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This, too, is a pretty great book ...

 

I actually just got back from visiting the Nuclear museum in New Mexico. As you would imagine, there is a section on Hiroshima/Nagasaki as well as replicas of Fat Man and Little Boy. Pretty amazing seeing how small they really are to be able to cause that much damage. Seems like the museum was trying to be balanced in showing the arguments for and against dropping the bombs. Anyways, I'm interested in checking this out.

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I actually just got back from visiting the Nuclear museum in New Mexico. As you would imagine, there is a section on Hiroshima/Nagasaki as well as replicas of Fat Man and Little Boy. Pretty amazing seeing how small they really are to be able to cause that much damage. Seems like the museum was trying to be balanced in showing the arguments for and against dropping the bombs. Anyways, I'm interested in checking this out.

The criticism of the book is that it is not balanced. I didn't think it needed to be though; to me it was non-political. It is really good reporting on what it was like for a small group of people living in Hiroshima at the time. Most editions have an additional section from the mid-1980s where Hersey went back and followed up on the people that were in the original piece.

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Reading this currently:

 

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And not enjoying it as much as I want to. I feel like while heartfelt, a good portion of it is just seeing how much random and obscure music he can reference.

 

I don't know. I'm already halfway done with it and really just want to get through it. Not horribly written or anything, I guess I'm just really not connecting with the tragicness of it on an emotional level.

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Reading this currently:

 

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And not enjoying it as much as I want to. I feel like while heartfelt, a good portion of it is just seeing how much random and obscure music he can reference.

 

I don't know. I'm already halfway done with it and really just want to get through it. Not horribly written or anything, I guess I'm just really not connecting with the tragicness of it on an emotional level.

I tried reading his follow-up to that one, "Talking to Girls about Duran Duran." The title alone made me giddy, but the book seem uninspired. Didn't come close to finishing it.

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My "To Read" list has exploded lately. I recently saw the Replacements documentary, which made me want to reread this:

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Meanwhile, I just finished this:

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And am in the middle of this:

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Both of those were from the library. I also got "At Home" from the library, but had to take it back before I was finished.

 

Then today I bought this:

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and this:

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Recently:

 

Paul Murry's Skippy Dies

Rick Bragg's All over but the shoutin'

Jennifer Eagan's A Visit from the Goon Squad

 

 

 

 

Now:

 

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I didn't allow myself to be exposed to any of it's content until now and I'm really enjoying it.

It's nice to hear that voice again.

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Just finished: Chuck Klosterman IV

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Really enjoyed it. He sensibilities and life experiences seem to coincide with my own so much it is scary. Great AGiB-era Wilco story, too.

 

Just picked up: The Pale King - DFW

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Can't wait to get started. (really sad there will be no more...)

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I've never been a big Civil War buff but a few weeks ago my family and I were near Gettysburg and we swung through for a visit. Man, it was a pretty intense visit. I'm not ready to be a reenactor or anything but I feel like I definitely need to know and read more about it.

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I've never been a big Civil War buff but a few weeks ago my family and I were near Gettysburg and we swung through for a visit. Man, it was a pretty intense visit. I'm not ready to be a reenactor or anything but I feel like I definitely need to know and read more about it.

 

 

Love this book. One of my favorites.

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I like it. I had read some of the stories about 20 years ago, then lost the book, but picked up another copy recently. He's definitely a talented writer.

 

Are you a fan?

 

Yes.

 

I have studied his life for years. I have been to his hometown and grave site.

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Yes.

 

I have studied his life for years. I have been to his hometown and grave site.

It's funny - I got home last night and one of my neighbors had dropped off a whole pile of music magazines. There was a copy of MOJO that Tom Waits had edited. In it Waits lists his favorite books, and the first one on the list was Pancake's.

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It's funny - I got home last night and one of my neighbors had dropped off a whole pile of music magazines. There was a copy of MOJO that Tom Waits had edited. In it Waits lists his favorite books, and the first one on the list was Pancake's.

 

You should get this book and read it:

 

A Room Forever: The Life, Work, Letters Of Breece D'J Pancake [Paperback]

Thomas E. Douglass

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