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August 24, 2006



I adore "The Tipping Point" and have read it twice. Enjoy! I still have many books to read, including "Strange Piece of Paradise," "Stiff," "Kite Runner," and "Self-Made Man."


In no particular ordure:

"Scholars and Divas" by Phillip Gossett: a great study by an eminent musicologist about the wild and wooly intersection of opera musicology and performance in the real world. Gossett is widely known and respected for his work on Rossini and Verdi and the book is replete with valuable info on them and other 19th century opera composers.

"The Composer-Pianists" by Robert Rimm: a (so-far) enlightening and intersting book about the tradition and practice of Rimms "Great 8" composer-pianists (Alkan, Godowsky, Feinberg, Medtner, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Busoni and Sorabji) and also includes an in-depth discussion of current super-pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin.

"Why Darwin Matters" by Michael Shermer: A compact discussion about why creationism and ID are utter wastes of time. Shermer writes well and knows his subject inside and out, but as with all such books you know he's preaching to the choir because people who do believe in that crap are way too stupid to ever have their minds changed. Sorry.

"SQLL": a shameless, shameless plug for my upcoming first-ever "Revisionist Werewolf Novel" (currently up to 107 pages and counting). This is not your father's werewolf story, that's all I'm going to say...Unless Pam wants to add her insights into me...


What Anthony means is that he is writing a novel. It's about a very long-lived breed of werewolf. They dwell among us, living quiet, unassuming lives, avoiding eating humans for dinner and all other sensational, stereotypical behavior, and totally eschewing movies like "Teen Wolf". Also, most of them are gay and all of them are prone to bouts of angst. I'm not sure what the plotline is yet. It goes back and forth in time a lot. Also, there seems to have been a murder ...?

In our offtime, we have been dream-casting the movie version. We're currently arguing whether to cast Craig Bierko as the sociopathic second-in-command bad guy(whom Anthony must inevitably introduce somewhere around page 175).

ally bean

I just finished Disgrace (Nobel Prize Winner) by J.M. Coetzee. And am going to treat myself to a bit of mind candy with Undead and Unappreciated (vampire chick lit) by Mary Janice Davidson.

My tastes are diverse.


I suppose reading the Internet doesn't count.?


While it's still hot out, I intend to get to "Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago" by Eric Klinenberg.


Now I know what the erudite do in their free time.


"Uncommon Carriers," by John McPhee, who remains a favorite (this one is how people do things like drive trucks and ships and barges. Really).

"The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History" (fun!)

"The Trial of the Assassin Guiteau," which is partly about the crazy oddball conman who shot President Garfield and partly about why he was hanged even though he was certifiably nuts.

And Beancounters, of course.


I swore I was going to read some fiction this summer, but so far, I haven't. Savvy got me a book for my birthday called "Man of my Dreams" that I'd like to pick up before school begins. Apart from that, I'm reading "Generation Debt" by Anya Kamenetz, "Dream Boogie" (a biography of Sam Cooke), and what kind of Maya would I be without a self-help tome: "Never Good Enough." It's about being a perfectionist.


Provided Craig behaves himself, I actually want to cast him as the Good Guy, the 145 year old (barely 20 Something by WW standards) werewolf/hardboiled city cop who lands headfirst into a plot to bring all civilization down. But first, he has to stop and eat some Jelly Bellies. Werewolves love candy.
Think Brokeback Mountain Meets Thriller. On second thought, please don't. Werewolves HATE that video.
Please direct all enquiries to The Man Behind The Curtain.
Oh and Dan: "The Great Influenza" rocks as eye-opening medical history! I had no idea that the 1918 epidemic was responsible for so many deaths until I read it!


People don't want direct democracy! That's why we have a representative democracy in the first place. It's built in.

Uneasy Rhetoric

I'm reading "Strapped: Why America's 20 and 30 Somethings Can't Get Ahead," and "The Death and Life of Great American Cities." I've read very little fiction lately; for some reason I've had a hard time getting in to it. I still need to get "Tipping Point," but I'll get that puppy read before the next meeting.

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