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Pictures at a Revolution by Mark  Harris
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This book follows the production history of the 1968 Best Picture nominees, claiming that each film represents a different mode of film making from a Hollywood in crisis. The critical and financial fiasco "Dr. Doolittle," though intended to be anoth ...more
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Land of Promise by Michael Lind
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This is a left-leaning overview of US economic history -- two hundred and fifty years in five hundred pages! Lind places an emphasis on the destabilizing effects of technological change, arguing that because of the periodic reorganization of industry ...more
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House of War by James Carroll
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Carroll portrays the Pentagon as a kind of self-sustaining war machine, the engine of the Military Industrial Complex that has consumed American foreign policy at least since the firebombing of Dresden and Tokyo.

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Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
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Barbara from Blackpool moves to London where she ends up portraying a fictionalized version of herself on TV. Hornby's charming essays and his more personal fiction, like "High Fidelity," rely on his neurotic persona and self-deprecating sense of hum ...more
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Adventures of a Suburban Boy by John Boorman
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A charming memoir from British director John Boorman. Having reached creative maturity in the 60's and 70's, a time when Hollywood was reeling from the influence of television and its studios were relatively weak and directionless, Boorman managed to ...more
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The Star Wars by J.W. Rinzler
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Wow, this is bonkers! *The* Star Wars is a comic book rendition of the original, VERY rough draft of the screenplay for "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope." While the idea is fun and the setting and subject matter do bear some resemblance to the final ...more
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Power Systems by Noam Chomsky
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I love Chomsky; I love his rambling critique of American hegemony, he's been speaking truth to power for 50 damn years and it's amazing. But the quality of this audio production is just awful! It's pretty outrageous that you can just sit old man Chom ...more
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50 Battles That Changed the World by William Weir
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Whoa whoa, 50 battles in one book?! Amazing.
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Birdseye by Mark Kurlansky
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A biography of Clarence Birdseye, who not only invented various methods of freezing food but pioneered the frozen food industry. This is probably my least favorite of the Kurlansky books I've been zipping though lately -- but it's still a good one.
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E.M. Forster
“Long books, when read, are usually overpraised, because the reader wishes to convince others and himself that he has not wasted his time.”
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Nick Hornby
“I would never attempt to dissuade anyone from reading a book. But please, if you're reading something that's killing you, put it down and read something else, just as you would reach for the remote if you weren't enjoying a TV program...All I know is that you can get very little from a book that is making you weep with the effort of reading it. You won't remember it, and you'll be less likely to choose a book over [insert popular contemporary TV program] next time you have a choice.”
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Noam Chomsky
“Everyone’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s really an easy way: Stop participating in it.”
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Aldo Leopold
“Examine each question in terms of what is ethically and aesthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient. A thing is right when it tends to perserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”
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