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Recent books and book clubs

After Sacre Bleu, our book club at Office Nomads read The Sparrow -- a scifi book about explorers to another planet in the near future, the way the species on that planet relate, and relate to Earthlings, and all of the spirtiual underpinnings revealed -- and then The Geography of Bliss -- an NPR correspondent's light-hearted search for the happiest place in the world, looking at how different cultures define h

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Feeding Ourselves

All right, my friends, time to talk food...

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Cage Match: The Shock Doctrine vs Capitalism and Freedom

i'd been meaning to read Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine for a while and remembered to pick it up when i swung by Elliott Bay Books recently.

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The Zanzibar Chest

i recently finished reading The Zanzibar Chest -- the memoirs of Kenyan-born journalist Aidan Hartley who wrote for Reuters from Africa and Europe in recent decades.

i wasn't crazy about the narrative of the book, though it reminded me immediately of Michael Herr's Dispatches -- which i loved back in college -- with it's sexy, drug-addled, psychotic prose.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

i'm excited to be reading a novel again. this time it's To Kill a Mockingbird, which i haven't read since high school -- long enough ago that i might as well be reading it for the first time.

the inspiration, of course, comes from the middle child in the photo above: Scout, the oldest, wisest, and yet most innocent of JAG and the Suze's triplets.

i'd love to have anyone join me, but am already tearing through!

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upcoming book: Agenda for a New Economy

i'd never heard of him or his book before, but David Korten spoke some salient sanity on Democracy Now! today. the book is called Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth and at first glance it sounds great.

from today's DN:

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The Awakening

Here it is, my revised critique of Kate Chopin's The Awakening. Let me know what you think.

(The first posts are now drafts only. They are now below my original post.)

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The Wealth of Networks

i've been reading an incredible book called The Wealth of Networks by Yochai Benkler. the subtitle is "How social production transforms markets and freedom". the title is obviously a reference to Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations, which is the original "liberal" in "neoliberal" -- the bible of modern free-marketism.

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It Tolls for Thee

Do you hear that, the bell ringing? Well, that's right, its ringing for you...

OK, people, I don't really know how much I can give to this one--time is short and I am busy as the next person. But I started last night, am two chapters in, and I'm totally hooked. The goal is to finish what is regarded as Hemingway's greatest novel For Whom the Bell Tolls over the next four weeks or so. That shouldn't be too difficult, though I suspect my posting about it will be kept to a minimum.

What do you guys say, want to join me?

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The Road

(warning: be careful with the links below if you haven't read the book yet. not so much "spoilers"; i just feel strongly that you'll enjoy the book so much more knowing less about the story...)

well i took my break from the USA Trilogy, and picked up Cormac McCarthy's The Road. no idea what i was in for.

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