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Am about to embark on Ron Chernow's magisterial biography of Alexander Hamilton.
a fountain designer turned photographer, Lillian Virginia Mountweazel, who supposedly died in an explosion while on assignment for Combustibles magazine. Allegedly, she is widely known for her photo-essays of unusual subject matter, including New York City buses, the cemeteries of Paris, and rural American mailboxes.
David Pogue, author of several books offering tips and tricks for computer users, deliberately placed a bogus tip in one of his books as a way of catching competing writers who were re-publishing information from his works without permission. The fake tip, which purported to make a rabbit appear on the computer screen when certain keys were pressed, did indeed appear in other books shortly after Pogue published it.
Got that queued up but I am presently engaged by the delightful Liar's Dictionary (a novel, not a dictionary). It is great fun but maybe mostly if you are fond of words in the same ways the people who scout around for new words are.
Christian nationalists have put particular emphasis on the intersection of money and education. The Christian right has been hostile to public education at least since Jerry Falwell of the Moral Majority called for an end to public schools in 1979. This hostility has its roots in a combination of racial animus and fears of secularism... But Christian nationalists now see in school vouchers—and even charter programs—a potentially vast source of public funding, too.
...some of the most powerful resistance to Christian nationalism may ultimately come from those who identify as Christians themselves. As of this writing, many individuals and groups who identify as religious moderates or who call themselves part of a “religious left” are organizing to meet the challenge. They have many good arguments and can draw on a long tradition in the American past to support their cause, and they may have the future on their side. But they are not in the saddle of history today, and they are not the subject of this book.
Oooh, sorry.An appraisal is always appreciated.
I must've read "The Andromeda Strain" five or six times, enjoying how Crichton ratchets up the suspense and also explains some points of biology and medicine.
I just finished the Andromeda Strain (1969) Michael Crichton. I had read this before a “techno thriller”, the mark of most Michael Crichton stories, which generally I enjoy. This one is about a US space capsule that brings back deadly alien life to Earth and the team of scientists tasked with discovering exactly what they are dealing with. I’ll say the first time I read it, I thought it was great. However this time, I think, the movie does a better job of projecting tension and there are several moments of tension and intrigue, such as what does a healthy baby and a sick old man have in common to avoid being struck down by this alien virus-like bug?
Now I have to decide between some more science fiction, maybe some Earnest Hemingway Or something else.