Functionally Literate – Fake Books.


this book will teach you nothing new

THIS BOOK WILL TEACH YOU NOTHING

BY ZARTOSHT KUIPERS

(2013)

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Functionally Literate – Quote


Our suspicions are first aroused when we see that the self-declared apostles of ethics and of the ‘right to difference’ are clearly horrified by any vigorously sustained difference. For them, African customs are barbaric, Muslims are dreadful, the Chinese are totalitarian, and so on. As a matter of fact, this celebrated ‘other’ is acceptable only if he is a good other – which is to say what, exactly, if not the same as us? Respect for differences, of course! But on condition that the different be parliamentary-democratic, pro free-market economics, in favour of freedom of opinion, feminism, the environment… That is to say: I respect differences, but only, of course, in so far as that which differs also respects, just as I do, the said differences. Just as there can be ‘no freedom for the enemies of freedom’, so there can be no respect for those whose difference consists precisely in not respecting differences. To prove the point, just consider the obsessive resentment expressed by the partisans of ethics regarding anything that resembles an Islamic ‘fundamentalist’.

The problem is that the ‘respect for differences’ and the ethics of human rights do seem to define an identity! And that as a result, the respect for differences applies only to those differences that are reasonably consistent with this identity (which, after all is nothing other than the identity of a wealthy – albeit visibly declining – ‘West’). Even immigrants in this country [France], as seen by the partisans of ethics, are acceptably different only when they are ‘integrated’, only if they seek integration (which seems to mean, if you think about it: only if they want to suppress their difference). It might well be that ethical ideology, detached from the religious teachings which at least conferred upon it the fullness of a ‘revealed’ identity, is simply the final imperative of a conquering civilization: ‘Become  like me and I will respect your difference.’

Ethics An Essay on the Understanding of Evil, Alain Badiou p24

(1993, trans. 2001)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence.


Philisophy does not begin in an experience of wonder, as ancient tradition contends, but rather, I think, with the indeterminate but palpable sense that something desired has not been fulfilled, that a fantastic effort has failed.

Infinitely Demanding –…

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Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence.


Philisophy does not begin in an experience of wonder, as ancient tradition contends, but rather, I think, with the indeterminate but palpable sense that something desired has not been fulfilled, that a fantastic effort has failed.

Infinitely Demanding –…

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Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence.


Philisophy does not begin in an experience of wonder, as ancient tradition contends, but rather, I think, with the indeterminate but palpable sense that something desired has not been fulfilled, that a fantastic effort has failed.

Infinitely Demanding – Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance, Simon Critchley (2007)

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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“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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“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


Plane’s due to take off in a few minutes.

Brother West – Living and Loving Out Loud – A Memoir, Cornell West with David Ritz (2009)

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Plane’s due to take off in a few minutes.

Brother West – Living and Loving Out Loud – A Memoir, Cornell West with David Ritz (2009)

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Plane’s due to take off in a few minutes.

Brother West – Living and Loving Out Loud – A Memoir, Cornell West with David Ritz (2009)

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.


Yesterday morning as I was about to enter the lecture hall, I was stopped by a Christian student who asked me in a voice eager with malice, “Have you heard about the Emperor Theodosius?”

Julian, Gore Vidal (1964)

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Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence.


Yesterday morning as I was about to enter the lecture hall, I was stopped by a Christian student who asked me in a voice eager with malice, “Have you heard about the Emperor Theodosius?”

Julian, Gore Vidal (1964)

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Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence.


Yesterday morning as I was about to enter the lecture hall, I was stopped by a Christian student who asked me in a voice eager with malice, “Have you heard about the Emperor Theodosius?”

Julian, Gore Vidal (1964)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence.


Never in the Americas has an event of such extraordinary character, with such deep roots and such far-reaching consequences for the destiny of the continent’s progressive movements taken place as our revolutionary war.

Cuba: Exceptional Case or Vanguard…

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Never in the Americas has an event of such extraordinary character, with such deep roots and such far-reaching consequences for the destiny of the continent’s progressive movements taken place as our revolutionary war.

Cuba: Exceptional Case or Vanguard…

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Never in the Americas has an event of such extraordinary character, with such deep roots and such far-reaching consequences for the destiny of the continent’s progressive movements taken place as our revolutionary war.

Cuba: Exceptional Case or Vanguard in the Struggle Against Colonialism, Che Guevara, (1961)

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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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


When my mother was pregnant with me, she told me later, a party of hooded Ku Klux Klan riders galloped up to our home in Omaha, Nebraska, one night.

The Autobiography of Malcom X As Told To Alex Haley, (1964)

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When my mother was pregnant with me, she told me later, a party of hooded Ku Klux Klan riders galloped up to our home in Omaha, Nebraska, one night.

The Autobiography of Malcom X As Told To Alex Haley, (1964)

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When my mother was pregnant with me, she told me later, a party of hooded Ku Klux Klan riders galloped up to our home in Omaha, Nebraska, one night.

The Autobiography of Malcom X As Told To Alex Haley, (1964)

Functionally Literate – Quote.


‘”If you want  to keep something a secret, publish it.” Once in print, information is often filed, forgotten, or dismissed. Publishing a secret takes away its cachet and causes it to be overlooked.’

Hiding the Elephant – How Magicians Invented the…

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‘”If you want  to keep something a secret, publish it.” Once in print, information is often filed, forgotten, or dismissed. Publishing a secret takes away its cachet and causes it to be overlooked.’

Hiding the Elephant – How Magicians Invented the…

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‘”If you want  to keep something a secret, publish it.” Once in print, information is often filed, forgotten, or dismissed. Publishing a secret takes away its cachet and causes it to be overlooked.’

Hiding the Elephant – How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learnt to Disappear, Jim Steinmeyer (2003)

Many views on Edward Snowden and what he has done are smeared all across the internet. As a small, but I think relevant aside, I’m reading a book about the history of magic. The above quote seems rather apt given the fact that a book called The Puzzle Palace, written in 1982, detailed the then overreach of the NSA. What little did Mr. Bamford know about how much further their grasp would extend. Give it some time and I’m sure Mr. Snowden and his revelations will be forgotten too as we move onto the more pressing concerns of The Voice and chaturbate.com. Magicians and Illusionists know a thing or  two about human nature, I think. It is how they make their daily bread.

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence.


As the Exxon Valdez churned through chalky turquoise port waters toward the Gulf of Alaska, Captain Joseph Hazelwood descended to his quarters.

Private Empire – ExxonMobil and American Power, Steve Coll (2012)

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Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence.


As the Exxon Valdez churned through chalky turquoise port waters toward the Gulf of Alaska, Captain Joseph Hazelwood descended to his quarters.

Private Empire – ExxonMobil and American Power, Steve Coll (2012)

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Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence.


As the Exxon Valdez churned through chalky turquoise port waters toward the Gulf of Alaska, Captain Joseph Hazelwood descended to his quarters.

Private Empire – ExxonMobil and American Power, Steve Coll (2012)

Functionally Literate – Fake Books.


giant robots, flying cities and wizards riding dinosaurs

GIANT ROBOTS, FLYING CITIES AND WIZARDS RIDING DINOSAURS,

BY ZARTOSHT KUIPERS (2013)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


As the bus entered the prefectural capital of Takamatsu, garden suburbs transformed into city streets of multicolored neon, headlights of oncoming cars, and checkered lights of office buildings.

Battle Royale, Koushun Takami (1999)

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As the bus entered the prefectural capital of Takamatsu, garden suburbs transformed into city streets of multicolored neon, headlights of oncoming cars, and checkered lights of office buildings.

Battle Royale, Koushun Takami (1999)

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As the bus entered the prefectural capital of Takamatsu, garden suburbs transformed into city streets of multicolored neon, headlights of oncoming cars, and checkered lights of office buildings.

Battle Royale, Koushun Takami (1999)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan.

Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides (2002)

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I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan.

Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides (2002)

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I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan.

Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides (2002)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentences


The most surprising aspects of the imposition of colonialism on Africa were its suddenness and its unpredictability.

African Perspectives on Colonialism, A. Adu Boahen (1987)

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The most surprising aspects of the imposition of colonialism on Africa were its suddenness and its unpredictability.

African Perspectives on Colonialism, A. Adu Boahen (1987)

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Functionally Literate – Opening Sentences


The most surprising aspects of the imposition of colonialism on Africa were its suddenness and its unpredictability.

African Perspectives on Colonialism, A. Adu Boahen (1987)

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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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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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


When this unpleasant remark is made about you, stand up, making sure your flies are closed and announce in a firm voice.

‘To hell with that shit.’

The Unexpurgated Code – A Complete Manual of Survival and Manners, J. P. Donleavy (1975)

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When this unpleasant remark is made about you, stand up, making sure your flies are closed and announce in a firm voice.

‘To hell with that shit.’

The Unexpurgated Code – A Complete Manual of Survival and Manners, J. P. Donleavy (1975)

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When this unpleasant remark is made about you, stand up, making sure your flies are closed and announce in a firm voice.

‘To hell with that shit.’

The Unexpurgated Code – A Complete Manual of Survival and Manners, J. P. Donleavy (1975)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence.


Who are you?

A Paradise Built in Hell – The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster, Rebecca Solnit (2009)

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Who are you?

A Paradise Built in Hell – The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster, Rebecca Solnit (2009)

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Who are you?

A Paradise Built in Hell – The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster, Rebecca Solnit (2009)

Functionally Literate – Quote


Good old Thucydides, writing in the fifth century BC, knew a thing or two about human nature. Here he  is talking a little about The Revolution in Corcyra:

Words had to change their ordinary meaning and to take that which was now given them. Reckless…

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Good old Thucydides, writing in the fifth century BC, knew a thing or two about human nature. Here he  is talking a little about The Revolution in Corcyra:

Words had to change their ordinary meaning and to take that which was now given them. Reckless…

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Good old Thucydides, writing in the fifth century BC, knew a thing or two about human nature. Here he  is talking a little about The Revolution in Corcyra:

Words had to change their ordinary meaning and to take that which was now given them. Reckless audacity came to be considered the courage of a loyal ally; prudent hesitation, specious cowardice; moderation was held to be a cloak for unmanliness; ability to see all sides of a question, inaptness to act on any. Frantic violence became the attribute of manliness; cautious plotting, a justifiable means of self-defence. The advocate of extreme measures was always trustworthy, his opponent a man to be suspected. To succeed in a plot was to have a shrewd head, to divine a plot a still shrewder.

Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War, Chapter X (5th Cent. BC)

 

Now I know that we are not going through a revolution of the kind that the Corcyraeans experienced but we probably could be doing a little better right now. I have, as you can see, shorn this quote from the context in which it is placed in the book but I think it can be seen as  a cry for tolerance and clear thinking in extreme times. Extreme times may be closing upon us. Perhaps we can learn from this ancient knowledge. Perhaps, given a brief glance at history between then and now this is an unlikely hope. Either way I offer it up as something to chew on as we enter what may well be a fraught summer. I realise that I am beginning to sound a little like Glenn Beck. I wish I did not sound like Glenn Beck, but there you go. Good Evening.

Functionally Literate – Quote


I usually share the opening lines of books but I was reading The Kingdom of God Is Within You by Tolstoy and I read this sentence:

The good cannot seize power, nor retain it, to do this men must love power. And love of power is inconsistent with goodness;…

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Functionally Literate – Quote


I usually share the opening lines of books but I was reading The Kingdom of God Is Within You by Tolstoy and I read this sentence:

The good cannot seize power, nor retain it, to do this men must love power. And love of power is inconsistent with goodness;…

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Functionally Literate – Quote


I usually share the opening lines of books but I was reading The Kingdom of God Is Within You by Tolstoy and I read this sentence:

The good cannot seize power, nor retain it, to do this men must love power. And love of power is inconsistent with goodness; but quite consistent with the very opposite qualities – pride, cunning, cruelty.

I had the feeling that you would enjoy this.

Tolstoy, you are brilliant.

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


Before Westminster Bridge was open, Kennington Road was only a bridle path.

My Autobiography, Charles Chaplin (1964)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


When I started this research eight years ago there wasn’t much interest in ordinary people’s views on the unfairness of the economy.

The Moral Underground – How Ordinary Americans Subvert An Unfair Economy, Lisa Dodson (2009)

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When I started this research eight years ago there wasn’t much interest in ordinary people’s views on the unfairness of the economy.

The Moral Underground – How Ordinary Americans Subvert An Unfair Economy, Lisa Dodson (2009)

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Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


When I started this research eight years ago there wasn’t much interest in ordinary people’s views on the unfairness of the economy.

The Moral Underground – How Ordinary Americans Subvert An Unfair Economy, Lisa Dodson (2009)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


The action takes place in a large commercial town of the East.

Scenario of the Ballet – The Struggle of The Magicians, G. I. Gurdjieff, (2008)

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The action takes place in a large commercial town of the East.

Scenario of the Ballet – The Struggle of The Magicians, G. I. Gurdjieff, (2008)

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The action takes place in a large commercial town of the East.

Scenario of the Ballet – The Struggle of The Magicians, G. I. Gurdjieff, (2008)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


About a mile beyond the main square in the village of Józefów, in Eastern Poland, several dozen wooden stakes poke out among the weeds and bushes on a patch of forest strewn with pinecones and covered in velvety green moss.

Beautiful Souls – Saying No,…

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About a mile beyond the main square in the village of Józefów, in Eastern Poland, several dozen wooden stakes poke out among the weeds and bushes on a patch of forest strewn with pinecones and covered in velvety green moss.

Beautiful Souls – Saying No,…

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About a mile beyond the main square in the village of Józefów, in Eastern Poland, several dozen wooden stakes poke out among the weeds and bushes on a patch of forest strewn with pinecones and covered in velvety green moss.

Beautiful Souls – Saying No, Breaking Ranks, And Heeding The Voice of Conscience in Dark Times, Eyal Press (2012)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence

Mariam was five years old the first time she heard the word harami.

A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini (2007)

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Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence

Mariam was five years old the first time she heard the word harami.

A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini (2007)

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Mariam was five years old the first time she heard the word harami.

A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini (2007)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


On the day of the big rescue, Wil Brierson took a walk on the beach.

Marooned in Realtime, Vernor Vinge (1986)

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


Here was once a velveteen rabbit, and in the beginning he was really splendid.

The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real, Margery Williams (1922)

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


On the third floor of the Richelieu Wing of the Louvre in Paris is a gallery devoted to “Holland, First Half of the 17th Century.”

The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter – A Portrait of Descartes, Steven Nadler (2013)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


In December, 2009, patrons of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, experienced a mild jolt of biological future shock when their pre-performance and intermission drinks – their beers, wines, and sodas – were served to them in a new type of clear plastic cup.

Regenesis – How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves, George Church and Ed Regis (2012)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence.


I was inspired to write this book because I found something missing in the popular literature on sexuality.

Soulful Sex – Opening Your Heart, Body & Spirit To Lifelong Passion, Dr. Victoria Lee (1996)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


Among my earliest memories are those of being down at the railroad depot with my grandfather, watching the trains come in.

Rival Rails – The Race to Build America’s Greatest Transcontinental Railroad, Walter R. Borneman (2010)

Functionally Literate – Opening Sentence


Wall Street has always been a dangerous place.

Money and Power – How Goldman Sachs Came To Rule The World, William D. Cohen (2011)