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The Lonely Sea: Collected Short Stories
Alistair MacLean
Her Benny
Silas K. Hocking
Vedere din Parfumerie
Silvia Kerim
Mysticism and Logic (Western Philosophy)
Bertrand Russell
The Analects of Confucious
Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking
William James
Does Anything Eat Wasps?: And 101 Other Unsettling, Witty Answers to Questions You Never Thought You Wanted to Ask
New Scientists Books Staff, New Scientist
Mutual Aid
Pyotr Kropotkin
City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
Olivia Fraser, William Dalrymple
The Brothers Karamazov
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

How To Live With Life

How To Live With Life - Reader's Digest Association, Arthur Gordon I hark, hark(!) for anthologies of essays on interesting topics, even if reading and reviewing them as a group at times seems impossible. This one...well, it's maddening that Reader's Digest was trying to reinforce Christianity and chastity in 1967, as the Vietnam war lacerated conventionality. The essays against sex come right before the essays about enjoying life of course. So it contains the memorable line "men who are having sex all the time are in fact not having enough sex", 20 pages before the essay "Pick More Daisies".

To give praise where it's due, it does contain an essay by Winston Churchill about the wonders of learning to work with oil paint for the first time. It has another good one about the joys of reading aloud and singing together. And its advice about generating and writing down ideas no matter where you are is how I generally do things. Then again, a lot of the book is educational pamphlets for more efficient American workers and salesmen. The difference between homily and homely is only a difference of "I". I invented that.