1996 Christmas List
Other Good Things of 1996 that I didn't put on my list:
What's Right, by David Frum, 1996. $9.60. A collection of his
magazine articles on politics and culture. Lots of apt phrases and good ideas, and
inspiration for the rest of us to try to write so well.
The Hercule Poirot Mystery TV series, $20 per episode,
1992. Agatha Christie is not half so good on paper, maybe because much of the
pleasure in watching this series comes from the interwar English civility and
The Dark Wind, by Tony Hillerman, 1982. $4.79. A top-notch Jim
Chee novel, about Hopi Indians (as well as Navahoes) and cocaine being lost in the
Game Wars: The Undercover Pursuit of Wildlife Poachers, by Marc
Reisner, 1991. $8.80. An exciting book about poaching in Louisiana. True
crime, but with fish and game violations instead of axe murders.
- 5. The HTML computer language. This is what one uses to write
up a WWW page.
It is easy to use, well-designed and good for formatting, in its limited way.
Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest: True News of the World's Least Competent People
, by John Kohut and Roland Sweet, 1996. $7.96.Curious stories of strange
happenings, drawn from their column in the free newspapers.
The Problem of Pain , by C.S. Lewis, 1940. $4.80.Not about pain
so much as life, experience, God, and salvation. Good ideas such as man's feeling
for the numinous and the moral, and how belief in God combines both.
- 8. Indigo Lactarius. A blue fall mushroom that is easy to
recognize, and edible, though one would hardly believe it.
The Wallace and Gromit animations. 1996. $22. There are at least
three of these half-hour English animated films about a cheese-eating inventor and his
dog. I found them oddly gripping in their mix of homely English ways and bizarre
inventions, and very funny.
Making Saints: Inside the Vatican: Who Become Saints, Who do Not, and Why...
by Kenneth Woodward, 1991. $11.20. Woodward is a journalist who
interviewed Vatican insiders on the politics and theology of saint making.
Bob Vila's Toolbox, by Bob Vila, 1993. A book on portable
hand and power tools-- not a how-to book, but a book on the tools themselves.
Lectures on Jonah , by Martin Luther, 1526. $22.99. Here one sees
Luther not as polemicist, but as teacher, and as a good one, too.
Fraoch heather ale. Killer Angels , by Shaara, 1974.
The Survival of the Birch Bark Canoe , by John McPhee, 1975.
The Ivory Grin , by Ross Macdonald, 1952.
Introduction to the First Three Gospels , by William Barclay,
1966/75. Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout beer.
Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. The Diamond District of New York.
The Wine-Dark Sea , by Patrick O'Brien, 1993. The Chinese movie
``Eat-Drink-Man-Woman''. Aging and Old Age , by Richard Posner, 1996.
Not a Hazardous Sport , by Nigel Barley,1988. Sprecher Black
Shaara, KILLER ANGELS, 1974. About Gettysburg.
John MCPHEE. THe Survival of the Birch Bark Canoe, 1975, about 130pp. One of his
very good books, about a canoe trip across Maine with a pigheaded canoebuilder.
Ross MACDONALD, THE IVORY GRIN. 1952, 249pp. A very good book by the best writer of
American detective novels ever. THe plot is not quite as twisted as in most of his
novels, but it is pretty twisted. This one is more haunting in its characters.
BARCLAY, William. Introduction to the First Three Gospels. New edition. 1966/75. 303 pp.
Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout truly is good. Creamy and soothing, nto at all like
Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Manhattan. Worth visiting.
Diamond district, New York. Fascinating to window shop.
Patrick OBrien, THE WINE-DARK SEA, 1993. Good, as usual.
C.S. LEWIS. A GRIEF OBSERVED. Very good, reminding me somehow of Pascal. This is about
his reactions to the death of his wife. 1963, 151 pp.
Eat-Drink-Man-Woman. Extremely good Taiwanese movie.
Richard Posner, Aging and Old Age.
Nigel BARLEY, Not a Hazardous Sport, 1988, 206 pp. A very good book about an
anthropologist and some Celebesian natives, including the story of how he brought some
woodcarvers to England for an exhibition. Very Funny.
FRAOCH HEATHER ALE. Delightful stuff. Bad label, tho. Malty and flowery.
SPRECHER, Black Bavarian beer. Very very good. Not a stout, really-- it may be a lager,
even. The pure, srong, flavor is roasted barley. Not too thick.
The Miller Brewery tour.
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