My brother is great

Got home yesterday to find a nice big parcel containing two volumes of U.S. Presidential Candidates and the Elections: A Biographical and Historical Guide by James T. Havel. Wow. That was me gone for the evening. I never knew that:

  • Samuel Clemens (better known as Mark Twain) stood as an Anti-Doughnut candidate in 1880
  • Lyndon B Johnson got an honorary degree at the age of 35 from Southwestern University (I would be very easily bribed with a similar offer).

OK not everyone’s cup of tea but it will give me a number of happy evenings between now and November.

Incidentally I note that Clinton won only one of the first six primaries in 1992 so that may be good news for Edwards or Clark. Of course Clinton then lost only two of the remaining primaries, so I suspect that Kerry has a pretty good chance. Also it’s notable that if the party as a whole makes its mind up fast then there is a much better chance of winning.

This entry was posted in Uncategorised. Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to My brother is great

  1. nwhyte says:

    Mervyn Peake: Gormenghast Trilogy 39
    Edgar Allan Poe: The Fall of the House of Usher, And Other Stories 38
    Philippa Pearce: Tom’s Midnight Garden 29
    Guy Gavriel Kay: A Song for Arbonne 25
    Robert Holdstock: Mythago Wood 22
    Maureen F. McHugh: China Mountain Zhang 21
    Tim Powers: Last Call 19
    Lois Mcmaster Bujold: The Sharing Knife: Passage 18
    Terry Pratchett: I Shall Wear Midnight 17
    Jo Walton: Ha’penny 15
    Lois Mcmaster Bujold: The Sharing Knife: Horizon 15

    J. R. R. Tolkien: Letters from Father Christmas 15
    Ysabeau S. Wilce: Flora Segunda 14
    Iain Banks: Transition 14
    Jo Walton: Half a Crown 13
    Gillian Cross: The Demon Headmaster 13

    China Mieville: Looking for Jake and Other Stories 12
    Horace Walpole: The Castle of Otranto 12
    Gwyneth Jones: White Queen 11

    Diana Wynne Jones: Stopping for a Spell 11
    James Tiptree: Up the Walls of the World 11
    Eric Flint: 1632 11
    Poul Anderson: There Will be Time 10
    Elizabeth Hand: Waking the Moon 10

    Arthur Conan Doyle: The Complete Sherlock Holmes 56
    D. H. Lawrence: Lady Chatterley’s Lover 36
    Jostein Gaarder: Sophie’s World 28
    Sir Walter Scott: Ivanhoe 26
    Giovanni Boccaccio: The Decameron 24
    Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom’s Cabin 22

    Henry Fielding: The History of Tom Jones 20
    D.H. Lawrence: Sons and Lovers 20
    Walt Whitman: Leaves of Grass 19
    Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Idiot 18
    Michelle Magorian: Goodnight Mister Tom 17
    Patrick O’Brian: Desolation Island 17
    Daniel Defoe: Moll Flanders 17
    Franz Kafka: The Castle 17
    Meg Cabot: The Princess Diaries 16
    Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man 16
    Charles Frazier: Cold Mountain 16
    Charles Lamb: Tales of Shakespeare 15

    Thomas Mann: Death in Venice 15
    Dorothy Dunnett: Niccolo Rising 13
    Nathaniel Hawthorne: The House of the Seven Gables 13
    Stendhal: The Red and the Black 12
    Dorothy Dunnett: The Spring of the Ram 11
    Katherine Paterson: Jacob Have I Loved 11

    Thucydides: The History of the Peloponnesian War 19
    Joanna Russ: How to Suppress Women’s Writing 18
    Frederick Douglass: The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass 11
    Mary Wollstonecraft: The Rights of Woman – and – On The Subjection of Women 9
    Stephen Jay Gould: Questioning the Millennium. 8
    Lynne M. Thomas: Chicks Dig Time Lords 5
    Stephen Jay Gould: Full House: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin 5
    Paul Kincaid: British Science Fiction & Fantasy: Twenty Years, Two Surveys
    Farah Mendlesohn: Diana Wynne Jones 3

    Karen Armstrong: The Bible: The Biography 3
    Peter C. Bayley: Spenser’s The Faerie Queen – A Selection of Critical Essays 2
    Ian Hislop: Private Eye Annual 2008 2

    David Day: A Guide to Tolkien 2
    Katherine Ashenburg: Clean: An Unsanitised History of Washing 2
    M. I. Finley: The Portable Greek Historians 2
    Ammon Shea: Reading the Oxford English Dictionary 2

Comments are closed.