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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:02 pm

My grandfather was Clutter's business partner. The FBI walked my mom to school for two weeks; they had no idea what the motive was and so took all of the necessary precautions.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:08 pm

Cerfer wrote:
My grandfather was Clutter's business partner. The FBI walked my mom to school for two weeks; they had no idea what the motive was and so took all of the necessary precautions.

Damn! I had no idea Dutton.

Shocked


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:11 pm

Einstein (the life and times), Ronald W. Clark
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:48 pm



"The Life and Times of Little Richard: The Quasar of Rock."

Just finished this amazing account.

For anyone who is interested in the history of R&R this is a must read. Little Richard shaped and defined the style that many copied and cashed in on from the 50's onward. A true original.

I caught his act once, back in the early 70's. The venue was Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI on the lakefront (still is). His stage was perhaps 6' off the ground. Kind of a cheesy setup, not at all like the major outdoor concerts of this day and age.

Little Richard came out in a green sequinned suit with a waist jacket. No shirt on underneath. Very reflective in the stage lights. And he was electric in his delivery, both in music and stage patter.

At one point, he bade the audience to "come up on the stage and touch me, since I love for my fans to reach out and touch me".

And then, he reached out his arms "Christ-style (on the Cross)", and a multitude of the audience got up on the stage (being 6' this was no small achievement), and proceeded to engulf him. At which point the myriad bouncers and security threw them off the stage in less than a humane manner! And they kept coming!!!

In any case, Little Richard provoked an animal response from the audience. Which was, of course, his intention. And now, this many years later, and reading this autobiography, I finally understand why.

Back then, I was a neophyte more or less. And as such didn't fully grasp the influence of the pioneers such as Little Richard. This book provides an unique insight into into the true "King of R&R".

Feel free to disagree with me.

cherry



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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:08 am

I am going to start Mary Shelly's Frankenstein today.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:13 pm

Finished Agatha Christie's "The Mysterious Affair at Styles," as well as Alan Moore's 12 part Graphic Novel "Providence." Just picked Frank Herbert's "Dune" back up, less than 1/2 way through. I have also been reading the complete HP Lovecraft beginning with "The Alchemist" & "At The Mountains of Madness." My current non fiction read is Michael Wallis's "The Best Land Under Heaven." Lots to read, Phew....
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Wed May 02, 2018 7:00 pm

Started Van Gogh. The Life by Naifeh & Smith.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sun May 06, 2018 10:36 pm



Just re-read this after too many years. And it was just as gripping as the first time around!



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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Thu May 10, 2018 7:50 pm

While still reading through Van Gogh. The Life, I started The Drawing of The Three, the 2nd volume of the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. I also am reading On Writing. A Memoir of the Craft also by King.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Fri May 11, 2018 10:21 pm

Thoroughly enjoyed Salt A World History by Mark Kurlansky. A rivetting read about salt and it's many uses.

Also just started re reading Tobacco by Iain Gately which was gifted to me in the cross Pacific bombing a while back. Great history of our favourite leaf and its consumption which I reccomend to all tobacco lovers out there.

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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Wed May 16, 2018 7:31 pm

Finally re-read this classic after some 40 yrs or so-



Just as bizarre and oddly interesting as the first time. Seems like a stream of consciousness more than a factual account.  Hard to follow at times, but whatever it is, it works!



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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:46 pm

In the middle of “Cold Mountain” by Charles Frazier.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:08 pm

Black Flagged series by Konkoly. If you like Mitch Rapp series you will like this series.

https://www.goodreads.com/series/108331-black-flagged
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:37 am

An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth by Col. Chris Hadfield
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:39 pm

Currently reading, or more like finally got around to reading "The Corrections" by John Franzen. Excellent satire.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:49 am



Shackleton's amazing account of his legendary antarctic expedition. Highly recommended.

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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:55 am

About half-way through "The Night Manager" by John le Carre. Always enjoyed his books, especially the George Smiley series. The book is no different, detailed, depth and complex.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:05 am

Brewdude wrote:


Shackleton's amazing account of his legendary antarctic expedition. Highly recommended.

+1. If you like Antarctic exploration (when are you leaving?  Laughing ), Roland Huntford's The Last Place on Earth is almost mandatory reading. Scary place.

https://www.amazon.com/Last-Place-Earth-Amundsens-Exploration/dp/0375754741/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1536073004&sr=1-1&keywords=the+last+place+on+earth
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:06 pm

Richard Burley wrote:
Brewdude wrote:


Shackleton's amazing account of his legendary antarctic expedition. Highly recommended.

+1. If you like Antarctic exploration (when are you leaving?  Laughing ), Roland Huntford's The Last Place on Earth is almost mandatory reading. Scary place.

https://www.amazon.com/Last-Place-Earth-Amundsens-Exploration/dp/0375754741/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1536073004&sr=1-1&keywords=the+last+place+on+earth

A remarkable story indeed. I've read Alfred Lansing's account several times now. That he didn't lose one man and the chaps eagerly followed and respected him is testament to his leadership. His journey from Elephant Island to South G has to be one of the most remarkable pieces of sailing, navigation and endurance, ever.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:00 pm

Richard Burley wrote:
If you like Antarctic exploration (when are you leaving?  Laughing ), Roland Huntford's The Last Place on Earth is almost mandatory reading. Scary place.

Just checked and my library system does not carry it. May need to get a paperback in from Amazon. Sounds like I'd like it.

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A remarkable story indeed. I've read Alfred Lansing's account several times now. That he didn't lose one man and the chaps eagerly followed and respected him is testament to his leadership. His journey from Elephant Island to South G has to be one of the most remarkable pieces of sailing, navigation and endurance, ever.

My library had Lansing's account so just placed a request for this. Great to get another perspective. Thanks for the prompt mate!


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:57 am



Just finished this and have to say if it's not already considered the quintessential account of this slice of history it ought to be. Gripping and graphic.


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:28 am

Brewdude wrote:


Shackleton's amazing account of his legendary antarctic expedition. Highly recommended.

Cool


Cheers,

RR

I recently purchased a few books about polar expeditions.  Can't wait to start them. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:22 am

[quote="Brewdude"]

Just finished this and have to say if it's not already considered the quintessential account of this slice of history it ought to be. Gripping and graphic.


Cheers,

RR

Stephen Ambrose is one of my preferred authors for all things Op Overlord and the Europe offensive.  If you've not read it already Rande, check out his book Pegasus Bridge.  Another remarkable story.  I was there a few weeks ago with the family having first visited in '84 whilst the original bridge was still in place across the canal.  I met with Arlette Gondree again, the daughter of the proprietor of the Café Gondree, the first house to be liberated on D Day.  She was 5 on the evening of the operation and remembers it well.  She's 80+ now but still sparking on all 4 and has a glamorous Hollywood look about her.  A truly remarkable lady who has much time for members of the military both serving and retired.
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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:53 am

Stick wrote:
Stephen Ambrose is one of my preferred authors for all things Op Overlord and the Europe offensive.  If you've not read it already Rande, check out his book Pegasus Bridge.  Another remarkable story.

I will indeed check this account out. Thanks for the prompt mate.


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PostSubject: Re: What Are You Reading?   Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:47 am



Great follow up to Shackelto's gripping account of this legendary expedition. This book has much more in the way of the details the men suffered during their trials on the ice, including and especially the desperate journey made to make a whaling station and civilization.


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