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styndall


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I've stalled out on Moby Dick, so mostly I'm working on the stack of old Outside Magazines that have accumulated in my house. I'm up to 2004...

Finish Moby Dick. It's way worth it.


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I picked up an interesting book at a thrift store the other day. It's called "The Baby Business" by Debora L. Spar.

It's about how the assisted reproduction(adoption/surrogacy/IVF/Cloning, etc.) can be viewed as business, though that is distasteful to most....

Anyway - extremely, extremely interesting reading. I picked it up because I have an interest in cloning and the ramifications of it's development. And I've only just gotten to that chapter; the book goes through the history of assisted repro, from the says when those with "extra" children in a community would give those kids to the ones who had none, up and through today's developments of genetics.

Also details which countries restrict policies and oversee procedures. Interestingly...the United States has been, historically, fairly hands off, in comparison to, say, Australia and Germany.

A lot to think about....

The portion that has surprised me the most so far is a section on eugenics(a term I had heard of, but knew nothing about) and how was regarded throughout the world in the late 19th/early 20th century. Pretty damned interesting....to know that at one time our Supreme Court decided that, yes, people with mental/emotional illnesses and things like alcoholism should be steralized... This was the thinking in several countries around the owrld up to the Nazi era. They took what was "acceptable" and, as we know, stepped from sterilization to euthenasia, and then, of course, to murder.


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all i put time into reading these days is Alpinist and the adventures of rc.com


and textbooks..... Crazy


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Right now I'm reading

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer


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Just Finished WWII by James Jones and Fear and Loathing in LAs Vegas by Hunter S Thompson.

Currently working on:
Afghanistan: A Military History - Stephen Tanner

Hope to soon start something lighter and easier!


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I'm glad to see that there's a lot of people who read books and enjoy to share their discoveries.

BOOKS ARE NOT DEAD!


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A Pirate Looks At Fifty - Jimmy Buffet


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not at this moment, but recently enjoyed Guns, Germs and Steel

One which I have enjoyed a couple of times was the epic Mushashi, not only for the story itself but the entire book-reading experience... easy to read typeface printed on paper of exceptional quality. Difficult to put down. Unfortunately that copy was loaned ten years ago to a friend who moved back to Brasil, haven't seen it since.


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I'm in the middle of "On the Ridge Between Life and Death" by David Roberts

I don't think I'll be able to finish it though, it makes me want to quit climbing. It's good, but hard to get through when you actually have a life built around climbing.


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Lately i've been tearing through every Chuck Palahniuk has written. My new favorite modern author.

Jimmy Buffet is a fun writer - I like his books as much as his music. Just finished A Salty Piece of Land.

I'm slowly picking through the Gulag Archipelago. Really interesting, but tough to read much in a sitting.


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Just finished Killer Angels - Michael Shaara (great book) and River of Doubt - Candice Millard (pretty good book).

Now reading Purity of Blood - Arturo Perez-Reverte and Alexander the Great - Robin Lane Fox.


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brent_e wrote:
all i put time into reading these days is Alpinist and the adventures of rc.com


and textbooks..... Crazy

Liar!!!!!!!

You don't read your text books, and I know it ;).


shakylegs


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"Prisoner of Trebeskistan" by Bob Harris. Story of a 5-time winner of Jeopardy.
He came back for the Champions tournament, and screwed up so badly that the video of his loss was shown on in-flight videos.


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1491 by Charles C. Mann It is about the Americas before Columbus. His idea is that there were many more inhabitants and modification of the landscape than has been assumed. Complex and interesting enough that I will need to read it again. Sort of like Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond. And I'm almost constantly rereading Gravity's Rainbow.


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shakylegs wrote:
"Prisoner of Trebeskistan" by Bob Harris. Story of a 5-time winner of Jeopardy.
He came back for the Champions tournament, and screwed up so badly that the video of his loss was shown on in-flight videos.

this can't be true! You are kidding us, aren't you?

(I'm absolutely sure that I already responded to this post...)


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Feb 28, 2007, 7:05 AM
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I'm about three quarters of the way through Ed Viestures "No Short Cuts to the Top."

I agree with someone else who thought it was put together wierd, it tends to go back a forth between time periods. It all comes together latter and I think it's a great read.

As always I'm re reading MFOTH, mostly the Alpine and Ice chapters.

Sean


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thomasribiere wrote:
shakylegs wrote:
"Prisoner of Trebeskistan" by Bob Harris. Story of a 5-time winner of Jeopardy.
He came back for the Champions tournament, and screwed up so badly that the video of his loss was shown on in-flight videos.

this can't be true! You are kidding us, aren't you?

(I'm absolutely sure that I already responded to this post...)

Here you go.http://www.amazon.com/...?ie=UTF8&s=books


maww


Feb 28, 2007, 8:48 AM
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I'm reading a few books (per usual):

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
The Tipping Point (forget the authors)
Some rubbish by Iris Johanson or something like that

The first two are amazing. The last one I read just b/e I like something that doesn't require much brainpower sometimes!


rockbetty


Feb 28, 2007, 8:58 AM
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Just finished "The Places in Between" by Rory Stewart, an account of this Scot's journey (ON FOOT) across Afghanistan in January 2002, accompanied in part by a bull mastiff named Babur.
I haven't complained about walking to work since finishing it...


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the archives of Savage Love at The Stranger. (Seattle's only newspaper.)

fascinating.


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I just read this http://www.style.org/unladenswallow/


zeke_sf


Feb 28, 2007, 9:44 PM
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angry wrote:
I just read this http://www.style.org/unladenswallow/

Whoa, dude.


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Currently working on How to Win Friends and Influence People. by Dale Carnegie

Great book if you have to work with other people especially in sales.


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My gf lives +1 hr away, and since we´re doing the whole 1 wknd here 1 wknd there thing I get a lot of reading done...

La Tregua (The Truce) - Mario Benedetti, Uruguay; one of my all time favorites, really rockin´ book, a must.

100 years of solitude - G G Marquez; obvious classic, read it 4 times, keep a notebook handy for the family tree.

The Life of Don Pascual Duarte - Camilo J Cela (?); crude, distasteful, a true naturalist. Another of my all time top picks.


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Freakanomics - light reading on my usual flight journeys.

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