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message 1: by Wilhelmina (new)

Wilhelmina Jenkins | 2049 comments There's a very interesting article about Barack Obama's relationship with books and how reading shaped his thinking at the website below:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/19/boo...

Some of the books listed that have shaped his thinking are these:
# The Bible
# “Parting the Waters,” Taylor Branch
# “Self-Reliance,” Ralph Waldo Emerson
# Gandhi’s autobiography
# “Team of Rivals,” Doris Kearns Goodwin
# “The Golden Notebook,” Doris Lessing
# Lincoln’s collected writings
# “Moby-Dick,” Herman Melville
# “Song of Solomon,” Toni Morrison
# Works of Reinhold Niebuhr
# “Gilead,” Marilynne Robinson
# Shakespeare’s tragedies

Could I possibly be any happier about our new president?


message 2: by jo (new)

jo | 1031 comments the golden freaking notebook! holy smokes!


Jennifer (aka EM) | 19 comments Is it just me, or does Gilead look out of place there?


message 4: by jo (new)

jo | 1031 comments it's you. haha.


message 5: by Wilhelmina (new)

Wilhelmina Jenkins | 2049 comments Gilead A Novel fit right it to me. Why did you think it odd, EM?


Jennifer (aka EM) | 19 comments hehe, jo!

don't know if I can articulate it: almost feels like a mixed metaphor. You've got collected writings up there, and a bunch of big ideas, big people. I mean, the bible, shakespeare's tragedies, lincoln, gandhi, emerson. That's a weighty list!

Gilead is just not a major enough work compared to them. Pulitzer, schmulitzer. (Lessing also seems odd to me, but less so.)

I didn't read the NYT article yet ... perhaps some context would help ... off I go.






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