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What books are you reading?

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23 Jul 2022 06:21 #334423 by drewcula

Gary Sax wrote: Cocaine is a hell of a drug.


That's probably my favorite Stephen King trivia. He was so high & drunk at the time, he has no recollection of writing 'The Tommyknockers.'

Knowing that confession before reading the book makes it an enjoyable experience.

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23 Jul 2022 12:09 #334427 by RobertB
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drewcula wrote:

Gary Sax wrote: Cocaine is a hell of a drug.


That's probably my favorite Stephen King trivia. He was so high & drunk at the time, he has no recollection of writing 'The Tommyknockers.'

Knowing that confession before reading the book makes it an enjoyable experience.

Voice of experience here: Knowing that confession after reading the book does not. That was the last Stephen King book that I ever read.
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23 Jul 2022 12:13 #334428 by Shellhead

Shellhead wrote: I am halfway through The Honours, by Tim Clare. It is the story of a plucky tween girl living at a peculiar country estate near Norfolk, England in 1935. The overall picture is not yet clear, because everything is from the viewpoint of a 13 year-old, but there seems to be a shadowy society of intellectuals living at the estate, and they may be conspiring with enemies of England. There also seems to be a creeping Cthulhu mythos sort of threat that may even involve an interdimensional portal. There are definitely secret passages and a network of subterranean tunnels beneath the estate, and the whole book starts with an ominous flashforward.


I wrote a little too soon. About midway through The Honours, there is a major turn of events and followed by a wave of action and excitement. The author doesn't slow down the pace to the reader what everything means, he just shows you a lot and leaves you running to catch up. It's great because it preserves the strangeness and mystery until the answers are finally earned. The plucky girl is no paragon, she is stubborn, disobedient, and utterly lacking in social graces, but she will win you over as the pages fly by.

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25 Jul 2022 15:09 #334486 by dysjunct
WHY WE DID IT: A TRAVELOGUE FROM THE REPUBLICAN ROAD TO HELL by Tim Miller.

Yet another "disaffected Republican comes clean and tells all" book. Miller worked in GOP politics for a long time, even though he's pretty young. The book is kind of equal parts Miller's story, the psychology of selling out, and juicy anecdotes.

The psychology is the most interesting part. Miller's story and the juicy anecdotes are fine and fun (respectively), but there's lots of that type of stuff out there. But how political operatives get to the point where they don't even realized they've sold their souls, that is depressing and shocking. It's all about two things: compartmentalization and "The Game." The Game is winning elections. Make your guy look good, make the other guy look bad. If your guy wins, then your tricks and tactics were justified. If your guys loses, then you need to use dirtier tricks next time.

Compartmentalization is related. You can't let yourself think that your tricks and tactics ever have any consequences. Because if you did, then you might let off, and then your guy loses, and you are failing at The Game. So Miller, despite being gay, worked for many homophobic politicians over the years. It's all The Game, and getting bigots into places of power doesn't actually have consequences. (*cough*)

One interesting anecdote: Miller observes that much of the GOP base thinks that the DC-based operatives like him are elite and out of touch and don't know what the base wants. This is not true. Operatives have tons of data. They know exactly what polls well, exactly what kind of fundraising emails get the best response, exactly what kind of clickbait keywords and headlines get clicks. They know exactly what the base wants -- they just don't care. Or rather, the base cares because they are legitimately worried about whatever issue (real or not). The operatives care because it helps them raise money and win elections. If the base changed its mind on something, the operatives would immediately change what they care about.

Another anecdote: After Trump announced his candidacy, Miller and a bunch of other longtime GOP operatives formed a PAC to defeat him. They called it the "Our Principles PAC," because Trump was not principled, not conservative, doesn't care about anything except himself, and would be a disaster for the country and the GOP. After it became clear that Trump was going to clinch the nomination, the Our Principles PAC dissolved. A few weeks later, Miller got a call from another former PAC member, inviting him to join the member in working for a pro-Trump PAC. Miller was gobsmacked -- "We formed a PAC, called OUR PRINCIPLES, on the grounds that conservatives are supposed to have them and Trump doesn't measure up, and now you're saying that those principles didn't really matter?"

Miller was a Republican until 2020, when he registered Independent.

The book is entertaining and well-written and very funny. It is a little bleak. I don't know if it will rehabilitate Miller. Miller is a fun conversationalist and I enjoy listening to him on the wonk podcast circuit. And, he's just one guy, he didn't create the system, and (like so many others) he could have kept his head down and mouth shut, and kept getting those sweet consultant paychecks from the GOP machine. But he was a big part of the problem.

I guess my ire should be directed at the thousands of people who never spoke out, never quit a six-figure job, and keep perpetuating the issue today -- rather than the very small number who have actually taken a stand (Miller, the Lincoln Project people, Jeff Flake, etc.), lost jobs, and in some cases gotten a lot of death threats and other abuse. I still feel like grabbing Miller by his lapels and yelling at him though.
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