( – promoted by buhdydharma )
What books aren’t you reading? I am not reading several books.
War in a Time of Peace (Bush, Clinton and the Generals) by David Halberstam
I know this is a decent book, as it is written by Halberstam. As well, perhaps there is a glimmer of our upcoming wars when this book was written which would be interesting as it is Halberstam’s take.
I bought this book at my resale shop for one dollar. For awhile it sat on my nighttable, then moved to the side of the bed with other stellar intentions, then finally to the chair near the bedroom where it occasionally gives me twinges of guilt.
Lenin’s Tomb (The Last Days of the Soviet Empire) by David Remnick
Actually, I read this book sometime ago. It is a great book. However, either my mind is not as sharp or I have become lazy – I can’t get through it, though there are some passages/chapters I peruse occasionally.
It is now on the side of the bed.
Reader’s Digest Complete Do-it-yourself Manual for Home Repair
This book was a gift from prior male companion some time ago. Please if I wanted to read it, I wouldn’t have been dating a carpenter who was also a master electrician. Did he think that now he wouldn’t have to do any work around here. He didn’t and as I said, “prior.” It’s in the basement next to the washer and miscellaneous sad tools in case I ever use them. The real toolchest is in the garage should one of my friends ever feel the need to tighten a screw or something. So far, they haven’t.
The Energy of Money (A Spirituial Guide to Financial and Personal Fulfillment) by Maria Nemeth, Ph.D.
I gave up on personal fulfillment when I was 10 and didn’t get a dollhouse for Christmas. (Yeah, I’m shallow.) This book will prolly go to the resale store. I can’t bring myself to throw books away. It’s under the chair.
TuneSmith (Inside the Art of Songwriting) by Jimmy Webb. Someone told me this is a great book about music. Wichita Lineman is supposed to be a marvel of songwriting and I agree. But for some reason, I can’t get into it. It is on the nightstand so maybe it has a chance.
The Iliad by Homer (Robert Fagles)
Another book I’ve read partially in the past. Powerful – everything you need to know about the world and writing about the world. I’ve studied it in several university courses but never read it completely through in a few sittings that weren’t years apart. I want to, of course. But it is harrrrd. It is on the side of the bed – but I am determined before my dotage.
Friends have mentioned it glorifies war. No. It does not. It gives hard, sharp images of battles, yes. Men die in agony in battle not in glory here. But why would anyone want to go to war after reading those passages unless they were the Achilles type. Since high school I’ve been in love with Hector. And I always will be – even with this passage:
All this weighs on my mind too, dear woman.
But I would die of shame to face the men of Troy
and the Trojan women trailing their long robes
if I would shrink from battle now, a coward.
Yeah, he’s a guy. Though perhaps he fixed something around the house before he went into battle.
The Politics of Rich and Poor – Wealth and the American Electorate in the Reagan Aftermath by Kevin Phillips
A prescient book. Can’t finish. What I’ve read – so informative. Is it me? Maybe if I’d had to study it in a polysci class, I would have finished it.
Anyone here think it is still relevant? It’s on the night table – I have hopes.
Moby Dick by Herman Melville.
Please don’t make me. It’s on the chair. I live for that breakthrough day that someone will borrow it and not return it to me. I had to read parts of it for a literary criticism course. More than enough. My sympathy is with the whale.
Oh this list is depressing and getting too long. Many of you may have fallen asleep while reading this, or perhaps your head hit the desk as you nodded off.
Any books you guys keep around for future reading? Can you beat my record of 30 years on Moby Dick?