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How Music Got Free by Stephen Witt
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This was a very entertaining history of the digital revolution and the birth of internet piracy. I lived through all of this and am still waiting for the end of the story. While I wait I have a few questions for everyone.

I think that the first bit of
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Finders Keepers by Stephen King
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If only King would write a bit less and give some of his books a bit more attention. You feel the furious pace at which this novel was written and how the author barely paused to consider if his story was making much sense. A week after reading this ...more
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The Cartel by Don Winslow
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Tom Wolfe, in the forward to Bonfire of the Vanities, said that before he wrote his epic novel he couldn’t believe that no other writer had taken on a novel using New York City as a protagonist. I thought the same thing as I read about the drug viole ...more
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The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow
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I can’t believe that I only just heard of this book while reading something on Winslow and his new book, The Cartel, in Men’s Journal. I read Savages and wasn’t impressed much. The movie rates about a 5/10 at best so I never took Winslow seriously. ...more
The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson
" Maybe yanks don’t understand sarcasm but we understand the irony of a guy criticizing a review who hasn’t penned a single review himself. I can take j ...more "
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This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein
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How many things can American conservatives be completely wrong about while still spewing their mindlessly inaccurate slogans? How many times are they going to change the goalposts as far as their stance on climate change? It isn’t happening, it won’t ...more
Caliban's Shore by Stephen Taylor
" On my "to read" list." Thanks. Love this stuff. "
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The Martian by Andy Weir
The Martian
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To say that science fiction isn’t my cup o’ tea would be a huge understatement but this novel was a lot of fun. Perhaps all of the science in the book is crap but how would I ever know unless I went back to school and relearned all of the chemistry e ...more
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The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
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I appreciate Malcolm Gladwell as a storyteller but as a social scientist he should be avoided...or at least take everything with a grain of salt. The Tipping Point is a facile collection of explanations for a series of pop culture success stories. Ho ...more
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My Reading Life by Pat Conroy
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I will begin with this quote from Pat Conroy talking about his love for the writing of Thomas Wolfe in his book My Reading Life.

“Do I not see his flaws? Of course I do but I see my own with much greater sadness and embarrassment.”

I feel the same abou
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