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That Reading Statistics Meme Is Just Wrong

Categories: Personal
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Published on: 2017.01.07

The meme in question. This cute little chart popped up on social media recently. I saw it from at least three different people, on at least three different platforms (Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook). It makes the following claims, without citing a source: • 33% of high school graduates never read another book the rest of[…]

We Are Fundamentally Violent, But It’s Reversible

The Oklahoma City National Memorial, commemorating the day when Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols killed 168 people and wounded nearly 700 others to make a political point (Copyright © 2007 by Wil C. Fry.) At more than one job, I was told of the unwritten policy: “Don’t discuss politics or religion.” I’ve also been in[…]

Favorite Book Of All Time?

Every evening, I read in a book before falling asleep, a habit I developed in my early teens. (Copyright © 2013 by Wil C. Fry.) Leave it to me to make this impossibly complicated… Someone tweeted “What is your favorite book of all time?” Several people responded, each with the name of a book and[…]

Some Things I Underlined (‘I Will Fear No Evil’)

Categories: Quotations
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Published on: 2013.05.06

Following are some passages I underlined during a reading of I Will Fear No Evil (1970) by Robert Heinlein: “…most people think of money as something to pay the rent. But a money man thinks of money in terms of what he can do with it.” “…it’s impossible for a woman to lay it on[…]

Book Review: John Carter of Mars (2009)

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Published on: 2011.01.29

Title: John Carter of Mars Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Fall River Press Don’t get excited. E.R.B. hasn’t risen from the dead and published a new novel. “John Carter of Mars” is a three-book collection published recently, comprised of three Burroughs novels from the 1920s: “A Princess of Mars” (1912), “The Gods[…]

Best Book Ever Written?

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Published on: 2002.11.14

“Perhaps the best book ever written.” (I wrote this on the inside cover of Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein.)

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