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What a great question, poemless!  I can't wait to hear what others recommend.

As to your question... well, you've probably already read anything I can think to recommend, but assuming you haven't, I'd say must-reads (for these troubled times!) are the original Foundation trilogy by Isaac Asimov and Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.  

The former has probably been more informative to me about societies than any sociology book I've ever read.  The latter is flat-out funny.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 10th, 2006 at 01:03:22 AM EST
And how did I forget?  Hard Times by Studs Terkel.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 10th, 2006 at 02:20:54 AM EST
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Thanks!  Studs is so amazing, we Chicagoans are very proud of him.  Actually, "Hope dies last" was on my mental list before I suffered anmesia last night.  Thanks for jogging my memory.

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire
by p------- on Fri Feb 10th, 2006 at 10:50:47 AM EST
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This is really an excellent question and an excellent title for the diary, poemless will always be poemless.

Just like you, I cannot stand rotten writing even if the idea behind it is good, that's why I read only dead novelists. Not a pre-set rule, but just something I noticed.

I used to be a voracious reader, and still am, to some extent, so I have to think about your question carefully before I come up with suggestions.

Anyhow, thank you for this thread ; you have a way of bringing up universal matters in a ways that makes them interesting.

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill

by Agnes a Paris on Fri Feb 10th, 2006 at 05:05:01 AM EST
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Rather fond of the dead novelists myself, but there are some good contemporary fiction writers out there.  They are just few and far between.

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire
by p------- on Fri Feb 10th, 2006 at 10:52:24 AM EST
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