I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity.
Edgar Allen Poe

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.
- H. L. Mencken

Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so
-Bertrand Russell

What I have been telling you, from alpha to omega, what is the one great thing the sigil taught me — that everything in life is miraculous. For the sigil taught me that it rests within the power of each of us to awaken at will from a dragging nightmare of life made up of unimportant tasks and tedious useless little habits, to see life as it really is, and to rejoice in its exquisite wonderfulness. If the sigil were proved to be the top of a tomato-can, it would not alter that big fact, nor my fixed faith. No Harrowby, the common names we call things by do not matter — except to show how very dull we are ...
-James Branch Cabell

September 23, 2015 - 1:44 a.m.

See I Don't Read Only Dead White Men ... Some Are Just Old

I'm getting more and more upset with myself for starting to write so late. Today my excuse is that I don't know what I'm going to write about. The blog I was writing in my head might be too personal to write in electrons. We'll see. I talked about it a bit with my therapist. Damn, there was something else I said to my therapist that I said I meant to write here and forgot. I remember that, I don't remember what it was. It is really hard not having a brain.

Maybe it was just to have something to write about but I played around seasoning the burger I had for dinner last night. Instead of using ketchup I put it in the plastic container that had the residue of the olive oil and garlic salt I used to coat the potatoes before I roasted them. Then I put steak seasoning, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper on top. That was a very tasty burger.

I finished reading Maskerade. I'm filling in the Discworld books I missed. Now I know who Agnes Nitt aka Perdita X. Nitt is. I've often seen her referred to in other books. I loved the book. If you love opera it's a must read. So it struck me that with Pratchett dead I don't have a favorite living author, Larry Niven perhaps? But it's not like I look forward to new books by him. He might have died already. My interest in him peaked in my 20s. I am looking forward to Doors of Stone, the next and presumed last Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss but I read only two of his books so it's not the same thing. I'm looking through all my books on Goodreads to see which authors are still alive. I'll give the alphabetical list with a book by each.

  • Carl Bernstein - All the President's Men
  • Bill Bryson - In a Sunburned Country
  • Orson Scott Card - Ender's Game
  • Richard Dawkins - The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
  • Len Deighton – The Ipcress File
  • Umberto Eco - The Name of the Rose
  • Neil Gammon - Neverwhere
  • David Gerrold - When Harley Was One
  • William Goldman - The Princess Bride
  • Guy P. Hamilton - 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True
  • Douglas R. Hofstadter* - Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
  • John R. Horner - Digging Dinosaurs: The Search That Unraveled the Mystery of Baby Dinosaurs
  • John Irving - The World According to Garp
  • Olivia Judson - Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation
  • James Kennedy - The Order of Odd-Fish
  • Paul Krugman - The Conscience of a Liberal
  • Christine Lavin* - Cold Pizza for Breakfast: A Mem-wha?
  • Nicholas Meyer - The Seven-Percent Solution
  • Ruth S. Noel - The Languages of Tolkien's Middle-Earth
  • Daniel Pinkwater - 5 Novels: Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars / Slaves of Spiegel / The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death / The Last Guru / Young Adult Novel
  • Phillip Pullman - His Dark Materials
  • Lisa Randall - Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World
  • James Randi - Flim-Flam
  • Ed Regis - Who Got Einstein's Office? Eccentricity and Genius at the Institute for Advanced Study
  • Anne Rice - Interview with the Vampire
  • Spider Robinson – Callahan's Crosstime Saloon
  • J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter
  • Charles Savage - Takeover: The Return of the Imperial Presidency and the Subversion of American Democracy
  • Jeff Sharlet - C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy
  • Robert Silverberg - Lord Valentine
  • Neal Stephenson - Cryptonomicon
  • James D. Watson – The Double Helix
  • Steven Weinberg - Gravitation and Cosmology: Principles and Applications of the General Theory of Relativity
  • Tim Wendell - High Heat: The Secret History of the Fastball and the Improbable Search for the Fastest Pitcher of All Time

Ok that took forever to do. So I guess that's all I'm going to write. As you can see I haven't read that many living authors and many of these are very old. An * means I met them. I should have met Neil Gammon but he flaked out on Dragoncon. I still have not forgiven him. And yes I realize there are very few women. But notice that two of them are scientists and there are only six scientists on the list. That's pretty good. I think that's higher than the percentage in the general scientist population. There's more non-fiction than in my total reading. That's because non-fiction goes out of date.

Now to make breakfast. I have a musical doubleheader tonight, the Young Novelists at Rockwood then Rachel Trachtenburg at the Sidewalk Café. Both home games.

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please hold me accountable.

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Wise Madness is Now In Session - May 28, 2018
The NFL and the First Amendment - May 27, 2018
On The Road Again - May 26, 2018
Oliver the Three-Eyed Crow - May 25, 2018

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