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Open Thread: What Movie Are You Embarrassed To Admit Made You Cry?

I'm a crier. Specifically a movie crier. And a TV show crier. And a book crier. And a heartwarming commercial crier. And a powerful acceptance speech crier. And an "OMG I just remembered that really emotional scene in that movie I saw ten years ago" crier. Show More Summary

Sunday Morning Book Thread 01-25-2015: Science! [OregonMuse]

Paris ? France National Library (Bibliothèque Nationale de France) (library photo stolen from the HuffPo who got it from this guy) Good morning morons and moronettes and welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread. The...

New Books/ARCs, 1/21/15

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : Whatever

Continuing to catch up on all the new books and ARCs that have come to the Scalzi Compound since the turn of the year. Here’s today’s batch, and there are some excellent finds in here. What looks good to you? The comment thread hungers for your input.

Ayn Rand and Ben Carson Over ‘The Working Poor': Texas Mom Demands Book Be Cut From Cirriculum

While they exist outside of entirely different contexts and time periods, Ayn Rand and Ben Carson do share one common thread: Both of them are divisive figures with a group of extremely devoted followers. That’s not say every Ayn lover...Show More Summary

Sunday Morning Book Thread 01-18-2015: Nothing Left To Destroy [OregonMuse]

Because You Can Never Have Too Many Books Good morning morons and moronettes and welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread. The only AoSHQ thread that is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Or kilts. Kilts...

You’ll Be Surprised Which Airlines are Actually the Biggest, an Award Booking Trick, and More Cathay Seats

News and notes from around the interweb: I’m giving away 5 prizes each of a $200 gift card and top tier elite status with National Car Rental. Leave a comment in the entry thread, that’s all you have to do to enter. There are surprisingly...Show More Summary

The Billy Joel Book

Billy Joel by Fred Schruers It really was different. It bugs me that people claim otherwise, the youngsters who were not around and the oldsters hanging on by a thread. First and foremost, as Malcolm Gladwell said in “Outliers,” timing is everything. Show More Summary

Curtius’s Guiding Principles.

I’ve just started Ernst Robert Curtius’s European Literature and the Latin Middle Ages, recommended by elessorn and others in this thread (why juggle half a dozen books when you can juggle a dozen, is my motto), and the first thing that greeted me was the list of ten Guiding Principles, untranslated quotations from Greek, Latin, […]

Sunday Morning Book Thread 01-11-2015: Men Without Chests [OregonMuse]

Coming Soon Good morning morons and moronettes and welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread. The only AoSHQ thread that is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Or kilts. Kilts are OK, too. But not tutus....

Friday Evening Open Thread: Gravitas & Dignity

In case you wonder how NJ is feeling about their Gov these days pic.twitter.com/ZRCWQI7Iwi — Chris Fralic (@chrisfralic) January 9, 2015 Fellow GOP wannabe-candidate Mike Huckabee has a book to sell. Early reviews, from Olivia Nuzzi at the Daily Beast: … If the contents of Huckabee’s latest book – due out January 20th – are [Read more...]

Rubio peddles piecemeal approach to immigration

Sen. Marcio Rubio is once again trying to establish himself as a GOP heavyweight with a new book in which he reportedly attempts to "thread the needle" on immigration. Oh, where to start? First off, Politico reports that he devotes "the final pages" of a single chapter within a 240-page book to the topic. Show More Summary

[Comic Book Review] “Roche Limit” #4 Is Another HighPoint For The Excellent Series

“Roche Limit”#4 is a convergence of sorts, many dangling plot threads are woven together for the first time. Pay offs are beginning to trickle in, more of this world is revealed than ever before and the stakes have never been higher for Roche Limit. There’s no going back after this issue, for our protagonists and […]

Double-Dicked Dude Writes A Book

3 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Last year the man who reportedly has two ten-inch fully functional penises earned global headlines after he participated in an "Ask Me Anything" thread on Reddit where he revealed having had sex with hundreds of men and women. Now he's written a book. Show More Summary

Open Thread [Y-not]

I feel guilty for going off topic on the book thread. Here's some news to chew on while we wait for the next post... Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert has declared his candidacy for Speaker of the House of Representatives against...

Sunday Morning Book Thread 01-04-2015 [OregonMuse]

National Library of Finland - Helsinki, Finland Good morning morons and moronettes and welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread. The only AoSHQ thread that is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Or kilts. Kilts are...

The Best Science Books of 2014

4 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

There's no better way to learn about science than by reading a book that makes it relevant to your everyday life. That's why 2014's best science books show us how science and culture are interconnected, two threads in the same story, braided together in ways that can be funny, engrossing, and often deeply moving. Read more...

Start with Why: Inspiring Ourselves and Those Around Us by @thebigdebowski

For December’s #SEJBookClub, we read Start with Why by Simon Sinek. The book’s tagline is “How great leaders inspire everyone to take action.” Inspiration is a common thread throughout the book and serves as a bottom line for starting with “why”. Show More Summary

Sunday Morning Book Thread 12-28-2014: Wring Out The Old [OregonMuse]

Strahav Library, Prague Same Library As A Few Weeks Ago, But With Different Lighting Good morning morons and moronettes and welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread. The only AoSHQ thread that is so hoity-toity,...

Open Thread - Best Books Of 2014

Like many, I have a stack of books "to read" at some point, so whether it came out this calendar year or not isn't my consideration. What was your favorite book you read this year? Any favorites that were published this year? Station...Show More Summary

The Gaming thread (without much gaming)

Not gaming related but this is cool Comic book fan, cosplay aficionado, and 15-year veteran deputy sheriff Michael Wilson (@knightmage) brought cheer to countless families on December 18 when he strolled into his local Ohio TOYS R US dressed as...

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