Items about books I want to read, #40
Posted September 13, 2013on:
Well, we reached a big 4-0 on this semi-regular series of posts on items about books I want to read. Realistically, yes, I know I may not get to read everything I add to these TBR lists, but as any active reader will tell you, one keeps adding to the list anyhow. So, here are the additions this week.
Items about books I want to read:
- Via Boing Boing, a short review of Witch Doctor 2: Mal Practice. The reviewer describes this series as “a kind of Doctor Who for daemonism and the occult.” There is also a review for the first volume of the series, Witch Doctor: Under the Knife.
- Also via Boing Boing, a review of Thomas Willeford’s Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos: a Maker’s Guide to Creating Modern Artifacts. I am not sure I am going to embark on making something anytime soon, but it sounds like an interesting book to look over at least.
- I have always liked Taschen’s art books, especially ones for vintage advertising art. Via IO9, here is a small review of Magic 1400s-1950s. The book, according to the reviewer, “is just what it sounds like: an overview of magicians from late Medieval manuscripts to the period just after World War II.”
- AlterNet has some excerpts of the book The Last Gun: How Changes in the Gun Industry are Killing Americans and What It Will Take to Stop It by Tom Diaz.
- Woodclinched reviews the parody informational book How to Sharpen a Pencil, written by David Reeds and which has a foreword by John Hodgman. I am lukewarm at best about Hodgman’s other work; I have read a bit of his books, and to be honest I was not too impressed. But the subject of pencil sharpening, of all things, sounds like something I might take a chance on, so we’ll see.
- Mitch Daniels is the asshat that used to be governor of Indiana. He is now president of Purdue University (there goes the name of that school). It was recently revealed that he sought to censor opponents of his political views, including what he saw as liberal propaganda in public schools. One of those opponents was, to him anyhow, historian Howard Zinn. Daniels did his best to expunge Zinn’s book, A People’s History of the United States, out of Indiana’s schools. All that accomplished was to create more interest in Zinn’s book. Now, knowing that censorship is often a great form of publicity, another writer begs Mr. Daniels to try to censor him too by telling Mr. Daniels that his book is dangerous too (link to Common Dreams). The author is Peter Dreier, and his book is The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame. I am definitely adding both of the books to the list. If Republican member of the Party of Stupid Mitch Daniels hates them, well, then they must be good reading for the rest of us.
- A book on the con that companies run of basically turning full time employment into part-time low paying work with no benefits. This is the sort of thing that Wal-Mart has made popular and others are now emulating, destroying the U.S. economy in the process. Tom Dispatch featured a review and excerpt of Barbara Garson’s book Down the Up Escalator: How the 99% Live in the Great Recession.
- Via A Case for Suitable Treatment, a review of the Yen Press title Olympos, which is a Japanese manga take on classical Greek mythology.
- From Manga Bookshelf, a review of Sakuran, a manga about courtesans. The review does sound like it would make an interesting reading. This is published by Vertical.
- Via Big Think, a small review and highlight on a new graphic novel about the March on Washington, which recently had its 50th anniversary celebrated. The book, March: Book One (publisher link), is written by Congressman John Lewis. The book is part of a trilogy. Given my recent experience with the Civil Rights Tour that our college sponsored, I am very interested in this book.
Lists and bibliographies:
- Dirty Librarian had a good number of graphic novels in her July 2012 list. From this list, I did read the Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls volume.
- Book Riot has a list of “20 More Books to Steam Up Your Love Life.” Looking for alternatives to that 50 Shades book? You might find a thing or two here.
- Bob Sutton offers a list of “11 Books Every Leader Should Read: Updated.” I am not big on business leadership books, but there may be one or two here I might be interested in.
- Via ALA-GLBT Roundtable, their 2013 Over the Rainbow List of GLBT titles for adults. A hat tip to Lambda Literary.