I saw that book for sale at Barnes and Noble and I thought about picking it up. I was worried that it maybe to biased (left or Right) so i did not pick it up. Is it a fair, worthy read?
It is published by the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank. It relies a good bit on recent events, but more to make the argument relevant. Most of the presidents of the 20th century come to be criticized, and even a few from the 19th century, Presidents Adams, Jackson, Johnson, and even Lincoln. It is more a detail of how executive power has been expanded and supported, with little going into the different issues that have "necessitated" these expansions of powers. It is definitely biased towards a weak presidency. I do not think praise of Presidents Taft, Harding, Hoover, and a good bit to Coolidge represents a right/Republican bias.
"No Plot, No problem!" by Chris Baty. You'd think the amount I've done Nano I would have read this, but I bought it years ago skimmed it, then lost it. So I have a friend's copy and want to read it for Nano as I'm doing it. So like I'm on the first week stuff. It's helpful but... I've done this 5 times before...
After taking a break nad then trying to catch up on my magazines, I read This Pen For Hire by Laura Levine. It waspretty bad LOL
Next is T is for .... eh whatever it's for LOL I forget offhand.
Good morning, son
In twenty years from now
Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
And I can tell you 'bout today
And how I picked you up and everything changed
It was pain
Sunny days and rain
I knew you'd feel the same things...
Finished Variation on a Theme Park: The New American City and the End of Public Space. It is a collection of essays regarding the state of american cities at the end of the 1980s. It is all about how the cities are being infected with suburbia and that their design is inherently discriminatory against "undesirable" (the poor, racial minorities, etc.) segments of the population. What is never ventured in all of this earning for the days of real cities, is when this ideal existed. They all go on about how the city is being inundated with simulacra (the replica of that which never existed) and nostalgia, a subset of our disastrous postmodern yearnings. An example would be historic districts that are heavily regulated and sanitized as they were never that clean or middle class. It seems though as if they themselves are yearning for something that has never existed, that pure and nearly perfect age of urbanity.
I am now reading The City of To-Morrow and Its Planning by Le Corbusier. A lot of Le Corbusier's (and Ebenezer Howard's) ideas of how a city of "to-morrow" should be built would later resurface, in a smaller fashion, in the vague details that are known about EPCOT.