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6. Buddy Does Seattle by Peter Bagge

Slacker main character Buddy moves to Seattle during the grunge-era and has a not-quiet life with some fellow, um, real 20-somethings characters. There's tales like when Buddy and his friend Leonard find themselves managing a band with some really energetic kids (who think 24 is ancient.) Buddy thinks it's going to fall apart because all of Lenny's schemes fall apart, but this one manages to hold. Till they have a falling out. Found it amusing enough. The 20-something tales reminds me of pit rats in a way.

a pile of books I have at home should be inserted here, but I'm still at college and can't look at them

7. Apocalypse Nerd by Peter Bagge

Man goes on a camping trip with his friend only to find out that North Korea nuked the Pacific Northwest, so now there an apocalypse going on. He's manages to survive, but survival goes about as smoothly as you'd expect someone with no survival skills and the friend relationship pretty much gets strained right away.

8. Buddy Does Jersey by Peter Bagge

Buddy moves in with his parents in NJ with his girlfriend and initially starts off shiftless. Life is more serious than it was for the Seattle stories. Seeing his broken relationship with his father when I know my own is pretty broken hit a nerve.

9. V is for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd

Look. There comes a point where unusually charismatic and clever or not, it just seems a bit much to believe that V could plan for things like, and today that government official is going to take acid and figure out where I live and kill me. So that was a bit of a drag.
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Listed in order of completion or reverse order of starting.

3. The Nature of College: How a New Understanding of Campus Life Can Change the World by James J. Farrell

This was the book my English teacher was using with his English Composition class. The author looks at environmental issues of consumption through the different activities of a college student and divides the book by chapters like, Food for Thought (on college cafeterias and their place in American culture and industrial agriculture), The Nature of Cars, and The Nature of Religion (like how there are traditions of ascetism so religion has already questioned stuff before.) What I didn't like about the religion chapter was that the author said he was going to use examples from Judeo-Christian tradition, but when he took examples from a more specific religion, it was always about Christians and not Jews.

4. A Conservationist Manifesto by Scott Russell Sanders

This was the book my English teacher assigned for my Research and Analysis, Land Use and Ethics, class. He attempts to use various essays and stories to inspire care for the environment and does have a manifesto near the back. Most of what he writes shows that he's a white Christian guy who lives in Indiana and loves being in the woods.

Then there's a chapter called "The Warehouse and the Wilderness" where he tries to talk about different worldviews that frame our stories of consumption versus nature. It was the chapter that I hated. He outright says, "I know scarcely more about deconstruction or postmodernims, say, than bumblebees and hummingbirds know about engineering." Then a few pages later he tries to comment on postmodernist literary theory even though he's already discredited himself. There's a chunk of babbling on about how we turn to the stories in our movies to see that all is right in the world. I guess he doesn't watch depressing films (like my favorite when I was 12, Salaam Bombay.) In this chapter and others, he also oversweepingly colors use of the internet as, not an aid, to connecting to others. The book would have been better without this one chapter.

The rest of it was, meh, to me since frankly I'm not going to be able to relate to tales of the woods when most of my life involves wandering back into the city. Apparently this book isn't a big hit with other students so he's going to use something else in the future.

5. The Snowboard: A Guide for All Boarders Book by Lowell Hart

I brought this book up to college when I was in January session and had a snowboarding class. It mentions snowboarding on groomed trails and snowboarding in back country, but no mention of snowboarding in urban environments. My guess (and another student's guess) is that when the book was made in 1997, snowboarding in urban environments hadn't fully developed yet.
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1. I got a copy of Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring because I was in Landmark College's production as Abby Brewster. Just gotta love old ladies doing charitable acts. But can someone who knows more science than me help me figure out what would really happen if you mixed arsenic, cyanide, and strychnine in elderberry wine?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN2XVnc2SAk

2. My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student by Rebekah Nathan

This was in the library discards at the school book sale. She may have been at a large, public university and writing about freshman class of 2003, but some of it is still relevant to, say, my small, private college class. For example, analyzing the messages really under dorm room door decorations of trying to portray fun, spontaneity (and no family photos) still stands. One of my friends was interested in the book, so I'm letting her borrow it before I ask all my teachers if they want to borrow it. (And maybe her remarks about why people don't speak out in class (it's a conformity thing) might ease some of my teachers' frustrations.)

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