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Mckinleyville, Ca
Mar 22, 2013 - 11:46pm PT
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Kind of a tangled-up presentation of a huge subject. Some good history to ponder plus the usual dialectics. The author's original ideas are in la-la-land sometimes; but other times he has a few valid points to make as well. My opinion is that humans are nowhere near the end that the author rhapsodizes about; and we will constantly evolve new forms of "good" political/economic systems which will in turn become corrupted in new unforseen ways. Freedom does that.
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Social climber
Golden, CO
Mar 22, 2013 - 11:49pm PT
The Rise and Fall of he English Empiew.

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Mar 22, 2013 - 11:51pm PT
Hi Susan,

There is a well done (as usual) RadioLab podcast on Henrietta Lacks:


Trad climber
CA Central Coast
Mar 22, 2013 - 11:52pm PT
Mountain Man by Vardis Fisher. Highly worthy.

(book that inspired Robert Redford's character Jeremiah Johnson)

Westminster Colorado
Apr 12, 2013 - 07:40pm PT
The summit was a corniced crest of ice, and the precipices on the far side which plunged vertically down beneath us, were terrifying, unfathomable. There could be few mountains in the world like this. Clouds floated halfway down, concealing the gentle, fertile valley of Pakhara, 23,000 feet below. Above us there was nothing!

My wife gave me a first edition Annapurna by Maurice Herzog for Christmas. I had never read it before.

You also should check out Benediction by Hent Haruf. It is his new novel that takes place in his fictional, eastern Colorado town of Holt that his previous work was set in. Its a story of a character known simply as "Dad" who finds out he will die of cancer. Incredible dialog with fantastic character development


Trad climber
Apr 24, 2013 - 08:33pm PT
Plenty of David Sedaris fans on the Taco. Above is a link to his upcoming lectures and bookstore appearances. Bummed San Jose is sold out, but Bookshop Santa Cruz is hosting him again. Saw him there about ten years ago where he did his Billie Holiday imitation. Anyone read Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls?

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Apr 24, 2013 - 08:46pm PT
Interesting you brought up David Sedaris, as I just read "Me Talk Pretty One Day" and I LOVED IT!

Also, check this out, on NPR today (a very good listen):

Trad climber
Apr 24, 2013 - 09:25pm PT
Gal, I heard him on NPR today too. Didn't know he's been sober since 1999. Funny story about him garbage in the countryside talking to himself.

Liked Me Talk Pretty Too.

Social climber
Apr 24, 2013 - 09:30pm PT
last couple of books:

Coldest Winter by David Halberstam

Carnage and Culture by Victor Davis Hanson.

and now reading The Best and The Brightest by Halberstam.

(Halberstam could describe a mothball for seventy-five pages and I believe I would find it interesting.)

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
Apr 24, 2013 - 09:51pm PT
"The Red and The Black" -- Stendhal

"A Brief History of Time" -- Stephen Hawking
Captain...or Skully

Apr 25, 2013 - 12:09am PT
The Pleasure Of My Company~Steve Martin

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 25, 2013 - 12:14am PT
The Compleat Conductor by Gunther Schuller. He says everybody is doing it wrong, but him. Not sure I'll finish this one.

Lolita sure was a hoot, though.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Apr 25, 2013 - 01:48am PT
Art & Otherness Thomas McEvilley
Delhi Dog

Good Question...
Apr 25, 2013 - 01:54am PT
Confession of a Buddhist Atheist- by Stephen Batchelor

Really enjoying it.

Trad climber
May 11, 2013 - 11:32am PT
Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe. Spectacular social commentary and sentences. Here's one: "The subtext was: In the meantime, if the mutts start growling, snarling, and disemboweling one another with their teeth -- celebrate the Diversity of it all and make sure the teeth get whitened."

May 11, 2013 - 03:55pm PT
"In a Sunburned Country" by Bill Bryson about Australia.

This guy is funny and wrote this travel book from a slightly different slant.

Fun read.

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
May 11, 2013 - 04:21pm PT

Shooting the Boh by Tracy Johnston



Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
May 11, 2013 - 04:25pm PT
Death of the Liberal Class
Chris Hedges

Trad climber
May 11, 2013 - 04:42pm PT

A Lakota history

The Hot Kiss on the end of a Wet Fist
May 11, 2013 - 04:44pm PT
Just finished Huxleys "Brave New World" and am getting ready to start "Infinite Jest"....
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