Wednesday, March 23, 2011

What to read? What to read?

I have been doing a lot of reading recently, partially because of school and partially because I am just in the mood to read. It comes in cycles for me sometimes... I'll read voraciously for a few months and then only sporadically, kind of a bi-polar literary thing. Currently, I am in heavy reading cycle. So I've just finished reading Thomas Paine's Common Sense and Edmund Burke's Speech on Concilliation with America. But what to read next?

For historical texts, here's what I have lined up to read:
  • The Federalist Papers (have already dove into this a bit...)
  • Liberalism and the Social Problem by Churchill
  • An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding by John Locke
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • 1776 by David McCullough
I picked a lot of these because I am currently taking US History in school (and loving it by the way,) but I don't want to get burnt out on history so here are some other things on my list. A lot of them are classics that I have never read and feel I should; some of them are books that I just want to read...
  • The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft
  • The Thirty-Nine Step by John Buchan
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Don Quixote by Cervantes (I have it in Spanish as well and might wait till my grasp of the language is good enough to tackle it)
  • The Madman by Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet is one of my all-time favorite books)
  • The Last of the Mohicans by Fenimore
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (...have never read her)
  • Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky
  • The Last Ringbearer (this is a retelling of The Lord of the Rings from the viewpoint of Mordor - it sounds really interesting.)
  • Daisy Miller by Henry James
  • Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
  • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  • Anna Karenina and War and Peace by Tolstoy
What do you think I should read next? Have you read any of these? What do you think of them? I would love to get your feedback on this...

Saturday, December 11, 2010

If you could attend any concert, what would it be?

Jimi Hendrix opening for the Doors.

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What would be the best workplace perk?

Well, the PG-13 answer would be free coffee. At priceline we had Starbucks machines in the break rooms - that was awesome!

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If you had the opportunity to live one year of your life over again, which year would you choose?

That's a toughie... I'd have to say 1984. I squandered my senior year taking too many easy courses. Plus the decision not to go to college right after school is probably one of the worst I've ever made in my life.

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Who's the most underrated athlete?

Beattie Feathers! He was the first back to ever run for 1000 yards in a season. That happened in 1934. He held the record for highest average per run in a season (8.44 y/att) until Michael Vick broke it 58 years later!

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