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  • The Greatest Books of All Time, as Voted by 125 Famous Authors

    01/31/2012 8:21:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 137 replies · 2+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | Janaury 30, 2012 | Maria Popova
    "Reading is the nourishment that lets you do interesting work," Jennifer Egan once said. This intersection of reading and writing is both a necessary bi-directional life skill for us mere mortals and a secret of iconic writers' success, as bespoken by their personal libraries. The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books asks 125 of modernity's greatest British and American writers—including Norman Mailer, Ann Patchett, Jonathan Franzen, Claire Messud, and Joyce Carol Oates—"to provide a list, ranked, in order, of what [they] consider the ten greatest works of fiction of all time- novels, story collections, plays, or poems." Of the...
  • What books are you currently reading?

    01/23/2012 8:52:51 PM PST · by WilliamEaton · 219 replies · 2+ views
    1/23/2012 | William Eaton
    What books are people currently reading? Any particular fiction or non-fiction of note? Any recommendations from some recent reads? I just downloaded the novel Hunter by Robert James Bidinotto for my kindle. It's an indie novel and has received good reviews on Amazon. Will report back once I finish up.
  • Parents Outraged Over School Book's Graphic Sexual Content

    01/20/2012 6:36:09 PM PST · by Morgana · 61 replies · 1+ views
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A class reading assignment infuriates the parents of a 14-year-old Valley Traditional High School student. They said their daughter's questions about the book left them speechless. The book is called "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian." "She was masturbating and (describing) how to masturbate and how she did it and also giving a boy a (expletive) and going into great detail of how to perform it," said Vincent. Vincent took the book to her daughter's step-father, who became speechless. "Her being the age that she's in right now, you just freeze up. You don't know...
  • The Online Books Page

    01/15/2012 10:04:08 AM PST · by urtax$@work · 35 replies · 1+ views
    University of Pennsylvania ^ | Jan 15, 2012 | John Mark Ockerbloom
    The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all. The Online Books Page was founded, and is edited, by John Mark Ockerbloom, He is a digital library planner and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. He is solely responsible for the content of the site. The site is hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, who provide the server, disk space, and network bandwidth for the site. They also employ the editor,...
  • Suggested Readings: The Best Books of 2011

    12/31/2011 12:08:25 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | 12/28/2011 | Jarrett Skorup
    This list is my opinion of the best nonfiction books on the subject of economics, policy or law that came out in the year 2011 (with one exception). Though it is probably too late to pick these books up in time for Christmas, readers are encouraged to look into the after-holiday sales and check out some of the best work from the past year. “Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans” – Gov. Mitch Daniels Daniels is the current governor of Indiana. He was also the speaker at a recent Mackinac Center event, where he gave a taste of...
  • Gun Lending Libraries: An Idea Whose Time has Come. Or Not.

    12/27/2011 7:54:34 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 27 December, 2011 | Bruce W. Krafft
    Bob Dickerman of the Staunton, Virginia News Leader writes: It’s reassuring, I think, that so many homes in our area have more guns than books. As the NRA keeps reminding us: the more guns our citizens have, and the easier they are to get, the safer we all are, and the better society we have. Right? Seriously? More guns than books? My wife and I have over 1,500 books just in our bedroom. We’re over 5,000 books total (she keeps track of them using an online library app) and that’s just the paper ones. I have at least 200 more...
  • Publishers vs. Libraries: An E-Book Tug of War

    12/25/2011 4:21:16 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 71 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | 12-25-11 | RANDALL STROSS
    LAST year, Christmas was the biggest single day for e-book sales by HarperCollins. And indications are that this year’s Christmas Day total will be even higher, given the extremely strong sales of e-readers like the Kindle and the Nook. Amazon announced on Dec. 15 that it had sold one million of its Kindles in each of the three previous weeks. But we can also guess that the number of visitors to the e-book sections of public libraries’ Web sites is about to set a record, too. And that is a source of great worry for publishers. In their eyes, borrowing...
  • Five Books Definitely Worth Reading

    12/24/2011 11:43:27 PM PST · by iowamark · 40 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | December 22, 2011 | Fred Barnes
    The great novelist John Updike once said he’d gotten to know so many writers over his years in the literary world that it limited the books he agreed to review. He didn’t feel comfortable criticizing the books of friends or acquaintances.  Updike said this, by the way, in a conversation with Nieman fellows at Harvard in 1978.One can understand his reluctance. Even mild criticism might provide the wrath of the author and end a friendship. Praise for the book of a friend might be written off as intellectually dishonest.However, I’m not going to let friendships stop me. Five of my...
  • Angels and inquisitors

    12/23/2011 8:32:44 AM PST · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 16 replies
    Asia Times Online ^ | David Goldman
    One popular comedian argues that it must be dreadful to spend eternity in heaven. No matter how wonderful it might be at first, eventually you're bound to get used to it and end up bored to death. By the same reasoning, one would shrug off the torments of hell over time, and the experience would be the same as heaven. Truth told, Dante's account of the saints contemplating the Godhead in the "Paradiso" section of Dante's Divine Comedy always bored me, without having to wait for too much of eternity to tick by.
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson Lists 8 (Free) Books Every Intelligent Person Should Read

    12/21/2011 9:53:55 PM PST · by Daffynition · 61 replies
    OpenSource.com ^ | December 22, 2011 | unknown
    A Reddit.com user posed the question to Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Which books should be read by every single intelligent person on the planet?”Below, you will find the book list offered up by the astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium, and popularizer of science. Where possible, we have included links to free versions of the books, all taken from our Free Audio Books and Free eBooks collections. Or you can always download a professionally-narrated book for free from Audible.com. Details here. If you’re looking for a more extensive list of essential works, don’t miss The Harvard Classics, a 51 volume series...
  • Christmas Books (Thomas Sowell)

    12/05/2011 2:18:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 6, 2011 | Thomas Sowell
    The joys of Christmas do not include coping with crowds at shopping malls or wracking your brains trying to figure out what to get as a gift for someone who already seems to have everything. Books are a way out of both situations. You don't even have to go to a bookstore, with books so readily available on-line. As for the person who seems to have everything, newly published books are among the things they probably don't always have. One of the most enjoyable new books I read this year was a biography titled "Stan Musial: An American Life"...
  • Obama takes his daughters to buy America/Bush bashing book ”Descent into Chaos

    12/01/2011 1:19:33 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 24 replies
    fireandreamitchell.com ^ | November 27, 2011 | fireandreamitchell
    Obama might as well start his daughters early on their hatred of America. While taking his daughters out to a bookstore for a photo-shoot/book purchase stunt, Obama bought three books according to The Blaze: “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” ”Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever“ and ”Descent into Chaos: The U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia.” Diary of a Wimpy Kid could be Obama’s childhood story for all I know, but Descent into Chaos is another one of those America and Dubya Bush bashing books on middle east policy. The book is written by someone...
  • A Conversation with Ray Bradbury ("if you watch local news, your head will turn to mush")

    11/16/2011 7:23:31 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 49 replies
    Fahrenheit 451, 50th Anniversary Edition ^ | 2003 (50th anniversary of Fahrenheit 451) | Ray Bradbury
    excerpts from the interview with Bradbury.... [Q]: What forms of censorship do your regard as the most dangerous today? Bradbury: There are none in our country. We have too many groups for censorship to be possible. We have Catholics and Jews and Protestants, and Republicans and Democrats, and women's libbers, and lesbians and homosexuals and bisexuals, and young and old...We're all watching each other...The main problem is the idiot TV. If you watch local news, your head will turn to mush. [Q]: There seems to have been a decline in standards of journalistic objectivity, to put it mildly. Bradbury: It's...
  • A Conversation with Ray Bradbury ("if you watch local news, your head will turn to mush")

    11/16/2011 7:23:28 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 1 replies
    Fahrenheit 451, 50th Anniversary Edition ^ | 2003 (50th anniversary of Fahrenheit 451) | Ray Bradbury
    excerpts from the interview with Bradbury.... [Q]: What forms of censorship do your regard as the most dangerous today? Bradbury: There are none in our country. We have too many groups for censorship to be possible. We have Catholics and Jews and Protestants, and Republicans and Democrats, and women's libbers, and lesbians and homosexuals and bisexuals, and young and old...We're all watching each other...The main problem is the idiot TV. If you watch local news, your head will turn to mush. [Q]: There seems to have been a decline in standards of journalistic objectivity, to put it mildly. Bradbury: It's...
  • Free science fiction book - Knox's Irregulars

    11/04/2011 11:24:04 AM PDT · by Discoshaman · 20 replies
    Knox's Irregulars ^ | 11/4/2011 | discoshaman
    Too often, conservatives and Christians win the political fight but lose the culture. It doesn't matter how many elections we win if the Left rots the culture right around us. Conservatives need to be writing books, movies, and music. So this is my foray into the culture war. I'm looking for reviewers for my new science fiction book, Knox's Irregulars. It's a fast-paced action novel written from a traditionalist, conservative perspective. If anyone is interested, I'm happy to send them a free copy in Kindle, Epub or PDF format. Drop me an email at jwesleybush@gmail.com. The paperback version will be...
  • The British Empire -- Vindicated

    11/04/2011 6:50:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 4, 2011 | David Limbaugh
    As many Americans no longer believe in American exceptionalism and others believe America's greatness is guaranteed to extend perpetually, we could all benefit by reviewing the history of the British Empire, the realm from which we sprung and acquired so much. By the time most baby boomers were born, the British Empire had declined. The Nazis and Japanese had been defeated in World War II, and two major military powers -- the United States and the Soviet Union -- were faced off at the beginning of a nearly half-century-long struggle we call the Cold War. The great British Empire, which...
  • Book Review: Suicide of a Superpower

    10/31/2011 9:36:59 PM PDT · by WilliamHouston · 115 replies · 1+ views
    Youth for Western Civilization ^ | October 31, 2011 | William L. Houston
    Pat Buchanan's new book Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025 is the bluntest and most cogent statement of the truth about the present course of Western civilization that has been seen in American bookstores in many years. In this book, Pat takes the gloves off and hits the American Left with the Hard Right. He knocks the liberal establishment out of the ring. Everything that real conservatives have privately known to be true for generations is finally aired in this brave and long overdue new book. Christianity is the foundation of Western civilization. As people of European...
  • State Department buys $70,000 worth of Obama books (Terminal Arrogance)

    10/25/2011 8:29:58 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 32 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, October 25, 2011 | Jim McElhatton
    The State Department has bought more than $70,000 worth of books authored by President Obama, sending out copies as Christmas gratuities and stocking “key libraries” around the world with “Dreams from My Father” more than a decade after its release.
  • State Department has spent $70,000 buying copies of Barack Obama’s book

    10/25/2011 5:01:39 PM PDT · by South40 · 17 replies
    American Pundit ^ | 10/25/2011 | Stephan Tawney
    The State Department has spent $70,000 in taxpayer money to buy copies of Barack Obama’s book Dreams from My Father. One embassy in Indonesia spent more than $3,800 buying copies of Obama’s other book The Audacity of Hope. Again, all with taxpayer money — all while Obama profits from the purchases. But hey, it most be common place to buy books written by presidents to hand out as gifts and put in libraries, right? Nope. A search by the Washington Times of the federal database found no examples of the State Department purchasing books by President Clinton or President Bush....
  • Herman Cain's campaign paid his company to buy his books [zot]

    10/21/2011 10:49:24 AM PDT · by Clairity · 278 replies
    CBS News ^ | Oct 18, 2011 | Lindsey Boerma
    Herman Cain's case against pundits who claim he's running a book tour rather than a presidential campaign just got a bit more complicated. Federal Election Commission records show that the former Godfather's Pizza executive paid more than $64,000 of his presidential campaign funds to his motivational speaking company, T.H.E. New Voice Inc., for copies of his own books, and for lodging, airfare, and resources, Bloomberg News reports. Previous rulings by the FEC have allowed candidates to use their campaign funds to buy their own books, as long as the purchase is at market value and the money goes to charity...