What's on your summer reading list for 2014?

17 April 2014

Every year, we do a special program called the Summer Reading List. As we're preparing for this year's show, we want to know what YOU, our fans and listeners, are planning to read this year. 

Are there some new books you've been itching to get your hands on? Any old favorites you love to return to again and again? Are you more of a fiction or nonfiction type of reader? Do you have any recommendations for our philosophically-inclined audience? 

Share your thoughts with us here, and maybe we'll ask you to join John and Ken on the air to talk about what's on your list!

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Saturday, April 19, 2014 -- 5:00 PM

In the spirit of today's

In the spirit of today's broadcast of our program on Conspiracy Theories, I have just ordered what's sure to be an exemplar of music scholarsip, Come Ye Masters of War: The Bob Dylan Conspiracy by one Robert Louis O'Brien. 

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Monday, April 21, 2014 -- 5:00 PM

1. Anarchism : a very short

1. Anarchism : a very short introduction by Colin Ward      
2.Nietzsche:Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist by Walter Kaufmann
3.Nietzsche: Human , All too Human
4.The transhumanist reader  by Max More        
5. Always running by luis J. Rodriguez
6. The history of western philosophy by Bertrand Russell

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Sunday, April 27, 2014 -- 5:00 PM

read this! A CORNER OF THE

read this! A CORNER OF THE VEIL by Laurence Cosse. A  "causuit" priest is given Proof of God! A delightful (emphasis on the light) French novel.  See the reactions of the honest, the government and the church. Like a delicious glass of champagne, this novel is wry, dry, kind and wickedly delicious.

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Tim Smith

Monday, April 28, 2014 -- 5:00 PM

-Backsliding: Understanding

-Backsliding: Understanding Weakness of Will by Alfred Mele - I'm going to read this against my better judgment.
-Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt  by Michael Lewis - as soon as my turn comes up in the library queue - currently 356th in line...summer
-The Language of Mathematics: Making the Invisible Visible by Keith Devlin - Keith Devlin is cool.
-The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics by Leonard Susskind
-The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - saw the movie on a whim despite a so so tomatometer and was very impressed... can't wait for this...
-Trusting What You're Told: How Children Learn from Others by Paul Harris 
-Your Life is a Joke: 12 Ways to Go from Ha Ha to Aha! by Adam Christing - I know... I'm shallow.

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Laura Maguire

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 -- 5:00 PM

356th in line!! Maybe next

356th in line!! Maybe next summer...

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Thursday, May 22, 2014 -- 5:00 PM

Just finished "Good Calories,

Just finished "Good Calories, Bad Calories" by Gary Taubes. Well written and full of "the controversial science of diet and health.
Next is "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand" by Leonard Piekoff. Read "Atlas Shrugged" last year and "The Fountainhead" the year before. I'm a true convert and now should delve deeper.
I have been rereading and taking notes of "Socrates to Sarte: A history of Philosophy" by Samuel Enoch Stumpf. I found this to be quite excellent (maybe because it is rather short considering). I purchased "The Oxford Guide of Philosphy" but that thing is like 1,000 pages where as Stumpf's is 500. 
I plan on rereading Niezstche's "Thus Spoke Zarathustra". One of my favorite motivational stories of the greatness of Man. Uber cool....
I am also a huge Trekkie so I found a book that peers into the philosophical ideas found in the famous "Star Trek" franchise. A collection of essays from renowned professional philosophers - 21 in fact. Should be a fun read! "Star Trek and Philosohpy: The Wrath of Kant"
I started "The Ringing Cedar" series last year and will continue reading book 4 and 5 this year, The first book "Anastasia", is a true account of a Russian merchant who came across a recluse young girl, deep in the forests of Siberia. Living her whole life among wild nature, she share's her ideas and shows her special powers to a spiritual lax businessman. A great and provocative series, if not a little crazy. Not sure how I feel about all the things she says, but nonetheless gets the mind thinking.
If I finish all the above I have Plato's "Republic" to finally read.
One of my favorite books last year was Leonard Peikoff's "The DIM Hypothesis: Why the lights of the West are going out" Heady but very much recommended.
I will also have to look into some what is recommended here.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016 -- 5:00 PM

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