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Books and Authors

E. B.Image via WikipediaI mentioned before that I love to read books. Although still unemployed, and with lots of unused time, one might think that I've read lots of books. Here I want to mention some of the books that I'd like to read in the hopes that one of these days I will look at this entry and remember where I ought to begin.

I am partial to non-fiction, although I do, on occasion, read a decent novel. But my preferences for non-fiction center around technology, science, philosophy and biography. There are many other kinds of books I enjoy, too. I'm partial as well to essays. I love to read essays from wonderful writers about whatever topics they chose to write, even if a particular topic isn't something about which I might otherwise read.

My favorite essayists, in no particular order, follow. This because my mind and tastes change almost hourly, the only exception of which is E. B. White, whom I put above all other writers in this genre (as a poet he wasn't so good).
Books by these authors:

E. B. White

  1. One Man's Meat
  2. Writings from the New Yorker 1927-1976
  3. The Second Tree from the Corner
  4. Essays of E. B. White
Bertrand Russell
  1. Why I am not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects
  2. History of Western Philosophy
  3. Religion and Science
Joan Didion
  1. Slouching Towards Bethlehem
  2. We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live
  3. The Year of Magical Thinking
Annie Dillards
  1. Pilgram at Tinker Creek
  2. Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters
  3. An American Childhood
H. L. Mencken
  1. The Vintage Mencken
  2. Mencken Chrestomathy: His Own Selection of Choicest Writing


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