1994 Christmas List,
The Civil War: Fort Sumter to Perryville, by
Shelby Foote, 1958. $31.50. The hard part of writing a massive
three-volume history of the Civil War is how to make battles endlessly
interesting. Mr. Foote succeeds.
- 2. Oh Phooey, also known as ``O Pshaw'' or
``Blackout''. A card game in the bridge family with simple rules,
but subtle play.
- 3. Miller Reserve Amber Ale. It is not so
much that this is good beer as that it is good beer made by a U.S.
mass producer. This is actually better than Heineken (if I may compare
an ale with a lager).
Capturing the Culture : Film, Art, and Politics,
by Richard Grenier, 1991. Movie reviews, many from
Commentary , that go to the politics and worldview of their
makers and viewers.
- 5. Folding fans. Being in Kyushu in
record summer heat showed us why samurai carried fans. Modern man,
dressed in jacket and tie, can find these low-tech devices useful
Galactic Effectuator , by Jack Vance, 1980. If
you haven't read Mr. Vance's science fiction, you are in for a treat.
Cracker Barrel restaurants. They are not just
dependable, but excellent Interstate food.
Post Captain , by Patrick O'Brien, 1972.
$10.36.Fascinating in plot, character, color, and vocabulary, and
there are 14 more books in the series, so it's worth the sampling
A Conflict of Visions , by Thomas Sowell, 1987.
$9.56. The dichotomy between unconstrained (perfectionist) and
constrained (economistical) visions of the world is surprisingly
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein , 1948.
$13.49. What would have happened had the mad scientist actually
succeeded in transplanting Costello's brain into the monster's body?
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