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07-30-2011 08:18 PM #136
A Mighty Wind
07-30-2011 08:19 PM #137
07-31-2011 09:51 AM #138
I'm reading Robert Graves' autobiography, Good-bye to All That, which is mainly about his experiences in World War I. And I'm having nightmares every freaking night!
07-31-2011 05:26 PM #139
-"The Things They Carried" by Tim O'brien, a collection of stories from a platoon in Vietnam.
-The Bartimaeus Trilogy: The Amulet of Samarkand
-Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend
08-01-2011 08:46 AM #140
"On China" by Henry Kissinger. Fascinatingly in depth. Getting my geopolitical learn on with the Kindle App for iPad.
11-09-2011 03:20 PM #141
Finished up Embassytown by China Mieville while I had jury duty. It might be his best book yet, though The City and the City and Perdido Street Station are still up there.
I'm about a third of the way through Neal Stephenson's Reamde. It's very good. It's reminiscent of Snow Crash in many ways.
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Just finished "The First Commandment" by Brad Thor. Awesome stuff.
11-15-2011 11:40 PM #143
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Just finished the first 100 pages of One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. So far, I can't disagree with the critics who call it one of the best novels ever.
11-17-2011 11:35 PM #145
11-19-2011 02:47 AM #146
I just started "The Strain Triology" by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan... so far, it is very interesting and the pacing is not a problem at all.
It's definitely a departure... I've been stuck lately reading the short stories of Stephen King from Four Past Midnight. They've been okay, but I would rather have a full fledged novel and found it with the Strain.
Definitely look forward to finishing Book 1 and going on to "The Fall" then "The Night Eternal."
I'll say that these vampires are NOT the Twilight version (Thank God!).
11-19-2011 04:55 PM #147
Started a good one recently but a subject I didn't think I'd enjoy*. It's "The House That Ruth Built", by Robert Weintraub.
* Why you axe? I was born in Brooklyn at the time when the Yanks were moving along winning championships, dominating baseball and fostering waves of soulless zombie-like fans nationwide. I was a Giant fan like my father and his friends. We had our moments ('51 and '54, thank you very much) but we always played second fiddle to the "Dang Yankees". I grew up hating them and still do with a passion. However, this book begins when the mighty Giants and John McGraw, who were dominating the NY and "world" baseballl scene playing little ball, butting heads with Ruth, Col. Ruppert and the Yanks.
The book contains interesting trivia/facts on the building of the Stadium researched tenaciously by Weintraub. However, it also goes behind the scenes with conversations apparently recorded by film or word of mouth with Ruth, Wee Willie Keeler, McGraw, etc. One such convo had Ruth going into the Giants locker room after Game 2 of the '22 World Series and having a problem with the bench jockeying. Ruth was called the "N" word since he was (untruly) reputed to be of Afro-Am heritage. Anyway, Ruth was getting into it with the Giants in the lockerroom and said that he didn't mind being called a CS or MF but the N word was off limits. Pretty funny anecdote and only one of many.
The book also explains how McGraw played for the NL Baltimore Orioles and how the term Baltimore Chop started with McGraw's penchant for hitting high choppers off the hard field and the doctoring of the field to accommodate them. It draws a comparison between Ruth and McGraw with their Baltimore roots.
I recommend it! I mean you Frobby!
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12-05-2011 02:17 PM #148
James Gleick's The Information: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/20/bo...pagewanted=all
Nourielle Roubini, Crisis Economics: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/07/bo...pagewanted=all
JH Prynne, Poems: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._H._Prynne
Pretty interesting, though I'm not enamored with the Prynne poems - more like due diligence for my shadow career. For those who want a clear-eyed look at the causes of, and proposed solutions to, our current economic woes, Roubini is very good. Post-Keynsian/Minskian in approach, he's pretty pragmatic, recognizing core values and principles to be gleaned from Austrian economics while still presenting an adaptive, big-picture Keynsian baseline.
Gleick's book is a great entry into a lot of well-traveled territory re: information systems and technology (pre-verbal language, language, technology). I imagine I'll disagree with some conclusions, but there are fascinating insights. And it's hard not to be blown away by the polymaths of prior centuries.
Last edited by Lucky Jim; 12-06-2011 at 11:21 AM.
12-06-2011 01:40 AM #149
12-06-2011 11:16 AM #150
I'm working on a second manuscript/book (poetry), and if I can publish that, I'll probably go back on the academic job market.