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|Monthly Bookpost, March 2015
What I read last month. In this edition... Geometry, by Rene Descartes The Harvard Classics "Voyages and Travels" volume Scientific treatises, by Blaise Pascal Hadrian the Seventh, by ...
|Monthly Book Post, February 2015
What I read last month, featuring but not limited to, this year's focus on the Elizabethan era and the 17th Century. In this month's edition: The Defeat of the Spanish Armada, by Garrett ...
|Monthly Book Post, January 2015
And so a new year of reading begins. As I continue my decade-long foray into the great literature through history, I undertake the 17th Century, bookended a little, from the final years of Queen ...
|Monthly Book Post, December 2014
What I read in December, including some emphasis on the 16th Century and a lot of light holiday reading as well. In this installment: OLDER: The Defense of Poesy , Sir Philip Sidney Holinshed's ...
|Forbidden words and phrases, 2015
Adorbs Affluenza Amazeballs Ammosexual Blatantly feed a child Boobs on the ...
|Monthly Book Post, November 2014
What I read last month. Some from or about the 15th-16th Century; others from all over the bookshelf...in this edition: Essays (Vol. III) , by Michel de Montaigne Jerusalem Delivered , by Torquato ...
|Monthly Bookpost, October 2014
What I read last month, with a smattering of Tudor-era history and a lot more from the modern era. This month: Spenser's The Faerie Queene Bacon's On the Advancement of Learning Browne's Religio ...
|Monthly Book Post, September 2014
What I read last month, with some emphasis on the Great Books of the 16th century. In this edition: Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch Vonnegut's Bluebeard Francis Bacon's Essays William Harvey's On the ...
|Monthly Bookpost, August 2014
What I read last month, including the latest in my decade-long "Great Books through History" trek. In this installment: Montaigne's Essays, Vol. II. Francis Bacon, The New Organon Robert Louis ...
|From the Kos Songbook: No More Burger Kings
Just in time to post on Labor Day (tune: Schoolhouse Rock, "No More Kings") Picket signs and marches Fallen Golden Arches Pre-formed meats and starches, Whoppers and lies... Keith Kramer had a ...
|Monthly Bookpost, july 2014
What I read this month: (Old) Huizinga's The Waning of the Middle Ages Writings of Martin Luther Galileo's Dialogues Concerning the Two New Sciences ...and the usual array of historical murder ...
|Monthly Book post, June 2014
What I read last month. MODERN: The Eye of the World , by Robert Jordan Warbound , by Larry Correia Ancillary Justice , by Ann Leckie Americanah , by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie NOT SO MODERN: The ...
|Monthly Book Post, May 2014
What I read last month. Still delving into the 15th and 16th Centuries... Modern: Parasite , by Mira Grant The Diviners, by Margaret Laurence Hard Magic and Spellbound, by Larry Correia The ...
|From the Kos Songbook: What does FOX Say?
Once again, something so simple I'm surprised no one seems to have gotten to it first... tune: Ylvis, "The Fox" Democrats have their queen Clinton II in sweet '16 Senator. Candidate. And the ...
|Monthly Book Post, April 2014
What I read last month... 15th/16th Century, from my decade-long Great Books project: Guicciardini's History of Italy Vasari's Lives of the Artists Montaigne's Essays, Vol. 1 ...and several period ...
|Monthly Bookpost, March 2014
What I read last month, with a continuing decade-long focus on the great books of history. This year, the 15th and 16th Centuries. Historical: Erasmus's Colloquies Nicholas of Cusa's Of Learned ...
|Monthly Book Post, February 2014
What I read last month, with a 2014 emphasis on 15th and 16th century books, and much more. This month--from/about the later middle ages: Bocaccio's The Decameron Machiavelli't The Prince and the ...
|Monthly BookPost, January 2014
It's a new year, and a new set of books to read. Having finished my not-very-pleasant year of traipsing through the theology-centric Middle Ages, this year the scholarly part of my reading list ...
|From the Kos Songbook: The GW Bridge Song
(sung to "The 59th Street Bridge Song", Simon & Garfunkel) Slow down, you're at our mercy We closed a highway in New Jersey The Mayor is a Democrat The revenge of Gov'ner Christie (Da-da-da-da-da-...
|Monthly Bookpost, December 2013
What I read last month as I said goodbye to a year of reading concentrated in the Middle Ages and the Bible and enjoyed a bit of light reading for the holidays. In this month's selections: The ...
|Forbidden Words and Phrases 2014
Accidental Racist Badassery Belieber Blahhnd Boots on the ground Bqhatevwr But I'm a nice guy! Cantaloupe calves Carlos Danger Cautiously optimistic Chained CPI Cray-cray Cunt punt ...
|Monthly Bookpost, November 2013. You read 16 tomes, and what do you get?
What I read last month, with the usual mix of heavy duty scholarly works (as usual per my Medieval year, centered on religion and history) and fun. This month, we have The Decline and Fall of the ...
|Monthly Bookpost, October 2013
What I read last month. The centerpiece, for politically minded people, is William Ecenbarger's account of the Pennsylvania juvenile judge who accepted bribes to keep his rich buddy's juvenile ...
|Monthly Book Post, September 2013
What I read last month. Several classic "great books", including six more books of the Bible, the Baghvad Gita, Thomas Aquinas and Copernicus. Some modern classics, including Atwood's Blind ...
|Monthly Bookpost, August 2013
What I read last month, heavy on the Middle Ages. Maimonides, Aquinas, Chaucer, Georges Duby on the Age of Cathedrals, and the usual assortment of historical mysteries set in the era. Also in the ...
|Monthly Bookpost, July 2013
What I read last month. Three books on the Amanda Knox case, including Knox's own memoir, and more works about and from the Middle Ages, with a heavy dose of sagas from the dark ages as well as ...
|Monthly Bookpost, June 2013
What I read last month. I've come to the part of Medieval history where the most enduring literature consisted of Norse sagas where the smoldering volcanic passions are buried under tons of ...
|Monthly Bookpost, May 2013
What I read last month. This month, of particular interest to Kosters, I review Better Off Without 'Em , Chuck Thompson's controversial manifesto encouraging Southern secession. In keeping with my ...
|Monthly Bookpost, April 2013
What I read last month. Still giving a focus to the Medieval era while making time for other thins, it got interesting as I reached the Islamic Golden Age, which coincided with Europe's Dark Ages, ...
|Monthly Bookpost, March 2013
What I read during the past month. This time around, I try to make sense and entertainment out of those short books of the Bible, and of some commentary by early church fathers, in keeping with my ...
|Monthly Bookpost, February 2012
What I read last month. This month, my middle Ages-centered reading continues with a history of the early middle ages by Chris Wickham, works by Augustine, Ptolemy and Boethius, and two more ...
|Monthly Bookpost, January 2013
2011 was Greece. 2012 was Rome. This year, my booklist is heavy on bokks written in and about the roughly 1200 years between Marcus Aurelius and the Rennaissance. Unfortunately, that's going to ...
|Monthly Bookpost, December 2012
What I read during the waning days of 2012. While I included some Roman hits from the second Century AD, including my hero Marcus Aurelius, in honor of the holiday season I went heavy on the light ...
|Forbidden words and phrases, 2013
Authentic Awesomesauce Binders full of women Bronies Digital Humanities Dipshidiot Dougie ...
|Monthly Bookpost, November 2012
Monthly Bookposts are now back on the Readers & Booklovers forum, at a new and (for me, at least) more convenient time slot. This month, my year of reading Ancient Rome brings me to Will Durant, ...
|Monthly Bookpost: October 2012
As my year of Ancient Rome moves into the Second Century AD, the pickings begin to get a little slim. One might even say that the Empire has peaked and is beginning to fail, and that this is ...
|Monthly Bookpost, September 2012
This month: the second Game of Thrones book, the Discourses of Epictetus, the Zingers of Martial, several historical murder mysteries from ancient Rome, Rebecca West, Clifford D. Simak, Timothy ...
|Monthly Bookpost, August 2012
It was interesting to see Niall Ferguson, whose book Colossus I reviewed this June without really knowing much about Ferguson, disgraced in August for fudging facts in a hatchet job on president ...
|Monthly Bookpost, July 2012
What I read last month, spanning the centuries from Virgil and Tacitus to current NY Times bestseller Blackout . Of particular interest to political junkies is Jodi Kantor's behind the scenes ...
|Monthly Bookpost, June 2012
What I read last month. Of special interest to political junkies is Niall Ferguson's ultimately disappointing but big look at Bush (and American in general) foreign policy in Colossus and my long ...
|Monthly Bookpost, May 2012
What I read this month. In this edition, works by Plutarch, Cicero, Nicholas Blake, Harlan Ellison, Isak Dinisen, Stanislaw Lem, Jim Butcher, John Green, Jonathan Franzen, Daphne Du Maurier and ...
|Monthly Bookpost, April 2012
What I read last month. This month, I tell you which was Dashiell Hammett's greatest mystery, and why political professionals should read it, continue exploring Cicero, and discover two modern ...
|Monthly Bookpost: March 2012
This month, in solidarity with an international protest against the big, internet-censoring Irritainment industry, I boycotted/avoided buying their products for the month. No movies, no television, ...
|Monthly Bookpost, February 2012--Now with SONGS!
I've been asked by the moderators of the Readers and Book Lovers forum to stop posting there. And so, after 4+ years of crossposting to plf515's and cfk's Wednesday book diaries, I'll be sticking ...
|Monthly Bookpost: January 2012
What I read in the first month of the new year. Thicker books, mostly, and fewer of them. Enjoy!
|Monthly Bookpost: December 2011
The last of the pile of books I read in 2011. In which I finish the complete works of Plato and Aristotle, solve one of the greatest classics in detective fiction ever written, puzzle my way through ...
|Forbidden Words And Phrases, 2012
Appletinirita Austerity budget Best. (anything). Ever. Bunga-Bunga pictures Butthurt Carmageddon Casey Anthony Collectable (used as a noun) Debt ...
|Monthly Bookpost: November 2011
What I read in November. In this entry: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest , including the parts you didn't see in the movie. Jung's memoirs. More than you wanted to know about the battle of ...
|Monthly Bookpost: October 2011
What I read last month, with quotes and commentary. This month: an abundance of killings, in war and in mysteries. Crime stories by Linda Barnes, Seanan McGuire, Jim Butcher, Margery Allingham and ...
|Monthly Bookpost: September 2011
What I read last month. Of special interest politically, you'll find Matt Taibbi's The Great Derangement , Felipe Fernandez-Armesto's Millenium , Thucydides on the Pelopponesian war, ...
What I read last month, running the gamut from Homer to Jim Butcher. Best book of the month by far, and of special interest to the political blogs, was John Brunner's fantastic, prescient The ...
I anticipate a lot more escapist books to come as I continue to reel from the Democratic Party's mind-boggling Will To Fail, and their eagerness to kick their most loyal supporters AND destroy ...
|June Book Post
Here's what I read last month. Featuring Sarah Vowell as the comic muse and Mira Grant as the tragic muse, with comparisons of Ulysses as seen by Homer and Joyce, Christians and pagans as seen by ...
|May Book Post
What I read last month. Still going through ancient Greek classics, continuing Sarah Caudwell, and getting into some nifty SF/Fantasy series, including one serial book that only exists on ...
|One Hundred Books That Rocked My World
"Show me what you read, and I will show you who you are." ---attributed on Facebook to Martin Luther King Jr. Forget those wussy-ass memes about a mere ten or fourteen or twenty important books. ...
|April Book Post
What I read last month. Everything from Plato and Aristotle to this year's Hugo nominees. Of special interest to Kos readers is The Partly Cloudy Patriot , by the wonderful Sarah Vowell ...
|March Book Post
What I read last month. Some very gloomy fiction, beautiful sci-fi and fantasy, and ancient philosophy. The selection of most significant political interest today is I.F. Stone analyzing the trial ...
What I read last month. Includes sociopaths, Discworld, black belt zen guitars, stories about actual haunted places, Henry Fielding, Plato, Marco Polo, the stunning conclusion to The Once and ...
|January Book Post
What I read last month. Of special interest here--I finally got around to reading and reviewing American Taliban . Plus, Herodotus, the autobiography of Alexander Herzen, and a surprisingly ...
My final booklist of 2010 included Jack London, Italo Calvino and Boris Pasternak for the high literature, Michael Dibdin for the best whodunnit I've come across in over a decade, and Christopher ...
|Forbidden Words and Phrases 2011
A new classic Aqua Buddha Asshat At the end of the day Big, Bold Flavor Bitch, please Chillaxing Chunktastic (actually, ANYTHING "-tastic", except fan) Clean Coal Cougar (applied to Mrs. ...
|November Book Post: A month of Downers
This month’s reading list, with some exceptions, turned out to be, overall, the biggest crop of downers I’ve come across in a long time. From Walter Miller’s post apocolyptic ...
|October Book Post
Sorry for the delay, but I was a little preoccupied in the early part of the month. Wonder why. Anyhow, here's what I read last month, including the second Stieg Larsson book, Ken Kesey, Robert ...
|September Book Post
What I read last month, spanning the centuries from Ovid to Stieg Larsson. Of special interest to political bloggers this month are Society without God, Game Change , and the autobiography ...
What I read last month. Not much politics this time, unless you're interested in 16th Century Mediterranean intrigue, but there was a lot of fun and enlightenment nonetheless, from Carson McCullers ...
|July Book Post
What I read this month. Usually crossposted to cfk's and plf515's diaries and a lot of non-Kos blogs as well. This month, the big political tract is the modern Republican Party's manifesto-- ...
|June BookyBook Post
What I read last month. The magnificent Christopher Moore. The delightful Terry Pratchett. The outrageous Helene Hanff. The cybercool William Gibson. The sublime Peter S. Beagle. And several ...
|May Book Post: More Duds Than Usual
There were some real jewels in this month’s reading—Steinbeck and Bulgakov and Pico Iyer and most especially The Watchmen . Overall, though, many of the things I picked up to read ...
|April Book Post: A month of trilogies
My ever-increasing must-read list had several books that I’d been putting off because they were three-volume sets (not much science fiction/fantasy, either: those trilogies tend to be five or ...
|March Book Post
What I've read this month, crossposted as usual to plf515 and cfk's regular book diaries. This month we travel from the 14th century through Boswell's Scotland to a mystery published just this ...
|February Book Post
What I read in February. Special emphasis on Black History Month, with famous books by James Baldwin, Alice Walker, Chinua Achebe and John Howard Griffin. Of interest to political bloggers are the ...
|Book Post, January 2010
What I read last month. Of special interest to political bloggers: The autobiographies of Sully Sullenberger and Helen Keller, criminology works by Richard Rhodes and Mark Fleisher, Frank Norris'...
|December Book Post
What I've been reading lately. Includes Barbara Ehrenreich and Stephen Colbert, of particular interest to political bloggers.
|Forbidden words and phrases 2010
[adjective] [noun] is [same adjective]. Accessorizing AIG bonuses Ask your doctor if ______ is Right For You! Bipartisanship Birther Blue dog "Democrat" Boba Fart Boosts your ...
|November Book Post
What I read last month. Political highlights include Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men and Andre Malraux's Man's Fate . Actual fun highlights include Paper Towns and ...
|In Which I Get Dipped in Daiquiris. (A No-Book Post)
It's been a while since I included anything overtly political in my monthly book diary. Well, except The Communist Manifesto , but maybe it's time for something a little more cutting-edge ...
|October Book Post
Many more books than usual this month, to reflect the short attention span I’ve had lately. Every book mentioned here is less than 300 pages long, some are under 100 pages, and each book was ...
|September Book Post
My monthly book post. This month, heavy on war and Faulkner.
|August Bookybook Post
My monthly bookpost, with quotes and commentary on everything I've read lately. In this edition, the truly wonderful Handmaid's Tale , Chuck Norris's truly terrible Black Belt ...
|DeFazio Town Hall: In Which The Faz Kicks Ass and Chews Bubblegum
Oregon's Peter DeFazio is one of the 60 progressive Democrats in the House who has already pledged opposition to any health insurance reform bill that lacks a robust public option. He's had our ...
|July Book Post
Exciting things are happening at the Admiral’s book post. I started a book journal a few years back just for fun and to help myself pay attention to what I was reading. In early 2008 I started ...
|June Book Post: Strange Places Edition
This month’s theme is “strange places”, as the Admiral’s booklist travels from Norway to Japan to South Africa, to Argentina (and strangely enough, to the Appalachian Trail ...
|May Book Post: Demons and Hapless Victims Edition
It's all about predators and prey this month at the Admiral's Book post. Sometimes the demons are actual monsters, sometimes they're on the inside of your mind, and sometimes they're all too human.
|April Book post
Back to the heavy duty stuff this month. Below the cut, you'll find quotes and commentary on second-tier Bible history, Somerset Maugham, DH Lawrence, Hemingway and Sholokhov, with some John Ringo ...
|March Book Post: Light Reading Edition
It’s a lot of light reading this month at The Admiral’s Book Post, with more books than usual, and not as many heavy duty “spinach books” (not so much fun, but good for you). ...
|50-State Diary: The five purplest states in America
This diary is part three of a five part 50-state diary that attempts to identify the bluest and reddest states and the ones in between, and evaluate how to divide the Democratic party’s ...
|BREAKING: Chuck Norris's legs after Obama kicks his ass!
Here on Chuck Norris's self proclaimed "GOP Armchair Terrorists Compensating for our Small Weewees Day" or whatever they're calling their latest pathetic teaparty, it struck me... Just about the ...
|February Book Post
My monthly book post. Crossposted, as usual, to bookflurries, What Are You Reading, and a whole bunch of other sites that put up with my meanderings. Below the cut: quotes and commentary from ...
|January Book Post: Learned Helplessness Edition
Books I read last month, with the usual quotes and commentray. Crossposted to cfk's bookflurries, plf515's Friday book post, eenrblog, and the usual bibliophilic alphabet soup. In this edition: ...
|December Book Post
The last entry in my reading log of 2008, with quotes and commentary. Includes The Christmas Books and The Audacity of Hope , as well as many others.
|50-state diary: The lighter blue states
This is the second of five 50-state diaries based on the principle that we need to compete everywhere, but that some states are more equal than others. They try to identify the bluest and reddest ...
|50-state diary: allocation of attention--the 20 BLUEST states
Following my 50-state diary series prior to the elections, I'm back with a look at where we stand in the solid blue, light blue, purple, light red and solid red states, where to allocate the bulk of ...
|Drowning in Medical Bills: The fable of the mice
I wrote this diary a couple of weeks ago as a cry for help when my family's medical bills spiraled out of control. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/11/25/183112/40/765/666405 And guess what?
|November Book Post
My monthly book post. This month we're big on escapist lit, as I wnjoyed a post-election bit of relaxation. Some nice whodunnits, sci-fi and horror, as well as Richard Dawkins on atheism, ...
|Poverty by spreadsheet: Drowning in medical bills, despite insurance
This is the latest in a long list of medical horror stories that have appeared on these pages. It is by no means the worst of them. After all, my family is among the lucky ones. We’ve made it ...
|50-state diary: Winners and Failures
Here's my assessment of how each of the 50 states performed in Tuesday's elections, taking into account all election results, expectations, trends, importance of individual upticket and downticket ...
|October Book Post
Books I read in October, with quotes and commentary. a little shorter than usual, since I was busy canvassing and all during the election homestretch, but I always carry a book with me, even when ...
|Focus On...AMERICA!!! (#51 in 50-diary series)
Every State. Every race. Right here. All at once, Right Now! ( Swoosh, Gong! ) This is number 51 (the wrap-up) in my series of 50 entries since April, which has looked at each of the 50 ...
|Focus On...ARIZONA!!! (#50 in 50-diary series)
Every State. Every race. Right here. This is number 50 in a planned series of 50 entries between now and November, looking at each of the 50 states in terms of every race on that state's ticket--...
|Focus On...NEW HAMPSHIRE!!! (#49 in 50-diary series)
Every State. Every race. Right here. This is number 49 in a planned series of 50 entries between now and November, looking at each of the 50 states in terms of every race on that state's ticket--...
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