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BOOKS THREAD

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Moderator1, Apr 22, 2005.

  1. John

    John Well-Known Member

    This book was fascinating.
     
  2. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

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  3. britwrit

    britwrit Well-Known Member

    Read The Powers That Be. It's the 1979 book by David Halberstam on the histories of CBS, the Washington Post, Time/Life and the Los Angeles Times.

    It's difficult to recommend a 41-year-old book that stretches on for hundreds of pages of tiny type. But wow. What a fascinating read.

    I was born in 1970. I knew a lot of the old old-media was really conservative. But in a lot of ways, they made Fox today look like NPR.
     
  4. Flip Wilson

    Flip Wilson Well-Known Member

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    This was a fascinating look at one man's attempt to make the human race a little smarter: he had an idea to start a sperm bank with donations from winners of the Nobel prize. It didn't turn out like he had hoped. Early on, the author -- who was writing for Slate at the time -- becomes involved in the story as donors and parents and children contact him. He's the Semen Detective. Ha!

    Joe Bob says check it out.
     
  5. Flip Wilson

    Flip Wilson Well-Known Member

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    While I'm a big fan of the show Hogan's Heroes, this book was a letdown. It seriously needed an editor -- "base" instead of "bass" when talking about the musical instrument; words left out of sentences. It didn't really go into any behind-the-scenes secrets. There were bios of each of the main actors and then a description of each episode. So...eh.

    Joe Bob cannot say to check it out.
     
  6. Raven

    Raven Well-Known Member

    LOL. Wow. What a tremendous waste of time. I'm sorry you had to go through that.
     
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  7. Flip Wilson

    Flip Wilson Well-Known Member

    Thank you for your #ThoughtsAndPrayers.

    Ha!
     
  8. Webster

    Webster Well-Known Member

    Reading “The Hardest Job in the World” by John Dickerson about the presidency. Really, really excellent book.
     
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  9. clintrichardson

    clintrichardson Active Member

    Bel Canto by Ann Patchett turned out to be a perfect read for the quarantine era.
     
  10. sgreenwell

    sgreenwell Well-Known Member

    Reading through Judd Apatow's biography / memoir to Garry Shandling, "It's Garry Shandling's Book." Its close to 500 pages, but I got through about 75 in less than a half-hour - Large font, and a bunch of the 'reading' is stuff Garry squirreled away over the years, like his letter to George Carlin thanking him for his big break. I haven't gotten to the best stuff yet, but I'd still recommend it already if you liked Garry's work. Even from his early letters and material, you can "feel" his comedic voice.
     
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