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Currently I am splitting my reading time between Baudelaire's The Flowers of Evil and Kelly's The Great Mortality. The former is a collection of poetry from mid Nineteenth Century France, translated into English. The latter is an in depth study of the Black Death of the mid Fourteenth Century.

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Mark Kurlansky's Salt: A World History

Leonard Shlain's Goddess and the Alphabet: The Conflict Between Word and Image
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The Zanzibar Chest Aidan Hartley
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The Accusers, by Lindsay Davis. The last delicious morsel of my most recent Didius Falco binge.

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Old 04-22-2005, 07:16 PM
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Weirdos From Another Planet by Bill Watterson (for about the 353rd time)

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Old 04-22-2005, 07:18 PM
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Just finished Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark.

Just started God's Politics by Jim Wallis.
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You mean the three most recent books I've started that are on my bedside table and I may never finish?

Beliefs, Attitudes and Human Affairs, by Daryl J. Bem
A Cartoon History of the United States, by Larry Gonick
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Freethinkers - A History of American Secularism, by Susan Jacoby
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Right now I'm reading an internet message board, and the latest issues of Car and Driver and Cycle magazines while watching MSNBC and a bunch of oil and gas pipelines and platforms out in the Mulf of Gexico.

I haven't read a whole book all the way through since I read The Real Wild West: The 101 Ranch.
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

This is my third time through, and I'm actually almost able to follow it this time. I wanted to get a good understanding of it before book 6 comes out in July.

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I thoroughly enjoyed Cartoon History of the Universe, Volume 1. I need to get Volume 2 and the aforementioned "..of the United States"
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Mark Kurlansky's Salt: A World History

Leonard Shlain's Goddess and the Alphabet: The Conflict Between Word and Image
Both of those sound interesting. For some reason, I've always thought it was salt that was valuable in Medieval times, but recent reading seems to suggest that it was pepper.

What is the latter book about?
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Hey biatch, I'll have you know I finished A Cartoon History of the Universe - Volumes 1 and 2 in the last year.

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Oh and I read that Caged Bird... book.
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Mark Kurlansky's Salt: A World History

Leonard Shlain's Goddess and the Alphabet: The Conflict Between Word and Image
Both of those sound interesting. For some reason, I've always thought it was salt that was valuable in Medieval times, but recent reading seems to suggest that it was pepper.

What is the latter book about?
Leonard Shlain has an ongoing interest is misogyny. He is postulating that the rise of alphabetic written communication, which relies, relatively, upon left brain activity, which predominates in the male of the human species, has acted as a springboard for paternalism, male domination and cultural misogyny. It's interesting, but not as good as his Sex, Time and Power, which takes the topic further back into human prehistory.
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I just finished Asimov's Nightfall, and haven't yet started something else.
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I'm reading manuscripts from several researchers who I've been in contact with for a postdoc.

The latest is a PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) manuscript on evolutionary biology.
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The Adversary, Julian May (and before that, the other 3 volumes in the series)

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I'm reading manuscripts from several researchers who I've been in contact with for a postdoc.

The latest is a PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) manuscript on evolutionary biology.
You're a sick sick man.
I prefer to think of it as desperate to get a job. :P
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I enjoy Hustler and Jugs Monthly. But only for the pictures. :strip:
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But I also enjoy fiction, and science fiction. Dean Koontz, Jean Auel, and the like. I don't care for dry hard reads, it does not hold my attention long enough.
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I'm rereading The Magister Ludi (Glass Bead Game) by Hermann Hesse and plodding my way through The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla.
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I'm rereading The Magister Ludi (Glass Bead Game) by Hermann Hesse and plodding my way through The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla.
I've read several of Hesse's books. He really had an amazing command of language.
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I'm reading manuscripts from several researchers who I've been in contact with for a postdoc.

The latest is a PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) manuscript on evolutionary biology.
You're a sick sick man.
I prefer to think of it as desperate to get a job. :P
There you go. I don't think you'll have too much trouble.
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I enjoy Hustler and Jugs Monthly. But only for the pictures. :strip:
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Doesn't surprise me. Haven't "read" one of those things since the world-wide web came along.

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But I also enjoy fiction, and science fiction. Dean Koontz, Jean Auel, and the like. I don't care for dry hard reads, it does not hold my attention long enough.
I had you pegged for a Louis L'Amour Westerns reader. I know, I know, you want to bang Ayla.
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I had you pegged for a Louis L'Amour Westerns reader. I know, I know, you want to bang Ayla.
Hell yeah, who would'nt. Hubba hubba, Jean sure is graphic in some of her writings. Often times redundant though. I think she pointed out the inportance of Iza line as medicine woman about a hundred times. I just finished the 5th book.
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I'm rereading The Magister Ludi (Glass Bead Game) by Hermann Hesse and plodding my way through The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla.
I've read several of Hesse's books. He really had an amazing command of language.
I've only read Siddhartha, Demian and Magister Ludi. I should probably look for new ones instead of rereading. Can you recommend another that stands out?

After Magister Ludi (the first time) I became obsessed for about a month trying to figure out how to invent the game. There are online groups who have tried to simulate it. :giggle:
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