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Recommended Reading List:

Cryptography   Computer Systems    Shakespeare   Beckett   Mac Wellman   Len Jenkin   Other Playwrights    Literary Fiction   Science Fiction   Capitalism   Communism   Cooking   Reading List

This reading list is a little out of date. My Amazon Wishlist is probably more accurate, since I go through and make sure it's up-to-date before Christmas and birthdays. ;-). But most of these books I would still recommend...


Crypto will save the world. Really. [Use PGP or just read about it!]

Computer Systems:

Some important reference books for that shelf by your machine...

One-dollar Shakespeare!

Such a deal! These Dover Thrift Editions are all priced between $0.80 and $1.50!

Works of Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett's command of image and his ability to leap to the transcendant will forever enthrall me.

Plays and Novels by Mac Wellman

As the Los Angeles Times says: "one of the contemporary stage's premier masters of syntactical scat."

Plays by Len Jenkin

I highly recommend seeing a Jenkin play in NYC if you ever get the opportunity.

Other Plays

This is the catch-all for must-read plays.

Literary Fiction

Books for well-rounded people, written by starving artists.

Science Fiction

I'll assume you've already read Farenheit 451, Brave New World, 1984, Animal Farm, Neuromancer, Snow Crash, and The Diamond Age, as well as Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. The books listed here are slightly more obscure.


As noted elsewhere (by jc@chiasmus.reno.nv.us), history has basically taught us that neither pure capitalism nor pure communism is viable as an economic system. The workable solution that has emerged is wholesale redistribution of somewhere between 25% and 75% of every person's income. In the US, the figure quoted is about 45%.

This section contains books addressing some of the lessons we still haven't learned from the Dickens and the Industrial Revolution.

Cookbooks and Culinary Guides

Three cookbooks I wouldn't be without...


These are books I've bought & read, but haven't gotten a chance to sort, review, or comment intelligently on yet. Oh, to be a literature major...

Reading List

These are the books on my personal reading list: either not yet purchased, or purchased but not yet read. They've been recommended to me, and so I recommend them to you.
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