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P. J. O’Rourke: By the Book
New York Times, by Staff

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Posted By:Mike PHX, 11/18/2012 9:44:25 AM

What book is on your night stand now? “Kearny’s March,” by Winston Groom. The author of “Forrest Gump” has become a wonderful military historian and tells us how, as a result of the Mexican War, we acquired not just Texas but New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and — every silver lining has its cloud — California. When and where do you like to read? Every evening by my living room fireplace in a splendid Eames chair, giving thanks to my bad back for excusing this extravagant purchase. What was the last truly great book you read?

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PJ, still very funny. Wish he were writing more these days.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 11/18/2012 9:53:28 AM     (No. 9021821)

Email sent to tech support. I don´t know how this post ended up as it did.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 11/18/2012 9:55:09 AM     (No. 9021823)

Ignore #1. They fixed already.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 11/18/2012 9:59:52 AM     (No. 9021833)



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Reply 4 - Posted by: Susannah, 11/18/2012 10:00:53 AM     (No. 9021836)

Link isn´t working.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Sanspeur, 11/18/2012 10:04:16 AM     (No. 9021839)

Plz rework the link..

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Fosterdad, 11/18/2012 10:04:31 AM     (No. 9021841)

Link doesn´t work.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 11/18/2012 10:15:01 AM     (No. 9021860)

For some reason my posts containing the correct link are not showing up. Another email sent to tech support. Sorry for all the trouble.

This post is jinxed!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: WI Cynic, 11/18/2012 10:15:59 AM     (No. 9021864)

Here is the link I found:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/18/books/review/p-j-orourke-by-the-book.html

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Reply 9 - Posted by: StormCnter, 11/18/2012 10:19:40 AM     (No. 9021867)

The link works. The article is worth reading.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: WI Cynic, 11/18/2012 10:39:23 AM     (No. 9021897)

He just added a book to my Christmas wish list.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: bullhead, 11/18/2012 10:42:58 AM     (No. 9021905)

O´Rourke is so refreshing. He helps me to NOT take things too seriously.

Thanks for posting.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 11/18/2012 10:48:32 AM     (No. 9021913)

Anyone who hasn´t availed themselves to " A Parliament of Whores" is missing a great, hillarious and timeless read. Don´t dismiss it because it was written nearly a quarter century ago. Government so distant from it´s subjects is not less efficient or less worthy of ridicule. It´s only larger.
I´m pleased to read that it is also P.J.´s favorite.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 11/18/2012 11:08:58 AM     (No. 9021944)

I watched a facinating DVD this year from my local library called How The States Got Their Shapes. I guess it was originally a program on PBS or the History channel. Facinating historical trivia.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: southron, 11/18/2012 12:33:30 PM     (No. 9022114)

"Pull your pants up,turn your hat around and get a job."

Enough said!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Elvira, 11/18/2012 1:32:58 PM     (No. 9022233)

The electronic readers have brought us back to the scroll. Funny that. I cherish my books. Now that I have my nook, I mostly use it to visit my favorite websites (ahem) while moving around the house or taking a break. I´ve read a few books on it, "A Dog´s Purpose" would be one I´d buy for my library, but mostly I read throw away stuff.

I will be getting "A Parlament of Whores". Hopefully I can get it in hardback. One I´ve read several times is "Gone With the Wind". What a spectacular account of daily life in that time. The movie did the book no justice at all.

I have a couple of Chris Buckley´s early books, but wouldn´t touch him now.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: TheMotherCO, 11/18/2012 3:29:45 PM     (No. 9022380)

I love this guy and have all of his books, except a couple that I loaned someone, and never got back. I wonder if Amazon has his complete writings? I think he is better than Chris Buckley, but Chris could never write like Bill did. I have all of his books also. I am about to be able to read again and that will be wonderful. I am tons behind in reading my collections.

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