1999 Christmas List,
Some Other Good Things of 1999:
The Siege of the Villa Lipp, by Eric Ambler, 1977. About
international financial skullduggery. Gripping, certainly.
- 1. The
Dilbert cartoons. This is what much of industrial
organization modelling in the 80's and 90's was all about.
- 2. The
ABE used books website. A wonderful way to
find books from used book dealers all over the country. Try it, and
you won't say the Web hasn't added anything useful to your life. (GONE in 2003)
- 3. Babies, and Amelia
Jane Rasmusen in particular. Delightful even at an early
- 4. Mad Max beyond Thunderdome, starring Mel
Gibson. 1985. A science fiction movie set in Australia some
years after nuclear war, about an honorable man, much like
- 5. Keirsey's
personality test website with a Myers-Briggs type of test. See also the Intergalactic
Explorer Personality website.
- 6. Moonraker strong ale,
by J.W. Lee of Manchester. The best strong ale I've had.
- 7. Passion and Craft: Economists at
Work. , by Michael Szenberg. 392 pages, $19.51. How to
do economics by Mankiw, Landes, Krugman, Varian, Dixit, and
The Problematics of Moral and Legal Theory,
by Richard Posner. 336 pages, $31.00. Reading this book
will save you reading an entire empty literature by Rawls, Dworkin,
and friends. Posner also has constructive suggestions for what might
be done in constitutional theory.
- 9. LED keyring flashlights.
Tiny, and bright enough that you could use one to get
out of a cave in an emergency. Get the kind that switches on, rather
than squeezes on, and red, which is easier on your night vision.
$20.00 from L.L. Bean, cheaper elsewhere, but quality is highly
The Mystic Masseur,
V.S. Naipaul. 1957. 220 pp. $10.16. Naipaul's first book, the
story of a Trinidad mystic and booklover who gets into politics, and
one of Naipaul's very best. Mostly humorous, with an out-of-place
The Rise of Christianity: How the Obscure, Marginal Jesus
Movement Became the Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in
a Few Centuries by Rodney Stark. 1996. 272
pages. $ 11.20. Essays on early Christianity-- its relation to
Judaism, towns, women, class, and so forth.
- 12. The
Vanguard Charitable Endowment. You donate
money or stock to it, taking the tax deduction at that time.
Vanguard invests the money. You recommend charities to which
Vanguard donates. They will either mention your name to the charity
or not, as you wish. You have to trust that Vanguard will invest
properly and take your advice, but it's a reputable company. I
haven't put money here yet, but I am planning to. It does require a
big initial gift.
Larry Niven, The Long Arm of Gil Hamilton
The spinner saucer thing.
Economics and Jewish Law: Halachic Perspectives.
Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church.
Alan Bullock, Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives
CS. Forester, The Ship
The Master of Go. Kawabata. First-rate. A subtle novel about
character. Is it OK to take advantage of secondary rules of a game,
such as the details of sealed play or the timing of recesses?
Tony Hillerman, Coyote Waits, 1990, 352 pp. An excellent
Chee/Leaphorn thriller, about Old West historians and a drunken
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot strong ale. First rate! Maybe for 10 Best
List. Just like their pale ale in hop and yeast flavor, but stronger
and slightly more complex and bitter. 9.6 percent.
RCH Brewery, PItchfork Bitter, is firsr rate. Prizewinning, and
Wal-Mart ripple cut potato chips are first-rate.
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