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  •  Just finished Why Marx Was Right (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    dirkster42, aggieric

    a fascinating revisiting of history that I was mis-taught, and a fresh view at what is wrong with our economy today.

    plus 4 mysteries I finished recently that were mere brain candy.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Fri Jul 08, 2011 at 07:54:13 AM PDT

  •  i've been re-reading (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    WarrenS, dirkster42, aggieric

    all of anne tyler's books, and am currently
    on The Accidental Tourist.

    her writing always makes me want to move
    to some row house in baltimore, in the hopes
    of meeting some of her characters.

  •  I'm with a 14-year old grandson (5+ / 0-)

    at a condo on North Padre - right on the beach - reading A Discovery of Witches, while he plays video games. We didn't get up until 9:30 a.m. He's got a 2" thick book on military planes! And we'll soon be off to tour the USS Lexington. No "serious" reading for me right now.

  •  Still working my way (3+ / 0-)
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    WarrenS, dirkster42, aggieric

    through Lewis Carroll's Sylvie and Bruno; Carroll said it was to be a genuinely original work, and so it is, very modern or even "post-modern", more than 100 years before that concept got bruited about.

    "Tu vida es ahora" ~graffiti in Madrid's Puerta del Sol, May, 2011.

    by ActivistGuy on Fri Jul 08, 2011 at 08:36:02 AM PDT

  •  Finishing... (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    dirkster42, mama jo, aggieric

    ...A.C. Grayling's "The Good Book," while simultaneously dawdling my way through a biography of Groucho Marx, and Curt Stager's thought-provoking "Deep Future."

    Freedom isn't "on the march." Freedom dances.

    by WarrenS on Fri Jul 08, 2011 at 08:49:04 AM PDT

  •  Plowing Through Faulkner... (1+ / 0-)
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    aggieric

    ...The Sound and the Fury. Not easy reading but rewarding in a perverse way. Decline and fall of a southern family - laid low, I suppose by the civil war. Racism, Jim Crow, stream of conciousness writing. Just your average beach read... heh

    "Always remember this: They fight with money and we resist with time, and they’re going to run out of money before we run out of time." -Utah Philips

    by TerryDarc on Fri Jul 08, 2011 at 09:00:22 AM PDT

  •  FUCK!!! Internet ate first attempt. (1+ / 0-)
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    aggieric

    Ugh - running out the door now, first attempt had links.

    OK -

    Jon Roberts, Darwinism and the Divine in America: Protestant Intellectuals and Organic Evolution, 1859-1900 - very, very good.

    David Tracy, Blessed Rage for Order: The New Pluralism in Theology - jury's out, but generally good.

    Vijay Prashad, The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World - very good.

    Paul Ricoeur, Memory, History, Forgetting, dense, will keep me busy for a while.

    If religion means a way of life, and life's necessities are food, clothing, and shelter, then we should not separate religion from economics. - Malcolm X

    by dirkster42 on Fri Jul 08, 2011 at 09:26:00 AM PDT

  •  I scored last weekend - found a treasure (0+ / 0-)

    at an Amsterdam thrift shop - "Marking Time: The Epic Quest to Invent the Perfect Calendar" by Duncan Steel.

    For the last decade or so, I've just eaten up all sorts of "history of science" books, but since moving to Amsterdam last fall, all I've been able to find in English at thrift stores, used book stores and market stalls have been romance-style novels.  I'm not above reading an entertaining historical romance, so I've read several.

    So, "Marking Time" has been a pure pleasure and I'm stretching it out by making sure I only read once chapter at a sitting.

    Oh, and I'm also still working on the Dutch Driver's Manual (in English) - all 190 pages of it!

    "If we learn from history that the struggle goes on, eventually we will win and all the President has to do, or the Governor, is just turn the pages of history a little faster" - Harvey Milk

    by aggieric on Fri Jul 08, 2011 at 10:07:33 AM PDT

  •  goin' south (0+ / 0-)

    Reading Eudora Welty's first novel, "Delta Wedding," because no one says that it's summer down South better than Welty!
    Just finished "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," which I liked very much for the science and the truly fascinating story, but not for the annoying, New Journalism way the author plopped herself right in the middle of the story. It made me long to kick her.
    mama jo, I LOVE that novel! I recently re-read Tyler's "Back When We Were Grown-Ups," and loved it all over again.
     

    Life is a shipwreck. But we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. — Voltaire

    by agrenadier on Fri Jul 08, 2011 at 10:36:20 AM PDT

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