I have been reading The View From Serendip, by Arthur C. Clarke. This is a fantastic collection of stories and articles written back in the 1970s with uncanny predictions of what would be. Remember he wrote 2001: A Space Odessey and 2010 in addition to Childhood's End and others. In the 1940s he outlined how communication satellites would circle the globe.
He lives in Sri Lanka, once Ceylon and also known as Serendip. The word "serendipity" comes from that origin.
I highly recommend it. He mentions and refers to Ray several times.
Besides the aforementioned, I listened to an audio book of Wodehouse's "Th Cat-Nappers" which was up to his usual hilarious standards.
Well into another audio book now: "A Walk Through The Woods" by Bill Bryson.
I always enjoy his writing; a good way to learn things (in this case, about the Appalachian Trail) and have a good laugh as well!
Finished the Bryson. Great.
About halfway through the Lencioni. Insightful, and, because of my work environment, discouraging.
About to start "The Pillars of the Earth", by Ken Follett; this on the recommendation of acouple of Board Members, so to speak...
I re-read "Pillars of the Earth" a couple of months ago. I loved it even more the second time. I have to admit that it is the only Ken Follet book I have actually liked. (Although I haven't read them all.)
"We burn them to ashes and then burn the ashes That's our official motto."
Sundance, you are a veritable reading machine. Now, when is there time enough to get all of those pages turned? Between customers? On your lunch hour? While family is trying to converse with you at breakfast? Or in the big walk-in safe?
Here: A World Lit Only by Fire (Wm. Manchester), & re-reading 2 titles - Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl, and Night Flight (Antoine de St. Exupery).
Butch, I do listen to some of these while working in the yard or driving. Otherwise, I do have to find the time.
Here's a recent photo with some planned Summer reading stacked there behind me...
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Bingo!! How are the new soft contact lenses working out?
You not only look a lot like Alfred E. Neuman, you also resemble Burgess Meredith a great deal!
Why is life so ironic and this story so poignant that neatly everyone is struck by the message that one can only wish for something, but should be prepared to deal with whatever the fates decide to through at you. This story might not work so well today, what if he had had Lasik?
What if he had a friend named Lenny who wanted to hear again about the rabbits?
“Tell again about the rabbits, George.”
Alas! Poor Lon, er, uh, Lenny!
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I wish I knew him, Braling II, a fellow of infinite sadness and talent. Who knows “what dreams may come?”
I just picked up a copy of Walpuski's Typewriter by Frank Darabont. Why? Because he did a pretty good job of directing The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile AND he is on board to direct the new version of F451.
John King Tarpinian
You know what you are, Mr. Bradbury? ... You are a poet! -- Aldous Huxley
And that's what we call an understatement!
I finished "Pillars Of The Earth". I must say it's action-packed. Seeems like one crisis after another. The characters ar interesting and well-developed. Some of the writing is a bit too graphic and some is downright pornographic, though. Lots of insight into medieval culture, though the author has embraced some popular misconceptions of same. Very interesting descriptions of cathedral construction. I did find myself wanting to get back to the story and see what was going to happen!
I think I need something like P.G. Wodehouse now...
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