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elevated priorities

(This looks like a Ross Perot prioritization.   I need a lot more sophisticated priority scheme... but simple.     :B-)

Mark Lutz 1996, 2006, 2010 _Programming Python_ (1,550 pages; 28.8MB)

Frances A. Carey 1987, 1992 _Organic Chemistry_ (1,200 pages)

Mark Ryan 2016 _Geometry for Dummies_ (390 pages; 516)


Samuel Arbesman 2013 _The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date_ (253 pages; 2.2MB; 501)


James Scott Bell 2004 _Write Great Fiction: Plot and Structure_ (235 pages; 726KB; 808.394)

Bob Benmosche, Peter Marks & Valerie Handy 2016 _Good for the Money: My Fight to Pay Back the USA_ (270 pages; 368.0092)

Michael R. Beschloss 2002 _The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman, and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany 1941-1945_ (940.53144)

Carl Alfred Lanning Binger 1966 _Revolutionary Doctor: Benjamin Rush 1746-1813_ (326 pages; biography)

Philip Birnbaum 2003 _The PassOver Haggadah_ (296.437 large)

Bill Bishop 2009 _The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart_ (384 pages; 305.8073)

Edwin Black 1984, 2012 _The Transfer Agreement: The Dramatic Story of the Pact Between the 3rd Reich & Jewish Palestine_ (542 pages; 19.6MB; 943.0049)

Edwin Black 2003, 2012 _War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a Master Race_ (592 pages; 8MB; 363.67 Ft.Braden + Jax + NE + Woodville)

Max Boot 2013 _Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present_ (784 pages; 22MB; 355.0218)

Morton Borden 1967 _Parties and Politics in the Early Republic 1789-1815_ (115 pages; 973)

Andrew G. Bostom 2013 _The Mufti's Islamic Jew-Hatred_ (88 pages; 682KB)

Henry William Brands 1999 _Masters of Enterprise: From John Jacob Astor and J.P. Morgan to Bill Gates and Opra Winfrey_ (338.092 NE)

Shareen Blair Brysac & Karl Ernst Meyer 2009 _KingMakers: The Invention of the Modern Middle East_ (507 pages; 956.04)

Patrick Joseph Buchanan 1998 _The Great Betrayal: How American Sovereignty and "Social Justice" Are Being Sacrificed to the Gods of the Global Economy_ (380 pages; 337.73)

Patrick Joseph Buchanan 2006 _State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of the USA_ (320 pages; 491KB; 325.73)

Patrick Joseph Buchanan 2010 _The Death of the West: How Dying Populations and Immigrant Invasions Imperil Our Country and Civilization_ (320 pages; 530KB; 306.0973)

Edmund Burke 1872, 2003, 2009 _Reflections on the Revolution in France_/_Reflections on the French Revolution_ (944.04)


Thomas Cahill 2003 _Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Are Important_ (909.09821)

Thomas Cahill 2006 _Mysteries of the Middle Ages_ (909.07)

Susan Cain 2012 _Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking_ (155.232 large)

Christopher Caldwell 2009, 2010 _Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West_ (420 pages; 919KB; 304.8088)

Bryan Douglas Caplan 2007 _The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies_ (280 pages; 320.6)

Frances A. Carey 1987, 1992 _Organic Chemistry_

Nicholas Carr 2010 _The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains_ (276 pages; 612.80285)

Marilyn Chase 2004 _The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco_ (276 pages; 362.1)

Evgenii Vasilievich Chernenko 1983 _The Scythians 700BCE-300BCE_ (40 pages; 355)

Gilbert Keith Chesterton 1922, 1927, 2000 _Eugenics and Other Evils: An Argument Against the Scientifically Organized State_ (246 pages; 824)

Winston Spencer Churchill _The Great Republic: An History of America_ (973)

Jim Coburn 2015 _Opequon Creek: Early Settlers of the Shenandoah Valley_ (76 pages; 360KB)

Robin George Collingwood & J.N.L. Myres 1937, 1994 _Roman Britain_ (936.104; NE)

Paul Collins 2013 _The Birth of the West: Rome, Germany, France, and the Creation of Europe in the 10th Century_ (498 pages; 3.1MB; 940.144)

Rebecca Costa 2010 _The WatchMan's Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction_ ()

Ann Coulter 2015 _Adios, America: The Left's Plan to Turn the USA into a 3rd World Hell Hole_ (392 pages; 325.73)

Ann H. Coulter 2003 _Slander: Leftist Lies about the American Right_ (256 pages; 320.52)

Ann H. Coulter 2004 _Treason: Leftist Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism_ (355 pages; 320.513)


David G. Dalin, John F. Rothmann & Alan Dershowitz 2008, 2009 _Icon of Evil: Hitler's Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam_ (240 paes; 1.3MB)

Lewis Dartnell 2014 _The Knowledge: How to ReBuild Our World from Scratch_ (340 pages; 500)

Richard Dawkins 2004, 2005 _The Ancestor's Tale_ (670 pages; 576.8)

William Deresiewicz 2014 _Excellent Sheep: The MisEducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life_ (245 pages; 1.3MB; 378.73)

Cory Doctorow 2014 _Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age_ (192 pages; 725KB; 301)

Rob R. Dunn 2011 _The WildLife of Our Bodies_ (290 pages; 579.17)

Kathleen DuVal 2015 _Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution_ (430 pages; 973.3)


Diana L. Eck 2001 _A New Religious America: How a "Christian Country" Has Become the World's Most Religiously Diverse Nation_ (400 pages; 200.973)>

Allan W. Eckert 2001 _The Frontiersmen: A Narrative_ (Winning of America #1; 626 pages; 917.3)

Jon Entine 2007 _Abraham's Children: Race, Identity, and the DNA of the Chosen People_ (432 pages; 305.8924)

Nancy Etcoff 1999, 2011 _Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty_ (337 pages; 4.4MB; 391.6)

Harold Evans 2004 _They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine: 2 Centuries of Inventors_ (609.2273)


Brian Murray Fagan 2011 _The First North Americans_ (970.00497)

Brian Murray Fagan 2007 _The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History 1300-1850_ (270 pages; 4.2MB; 551.694)

Bruce S. Feiler 8888 _Where God Was Born: A Daring Adventure Through the Bible's Greatest Stories_ (200.956 hard + cassette + CD)

David Feldman & Kassie Schwan 1992 _When Did Poodles Roam the Earth?_ (031.02)

Robert Ferguson 2009 _The Vikings_ (948.022)

Alice K. Flanagan _The Shawnee_ (973.04973)

Daniel J. Flynn 2004 _Why the Left Hates America_ (306.0983)

Brenda Fowler 2000 _Iceman: Uncovering the Life and Times of a Prehistoric Man Found in an Alpine Glacier_ (313 pages; 937)

Joseph Stewart Fruton 1992 _A Skeptical BioChemist_ (330 pages; 574.192)

Francis Fukuyama 1992, 2006 _The End of History and the Last Man_ (464 pages; 826KB; 901)

Chuck Fulkerson _The Shawnee_ (973.04973 junior)

John H. Fund 2004 _Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy_ (173 pages; 324.973)


Foster Gamble & Kimberly Carter 2012 _Thrive: The World Is Waking Up, What on Earth Will It Take_ (DVD)

Jeffrey E. Garten 2016 _From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization through 10 ExtraOrdinary Lives_ (444 pages; 337.109)

Dave Gaubatz & Chris Gaubatz _Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret UnderWorld That's Conspiring to Islamize America_ (422 pages; 320.557)

Klaus Gensicke & Alexander Fraser Gunn 2007, 2011 _The Mufti of Jerusalem and the Nazis: The Berlin Years_ (301 pages)

Bill Gertz 2006 _Enemies: How America's Foes Steal Our Vital Secrets—and How We Let it Happen_ (300 pages; 2.8MB; 327.120973)

Julian B. Gewirtz 2016, 2017 _Unlikely Partners: Red Chinese "Reformers", Western Economists, and the Making of Global Red China_ (389 pages; in acquisition)

Ian Goldin 2011 _Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped Our World and Will Define Our Future_ (371 pages; 304.8)

Adam M. Grant & Sheryl Sandberg 2016 _Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World_ (330 pages; 1.7MB; 153.35)

Adam M. Grant 2013, 2014 _Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success_ (320 pages; 1.4MB; 158.2 East)

Michael Grant 1971, 1985 _Atlas of Ancient History_ (930)

Michael Grant 1982 _From Alexander to Cleopatra: The Hellenistic World_ (319 pages; 909)

Michael Grant 1973 _The Jews in the Roman World_ (347 pages; 301.45)

Michael Grant 1994 _Constantine the Great_ (267 pages; 937.08092)

Michael Grant 1982 _Readings in the Classical Historians_ (685 pages; 938)

Michael Grant 1982 _Greek & Latin Authors 800BCE-1000CE_ (685 pages; 938)

William Greider 1998 _One World Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism_ (330.122)

Rene Grousset & Naomi Walford 1970, 1991 _The Empire of the Steppes: An History of Central Asia_ (687 pages; 958)


John Lawrence Hammond 1952 _Gladstone and Liberalism_ (210 pages; biography)

Max Hastings 2016 _The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939-1945_ (640 pages; 40MB; 940.5485)

Michael Hayden 2016 _Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror_ (440 pages; 327.1273)

Philip J. Haythornthwaite 1991 _Invincible Generals: Gustavus Adolphus, Marlborough, Frederick the Great, George Washington, Wellington_ (240 pages; 355.009)

Matthew Hertenstein 2013 _The Tell: The Little Clues That Reveal Big Truths about Who We Are_ (153.69)

James Hillman 1996 _The Soul's Code: Character, Calling, and Fate_ (330 pages; 150)

Tom Holland 2015 _Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar_ (500 pages; 90MB; 937.97)

Tom Holland 2005 _Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic_ (408 pages; 937.05)

David Horowitz & Richard Poe 8888 _The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton, and Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party_ (324.2736)

Daniel Walker Howe 2009 _What Hath God Wrought: the Transformation of America 1815-1848_ (928 pages; 973.5)

Kay S. Hymowitz 2012 _Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys_ (240 pages; 155.332)


Thomas Jefferson, Edwin Morris Betts & Peter J. Hatch 2001 _Thomas Jefferson's Garden Book_ (766)

Anthony James Joes 2004 _America and Guerrilla Warfare_ (432)

Paul Johnson 1972 _The OffShore Islanders: England's People from Roman Occupation to the Present_ (942)

Dan Jones 2013, 2014 _The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England_ (561 pages; 12.9MB; 942.0309)

Titus Flavius Josephus & William Whiston 1987 _The Works of Josephus: Complete and UnAbridged_ (925 pages; 909.0492)

Titus Flavius Josephus & G.A. Williamson 2015 _The Jewish War_ (933)


John Anderson Kay 2015 _Other People's Money: The Real Business of Finance_ (340 pages; 6.6MB; 332)

Lawrence H. Keeley 1996 _War before Civilization: The Myth of the Peaceful Savage_ (272 pages; 1.849MB)

Brian Kilmeade & Don Yaeger 2015 _Thomas Jefferson and The Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History_ (249 pages; 12MB; 973.46092)

Jonathan Kirsch 1998 _Moses: A Life_ (415 pages; 222)

Jonathan Kirsch 2004, 2005 _God against the Gods: The History of the War between MonoTheism and PolyTheism_ (336 pages; 291.14)

Aaron E. Klein 1986 _The Men Who Built the RailRoads_ (111 pages; 385.097)

Aaron J. Klein 2005 _Striking Back: The 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and Israel's Deadly Response_ (256 pages; 364.152)

Alfred J. Kolatch 1987 _The Concise Family Seder_ (296.437)

Shepard Krech iii 1999, 2000 _The Ecological Indian: Myth and History_ (315 pages; 333.7089)

Edward Kritzler 2008 _Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved Out an Empire in the New World in Their Quest for Treasure, Religious Freedom... and Revenge_ (972.9004924)


Nicholas Lemann 1999 _The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy_ (406 pages; 371.26)

Bernard Lewis 1995 _The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2K Years_ (433 pages; 956)

Bernard Lewis 2003, 2004 _From Babel to Dragomans: Interpreting the Middle East_ (438 pages; 956)

Bernard Lewis 2003, 2004 _The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror_ (224 pages; 297.72)

David Levering Lewis 2008, 2009 _God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe 570-1215_ (400 pages; 1.6MB; 940.1)

David Limbaugh 2012 _The Great Destroyer: Barack Hussein Obummer's War on the Republic_ (973.932)

David Limbaugh 2003 _Persecution: How Leftists Are Waging War Against Christianity_ (400 pages; 323.442)

John Locke, George Berkeley, David Hume 1974 _The Empiricists_ (517 pages; 192)

Jonathan Lyons 2013 _The Society for Useful Knowledge: How Benjamin Franklin and Friends Brought the Enlightenment to America_ (220 pages; 973.3)


Michelle Malkin & John Miano 2015 _Sold Out: How High-Tech Billionaires & BiPartisan BeltWay CarpWeasels Are [Destroying] America's Best & Brightest Workers_ (480 pages; 10.6MB)

Michelle Malkin 2009, 2010 _Culture of Corruption: Obummer and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies_ (386 pages; 1.005MB; 973.932)

John Mathews & James Field 1988 _Warriors of Christendom: Charlemagne, El Cid, Barbarossa, Richard LionHeart_ (940.14)

Norman Matloff 2011 _The Art of R Programming_ ()

Eric Matthes 2015 _Python Crash Course: A Hands-On, Project-Based Introduction to Programming_ (560 pages; 89MB)

Louis Menand 2001, 2002 _The MetaPhysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America_ (540 pages; 4.6MB; 973.9)

Philip Meneely 2009 _Advanced Genetic Analysis: Genes, Genomes and Networks in Eukaryotes_ (542)

Maria Rosa Menocal 2002, 2009 _The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain_ (336 pages; 1.7MB; 946.02)

Joris Meys and Andrie de Vries _R for Dummies_ ()

Michael Moran 2012 _The Reckoniing: Debt, Democracy, and the Future of American Power_ (242 pages; 330.973)

Charles Murray 2014 _The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead: Dos and Don'ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living a Good Life_ (140 pages; 650.1)

Charles Murray 2003, 2009 _Human Accomplishment: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences 800BC to 1950_ (680 pages; 6.9MB; 908.79; dup of entry in history)

Charles Murray 2016 _In Our Hands: A Plan to Eradicate the Illfare State_ (214 pages; 798KB; 361.6)

Charles Murray 2015 _By the People: ReBuilding Liberty without Permission_ (300 pages; 320.5)

George Musser 2015 _Spooky Action at a Distance: The Phenomenon That ReImagines Space and Time... And What It Means for Black Holes, the Big Bang, and Theories of Everything_ (286 pages; 530.11)


Moises Naim 2014 _The End of Power: From BoardRooms to BattleFields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn't What It Used to Be_ (320 pages; 303.3)

Sylvia Nasar 2011 _The Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius_ (550 pages; 330.15092)

National Geographic 1984 _Exploring America's Valleys: From the Shenandoah to the Rio Grande_ (199 pages; 917.3)

Chuck Norris 8888 _Black Belt Patriotism_ ()

John Julius Norwich 2015 _Sicily: An Island at the CrossRoads of History_ (362 pages; 945.8)


Patrick K. O'Donnell 2016 _Washington's Immortals: The UnTold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution_ (973.332)

James O'Keefe 2013 _BreakThrough: Our Guerilla War to Expose Fraud and Save Democracy_ ()

Michael B.A. Oldstone 1998 _Viruses, Plagues, and History_ (211 pages; 614.57)

Laurie O'Neill _The Shawnees_ (977.145111)


Lynn Pan 1990, 1994 _Sons of the Yellow Emperor: An History of the Chinese Diaspora_ (408 pages; 951.004924)

Robert E. Parker 1994 _Flesh Peddlers and Warm Bodies: The Temporary Help Industry and Its Workers_ ()

lieutenant-colonel Robert Patterson 2003 _Dereliction of Duty: The EyeWitness Account of How Bill Clinton Compromised National Security_ (216 pages; 355)

Charles Perrow 1984 _Normal Accidents: Living with High Risk Technologies_ (363.1)

Jeffrey Pfeffer 2015 _Leadership BS: Fixing WorkPlaces and Careers One Truth at a Time_ (250 pages; 658.4092)

Philo Judaeus of Alexandria & Charles Duke Yonge 1993 _The Works of Philo: Complete and UnAbridged_ (918 pages; 181.06)

Michael Pillsbury 2015 _The Hundred Year Marathon: Red China's Secret Strategy to Replace the USA as the Global SuperPower_ (366 pages; 327.112)

Paul Zane Pilzer & Robert Deitz 1989 _Other People's Money: The Inside Story of the S&L Mess_ (332.32)

Norman Podhoretz 2002 _The Prophets: Who They Were, What They Are_ (400 pages; 224.06)

Kirsten Powers 2015 _The Silencing: How the Left Is Killing Free Speech_ (280 pages; 323.4430973)


Charles Rappleye 2010 _Robert Morris: Financier of the American Revolution_ (973.3092)

Katherine E. Register & Steven A. le Blanc 2013 _Constant Battles: The Myth of the Peaceful, Noble Savage_ (290 pages; 3.9MB)

Richard M. Restak 2001 _Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot: UnLeashing Your Brain's Potential_ (215 pages; 612.8)

Matt Ridley 2010 _Genome: The AutoBiography of a Species in 23 Chapters_ (599.935)

Wayne Allyn Root 2010 _The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold and Tax Cuts_ ()

Wayne Allyn Root 1997 _The Joy of Failure: How to Fail Your Way to the Top_ ()

Wayne Allyn Root 2005 _Millionaire Republican: Why Rich Republicans Get Rich and How You Can Too!_ ()


Peter Schweizer 2013 _Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets_ (320.973 NE)

Lee Smith 2010 _The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations_ (239 pages; 956.05)

Richard Norton Smith 1993, 1997 _Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation_ (440 pages; biography Jax+BLPerry)

Richard Norton Smith & Douglas Brinkley 2000 _Who's Buried in Grant's Tomb: A Tour of Presidents' GraveSites_ (220 pages; 973.0999)

Edward James Stackpole & Wilbur S. Nye 1961 _Sheridan in the Shenandoah: Jubal Early's Nemesis_ (Hunter flees before Early; battle of Winchester/Opequon; 413 pages; 973.7 S775)

Rodney Stark 2009 _God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades_ (276 pages; 909.07)

Rodney Stark 2005 _The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success_ (281 pages; 270)

Dale J. Stephens 2013 _Hacking Your Education: Ditch the Lectures, Save Tens of Thousands, and Learn More Than Your Peers Ever Will_ (200 pages; 454KB; 371.3943)

David A. Stockman 2013 _The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in the USA_ (743 pages; 330.973)

James Surowiecki 2005 _The Wisdom of Crowds_ (303.38)


Joseph Telushkin 2000 _The Book of Jewish Values: A Day-by-Day Guide to Ethical Living_ (544 pages; 296.6)

Joseph Telushkin 2010 _Jewish Literacy_ (804 pages; 1.3MB; 296)

Joseph Telushkin 2003 _The 10 Commandments of Character: Essential Advice for Living an Honorable, Ethical, Honest Life_ (296.36)

Phililp E. Tetlock & Dan Gardner 2015 _SuperForecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction_ (303.49)

John Truby 2007 _The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master StoryTeller_ (808.543)

Donald J. Trump, Meredith McIver, Sharon Lechter & Robert T. Kiyosaki 2006 _Why We Want You to Be Rich: 2 Men, 1 Message_ (332.024)

Barbara Wertheim Tuchman 1956, 1984, 2011 _Bible and Sword: England and Palestine from the Bronze Age to Balfour_ (412 pages; 1.8MB; 941)


Linda J. Waite & Maggie Gallagher 2002 _The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially_ (272 pages; 547KB; 306.81)

Steven Waldman 2009 _Founding Faith: How Our Founding Fathers Forged a Radical New Approach to Religious Liberty_ /_Founding Faith: Providence, Politics, and the Birth of Religious Freedom_ (277 pages; 323.44)

Jack McIver Weatherford 1997 _The History of Money: From SandStone to CyberSpace_ (332.49)

Lilyan Wilder 1999, 2008 _7 Steps to Fearless Speaking_ (227 pages; 2.5MB; 808.51)

Ann Williams 2003 _Aethelred the Unready: The Ill-Counselled King_ (263 pages; 942.017)

David Williamson 1998 _The National Portrait Gallery History of the Kings and Queens of England_ (128 pages; 941.0099 Reference)

Derek Wilson 2006, 2014 _Charlemagne: Barbarian and Emperor_ (256 pages; 3.7MB; biography)

Christopher D. Winan 2013 _Adventures in 3D Printing: Limitless Possibilities and Profit Using 3D Printers_ (390 pages; 36MB)

Betty Wood 1997 _The Origins of American Slavery_ (132 pages; 973.2)

Michael Wood 1987, 2015 _In Search of the Dark Ages_ (288 pages; 3.3MB; 942.01)


Alfred Fabian Young, Ray Raphael & Gary Nash 2011 _Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation_ (452 pages; 973.3)


Mitchell Zuckoff & the Annex Security Team 2014 _13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi [from the POV of the security team there]_ (332 pages; 9.5MB; 363.32509612)

(books & articles I've read, with ratings)

Computer-Wrangling       Economics      


Science       Fiction      
Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, History, etc. (part 1)       Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, History, etc. (part 2)      

Religion, etc.      

Leadership and Management       Career-Planning, Employment, Job Hunting


2008 readings       2009 readings       2010 readings       2011 readings       2012 readings

2013 readings       2014 readings

  "In the shop window, you have promptly identified the cover with the title you were looking for.   Following this visual trail, you have forced your way through the shop past the thick barricade of Books You Haven't Read, which were frowning at you from the tables & shelves, trying to cow you.   But you know you must never allow yourself to be awed...   but then you are attacked by the infantry of   Books That If You Had More Than 1 Life You Would Certainly Also Read But Unfortunately Your Days Are Numbered...   you come up beneath the towers of the fortress, where other troops are holding out: the   Books You've Been Planning to Read For Ages, the   Books You've Been Hunting For Years Without Success, the   Books Dealing With Something You're Working On At The Moment, the   Books You Want To Own So They'll Be Handy Just In Case, the   Books You Could Put Aside To Maybe Read This Summer..." --- Italo Calvino 1979 _If On a Winter's Night a Traveler_ (quoted in David Shenk 1997 _Data Smog_ pg 26)  


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