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David Knopp

Trad climber
Nov 27, 2013 - 10:26pm PT
Oryx and Crake
by Margaret Atwood

first of a trilogy-subtle amazing book about an end of the world.
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Nov 27, 2013 - 10:46pm PT
The Encyclopedia of Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories

How to land an A330 Airbus

Next up: Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Nov 30, 2013 - 10:31am PT
Vanished, by Wil S. Hylton, which I reviewed for the Wall Street Journal yesterday. Good book.

I can't link you directly to the review, you'll catch the WSJ paywall if I do, but I think I can link you to a google search, and by clicking the top link you'll get past the paywall to the full text of the review.

Here's the search that should do it.

And yes, I'm a bit miffed that they spelled my name wrong. Also, Ghoulwe gets a tip of the hat for some hilarious fact checking on this one.

Trad climber
Nov 30, 2013 - 11:36am PT
August Wilson's play, Fences.

Westminster Colorado
Nov 30, 2013 - 06:31pm PT
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The story takes place in Alaska in 1920. Its a novel about a couple homesteading and discover a mysterious little girl who calls herself Faina. She is mysterious and appears after the couple create a little snow girl that they decorate with mittens and a scarf. She is a child of the woods and was inspired by a classic Russian fairy tale of a snow maiden.

I am half done with it and I find it hard to put down.

Credit: Dickbob

Trad climber
Nov 30, 2013 - 07:15pm PT
Russ Walling...I read Storming Heaven, it was good. I would also recommend "Breaking Open the Head" by Daniel Pinchbeck, along that same topic.

Trad climber
Dec 6, 2013 - 10:55pm PT
Finished Fences where Death of a Salesman meets Jim Crow. I see how August Wilson won the Pulitzer for it. Excellent!

Moving on to Tina Howe's Painting Churches.

The Hot Kiss on the end of a Wet Fist
Dec 9, 2013 - 03:13pm PT
"Good luck with infinite jest, Walleye! So far, the jest has been own me!!"

I finally read and finished Infinite Jest three days ago. I gotta say I pretty muched liked it a whole lot! Some of it gave me major howlers!

EDIT: and getting ready to start "American Prometheus" Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin

dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Dec 9, 2013 - 03:27pm PT
Thanks to Stahlbro for recommending "Gunfighters and Outlaws"
Really great book on the local history of Bodie and Aurora mining towns.
I highly recommend you read this before you visit Bodie if you are planning on going, it will make the experience much better. I have been to Bodie, but want to go back now that I have read the book and put names, faces and/or stories to the past residents who lived there.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 9, 2013 - 03:29pm PT
Sully, I've seen five of the Pittsburgh Cycle at the Mark Taper Theatre.
Every one was a gem. He is surely one of the top ten all-time greats.

Claud, I'm reading Pete Aguereberry, Death Valley Prospector. Add it
to yer list, mon ami (Pete was French Basque).
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Dec 9, 2013 - 03:52pm PT
Cool, thanks Reilly, will do. I'm reading the other one you recommended about mining towns.

Social climber
Dec 9, 2013 - 04:08pm PT
Elmer Gantry, by Sinclair Lewis.

A bit slow and long, written in 1926, but a fascinating, vivid character study. Brings to life the culture and people of the Midwest in the early 1900s.
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Dec 9, 2013 - 04:17pm PT
The End of Faith by Sam Harris. Subtitled: "Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason":

Hey, why not a new ecumenical movement to deconstruct Islamic, Christian and Jewish fundamentalism and literal interpretation of religious texts?

An idea whose time has come as Christian and Muslim mobs kill each other on the streets in Africa. Another "100 Years War" in the making, this time with WMDs?

So much for the Victorian compromise and the myth of progress.

"Interestingly, Harris is not just focused on debunking religious faith, though he makes his compelling arguments with verve and intellectual clarity. The End of Faith is also a bit of a philosophical Swiss Army knife. Once he has presented his arguments on why, in an age of Weapons of Mass Destruction, belief is now a hazard of great proportions, he focuses on proposing alternate approaches to the mysteries of life." - Amazon review

Trad climber
Dec 9, 2013 - 04:21pm PT

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Dec 9, 2013 - 05:06pm PT
The Maestro Myth by Norman Lebrecht.

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Dec 9, 2013 - 05:49pm PT

I'll admit I was curious how the genres could collide. No more. If someone asks me to make an expression of disbelief, I know how to do it now, because that was stuck on my face for the entire time reading that webpage. I don't know if it's worse someone dedicated enough time to make books like this, or that there is potentially a market that inspired their creation.


Trad climber
Dec 9, 2013 - 10:30pm PT
Gold star for Walleye. I mean to tackle I. Jest again next summer. I like his last book, put together after his suicide. The tedium of the IRS as only Foster Wallace can tell it.

Reilly, that was my first Wilson sample. Marin Theatre Co. is putting Fences on soon.

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Dec 9, 2013 - 10:39pm PT
I'm currently reading a publisher's proof copy of The Pagan Lord, the 7th volume in Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Tales series; excellent novels of the Alfred the Great era in British History. I'm an Amazon Vine reviewer; they send me free books to read and comment upon.

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Dec 9, 2013 - 10:44pm PT
The KJV Bible

Trad climber
Dec 9, 2013 - 10:45pm PT
Sheez Brokedown, perfect gig. Good for you.
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