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Any of you southern boys, born or perhaps just choosing to live below the Mason Dixon line, ya just have to be a fan of Pat Conroy. Hell, I'm a Yankee and I can't get enough of his writing!
Eagle, your comment has reminded me sadly of the passing of Harry Crews this past March. Southern literature has lost one of its most unique and important voices.


Dismissiveness hardly, quite simply the book is sitting on my library shelf where it has been for years and I regard it as one of his foremost works.

And lucky you for the partner that has the ability to play Shostakovich.
Sincere apologies then Ajo, perhaps the phrase 'time warp' merely resonates with negative connections for me. I've finished 'Cities' now and am well into 'The Place of Dead Roads'. I first read Naked Lunch, Soft Machine and Junky thirty years ago; and have re-read each of them several times. I really appreciate Burroughs' insights, themes and perspective. I may appreciate traditional clothes but my nature is far from conservative.

As per my talented pianist partner; I acknowledge that I am very, very lucky. :redface:


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Eagle, your comment has reminded me sadly of the passing of Harry Crews this past March. Southern literature has lost one of its most unique and important voices.
Indeed, Harry Crews' writing was such that it could keep one up at night. He had this thing about snakes, didn't he? LOL. Snakes scare the beJesuzz out of me(;)) and there is just nothing like a good scare to make a book hard to put down! May Harry rest in peace.


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I'm listening to the audiobook version of "Gang Leader for a Day." It's not bad. The bias is evident from chapter one but I'm hoping as he spends time among the Chicago gangs, he turns the pages.

I just finished "I've Got Your Back." It's written by a tennis coach and it has helped me sharpen up my leadership style.

I am also reading "Platform" to get some simple steps to developing a way to make your voice heard in a noisy culture.


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A while back I was gifted with a copy of How to Survive The End of The World As We Know It, by James Wesley Rawles. The author is the founder of and a former Army Intelligence Officer, whose writing style reflects the weight and sobriety of his present and past vocations. While I cannot tell you the book is an enjoyable read, but it is quite hard to put down and considering the state of the worlds politics and finances it does certainly leave one with a lot to consider. I am not yet ready to run off into the woods with the family to live as survivalists, but am strangely comforted by the knowledge that the contents of my gun safe include a Car-15 and lots and lots of .223 ammunition! ;)


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Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden

You Say More Than You Think by Janine Driver

Looking at the sample of Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
I'm reading now The Count of Monte Cristo, by Dumas Sr. It is a beautiful novel with flowers of speech.
But lately I'm too busy with work, and barely have time in the night to finish it, and if I have time, I'd rather sleep.



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I just finished Eastern Approaches by Fitzroy Maclean. I love a good war story.

I must admit, the world seemed a much bigger place back then.


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Most recent reads; Cross Roads by Wm Paul Young, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into The Afterlife by Eban Alexander, M.D.; and Beach Music (second reading) by Pat Conroy.


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I am just finishing up "Subculture: The Meaning of Style" by Dick Hebdige. I am considering getting out of nonfiction mode for a little while and possibly rereading "The Sot Weed Factor" by John Barth.

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Just finished reading Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned for the 3rd time. A truly remarkable collection and I would say required "men's" reading.

Now starting on Pastoralia by George Saunders.


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Only partially through it at this point (it was just released for sale two days ago), but the book "Duty" by Robert Gates is proving to be a surprisingly candid, revealing and yet balanced read! Last weeks reading included Clive Cussler's, Vixon 03 and P. J. Caputo's, A Rumor of War (a second or third reading).

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Just finishing a second reading of Tender is the Night. I also finally got through the best (and longest) novel I have ever read, Albert Cohen's Belle du Seigneur (recently turned into a ludicrous film adaptation).

Just started Hyperion, about a fifth of the way through. I'm enjoying it quite a bit.

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I read the first couple of volumes when I was 16 or so- I enjoyed the numerous Keats referenes and the poet character- he has a fantastic monologue at some point in the series.


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For fans of the English murder mystery, with a twist or two to be sure, the Christopher Fowler "Peculiar Crimes Unit" series, featuring the detective duo of Bryant and May, is exceptional. Zipped through all ten and am anxiously awaiting #11
Currently reading "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" by Seth Grahame-Smith (a brilliant parody of the original) and in my car I am listening to "A Confederacy of Dunces" by the late John Kennedy Toole. It was a great read but the audiobook really makes the unique characters come alive. It is freaking priceless!!
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