Current Recreational Reading List
- "The Complete Maus" by Art Spiegelman. A serious look at the Jewish Holocaust during World War II, but in comic book form. Easy to read and informative.
- "No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam" by Reza Aslan. The history of Islam; very good and straightforward, especially for folks who are unfamiliar with the religion.
- "Dying To Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism" by Robert A. Pape. A look at the history, use, misconceptions, goals and effectiveness of suicide terrorism.
- "God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It" by Jim Wallis. This book talks about combining the language of religion with the acts and deeds of religion, for the religious and non-religious. True morality and spirituality is pro-justice, pro-peace, pro-environment, pro-equality, pro-ethics and pro-family(in all it's forms), and this book discusses how to make it a reality.
- "The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers" by Daniel L. Schacter. It talks about how these sins of ommission (transience, absent-mindedness, blocking) and commission (misattribution, suggestibility, bias, persistence) manifest themselves in everyday life and extreme cases. He also talks about how these seven sins are actually helpful and demonstrate the "adaptive strengths of memory."
- "Negro President: Jefferson and the Slave Power" by Garry Wills. Wills discusses many things, including how Jefferson lost the popular vote but won the electoral college and the Presidency because of the "slave power" of the three-fifths compromise. It also talks about how this "slave power" influenced early leaders for and against it (Thomas Jefferson, Timothy Pickering and John Quincy Adams). It brings up often looked over aspects of the formative years of the United States.
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MusicThe World's Greatest Hip-Hop Duos:
- Mobb Deep (Prodigy & Havoc)
- Pete Rock (Chocolate Boy Wonder/Soul Brother #1) & CL Smooth (Mecca)
- Outkast (Andre 3000 & Big Boi)
- EPMD (Erick Sermon & Parrish Smith)