November 4th, 2010



The Fourth Turning references at Cold Spring Shops come from an hypothesis of social evolution in which the life experiences of different generations shape their attitudes, which feeds back on the responses they make to situations they find themselves in.

Richard Florida's The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash Prosperity proposes a different hypothesis of social evolution, one more amenable to economic analysis, in which financial markets on occasion seriously misallocate capital, in ways that are a long time developing and foreseeable, albeit poorly foreseen, and the resulting disequilibrium takes a long time to unwind.

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(Cross-posted to Cold Spring Shops.)
Reading - La Liseuse

Book 36 of 2010

36. Arturo Perez-Reverte, The Club Dumas, Translated by Sonia Soto, 325 pages, Mystery, Trade Paperback (Advance Uncorrected Proof), 1993.

Lucas Corso is a mercenary of the literary sort, traveling across Europe to collect and authenticate ancient texts. He starts this book with two intense jobs – one is a hand-written segment, The Anjou Wine, from Alexander Dumas’ The Three Musketeers; the other, one of three books claiming to be the only surviving copy of The Book of the Nine Doors of the Kingdom of Shadows. As he talks to experts, examines original documents, and attempts to determine the truth, he is stalked, robbed, set up, attacked – not the norm for most book dealers. But is he attracting all this attention from those who wish to possess the The Anjou Wine, or those who wish to harness the supposed power of the Nine Gates? Yes, the movie by that name is based on this book, but with all the Dumas portion of the plot stripped out, which is a shame; I love how the two texts produce their own intrigues as the action goes on.
Dead Dog Cat

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Let's start with a new book released yesterday, apparently, that I quickly read. I'd call this a small graphic novel. It's Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale, and it gives the backstory to Shepherd Book of Firefly, a tale I really wanted to get from the shows, but never did. This comic/graphic novel works backwards in time, and showed what a complicated man he was. Pretty solid. Go find it.
El Corazon

227. Positively 4th Street

Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina, and Richard Farina
by David Hajdu

Started: October 29, 2010
Finished: November 4, 2010

A well-written and -researched look at a little snippet of rock history that I didn't know much about. I had never even heard of Richard Farina before and only knew Baez from falling in love with her in her short scenes in Don't Look Back because she reminded me of an old girlfriend from Louisiana. I'm glad that Hajdu focused more on the Baez sisters and Farina than on Dylan since I've read his story a million times before, though I do think this book probably did a better job of really portraying the very young Dylan than any other that I've read. 298 pages. Grade: A-
Total # of Books Read in 2010: 227
Total # of Pages Read in 2010: 56,867
Dean Smiles

No. 45 for 2010

Title: Mini-Shopaholic
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Rating: 3/5
Book: 45/50 (90% completed)
Pages: 418 pgs
Total Pages 16,586/15,000 pages
Next up: Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss by Kyra Davis

I don't know what I think about this book. I love the Shopaholic series. I always found them witty and they always left me laughing. This book, however, I have mixed feelings about.

I feel as though this newest addition to the series is missing something vital. Something that made us all fall in love with Becky in the first place. I even would go as far as to say that Becky's actual character has changed as she now seems selfish in this book.

Kinsella has left the ending open for another book in the series but I honestly think that she should have ended the series with "Shopaholic and Baby".

xposted to 50bookchallenge, 15000pages and bookworm84

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