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    Reading Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry, master story teller.

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    A reprint edition of High Tide at Gettysburg (1958) by Glenn Tucker. I sought a Gettysburg history for a general readership, with anecdotes and incidentals along with the tactical side of the story, and that's what Tucker wrote. The style is concise and fluid, and the chapters are broken up into subsections, which are about three pages long -- perfect for the casual reader. I am in the early chapters, which provide reportage of encounters between Pennsylvania villagers and the invading Southerners. A Pennsylvania Dutch farmer, seeing his prize mare being requisitioned for the South, said, "I've been married, sir, t'ree times, and I vood not geef dot mare for all dose voomans." (He got his mare back.) Other scenes depict the Southern boys making light of the scowling looks they were getting from women staring at them from windows. One yelled back that if they would speak their names, he would write them down, throw the paper into a water jug, and make vinegar.

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    Premonition by Michael Lewis.

    This is going to be about the covid pandemic. It's early days yet; we're only a few chapters in; but thus far it's riveting, like a great novel.

    This may be Lewis's best book.

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    I read the Golden Ass by Apuleius on my summer vacation. Can be found on Gutenberg.

    https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1666

    It moves at breakneck speed. It's quite the story. It's as funny as it is offensive. Great stuff.

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    Just finished William Faulkner's Sanctuary. I've started (about 1/4th into) Apollo's Arrow by Nicholas Christakis. Very interesting, frightening and appalling - it is about covid and mostly the US response.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrZoidberg View Post
    I read the Golden Ass by Apuleius on my summer vacation. Can be found on Gutenberg.

    https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1666

    It moves at breakneck speed. It's quite the story. It's as funny as it is offensive. Great stuff.
    Read it a few years ago. Fantasy fiction of the first century. A good read.

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    I picked up A History of Greece by John Bury yesterday (originally published in 1900). It covers Greece up until about 300 B.C., and the author intentionally made it a political history. For the price of a movie admission it'll be fun to poke around for a few hours.

    I also picked up The Constitution of Society by Anthony Giddens from Weldon a few weeks ago. I've flipped through it and am not as impressed as I thought I'd be, but it's a decent book. So far I'm enjoying my Weber titles a bit more.

    And related, as my shelving space fills up once again I'm debating getting some custom shelving units done in our basement, potentially filling a wall. A possible winter project.

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    I'm reading 6000 year old Sumerian religious hymns. Here's a good one. Religion has lost some of this old magic:

    Inanna spoke:
    "What I tell you
    Let the singer weave into song.
    What I tell you,
    Let it flow from ear to mouth,
    Let it pass from old to young:

    My vulva, the horn,
    The Boat of Heaven,
    Is full of eagerness like the young moon.
    My untilled land lies fallow.

    As for me, Inanna,
    Who will plow my vulva?
    Who will plow my high field?
    Who will plow my wet ground?

    As for me, the young woman,
    Who will plow my vulva?
    Who will station the ox there?
    Who will plow my vulva?"

    Dumuzi replied:
    "Great Lady, the king will plow your vulva.
    I, Dumuzi the King, will plow your vulva."

    Inanna:
    "Then plow my vulva, man of my heart!
    Plow my vulva!

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