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    Remarks Remade - The Story of R.E.M. by Tony Fletcher, which seems good so far. It's pretty objective and straightforward, not sensationalistic like a lot of rock bios.

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    Howards End by E. M. Forster

    Haven't read anything which isn't either an academic text or a light, frothy paperback for a long time. It's been surprisingly difficult to go back to a more elevated sort of fiction but also really satisfying.
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    The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson.
    I've been called a criminal, a terrorist, and a threat to the known universe. But everything you were told is a lie. The truth is, they've taken our freedom, our home, and our future. The time has come for all humanity to take a stand...

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    Firestorm by Nevada Barr, Playback by Raymond Chandler and So You Want to Become a Park Ranger by Richard Boyer.

    Richard Boyer seems like a nice man but I wonder if he self published and if anyone actually pays more than three dollars for this book. It was like he was going for the effect of All Things Bright and Beautiful or All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriott (wonderfully written memoirs of a British country veterinarian in the mid 20th century)....but no, no, it's not like that at all. It's like reading your retired great uncle Morts blog, or something the park service would include for a free gift to new trainees.

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    Philology: The Forgotten Origins of the Modern Humanities by James Turner
    The Language Wars: A History of Proper English by Henry Hitchings
    Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty
    The Search for Modern China by Jonathan D. Spence
    The Myth of Nations: The Medieval Origin of Europe by Patrick J. Geary
    ASOIAF: A Clash of Kings by GRRM

    And a bunch of books on programming and IT.

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    Just finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Loved it. It's a rare and wonderful experience to identify deeply with characters who are actually very little like me. Something to do with circumstances and millennial anxieties, I guess.

    Started another zeitgeist-y book today ... Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking) by Christian Rudder. A chapter in, I've learned so far that I've been over the hill for the last six years.

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    Consider Phlebas by Iaian Banks.

    Beginning: Horza is being held in a sewage tank, charged with crimes of state. His wrists are manacled to the wall and his legs are similarly encumbered. The tank slowly fills with sewage, closer and closer to his mouth, and then, ever so slowly, above the nostrils. Horza's lungs are bursting for a breath of fresh air when suddenly there is a flash of light. He wonders, Is this what it's like to die?
    "Everyone has a plan till they get punched in the mouth." Mike Tyson
    “Culture?” says Paul McCartney. “This isn't culture. It's just a good laugh.”
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    On Identity by Amin Maalouf
    First Love, Last Rites by Ian McEwan
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    Just finished "A Distant Mirror" by Barbara Tuchman. I now know more than I ever desired to know about the fourteenth century.

    Now I'm reading "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson. It's one of the few Bryson books I haven't read, and I heard it's being made into a movie.

    One of the reviews on the cover made me laugh. According to Christopher Lehmann-Haupt of the New York Times, reading this book is "the best way of escaping into nature". I'm no Ralph Waldo Emerson, but I'm pretty sure there's a better way of escaping into nature: actually going out and escaping into nature.

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    The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson

    Loitering: New and Collected Essays by Charles D’Ambrosio

    The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves by Stephen Grosz

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