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Summer Blogging Break Reading List


It’s time for a summer blogging break from Texas Liberal. I need a week off.

(Though I suppose I might sneak in a post if I can’t contain myself.)  

A summer blogging break requires a reading list.

Here are some suggestions— 

The Age Of Reform —From Bryan To F.D.R by Richard Hofstadter.

Published in 1955, Reform still has value. The account of years of progress gives hope that we can turn out own times around and the Americans Hofstadter writes about are often types still recognizable in the current day.

Crossing The Yellow River—Three Hundred Poems From The Chinese translated by Sam Hamill. 

One of my favorite books. The brief poems from ancient Chinese poets take you back in time and have the effect of putting you in a mindset of reflection.

Leviathan—The History Of Whaling In America by Eric Jay Dolan 

Just published. It’s the kind of subject you’re either interested in or not. I’m interested.

(The photo is of a Northern Right Whale.) 

Care Bears Caring Contest—By Nancy Parent

The Care Bears have a contest to see who can be the nicest. At the end a tie is declared and each one of the Care Bears wins a prize. Damn right. Just the program. 

Infrastructure— A Field Guide To The Industrial Landscape by Brian Hayes

Oversized book tells all about cell phone towers and train yards and other things we see each day, but don’t really understand their purpose or how they work. Many pictures. First-rate.

The Great Political Theories Volumes 1 & 2-Edited by Michael Curtis

Shorthand explanations of political ideas all the way back the ancient world in two mass-market sized paperbacks.

Beach reading? Well….I once read Jaws by Peter Benchley and I thought it was awful. I’d rent the movie. Nevil Shute’s On The Beach is a winner. 

Two great Texas blogs to read this summer and all of the time are Jobsanger from Amarillo and South Texas Chisme from the Corpus Christi area.

Also this summer, please consider some of the central tenets of American liberalism.

Liberals contend that individuals are part of a larger society, that we are dependent upon each other in many ways, and that government has some role to play in the lives of individual citizens and in society as a whole.

Lastly, please don’t forget that I also blog at Where’s The Outrage? and that I have one of five featured political blogs at The Houston Chronicle.  

I hope everybody is having a nice summer.

August 4, 2007 Posted by | Best Posts July-Dec. 2007, Blogging, Books, Reading Lists | 5 Comments

Rick Noriega & John Glenn


I’m putting a $75 donation to Rick Noriega for the United States Senate from Texas in the mail today.

Mr. Noriega is running in a primary for the chance to oppose no-good incumbent Republican Senator John Cornyn.

The last time I voted for a winning senate candidate was for John Glenn  (above) in Ohio in 1992. I’ve struck out since then. 

Reggie Jackson is the batter who has struck out the most times in baseball history.

Jackson once said he was “The straw that stirs the drink.”

Both Mr. Noriega and Mr. Glenn have military service on their records. To my knowledge, Mr. Noriega has not flown into space.

I’m sending money to Mr. Noriega with the hope that Texas can be a better place.

Mr. Noriega has promised to refund my donation with interest should he run a lousy campaign.

That’s a joke. 

As he often does, fellow Texas blogger Jobsanger makes the case in a persuasive and gentle fashion.

August 4, 2007 Posted by | Politics, Texas | 6 Comments