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The Unintentional Last Words of 13 Famous Writers http://www.vulture.com/2016/02/unintentional-last-words-of-13-writers.html?mid=twitter-share-vulture via @vulture

General James 'Mad Dog' Mattis Email About Being 'Too Busy To Read' Is A Must-Read. http://www.businessinsider.com/viral-james-mattis-email-reading-marines-2013-5#ixzz2nfaHauY6

books

Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection, free Kindle edition http://boingboing.net/2017/01/03/sherlock-holmes-the-complete-2.html

http://io9.com/21-books-that-changed-science-fiction-and-fantasy-forev-1610590701/+laceydonohue

For a monthly cost of zero dollars, it is possible to read six million e-texts at the Open Library, right now. On a Kindle, or any other tablet or screen thing. You can borrow up to five titles for two weeks at no cost, and read them in-browser or in any of several other formats (not all titles are supported in all formats, but most offer at least a couple): PDF, .mobi, Kindle or ePub (you'll need to download the Bluefire Reader—for free—in order to read ePub format on Kindle.) I currently have on loan Alan Moore's Watchmen, Original Sin by P.D. James, and The Dead Zone by Stephen King. Perhaps you would prefer to download books onto your Kindle, and keep them there permanently. In that case, please hie yourself over to Project Gutenberg, which has been offering free public domain e-texts since 1971. There, you may download any of over forty-five thousand books onto your Kindle. Or one of thousands of Librivox audiobook recordings made by volunteers, all in the public domain. (R.I.P. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg and one of the Internet's greatest benefactors.) http://www.theawl.com/2014/07/seriously-fuck-you-kindle-unlimited

Tiny books by young Brontës digitized for the general public http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/2014/0708/.U7wxRaLzCAE.twitter

Plague Nation (Ashley Parker) by Dana Fredsti

http://www.munseys.com/site/home

http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/books/slideshow/Ban-these-The-21st-Century-s-most-complained-70774/photo-2374823.php

http://openlibrary.org/

http://www.littlefreelibrary.org/

It seems like every decade or so a science fiction novel comes along that sends a lightning bolt through my nervous system: Philip Jose Farmer’s To Your Scattered Bodies Go (1971). William Gibson’s Neuromancer (1984). Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash (1992). Cory Doctorow’s Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (2003). And I recently discovered what my mind-blowing novel for the 2010s is: Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. http://boingboing.net/2011/08/15/ready-player-one-the-best-science-fiction-book-ive-read-in-a-decade.html

Rethinking Hemingway 50 years after his death Ernest Hemingway's two competing personas — the hard-living macho man and the bohemian writer whose style influenced many other authors — have something to teach today's men, as evidenced in some new books and an HBO film. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-hemingway-20110702,0,3840324.story

Favorite Rereads: Books You Read Over And Over Again. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/19/favorite-rereads_n_825362.html#s242713&title=The_Harry_Potter

http://www.scribd.com/doc/24325132/Suzuki-Beane

The Mystery of the Dragon Tattoo: Stieg Larsson, the World's Bestselling — and Most Enigmatic — Author Six years after his death, the facts of his life have morphed into myth: Was he murdered? Was he a spy? Was there really a girl with a dragon tattoo? http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/the-mystery-of-the-dragon-tattoo-stieg-larsson-the-worlds-bestselling-and-most-enigmatic-author-20110105

ian tregillis bitter seed. http://www.iantregillis.com/index.cfm?blog=164

How a brutal rape and a lifelong burden of guilt fuelled Girl with the Dragon Tattoo writer Stieg Larsson. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1299216/Stieg-Larsson-wrote-novel-The-Girl-Dragon-Tattoo-fuelled-brutal-rape.html

'To Kill A Mockingbird' Anniversary: On Its 50th Birthday, Why Is 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Being Attacked? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jesse-kornbluth/to-kill-a-mockingbird-ann_b_641473.html

slang http://www.miskatonic.org/slang.html

The Afterlife of Stieg Larsson http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/23/magazine/23Larsson-t.html?pagewanted=1&ref=world

The Fletch Novels http://www.gregorymcdonald.com/mysteries.html

Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures Under Ground. http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/ttp/alice/accessible/introduction.html

Read Houdini's books via Google Books and Library of Congress. http://www.boingboing.net/2010/01/29/read-houdinis-books.html

Summer reading: Killer thrillers. Salon recommends four addictive novels to add intrigue and treachery to your beach book list. http://www.salon.com/books/summer_reading/2009/06/02/thrillers/index.html

sci-fi

Roddenberry's Star Trek was " above all, a critique of Robert Heinlein" http://boingboing.net/2016/06/07/roddenberrys-star-trek-was.html

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Moon_Is_a_Harsh_Mistress

F me Ray Bradbury http://www.ucbcomedy.com/videos/play/6825/fuck-me-ray-bradbury

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1IxOS4VzKM&feature=player_embedded

In their Tales from the KRYPT newsletter, one member of the KRYPTOS Society (“established in 1981 to promote interest in cryptoanalysis”) offers a summary of the group’s annual awards luncheon, held at Ft. Meade’s “Club Meade,” where prizes were doled out to winners of the annual KRYPTOS Literature Contest (top prize went to: “Fast Identification of Particular Features in a Specific Application Generated by a Particular Algorithm”). And then there’s the Crypto-Mathematics Institute (CMI), which seems kinda like the more exclusive version of KRYPTOS. The club’s manifesto includes six pages on entry-application requirements and the complex process of electing the club’s president, president-elect and executive director. They’ve also got a serious thing for word puzzles, with a fun nine-page test (some of which, they confess, was cribbed from the “Kryptos Kristmas Kwiz”) that includes such brain-busters as “Although it might ‘pain’ you to hear it, HEADACHE cannot follow. What word could follow and why?” Read More http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/06/nsa-gets-geeky-after-dark-new-docs-show/#ixzz0rXgES0TL

Voyage to the heart of matter. http://www.atlas.ch/popupbook/photos.html

Philip K Dick's visionary journals to be published. Exegesis, Dick's 'personal laboratory for philosophical inquiry' to be issued in two volumes in 2011. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/apr/30/philip-k-dick-visionary-journals-published

Philip K. Dick, an uneasy spy inside 1970s suburbia. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/herocomplex/2010/01/philip-k-dick-an-uneasy-spy-inside-1970s-suburbia.html

Philip K. Dick in the land of the John Birch Society. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/herocomplex/2010/01/philip-k-dick-in-the-land-of-thejohn-birch-society.html

Philip K. Dick: A 'plastic' paradox. The Berkeley boho spent his final years in Orange County, which suited him fine, his daughter says. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/arts/la-ca-philip-k-dick24-2010jan24,0,3831068.story?page=1

The Man In The High Castle, By Philip K. Dick http://www.philipkdick.com/works_novels_mancastle.html

Authors

Poe

http://boingboing.net/2014/01/05/high-rez-scan-poes-raven.html#more-277945

Stieg Larsson

New 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' Book Set for 2015. David Lagercrantz will pen the fourth novel, while Eva Gabrielsson, the widowed partner of the late Stieg Larsson, said it was "tasteless" to revive Larsson's franchise. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/new-girl-dragon-tattoo-book-666226

Ian Tregillis

With 'Bitter Seeds,' 'The Coldest War' and now 'Necessary Evil,' Ian Tregillis managed to set a new standard for speculative fiction. When I sat down to talk with him, I felt a bit in danger of coming unstuck in time. But Tregillis is the most grounded, down-to-earth physicist I have ever met. http://bookotron.com/agony/news/2013/09-16-13-podcast.htm#podcast091913

Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce, the anti-Santa. In his 'Devil's Dictionary,' Ambrose Bierce stripped all pretense from Americans' holiday of consumption: Christmas. But the nation's greatest cynic was hardly a Scrooge. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-koenig-ambrose-bierce-and-christmas-20111220,0,7061408.story

Ian Fleming

The Real James Bond: Ian Fleming’s Commandos Reviewed. A new book relates the remarkable story of Ian Fleming’s daring commando group during World War Two and how they inspired the story of the greatest spy ever: James Bond. Michael Korda finds his own family story in its midst. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/11/19/the-real-james-bond-ian-fleming-s-commandos-reviewed.html

Martin Gardner

Logic Machines and Diagrams (1958) https://archive.org/stream/logicmachinesdia227gard

John Le Carre

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: John Le Carre and reality. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-14846154

Michael Connelly

The Last Coyote Lost Chapter: 1961 http://www.michaelconnelly.com/novels/thelastcoyote/lostchapter/

Michael Connelly often gets asked about the music that he mentions in his books. So here is the complete list of artists, songs, and CDs mentioned in Michael’s novels. Enjoy! http://www.michaelconnelly.com/extras/music/

Read all about Michael's experience in his cameo role on BOSCH. http://t.co/UToxeX2kOQ

http://crimespreemag.com/michael-coneolly-q-a-about-bosch/

http://www.themurderroom.com/blog/harry-bosch-from-page-to-screen-the-long-hello/

Michael Connelly On BOSCH http://www.michaelconnelly.com/bosch-tv/michael-connelly-bosch/

is an American author of detective novels and other crime fiction, notably those featuring LAPD Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch and criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller.

http://crimespreemag.com/bosch-the-skinny/

George Orwell

1984 text the Two Minutes Hate http://www.mondopolitico.com/library/1984/1984_c1.htm

​ The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. The object of lying is lying. http://www.mondopolitico.com/library/1984/1984_c21.htm

George Orwell's letter from his former French teacher, Aldous Huxley, about Nineteen Eighty-Four http://boingboing.net/2016/08/22/george-orwells-letter-from-h.html

Hunter S. Thomson

http://www.thedailybeast.com/videos/2016/02/04/hunter-s-thompson-vs-keith-richards.html

Hunter S. Thomson The Curse of Lono

Hunter S. Thompson's Amazing Letter In Response To A Fan's Submission http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/16/hunter-s-thompson-letter_n_928491.html

Hunter S. Thompson's Daily Routine… http://hstbooks.org/2008/09/17/a-day-in-the-life-of-hunter-s-thompson/

Charles Willeford

The Train-Hopping, Nazi-Fighting Literary Hero You’ve Never Heard Of http://thebea.st/1MK4KyP

e-books

http://scienceonline.com/2013/12/18/announcing-open-lab-2013-authors/

http://www.freeinfosociety.com/media_index.php?cat=6

THE YOUNG MAN`S BOOK OF AMUSEMENT http://www.lateralscience.co.uk/ymboa/subjects.html

NASA Releases First Free E-Book, on History of X-15 Rocket Plane. Read More http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/01/nasa-e-books/#ixzz0eCjo1pS1 http://www.aeronautics.nasa.gov/ebooks/index.htm http://www.aeronautics.nasa.gov/current_docs.htm

American X-Vehicles: An Inventory, X-1 to X-45 http://ntrs.nasa.gov/search.jsp?Ntt=jenkins|jenkins+dennis&Ntk=AuthorList|AuthorList&Ntx=mode+matchall|mode+matchall&N=0&Ns=HarvestDate|1

kids

Girls gone Wilder. http://www.salon.com/mwt/broadsheet/feature/2009/08/04/girls_gone_wilder/

http://thepowerfactory.com/stories.php

Daniel Pinkwater has put most of the text of his news kids' book The Yggyssey: How Iggy Wondered What Happened to All the Ghosts, Found Out Where They Went, and Went There online. http://www.theyggyssey.com/book/index.html http://www.theyggyssey.com/book/iggy1.mp3

Poetry

Poems by Emily Dickinson, Series One by Emily Dickinson. http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/world/readfile?fk_files=1151&pageno=10

88 books that shaped America

The Library of Congress' list of 88 books that shaped America, sorted by title:

  1. "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain (1884)
  2. "Alcoholics Anonymous" by anonymous (1939)
  3. "American Cookery" by Amelia Simmons (1796)
  4. "The American Woman's Home" by Catharine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe (1869)
  5. "And the Band Played On" by Randy Shilts (1987)
  6. "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand (1957)
  7. "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" by Malcolm X and Alex Haley (1965)
  8. "Beloved" by Toni Morrison (1987)
  9. "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" by Dee Brown (1970)
  10. "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London (1903)
  11. "The Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Seuss (1957)
  12. "Catch-22" by Joseph Heller (1961)
  13. "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger (1951)
  14. "Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White (1952)
  15. "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine (1776)
  16. "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" by Benjamin Spock (1946)
  17. "Cosmos" by Carl Sagan (1980)
  18. "A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible" by anonymous (1788)
  19. "The Double Helix" by James D. Watson (1968)
  20. "The Education of Henry Adams" by Henry Adams (1907)
  21. "Experiments and Observations on Electricity" by Benjamin Franklin (1751)
  22. "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury (1953)
  23. "Family Limitation" by Margaret Sanger (1914)
  24. "The Federalist" by anonymous/ thought to be Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay (1787)
  25. "The Feminine Mystique" by Betty Friedan (1963)
  26. "The Fire Next Time" by James Baldwin (1963)
  27. "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Ernest Hemingway (1940)
  28. "Gone With the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell (1936)
  29. "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown (1947)
  30. "A Grammatical Institute of the English Language" by Noah Webster (1783)
  31. "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck (1939)
  32. "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
  33. "Harriet, the Moses of Her People" by Sarah H. Bradford (1901)
  34. "The History of Standard Oil" by Ida Tarbell (1904)
  35. "History of the Expedition Under the Command of the Captains Lewis and Clark" by Meriwether Lewis (1814)
  36. "How the Other Half Lives" by Jacob Riis (1890)
  37. "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie (1936)
  38. "Howl" by Allen Ginsberg (1956)
  39. "The Iceman Cometh" by Eugene O'Neill (1946)
  40. "Idaho: A Guide in Word and Pictures" by Federal Writers' Project (1937)
  41. "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote (1966)
  42. "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison (1952)
  43. "Joy of Cooking" by Irma Rombauer (1931)
  44. "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair (1906)
  45. "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman (1855)
  46. "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving (1820)
  47. "Little Women, or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy" by Louisa May Alcott (1868)
  48. "Mark, the Match Boy" by Horatio Alger Jr. (1869)
  49. "McGuffey's Newly Revised Eclectic Primer" by William Holmes McGuffey (1836)
  50. "Moby-Dick; or The Whale" by Herman Melville (1851)
  51. "The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass" by Frederick Douglass (1845)
  52. "Native Son" by Richard Wright (1940)
  53. "New England Primer" by anonymous (1803)
  54. "New Hampshire" by Robert Frost (1923)
  55. "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac (1957)
  56. "Our Bodies, Ourselves" by Boston Women's Health Book Collective (1971)
  57. "Our Town: A Play" by Thornton Wilder (1938)
  58. "Peter Parley's Universal History" by Samuel Goodrich (1837)
  59. "Poems" by Emily Dickinson (1890)
  60. "Poor Richard Improved and The Way to Wealth" by Benjamin Franklin (1758)
  61. "Pragmatism" by William James (1907)
  62. "The Private Life of the Late Benjamin Franklin, LL.D." by Benjamin Franklin (1793)
  63. "The Red Badge of Courage" by Stephen Crane (1895)
  64. "Red Harvest" by Dashiell Hammett (1929)
  65. "Riders of the Purple Sage" by Zane Grey (1912)
  66. "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850)
  67. "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" by Alfred C. Kinsey (1948)
  68. "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson (1962)
  69. "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats (1962)
  70. "The Souls of Black Folk" by W.E.B. Du Bois (1903)
  71. "The Sound and the Fury" by William Faulkner (1929)
  72. "Spring and All" by William Carlos Williams (1923)
  73. "Stranger in a Strange Land" by Robert E. Heinlein (1961)
  74. "A Street in Bronzeville" by Gwendolyn Brooks (1945)
  75. "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams (1947)
  76. "A Survey of the Roads of the United States of America" by Christopher Colles (1789)
  77. "Tarzan of the Apes" by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1914)
  78. "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)
  79. "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee (1960)
  80. "A Treasury of American Folklore" by Benjamin A. Botkin (1944)
  81. "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith (1943)
  82. "Uncle Tom's Cabin" by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1852)
  83. "Unsafe at Any Speed" by Ralph Nader (1965)
  84. "Walden; or Life in the Woods" by Henry David Thoreau (1854)
  85. "The Weary Blues" by Langston Hughes (1925)
  86. "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak (1963)
  87. "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum (1900)
  88. "The Words of Cesar Chavez" by Cesar Chavez (2002)

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