.

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 Post subject: Re:What Are You Reading?
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mpcsb wrote:
I'm about half way through Michael Pollan's THE OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA. Truely a though provoking book about where our food comes from.
That's what I am reading right now. Picked it up in the airport on the way back and found myself committing a 21st century sin by reading it for most of the flight while happily ignoring the "personal video screen" embedded in the seat in front of me. Definitely a thought provoking book and a pretty good read as well.

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Same here on Ulysses. Sounds like the DTs....
Now that is a comparison I'd wish I'd written or at least thought of years ago. Would have saved me no end of trouble in graduate school.

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