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A little tea, a little chat

I've been a compulsive reader, writer and theatre goer all my life. My book blog is here: http://alittleteaalittlechat.wordpress.com/ Mostly food at the moment but also knitting is here: http://cathyingeneva.wordpress.com/

Currently reading

Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism
Sheldon S. Wolin
The Temptation of Saint Anthony
Gustave Flaubert
Nebula Award Stories 3
Harlan Ellison, Gary Wright, Samuel R. Delany, Michael Moorcock, Fritz Leiber, Roger Zelazny, J.G. Ballard, Anne McCaffrey
Cosmology and Controversy: The Historical Development of Two Theories of the Universe
Helge Kragh
Max Frisch
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

After 4 pages of the introduction:

If there is one thing I hate more than a salesman, it's an evangelistic salesman. If your stuff works, it sells itself, after all.

If I were on top of Mt Everest and my oxygen was about to run out and Taleb was the tent to tent salesman trying to convince me I needed more, I would slam the flap right in his face.

This is the sort of book that in twenty years' time will make people cringe that they read it. A book equivalent of platform shoes for men.

Note that it is not on my better-written-than-H-P- shelf.