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Monday Night Class by Stephen Gaskin
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The Second Book of General Ignorance by John Lloyd
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The first thing that came to mind in reading this book was Cecil Adams Straight Scoop column. This seems to be a British take on the idea of researching trivial or outlandish topics. More specifically, John Lloyd attempts to debunk popularly held bel ...more
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Rabbit Is Rich by John Updike
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I expected to find this book dated. I read Rabbit Run forty or more years ago. I enjoyed that book and I started a compulsive bout of reading Updike in the late 60's and early 70's. I later read Rabbit Redux, which I found a little too obvious and a ...more
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Boss by Mike Royko
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This book made me quite nostalgic, not for the Daley administration, but for reading Mike Royko's daily columns in the Chicago newspapers. There is no figure on the Chicago journalism scene (such as it is) who comes close to his knowledge of the city ...more
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Whistling Past the Churchyard by Jon Ewbank Manchip White
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There are a few good stories here, though considering the majority of the stories are set in Wales, I did not always get a definite impression of place. I almost get the feeling that the author assumes a certain familiarity with Wales on the part of ...more
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Beyond Modernism by Kim Levin
Beyond Modernism
by Kim Levin
read in December, 2013
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This book consists of essays from the 70's & 80's originally published in Art Magazine, The Village Voice, and several other publications. Most of these essays are incomprehensible, a handful are interesting. Firstly, don't be misled by the title ...more
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One More Time by Mike Royko
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This is a fine collection of Royko's columns spanning his long career from the early 60's to the late 90's. The consistent quality and originality of the columns, published five times a week for over thirty years, are a true, never to be duplicated a ...more
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Man's Fate by André Malraux
Man's Fate
by André Malraux
read in December, 2013
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The novel concerns the communist upraising in Shanghai in 1927. The book works on several different levels. On one level it is an action novel featuring the siege, by communist and European insurgents, of a police station in Shanghai, political assas ...more
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The Bhagavad-Gita by Anonymous
The Bhagavad-Gita
by Anonymous
read in November, 2013
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Another in the Mystical Classics of the World series with forwards by Huston Smith. This is a very thin volume, meant as a primer, no doubt, as the others in the series. This is the last of the series I read & perhaps the least interesting. I fee ...more
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