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August 06, 2005

Saturday Books

I had finals this week, so there's not been much interesting prose on my nightstand. I read a bit of Lawrence Lessig's Free Culture and am finishing up Nixon vs. Kennedy. But it's been more of a periodicals week, and the New York Review of Books has been leading the charge there. What'choo got?

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I am preparing a unit on short stories so I am ripping through the collections I have. Chekhov, Flannery O'Connor, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Fitzgerald and Stegner. I am wondering what happened to my Hemingway book and wondering whether any of this is going to be interesting to 10th graders.

I have been going through them like eating popcorn for three days.

Posted by: James E. Powell | Aug 6, 2005 6:50:49 PM

The Penguin History of the USA. It's okay.

Posted by: TJ | Aug 6, 2005 7:27:03 PM

Elements of Murder: A History of Poison (by John Emsley). Just started it, but it's very interesting so far.

Posted by: smg | Aug 6, 2005 10:39:19 PM

I am rediscovering the New Yorker fiction section, which I always used to skip over in favor of the other stuff. However, there are some great stories there, many times by authors I've never heard of (though they do have the occasional piece by people like Jonathan Franzen or John Updike.)

I also am reading Sophie's World, by Jostein Gaarder. Its subtitle is "A Novel About the History of Philosophy", and the story is basically about a girl receiving philosophy lessons by mail from a mysterious stranger. It reminds me of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (which I love), though it's a little more overt about the philosophy since the book is structured as a series of lessons. The girl is trying to find out the identity of her correspondent, so it's a metaphysical mystery, of sorts. I'm very much enjoying it.

Posted by: Matt F | Aug 6, 2005 10:47:41 PM

I'm splitting my time between Eric Alterman's What Liberal Media?, Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials: The Rise of Irrationalism and Perils of Piety by Wendy Kaminer and Make Love!* (*The Bruce Campbell Way) by Bruce Campbell. It's a good selection.

Posted by: pansauce | Aug 7, 2005 12:53:01 AM

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