Monthly Archives: June 2011

27 – The Democratization of American Christianity by Nathan O. Hatch

Okay, I waited a couple of days to drop a big one on you. Here it is. Here’s the thing. We know that we Americans are ignorant about history. We know Americans are ignorant about religion. And, I would posit, … Continue reading

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#28 – Lunch Poems by Frank O’Hara

Does the design of this book cover look familiar to you at all? Perhaps it reminds you a little bit of this: But this is a list of books to read before you’re 30. Howl is for teenagers and college kids,* but Lunch … Continue reading

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#29 – The Night in Question by Tobias Wolff

Here’s one thing that’s changed for me in the last decade: I like short stories. I’d read Interpreter of Maladies and Dubliners and the odd Raymond Carver piece, and that was pretty much it. I’d try to read short stories, but they … Continue reading

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#30 – Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

I begin the book countdown with a must-read: Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi’s account of growing up in Iran — and elsewhere — during the Islamic revolution. Did this book give me a complete understanding of the intricacies of Iranian politics? No. … Continue reading

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