Saturday, November 12, 2022

random thought

"normal" is just the starting position.

Monday, October 31, 2022

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Books Read


Books (and plays) I have read: list started August 5, 2012

August 2012:

The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath, (1963)

The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkein, (1955)

(f) The Basic Kafka Kafka, (1946)

The Road Cormac McCarthy (2006)

The Beginning and The End Isaac Asimov (1977)

The Mysterious Affair at Styles Agatha Christie (1920)

(f) Narcissus and Goldmund Herman Hesse (1930)

September 2012:

(f)It Can't Happen Here Sinclair Lewis, (1935)

(f)The Secret Adversary Agatha Christie, (1922)

Another Fine Myth Robert Asprin, (1978)

October 2012:

Aurora Dawn Herman Wouk, (1947)

November 2012:

The Body Snatcher and other Classic Ghost Stories Compiled by Michael Kelahan, (2011)

Black Coffee Agatha Christie, (1930)

Tom Sawyer Mark Twain, (1876)

The Unexpected Guest Agatha Christie, (1958)

A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens, (1859)

Hickory Dickory Death Agatha Christie, (1955)

Babylon Revisited and other stories F. Scott Fitzgerald, (1960)

December 2012:

The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare, (~1597)

The Taming of The Shrew William Shakespeare, (~1590)

How the World Works Nicholson Baker, (2012)

All's Well That Ends Well William Shakespeare, (~1604)

As You Like It William Shakespeare, (~1600)

The Comedy of Errors William Shakespeare, (~1594)

January 2013:

Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes, (1966)

Android Down Dan Manning, (2010)

Cymbeline, King of Britain William Shakespeare, (~1609)

Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation Stephen Mitchell, (2002)

February 2013:

Measure for Measure William Shakespeare, (~1603)

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark William Shakespeare, (~1602)

March 2013:

King Lear William Shakespeare, (~1606)

The Once and Future King T. H. White, (1939-1958)

A Midsummer Night's Dream William Shakespeare, (~1593)

April 2013:

The Tempest William Shakespeare, (~1623)

The Iliad Homer, (~750 BC)

Anarchism and Other Essays Emma Goldman, (1910)

Pericles, Prince of Tyre William Shakespeare, (~1607)

May 2013:

The Odyssey Homer, (~730 BC)

Republic Plato, (~380 BC)

The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald, (1925)

Ashenden or: The British Agent W. Somerset Maugham, (1928)

June 2013:

Through the Looking Glass Lewis Carroll, (1871)

Othello William Shakespeare, (~1603)

The Cubicles of Madness Dan Manning, (2011)

Richard III William Shakespeare, (~1592)

Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare, (~1591)

Julius Caesar William Shakespeare, (~1599)

July 2013:

Richard II William Shakespeare, (~1595)

1 Henry IV William Shakespeare, (~1597)

2 Henry IV William Shakespeare, (~1598)

Henry V William Shakespeare, (~1599)

1 Henry VI William Shakespeare, (~1591)

2 Henry VI William Shakespeare, (~1591)

3 Henry VI William Shakespeare, (~1591)

Titus Andronicus William Shakespeare, (~1592)

Two Gentlemen of Verona William Shakespeare, (~1593)

The Winter's Tale William Shakespeare, (~1610)

Timon of Athens William Shakespeare, (~1605)

Troilus and Cressida William Shakespeare, (~1602)

August 2013:

Twelfth Night William Shakespeare, (~1599)

Love's Labor's Lost William Shakespeare, (~1588)

King John William Shakespeare, (~1596)

Much Ado About Nothing William Shakespeare, (~1598)

The Merry Wives of Windsor William Shakespeare, (~1600)

Henry VIII William Shakespeare, (~1612)

Antony and Cleopatra William Shakespeare, (~1606)

Coriolanus William Shakespeare, (~1607)

I, Robot Isaac Asimov, (1950)

When You Are Engulfed In Flames David Sedaris, (2008)

The Death of Ivan Ilyich Leo Tolstoy, (1886)

William Shakespeare's Star Wars Ian Doescher, (2013)

September 2013:

Tender Is The Night F. Scott Fitzgerald, (1934)

Ethan Frome Edith Wharton, (1911)

Dune (1/2) Frank Herbert, (1965)

North to The Rails (1/2) Louis L'Amour, (1965)

Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris, (2000)

Barrel Fever David Sedaris, (1994)

Techniques Of The Selling Writer Dwight V. Swain, (1965)

November 2013:

The Art of Critical Thinking Rolf Dobelli, (2013)

Ready Player One Ernest Cline, (2011)

The Best Short Stories of The Modern Age Douglas Angus, editor, (1962)

December 2013:

Oh Brother Christy Potter, (2013)

The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas, (1844)

The Geography of Nowhere James Howard Kunstler, (1994)

January 2014:

The Hobbit JRR Tolkein, (1937)

The Inferno (1/2) Dante Alighieri, (~1314)

February 2014:

The Quiet American Graham Greene, (1955)

Free Will Sam Harris, (2012)

March 2014:

The Fellowship of The Ring JRR Tolkein, (1954)

May 2014:

The Two Towers JRR Tolkein, (1954)

Robot Stories Dan Manning, (2014)

June 2014:

Happy Valley (1/3) Patrick White, (1939)

July 2014:

The Return of The King JRR Tolkein, (1954)

Starship Troopers Robert A. Heinlein, (1959)

The Future of the Mind Michio Kaku, (2014)

August 2014:

The Naked and The Dead Norman Mailer, (1948)

Conan #1 Robert E. Howard, (1967)

September 2014:

Metamorphoses Ovid, (8 A.D.)

Intro to Objectivist Epistemology Ayn Rand, (1966)

October 2014:

Star Trek #1 James Blish, (1967)

Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen, (1813)

November 2014:

The Secret History Donna Tartt, (1992)

Stranger In A Strange Land Robert Heinlein, (1961)

December 2014:

The Power and The Glory Graham Greene, (1940)

January 2015:

1984 George Orwell, (1949)

A Portrait of The Artist As A Young Man James Joyce, (1916)

March 2015:

Ulyssess (1/2) James Joyce, (1934)

April 2015:

The Once and Future King T.H. White, (1958)

The Sirens of Titan(1/2) Kurt Vonnegut Jr., (1959)

May 2015:

Sphere Michael Crichton, (1987)

June 2015:

Great Essays edited by Houston Peterson, (1953)

July 2015:

Meditations Marcus Aurelius, (170 to 180 CE)

Dracula Bram Stoker, (1897)

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, (1594-1623)

Reassess Your Chess Jeremy Silman, (2010)

September 2015:

How the Mind Works Steven Pinker, (1997)

The Elric Saga Part 1 Michael Moorcock, (1984)

October 2015:

Frankenstein Mary Shelly, (1818)

November 2015:

Night Shift Stephen King, (1976)

January 2016:

The Amature's Mind Jeremy Silman, (1995)

February 2016:

From Karamzin to Bunin Carl R. Proffer, (1969)

March 2016:

Cannery Row John Steinbeck, (1945)

May 2016:

The Supreme Doctrine Hubert Benoit, (1955)

June 2016:

Seize the Day Saul Bellow, (1956)

August 2016:

12 Steps to a Compassionate Life Karen Armstrong, (2011)

Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy, (1877)

September 2016:

The Patchwork Devil Cavan Scott, (2016)

November 2016:

David Copperfield Charles Dickens, (1850)

Metamorphoses Ovid, (8?)

December 2016:

Howard's End E.M. Forster, (1910)

Engaging Pieces Howard Goldowsky, (2007)

The Complete Plays William Shakespeare, (1904)

Bobby Fischer Goes to War Edmonds & Eidinow, (2004)

Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe, (1719)

January 2017:

Oliver Twist(+) Charles Dickens, (1837)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy(=) Douglas Adams, (1980)

The Stranger(=) Albert Camus, (1942)

February 2017:

When You Are Engulfed in Flames(+) David Sedaris, (2008)

The Sun Also Rises(+) Ernest Hemingway, (1926)

A Farewell To Arms(+) Ernest Hemingway, (1929)

Of Mice and Men(+) John Steinbeck, (1937)

Death Comes to The Archbishop(=) Willa Cather, (1927)

March 2017:

Cass Timberlane(-) Sinclair Lewis, (1945)

Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone(+) J.K. Rowling, (1997)

Lord of the Flies(+) William Golding, (1954)

April 2017:

For Whom the Bell Tolls(+) Ernest Hemingway, (1940)

Heart of Darkness & other Stories(+) Joseph Conrad, (1899)

May 2017:

Wuthering Heights(+) Emily Brontë, (1847)

June 2017:

Don Quixote(-) Miguel Cervantes, (1605)

July 2017:

A Room With a View(+) E. M. Forster, (1908)

August 2017:

Of Human Bondage(+) W. Somerset Maugham, (1915)

September 2017:

In Cold Blood(+) Truman Capote, (1965)

21 Great Short Stories(=) Lass, Tasman, Editors, (1969)

October 2017:

Family Happiness(=) Leo Tolstoy, (1859)

All The King's Men(=) Robert Penn Warren, (1946)

The Death of Ivan Ilych + Other Stories(+) Leo Tolstoy, (1960)

November 2017:

The American Short Story(=) ed. Calvin Scaggs, (1980)

The Call of The Wild(=) Jack London, (1903)

December 2017:

Orlando(=) Virginia Woolf, (1928)

The Voyage Out(=) Virginia Woolf, (1915)

Night and Day (=) Virginia Woolf, (1919)

Mrs. Dalloway(+) Virginia Woolf, (1925)

January 2018:

Jane Eyre(=) Charlotte Brontë, (1847)

February 2018:

Down and Out in Paris and London(+) George Orwell, (1933)

Why Buddhism is True(=) Robert Wright, (2017)

March 2018:

One Hundred Years of Solituded(=) Gabriel Marquez, (1967)

April 2018:

Crime and Punishment(+) Fyodor Dostoyevsky, (1866)

December 2018:

Moby Dick(+) Herman Melville, (1851)

The Wind in The Willows(=) Kenneth Grahame, (1908)

The Sirens of Titan(-) Kurt Vonnegut Jr., (1959)

The Moon is Down(+) John Steinbeck, (1942)

Mythology(-) Edith Hamilton, (1942)

50 Great Short Stories(+) Milton Crane, ed., (1952)

holy land (+) d.j. waldie, (1996)

December 2018:

The Caine Muniny(+) Herman Wouk, (1951)

January 2019:

The Story of Philosophy(+) Will Durant, (1926)

February 2019:

The Hunchback of Notre Dame(=) Victor Hugo, (1831)

The Canterbury Tales(=) Geoffrey Chaucer, (~1387-1400)

March 2019:

Short Fiction of the Masters(+) Hamalian, Karl, editors (1963)

"The Secret Sharer" and Other Great Short Stories(=) Lass, Tasman, editors (1969)

May 2019:

The Picture of Dorian Gray(+) Oscar Wilde (1890)

August 2019:

The Year of Lear(+) James Shapiro (2015)

A Year in The Life of William Shakespeare(+) James Shapiro (2005)

September 2019:

Far From the Madding Crowd(=) Thomas Hardy (1874)

Ishmael(=) Daniel Quinn (1992)

October 2019:

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories(+) H. P. Lovecraft (1999)

Classics for Pleasure(+) Michael Dirda (2007)

Seven Men(+) Max Beerbohm (1919)

January 2020:

Hercule Poirot, Complete Short Stories(+) Agatha Christie (2013)

February 2020:

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas(+) Gertrude Stein (1932)

March 2020:

Other Voices, Other Rooms(=) Truman Capote (1948)

Jane Eyre(+) Charlotte Brontë, (1847)

May 2020:

Essays(+) Michel De Montaigne (1580)

Anatoly Karpov's Best Games(+) Anatoly Karpov (1996)

Jason and the Argonauts(+) Apollonius of Rhodes (3rd century BC)

June 2020:

The Upanishads(+) trans. Eknath Easwaran (ancient/1987 translation)

The Waste Lands and Other Writings(+) T. S. Eliot (2002)

July 2020:

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde(+) Robert Louis Stevenson (1886)

The Power of Now(+) Eckhart Tolle (1997)

Sense and Sensibility(=) Jane Austin (1811)

The Island of Doctor Moreau(+) H. G. Wells (1896)

Crime and Punishment(+) Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1866)

August 2020:

Happiness is An Inside Job(+) Sylvia Boorstein, Ph.D. (2007)

It's Easier Than You Think(+) Sylvia Boorstein, Ph.D. (1995)

Don't Just Do Something, Sit There(+) Sylvia Boorstein, Ph.D. (1996)

Pay Attention, For Goodness' Sake(+) Sylvia Boorstein, Ph.D. (2003)

September 2020:

Prometheus Rising(=) Robert Anton Wilson (1983)

The Secret History(++) Donna Tartt (1992)

The Razor's Edge(+) W. Somerset Maugham (1944)

November 2020:

Ulysses(1/2) James Joyce (1922)

December 2020:

The Voyage Out(++) Virginia Woolf, (1915)

January 2021:

Mrs. Dalloway(+) Virginia Woolf, (1925)

February 2021:

Tropic of Cancer(+) Henry Miller, (1934)

The Autobiography of Malcolm X(+) Alex Haley, (1965)

March 2021:

Dracula Bram Stoker, (1897)

Lives Plutarch, (2nd Cent. AD)

April 2021:

Best American Essays 2000 ed. Alan Lightman, (2000)

The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath, (1963)

June 2021

Burmese Days, George Orwell (1934)

July 2021:

The Clergyman's Daughter George Orwell (1935)

Keep the Aspidistra Flying, George Orwell, (1936)

August 2021:

1984, George Orwell, (1949)

Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell


Essays in Pessimism, Schopenhauer, (1917)

The Diamond Sutra, Bhudda, ???

JULY 2022

War and Peace, Tolstoy 1869


The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt, 2013

Wind, Sand and Stars, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, 1939

My Great Predecessors I, Gary Kasparov, 2003


The Phantom of The Opera, Gaston Leroux 1910 (audio book)

book quotes

“Leisure follows the consumption pattern,” Alice said, “and is managed by an industry that sells boredom-compensating commodities.”

The Quick and The the Dead by Joy Williams

"Let peace brood over this carass"
Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson 

"She had a mature distrust of the trivial, the facile and the vulgar."

Tender is the Night, F Scott Fitzgerald 

"A teahouse amid the cherry blossoms, on the way to death"

The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt

"We are dining in a room with a bed in it. I am disgusted with life."

Les Miserables, Victor Hugo

"... they already represented all human society; on one side envy, on the other disdaine."

"The good must be innocent"

Les Miserables, Victor Hugo

"Olympian Zeus: your urgings rule the world."

The Iliad, Homer

Sunday, September 11, 2022

chess posits

14                  ... Nxd2 
15.Bxd8          Nxf3+ 
16.gxf3           Rfxd8

Alekhine - Euwe 1937 WC game 18
How to save the pawn? 
White played 30. Rc1? and the game was drawn.

30. Re1! saves the pawn, because if
30. . . . . Qxa2, then 
31. Nf6+    gxf6
32. Qg4+    Kh8
33. Re8 and Black will be forced to give up the queen on e5 after
33. . . .     Qa1+
34. Kh2    Qe5+ in order to avoid checkmate

Alexander Alekhine vs Jose Raul Capablanca
AVRO (1938), The Netherlands, rd 9, Nov-19

look at that kingside! play continued 
27. f4         Nf3
28. Bxh7+ Rxh7 
29. Ng6     Bd8 
30. Rac1     Be8 
31. Kg3     Qf7 
32. Kxg4    Nh4 
33. Nxh4     Qxh5+ 
34. Kg3     Qf7 
35. Nf3         1-0  Capa flagged.

Tuesday, September 06, 2022

Privacy Policy Trolls and Hirelings


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Friday, July 29, 2022

Sonnet VI Elizabeth Barrett Browning - 1806-1861

The widest land . . .

Doom takes to part us, leaves thy heart in mine

With pulses that beat double. What I do

And what I dream include thee, as the wine

Must taste of its own grapes. And when I sue

God for myself, He hears that name of thine,

And sees within my eyes the tears of two.

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