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  •  On the Nature of Things by Lucretius (14+ / 0-)

    Decided to read this after finishing Swerve a few weeks ago.  The edition I am reading is translated by Alicia Stallings.  I have no idea why I have waited so long, having read Vergil in the original Latin in high school.  What a magnificent work of art, as well as a tightly reasoned poetical treatise.  Bought it in tandem with Antifragile by Nicholas Naseem Taleb, who strikes me as a modern apologist for Stoicism.  I'll read that next.

    Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

    by aravir on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 05:07:06 AM PST

    •  Lucretius (8+ / 0-)

      is on my Nook list, as is Swerve.

      Paranoia strikes deep. Into your life it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid. You step out of line, the man come and take you away. - S. Stills

      by ask on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 06:05:28 AM PST

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    •  Both are on my TBR list n/t (6+ / 0-)
    •  just picked up my Swerve reserve yesterday, (2+ / 0-)
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      plf515, aravir

      lookin' interesting in the first 3 pages, 8-)

      research for "kids' Christmas books with NO SNOW" continues... this is a long-term project I'm finally doing something about, 8-). won't be of much help immediately, as my concerned party is now 20yo, but hopefully there will be another generation of very-very-late-grandkids sometime before I shuffle off! and they may be living in the same part of the world, so the issue will come up again. Namely, we live in the Pacific NorthWET and almost never get snow for Christmas. Before Christmas, after Christmas, but AT Christmas??? Hah! and Bah Humbug! :-(

      (While I have found a number of no-snow's, I haven't found anything that actually uses OUR climate: Northern Temperate Rain Forest (aka Olympic Peninsula), dark, grey, rainy, foggy! I may end up doing something myself! or with teh Son-n-Heir (for the artwork), whose concerns started this all, 8-) )

      Just finished RCN Some Golden Harbor, and pulled up the next, When the Tide Rises, on the read-aloud-from-the-iPod, last night. (David Drake)

      Reading Bone Dance & There will be Dragons on the iPod. Both of which I've never gotten clear through before, but things are going better this time. I think. No, I've read War for the Oaks, but not gotten around to BD at all... I'm amazed at how current BD seems, for a post-tech semi-dystopia written in 1991! (Emma Bull, John Ringo)

      Just starting Libriomancer, also. (Jim Hines)

      Recently finished... Pirate Cinema / Cory Doctorow, 1636 Kremlin Games / Flint et al, Crucible of Gold / Naomi Novik, No Impact Man... (Colin Beavan)

      "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

      by chimene on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 01:08:31 PM PST

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      •  Swerve (0+ / 0-)

        This is perhaps the best nonfiction book I read last year. I loved it! It really gets you thinking about modernity and wondering where we go from here, or if we might end up "behind" ourselves....a possibility considering where the far right wing of the Republican Party is settled.

        I'm currently reading "Plutocrats" by Chrystia Freeland and wondering what other nonfiction book could possibly top it for 2013. It's incredibly insightful and has led me to believe that the GOP, in it's current form, is pretty irrelevant. Not all of us - or even that many of us - are destined for the billionaires' club. Ever. It's too bad the GOP continues to sell such a deceitful bag of goods, but I digress. Anyway, Freeland takes a nonpartisan approach in dissecting our economy, past and present, and analyzing the difference between the merely rich and the super-rich.

        I also recently finished "Between Two Fires" by C. Buehland. This is a novel about a war between heaven and hell during the 14th century -- rather interesting. I can already picture that final battle scene on the big screen...

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