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Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Writer's Life 11/17 - Droning On

Here's my favorite story of the past few weeks, from the Weird But True column in the NY Post, in my own words: A Pennsylvania man suspected his wife of infidelity, so he did what any modern guy would. He sent a drone to follow her. From 400 feet above, it filmed her meeting a lover in a parking lot. The betrayed husband then did what any modern man would, posting the video on youtube, where it has received more than seven million views. Kudos, dude - and watch your back. Hell hath no fury... Here's a link. Caution - it is unpleasant:

According to, here are the favorite books of these famous authors:
Ayn Rand - Calumet 'K', a quaint, endearingly Midwestern novel about the building of a grain elevator.
Hemingway - long list that includes Anna Karenina and The Brothers Karamazov.
Joan Didion -  Joseph Conrad's Victory. 
Ray Bradbury - Collected works of G.B. Shaw, Moby Dick, John Carter: Warlord of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
George R. R. Martin - The Lord of the Rings, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel’s, a novel about a group of actors in a post-apocalyptic society.
Gillian Flynn - Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, Norman Mailer’s The Executioner's Song.
Vladimir Nabokov - Joyce's Ulysses, Kafka's The Metamorphosis, Andrei Bely's Petersburg, and the first half of Proust's In Search of Lost Time.
Twain -  Carlyle's  The French Revolution, Malory's King Arthur, Arabian Nights.
Fitzgerald - long list including Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser, The Life of Jesus by Ernest Renan, Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, and Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson.
Samuel Beckett - Around the World in 80 Days, Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane, The Catcher in the Rye.
R. L. Stine - Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine.
Amy Tan - classic Chinese literature, Jing Ping Mei (The Plum in the Golden Vase).
J. K. Rowling - Jane Austen's Emma. The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit.
Maya Angelou - A Tale of Two Cities, the Bible, Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, and Little Women.
Henry Miller - from a list of 100: Wuthering Heights, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Les Miserables, Leaves of Grass.
John Steinbeck - Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory.
I'll comment on only two. I hope Winesburg, Ohio, which I've never read, makes its way to the floating book shop through a donation. I put Le Morte de Arthur aside not even halfway through. I found it empty. Maybe I should give it another crack.

My thanks to the kind folks who made purchases and donations today. I picked up about 20 hardcover best sellers in excellent condition, and a dozen books in Russian. The inventory, which I'd whittled considerably lately, is again ridiculous.
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