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December 29, 2008

A Book For You

The winner is eldeeder I've read it, and enjoyed it. Would you like it? The book is A Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin I'll take all requests for the book left in the comments during the next few days, and then use a random number generator to determine the winner. I'll then ship the book at my expense to the winner. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high. Note: The offer is open only to currently registered commenters others are welcome to register for future giveaways but will not be eligible for this one. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting....

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December 28, 2008

Jeeves

What ho, Jeeves, they’ve found our ancestors - Times Online: “The story features an aristocrat and a butler — yet the faithful old servant exerts a subtle mastery over his boss. The familiar-sounding duo are not Jeeves and Bertie Wooster, but characters created earlier in a similar style by the same writer, PG Wodehouse. The story, Providence and the Butler, can be read in full in today’s Sunday Times Magazine for the first time since 1910.” (tip to inwit)...

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December 10, 2008

A Book For You

And the winner is Chris Stillman I've read it, and enjoyed it. Would you like it? The book is Zugzwang by Ronan Bennett. I purchased this book because I collect fiction that has a significant element of chess in the story. The story is a thriller, a page turner, that takes place in St. Petersbug a few years before the Revolution. I probably wouldn't have purchased it without the chess connection, but it holds up well in the thriller genre. In short a good read. I'm giving this paperback copy away because I found a nice hardbound copy. I'll take all requests for the book left in the comments during the next 24 hours, or so, and then use a random number generator to determine the winner. I'll then ship the book at my expense to the winner. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high. Note: The offer is open only to currently registered commenters others are welcome to register for future giveaways but will not be eligible for this one. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting....

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December 1, 2008

Where The Wind Blew - A Short Review and Giveaway

I occasionally get offers of books to review, and usually I’m smart enough to turn them down. I’m sure I miss some good reads, but my experience has been disappointing for the most part when I accept a free book. I violated my self imposed rule recently, and accepted a copy of Where The Wind Blew by Bob Sommer and for a change I wasn’t disappointed. The book is about a sixties Vietnam war protestor, Peter Howell, think a Bill Ayers type, who is involved in the bombing of a defense contractor’s building and the unintentional death of several employees of the company as well as several of his comrades. Peter Howell, now Peter St. John escapes the carnage and is on the run. He eventually establishes a life, a wife, a family, all in the dark as to his past. His political instincts awakened by some fundamentalist lunacy cause him to run for the school board, a mistake that soon sends him on the run again. The story paints a vivid picture of the history of the time. I was 18 when the Vietnam War started, and the author does a wonderful job of creating a sense of time and place that brought back my memories of those days. It captured the frustration, the anger, and the helplessness that we all eventually felt about the débâcle that was Vietnam. The book is a fast paced then and now examination of our country and its culture. I had a hard time putting it down. I'll take all requests for the book left in the comments during the next 24 hours, or so, and then use a random number generator to determine the winner. I'll then ship the book at my expense to the winner. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high. Note: The offer is open only to currently registered commenters others are welcome to register for future giveaways but will not be eligible for this one. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting. note: I normally take very good care of my books, but must confess that this one mysteriously acquired a slight coffee stain on the fore edge.And the winner is, Kaleena...

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November 30, 2008

My Favorite Reads 2008

Here they are, my favorites for 2008, half fiction and half non-fiction. Do you have favorite books you've read this year that you'd like to share. The books you're buying as gifts for friends and family. The book you would most like every right-winger to read. Lincoln: The Biography Of A Writer by Fred Kaplan Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow How Fiction Works by James Wood A Romance On Three Legs: Glenn Gould's Obsessive Quest For The Perfect Piano by Katie Hafner When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris The Indian Clerk: A Novel by David Leavitt The Collected Stories Of Amy Hempel by Amy Hempel The Brief Wonderous Life Of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz Life Class by Pat Barker Cheating At Canasta by William Trevor War And Peace by Leo Tolstoy (the Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky translation)...

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November 29, 2008

A Book For You

And the winner is Satinsheeds I've read it, and enjoyed it. Would you like it? The book is The Canon by Natalie Angier I'll take all requests for the book left in the comments during the next 24 hours or so, and then use a random number generator to determine the winner. I'll then ship the book at my expense to the winner. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high. Note: The offer is open only to currently registered commenters others are welcome to register for future giveaways but will not be eligible for this one. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting....

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November 21, 2008

A Book For You

The winner is Jorge Wervel I tried to give this book away, but the winner, a person who registered to comment the same day he left his comment has ignored my email and the announcement on the post that he had won, and so I'm trying again. This has happened before and invariably it is not a regular but someone who sees the free offer and registers and comments. I'm chaning the rules and now only those currently registered are eligible to win. The book is Just How Stupid Are We?: Facing the Truth About the American Voter by Rick Shenkman I'll take all requests for the book left in the comments during the next 24 hours or so, and then use a random number generator to determine the winner. I'll then ship the book at my expense to the winner. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high. Note: The offer is open only to those who have already registered to comment, others will be ignored. Feel free to register since there will be future giveaways, but you will not be eligible for this one. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting....

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November 13, 2008

A Book For You

The book went unclaimed. The book is Just How Stupid Are We?: Facing the Truth About the American Voter by Rick Shenkman I'll take all requests for the book left in the comments during the next 24 hours or so, and then use a random number generator to determine the winner. I'll then ship the book at my expense to the winner. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high. Note: The offer is open only to registered comments others will be ignored. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting. A note to the winners in the last giveaway, your books are on the way. I sent them media mail so they should arrive in 4-10 days....

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November 11, 2008

Books For You

The winners are: Dende for Blackwater, Menso, Smells Like Dead Elephants, Korbonix Hypocrites, and Josiah, The Great Derangement I don't know if there is any interest, but I'm trying to make room for more reading material and so I'm giving the following books away. If you're interested you know what to do. Please note which book you're interested in. If you're interested in more than one list them in order of preference. Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army [Revised and Updated] by Jeremy Scahill Smells Like Dead Elephants: Dispatches from a Rotting Empire by Matt Taibbi Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics by Glenn Greenwald The Great Derangement (this is the hardbound edition) by Matt Taibbi I'll take all requests for the books left in the comments during the next 24 hours, or so, and then use a random number generator to determine the winner. I'll then ship the books at my expense to the winner. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high. Note:The offer is open only to registered comments others will be ignored. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the books or are just commenting....

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November 3, 2008

Foes

Foes: A new story by Lorrie Moore | Books | The Guardian On the eve of the US election, we publish a new story by Lorrie Moore, the finest short-story writer in America today"Are you charming the patrons?" "I fear some object may be thrown." "You're supposed to charm the patrons." "I know, I know, I was trying to. I swear. But she's one of those who keeps referring to Brocko as 'Barama'." He had violated most of Suzy's dinner-talk rules already: no politics, no religion, no portfolio tips. And unless you see the head crowning, never look at a woman's stomach and ask if she's pregnant. He had learned all these the hard way. But in a year like this one, there was no staying away from certain topics....

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November 1, 2008

A Book For You

This was my favorite non-fiction read of the year.The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow And the winner is lesterj I'll take all requests for the book left in the comments during the next 48 hours, or so, and then use a random number generator to determine the winner. I'll then ship the book at my expense to the winner. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high. Note:The offer is open only to registered comments others will be ignored. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting....

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October 16, 2008

A Book For You

You may have thought my recent purchase of a Kindle would decrease the number of books I have available to give away. I confess I purchased The Stuff of Thought by Steven Pinker in a Kindle Edition and so now I'm giving away my Hardcover Edition. Would you like it? And the winner is Manbeer I'll take all requests for the book left in the comments during the next 24 hours, or so, and then use a random number generator to determine the winner. I'll then ship the book at my expense to the winner. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high. Note:The offer is open only to registered comments others will be ignored. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting....

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October 8, 2008

A Book For You

And the winner is cognitive dissident I read it. I enjoyed it. And now, I'm giving it away. The book is A Romance on Three Legs by Katie Hafner I'll take all requests for the book left in the comments during the next 24 hours, or so, and then use a random number generator to determine the winner. I'll then ship the book at my expense to the winner. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high. Note: The offer is open only to registered comments others will be ignored. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting....

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October 1, 2008

A Book For You

I've read it. I enjoyed it. I'm giving it away. The book is The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz And the winner is Bryan Young I'll take all requests for the book left in the comments during the next 24 hours, or so, and then use a random number generator to determine the winner. I'll then ship the book at my expense to the winner. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high. Note:The offer is open only to registered comments others will be ignored. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting....

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September 17, 2008

A Book For You

I did it again. I purchased a book I already own, would you like it. The book is A Rulebook for Arguments by Anthony Weston And the winner is Air420 I'll take all requests for the book left in the comments during the next 24 hours, or so, and then use a random number generator to determine the winner. I'll then ship the book at my expense to the winner. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high. Note: The offer is open only to registered comments others will be ignored. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting....

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September 13, 2008

A Book For You

The book is irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up by John Allen Paulos And the winner is scr33ble I'll take all requests for the book left in the comments during the next 24 hours, or so, and then use a random number generator to determine the winner. I'll then ship the book at my expense to the winner. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high. Note:The offer is open only to registered comments others will be ignored. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting....

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September 1, 2008

The Details

Why is it that authors don't spend more time on the details? Blue Angel is a perfectly fine novel, a good read until the author spoiled it for me. I really was enjoying it until I came upon this stupid exchange. The scene is the protagonist and his student. He's agreed to give her a ride to the next town to get a new computer. “Do you know what kind of computer you want?” “I don’t care about speakers and graphics. Fancy video games. All I want is a big screen and lots of memory so I don’t have to keep deleting stuff to put more of the novel on it. That’s what happened with the last one.” Swenson says, “You used up all the memory?” “I write a lot,” Angela says. Oh yes that text takes up shitloads of memory. The book was written in 2000 when the typical computer had more than enough memory to accommodate any novel. Maybe Francine is still using with an Apple II with 48K of memory. I don't believe it, but I don't want to think she was so careless as to make such an error. Or maybe she's using the famous WOPR that was nearly taken down by a game of Tic-Tac-Toe in War Games. I read on, I finished the story, and it has much to recommend it. It's an excellent satire of academia, mostly English and writing departments. The author Francine Prose has spent a good part of her life teaching writing and her dialogue rings true, that is most of it does. It's all in the details....

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August 18, 2008

More Kindle

I love lists like the Modern Library's 100 Best Novels, it is a list I've perused before and one on which includes many titles I've read. I stumbled across it again a few days ago and decided I'd make it a goal to read everything on the list I haven't already read. Imagine my surprise when I discovered I've only read 37 of the 100 books. I plan on reading the remaining 63 over the next three years, one does not live by classic literature alone. I usually get through 40 or 50 books a year. I'm doing a little better this year, and will probably finish with 70 or 80. The nice thing about starting this project now is the Kindle I recently received as a gift. Many of the books are in the public domain and available for free from sites like Feedbooks, Manybooks, and Project Gutenburg Think of the money I'll save, and maybe it is good for the environment as well. No trees are cut down to produce the books, no fuel is burned transporting them across the country on airplanes and in trucks. I may be overlooking something here, but it seems on balance to be a good thing. I could just check them out of the library of course, but even there it means a trip in the car and more fuel used. And talk about instant gratification, I can decide on a book and in less than a minute it is available to read. My Kindle is already filling up with books I intend to read, but unlike the many books I've purchased intending to read they are not sitting on bookshelves, sometimes double stacked, on the Kindle the books don't require any more physical space. I was concerned when I got the Kindle that I wouldn't like reading on it but I do. There are rumors about that the Kindle is really starting to take off sales predicted by some to be 180,000 this year may according to the same prognosticators reach 360,000. The current estimate of Kindles in the wild is 240,000. I've been amused by some of the naysaying I've been reading. One fellow doesn't believe there are that many because, although he lives in a city of six million, has never seen one in the wild, another, a literary blogger points to the lack of Kindle sales through her Amazon link. It seems to me that they simply are having trouble understanding what a small number a couple of hundred thousand is in a nation of over 300 million....

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A Book For You

I've read it. I enjoyed it. Would you like it. The book is Democracy in America (Penguin Classics) (Paperback) by Alexis de Tocqueville. If you think I would give away my only copy you'd be mistaken. In an attempt to organize my books a little better I discovered that I had the LOA copy of this and so the Penguin edition can go. And the winner is Erick I'll take all requests for the book left in the comments during the next 24 hours, or so, and then use a random number generator to determine the winner. I'll then ship the book at my expense to the winner. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high. Note:The offer is open only to registered comments others will be ignored. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting....

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August 14, 2008

A Book For You

I've read it; I enjoyed it; would you like it? The book isThe Enchantress Of Florence by Salman Rushdie And the winner is Bryce I'll take all requests for the book left in the comments during the next 24 hours, or so, and then use a random number generator to determine the winner. I'll then ship the book at my expense to the winner. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high. Note:The offer is open only to registered comments others will be ignored. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting....

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August 3, 2008

The Kindle

A few words about my Kindle, a birthday present that I've now had a little over a week to explore, and some recent reading. The display is wonderful, clean, crisp and easy to read. I don't even need to take advantage of the larger text sizes, the default is fine. What I like most is the length of each line and the spacing of the text. It is ideal for reading quickly, each line the perfect length to take in at one time, and the spacing between lines is perfect for my tastes. And having the dictionary built in removes the temptation to guess at the meaning of words you're not sure of. The number of available books is something over 140,000 which is good, but not as good as it sounds. There are a number of books I'd like to own in the Kindle format that are still not available. Bestsellers are commonly available at $9.99, while the classics of literature are often available for a dollar or two. And there are the sites that have free downloads of books out of copyright. Many Books and Feed Books are two good ones....

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July 30, 2008

Glenn Gould

A new translation of "War and Peace", and a reminder from a onegoodmove regular that I hadn't read it, started a couple of weeks of very enjoyable reading. I'll tell you just part of the story. I've started "War and Peace before, haven't we all, but didn't finish it the first time. When I purchased a copy of the Richard Pevear, and Larissa Volokhonsky translation several months ago I promised myself that I would read it this year, and now I've begun. But this isn't about "War and Peace". It's about what happened when I'd read about 200 pages. I took a break, and went out to check the mail. Oh no another book from Amazon, the result of a twitchy finger, and the belief that I have time to read everything I want to. The book "A Romance on Three Legs", by Katie Hafner, is the story Glenn Gould's obsessive quest for the perfect piano. I read the prologue with the intention of setting the book aside until after I finished the aforementioned "War and Peace" but it was not to be. The prologue lead to Toronto, to Saskatchewan and a blind piano tuner, and then on to Astoria, and the trouble with pianos. A bit about the funky chair Glenn used for all his important recordings, the piano, the CD 318. His work in the studio, and on and on. Several hours later I was at the end of the book and what was to have been a prelude was a finale, and what a wonderful time it was. A history, a biography, and more. I learned how pianos are tuned, and regulated, and voiced. I learned of Steinway and Sons and the others including Yamaha which in the end replaced the beloved CD 318, the Steinway the victim of a mysterious accident. If you have even the slightest interest in classical music, or pianos, or Glenn Gould this is a must read. Here are a couple of my favorite pieces performed by Glenn Gould, the aria from the Goldberg Variations and the Sarabande from BWV 828 -5. E','target','myself','enablejavascript','true'); // --> Quicktime Video 7.4MB | Duration: 02'40 Quicktime 7 required This file is available for download here. Ctrl-Click and 'Download Linked File' (Mac) or Rt-Click and 'Save Target As' (PC) the link above. gen E','target','myself','enablejavascript','true'); // --> Quicktime Video 13.3 MB | Duration: 5'40 Quicktime 7 required This file is available for download here. Ctrl-Click and 'Download Linked File' (Mac) or Rt-Click and 'Save Target As' (PC) the link above....

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July 9, 2008

A Book For You

From the Afterword: In 1946, George W. Bush was born; one year later, "Goodnight Moon" was first published. The toddler classic and the future president have been inseparable ever since. Go to the White House website, and you'll find that Laura Bush placed "Goodnight Moon" first on her list of books to read to and with young children. Her brother-in-law, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, has called "Goodnight Moon" one of his favorite books from childhood. During President Bush's first term, the traditional Christmas gingerbread White House included a room made to look precisely like the one in "Goodnight Moon." Bush himself, while campaigning, referred to "Goodnight Moon" as one of his childhood favorites (along with a Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", which was not actually published until one year after Bush graduated college; the president's infancy was clearly an extended one). The publisher has provided several copies of an unauthorized Parody of the book titled "Goodnight Bush" by Erich Origen & Gan Golan. I'm giving them away. You know the drill. And the winners are: blinky, dimossi, Susan, and mish. I'll take all requests for the book left in the comments during the next 24 hours, or so, and then use a random number generator to determine the winners. I'll then ship the book at my expense to the winners. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high. Note:The offer is open only to registered comments others will be ignored. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting....

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June 26, 2008

More Pornography

Since I lack the patience to continue giving these away one at a time I'm going to accept requests for the rest of the week and on Monday generate three random numbers and give the remaining books away then. The winners are: emzmcgee, dende blogger, and hiebz. The book is The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America by Robert Scheer The book details the insanity that passes for U.S. Foreign Policy and offers a cure that I'm confident will work.. Robert Scheer is currently editor in chief of Truthdig and also writes forThe Nation He is the author of seven books including With Enough Shovels: Reagan, Bush, and Nuclear War I'll take all requests for the book left in the comments during the next 3 or 4 days and then use a random number generator to determine the winners. I'll then ship the book at my expense to the winners. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada, and that crazy Dane who keeps entering. My apologies to my other friends in far away places but the cost of shipments to those destinations is simply too high. Note:The offer is open only to registered comments others will be ignored. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting....

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June 24, 2008

The Pornography of Power

You're in luck; the publisher of The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America by Robert Scheer has provided me with several copies of the book to give away. The book details the insanity that passes for U.S. Foreign Policy and offers a cure that I'm confident will work.. Robert Scheer is currently editor in chief of Truthdig and also writes forThe Nation He is the author of seven books including With Enough Shovels: Reagan, Bush, and Nuclear War I'm going to give copies of The Pornography of Power away one at a time during the next couple of weeks to One Good Move readers. This will work the same way my other book giveaways work. I'll take all requests for the book left in the comments during the next 24 hours, or so, and then use a random number generator to determine the winner. And the winner is Tim I'll then ship the book at my expense to the winner. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high. Note:The offer is open only to registered comments others will be ignored. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting....

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June 22, 2008

A Book For You

I read it. I enjoyed it, and now I'm giving it away. Would you like it? The book is Me of Little Faith by Lewis Black And the winner is, uubuntu I'll take all requests for the book left in the comments during the next 24 hours, or so, and then use a random number generator to determine the winner. I'll then ship the book at my expense to the winner. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high. Note:The offer is open only to registered comments others will be ignored. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting....

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June 9, 2008

Links With Your Coffee - Monday

The Jesus Religious Attitudes Survey Pollster: Excuse me, sir. Jesus: I forgive you. Pollster: No, I mean I want a minute or two of your time for a survey I'm doing. Jesus: I have all the time in the world. And then some. The Satirical Political Report - A Look Back at Campaign ‘08: The True Story of the Democrats’ ‘Color Wars’ Language Log » Military WhorfianismLike most people to the left of Genghis Khan, I find much of what appears on Michelle Malkin's blog rather strange . . . Politics and the Classroom: One More Try - Stanley Fish - Think Again - Opinion - New York Times Blog EvolutionBlog : Is Religion Really Such a Powerful Social Force? blog.talkingphilosophy.com » City of Pigs Enough or Not Enough? When does a person have enough to live a good life? Is it by possessing the simple basics of life: sufficient food, water, air, clothing and shelter? Without these things, we suffer and die, but, taken together, are they sufficient to live well and thrive as a human being? In Plato’s “Republic,” Socrates describes as healthy a society in which everyone shares the work according to ability and the modest sustenance it provides. The people are not greedy or envious, taking joy or sadness in the successes or failures of their collective enterprises. In the evenings, they sit on the grass, eat off leaves and drink from gourds. They have no fancy spices, but honey for sweetness, and wine and conversation for their entertainment. In this way, they live at peace with themselves, protected from covetous invaders by their collective ‘poverty.’ They have nothing that anyone would wish to steal. THE ESCAPE ARTIST: JOHN BANVILLE ON GEORGES SIMENONI've read well over 100 novels by Georges Simenon both the Inspector Maigret novels and what I refer to as his psychological novels. The human condition is at the root of both, wherein he has artfully explores the many ways humans fail to meet the expectations of others and of themselves.As one contemplates the life and work of Georges Simenon, the question inevitably arises: Was he human? In his energies, creative and erotic, he was certainly extraordinary. He wrote some 400 novels, under a variety of pseudonyms, as well as countless short stories and film scripts, and toward the end of his life, having supposedly given up writing, he dictated thousands of pages of memoirs. He could knock off a novel in a week or 10 days of manic typing — he never revised, as the work sometimes shows—and in Paris in the 1920s he is said to have broken off an affair with Josephine Baker, the expatriate American chanteuse and star of La Revue Nègre, because in the year he was with her, he was so distracted by his passion for her that he had managed to write only three or four books....

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June 2, 2008

A Book For You

I've read it, I enjoyed it, would you like it? The book is The Philosopher's Toolkit: A Compendium of Philosophical Concepts and Methods by Julian Baggini and Peter S.Ford This is a book that I wouldn't give away but I misplaced it and believing it lost purchased a second copy. It was only a few days later that I found what was lost, and so . . . And the winner is Jill Bryant. I'll take all requests for the book left in the comments during the next 24 hours, or so, and then use a random number generator to determine the winner. I'll then ship the book at my expense to the winner. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high. Note:The offer is open only to registered comments others will be ignored. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting....

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May 28, 2008

A Book For You

I've read it. I enjoyed it. Would you like it? The book is The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein And the winner is, Eric. Congratulations. I'll take all requests for the book left in the comments during the next 24 hours, or so, and then use a random number generator to determine the winner. I'll then ship the book at my expense to the winner. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high. Note:The offer is open only to registered comments others will be ignored. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting....

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May 19, 2008

A Book For You

I tried to give this book away a couple of weeks ago, but alas the winner never claimed his prize and so now I'm offering it again. The book is The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America by Louis Menand And the winner is dmonfan. Please send me your name and address information by E-mail. I'll take all requests for the books left in the comments during the next 24 hours, or so, and then use a random number generator to determine the winners. I'll then ship the book at my expense to the winners. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high. Note:The offer is open only to registered comments others will be ignored. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting....

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May 13, 2008

A Book For You

This week's book for you is brought to you by Gypsy Sister the book is Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk a writer with a wonderfully twisted mind. And the winner is, omarakavinnie. Congratulations! Please send me your mailing name and address. We'll take all requests for the book left in the comments during the next 24 hours or so and then use a random number generator to determine the winners. You can enter for one book or the other but not both, so please specify the book you want. I'll then ship the book at my expense to the winners. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Our apologies to our good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high. Note:The offer is open only to registered comments others will be ignored. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting. Note: The Winner of the Metaphysical Club, Age of Deception, has not contacted me with mailing information. I'll allow one more week and if no response will offer it again....

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April 30, 2008

A Book For You

I think I missed last week and so this week I'll give away two books,The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America by Louis Menand and In The Wake: A Novel by Per Petterson The winners are: Age of Deception for The Metaphysical Club and Sean for In the Wake. Please contact me by email with your mailing addresses. I'll take all requests for the books left in the comments during the next 24 hours and then use a random number generator to determine the winners. You can enter for one book or the other but not both, so please specify the book you want. I'll then ship the book at my expense to the winners. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high. Note:The offer is open only to registered comments others will be ignored. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting, and don't forget to specify the book you want....

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April 21, 2008

Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan is one of may favorite authors and an atheist. You may have watched the segment on him in the [Root of All Evil](http://richarddawkins.net/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=6). I recently finished reading [Enduring Love](http://amazon.com/dp/0385494149/?tag=onegoodmove-20) a novel he wrote ten years ago, and one of his best. The protaganist, Joe Rose, is one I like a lot, a science writer,and a rationalist. He is a character who has much in common with the author. It's not suprising, but interesting, how McEwan draws on his personal experiences and imbues this character with his own feelings and beliefs in this story. realted: [I think I'm right, therefore I am](http://books.guardian.co.uk/reviews/generalfiction/0,6121,98968,00.html) I said,"there is nothing we can do but wait," and gestured in the direction of the road, one field away. Parry took a couple of steps closer and looked down at Logan then back to me. The gray-blue eyes gleamed. He was excited, but no one could ever have guessed to what extent. "Actually, I think there is something we can do." I looked at my watch. It was fifteen minutes since I had phoned the emergency services. "You go ahead," I said. "Do what you like." "It's something we can do together?" he said as he looked about for a suitable place on the ground. The wild though came to me that he was proposing some form of gross indecency with a corpse. He was lowering himself and with a look was inviting me to join him. Then I got it. He was on his knees. "What we could do," he said with s a seriousness that warned against mockery, "is to pray together?" Before I could object, which for the moment was impossible because I was speechless, Parry added, "I know it's difficult. But you'll find it helps. At times like this, you know, it really does help." I took a step away from both Logan and Parry. I was embarrassed, and my first thought was not to offend a true believer. But I got a grip on myself. He wasn't concerned about offending me. "I'm sorry," I said pleasantly. "It's not my thing at all." Parry tried to speak reasonably from his diminished height. "Look, we don't know each other and there's no reason why you should trust me. Except that God has brought us together in this tragedy and we have to, you know, make whatever sense of it we an?" Then, seeing me make no move, he added, "I think you have a special need for prayer?" I shrugged and said, "Sorry. But you go right on ahead." I Americanized my tone to suggest a lightheartedness I did not feel. Parry wasn't giving up. He was still on his knees. "I don't thin you understand. You shouldn't you know, think of this as some kind of duty. It's like, your needs are being answered? It's go nothing to do with me, really, I'm just the messenger. It's a gift." As he pressed harder, so the last traces of my embarrassment disappeared. "Thanks, but no." Parry closed his eyes and breathed in deeply, not praying so much as gathering his strength. I decided to walk back up the hill. When he heard me moving away, he got to his fee and came over. He really didn't want to let me go. He was desperate to persuade me, but he was not going to drop the patient, understanding manner. So he seemed to smile through a barrier of pain as he aid, "Please don't dismiss this. I know it's not something you'd normally do. I mean, you don't have to believe in anything at all, just let yourself do it and I promise you, I promise—" As he tripped over the terms of his promise, I interrupted him and stepped back. I suspected that at any moment he would be reaching out to touch me. "Look, I'm sorry. I'm going back to see my friend." I couldn't bring myself to share Clarissa's name with him. He must have know his only chance of keeping me now was a radical change of tone. I was already several steps away when he called sharply, "Okay, fine. Please just have the courtesy to tell me this." It was irresistible. I stopped and turned. "What is it exactly, that stands in your way? I mean, are you able to tell me, do you actually know yourself what it is?" For a moment I thought I wouldn't answer him—I wanted him to know that his faith laid no obligations on me. But then I changed my mind and said, "Nothing. Nothing's standing in my way." He was coming toward me again, with his arms hanging loose at his side and with the palms turned up and the fingers spread in a little melodrama of the reasonable man perplexed. "Then why don't you take a chance on it?" he said through a worldly laugh. "You might see the point of it, the strength it can give you. Please, why don't you?" Again, I hesitated and almost said nothing. But I decided he ought to know the truth. "Because, my friend, no one's listening. There's no one up there." Parry's head was cocked, and the most joyous of smiles was spreading slowly across his face. I wondered if he had heard me right, because he looked as though I had just told him I was John the Baptist. It was then that I noticed over his shoulder two policeman climbing over a five-barred gate. As they ran across the field toward us, one of them used a hand to keep his hat in place, Keystone Kops style. They were coming to set in motion the official processing of John Logan's fate and, as I saw it, to deliver me from the radiating power of Jed Parry's love and pity....

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April 16, 2008

A Book For You

This week's book is Monkeyluv by Robert M. Sapolsky And the winner is k, the final entry. Congratulations to the winner and thanks to all who participated. I'll take all requests for the book left in the comments during the next 24 hours and then use a random number generator to determine a winner. I'll then ship the book at my expense to the lucky person. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high. Note:The offer is open only to registered comments others will be ignored. Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting....

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April 8, 2008

One With A Bullet

I love short stories, and so when I learned that Tobias Wolff had some new stories, and had released them in a collection with a selection of his earlier stories I didn't order it from Amazon. I didn't take advantage of my Amazon Prime account and its two-day delivery. No, I stopped by my local bookstore on the way home from work and purchased Our Story Begins: New And Selected Stories by Tobias Wolff. It includes one of my all time favorite short stories, "Bullet in the Brain," and you're in luck the New Yorker has a podcast of T. Coraghessan Boyle reading the story. Give it a listen, even if you're familar with the story Boyle's reading is excellent, and the discussion of the story is also interesting....

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A Book For You

By popular request this week's book is The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon And the winner is . . . blinky I'll take the first ten requests for the book left in the comments and then use a random number generator to determine a winner. I'll then ship the book at my expense to the lucky person. The offer is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. My apologies to my good friends in other countries but the cost of shipments to other destinations is simply too high. Note: Please make it clear if you want to be considered for the book or are just commenting....

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April 3, 2008

A Book For You

How do I choose a book to give away next week. I know, I'll ask the readers to choose. Here are three possible choices: Monkeyluv The Metaphysical Club The Yiddish Policeman's Union Now you decide which of the three would you like to be next week's offering....

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April 2, 2008

A Book For You

It's that time again. I've just discovered that I have an extra copy of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. I'll take the first ten requests for the book left in the comments and then use a random number generator to determine a winner. I'll then ship the book at my expense to the lucky person. I'm going to have to limit this to residents of the United States and Canada until I find a less expensive way to ship to other locations. Howard's latest book is A People's History of American Empire I believe that makes junta_kinte this week's winner. So please send me a name and mailing address and I'll dispatch the book posthaste. Send the information to normjenson at yahoo.com If I don't acknowledge please resend to onegoodmove at gmail.com...

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March 26, 2008

A Book For You

I have hundreds of feet of bookshelves, and they are always overflowing. I frequently pass books on to friends and relatives and also sell some on Amazon, but it's such a pain to list them and I'd much prefer to pass them along to someone who I know will take the time to read them. So I thought I'd periodically give away some recent reads of mine here at onegoodmove. All you have to do is request it in the comments. I'll take the first ten requests use a random number generator to determine the winner, and ship it to you at my expense. The first book I'm offering is J. M. Coetzee's Diary of a Bad Year update: And the winner is, Steven. Please send me the address you'd like me to mail the book to....

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March 22, 2008

Five Favorites

'Richard Dawkins on five of his favorite books (link to audio) Richard Dawkins joins Mariella Frostrup to reveal the part that fiction plays in his life, and chooses five of his favourite books. It's worth a listen. I quite enjoyed it. Richard Dawkins's Five of the Best: The Black Cloud: Fred Hoyle Dark Universe: Daniel Galouye Red Strangers: Elspeth Huxley The Lion Children: Angus, Travers and Maisie McNeice Sword of Honour: Evelyn Waugh...

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