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Stephen Colbert Interviews Maurice Sendak

This has to be right up there with the funniest interviews Colbert has done. His own children's book is genius.

A Year in Reading - 2009

The year is almost gone and I've just finished Let The Great World Spin: A Novel by Colum McCann and one of my favorite reads of the year. Other favorites include Lorrie Moore's Collected Stories, Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, a collection of stories by Wells Tower, and Deaf Sentence by David Lodge.

On the non-fiction side I found A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy worthwhile. I consider Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True the best on the subject I've read. I also learned much from Intelligence and How to Get it by Richard Nisbett. He makes a strong case for the proposition that enviornment plays a greater role in intelligence than was previously thought.

In previous years there were always a couple of books that I struggled getting through, this year I pretty much enjoyed everything I read. If you're interested in my other reading you can peruse the rest of this years list here.

If you have favorites you'd like to share please do.

January Reading

January is almost over and it's been a month of nothing but fiction, my favorite kind of reading. I do have a non-fiction book on my nightstand and I'm about half way through it, but it is the fiction that has been dominating my time.

I thought it would be fun if I explained how I came to read these particular books with the expectation that some of you will share your current reading, and the decision making process that went with it.

Here's the list:

I started with Stephen King. I don't particularly care for the horror genre but I like short stories and so decided to give it a go. I was particularly taken by King's use of time in the story The Gingerbread Girl.

Last year I read a Christine Falls a novel by Banville writing under the name of Benjamin Black, it's a crime novel thriller that is extremely well written. A review I read mentioned Banville's most notable book The Sea a Booker Prize winner in 2005 and that did it, I was into my second book for the year.

An email from a reader noting that Stalin's Ghost was on my to read list, and how much she enjoyed it catapulted it to my next choice. I've read most of Martin Cruz Smith's books and have liked them all.

The Edgar Allen Poe was spurred by an article in the Guardian pointing out that it was Poe that was the primary source of the Detective genre.

Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping was a choice based on a strong recommendation from John Baker a pretty damn good writer in his own right. I liked his novel Shooting in the Dark

Clothes on Their Backs: A Novel was a spur of the moment decision based on a review in one of the book blogs I visit, and the book was well worth the time I took reading it.

The final book on the list came as a result of two factors: one It was free on the Kindle. Some authors, wisely I believe, are offering some of their early books for free. The idea, I suppose, is to seek out new readers, and giving away a book or two electronically really costs them nothing and may very well snag some new fans. It was that as well as a pretty good review by Stephen King that hooked me.

So there you have it: why I read what I read, and now tell me your story.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

Links With Your Coffee - Monday

  • Deliverance or Diversion? - New York Times
    Now, nobody would mistake Mr. Obama for a Republican — although contrary to claims by both supporters and opponents, his voting record places him, with Senator Clinton, more or less in the center of the Democratic Party, rather than in its progressive wing. But Mr. Obama, instead of emphasizing the harm done by the other party’s rule, likes to blame both sides for our sorry political state. And in his speeches he promises not a rejection of Republicanism but an era of postpartisan unity. That — along with his adoption of conservative talking points on the crucial issue of health care — is why Mr. Obama’s rise has caused such division among progressive activists, the very people one might have expected to be unified and energized by the prospect of finally ending the long era of Republican political dominance. Some progressives are appalled by the direction their party seems to have taken: they wanted another F.D.R., yet feel that they’re getting an oratorically upgraded version of Michael Bloomberg instead
  • Corn is king -- and therefore a growing problem - Los Angeles Times
  • So a Writer Walks Into a Bar … - Paper Cuts - Books - New York Times Blog

    I like short stories and Jim Shepard's latest Like You'd Understand Anyway: Stories is one of the best collections I've read in years.

  • David Ignatius - Obama: A Thin Record For a Bridge Builder -
    Obama's argument is that he can mobilize a new coalition that will embrace his proclamation that "yes, we can" break out of the straitjacket. But for voters to feel confident that he can achieve this transformation should he become president, they would need evidence that he has fought and won similar battles. The record here, to put it mildly, is thin. What I hear from politicians who have worked with Obama, both in Illinois state politics and here in Washington, gives me pause. They describe someone with an extraordinary ability to work across racial lines but not someone who has earned any profiles in courage for standing up to special interests or divisive party activists.
  • MSNBC First Read
    *** Oh, Canada: In what feels like a Perry Mason moment, the Obama campaign is going to have a hard time somehow claiming their chief domestic policy adviser was meeting with the Canadians as a University of Chicago professor and not as an Obama emissary. The only thing the Obama campaign can be happy about is that this memo of the meeting leaked today and not three days ago when the Clinton campaign could have spent days harping on this. This really does hit the Obama campaign on credibility when it comes to the press corps and may hurt them on another story down the road. The press corps gave the Obama camp the benefit of the doubt on this story; it won't next time. Of course, we have another question: Why is the conservative Canadian government leaking this memo and getting involved in a Democratic primary race?

Hitchens - Delay

Hey they're both there promoting their books thinking about the dollars that will follow a little I'll scratch your back if you'll scratch mine. We can save the rudeness for another time.

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