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Flood by S. Alexander Reed
by S. Alexander Reed
read in May, 2015
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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
It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
It Can't Happen Here
by Sinclair Lewis
read in May, 2015
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In 2015, It Can't Happen Here may not be as enduring a critique of American social and political power as Elmer Gantry. Still, ICHH is undoubtedly one of Sinclair's most memorable works. As literature, it isn't as good as Babbitt or Main Street, but ...more
Exploring Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
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I believe it was a introductory essay to one of the original Calvin and Hobbes collections that taught me the phrase "Bullwinkle effect" (something that is "funny at five, funnier at fifteen, and hilarious at twenty-five" - a handy phrase to describe ...more
It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
"This was definitely a memorable, thought-provoking book. The author takes considerable time in setting the scene of what a fascist takeover of the United States looks and feels like and to show the vacuum of will that allows this to take place. Bu..." Read more of this review »
Reign in Blood by D.X. Ferris
Reign in Blood
by D.X. Ferris
read in May, 2015
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This 33 1/3 series is really a mixed bag. Some selections careen down esoteric pathways, taking readers on a spirit journey - like Jonathan Lethem's solipsistic treatment of Fear of Music. Others maliciously try to wick away every vestige of magic an ...more
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
On the Road
by Jack Kerouac
read in April, 2015
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In hindsight, I suppose I should have read On the Road the moment I first became aware of it. The multitudinous references to it in pop culture assured me that I would inevitably read it as a teenager, so I was in no rush. However, a window closed af ...more
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
The Forever War
by Joe Haldeman
read in April, 2015
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A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia and Other Stories by Victor Pelevin
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“Our art will probably be accused of tormented and decadent cerebralism. But we shall merely answer that we are, on the contrary, the primitives of a new sensitiveness, multiplied hundredfold, and that our art is intoxicated with spontaneity and power.”
Umberto Boccioni (Futurist Painting: Technical Manifesto

“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

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

Edmund Burke
“Rage and frenzy will pull down more in half an hour than prudence, deliberation, and foresight can build up in a hundred years.”
Edmund Burke

Robert Graves
“You know how it is when one talks of liberty. Everything seems beautifully simple. One expects every gate to open and every wall to fall flat.”
Robert Graves, Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina

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