Items about books I want to read #9
Posted July 27, 2010on:
Once more I have enough books to make a list of items I want to read down the road. As the old saying goes, so many books, so little time. This time I am adding a couple of selections that could be seen by some readers as risque. Way I see it, I am a librarian and a reader, so I should read a variety of things. And yes, I do enjoy things like erotica and even some porn. There. I said it. Now, let's move on to the selections for this post.
- Ezra Klein wrote a small piece for Newsweek entitled "Poor Must Be Protected From Main Street Too." The short article, which makes a very good point that the poor do need to be protected from vultures seeking to exploit them, such as payday lenders and those rent-to-own scams, highlights two books. The first book is Michael Lewis's The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. Klein describes the book as "the definitive history of the financial crisis." That sounds pretty good, but the one I am really interested in is the second one, which looks at the crisis in terms of the poor people who actually were harmed, namely the people who got those bad mortgages and those getting scammed by payday sharks, etc. Yes, at 300% interest, lenders like that make the mob look like a respectable bank. The book is Gary Rivlin's Broke USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty Inc.: How the Working Poor Became Big Business. I think this is the kind of book that more people need to be reading to get a full picture. Klein argues they should be read together.
- The guys at Guys Lit Wire suggest reading The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian. This is a collection of 13 stories by Robert E. Howard that introduce the character. Basically, this is going back to basics. As the guys say, "if you think you know sword and sorcery — if you think you know Conan — you're wrong until you've read these stories."
- The Radical Vixen (warning to the sensitive: the site does deal with adult topics)posts two short reviews for two books she recently received. The first book is Erika Lust's Good Porn: A Woman's Guide. I am mostly curious about this one, and who knows, if it is good enough I might pass it along to the better half (maybe find some things together). The second book is Hellions: Pop Culture's Rebel Women by Maria Raha. Hey, I like reading about rebels no matter the gender.
- The Liquor Snob blog recommends How To Booze: Exquisite Cocktails and Sound Advice.
- Jameson Fitzpatrick, writing for Lambda Literary, is reading Anais Nin's Delta of Venus. I have to admit that Anais Nin is a gap in my reading. I hope to remedy it soon.
- Also via Lambda Literary, the NLA-I Writing Award Winners for this year were announced. One, NLA-I is the National Leather Association-International. I did not know there was such an association, and I sure did not know until now that they gave awards to literature "for excellence in SM/leather/fetish writing." I thought I was pretty informed and knowledgeable on fetish and BDSM, but I guess I have to fill another gap or two. Hey, a little learning is all good. The post gives a list, and I may try to pick up a title or two just to try the genre. The winner in the anthology category, Like a Thorn: An Anthology of BDSM Fairy Tales,sounds like a good place to start. Plus, a short story anthology is also something that has potential to share with the better half, who is big on short story collections.
- Again via Lambda Literary, they did an interview with Ellen Greenblatt, the librarian who basically wrote the book on library service for LGBT populations. A new edition of her book is coming out in the fall. I definitely will try to look it up.
- I can't believe I did not add this to one of the previous lists. The book is Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche by Ethan Watters. I found it via Boing Boing.
- This another one of those things that I thought could be a joke. However, there is such a thing as the Snuggie Sutra (it's like the Kama Sutra, but using snuggies). Here is a story on it from Time magazine. This is the official website, which does feature illustrations. And there is a book coming out in the fall. I may buy it just to put next to my copy of the Kama Sutra. I used to joke about who would buy a snuggie, but this may move me to get one too.
- Two books suggested by reviews from the BlogCritics site. One review is for the book The Scouting Party: Pioneering and Preservation, Progressivism and Preparedness in the Making of the Boy Scouts of America. I am an Eagle Scout ('88), and I am quite proud of the fact even if the organization, as of late, has taken some stances that I disagree with. A lot of the values I believe in today and my personal code of ethics and honor come from Scouting. This book comes out in time for the organization's 100th anniversary, and it looks at its early years. The second review is for the book Death: Corpses, Cadavers and Other Grave Matters. I am not as sure about this one since it seems awfully similar to Mary Roach's Stiff: the Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, which I want to read and seems better (at least from what I have heard). It may be interesting to read both and compare.
- (Update note: 7/29/10). I saw the book's authors interviewed in The Atlantic, and I knew I had to add it here right away. The book is Higher Education? How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids and What We Can Do About It (link to the book's website; book is due out in August 2010). The interview is worth reading as well. (Second update note for this book: 8/4/10): Here is another discussion of the book from Truth-out. This one is more critical of the book.