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Author:  Chris OConnor [ Mon Aug 22, 2011 11:37 pm ]
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I don't think we have enough people involved in this process to do a poll and select a book. This is a bit discouraging. Maybe it is because it is summer and people are too busy for talking about books. I'm not sure.

Author:  LanDroid [ Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:23 am ]
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Well it is the 150th anniversary of the start of the U.S. Civil War. I don't have a specific suggestion at the moment, but if the topic is too radical, we can probably select one that includes religion. :?

Author:  lindad_amato [ Tue Aug 23, 2011 11:01 am ]
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I'm still interested in anythingother than Quantum Physics.

Author:  Chris OConnor [ Sun Sep 04, 2011 1:22 am ]
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I almost think sticky topics get less activity. I'm going to unstick this now and see what happens.

Author:  Chris OConnor [ Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:41 pm ]
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Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/145550 ... 1455502774

The first new book of essays by Christopher Hitchens since 2004, ARGUABLY offers an indispensable key to understanding the passionate and skeptical spirit of one of our most dazzling writers, widely admired for the clarity of his style, a result of his disciplined and candid thinking. Topics range from ruminations on why Charles Dickens was among the best of writers and the worst of men to the haunting science fiction of J.G. Ballard; from the enduring legacies of Thomas Jefferson and George Orwell to the persistent agonies of anti-Semitism and jihad. Hitchens even looks at the recent financial crisis and argues for arthe enduring relevance of Karl Marx. The book forms a bridge between the two parallel enterprises of culture and politics. It reveals how politics justifies itself by culture, and how the latter prompts the former. In this fashion, ARGUABLY burnishes Christopher Hitchens' credentials as-to quote Christopher Buckley-our "greatest living essayist in the English language."

Author:  Robert Tulip [ Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:30 pm ]
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My top three from those suggested are

"Infidel" by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
"The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" by TS Kuhn
"Arguably" by Christopher Hitchens

Author:  lindad_amato [ Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:52 pm ]
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Robert Tulip wrote:
My top three from those suggested are

"Infidel" by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
"The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" by TS Kuhn
"Arguably" by Christopher Hitchens



I agree with Robert

Author:  Chris OConnor [ Tue Sep 13, 2011 12:26 am ]
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OK, then I guess I should do a poll. I was hoping to have more people involved. Maybe if I send an email to the entire community. I hate doing that because some people consider it spam.

Author:  R. LeBeaux [ Tue Sep 13, 2011 12:44 pm ]
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Chris, I note in going over past discussions, an odd lack of books on the writing/editing/publishing process. It seems that, in this forum, there would be great interest in such books, however, I could be wrong. I do think that dedicated readers, not to mention authors, would be interested in learning more about the processes that go into producing the books they read and/or write. And I am not referring here to self-help books on how to write or getting published or promoting your own self-published book. I'm talking about books that tell inside stories from editors, authors and the publishing industry. I have a book in mind, but I wanted to wait to see if there is any feedback on this proposal before making a suggestion. One problem might be that, since these kinds of books are seldom best sellers, folks would have to find and read them first. Let me know what you think, and if you know from past experience that such books do not garner much interest.

Author:  Robert Tulip [ Tue Sep 13, 2011 1:14 pm ]
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R. LeBeaux wrote:
books that tell inside stories from editors, authors and the publishing industry.
Indeed, opening this mysterious black box would be interesting. I am hoping we will discuss Infidel next, but it would be good to plan ahead to discuss the process of communicating in print.

Author:  Avid Reader [ Tue Sep 13, 2011 2:49 pm ]
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R. LeBeaux wrote:
I do think that dedicated readers, not to mention authors, would be interested in learning more about the processes that go into producing the books they read and/or write.


I'm just a reader, not an author or editor, but I like this idea. I have a feeling the process is more complicated that we readers can imagine.

Author:  Dexter [ Tue Sep 13, 2011 7:50 pm ]
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The details have been cryptic so far, but Sam Harris apparently has a short book (possibly an e-book) coming out soon. Don't really know much about it, but I'd read it when it comes out. He did mention the idea of writing an e-book about free will a while ago, not sure if this is it.

http://www.samharris.org/media/lying/

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