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Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 2, 2011 - 02:33pm PT
I'm thinking the Pope knew and that's why he started wearing those hats
that look like beavers' tails. Am I onto sumpin'?
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Aug 2, 2011 - 02:35pm PT
I'll give you a little white smoke on that one.

Trad climber
Aug 2, 2011 - 02:40pm PT
"Mormon America: The power and the promise"; Ostling

"fair and balanced" as faux-news likes to say. Some fair criticism and some restrained appreciation.

I'm a student of religion, so at least for me it is an interesting read. History, theology, authoritarian control, high standards of piety, explosive growth, all have a chapter.

Personally I still can't quite get my head around how/why so many people can accept such an "unusual" theology (we are all on our way to becoming Gods - or at least the men are). I guess the community warmth and family values kind of brings people in before they analyze whether the theology makes sense or not. The Church's world wide membership is approaching 14 million and going viral as they say. hmmm
David Knopp

Trad climber
Aug 2, 2011 - 02:40pm PT
Tales of the Oprichniki-Vladimir Sorokin

best most f*#ked up novel about modern russia-allegorical, psychedelic, bawdy and nasty.

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Aug 2, 2011 - 02:57pm PT
Gotta love Tom Robbins, Sissy Hankshaw (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues) would've brought a whole new technique to piton scar crack climbing.


Gym climber
Aug 2, 2011 - 04:47pm PT
It's a never-ending book called Death of the Republicans Wrong Thread.

Trad climber
Chatham N.H.
Aug 2, 2011 - 06:11pm PT
Jaybro, heh, I know I'll suffer for this but...if you like that sort of thing once in a while, re-read the Piper at the Gates of Dawn from The Wind in the Willows.

Or perhaps you spoke in jest.
Captain...or Skully

or some such
Aug 2, 2011 - 06:14pm PT
I'm from Arkansas. 'Nuff said?
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Aug 2, 2011 - 06:15pm PT
Given that I spent last week with my young grandchild - I spent way too much with Dr. Seuss.

One fish, two fish - MEH.

Although I have reunited with the joy that is Green Eggs and Ham. Especially fun when being old enough to remember when Jesse Jackson read it live on SNL.
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Aug 2, 2011 - 08:09pm PT
Pearl Harbor huh?

I recall this looney old WWII Vet from down the block (since deceased) who used to tell us that Pearl Harbor happened because all of those white bread Midwestern boys were so gaga over exotic Asian girls that you could fly a bomber right over them and they wouldn't notice.

Old geezer also swore that the Commies had done the same thing to us in Vietnam using those sweet little Asian honeys to take our eye off the ball.


Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Aug 2, 2011 - 08:13pm PT
It may almost be time to get back to Toad hall, Tomcat...
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
Aug 2, 2011 - 08:13pm PT
"One Fish, Two Fish..." -Seuss

That book was my foundation for a life of exploration of life. Great message: Do fun things.

Trad climber
Chatham N.H.
Aug 2, 2011 - 08:21pm PT
" Stoats and Weasels" Not an unreasonable name for a climb.
big ears

Trad climber
Aug 2, 2011 - 09:29pm PT
Good Omens

By Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

A rogue Angel, and a rogue Demon team up to prevent the apocalypse because they are both having a hell of a time slacking off on earth, and the final battle between good and evil just seems like too much work. The fun begins when the switch the anti-christ at birth.

This is my second time reading it. Absolutely hilarious.


Psycho Vertical by Andy Kirkpatrick. Very good climbing book.
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Aug 2, 2011 - 10:17pm PT
I enjoyed a glorious rest day here in Kentucky between caving trips.

I read the "whole entar" Downward Bound by Warren Harding, an irreverent and farcical look at his life and climbs, and the Yosemite scene back in the day.

It's great to see a guy who just did what he wanted, and didn't really care what the others thought. He did it his way, and good on him. Perhaps the first real Big Wall Camper and Big Wall Wine Aficionado.

When I grow up, I want to be just like him.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Aug 2, 2011 - 11:42pm PT
I don't know riley, did you mention LOTR? It is said that Treebeard's voice is that of CS Lewis, ( he lectured down the hall from where Tolkien did a lot of writing) that one degree?D
The only dostoyevsky novel I had trouble getting through was the Posessed.. I don't find him, esp in C & P, depressing at all. Have you tried the Idiot? I liked that almost as much as C & P, I've read them each 4or 5 times.
Also try White nights, Notes from the Underground, or if you can find it, Krokodil. They're much shorter. I've been able to read them, and the Overcoat, in Russian. Incredibly nuanced in the native tongue...
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Aug 2, 2011 - 11:44pm PT
The Foundations of the Theory of Probability A. N. Kolmogorov

Social climber
Aug 3, 2011 - 03:59am PT
hey there, say, all....

my books... read MY book, :)

THE JAKE SMITH RANCH SERIES--though that is just the title
of all nine books, lumped together...

the five short story collections are all based on the
first three novels, and in a sense, elaborate, or continue, or just express live situations, etc... with family, buddies, or the folks in their world...

then, there is the small conclusion novel, which can be read before or after the short stories (though it was written before them)...

have fun...
the are:

different.... :)
about a REAL 'hidden' hero.... and his twin sis... :)

twinship, at its BEST... while going through its worst...
and comeing out with victory...
ex-rodeo folks, they be, from the tip of tex, lyford...
in a montana-ranch, now displayed...


Trad climber
East Coast US
Aug 3, 2011 - 07:46am PT
Just finished F. Scott Fitzgerald's "This Side of Paradise". Good book, particularly if you want to get an idea of where some later writers derived their writing styles. Can see exactly where Hemmingway got his cadence and prose from. Done reading, time to surf.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Aug 3, 2011 - 09:42am PT
Um Riley, it was the aristocracy, not the proletariat, that the Bolsheviks ( who were larley made up of proletariat) had a problem with...
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