Recent circumstances have lead me to re-read "The Road to Serfdom" by F. A. Hayek. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the social sciences, or societies and politics in general. I'm looking for my copy of The Federalist Papers now...
Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce: oh, SO goofy. But snickering aside about the Mary-sueness, the book doesn't romanticize the whole thing and plays it straight all the way. And they are so feudal; it's quaint almost. Admirable still is that Alanna has problems and she solves them rather efficiently.
"Our Town" by Thronton Wilder: Gonna need to look up a performance of this.
Since I last posted, I have read a number of books, including:
[U]Water for Elephants[U], by Sara Gruen Ice Princess, by Alice Hoffman The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett The Good Thief, by Hannah Tinti World Without End, by Ken Follett
I have just started Ines of My Soul, by Isabel Allende
I'm a little teapot, short and stout. Here is my handle and here is my spout. Every time I steam up, I give a shout. Just tip me over and pour me out.
Lately reading books by Kent Harrington. He writes noir fiction from an informed POV, having been actually involved in law enforcement re: terror and organized crime. His first book had a bit of hinkyness to it ( "Dark Ride" ) but I still found it entertaining, and the books since that have only gotten better.
"The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them that they are being attacked and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
Reichsfuhrer Herman Goering at the Nuremburg trials.