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The Protestant Es...
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Alexis Alexis said: " Can we please talk about how great the name E. Digby Baltzell is? "

 
Passion and Purpo...
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Alexis Alexis said: " I am kind of having a hard time taking seriously a book about young leaders that keeps putting "crowd-sourced" in quotes.
Oh and putting out a call for submissions is generally not what people mean when they say "crowd-sourced."
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The Recognitions
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No Bad Dogs by Barbara Woodhouse
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If you've never seen Barbara Woodhouse, do yourself a favor.
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What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage by Amy Sutherland
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I didn't particularly get anything out of this that I didn't get out of her original article in the nyt but it was enjoyable.
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You'll Enjoy It When You Get There by Elizabeth Taylor
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Zero to One by Peter Thiel
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I'm gonna go ahead and give this 5 stars right now.

Update: Keeping the five stars. Great book, though the later parts seemed to have some survivorship bias. Particularly the parts about personalities and celebrity. Thiel tells us what works and what
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You'll Enjoy It When You Get There by Elizabeth Taylor
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Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Let the Great World Spin
by Colum McCann (Goodreads Author)
read in November, 2014
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Normally I like pretentious books, but this just didn't do anything for me.
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A Sanctuary of Trees by Gene Logsdon
A Sanctuary of Trees
by Gene Logsdon
read in November, 2014
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A well-chosen title. I enjoyed the autobiographical beginning and its descriptions of how he slowly realized how important trees and nature were in his life. It was a bit like hearing someone share how the influence of religion came into their life. ...more
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Out of the Depths by Miriam Therese Winter
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Quick and interesting read. I was frustrated by the autobiographical nature. Not because of concerns about bias--the author makes it clear it's mostly an interview with Javorova--but because I wanted more facts here and there, more background about K ...more
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Christopher Hitchens
“The conventional word that is employed to describe tyranny is “systematic.” The true essence of a dictatorship is in fact not its regularity but its unpredictability and caprice; those who live under it must never be able to relax, must never be quite sure if they have followed the rules correctly or not. (The only rule of thumb was: whatever is not compulsory is forbidden.) Thus, the ruled can always be found to be in the wrong.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

Hilary Mantel
“He feared, in his secret heart, that one day in company the baby would sit up and speak; that it would engage his eyes, appraise him, and say, 'You prick.”
Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety
tags: humour

Pearl Abraham
“And again the news offered no news: On CNN, a rerun of Larry King interviewing the widowed and the suffering. On CNN2, a rerun of Larry King interviewing a fatherless son. On CNN3, a rerun of Flight 11 flying toward the first tower, in slow motion. On CNN4, a rerun of the tower collapsing, in slow motion, and again the towers fell, again people jumped and died. On CNN5, a rerun of Larry King interviewing a motherless daughter, a daughterless father, interviewing the motherless, fatherless, wifeless, husbandless, childless, shameless--disgusted, Bill pressed POWER and beheaded King, exiled CNN, and the world went dark. They sat relieved in the silence and dark. Not much road traffic now, but somewhere in the distant overhead the honk and flap of southbound geese, instinct bound, in vees for victory. The turkey was still on the table; the sides were still out. Let all who are hungry come and eat. Let all who are tired come home.”
Pearl Abraham, American Taliban: A Novel

Tom McCarthy
“Another bottle was brought out and poured into the reservoir. Once more I climbed inside the car and pressed the spurter button. Once more nothing happened--and once more, when we looked inside the reservoir, we found it empty.
"Two litres!" I said. "Where has it all gone?"
They'd vaporized, evaporated. And do you know what? It felt wonderful. Don't ask me why: it just did. It was as though I'd just witnessed a miracle: matter--these two litres of liquid--becoming un-matter--not surplus matter, mess or clutter, but pure, bodiless blueness. Transubstantiated. I looked up at the sky: it was blue and endless. I looked back at the boy. His overalls and face were covered in smears. He'd taken on these smears so that the miracle could happen, like a Christian martyr being flagellated, crucified, scrawled over with stigmata. I felt elated--elated and inspired.
"If only..." I started, but paused.
"What?" he asked.
"If only everything could..."
I trailed off. I knew what I meant. I stood there looking at his grubby face and told him:
"Thank you."
Then I got into the car and turned the ignition key in its slot. The engine caught--and as it did, a torrent of blue liquid burst out of the dashboard and cascaded down. It gushed from the radio, the heating panel, the hazard-lights switch and the speedometer and mileage counter. It gushed all over me: my shirt, my legs, my groin.”
Tom McCarthy, Remainder

Hilary Mantel
“92, '93, '94. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity or Death.”
Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety

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