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Old 05-10-2011, 06:07 PM   #1591
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hmmn, dont know him, but a brief internet search suggests hes a hack (they all pretty much are). My PhD advisor used to go on bigfoot excursions with this guy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grover_Krantz) back when he was at WSU in the 70s. We still get people who send us "bigfoot" scat samples for analysis. Almost all of them are bear shit.

I actually have some of the plaster casts of footprints they mention in that wiki link in my lab.


A quick scan of the index shows that he references Grover Krantz in this book no less than 26 times.

I have a weird taste for this stuff. I don't want to read something that treats it like a joke, yet I don't want to be preached to. I just want somebody who has the same sort sense of curiousity I do.
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Old 05-10-2011, 06:50 PM   #1592
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I'm taking a History of Sport in the U.S. class this semester and am very interested in how sport affects culture.

So when my dad came home with this I immediately started reading it. It's really quite amazing what these guys did.
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:06 PM   #1593
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Just finished the first 70 pages of the book thing should be hilarious
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:08 PM   #1594
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Yeah it's got a lot going for it. Cobblestone streets, nice architecture, good restaurants. I go down to Kiawah Island south of there once a year.

I spent a day there. Had a small tour of the town, visited the old slave market and had lunch at the Fleet landing restaurant.

I was actually quite suprised, it's a more historical side of America that doesn't get shown.
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:16 PM   #1595
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Going back-and-forth between two books right now:




Currently reading [randomly] through:

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Old 05-10-2011, 09:34 PM   #1596
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My thrift store haul last week was The Good Earth, Moneyball, A Passage To India, Fight Club, and Walden. That is some victorious add shit. I have read the first chapter of Moneyball. It is good so far.
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:12 AM   #1597
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Just finished Moneyball - Fantastic book.
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:13 AM   #1598
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I'm probably going to start reading Pride and Prejudice
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:15 AM   #1599
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My thrift store haul last week was The Good Earth, Moneyball, A Passage To India, Fight Club, and Walden. That is some victorious add shit. I have read the first chapter of Moneyball. It is good so far.

I recently got Walden/Civil Disobedience, Waiting for Godot, The Glass Menagerie, Dubliners, Portait of a Young Artist, and The Immoralist for $15 a my local used book store. That place is incredible. I actually found it because it is next to a comic book store and I've been going there every couple of weeks since I found it.
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Old 05-11-2011, 12:38 PM   #1600
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I'm probably going to start reading Pride and Prejudice


I struggled mightily with the language in that, but it wound up being worth it. I only read it to to help me have a fuller appreciation for Pride Prejudice and Zombies. But I'm glad I did.
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Old 05-11-2011, 12:41 PM   #1601
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I'm taking a History of Sport in the U.S. class this semester and am very interested in how sport affects culture.

So when my dad came home with this I immediately started reading it. It's really quite amazing what these guys did.


You should check out The City Game. It's a little dry, but it's sort of a parallell between the early 70s Knick teams, and the type of ball being played on the playgrounds of NY at the time, and what being one of those players meant. It's not great, but if it's in your wheelhouse, which it was for me, it's definitely worth a read.
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Old 05-11-2011, 12:49 PM   #1602
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My thrift store haul last week was The Good Earth, Moneyball, A Passage To India, Fight Club, and Walden. That is some victorious add shit. I have read the first chapter of Moneyball. It is good so far.


Moneyball really is an excellent book. I talk about still all the time.

One of the things that irks me about the way announcers talk about it is that it's only mentioned quickly, but the book isn't really about OB% and Slugging. As he says early on, he assembled a team to find holes in the market place. Just so happens those were the holes in the marketplace at the time. It's not necessarily the be all end all.

The problem with it as it's aged is that a lot of the guys it talks about so reverently never really materialized. Other than Nick Swisher and Kevin Youklis, they're draft war room didn't pay out. Had that catcher turned into Carlton Fisk, the book would go down in legend. But it's still just an interesting read about how people think with a nice narrative in it.
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:39 PM   #1603
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Finished Of Mice and Men. Brilliant! If you haven't read it you should.

Going to start this in the next few days.
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Old 05-11-2011, 05:05 PM   #1604
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My thrift store haul last week was The Good Earth, Moneyball, A Passage To India, Fight Club, and Walden. That is some victorious add shit. I have read the first chapter of Moneyball. It is good so far.

The Good Earth is a great book. One of my favorite of all time.
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Old 05-13-2011, 11:50 AM   #1605
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About to start this tomorrow:



Translation by Richard Howard

Pretty easy and enjoyable read but I was a bit disappointed in the end. The narrator was just selfish and hypocritical which made him a more two-dimensional character and I expected more depth from the book. His self-discovery went in endless circles that weren't very fufilling to read. The repressed pedophilia and sexuality got a little old after he lusts after ever child he meets lol. The ending is aa bit disturbing tho and actually had a bit of shock value.

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