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  • What Are You Reading Now?

    06/13/2018 11:56:53 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 193 replies
    6/13/18
    Years ago, I'd post a quarterly thread asking Freepers what they were reading now. I made mention of the fact that I thought Freepers had to have been some of the more well-read people on the 'Net. I have decided to resume that post. What are you reading? It can be a best seller, a trashy pulp novel, a biography - heck even a technical journal. Just don't answer the post by saying "I'm Reading This Thread". It lost its originality a really long long time ago. I'll start. I'm reading a classic biography from 1970. It's called "Huey Long"...
  • Now at Dollar Tree: Pat Buchah's "Nixon's White House Wars"

    05/25/2018 6:42:57 PM PDT · by Dr. Sivana · 25 replies
    Self | 2017 | Pat Bucahnan
    My wife saw Pat Bucahanan's recent book on Nixon for sale at Dollar Tree in hardback for $1. If you like Buchanan as an author, or respect him as an authority on Nixon, that's a hard bargain to pass up.
  • Nobel Prize for Literature delayed amid Swedish Academy 'sex assault' scandal

    05/04/2018 6:39:14 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | May 4, 2018
    The organisation that decides the Nobel Prize for Literature has said it will not announce an award this year, after it was engulfed in a scandal over sexual assault allegations. The Swedish Academy has been in crisis over its handling of allegations against the husband of a member. She has since quit, as have the academy's head and four other members. The academy says it will now announce the 2018 winner along with the 2019 winner next year. The scandal is the biggest to hit the prize since it was first awarded in 1901. Apart from six years during the...
  • O. Henry aristocracy versus hash

    05/02/2018 8:02:37 AM PDT · by Clutch Martin · 11 replies
    Aristocracy versus Hash by O. Henry | Clutch Martin
    I was reading a short story by the author known as O. Henry and at the end of the story aristocracy versus hash there is the following an ending sentence stating ""Ten minutes later the slate in the Blue Ruin saloon bore two additional characters: 10." Out of which I cannot figure out any plausible meaning. would anybody know the meaning of that phrase?
  • GQ faces backlash over inclusion of Bible in list of '21 Books You Don't Have to Read'

    04/23/2018 3:42:10 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 34 replies
    WJLA ^ | 04/23/18 | Lindsey Leake
    The Bible isn't required reading -- according to GQ. The magazine is facing criticism after it included The Good Book in its list of "21 Books You Don't Have to Read" last week. Compiled by GQ editors, the post laments that "the Great Books" aren't all they're cracked up to be: "Some are racist and some are sexist, but most are just really, really boring." "Census" author Jesse Ball says the Bible (No. 12 on the list) is highly rated by people who claim to live by it but haven't actually read the tome. "Those who have read it know...
  • What Russian Literature Can Teach Conservatives

    03/26/2018 6:27:10 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 31 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | December 13, 2016 | Gary Morson
    Is life a matter of grand politics or individual souls? Can human affairs be boiled down to science or theories? Tolstoy and Chekhov believed: Life is lived at ordinary moments, and what is most real is what is barely noticeable, like the tiniest movements of consciousness. True life is not lived where great external changes take place—where people move about, clash, fight, and slay one another. It is lived only where these tiny, tiny infinitesimally small changes occur. American conservatives can learn much from the great literary output of 19th century Russia. Though seemingly distant in time and place, the...
  • Real life Toad Hall is for sale! Riverside five-bedroom mansion that inspired Kenneth Grahame [tr]

    02/26/2018 5:37:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 26, 2018 | Amanda Cashmore
    A riverside home in the heart of the countryside that inspired Kenneth Grahame to write The Wind in the Willows has gone on the market for £3.45m. The aptly-named Toad Hall overlooks the picturesque Cookham Reach of the River Thames in Berkshire. The stunning manor comes with 130ft of private mooring and wet boathouse, which make it the perfect place for messing about on the river.
  • School removes ‘Huckleberry Finn,' ‘To Kill a Mockingbird' from curriculum

    02/09/2018 6:48:24 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 58 replies
    Cox Media via WPXI ^ | February 9, 2018 | Bob D'Angelo
    DULUTH, Minn. - Students taking English classes in a Minnesota city will no longer have to read two American classics or write reports about them, the Duluth News Tribune reported. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which contain racial slurs, will no longer be required reading for students in the Duluth Public School district’s English classes next fall. However, the books are not banned: They will be available in the school as optional reading for students, the News Tribune reported. The decision comes two months after a Virginia school temporarily banned the two novels after a...
  • Scraps of paper found on Queen Anne's Revenge

    01/30/2018 10:49:31 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    Salisbury Post ^ | Thursday, January 4, 2018 | Staff Report
    Were 18th-century pirates literate? What sort of books did they keep on board ship? ... During conservation work on artifacts recovered from the wreckage of Queen Anne's Revenge -- the flagship of the pirate Blackbeard -- 16 tiny fragments of paper were discovered in a mass of wet sludge removed from the chamber for a breech-loading cannon. The largest fragment was only about the size of a quarter. Paper is an extremely rare material to find on shipwrecks, especially one 300 years old, because it usually disintegrates quickly under water... As the work progressed another discovery was made -- that...
  • Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88

    01/23/2018 3:42:28 PM PST · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 23, 2018 | Gerald Jonas
    Ursula K. Le Guin, the immensely popular author who brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminist sensibility to science fiction and fantasy with books like “The Left Hand of Darkness” and the Earthsea series, died on Monday at her home in Portland, Ore. She was 88.
  • The Conservative and Libertarian Fiction Alliance is holding a Christmas sale

    12/24/2017 1:27:29 PM PST · by tbw2 · 1 replies
    Frank Luke's blog ^ | 12/21/2017 | Frank Luke
    CLFA Stocking Stuffer Sale! All of these books by conservative and libertarian authors are free or 99 cents this week. https://frankluke.wordpress.com/clfa-sale/
  • Author: Racism revealed in Dr. Seuss' work, children's literature

    11/28/2017 4:53:04 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 48 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 27, 2017 | Darcell Rockett
    Dr. Seuss’ colorful characters and rhyming whimsy have made the late writer’s books a staple in libraries both personal and public. But Seuss was not without his shortcomings, says Philip Nel, an English professor at Kansas State University. According to Nel, Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat” is rife with racial caricature and “the influence of blackface minstrelsy lingers.”
  • Nobel literature academy ensnarled in #MeToo sex scandal wave

    11/24/2017 5:38:37 PM PST · by dynachrome · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11-24-17 | Gaël BRANCHEREAU, Helene DAUSCHY
    The paper broke the news on Tuesday when it published the testimony of 18 women claiming to have been assaulted or raped by one of the most influential figures in Stockholm's cultural scene. - 'Everyone has always known'- The accused man's name has not been published in the media due to Swedish laws on the presumption of innocence. But his identity is generally known by the public as he is a high-profile person in cultural circles and his name has appeared in online chat forums discussing the issue. He did not respond to AFP's request for a comment, though he...
  • Making Fiction Great Again! 'MAGA 2020 & Beyond' Hits Bookshelves

    11/13/2017 12:20:37 PM PST · by tbw2 · 7 replies
    PJMedia ^ | 11/13/2017 | Megan Fox
    For years we conservatives have complained impotently about the derailing culture and lack of entertainment choices, and yet, which one of us stepped up to fill the void? We watched literature join the dumpster fire that is modern culture and cried tears of helplessness. But no more. Take heart, for men and women of action have arrived! Superversive Press, whose controversial Forbidden Thoughts anthology captured our attention in January 2017, has been hard at work to turn the tide. According to their latest press release, "With published books by two Dragon Award nominees, and more works prepared for release in...
  • NBC Op-Ed Complains ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Teaches Children Not to Believe Rape Victims

    10/21/2017 11:01:53 AM PDT · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 60 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 10.20.17 | Alex Griswold
    NBC Op-Ed Complains ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Teaches Children Not to Believe Rape Victims
  • Poetic Allegory -- "The Swamp"

    10/07/2017 11:35:33 PM PDT · by txnativegop · 20 replies
    8 October 2017 | txnativegop
    An area covered in still water The smell of stagnation will overwhelm Even the strongest of sweet fragrances Diversity of life easy to see It is a swamp its denizens harmful to all life save for native residents Its water riddled with bacteria Its bottom - vile, sticky trapping the lax Various denizens like mosquitoes and snakes will create disease, suffering that will spread to locales very distant unless decisive action is taken to check the contagion of the swamp Pesticides will control it for a short time But disease will very quickly return Teeming diversity hides great evil of...
  • Jerry Pournelle has passed away

    09/08/2017 5:01:44 PM PDT · by buwaya · 75 replies
    Instapundit ^ | 9/8/2017 | Buwaya
    Being reported in several places, Jerry Pournelle has passed away. Noted Science Fiction author, strategic analyst, early popularizer of personal computers, one of the original bloggers. In his own way he was one of the more influential Americans of the 20th century. As per Instapundit in a comment to his own post, "I just talked to Alex. Basically, Jerry just laid down for a nap and passed in his sleep this afternoon. It was nice that he, Alex, and Larry Niven got to hang out and have such a good time at DragonCon. It's as easy a death as one...
  • 24 Novels That Are Crying Out To Be Turned Into A TV Series

    08/15/2017 10:03:49 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 98 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | August 14, 2017 | Jamie Jones
    We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community which books need to be turned into TV Shows. Here are some of the best responses...
  • ‘Make It So’: ‘Star Trek’ and Its Debt to Revolutionary Socialism

    07/27/2017 5:14:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 24, 2017 | A.M. Gittlitz
    H. G. Wells’s foundational work of political science fiction, “The Time Machine,” predicted a future in which a small utopia of sprightly elites is kept running by a subclass that lives below the ground and is reduced to bestial violence. This prediction, carried to a horrifically logical extent, represented the intense wealth disparity of the Victorian England in which Wells wrote the novel. Judging from the major political narratives of the fictions of our era, films like “The Hunger Games,” “Elysium” and “Snowpiercer,” the certainty of a future rendered increasingly barbarous by class division remains essentially the same.
  • Jane Austen's Correspondence to Be Offered at Sotheby's

    07/08/2017 2:52:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    http://www.panarmenian.net/eng/news/243794/ ^ | July 8, 2017 | July 8, 2017
    Almost exactly 200 years to the day of Jane Austen’s death in 1817, a masterly comic letter written by the author to her favourite niece will come to sale for the very first time at Sotheby’s London on 11th July with an estimate of £80,000-100,000. The celebrated novelist, whose own literature has remained the subject of critique for over two centuries, is here seen exercising her own critical opinion of another writer’s work in a light-hearted jeu d’espirit which exudes not only Austen’s supreme intellect, but also her comic charm, Art Daily said. Dating from 29-30 October 1812, a critical...