If books are food for thought, I'm hungry.
What're you having?
This list is just a sampling of the crazy books that catch my attention.
|How to Stay Alive in the
Originally published as Living off the Country, this book is one of the most useful wilderness survival books ever. Written in 1956 by Bradford Angier, everything still holds true. Angier wrote several books on the subject of wilderness survival and camping including the Art and Science of Taking to the Woods.
This book comes on all my camping and hiking trips.
|"A good rule is not to pass up any reasonable food sources if we are ever in need. There are many dead men who, through ignorance or fastidiousness, did."-Bradford Angier|
|Fart Proudly (Writings of
Benjamin Franklin You Never Read in School)
Edited by Carl Japikse but written by Benjamin Franklin this book contains letters, poems, and essays from Poor Richard's Almanac.
I read the entire book and laughed quite a bit.
|"He who lives upon Hope, dies Farting."- Benjamin Franklin|
|Learn to lose
This book is a parody of psychology books written by Dr. Chas. B. Psycho in 1937, This book's subtitle is: It's smart to be psychotic; how to profit from your quirks. Brought to you by the same people who gave us such classics as The Hussy's Handbook by Helen Brown Norden, You can't Take it With You by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, and Beds by Groucho Marx; this book is lots of fun.
I read the whole thing, its great fun.
|"The psychiatrist looks at life and pronounces it part dog, part alligator."-Dr. Chas. B. Psycho|
Lolita is the deifinitive story of an older man lusting for a young girl written by Vladimir Nabokov under the nom de plume Humbert Humbert. Nobokov was born in 1899 and in 1940 moved to the U.S. where he wrote this story. He died in 1977.
I read the last page on the last day of my last job in Rhode Island.
|"Every movement she made in the dappled sun plucked at the most secret and sensitive chord of my abject body."-H.H.|
Judith Tarr wrote this novel about a prince who exact revenge for his nephew's murder. The story takes place between the Second and Third Crusades in the Kingdom of Jerusalem. Judith Tarr has a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale and lives in Connecticut, she also wrote Ars Magica and The Hound and the Falcon trilogy.
I read and greatly enjoyed this entire story.
mult estes guariz,
Quant Dieu a vus fait sa clamur
Des Turs e des Amoraviz.
Ki lli unt fait tels deshenors...."-Judith Tarr
|The Hitchhiker's Guide to
the Galaxy trilogy
This trilogy that every sci-fi geek knows by heart is one of the best things I've read. The story follows the last surviving Earthling Arthur Dent through the dozens of strange adventures. The trilogy begins with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, followed by The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Life, the Universe and Everything, and So Long and Thanks for All the Fish. The author, Douglas Adams, also wrote Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and it's sequel, The long, Dark Tea-Time of the Soul.
I love British comedy- Monty Python, Are You Being Served...
I read all these books and very much enjoyed them.
|"Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-eight million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea."|
|The Illuminatus! trilogy
Written by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson, these books tell some crazy stories of Discordians and other strange people. The stories are very confusing but are a lot of fun to read. These books reveal the real Kennedy assassin, explain why there is a pyramid on the one dollar bill and really screw with your head. The Principia Discordia is mentioned and quoted throughout; this is the bible of the Discordians, people who really like Eris, the goddess who threw the golden apple into Zeus' party and started the Trojan War.
I have read all of the Illuminatus! and the Schrodinger's Cat trilogy books, as well as the Principia Discordia.
|"Did you know that there is a million
bucks hidden in the house next door?"
"But there is no house next door."
"No? Then let's go build one."-Marx
|The Complete Kama Sutra
Written by some old Indian guys and translated by Alain Danielou, this book reads like a textbook. At best. All of the interesting parts are confusingly described, and the rest of the tome is about personal hygiene and marriage. The last chapter contains spells and magic to find a partner or enlarge parts of the body. I wasn't expecting that, so at least it had a surprise ending.
I forced my way through the whole damn thing, so if I ever have to live in ancient India I'll know how to woo a woman properly.
|"If she likes to be astonished, he surprises her with conjuring tricks. If she is interested in the arts, he shows his skill, and if she loves music, he sings songs that enchant her ear."-Vatsyayana|
Written by Frederik Pohl who was born in 1919 and founded the Futurians. He also wrote The Way the Future Was and was editor of Galaxy magazine in the 1950s. If he is still alive he is in Chicago. This is a good story about a man who has been raised by aliens and returns to Earth. The story takes place in the future- New York City is half under water. Upon returning to Earth the young man finds that the gravity is lower than he is used to, so that's fun.
I read this about eleven years ago and it blew my mind.
|"The only difference between Sandy and any other young man his age, was that Sandy had been raised by aliens on their spaceship."-Frederik Pohl|
|Schrodinger's Kittens and
the Search for Reality
After I read the Illuminatus! trilogy I asked for Schrodinger's Cat for my birthday, I got this. This book is about quantum dynamics. The author, John Gribbin, actually made it understandable. At least I understood it, either I'm smarter than I think or quantum physics is less complicated than every one thinks.
I read this whole thing and now have a very interesting theory about the world. Ask me about it and I will enlighten you.
|"The special theory of relativity tells us that it is impossible to run alongside a beam of light at the same speed as the light is moving; relative to some chosen inertial frame, you can in principle get your own velocity up as close to the speed of light as you like without actually reaching it - but no matter how close you get, when you measure the speed of the light beam itself you will always get the answer c."-John Gribbin|
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