Thursday, August 07, 2008

Reading for today

I'm bogged down in the readings for Thursday. I didn't get a list of what to read and what not to, so I've been hit and miss. I read what looks interesting and avoid the boring stuff.

One of the best pieces I've read for this was Frederic Thompson's "Amusing the Millions." Unfortunately, it was cut from the to read list.

I am really struggling with today's readings. A lot is focused on the political parties and socialism. I'd just as soon have the skin peeled from eyes than read this stuff. So I didn't. Plus, a lot of the readings were extremely long, 15 plus pages and so on.

However, I did especially like Frank Norris' short story "The Octopus" on the conflict between ranchers and the rail road.

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