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August 10th, 2010

August 10th, 2010
10:18 am

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Recent Reading: Rereading Harry Potter Redux
I've been reading a lot lately and plan on posting about some of the good books I've found. I thought I'd start, though, with a follow up to this post , in which I gave a midterm report on my impressions as I reread the Harry Potter books. I've reread them all now and here are some more thoughts:
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So all in all, a fun reread and an experience I recommend! I might do it again in a few years.

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10:46 am

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Recent Reading: The 188th Crybaby Brigade by Joel Chasnoff
The full title of this books is The 188th Crybaby Brigade: a Skinny Jewish Kid from Chicago Fights Hezbollah -- a Memoir. The author is an aspiring stand-up comedian who, at age 24 and with his career not going anywhere, immigrated to Israel and joined the army there. His book chronicles his experiences in a mostly humorous way. It's often truly laugh-out-loud funny but he's also got some serious things to say.
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Other topics the author covers, with humor and insight, include: race relations in Israel, differences (and similarities) in Jewish religious expression between the US and Israel, military ethics, sex roles and sexism in the army, and attitudes about the Holocaust. There are a lot of deep and serious insights in this volume. At the same time I dare you to go three pages without laughing.

I got it at my library. (Doran's reading it now, but I'll return it soon). I'm sure it's at yours, too.

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12:22 pm

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American History Vacations
I have a piece on the PSP blog today on American History Themed Vacations. It's called "That's So 200 Years Ago" and can be found here . It was kind of bittersweet to write - remembering fun vacations that are completely out of the question now.

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