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How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff
How to Lie with Statistics
by Darrell Huff
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Christian Doctrine by Shirley C. Guthrie Jr.
Christian Doctrine
by Shirley C. Guthrie Jr.
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The Way of Serenity by Jonathan  Morris
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When someone gives you a book, you read it.

That explains why I read this.

Father Morris is apparently a prominent Fox News contributor. I've got to admit this piqued my curiosity. For one, Christians pledge an oath to righteousness while Fox News is
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“Good Christ, a Jewish man with parents alive is a fifteen-year-old boy, and will remain a fifteen-year-old boy till they die!”
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Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
Portnoy's Complaint
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Asimov's Guide to the Bible by Isaac Asimov
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“Dude, trouble's just an adventure you haven't finished yet!" - Jake the Dog”
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E.L. Doctorow
“Generally speaking a view of the available economic systems
that have been tested historically must acknowledge the immense
power of capitalism to generate living standards food housing
education the amenities to a degree unprecedented in human
civilization. The benefits of such a system while occasionally
random and unpredictable with periods of undeniable stress
and misery depression starvation and degradation are
inevitably distributed to a greater and greater percentage
of the population. The periods of economic stability also
ensure a greater degree of popular political freedom
and among the industrial Western democracies today despite
occasional suppression of free speech quashing of dissent
corruption of public officials and despite the tendency of
legislation to serve the interests of the ruling business
oligarchy the poisoning of the air water the chemical adulteration
of food the obscene development of hideous weaponry the
increased costs of simple survival the waste of human resources
the ruin of cities the servitude of backward foreign populations
the standards of life under capitalism by any criterion are
far greater than under state socialism in whatever forms
it is found British Swedish Cuban Soviet or Chinese. Thus
the good that fierce advocacy of personal wealth accomplishes
in the historical run of things outweighs the bad. And while
we may not admire always the personal motives of our business
leaders we can appreciate the inevitable percolation of the
good life as it comes down through our native American soil.
You cannot observe the bounteous beauty of our county nor take
pleasure in its most ordinary institutions in peace and safety
without acknowledging the extraordinary achievement of
American civilization. There are no Japanese bandits lying
in wait on the Tokaidoways after all. Drive down the
turnpike past the pretty painted pipes of the oil refineries
and no one will hurt you.”
E.L. Doctorow

William T. Vollmann
“...As a child he had gone out for Halloween as a mummy, a vampire, a blue-and-green-swolen drowned boy, all kinds of sufferings and mutilations and perversions represented by his costumes; and looking around him he saw witches and Frankenstein monsters and scarred warty masks of all the kids running around asking for candy in the dark; and he wondered: Why must we hurt ourselves and drive stakes through our hearts and drown ourselves in order to get candy? Why couldn't we just go out and ask for it?”
William T. Vollmann, You Bright and Risen Angels

“Know therefore! In order to achieve total painting, which requires the active cooperation of all the senses... you must paint, as drunkards sing and vomit, sounds, noises, and smells!”
Carlo Carra

“There is a confusing dual structure in the relationship of the individual to history. Even the sensory certainties of suffering follow a predictable order of physical reactions, so that the undeniable reality of their dizziness, queasiness, or nausea can be regarded with equal plausibility as the hysterical symptoms of a transitional period - a hypochondria of the epoch and not of individual people.”
Andreas Bernard, Lifted: A Cultural History of the Elevator

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2011 Reading Challenge
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