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books

Hey--
I was just glancing through these posts. I think I'm going to have to find After Lucy--it sounds good to me. And I was going to list a few of my favorite books, but someone got to most of them ahead of me.

I loved Michael Chabon's Kavalier and Klay, TC Boyle's Drop City (I'm working on the women right now), Russell Banks' --Rule of the Bone.
Roddy Doyle is another favorite--I love the A Star Called Henry series, have to see if the last of them is out.

I read all those books about being in the British Royal navy by Patrick O'Brian. If you like being addicted to stuff, it's weird stuff to be addicted to. I pretty much lost a year of my life to that slog.

Anyway--I'm just saying.

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for anyone

for anyone whose ever been 'inside' anywhere, especially moving:

"San Quintin, do you think I'll be different when you're through?"

man oh man... Cash was one of the best.

peace.

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The Man in Black

Just finished reading CASH, really dug it! Very insightful! Had to look up a bunch of old Country folks he played with. I had never even HEARD about the Dyess Project until I read this book. HA HA, now I feel like I'm on Reading Rainbow!!
Lovin Levar Burton :)

PEACE

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The Road

Has anyone else given any thought to how perfect Morning Dew would be as a theme song for the movie of The Road? I personally have given this way too much thought - wondered if anyone else had the same association?

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Updike Redux

I got carried away and forgot the other of my guys -- Joseph Heller. "Catch-22" was a major revelation for me. And apparently I have a thing for novels with numbers in the title.

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RIP John Updike

I was 17 yrs old rummaging through 10-cent paperbacks in a booth at the County Fair in my small rural Maine town. I found "Rabbit, Run". Bought it, brought it home and read it. And read it again. And read it again. Yeah, I was hooked. Updike taught me the beauty and the art of prose like no one I'd ever read, and especially like nothing I'd ever read in school. He published something like 50 books...I know that I have more than 30 of them sitting on my shelf.

His passing means that the last of my favorite writers from my youth and young adulthood are gone: Vonnegut, Brautigan, Kesey, Asimov, Clarke, Herbert, Heinlein (I still bounce between sci-fi and more literary fiction). The books from these guys: "Rabbit", "Slaughterhouse-Five", "Trout Fishing in America", "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", The Foundation Trilogy, "Fahrenheit 451", "Dune", "Stranger in a Strange Land"....and others, of course, buried themselves in my head. Tinkered around for years in there, finally rewiring my brain to its current configuration, shaping my ideas and desires and opinions to a greater extent than anything besides my family, and music.

There have been many favorites since, but the passing of the last of these Greats marks the end of something for me. Always loved, never, ever forgotten

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I dunno...

...maybe somebody will have a PS3 laying around!
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Foundation Trilogy

definitely one of the formative bits of literature in my life. The main thing I remember about it now, of course, is the awful moment when they get to the great archive and have no appropriate player to retrieve the information. Definitely a metaphor for our times...to say nothing of a cautionary tale.

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Foundation Trilogy = Isaac Asimov

Foundation Trilogy = Isaac Asimov, not Clarke. There are several novels continuing the Foundation mythos after the original trilogy, that eventually incorporated Asimov's "Robot" novels, and several other authors have added stories/novels to the Foundation universe, but Arthur wasn't one of them. Just thought I'd throw that in there.

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RIP Arthur Clarke

I appreciated the bio from Hal R...last summer I read Clarke's "Foundation" trilogy for the first time: serious Sci-Fi! I saw "2001: A Space Odyssey" on a wide screen in Washington DC (1968) thanks to my father who was a fan of Stanley Kubrick. We are still a long way from realizing the potential of space travel, even inside our solar system!
Jay

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