I support a different person for the presidential election every 2 months or so, but am very intrigued by Obama. I have an opportunity to meet him face to face in the next two weeks, so I'm going to ask:
"did Katrina change your mind at all about the Second Amendment?"
quick recap of some books I've read lately... King Jesus by Robert Graves is great up until the final 40 pages, after which he stops writing practical rationales for the Biblical character and delves into the supernatural. Interestingly enough, while the book was written in 1946, he portrays Judas as the most loyal disciple (The Book of Judas wasn't discovered until last year)
Naked is pretty funny, and you can finish it in a day. Marching Powder is a fascinating book about the infamous San Pedro prison in Bolivia. I've been to the prison, but unlike a friend of mine, wasn't insane enough to go inside.
I had to struggle through A History of God. Shame, because Jesus is my favorite fictional character and Karen Armstrong is an excellent author.
As much as I hate to give Robert Kagan my money, Dangerous Nation is a superb book that debunks the naive notion that the US has an isolationist past. Or, for foreigners, a particularly benevolent one for that matter.
I was stunned to find I really enjoyed Passionate Minds - a book about Voltaire's affair with the scientist Emile du Chatelet (I'd never heard of her either)
Gore Vidal's Point to Point Navigation is much like the New Yorker - there are occasional gems in it and the writing is beautiful.
next on the agenda is Mellon. And then I'm going to suffer through War Made New (I'll probably stop before he gets to the clusterfuck in Iraq).
One Dutch researcher estimates that there are some
five trillion spiders in the Netherlands alone, each of which consumes
about a tenth of a gram of meat a day. Were their victims people
instead of insects, they would need only three days to eat all sixteen
and a half million Dutchmen.