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samedi 25 mai 2013


Steve Avery tries to read about 900 pages per month,and as you can see, his literary taste does not fall into any particular genre
He notices the substance of the writing and can quote
Charisma is when a person can convince others around him that he is as good as he thinks he is!

Whereas I would know more about the author or the context, because of my anthropological training. But he has read much more than me. 
I may know that Alberto Menguel who wrote the book History of Reading, is jewish, was born in Buenos aires and had once read to Jorge Luis Borges. Of course, i would know who is jewish.

Steve posed the question
It makes you wonder when 2000 million Christians and 1500 million Moslems have something against 14 million jews..

We had a nice discussion about curiosity and intelligence and Judaism is an evolving faith rather than taking the Bible in its literal terms. We have the running commentary. the Talmud!


Books read in 2009
1. Giordano Bruno - Philosopher, Heretic. Ingrid D. Rowland
2. The Condition, Jennifer Haigh
3. Light Action in the Caribbean, Barry Lopez
4. The Moral Obligation to be Intelligent, Lionel Trilling
5. The Voyage Out, Virginia Woolf
6.  Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Restless Genius, Leo Damrosch
7. Hat Trick, Lisa Kusel
8. The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein
9. The Shell Collector, Anthony Doerr
10. Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, Richard Hofstadter
11. The Secret of Lost Things, Sheridan Hay
12. The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality, Andre Comte-Sponville
13. Gallatin Canyon, Thomas McGuane
14. Wisdom from the Robber Barons
15. The Winter Vault, Anne Michaels
16. Human Smoke, Nicholson Baker
17. Angels and Ages, Adam Gopnik
18. The Earth Hums in B Flat, Mari Strachan
19. The Garden of Last Days, Andre Dubus
20. Why this World. A Biography of Clarice Lispector, Benjamin Moser
21. The Hour of the Star, Clarice Lispector
22. Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes
23. The Passion According to G. H., Clarice Lispector
24. American Theocracy, Kevin Phillips
25. The End of the Story, Lydia Davis
26. The Human Condition, Hannah Arendt
27. The Limits of Power, Andrew J. Bacevich
28. Circling the Drain, Amanda Davis
29. A Colossal Failure of Common Sense, Lawrence G. McDonald
30. The Book of Fathers, Miklos Vamos
31. A Discourse on Inequality, Rousseau 

Books read in 2010
1. The Museum of Innocence, Orhan Pamuk
2. Last Words, George Carlin
3. Continental Drift, Russell Banks
4. The Good Parents, Joan London
5. Platform, Michel Houellebecq
6. Freefall, Joseph Stiglitz
7. What is Called Thinking?, Martin Heidegger
8. The Infinities, John Banville
9. Bright-Sided, Barbara Ehrenreich
10. Summertime, J. M. Coetzee
11. Ill Fares the Land, Tony Judt
12. Skylark, Dezso Kosztolanyi
13. The Abyss of Human Illusion, Gilbert Sorrentino
14. Flaubert, A Life, Geoffrey Wall
15. Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner
16. The Imperfectionists, Tom Rachman
17. The Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan
18. In Praise of Slowness, Carl Honore
19. Three Delays, Charlie Smith
20. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov 
21. Toxic Talk, Bill Press
22. Comedy in a Minor Key, Hans Keilson
23. Memory Wall, Anthony Doerr
24. The Accidental Billionaires, Ben Mezrich
25. The Art Instinct, Denis Dutton
26. Fugitive Pieces, Anne Michaels
27. The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson
28. Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese
29. Still Broken...USHealth Care System, Stephen M. Davidson
30. The History of Love, Nicole Krauss
31. The Information, Martin Amis

Books read in 2011
1. Three Stages of Amazement, Carol Edgarian
2. Super Sad True Love Story, Gary Shteyngart
3. Sentimental Education, Gustave Flaubert
4. Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
5. The Library at Night, Alberto Manguel
6. The Wisdom of the World, Remi Brague
7. A Fairly Honourable Defeat, Iris Murdoch
8. A Changed Man, Francine Prose
9. Great House, Nicole Krauss
10. Factotum, Charles Bukowski
11. Tinkers, Paul Harding
12. Examined Lives, James Miller
13. Forgetfulness, Ward Just
14. The Social Animal, David Brooks
15. Henderson the Rain King, Saul Bellow
16. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
17. The Social Contract, Jean-Jacques Rousseau 
18. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
19. The Power of Place, Harm de Blij
20. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley 
21. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
22. Two Novels by Robbe-Grillet
23. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie
24. Go Tell it on the Mountain, James Baldwin
25. Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson
26. Women in Love, D.H. Lawrence
27. The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton 
28. The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am, Kjersti A. Skomsvold
29. Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes
30. A Passage to India, E. M. Forster
31. Virginia Woolf, Alexandra Harris

Books read in 2012
1. Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
2. Proust and the Squid, Maryann Wolf
3. The Map and the Territory, Michel Houellebecq
4. Native Son, Richard Wright
5. This Spoke Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche 
6. The Cat's Table, Michael Ondaatje 
7. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
8. At Last, Edward St. Aubyn
9. The Lifeboat, Charlotte Rogan
10. Internal Family Systems Therapy, Richard C. Schwartz
11. It's Even Worse than it Looks, Thomas E. Mann & Norman J. Ornstein
12. Distinction, A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste, Pierre Bourdieu
13. Parrot & Olivier in America, Peter Carey
14. By the Iowa Sea, Joe Blair
15. The Way We Live Now, Anthony Trollope
16. Pity the Billionaire, Thomas Frank
17. The Dogs and the Wolves, Irene Nemirovsky 
18. Absolution, Patrick Flanery
19. Pere Goriot, Honore de Balzac 
20. The Age of Insight, Eric R. Kandel
21. A Separate Peace, John Knowles
22. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon
23. The Hundred Brothers, Donald Antrim
24. Plutocrats, The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else, Chrystia Freeland
25. The Round House, Louise Erdrich
26. The Republic, Plato
27. The Fran Lebowitz Reader
28. Canada, Richard Ford
29. The Social Conquest of Earth, Edward O. Wilson 

BOOKS READ in 2013
1. The Death of the Adversary, Hans Keilson
2. The Point of View for My Work as an Author, A Report to History, Soren Kierkegaard
3. Wash, Margaret Wrinkle
4. Madness, Rack, and Honey, Mary Ruefle
5. Waiting for the Barbarians, Daniel Mendelsohn
6. When Foxes Wore Red Vests, Bruce Hopkins 
7. How to be Good, Nick Hornby
8. Reading Like a Writer, Francine Prose
9. Assholes, A Theory, Aaron James
10. Reflections, Walter Benjamin 
11. Buddha's Brain, Rick Hanson with Richard Mendius, MD

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