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Get ready for some quality time with a theraband and ice. I went through this a couple times. Once it was my shoulder, the second time it was a rib out of place in my back, which looks and feels a lot like a rotator cuff. Chiropractor cleared that up in two visits. To bring things full circle, my physical therapist the second time around was Craig Kimbrel's mom. True story.
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My two cents? Eric Ambler, Coffin for Demitrios (A classic and very funny to boot.) Steve Hamilton, The Lock Artist (Great and unusual protagonist.) Tana French, In the Woods (Frustrating climax, but I wouldn;t have had it any other way.) Sara Gran, Claire de Witt and the City of the Dead (Not a typical, or even lovable, narrator. But a weird and compelling read.) Elizabeth Hand, Generation Loss. (See previous.)
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As a post-script to the witch persecutions, they are VERY rare before the Reformation. Tough to pin that one on the bad old middle ages, no? I loved the scene in Wolf Hall in which Cromwell describes a patron so rich he served his guests on gold plate, and then - to show his wealth - tossed them out the window into the canals rather than clean them. The punchline of course was that he had lined the canals with nets and had divers at the ready.
Another vote for the a change of desks rather than chairs. I don't know about the treadmill, but a friend with a Geekdesk (I think) swears by it. As I keep saying to my wife, "When the foreign rights come in!"
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Harry Potter, of course! Google turns up a bevy of examples, including: http://www.boston.com/ae/books/articles/2007/10/25/man_from_ministry_bans_potter/ Even more surreal was the fact that many Christian groups picked up on this story from The Onion ("Harry Potter Books Spark Rise In Satanism Among Children")as real, and used it to justify censorship. http://www.theonion.com/articles/harry-potter-books-spark-rise-in-satanism-among-ch,2413/ Laugh or cry?
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I lived in San Diego when I was a kid and remember when Prop. 13 took an axe to all public services, starting with libraries. Suddenly the place I wanted to spend every afternoon was closed more often than it was open. We want our kids to read more, right? How about, you know, opening up those buildings where they keep the books?
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NPR has an ongoing series on crime in the city: http://www.npr.org/series/13795507/crime-in-the-city
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Is Brad Thor his real name? It seemed so unlikely, I assumed it was made up. I think I agree with you, but it's really the author's call. I'm early enough in my career that I don't much want to alienate any readers if I can help it. (When criticized for not speaking out on civil rights, Michael Jordan supposedly said, "Republicans buy sneakers too." It also depends on the author's target audience. There is a healthy segment of the reading population who would never buy a Glenn Beck (or Al Franken) book, so they are free to say what they please without fear of losing a reader. Those of us who live less overtly political lives might want to hang on to readers on the other side of the aisle.
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Jun 19, 2011