Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Another book list

Stolen. I'm feeling snap-judgement-y tonight.



Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

This is another good one. I even liked the TV movie with Spock as The Big Giant Head, or whatever his name was.


The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris

And another. Riveting.


Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss

Ugh.


Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

Nope.


The Iliad and Odyssey of Homer

I read some of it. Just enough to escape with a 'C'.


Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut

Vonnegut sucks.


Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Nope.


Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins

Never heard of it.


White Noise by Don Delillo

Ditto.


Ulysses by James Joyce

Nope.


The Young Man’s Guide by William Alcott

No.


Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy

No.


Seek: Reports from the Edges of America & Beyond by Denis Johnson

No.


Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse

Wasn't Andy Dick in Steppenwolf?


The Book of Deeds of Arms and of Chivalry by Christine De Pizan

Nope.


Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Possibly, parts. Don't remember anything about it. Was this the one about windmills?


Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Nope.


The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

Might have read some of it. Good stuff, I think. Surprising how much of our current religious beliefs came from this.

The Rough Riders by Theodore Roosevelt

No. Should.


East of Eden by John Steinbeck

No.


Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

No. Don't they make light switches?


The Thin Red Line by James Jones

No. I think I have the 1964 film waiting on my DVR.


Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Did read this one. I liked it.


The Politics by Aristotle

No.


First Edition of the The Boy Scout Handbook

Does the Webelos handbook count?


Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand

No.


Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

No. Probably should. I liked Death of a Salesman.


The Crisis by Winston Churchill

No.


The Naked and The Dead by Norman Mailer

No.


Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

No.


Animal Farm by George Orwell

Yes. More annoying, constant comparisons to anything we don't like in modern times.


Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Does George of the Jungle count?


Beyond Good and Evil by Freidrich Nietzsche

I'm living it!


The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison

Probably should.


Moby Dick by Herman Melville

No.


Essential Manners for Men by Peter Post

Burp! What?


Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly

I think I read this. I know I read Dracula.


Hamlet by Shakespeare

Yes.


The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn

No.


A Separate Peace by John Knowles

No.


A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway

No.


The Stranger by Albert Camus

No.


Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Dafoe

No. But saw it about a thousand times on WGN's Family Classics. [que song and Frazier Thomas]


The Pearl by John Steinbeck

No.


On the Road by Jack Kerouac

No.


Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ditto about the Family Classics.


Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

No.


Foucault’s Pendulum - Umberto Eco

No.


The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux

No.


Fear and Trembling by Soren Kierkegaard

Does Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas count?


Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose

Is this one of those "Look at me and how wonderful I am for not killing my family" books?

Paradise Lost by John Milton

No. Or maybe I did?


Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

No.


American Boys’ Handy Book

Was this the one that taught us was menses and vas deferens were?


Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

No.


King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

No. I prefer his brother Merle's work.


The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Living it.


A River Runs Through It by Norman F. Maclean

No.


The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells

No.


Malcolm X: The Autobiography

No.


Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris

Liked this one too. Ran a little long-winded, but still excellent.


The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Wasn't he the guy that invented deep fried sandwiches?


All Quiet on The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarq

No.


The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

No.


Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans by Plutarch

No.


The Strenuous Life by Theodore Roosevelt

Swimmin' nude in the Potomac!


The Bible

I guess. There is some good stuff in there.


Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

No.


The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

Good movie.


The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

No.


The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn and Hal Iggulden

I think I downloaded this off a BBS once.


The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

No.


The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Should read this.


The Histories by Herodotus

No.


From Here to Eternity by James Jones

Good, sad movie.


The Frontier in American History by Frederick Jackson Turner

No.


Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

Yeah, I read this. A bit self-indulgent for my tastes. I didn't like the ending.


Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Maybe should.

Content is king

And thus, I will steal it. Some guy listed the top thirty books you must read before you're 30. In honored fashion, a point by point exercise.

1. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Never heard of it.


2. 1984 by George Orwell

Read is a long, long time ago. Won't say it was before 1984, but it might have been. I'll tell you this: I'm sick of the comparisons.


3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Can't honestly remember if I've read it. I think so. But definitely saw the movie. Powerful stuff.


4. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Never read it. Or saw the movie.


5. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

Ditto.


6. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Ditto.


7. The Rights of Man by Tom Paine

Nope.


8. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Nope. I might be an uneducated slob?


9. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

Not this one either. But I read something else by him and didn't like it.


10. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

No. One of the most impactful books ever, but does it actually need to be read anymore?


11. The Wisdom of the Desert by Thomas Merton

Sounds boring.


12. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

Nope.


13. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham

Probably?


14. The Art of War by Sun Tzu

Probably should read this one.


15. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

I tried to read this a long time ago, and couldn't get into it. Liked the movies though.


16. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Yeah right. 7000 pages on child abuse. No thanks. Could barely sit through the movie. Nobody plays Mcgongle like WC Fields, nor the stern step father like Basil Rathbone, however.


17. Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot

I knew a guy who escaped Dresden and watched it burn. Close enough.


18. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Another one I tried to read but didn't.


19. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Great book. Informs on the dangers of getting too "into" the party culture. It'll always end in tears.


20. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Another false start.


21. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Nope.


22. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

No, but I should.


23. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

GAFB.


24. The Republic by Plato

Nope.


25. Lolita

Saw the movie, and it creeped me out. Peter Sellers in a very weird role.


26. Getting Things Done by David Allen

Cram it. How can you get anything done when you're up to your jowls in ticklers?


27. How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

I have read this. Simple and to the point. Be nice. Be ethical. Expect same.


28. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

My asthma!


29. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

No. Does hearing my grandparents talk count?


30. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

Nope.


31. BONUS: How To Cook Everything by Mark Bittman

Bittman's a jerk.


32. BONUS: Honeymoon with My Brother by Franz Wisner

Isn't this basically what Jimmy Buffet's Maragaritaville is about?

Saturday, August 09, 2008

South Sider, actor Bernie Mac, dies at 50

http://www.suntimes.com/1099574,mac080908.article

That's a shame.  I really respected and liked his "The Bernie Mac Show".  He didn't go for the cheap racist comedy like so many other shows still do.  George Lopez, I'm talking about you.  In fact, in that regard, his show was a step above "The Cosby Show", where white people were occasionally stereotyped.  I watched a good many of the episodes, and I don't remember ever seeing a stereotype of any kind, ever (*).  It simply showed the spectrum of people and how they lived and got along.  With Carl Reiner as Carl Reiner, the wacky neighbor.

(*)  OK, I suppose there was one, sort of.  But it was a hilarious conflation of two stereotypes- the Irish priest principal of their school who acted like some kind of mob enforcer.