Weekend Open Thread: Keeping the Books


Book Mug

Composite illustration of a literary mug in front of of a work by a famous artist — OI forget the name, it was something like “Lascaux Cave.” Mug shot from here: http://tinyurl.com/bookmug-20130412.

I followed a link this week to an internet site that presented what looks to me like a pretty good list of books for an educated person to have read, ranging from ancient to classic to contemporary.  What do you think of this list — both its components and it in its entirety?  How much have you read?  Don’t click that link until you’ve commented on the list.

A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Age of Reason By Thomas Paine
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol
All Quiet On the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
The American Heritage Dictionary
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
The Bible by Various
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems by Galileo Galilei
Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K Rowling
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Little House On the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little Red Riding Hood by Charles Perrault
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Lorax by Dr Seuss
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare
Song of Songs (author unknown perhaps King Solomon)
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
The Whole Lesbian Sex Book by Felicia Newman

Well, like the list or not, this is your Open Thread.  Talk about this or whatever you’d like, within bounds of reason and discretion.  I usually pre-load these (as I’ve done with this one), so I’ll show up later with this week’s ocregister.com Dearthwatch.

About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Corrupt party hacks hate him. He's OK with that too. He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)