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Thanks awfully for the opportunity to be the hostess with the mostess for this diary series for this week. :D I grew up in a very very very isolated rural area, and reading helped me to escape to someplace - anyplace - other than where I was; hell, reading STILL does that for me. Here's a clue into my reading regime these days, and, if y'all know me very well at all, you probably already know. :)

I teach an Intro to the Beat Generation class each spring term, so I'm taking time to catch up on recent "Beat" gems that my local library actually got on their shelves sooner than 10 years after they were published & ones that have been out for awhile but finally now have time to read.

Just Finished...
One and Only: The Untold Story of On the Road - LuAnne Henderson was Neal Cassady's first wife; she passed away in just the last few years. Her daughter & Gerald Nicosia tell quite a lot of her story in advance of Kristen Stewart portraying her in the long - awaited OTR movie.

Off the Road - This edition is a re - issue of Carolyn Cassady's book about her years with Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac. Alternating reading chapters from this book & One and Only was interesting. ;D

The Awakener: A Memoir of Kerouac and the Fifties - Helen Weaver's wonderful book talks about her time with Jack Kerouac, & her years of friendship with Allen Ginsberg & Lenny Bruce.

Now Reading...
Rub Out the Words: The Letters of William S. Burroughs 1959 - 1974 - I just began this book last week & already know I want to own it; I cannot put the thing down! You read his communications to all kinds of people including Brion Gysin, Allen Ginsberg, Billy Burroughs (WSB's son), Laura Burroughs (his mother), etc.

Back on the Fire - I dare say that had it not been for Gary Snyder, the concepts of caring about our environment & the introduction to Eastern Thought (including Buddhism) would have never made it into this country.

Spontaneous Mind: Allen Ginsberg Selected Interviews 1958-1996 - I'm just getting ready to read his testimony at the Chicago 7 trial after the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago. THAT will be a hoot! :D

Just Started...
The Sea is my Brother - Jack Kerouac wrote this novel with his time in the Merchant Marines as the back drop before he became THE JACK KEROUAC of fame and/or infamy

Have y'all read any of these? Have you read much "Beat" literature? If you could give jack & squat about this kind of literature, tell us what you're reading anyway & pass along any recommendations. :D

Originally posted to CityLightsLover on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 05:41 AM PDT.

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  •  Let the Reading Round - Up Begin! :D (26+ / 0-)

    Sorry I'm posting a wee dram later than planned; I slept through my alarm this morning. Any who, thanks again for letting me host!

    "HERPES was more popular than Dick Cheney when he left office!" Rachel Maddow 5/23/12

    by CityLightsLover on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 05:41:44 AM PDT

    •  Been on a reading hiatus, due to the Olympics! (7+ / 0-)

      So need to pick up my Kindle and see what I had last started!

      James Madison: "The power of all corporations ought to be limited ... The growing wealth acquired by them never fails to be a source of abuses."

      by bjedward on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 08:25:27 AM PDT

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      •  Now, See, THIS is Yet Another Interesting Topic. (8+ / 0-)

        I imagine I'm considered quite the reading luddite because I still prefer by far the action & feel of reading & holding an actual book. I do occasional reading & have some stuff on my iPad, but I way WAY prefer actual books. I can look at the condition of quite a few of my books & remember the good, the bad, the ugly, etc. Y'all should see what my copy of OTR looks like! And, my copy of "Howl"? HA! Don't get me started. ;D

        "HERPES was more popular than Dick Cheney when he left office!" Rachel Maddow 5/23/12

        by CityLightsLover on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 08:32:10 AM PDT

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        •  on the other hand, e-readers are MUCH lighter to (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          jolux

          hold if you have if-y wrists & hands from carpal or other use-injuries.

          AND you can backlight, and adjust the degree of backlighting of the text.

          AND you can adjust the type-size almost infinitely, for aging eyes...

          even if you're reading on something as small as an iPod touch screen, which is what we use.

          some things need to be available in paper, some things make sense in e-form.

          I certainly wouldn't want to read to a baby in my lap, with an e-reader! especially because of illustrations, which baby brains need, as much as the spoken word!

          "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

          by chimene on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 06:45:16 PM PDT

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  •  Just finished... (9+ / 0-)

    Shada, Gareth Roberts' novelization of Douglas Adams' script for episodes (unfinished) of the 1979-80 season of Doctor Who. It reminded me just how much I miss Adams' voice...

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 05:51:52 AM PDT

  •  I just read an interview about a book... (8+ / 0-)

    that I wish every American would read before November:

    http://www.slate.com/...

    The Obama administration's even more impressive than I had realized.

    Also, the boy and I finally finished Carl Hiaasen's "Chomp." Good stuff, as usual, though more entertaining and less preachy than some of his other recent work.

    How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

    by BenderRodriguez on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 05:52:36 AM PDT

  •  "Door Wide Open" by Joyce Johnson (6+ / 0-)

    The first Beat-related memoir I ever read (of her affair with Kerouac immediately before and after On the Road came out), and I loved it. I imagine you've already read it, but if not, highly recommended. Also, Women of the Beat Generation (an anthology, can't recall offhand who the editor was) was terrific.

    Somewhat embarrassingly, though I've read about Kerouac, I've only read two of his own books: On the Road and Maggie Cassidy. Both were terrific in any case.

    And currently? I just finished The Last Nude by Ellis Avery, and although it leans heavily on one of my least-favorite literary devices - inserting real historical figures in a work of fiction - it is brilliantly executed and beautifully written. (I won't spoil the surprise on who the real life characters are -  one of them is presented under a clever pseudonym, and figuring out who he really is is a big part of the fun of the book.)

    Certaines personnes disent qu'il y a une femme à blâmer, Mais je sais que c'est ma faute sacrément.

    by RamblinDave on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 05:53:21 AM PDT

  •  Getting ready for the school year... (8+ / 0-)

    So my currently reading list is a bit odd.

    Essentials of Biology by Sylvia R. Mader
    This is actually a re-read as it was my college text book, but I'm using it for my son this year, so I've been rereading at least the first couple of chapters, reminding myself of things, figuring out what other multi-media sources w'ere going to be using, etc.

    Brood of the Witch-Queen by Sax Rohmer
    Written in 1918, this novel is an interesting supernatural read, so far (and I'm only about 30% in) the supernatural aspect seems to have to do with Egypt. I sometimes have trouble getting into the more formal writing style of that time period, but I'm actually enjoying this one. I have several other novels by Sax Rohmer on my 'to read' list, all free through Amazon.

    Just finished:
    Honour Bound by C.J. Archer
    This book is set in London in the 1800's I think, though time period was never formally stated, it has that feel. The main character is an apothecary apprentice and witch in hiding. Her estranged husband turns up, a spy investigating a poisoning attempt on the queen. It was a good, light read. There are others in this series but I don't have those.. yet.

    I'm trying to decide what to do first with my 17 year old (11th grade) for reading/lit. I'm thinking perhaps a short story or something light to start the school year. We often delve into Poe for Halloween in October. He really enjoyed the Pit and the Pendulum and the Tell Tale Heart last year. We're covering the Reconstruction in history (picking up from where we left off at the end of the Civil war last year). Any suggestions? Keep in mind, it has to be in fairly modern English. He has a language delay and Poe is a challenge for him. I'd love to get him into Shakespeare if I can find a version he'll understand and that doesn't water it down to an elementary school level (kind of like an NIV for Shakespeare is what I'm looking for).

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 06:06:07 AM PDT

    •  Me Thinks the GOBP (4+ / 0-)

      needs some biology lessons. ;D I cannot comment about "the Bard" without saying something snarky & probably unpopular. Double ;D...

      When I've had more coffee, I'll try to come up with something for your son.

      "HERPES was more popular than Dick Cheney when he left office!" Rachel Maddow 5/23/12

      by CityLightsLover on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 06:13:07 AM PDT

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      •  Coffee is good.. (6+ / 0-)

        or caffeine at any rate. I'm not a coffee drinker. But I'd appreciate the help. I've been looking for over a year now, and everything I can find is either so watered down it's suitable for 2nd graders, or is in the original English, which I love, but is incomprehensible to him. And we've tried, I've tried sitting and reading it with him, but when I have to translate every sentence, he doesn't really get anything out of it but frustration.
        We've even tried watching videos, thinking the props and setting and seeing the action would help, and he still misses anything that's not visually reproduced. It's like trying to watch a movie in Spanish, or French when you only know a couple of the words of that language.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 06:29:16 AM PDT

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        •  OK, Here Is My List of Books (8+ / 0-)

          that have shaped my reading life, my personal life, etc. I'll leave it to your discretion of course concerning what (if any) you deem appropriate for your needs:

          Catcher in the Rye
          The Great Gatsby
          The Handmaid’s Tale
          Junky
          Naked Lunch
          In Cold Blood
          Invisible Man
          The Scarlet Letter
          Big Sur
          On the Road
          One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
          Pet Sematary
          Peyton Place
          1984
          Animal Farm

          "Howl"
          "Kaddish"

          "HERPES was more popular than Dick Cheney when he left office!" Rachel Maddow 5/23/12

          by CityLightsLover on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 07:23:07 AM PDT

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          •  I can remember the first time I read (4+ / 0-)

            Howl. I was entranced

          •  Believe it or not.. (3+ / 0-)

            I haven't read some of those yet LOL.

            I was thinking a Stephen King, but not Pet Sematary. I was thinking maybe Gunslinger, or Ur. Nothing as.. gory, he tends to get ill. Soft stomach has the boy.

            The Great Gatsby I had planned for once we hit the Roaring 20's in history. Ginsberg I think I'll do when I get to that time period as well or he's going to miss a lot of references. And I planned on skipping One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest as he's been admitted twice himself when he was younger and that may bring up bad memories.

            I'll have to look up some of the others and read them myself. I admit I didn't read a lot of classic lit growing up, at least not modern classic, aside from the Great Gatsby. Mostly I had Brit Lit (focused on Dickens and Shakespeare), some poetry (which I mostly hated except for E.E. Cummings and Frost), and a few things I read on my own like Twain and Dumas. The rest was all contemporary or Sci-Fi/Fantasy stuff.

            "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

            by FloridaSNMOM on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 08:45:17 AM PDT

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    •  Accessible Shakespeare (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Louisiana 1976

      The middle school literacy teacher at the k-12 school where I work has written kid friendly revisions of several plays for performances which do a nice job of simplifying while still retaining the flavor of the language as well as the stories. They haven't been "modernized". Respect the originals. You might try buying one to see if it works for your son. Here's a link. http://www.communityshakespeare.org/...

      •  I have great respect for the originals. (2+ / 0-)

        The problem is my son is autistic and has some issues with modern language, let alone old English. I'll look at them, but I don't want simplified so much as translated so he'll comprehend them.  It's purely a language issue. He doesn't need the concepts or the plays simplified if it's in English he can understand. I may just have to break down and do it myself. If I have to translate, or he has to stop and look up every third word, he's not getting the understanding of the piece because it has no flow.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 01:47:45 PM PDT

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  •  Have some guest hostess love. (5+ / 0-)

    What the hell have I been reading, anyway?

    Hmm.

    Neal Stevenson's "Reamde," the best page-turner I've consumed in years. Terrorists, video games, Russian Mafia, survivalists, you name it.

    "The Not Yet," by Moira Crone, a fair future dystopia set in NOLA and the Gulf Coast.

    Clint Johnson's "A Vast and Fiendish Plot," about the Confederate Secret Service's attempt to torch New York City in revenge for Sheridan's campaign in the Shenandoah.

    Diana Gabaldon's "A Breath of Snow and Ashes," part of the Outlander series about time-traveling Scots in colonial America.

    A bunch of manuals and software update pdfs, trying to revive my audio recording software.

    Probably other stuff, but who can remember?

  •  I made my first pilgrimage (5+ / 0-)

    (and I hope not my last) to City Lights a couple of years ago.

    I have read a few of the books by Kerouac, and also "Howl" and one memoir by Joyce Johnson (although I'm not sure of the title at the moment).

    Thanks for the clip above.  I loved Ginsberg's quote about the bomb, and people who know nothing about life.  I must transcribe that and keep it in my library of quotes.

    I'm currently still reading "The Marsh Arabs," and I found something remarkable on page 165 about the mustarjil.  So I googled that term, and the same passage is quoted in blogs all over the place.

    Reading is very cool.  ;-)

  •  I'd love to take (4+ / 0-)

    your course on the Beat Generation. I bet that is a ton of fun.


    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 06:58:13 AM PDT

  •  My (slow) reading list: (5+ / 0-)

    The Mars Trilogy by Edgar Rice Burroughs

    Slowly making my way through the first three John Carter novels. Kinda loving the early 19th Century scifi. I'm halfway through the second book wherein even more Southern Gentlemanly asskicking ensues.

    A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

    Third book in the Song of Fire and Ice series. I've been slowly reading these for awhile now. I find it's easier to read in chunks, a chapter or two at a time. About halfway through this one too(sensing a theme?).

    Fool Moon by Jim Butcher

    Second book of The Dresden Files. It's next in my queue. First book was a good, fun, slightly gruesome read. Harry Dresden: Wizard for hire.

    "The Internet Never Forgets, and Republicans Never Learn." - blue aardvark

    by SC Lib on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 07:16:15 AM PDT

  •  Just finished... (5+ / 0-)

    the audiobook version of Enemies: A History of the FBI by Tim Weiner.  Overall I thought it was pretty good.  I found the first half to be interesting from a historical sense, but a bit dry.  However, for me, it really picked up when he started covering the LBJ years to the present. I'm sure that's because it covered events that were very recent history while I was growing up (the LBJ years) or I actually lived through the events.  One thing I found very frustrating about the account is the fact that so many of our intelligence failures over the decades have resulted from the animosity between the FBI and the CIA.  I had always wondered what the origins of this animosity were and, according the book, it really boils down to the fact that Hoover was pissed that he wasn't given control of the infant CIA by Truman after WWII.  He vowed he would never work with them because of Truman's snub of his perceived "greatness".  That hatred and mistrust of Hoover was institutionalized into the FBI and probably still exists today.

    Currently about 1/3  of the way through Deborah Harkness' A Discovery of Witches.  Still can't really get into this as much as I'd hoped, but it's still interesting enough for me to keep going.  I'm hoping it really takes off soon.  I did like the fact that the author made a very passing reference to Anne Rice's vampire Lestat.  Nice to know she's read her Anne Rice!

    And later today I'm going to start the audiobook version of Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy by John Julius Norwich.

  •  Finished Triburbia, (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    CityLightsLover, inHI, Louisiana 1976

    by Karl Taro Greenfeld, which was just OK.  Linked stories about assorted denizens of Tribeca in roughly the 2006-08 time period.  Reasonably fun reading, but ultimately not much there there and the last chapter, which is sort of a coda, left a sour taste in the mouth of this (formerly downtown) New Yorker.  Really Karl?  Malibu (or Pacific Palisades to be technical) as the more grounded alternative?

    Just started Disaster Was My God by Bruce Duffy, a fictionalized life of Arthur Rimbaud.  Some years ago, I read his life of Ludwig Wittgenstein, The World As I Found It, a truly great, even revelatory, work of literary imagination grounded in fact.  For some time, it had not occurred to me to check whether Duffy had written anything comparable, but in fact the Rimbaud book came out in 2011.  I'm just a few pages in, but in Duffy's hands, this re-imagining of the strange and in many ways mysterious course of Rimbaud's short but eventful life promises to be fascinating.  As a warmup, I also reread Une Saison En Enfer, written 139 years ago and still amazing.

  •  I've been between books for a while, but (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    CityLightsLover, inHI, Louisiana 1976

    I recently listened to the audio book of Name of the Wind, which has me wanting to read #2. Today the library notified me that it is waiting for me, so that'll be what I read next.

    Also reading (off & on) Running With The Mind of Meditation, and a couple of health & fitness magazines.

  •  Full Disclosure (3+ / 0-)

    The editor's note preceding the diary was written by me, not the author of the diary.  Due to the vagaries of DK, such notes are attributed to whomever queues the diary to the Group, rather than the actual author of them.

    Readers & Book Lovers Pull up a chair! You're never too old to be a Meta Groupie

    by Limelite on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 08:34:51 AM PDT

  •  My summer reading is all over the place, (4+ / 0-)

    which is normal.  I lose all focus in the warmth.

    Finally got around to reading The Help (Kathryn Stockett).  I tend to read best sellers after they have been around a couple of years.  So I can look down my nose and feel intellectually superior ;) .  I remember those times; struck a chord.

    Because he passed away this year, I am re-reading everything I can get my hands on by Ray Bradbury.  Own quite a few, borrowed more from my daughter, and have been driving the Librarian crazy.  Made the decision to read only paper books as an homage so I have not found every book.  I started reading Bradbury more than 50 years ago.  My absolute favorite will always be the short story  The Pedestrian.

    Joy Jenkins' biography of Churchill, for which I need a people chart to keep everyone straight.  

    Plowing my way through Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth.  I have a minor in geology so am finding it funnier than it was intended to be, but not as much 'fun' as From the Earth to the Moon.

    Still reading Seamus Heaney's Opened Ground.  I keep getting stuck on the imagery and thinking, thinking, thinking.  From Whatever You Say Say Nothing:

    Sucking the fake taste, the stony flavours
    Of those sanctioned, old, elaborate retorts:

    'Oh, it's disgraceful, surely, I agree.'
    'Where's it going to end?' 'It's getting worse."
    'They're murderers.'  'Internment, understandably...'
    The 'voice of sanity' is getting hoarse.

    Gets me everytime.  The 'voice of sanity' is in real trouble.  

    "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

    by Most Awesome Nana on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 08:44:35 AM PDT

  •  Off the Road (5+ / 0-)

    is the only one I have read on your list, and although I read it years ago, I remember enjoying Carolyn Cassady's account of Neal and his "friends."  Off the Road is just one view of the group, however, but it did help make  them more human and less heroic in my mind.  

    In the 70's I reluctantly went with friends to see Ginsberg speak at the University of Connecticut, and was blown away by his presentation, his reading from "Howl," and his leading the audience in some rousing chanting.  I would be curious what you think about the film with James Franco in the Ginsberg role.  Not perfect, but I enjoyed it immensely, partly, I suspect, because Franco has lots of young fans, and I was happy to think the movie might get younger people to appreciate and explore Ginsberg and the other Beat writers.

    As far as recent reading:

    The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress - Beryl Bainbridge

    By Nightfall - Michael Cunningham

    The Weekend - Peter Cameron

    Betrayal of Trust - Susan Hill

    Thanks for an interesting WAYR?

    Just waitin' around for the new Amy Winehouse album

    by jarbyus on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 08:55:23 AM PDT

  •  hi (5+ / 0-)

    I have finished reading:

    Don’t Look Back by Karin Fossum

    Mystery Mile by Margery Allingham

    Look to the Lady by Margery Allingham

    Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne

    I am reading:

    Juliet by Anne Fortier (pg. 127 of 444)

    Existence by David Brin (pg. 284 of 556)

    Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku  (pg. 140 of 368)

    Best Short Novels 2004 ed. Jonathan Strahan  (pg. 290 of 572)

    Join us at Bookflurries-Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

    by cfk on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 10:14:23 AM PDT

  •  Books with atmosphere (3+ / 0-)

    I read mostly audio, because of dry eyes, and there are a lot of good ones available by free download through my local library. Just now -

    Pure, by Andrew Miller. Story of the removal of the overloaded main graveyard in Paris in 1780s. Can practically smell the place, and feel the winter fog. Good character development too. Just read a scene at a coal mine in winter, falling black snow, the grime and hopelessness of workers, permanently hunched by narrow tunnels, expecting cave ins as the mine owners put low priority on replaceable miners. Made me think of our current coal mine operations, still objecting to "burdensome, unreasonable" safety regulations.

  •  Motley Reading List This Week (4+ / 0-)

    Since my fiction reading tends to the historical novel, I fully missed Vonnegut and there was a copy of God Bless You Mr. Rosewater handy, so I tried it.  It is not dated (no mention of Vietnam, no mention of civil rights and a gay character is woven into the story). The message is more resonant today since, what was then, maybe, the 10% is now 1%.  The satire starts with a wonderful subtelty, but around min-point becomes strident.

    Also finished the Maid and the Queen, a dual biography of Joan of Arc and Yolanda, Queen of Sicily. The connection is that Joan wanted Charles VII securely on the throne due to her religious and patriotic beliefs; Charles VII was Yolanda's son-in-law, whom she partially raised.

    And finished Sybil Exposed. Through this story the state of both psychiatry and journalism at the time are defined. There is an interesting fact embedded in the text: Dick Morris's mother was Pres. of the Society for Magazine Writers and wrote an intro to their guidebook that she never allowed herself be "fettered by facts".

    Currently reading Rin Tin Tin, which I got from the NYT list of 100 best of 2011.  So far, a pleasant diversion from all that goes on in the world.

  •  Rudyard Kipling, Complete Verse (3+ / 0-)

    Definitive Edition. I read one poem at a time, for example while I wait for my computer to boot. Much of what he wrote about politics, Empire, and Christianity applies without change to our situation today. For example, in Natural Theology,

    We had a kettle: we let it leak:
    Our not repairing i made it worse.
    We haven't had an tea for a week. . .
    The bottom is out of the Universe!
    I finished Shelby Foote, The Civil War: A Narrative, not long age. I learned a lot about both the military and political sides. In particular all the talk about Federal tyranny that you hear today from the Tea Parties is a direct and uninterrupted continuation of Confederate propaganda from 150 years ago.

    Hey, Mitt! Thanks for ObamneyCare. http://www.healthcare.gov

    by Mokurai on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 12:29:09 PM PDT

  •  i am consumed.by LJMS Summerfest. (3+ / 0-)

    Really sterling chamber music.

    So--I am still reading "Prague Winter," by Madeleine Albright.

    And still listening to Mark Haddon's "The Red House."

  •  This week's books (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Monsieur Georges

    On the Nook:

    Since Yesterday, by Frederick Lewis Allen - fascinating, near-contemporary look at the Depression by the author of the classic social history Only Yesterday.

    Traditional Books:

    American-Made -- The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work, by Nick Taylor - Continuing my current obsession with the 1930s and 1940s, this is an excellent look at the Works Progress Administration, FDR's jobs program.  Nice corrective to the nonsense peddled by Paul Ryan and his little Randbot friends.

    In the queue:

    On the Nook:

    One Saved to the Sea, by Catt Kingsgrave - erotic novella about a young woman and a selkie girl by a long-time friend.  Looks quite lovely.

    Traditional books:

    Hitlerland, by Andrew Nagorski - yet another in my current spate of World War II/Depression books, this is a look at the rise of Hitler as seen by American journalists, diplomats, and expatriates stationed in Berlin.  

  •  enjoying the latest Bordertown collection a LOT (0+ / 0-)

    that's Welcome to Bordertown. after 13 years, the way to Bordertown is open again. hurrah! have VERY fond memories of the first 2 collections, which I got when they were new. urban fantasy is very interesting stuff (all hail Charles deLint, the KING!)

    there IS a point of confusion... the Terry Windling/Ellen Kushner Borderland collections started in 1986. Some stinker started a Borderlands anthology of HORROR! stories in 1995. I got one of those by accident once and boy was I steamed when I figured out it wasn't what I expected! seems like hi-jacking a domain name, now!!! (and I think I've run across Monteleone other times since, and he's NOT a very good editor, besides being un-original!)

    what else... have the latest Pratchett to skim & dabble (The Long Earth); looks pretty good, but I'm going to wait & read it out loud later.

    read-aloud book: FINALLY finished the previous one (Mission of Honor) and have started on the newest Honorverse, A Rising Thunder.

    that's most of it, better get going before it turns into Thursday!

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 10:16:55 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for filling in for me n/t (2+ / 0-)

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