Category Archives: Books

The Catcher in the Rye

I just read “The Catcher in the Rye”. It’s supposed to be the great American novel and all. It was OK, I guess. People think J.D. Salinger is such a hot shit writer, but he’s just a big goddam phony.

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Decisions, decisions!

Mike, Diane and I went to Santa Cruz today to watch Blade Runner: The Final Cut.  Afterward we stopped by Bookshop Santa Cruz.  Aside from a few books, I faced a dilemma as to whether I’d rather buy the George … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Sir Arthur Charles Clarke 16 December 1917 – 19 March 2008

Arthur C. Clarke invented the geostationary satellite, hence the designation of the circular orbit over the equator as the “Clarke Orbit”.  His science fiction has received many awards, including the Hugo and Nebula.

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Furthest I’ve gone to see a film

Three friends and I took BART to San Francisco last night to see The Golden Compass at the Metreon.  If I’d gotten around to it sooner, we wouldn’t have had to go 45 miles each way to do it.  Prior … Continue reading

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Spin, Axis, and Blind Lake, by Robert Charles Wilson

I was somewhat surprised that the cover of the mass-market paperback edition of Spin, the 2006 Hugo Award winning novel by Robert Charles Wilson, quoted a review in the Rocky Mountain News as having said that it was “the best … Continue reading

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You are what you read

Books that make you dumb: a chart of Average SAT scores vs. most popular books among college students [h/t Boing Boing]. Some aren’t surprising to me, such as Freakonomics, Catch 22, and Atlas Shrugged being near the top. On the … Continue reading

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Sony tells it like it is

If you buy a Sony PRS-500 Portable Reader System (PRS-500), you can get 100 classic books “free” as ebooks. These are books that are in the public domain, so Sony doesn’t have to pay royalties on them, though Sony slaps … Continue reading

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Harry Potter surprise twist

I certainly was shocked when it turned out that Voldemort is Hermione’s father!

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Harry Potter ending revealed by the Inquirer

In an article about the Amazon merchandising of the forthcoming final installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7), The Inquirer has accidentally leaked the ending: Over one million advance orders have already been … Continue reading

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Twisting reason to justify law

I really enjoy reading Josef Conrad. I faked my way through the classic Conrad novels we were force-fed in high school, Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness, getting by with Cliff’s Notes. However, as and adult I have actually read … Continue reading

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