- The music of 1776 and the availability of the film on Netflix’s Instant Queue.
- My four awesome nephews.
- Pie (nephews are technically tied with pie)
- Essays about John Winthrop
- Books about Lyndon Johnson
- Raps about Alexander Hamilton
- The local library/local art museum
- Art museum docenting
- Great art like the Mona Lisa or the music of Squeeze
- The not low number of similarities between Rutherford B. Hayes and Jimmy Carter
- The page of The Grapes of Wrath I’ve read this week.
- William Seward
- Literacy and a huge ego
- Books about John Adams
- Everything and television
Archive for November, 2009
Alternate Kennedys edited by Mike Resnik. If you are a fan of the Kennedys, science fiction and alternate history, you will enjoy this book. I did not, but I only like one thing* on that list. Personally, I fail to see how something can be called alternate history if in almost every story, Kennedy is still assassinated. And preposterously enough, by Joe Kennedy Jr.
*”What if the Germans had won the war, Lemon?”
1960 LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon: The Epic Campaign That Forged Three Presidents by David Pietrusza. I read this at the beginning of the year and it’s still my favorite book so far. It’s engaging and rich with fascinating details, which makes for a great reread. I especially loved the discussion of the Nixon/Kennedy debates. Instead of the usual “Nixon was better on the radio, but Kennedy was better on TV,” the book describes a pre debate Kennedy being injected with a mixture of vitamins and animal placentas. So, that’s really why Kennedy won with TV viewers.