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 Posted: Tue Jun 24th, 2014 05:49 pm
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Famous Mortimer wrote: Just finished a hilarious book called "The Knitting Circle Rapist Annihilation Squad". It's a bunch of jokes and a strongly left-wing political tract masquerading as a novel, so I'd caution against reading it if that doesn't sound like fun to you. But if you do read it, you'll love it I reckon.

Sounds like torture.

I just started "What a Wonderful Life: The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years" by Ricky Riccardi.  Fascinating book about Armstrong's brilliance at a time when he was being publicly derided for becoming a lazy musician and an Uncle Tom.  Gives quite the counter-argument to both.  Really strong read whether you like jazz or not.  Last month I visited his house in Corona, Queens and it really got me interested in him.

Also slowly getting through a book of LBJ's secret tape-recorded conversations, much of which (at least thus far) focuses on how he tried to use Jackie Kennedy to gain acceptance as president, and how she was completely aware of this and tried to stay at arm's length so as not to endorse or renounce him.  He also blatantly hits on her less than 3 days after JFK was assassinated (but then, he hit on her every time they talked, before and after JFK's death). 

Last edited on Tue Jun 24th, 2014 08:09 pm by srossi

This thread was great before AA ruined it.