Thursday, March 23, 2006

This and that

We'll be at the Bart Ehrman lecture tonight—I've had Misquoting Jesus on my wish list since Ehrman was a guest on The Daily Show a few weeks back.

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"People tend to exaggerate, to others and to themselves, the number of books they have read - and no wonder. If we were to sit down at the age of 12 and work out how many books we could reasonably expect to read in our lifetime, the result would be terrifyingly small. Recommendations, therefore, are not to be made lightly. Having looked at these books again to write this, I feel I have to reread them all, they're so good. Whether you are interested in Russia by itself, or in the richness and strangeness of human life in general, time spent in these volumes will not, I promise, be wasted."

James Meek's Top Ten Books of Russia.

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Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog

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The top 1000 books owned by libraries. The Vindication of the Rights of Women is listed at 999; some crappy Patricia Cornwell is in 1000th place.

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