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Below are the 5 most recent journal entries recorded in Online Book Club's LiveJournal:

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006
1:47 pm
Right turn, Clyde
I've been reading Freedom First, and realized it's really just a collection of small articles. Not really ripe for discussion.

So, I'm loading the deck, and offering up a different and SUPERB book.
The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness. Now, granted, this book also has dissertations at the end, written by people such as Bishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama.

Here is a little blurb...

Author Simon Weisenthal recalls his demoralizing life in a concentration camp and his envy of the dead Germans who have sunflowers marking their graves. At the time he assumed his grave would be a mass one, unmarked and forgotten. Then, one day, a dying Nazi soldier asks Weisenthal for forgiveness for his crimes against the Jews.
Tuesday, January 31st, 2006
3:25 pm
In the Mail
I got my copy of "Freedom First" today in the mail. I'll probably finish it in about a week, if anybody wants to borrow it, after.
Tuesday, January 24th, 2006
8:18 am
Interim literature
To help jump start discussions, I thought we might discuss a poem for a little bit.

The poem is by Shel Silverstein, and is called Rosalie's Good Eats Cafe.

The entire content of the poem is available at the link above.
Thursday, January 19th, 2006
3:55 pm
Next Book on the chopping block
I chose the first book on the basis that I wanted to read it and have the forum to discuss the delivery of the content, the content itself, and the general intentions of the author.

For the second piece of literature, I would love to collect some suggestions.

My only caveats for suggesting a piece of literature are as follows.

  • The content must be primarily in English

  • The content can't be of excessive length (no 1000 page books, yet)

  • The content must be reasonably easy to access, either readily available online, etext, or popular enough to be available at local stores.

  • The content must not be written by anybody participating in the discussion (Art should speak for itself).

So, start handing down suggestions for the next book.
10:19 am
First Post of Walden Woods

This is my stab at an online book club. I don't know how successful it will be, but I have high optimistic hopes!

The first book to be discussed will be, Justice William J. Brennan, Jr: Freedom First, which highlights the decisions of my personal hero, William J Brennan. This is not a biography, but more of a historical perspective of William J Brennan's influence on the current legal and social architecture of the United States. Amazon has a few used editions of this book available for purchase at less than 2 dollars.

Since as I make this post, this community has no members, the 5th of March will be the start of the discussions, in hopes that people join and are interested in reading this book.

So, welcome to Walden Woods (A shameless tribute to Henry David Thoreau), I hope you like to read.
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