This was a hard book for me to get through. I had to take breaks and read two other books while getting through this one. It was a bit slow going, andThis was a hard book for me to get through. I had to take breaks and read two other books while getting through this one. It was a bit slow going, and also depressing.
Nixon was the first Republican president who was obsessed with power. Power was much much more important to him then doing the job of the president, which is to care for the welfare of the citizens of the United states. Up until Nixon, the presidents of the time new their job was to serve. To make this nation a great place to live. But since Nixon the Republicans have just been spiraling down hill, into an ever growing cesspool of power hungry, selfish, down right criminal pile of morons.
It's really shocking what it has happened to the Republican party. I'm not talking about the average conservative on the street with well thought out policy's, (I bet you're even more dumb founded at the choices you have now then I am), I'm talking about the batshit crazy people who have taken over the party. Thanks to the tea baggers, no one moderate is allowed a chance (shoot, today I bet Goldwater would be considered a left wing loon). I am not a fan of Mitt Romney, but since he did some good things to help people in his state of Massachusetts (health care, much like the presidents current plan) he hasn't got a chance.......really? WTF? .....W....T.....F! Oh, and he believes the science behind climate change, Bad Mittens, bad!
Now your stuck with choices like Palin and Bachman, who haven't the foggiest clue about American History (Good thing they're pretty), and the rest of the lot who (say they) think that cavemen hung out with dinosaurs.....probably think the world is flat. Anyone sane would not be extremely conservative enough.
Uuhhhhhhhggggg! Thanks Mr. Nixon, thanks a bunch. ...more
Will Grayson, Will Grayson. A book so nice they named it twice. Sorry, I had to do it.
There are two Will Graysons, who live in the Chicago area. One sWill Grayson, Will Grayson. A book so nice they named it twice. Sorry, I had to do it.
There are two Will Graysons, who live in the Chicago area. One straight, one gay. Their paths cross under odd circumstances and their lives intertwine. WG#1 (straight one) has a best friend named Tiny Cooper, who is also gay. Tiny is named as such because he is 300+ pounds, and fabulous.
This book had some great, laugh out loud, moments. I liked the style. All the characters were well done....I liked them all. Well, except for Tiny. I found him completely unlikeable. He came across as selfish and pretentious. Shoot, he wrote a musical about his own, young life. Convinced his high school to put it on. He directs and stars in it....because it's about him. Him and love.
That seems over the top to me. What high school would do that?
Now, as you might imagine, this book has some gay relationships in it. To my surprise, mind you, I found this to disturb me (mildly)at first. I have no problems with gay relationships. I work in the art field, so I have many gay friends. I have a gay brother, and consider his partner of over ten years as brother as well. So I thought....What the Hell?
Then something else occurred to me......if reading about gay people together makes me unreasonably uncomfortable, it probably has not been fun for gay people for a very long time. The majority of books out there are hetero, and gay people have had to read about straight relationships for years because there was nothing else. Not cool.
I going to tell you a little secret. I have this plan. I read these books on Buddhism because one day when I am old and can't take care of myselfPsst.
I going to tell you a little secret. I have this plan. I read these books on Buddhism because one day when I am old and can't take care of myself that good anymore, when I am close to homeless and seriously considering cat food as an option, I will walk into the nearest Buddhist temple thingy and offer myself up as a monk.
Sure I will have to shave my head and wear orange, but I'll just be old enough that I won't care about being cute anymore.
Kayso, like, after three books in a row that kinda sorta made me angry, I wanted to, like, read something totally funny and ridiculous. And I was likeKayso, like, after three books in a row that kinda sorta made me angry, I wanted to, like, read something totally funny and ridiculous. And I was like "Beauty Queens" a book about teen beauty queens on a plain, that like OMG, crashes on a desert island and they have to survive and stuff, wouldn't make me, like, have to think and stuff....none of that politicy stuff either....yuk.
But I was wrong. Yes this is a story about 50 beauty contestants for a pageant called Miss Teen Dream, and how the 12 survivors survive. And yes it is funny and ridiculous, but it also has Lady Bird Hope, which is Sarah Palin (if you have any doubt, listen to the audio version). Mo Mo, Dear Leader, Kim Jong-Il. Black Water, too big to fail The corporation that is in control of everything. The LBGT community is represented. Objectification and exploitation of women is addressed. Being comfortable with your sexuality and not being ashamed of it is in there too. Of course the biggest lesson of all, you do not mess with Texas, especially Miss Texas.
I thouroghly enjoyed this book...I listened to the audio version, read by the author. Now this can go either way. Neil Gaiman, David Sedaris, and Stephen King, do a very good job reading their books. But this guy,Todd Burpo reads his terrible book Heaven is for Real.....I just don't want to think about it. Libba Bray did a very good job reading Beauty Queens. In the beginning I was a bit unsure, she sounded a bit snarky, but as the book moved along it got better. Her Sarah Palin is really good, Her Kim Jong-il sounded like Steve Martin's character "Wild and Crazy Guy" from SNL...which made me laugh, even though not quite correct.
As a child fairy tales creeped me out. Who wouldn't be with wolves killing and eating grandmas, people being sI don't know how I feel about this book.
As a child fairy tales creeped me out. Who wouldn't be with wolves killing and eating grandmas, people being shoved in ovens, talking pigs.....wooden boys.....eek. I wasn't even fond of Santa.
So it shouldn't have been any surprise to me that I wasn't all that in love with this book. It was well written and I understood the concept, but I just couldn't bring myself to like it. This part (view spoiler)[where Peter walks and talks as a newborn, ahhhhhhhhaakkkk! (hide spoiler)], so creepy!
Peter Pan, usually happy go lucky perpetual boy in green tights (see, already eww), story is told in a dark, sinister way (not so different from the original). Peter is saving abused and battered children by bringing them to Avalon, where they are trained as warriors and are constantly in danger of death. I don't see how this is better for them and neither does Nick, a boy Peter "rescues" from bad shit going down in Brooklyn NY.
After crossing the Mist, a zone of the in-betweens, between our world and Avalon in which Nick encounters a myriad of crazy creatures trying to kill him. Then experiencing life as one of the Devils (that is what the pack of Peter's of stolen kids are called) he really wants to go home.
That proves to be difficult.
I didn't hate this book. I found it interesting enough to finish, and many love this book, I just could have went without it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I have been thinking of donating my body to science. I think that would be the best way to dispose of it I am gone. I know that I am not my body, notI have been thinking of donating my body to science. I think that would be the best way to dispose of it I am gone. I know that I am not my body, not that I know who "I" am, but I am pretty sure we don't hang around worrying about what happens to the sack of meat, water and bones once "we" leave it.
While reading this book I pictured my body going through all the scenarios that are described in this book. Some were disturbing, some were kind of funny. Picturing my body being propped up as a creepy crash test dummy and being all slumpy and uncooperative.....struck me as funny.
Nothing really changed my mind about donating except for the testing of ammunition and guns, and their effectiveness....... might. I really am not a fan of the gun.....do I want to help out with that? Mary Roach points out that you cannot specify where your body goes, so I don't know.
Another bad thing that could happen was pointed out by a friend of mine. She had a friend going to nursing school, for some reason they had to do some kind of learning with cadavers. When the friend saw the cadaver, it was her grandmother. Now this sounds like an urban myth, and could very well be, but it makes a good point. In the end, the very end, it's about the loved ones of the person who's passed and not about the dead person. So as long as there is no one around that cares anymore, or my loved ones are completely comfortable with the decision, then I will donate my body to science....more