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Wednesday, August 26, 2015 – The Book Report or What Did You Read This Summer?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 – The Book Report or What Did You Read This Summer?

Carnegie Library

Bryan Carnegie History Center, Bryan, Texas Scottish immigrant Andrew Carnegie firmly believed in self-education for everyone and that libraries helped those who helped themselves. He would provide funds for the construction of libraries if a city would provide a suitable site and agree to provide money equal to at least one tenth of the construction grant annually in order to maintain the library and purchase books. Bryan, Texas was among the early cities that took advantage of his offer in 1901. http://www.brazoscountyhistory.org/node/22

I see where a Duke freshman does not want to read a book on the Duke University recommended reading list because it is against his moral stance. The name of the book is Fun Home by Alison Bechdel.

From the article – “This is the latest case of college students rejecting literature that deals with sexuality, violence, racism, and other themes that might make them uncomfortable. What we’re seeing here is a phenomena in which students are seeking not freedom of speech but freedom from speech they dislike.” http://news.yahoo.com/duke-freshman-s-moral-stance-against–fun-home–part-of-larger-movement-against-uncomfortable-education-224428685.html

Here’s What I’m Thinking – Number one – the book is on the recommended list. That means there are other books you can read. Number two – a reason to go to college is to expand your viewpoints and learn about other cultures and viewpoints. It is does not mean you have to change yours. What are your plans for the rest of your life? To live in an intellectual and socially isolated bubble that contains only those who share your belief structure? Good luck.

I was offended (and it does take a lot to offend me) that the population of the United States went apedookey crazy over Fifty-Shades of Gray. Yes, I read all three. The entire series was offensive in terms of content, plot, characters and writing style and it should be offensive to every great writer that has ever come along. However, offensive I found the book, it did not make me want to run out and buy whips, chains and tickling things.

This summer I read the following books. I provided a short word or phrase that offends my moral stance on issues. I would recommend them all. What did you read?

  1. Texas Rising – Stephen L. Moore         (war; overthrow of government)
  2. The Sound and The Fury – William Faulkner (poverty, ignorance, incest)
  3. The Zookeeper’s Wife – Diane Ackerman     (Nazis, WWII, Holocaust)
  4. Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee        (racism)
  5. Dead Wake – Erik Larson   (World War I; killing of innocent people; )
  6. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller – 2nd time and actually understand it this time (World War II)
  7. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr – Pulitzer Prize Winner (Nazis, Holocaust, WWII)
  8. The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins   (murder, adultery,)
  9. Diamond Willow (read twice) – Helen Frost (teenage runaway)
  10. Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut -second time to read; funnier this time (WWII and the atomic bomb, a satire)

Anybody offended?

Welcome to Bryan

May 28, 2014

Here I am in Bryan; where the hell are you?  Actually I think the lyric is “Here I am in Dallas, where the hell are you?”, but it does not change the fact that I tomorrow marks one month since I became a resident of Bryan, Texas. Zip code 77802. Why Bryan? Best answer – why not? However, since I paid large sums of money to learn to use big words, I will.  Therefore, I give you:

A Comparative Analysis of Ten Selected Socioeconomic Attributes of a Major Texas Urban Town in Central Texas and Two in the Brazos Valley.

ATTRIBUTE

AUSTIN

B/CS

10. ROAD CONSTRUCTION

A north/south Interstate Highway; multiple toll roads; Loop 1 under construction for miles; Nightmare on Lamar begins in the fall and that is just north Austin

Bryan is the only city in Texas NOT connected to an Interstate Highway; no toll roads; no loop

9. TRAFFIC

Congestion on all roads; stop and go; massive construction

I had to wait for three cars before I could turn left the other day and the left turn light was still not on

8. GENERAL CONSTRUCTION

Giant holes in the ground for high rise buildings; 100 people move to Austin/day; see above mentioned attributes

KYLE Field – ready to seat (or stand) 101,000 by Fall

7. POPULATION

A million and growing daily

Bryan – less than 100,000; can still feel the difference when TAMU is not in full session

6. TV PROGRAMMING

Longhorn Network

SEC Network

5. LOCAL SPORTS

Forced to relive “glory days” from long ago and watch Justin Tucker kick that field goal.

Johnny Manziel is a god.

4. 21st CENTURY HEISMAN TROPHIES

None

ONE – see above

3. FOOD

All of the chains and more, but no parking and/or back in parking

All of the chains and more and plenty of parking – even downtown

2. FAMILY

3 hours away

1.5 hours away

1. FOOTBALL TEAM

New AD; New coach; no QB; must play Baylor and OU and the rest of the BIG 12

Seasoned coach; does have QB and hope he is sober and not passed out in flower bed on game day; The Aggies never lose; sometimes time runs out.