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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

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