Appetite for Distraction – Another Day.


He wakes up. He reads Malcolm X and a drinks a bottle of wine from a plastic bag. He wanders past the same diaper that has been open on the sidewalk for more than two weeks now ignored and swollen as it displays itself onto the concrete. Batman is an…

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Appetite for Distraction – Another Day.


He wakes up. He reads Malcolm X and a drinks a bottle of wine from a plastic bag. He wanders past the same diaper that has been open on the sidewalk for more than two weeks now ignored and swollen as it displays itself onto the concrete. Batman is an…

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Appetite for Distraction – Another Day.


He wakes up. He discovers that it is New Year’s Eve. He wonders where the rest of the year went. It went so quickly. He has lots of thoughts. He keeps them all to himself. He ponders the reviews and the reviews and the reviews and then he drinks some red…

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Appetite for Distraction – Another Day.


He wakes up. He discovers that it is New Year’s Eve. He wonders where the rest of the year went. It went so quickly. He has lots of thoughts. He keeps them all to himself. He ponders the reviews and the reviews and the reviews and then he drinks some red…

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Appetite for Distraction – Another Day.


He wakes up. He discovers that it is New Year’s Eve. He wonders where the rest of the year went. It went so quickly. He has lots of thoughts. He keeps them all to himself. He ponders the reviews and the reviews and the reviews and then he drinks some red wine and does some chemistry experiments and thinks about those who he won’t be with and those who have already celebrated the new year and the days that he has missed and the thoughts he has had and the experiences he has had and he will save all of that for tomorrow when it will be a new year. He goes to sleep after midnight and wishes everyone a Happy New Year.

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence.


“Remember me to all my friends and relations – I wish you and others of the family as many as can write to write to me often and tell me about every thing and any thing,” Henry Watson begged his father, “about every body and thing I care any thing about.”

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Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence.


“Remember me to all my friends and relations – I wish you and others of the family as many as can write to write to me often and tell me about every thing and any thing,” Henry Watson begged his father, “about every body and thing I care any thing about.”

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Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence.


“Remember me to all my friends and relations – I wish you and others of the family as many as can write to me often and tell me about every thing and any thing,” Henry Watson begged his father, “about every body and thing I care any thing about.”

Ebony & Ivory – Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of America’s Universities, Craig Steven Wilder (2013)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


We are a nation living with two sets of laws, one public law as guided by the Constitution and a second, invisible text that exists between the lines of that document.

American Coup – How A Terrified Government Is Destroying The Constitution, William M.…

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Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


We are a nation living with two sets of laws, one public law as guided by the Constitution and a second, invisible text that exists between the lines of that document.

American Coup – How A Terrified Government Is Destroying The Constitution, William M.…

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Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


We are a nation living with two sets of laws, one public law as guided by the Constitution and a second, invisible text that exists between the lines of that document.

American Coup – How A Terrified Government Is Destroying The Constitution, William M. Arkin (2013)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence.


In his magisterial work A Study of History, British historian Arnold J. Toynbee tells the story of how civilizations rise and fall through the dynamics of challenge and response.

Who Stole The American Dream?, Hedrick Smith (2013)

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Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence.


In his magisterial work A Study of History, British historian Arnold J. Toynbee tells the story of how civilizations rise and fall through the dynamics of challenge and response.

Who Stole The American Dream?, Hedrick Smith (2013)

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Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence.


In his magisterial work A Study of History, British historian Arnold J. Toynbee tells the story of how civilizations rise and fall through the dynamics of challenge and response.

Who Stole The American Dream?, Hedrick Smith (2013)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


On January 30, 1835, as Andrew Jackson exited a congressman’s funeral, an assassin drew a weapon and pointed it at the president.

The United States of Paranoia, Jesse Walker (2013)

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Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


On January 30, 1835, as Andrew Jackson exited a congressman’s funeral, an assassin drew a weapon and pointed it at the president.

The United States of Paranoia, Jesse Walker (2013)

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Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


On January 30, 1835, as Andrew Jackson exited a congressman’s funeral, an assassin drew a weapon and pointed it at the president.

The United States of Paranoia, Jesse Walker (2013)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


In eight short years Horatio Nelson, already a rear admiral and a national hero, turned himself into a major international figure and a deathless icon.

Nelson – The Sword of Albion, John Sugden (2013)

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Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


In eight short years Horatio Nelson, already a rear admiral and a national hero, turned himself into a major international figure and a deathless icon.

Nelson – The Sword of Albion, John Sugden (2013)

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Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


In eight short years Horatio Nelson, already a rear admiral and a national hero, turned himself into a major international figure and a deathless icon.

Nelson – The Sword of Albion, John Sugden (2013)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


The late Sadiq Neihoum, Libya’s preeminent political philosopher of the 1970s and 1980s, and a onetime advisor to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, wrote the fable from which the above passage is taken in the late 1970s.

Exit the Colonel – The Hidden History of The Libyan Revolution, Ethan Chorin (2013)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence.


On the bright and breezy Sunday morning of April 15, 2012, my colleagues and I left NATO’s International Security Assistance  Force (ISAF) headquarters in Kabul to meet with Afghan journalists, government officials, and civil society leaders to discuss the security and political situation in Afghanistan and the transition to a much reduced international presence after 2014.

Aspiration and Ambivalence – Strategies and Realities of Counterinsurgency and State Building in Afghanistan, Vanda Felbab-Brown (2013)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


It’s July 19, 2012, and it’s as hot as the hobs of hell here.

The Anatomy of Violence – The Biological Roots of Crime, Adrian Raine (2013)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence.


“The Jonas Brothers are here.”

The Thistle and the Drone – How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam, Akbar Ahmed (2013)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


Shortly after New Orleans physician Samuel Cartwright discovered a new disease in 1850, he realized that like all medical pioneers he faced a special burden.

The Book of Woe – The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry, Gary Greenberg (2013)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


I’ve come to believe that the first Earth Day is the most famous little-known event in modern American history.

The Genius of Earth Day – How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation, Adam Rome (2013)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


This is a book about Power.

The End of Power; from boardrooms to battlefields and churches to states, why being in charge isn’t what it used to be, Moises Naim (2013)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


Less than two weeks before The Great Deformation went to press, the powers that be in Washington pulled off a “deal” that allegedly stopped the country from going over the fiscal cliff.

The Great Deformation – The Corruption of Capitalism in America, David A. Stockman (2013)