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August 21, 2005

I’ll be at this corner reading for the next few weeks -

Dostoyevsky In my efforts to spend less time online, I drove to Orange this afternoon, to The Bookman store, and asked Dave, the owner, to recommend some randomly great reads. Here are the books I walked away with:

The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester. "A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of The Oxford English Dictionary"

Mario Puzo’s The Godfather - Saw the movies dozen of times, never read the book

Peter Biskind’s “Easy Riders, Raging Bulls” - How the Sex-drugs-and Rock 'n' Roll Generation Changed Hollywood

The Pillars of the Earth - I never read Ken Follet. Apparently, this is a story about building of a Cathedral in Kingsbridge

Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove - Never read any of his books either

Hollywood by Gore Vidal

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman

Tama Janowitz’s A Cannibal in Manhattan

So, I’ll see y'all later, ok?…

Elsewhere -

The idea behind Altered books: Cut the bindings off of books found at a used book store. Find poems in the pages by the process of obliteration. Put pages in the mail and send them all around the world

Fans from around the world have contributed to this scanned collection of over 650 Philip K. Dick book covers

3 Wishes.com offers Sexy Adult Fairy Tale Costumes. Only women costumes. (From ”The Daily Pick”)

So You Want to Write a Book? A Guide for New Authors, from O’Reilly

All 190 volumes of The Hardy Boys - Adventures since 1927

Leonardo DiCaprio as played by Earnest Hemingway

As I Lay Reading. Oprah Winfrey announced that her Book Club would be embarking on an ambitious program called "A Summer of Faulkner." Faulkner? Oprah? Really?

Many More Unusual Literary Links Here

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I admire your goal to spend less time on your PC. "Pillars of the Earth" is great. Follett brings history alive. I'm currently reading another book by Tama Janowitz called "Area Code 212". Her writing style brings back to life the city I grew up in. Enjoy.

Posted by: lee1954 at Aug 21, 2005 6:34:11 AM

I read "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman" in high school and simply loved the book. Richard Feynman articulated a certain logic to life that is pure joy to read! As crazy as it might sound, I don't think I would have become an engineer if it wasn't for that book!

Posted by: dustin at Aug 21, 2005 10:57:03 AM

Another view of altered books --> http://karenswhimsy.com/altered-books/ .

Posted by: karen at Aug 29, 2005 4:17:06 PM