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View Diary: Books That Changed My Life—What Is Your “Comfort” Reading? (88 comments)

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  •  Any book by Carl Sagan (6+ / 0-)

    or Stephen Jay Gould.  Titanically gifted science writers,  who eagerly confronted anti-intellectualism throughout their careers.   I've read and re-read their essays since the 1970's;  they never fail to challenge and inspire me.  Both are gone, and terribly missed.  

    If I had to pick a single book, it would be  Sagan's A Demon-Haunted World. When the crazies REALLY get to me, I pick it up and plunge gratefully back into reality!      

    I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones. (John Cage)

    by dotalbon on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 06:31:24 AM PST

    •  I miss Carl Sagan's articles in the Sunday PARADE (2+ / 0-)
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      FloridaSNMOM, Larin

      magazine.  Believe it or not, folks, that rag actually used to publish articles by interesting people like Sagan instead of the celebrity crap it publishes now.  It's no longer worth reading. Good for lining birdcages, though!

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 07:30:44 AM PST

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    •  Love Gould! (1+ / 0-)
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      old wobbly

      I used to read his essays in "Natural History" magazine.  One of my all time heroes, and he wrote beautifully.

      I also enjoy John McPhee, who is seemingly interested in everything.

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