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Old 05-28-2002, 12:55 AM
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sadly I think the only movie they ever made was 'fountain head"... really wanted to see "atlas shrugged" filmed ...
think that was gregory peck in fountain head eh ?
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Old 05-28-2002, 12:56 AM
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I think folks should read more classics. I bet they don't even talk about the 19 Century in school any more.
I have probably read between 500 and a 1000 books so it's difficult to recall.

I loved Dracula, the original.
Walden or Waldens Pond may have changed me. I think everyone with a brain should read it.

The Naked Ape brought me to a more educated place on evolution.
Also Lucy, on a paleoentologist who discovered a 5 million yr old woman.

The Diary of Anne Frank, changed me.

Brave New Worlds

1984

Stranger in a Strange Land
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Old 05-28-2002, 01:02 AM
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well .... if nothing else.... looks like we'll have debate
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Old 05-28-2002, 03:44 AM
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You mean like the Scopes trial?
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Old 05-28-2002, 08:35 AM
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I read all the time, can't imagine going 20 years without reading. I find that different books speak to me at different ages. Sometimes when I reread them later, they seem less powerful. But at varying times in my life...these are some of the books that meant a lot to me:

1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest....Ken Kesey (also at that
(Sometimes a Great Notion)

2. Angle of Repose....Wallace Stegner

3. The Wall....John Hersey

4. The Accidental Tourist...Anne Tyler

5. Their Eyes Were Watching God...Zora Neale Hurston

6. A Confederacy of Dunces...John Kennedy Toole

I'm sticking with fiction this time. I could name more, but I'll stop.

Sharon
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Old 05-28-2002, 08:59 AM
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The Accidental Tourist...one of my favorite alltime books
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Old 05-28-2002, 10:34 AM
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The Accidental Tourist...one of my favorite alltime books
I liked the film a lot, as it was my first glimps of Jeena Davis.
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Old 05-28-2002, 01:34 PM
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well fellows guess I missed something.. whats wrong with ayns thoughts ?
Well, nothing is really wrong with them, I just do not agree with her on a lot of things! She obviously spent a long time formulating her philosophy and her books have been very influential...but I think her philosophy has achieved more of a cult status than anything else...sort of like L. Ron Hubbard. Her own personnel life is a testament to the impracticality of her philosophy.

I can't help but think that her writing, with it's "rational self interest" and views on Capitalism, was required reading for Enron executives...
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Old 05-28-2002, 05:07 PM
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Well maybe I did miss something.... I never followed her life... just read 2 of her books... besides atlas shrugged .. I read fountainhead..
The only thing I came away with were the dangers of too much goverment... nepotism... etc...
and maybe a loss of indivualism.

is it too late to retract atlas shrugged and substitute "candy"

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Old 05-29-2002, 12:04 AM
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Rondon - please don't retract Atlas Shrugged. I was going to list it if you hadn't.

Hard to limit it to five, but here are the ones I thought of right away:

1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
2. Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
3. Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
4. The Velveteen Rabbit (a children's book) by Margery Williams
5. Available Light by Marge Piercy (or any other of her poetry books)
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