August 12, 2007

Anybody know anything about this stuff?

I've got three lists going on The one I want to mention today is the one I call Things to Read, See, or Hear. The other two are My Wishlist and one of possible gifts for folks (I'll not link to that one in case any of those folks stumble 'round here).

I'm curious today as to whether any of you have read, seen, or heard any of the stuff on my list. If so, two questions:
  • Should I continue to pursue that item - if so, why...if not, why not?
  • What other item should I add to the list based on that item?


achilles3 said...

when the levees broke is great
I think Borat was unfunny
You need to add the book I'm reading now that won the Pulizter in 00 and is LOVED by the comic book crowd...The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Its amazing.

Matt said...

Chemistry Warm-Up's may disappoint. I suggest going to Barnes & Noble and previewing the book. I bought the Biology version, and while they have some very awesome, "real-world" examples of concepts, the arrangement of the book leaves a lot to be desired.

For instance, I would see a snippet and a few questions about say, symbiosis while flipping through, then want to share the story and questions as a warm-up in class that day, but the book is not arranged by topic, category, and there is no index.

Just thought I'd throw that out there.

Also, riding Lakes' coattails, rent Borat (Netflix?) before purchasing. You may be disappointed.

PHSChemGuy said...

I've got When the Levees Broke checked out from the library right now (disc one, anyway, as they check out separately). Haven't gotten into it just yet.

Interesting about Borat as you guys are the first moderately negative things I've heard, though I'll admit that I tend not to enjoy the general concept of the reality/hidden camera tv shows, and Borat made me think of those.

I'd forgotten that I had Warm Ups on the list. I've got the first edition and haven't cared for it. I should take that book off of the list.

I've only read one thing by Michael Chabon - Summerland - and loved the heck out of it. I'll add Kavalier and Cly to the list since you're the umpteenth person to recommend it to me. I'd also like to read Yiddish Policeman's from Chabon as well.

Thanks, guys...

achilles3 said...

I really like that whole reality genre of funny you describe but I think Borat was just overrated. It has moments.

Chabon is now who I want to be when I grow up.

K and C is wonderful...move it up the list since you loved Summerland.

Who is Matt???

PHSChemGuy said...

I'm pretty sure that Matt is a former science teacher from PHS. Left us just this summer to head northward toward Tipp City. Luckily he left an impressive legacy behind him.