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I'm finally getting around to reading A Short History of Progress, though it's more like listening to Ronald Wright tell me a historical story than reading. With my impaired reading these days, it's perfect! [img]tongue.gif" border="0[/img]

I'm also eking my way through Stanley Park, which is slow going because I'm not really liking the narrator and so avoid "spending time" with him. Conveniently, I forgot the book in another province for the last few weeks. Oops!

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Has anyone read the new autobiography by Billy Bragg and, if so, what do they think of it?

I bought a copy of [i]Critical Mass[/i] instead, and Philip Ball's conservative philosophical approach is harming what would otherwise be a very outstanding book. Why is it when I buy a book I feel I must read it?


I'm reading, "The Terror" by David Andress. (It's about the French Revolution.)

But I'm reading a lot of other things too. I always read too many books at the same time. It's not a good idea. Two or three are ok - a person needs some variety - but I'm in way too deep at present [img]frown.gif" border="0[/img]


Just finished reading [url=http://www.amazon.com/Real-World-Democracy-Massey-Lectures/dp/0887845304... Real World of Democracy[/url], from the 1965 Massey Lecture Series by C. B. MacPherson. Thought I'd stick my head in long enough to recommend it.

Dated by the fall of the USSR, but if you keep in mind that China is still at it in their own charming way, its insights are still of the essence. Especially since its short, the perspective alone is well worth the read.



Originally posted by jrose:
[b]Oh, you’ll be so mad at me, Michelle! I was on College Street yesterday and came across a bargain bin at a used bookstore, and they had it for a dollar, but typical me, I didn’t have any change on me, so I didn’t pick it up. [/b]

Well, you could see that as a bad thing or a good thing. I'm reading Your Money Or Your Life (well, not really reading it now - I've re-read it, but I'm trying to actually DO it) and I'm trying to cut back on compulsive purchases like that. I'm trying to tell myself when I walk past a bin of $1 books that I can get them from the library for free. But I have to admit, if it's a book that I know I'll love and re-read, I'll buy it if it's only a buck.


I am reading " The End of Ignorance" by John Mighton. It's a book about children and learning and with the message that each child has the potential to be successful in every subject in school. I've just started it.


I just started reading Al Franken's [i]The Truth "with jokes"[/i]. It's supposed to be funny. It's depressing the hell out of me.


I finally picked up Margaret Cho's I'm the One That I Want, and finished it a couple of weeks ago. It's a perceptive, funny, heart-piercing read. I'll definitely be tracking down her second book.


[i]The Fionavar Tapestry [/i], for at least the third time. A most pleasant little self indulgence.

Stephen Gordon

[i]Brideshead Revisited[/i], for the umpteenth time. It's almost like reading science fiction. For example, how in the world can a university-dropout-turned-painter jump straight into the Army as a captain? AFAICT, Charles Ryder's only claim to that rank is a lifetime of ordering people around. And yet it seems to be enough.


[i]The Custodian of Paradise[/i], by Wayne Johnston. It's a sequel to - though not as enthralling as - [i]The Colony of Unrequited Dreams[/i].

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