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GW's Summer Reading

Just ran across this looking for something else. Monica Crowley on her kneepads, talking about the three book GW is puportedly reading in as little as five weeks of vacation:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6969478/

Salt: A World History
Alexander II
The Great Influenza

"So, all in all... a pretty sophisticated reading list if you ask me... much more sophisticated than my own beach reading. So, opponents of the president: go ahead and continue to underestimate him. Because while you are off doing that, he'll be busy reading important historical works and running the war on terror."

Christ on a fly-carried popsicle stick. Is there no depth of vapidity to which the US press won't sink?
Permalink Mongo 
August 26th, 2005
"Christ on a fly-carried popsicle stick."

Sidebar!
Permalink qwe 
August 26th, 2005
Wasn't their another Crowley in league with the devil a while back?
Permalink Aaron F Stanton 
August 26th, 2005
No way that can possibly be true. None of those have pictures!
Permalink I am Jack's Friday fallout 
August 26th, 2005
But "being president is really hard" and all. He can't be down-home country boy and well-read intellectual both at once. Sorry PR guys, try again.
Permalink muppet 
August 26th, 2005
Here's the Guardian's take on the reading list:

http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/culturevulture/archives/2005/08/17/all_the_presidents_books.html#more
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 26th, 2005
I don't, in fact, think GW is stupid; it's pretty clear he's wilfully ignorant. I do wonder if he's dyslexic.

I don't even mind the reading list, I might read any of those myself -- as I or any of my friends might have done as a young teenager, as well.

Is this list really supposed to somehow represent intelligence and intellectualism in the US? How could anyone take this seriously? This stuff is one step removed from brain candy, even if he is reading it.
Permalink Mongo 
August 26th, 2005
Do they make any versions with pop-ups?
Permalink I am Jack's Friday fallout 
August 26th, 2005
Posted that over a week ago ...

http://discuss.joelonsoftware.com/default.asp?off.9.184704.6#discussTopic185416
Permalink trollop 
August 26th, 2005
Heh. That's where I stole the Guaridan link from...
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 26th, 2005
Now the Poms come out to play after tea for the last session having sat around indoors all day. Well apart from the two at the crease ... just thought this thread has been lacking its obligatory cricket chirping.
Permalink trollop 
August 26th, 2005
And it's The Grauniad. Don't they teach proper misspelling any more?
Permalink trollop 
August 26th, 2005
Sorry, that was an unintentional typo rather than a deliberate one, but it couldn't have happened in a more fitting word. :)
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 26th, 2005
OT, Alexander conquered Persia didn't he? And a history of the SALT treaty might be good to send down to JB at the UN and then ther'rr's this modern affluenza disease to stamp out, heck this isn't holiday reading, it's work.
Permalink trollop 
August 26th, 2005
Did he finally finish that book about a goat?

That "reading" list looks like a prop.
Permalink Peter 
August 26th, 2005
"Wasn't their another Crowley in league with the devil a while back?"

Yeah, but he was cool. He liked Queen, he was friends with the competition. Hey, he even understood the best way of sending human souls to Hell.

Besides, he was there in Paradise, on Apple-eating Day (although he was still called Crawley). Pretty cool stuff, really.
Permalink Paulo Caetano 
August 26th, 2005
I'm not sure he liked Queen - just any tape left in his car overnight turned into a Queen tape;-) His work on the M25 was exceptional though.
Permalink a cynic writes... 
August 26th, 2005
Whatever Bush really reads, this is not news, it's propaganda. Like the silly nonsense about what was in his ipod.
Permalink somebody else 
August 26th, 2005
I'd like to see a press release about what's in his pants.
Permalink muppet 
August 26th, 2005
We're talking about Good Omens, right? Awesome book, I love Terry Pratchet, need to re-read this one.

I'd like to see Good Omens on the President's reading list.
Permalink Joel Coehoorn 
August 26th, 2005
Good Omens? I thought we were talking about Aleister Crowley...
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 26th, 2005
There's character in there that is a parody of him - I'm a Pratchett fan, but the Neil Gaiman sections of the book are by far the most impressive (I'm thinking maggots here...)
Permalink qwe 
August 26th, 2005
Tell me something about Aleister Crowley.

He slept in the great pyramid which is something I would very much like to do. Only real place I heard of him.
Permalink I am Jack's Friday fallout 
August 26th, 2005
> Tell me something about Aleister Crowley.

Jimmy Page is a fan and now owns what used to be his house in Scotland. Perhaps it was he (Crowley) who coined the phrase "'Do what thou wilt' shall be the whole of the law". He was interested in magic. One of his books that I glanced at contained names of angels.
Permalink Christopher Wells 
August 26th, 2005
On my 7-D semantic hypersurface, "Aleister Crowley" is filed quite close to "Tarot" and "Freemason" but I probably couldn't explain why.
Permalink Christopher Wells 
August 26th, 2005
On mine he's right next to "anal sex" and "The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show".
Permalink muppet 
August 26th, 2005
LMFAO

I'm not sure which one is funnier.
Permalink I am Jack's Friday fallout 
August 26th, 2005
++This "Law of Thelema", as it is called, is not to be interpreted as a license to indulge every passing whim, but rather as the divine mandate to discover one's True Will or true purpose in life, and to accomplish it; leaving others to do the same in their own unique ways.

Thelema is apparently a religion now. He was also voted the 73rd of the greatest 100 Britons by some people with no more right of declaration than any of us.

He was a womanizing drug-user. I bet he woulda made for one helluva drinkin' buddy.
Permalink I am Jack's Friday fallout 
August 26th, 2005
That's not suprising muppet. It seems you get those results or similar from a very wide variety of inputs.
Permalink Joel Coehoorn 
August 26th, 2005

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