1989 Christmas List,
- 1. The microcassette recorder. GE or
Panasonic. I bought two,
one for my car, one for my jacket.
- 2. David Brin,
The Postman , $11.60 . The first steps in rebuilding
America after the Bomb. Arguably better than
which made my list last year.
- 3. Movie:
Lawrence of Arabia , $26.99 . Whether in the new
print or the
old. After seeing it, visit the sand dunes in Death Valley at night.
The Statistical Abstract of the United States ,
$29.95 . A
good way to make your conversation more interesting. Did you know
that the membership of the average church rose from 359 in 1960 to
413 in 1985?
See also the
- 5. William Manchester,
The Last Lion: Alone, 1932-40 , $6.80. The
second volume of his Churchill biography. The first is good too, as
is his Macarthur biography.
- 6. Mike Royko,
Dr. Kookie, You're Right! . His latest
collection of columns. Dumb politics and smart satire, as usual.
- 7. H.L. Mencken
Happy Days , $12.76 . Essays about growing up in
Baltimore. Funny, and good social history.
- 8. Jack Vance,
Showboat World. A 1975 science fiction novel, up
Vance's usual high standard.
- 9. P.J. O'Rourke,
Holidays in Hell . His best book by far.
Hilarious chapters on Korea, Lebanon, South Africa, and Europe by a
reactionary chauvinist party animal.
10. Eric Rasmusen,
Games and Information . No home should be
without a copy.
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