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« Reply #1000 on: April 30, 2014, 01:18:29 pm »

Various things (as is usual), but the important one is Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death which is brilliant and something that everyone should read but which - due to the subject matter - is not exactly easy reading. Heavily recommended.
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« Reply #1001 on: April 30, 2014, 01:55:08 pm »

I finished Baudolino--which is charming until quite late in the going end and then rapidly becomes heartbreaking, as is so often the way with Umberto Eco--and I'm trying to decide between rereading The Brothers Karamazov and starting A Secular Age.
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« Reply #1002 on: April 30, 2014, 02:12:55 pm »

Northanger Abbey
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« Reply #1003 on: May 01, 2014, 09:55:28 am »

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« Reply #1004 on: May 03, 2014, 07:00:03 pm »

"The Red Room" by August Strindberg. Very well written and sharp satire from one of my favourite eras (1870s) and a lot of it is still remarkably relevant.
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« Reply #1005 on: May 03, 2014, 11:01:18 pm »
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The author, Jarrett Walker, is kind of a personal hero of mine/model of what I'd like to be if I ever got my sh*t together, insofar as he is not just a really smart and perceptive transit planner (with a popular blog)... but one who came to the field via a PhD in literature.

And, actually, it really shows, in a positive way.  This thing is full of examples of how being attentive to the nuances of language, and values, and other more humanities-indebted ways of thinking are actually really important to the crafting and selling of good plans and policy.

Honestly it's kind of embarrassing I hadn't read it already.  Will pepper this space with a couple choice quotes when I figure out what's most worth typing out.
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« Reply #1006 on: May 10, 2014, 12:44:21 am »

The Old Regime and the Revolution by Alexis de Tocqueville
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« Reply #1007 on: May 10, 2014, 12:26:42 pm »

Diplomacy, by Henry Kissinger (kind of old, but still interesting)
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« Reply #1008 on: May 10, 2014, 07:15:34 pm »

Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Piketty. I'm a bit disappointed.
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« Reply #1009 on: May 19, 2014, 05:33:48 am »

Fury by Rushdie. Came off as off-putting old man stuff for quite a while but vindicated itself a fair bit towards the end. Still, I'm a little disappointed, the worst book by him that I've read.
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« Reply #1010 on: May 19, 2014, 05:40:45 am »

A Norwegian Tragedy: Anders Behring Breivik and the Massacre on Ut°ya by Aage Storm Borchgrevink.

Very well written and a fascinating tale of class, race relations, politics, youth culture, internet culture, outsider dynamics and a dysfunctional family.

The sheer fact that Breivik was examined by a team of child psychiatrists when he was 4 and they basically knew that this boy had severe personality disorder and would be ruined if he wasn't removed from his mentally ill mother is scary and thought provoking.
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« Reply #1011 on: May 19, 2014, 09:25:02 am »

I had a few hours on planes this weekend so I read The Pluto Files by Neil deGrasse Tyson and The Drunkards Walk by Leonard Mlodinow. Both are good choices for one who enjoys learning about science or math from a historical view written in a readable style rich in anecdotes.
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« Reply #1012 on: May 21, 2014, 06:20:59 pm »

A Norwegian Tragedy: Anders Behring Breivik and the Massacre on Ut°ya by Aage Storm Borchgrevink.

Very well written and a fascinating tale of class, race relations, politics, youth culture, internet culture, outsider dynamics and a dysfunctional family.

The sheer fact that Breivik was examined by a team of child psychiatrists when he was 4 and they basically knew that this boy had severe personality disorder and would be ruined if he wasn't removed from his mentally ill mother is scary and thought provoking.
That sounds like a really good read.
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« Reply #1013 on: May 23, 2014, 12:06:15 pm »

Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year by David Von Drehle. The book examines the moral, economic, millitaristic and political struggles Lincoln faced in 1862, the most important year of the War Between the States.
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« Reply #1014 on: May 27, 2014, 09:07:35 am »

Americanah. Really cool book about race and pretty touching as well. Takes the unusual perspective of what she terms the "Non-American Black".

Then The Wayward Bus. Depressing and not my favourite Steinbeck, though it did have its moments.
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« Reply #1015 on: May 27, 2014, 09:08:11 am »

No Higher Honor. By Condoleezza Rice.
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« Reply #1016 on: May 29, 2014, 08:45:17 am »

Finally getting around to reading Team of Rivals by Kearns-Goodwin in its entirety.  Partly for the interest it holds and partly because I'm going to be chair of a fairly rancorous department that is also disliked by the school administration next year, so I need some pointers.  Smiley  I might well be looking in the wrong place in the latter regard.  But I'm really enjoying the book so far anyway.
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« Reply #1017 on: May 30, 2014, 08:23:39 am »

General Lee's Army: From Victory to Collapse by Joseph Glatthaar. The book is not just a millitary account but really looks into the lives of soldiers who fought in the Army of Northern Virginia. I particularly liked the chapters which covevered the reasons the men fought and also the issues in terms of feeding the army.
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« Reply #1018 on: May 31, 2014, 04:33:54 am »

"The Red Room" by August Strindberg. Very well written and sharp satire from one of my favourite eras (1870s) and a lot of it is still remarkably relevant.

It's a nice book. In English or Swedish?
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« Reply #1019 on: May 31, 2014, 10:48:45 am »

Rereading Michael Dobbs' 'House of Cards'.
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« Reply #1020 on: May 31, 2014, 12:38:14 pm »

The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Hands down one of the best things I have read in a while. Bonhoeffer was a truly great pastor and writer.
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« Reply #1021 on: May 31, 2014, 04:42:03 pm »

"The Red Room" by August Strindberg. Very well written and sharp satire from one of my favourite eras (1870s) and a lot of it is still remarkably relevant.

It's a nice book. In English or Swedish?

Danish, I can only be bothered to read Swedish literature in the original if I know the Danish translation is sub-standard and Sven Lange's classic 1923 translation is excellent (which is no surprise since he was a great writer himself).
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« Reply #1022 on: May 31, 2014, 10:34:53 pm »

Animal Farm by George Orwell
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« Reply #1023 on: May 31, 2014, 11:12:19 pm »

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« Reply #1024 on: June 01, 2014, 12:03:53 am »

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