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just finished. Dense read!


I'm on the last 60 pages. I saw it last month at the library and got it. Tho 4 years old now and set in 2001 New York, it still seems before it's time - like ghosts coming up to us and whispering the truth softly, gently ... and then, handed a corndog on a stick and slipping naturally onto a just-arrived child's carousel horse, with no visible wheels or locomotive possibilities, zips off down the street blaring some other generation's showtune. Echoes of which bounce back off of windowpanes, taco trucks and the gleam of receding taxi rearwindows.

Did you like it?
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The Wapshot Chronicle is the debut novel by John Cheever about an eccentric family that lives in a Massachusetts fishing village. Published in 1957, it won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction in 1958.

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This is sooo cool, it's from 2009 Nobel prize winner in medicine, Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel who's no small potatoes either

Still trying to figure out if I wanna get measured, because I abused myself before this takes courage to face the truth, but the info returned is priceless :)

Negatives
I'm 64, (not a negative in itself, but 27 would be nicer, and I'd have much longer telomeres).
My parents didn't know so they brought me up on meat and potatoes and dairy, then I ate whatever whenever till I was about 38.
I was slightly overweight, then full on obese from age 35 to 38
I smoked from 15 to 38, (cells age at 3 times the rate in smokers, the #1 factor in premature aging).
I intermittently partied hardy from 21 to 38, (still like 3 beers a day which I don't know if good or bad).
Spent 5 years in pretty heavy stress in my 30's then the last 7 years of this job.
Always loved high saturated fat junk (chips, doritos, etc...only recently began substituting good food for junk)

Positives
I'm still breathing
I got my weight under control at 38-39, and have been about 158lb/71kg since
Went off dairy at 38, (very occasional cheese).
From 45 to now naturally slid to about 95% whole plant based diet, lately about 99%, (I don't worry if a restaurant gives me egg noodles in soup, that's irrelevant).
Been aerobic about 90 minutes a day from 38 to now, (which should pretty much negate all stress). Because of stress negation, this should have a huge effect to the positive.
My aerobics is also sort of meditation as I'm in nature and there is no phone on my bike.
I'm basically positive,, I wouldn't be without my bike as there are shitty negatives in my environment, as most people have.

So how long is left in my health span, and how close and how much compressed will be my disease span? Do I want to know?

My lifestyle now slows my cellular aging compared to the SAD diet and lifestyle, it may stop telomere shortening, or even reverse it.

If I test now and again in 10 years, I can see the effects of lifestyle on aging, or lack thereof...so I need a baseline now...lol, but what if my telomeres are already 3800 bases, lol, with that stress me out :shock:

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The novel centers on a wealthy family living in New Rochelle, New York (1902-1912) simply named Father, Mother, Mother's Younger Brother, Grandfather and 'the little boy', Father and Mother's young son. The narrator is never identified. The family business is the manufacture of flags and fireworks, an easy source of wealth due to the national enthusiasm for patriotic displays. Father joins the first expedition to the North Pole, and his return sees a change in his relationship with his wife, who has experienced a taste of independence in his absence. Mother's Younger Brother is a genius at explosives and fireworks, but is an insecure, unhappy character who chases after love and excitement. He becomes obsessed with the notorious socialite Evelyn Nesbit, stalking her through the city and eventually embarking on a brief, unsatisfactory affair with her that leaves him even more isolated.

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Into this insecure setup comes first an abandoned black child, then his severely depressed mother, Sarah. Coalhouse Walker, the child's father, visits regularly to win Sarah's affections. A professional musician, well dressed and well spoken, he gains the family's respect and overcomes their prejudice initially by playing ragtime music on their badly-tuned piano. Things go well until he is humiliated by a racist fire crew, led by Will Conklin, who vandalize his Model T Ford. He begins a single-minded pursuit of redress by legal action but discovers he cannot hope to win because of the inherent prejudice of the system. Sarah is killed in an attempt to aid him, and Coalhouse uses the money he was saving for their wedding to pay for an extravagant funeral. Having exhausted legal resources, Coalhouse begins killing firemen and bombing firehouses to force the city to meet his demands: that his Model T be restored to its original condition, and Conklin be turned over to him for justice. Mother unofficially adopts Sarah and Coalhouse's neglected child over Father's objections, putting strain on their marriage. With a group of angry young men, all of whom come to refer to themselves as 'Coalhouse Walker', Coalhouse continues his vigilante campaign, and is eventually joined by Younger Brother, who brings with him his knowledge of explosives. Coalhouse and his gang storm the Morgan Library, taking the priceless collection hostage and wiring the building with dynamite. Father is drawn into the escalating conflict as a mediator, as is Booker T. Washington. Coalhouse eventually agrees to exchange Conklin's life for safe passage for his men, who leave in his restored Model T. Coalhouse is then shot as he surrenders to the authorities.
Interwoven with this story is a depiction of life in the tenement slums of New York city, focused on Eastern European immigrant Tateh, who struggles to support himself and his daughter, after driving her mother off for accepting money for sex with her employer. The girl's beauty attracts the attention of Evelyn Nesbit, who provides financial support. When Tateh learns her identity, however, it drives him to take his daughter out of the city. Tateh is a talented artist, and earns a living cutting out novelty paper silhouettes on the street. He tries working in a factory, where he experiences a successful workers' strike, but becomes disillusioned when he see that it changes little about the workers' lives, although in the final chapter he still describes himself as a socialist. He starts making and selling moving picture books to a novelty toy company, finally becoming a pioneer of animation in the motion picture industry. Tateh subsequently becomes wealthy and styles himself 'the Baron' in order to move more easily through high society. He meets and falls in love with Mother, who eventually marries him after Father is killed in the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. They adopt each other's children, as well as Coalhouse's son, and move to California.

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Mixed into the interwoven stories are subplots following prominent figures of the day, including J.P. Morgan, Harry Houdini, Henry Ford, Sigmund Freud and Emma Goldman.

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Scalzi's always a good deal...

This time the empire collapse is NOT politics/wars, it's that the flow that allows travel between the systems is dropping out and will cut off the interdependent worlds from each other.

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Just finished up with Bob Zappa's second "Frankie and Bobbie" book.


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Cover-Up at Roswell: Exposing the 70-Year Conspiracy to Suppress the Truth


As we approach the 70th anniversary of the most significant UFO event of all time, best-selling author Donald R. Schmitt takes a fresh look at the renowned incident. Previous books on Roswell, including his, have focused on the witnesses, their families, and the history of the case. Cover-Up at Roswell catalogs the extreme measures the U.S. government exercised to suppress the truth.

How they silenced military witnesses clearly demonstrates their need to prevent the facts from leaking out. But more disconcerting are the tactics used against civilians and the media.

Over the years, the government has actually issued four different explanations for what took place in 1947, yet Roswell remains a mystery, shrouded in secrecy, cover-ups, and deception. Is a fifth explanation at hand?

Cover-Up at Roswell includes fascinating new information, such as:
•The most comprehensive timeline of events ever written.
•What the base commander’s secretary confessed.
•The answers to the 20 most frequently asked questions about Roswell.
•The Roswell “smoking gun,” provided by one of the very arbiters of the cover-up.


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Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.

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just finished. Dense read!


I'm on the last 60 pages. I saw it last month at the library and got it. Tho 4 years old now and set in 2001 New York, it still seems before it's time - like ghosts coming up to us and whispering the truth softly, gently ... and then, handed a corndog on a stick and slipping naturally onto a just-arrived child's carousel horse, with no visible wheels or locomotive possibilities, zips off down the street blaring some other generation's showtune. Echoes of which bounce back off of windowpanes, taco trucks and the gleam of receding taxi rearwindows.

Did you like it?
:mrgreen:


I'm not sure....I think i'll have to do a re-read (as with most of his work), it's not easy reading.

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Book 2 in the series...

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I watched a documentary on him, where he describes the gang bang incident...

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Read this for the second time.
Despite being fairly "kiss and tell", or, as it's Mao's doctor writing the book, "examine and tell", one learns a lot about Mao's character and the inner workings of China's government from the 50s to the 70s.
It's also a riveting read.

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This Expeditionary Force series is rapidly moving into my top 5 favorite sci-fi, this is the third book in the series. :)

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