1991 Christmas List,
- 1. The Next computer. Twenty files in RAM are
accessible at the flick of a mouse, I can speed like lightning through
a text file, and I can preview TeX files before I print them. Maybe an
Apple is as good, but this mouse-based system is a revelation to an
IBM user like me.
- 2. Winston Churchill.
Great Contemporaries. 1937. Churchill supported
himself by writing for magazines, and this is a collection of his
pieces. He knew every politician and could write better than any
- 3. Guzano Rojo Mezcal. Tasting this liquor, made
from century plants, makes me think of the desert liquefied.
- 4. Dick Francis novels. Francis has written an immense number
of adventure novels:
Long Shot ,
Blood Sport ,
Banker, and more. They are full of interesting
ways of life (often connected with horse-racing), and the protagonist
is always a likable guy.
- 5. Desert roads in the Mohave. Go to Randsburg or
Johannesburg, and wander around in the desert past old mine shafts and
through the desert tortoise country.
- 6. Sopapillas. These are a New Mexico staple---
deep-fried bread, I think--- that I discovered driving across country.
They don't serve Mexican food there---it's New
- 7. Richard Kluger.
Simple Justice , 823 pages, $20.00, 1975. A
history of Brown v. Board of Education and the
litigation leading up to it.
- 8. Reader's Digest.
Back to Basics: How to Learn and Enjoy Traditional American
Skills. $18.87, 1981. A practical guide on how to
build a log cabin, bake bread, tan hides, and make brooms, with a
mixture of the modern and the colonial.
- 9. James Clavell.
Tai-Pan . $6.39,1966. A novel about the founding
of Hong Kong that pulls the reader along irresistably. Like
Lord of the Rings , it gives you the feeling that the
author has five times as much material as he needs and has chosen
only the best.
- 10. William Riker.
The Art of Political Manipulation $14.00, 152
pages, 1986. A series of political stories of agenda manipulation
and rivals forced into corners, interpreted carefully and
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