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Hieroglyph: Stories and Blueprints for a Better Future
Neal Stephenson
Ukraine: Zbig's Grand Chessboard & How the West Was Checkmated
Natylie Baldwin, Kermit D. Larson
The Girl on the Train: A Novel
Paula Hawkins
Our Souls at Night: A novel
Kent Haruf
Above the Waterfall
Ron Rash
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Stephen King
Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction
Cathy Whitlock
The Homicide Report: Understanding Murder in America
Jill Leovy
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Erik Larson
The Gods of Mars
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Dark Age Ahead - Jane Jacobs Jacobs contends that we are heading for a new dark age and cites reasons in several categories. One is that we are tending away from rationality. See Creation science. She also cites examples in which research poorly thought out is relied on for policy decision-making, which is a far cry from the blatant anti-scientific bent of the fundamentalists. In this area her argument is soft. She also cites an unwillingness to learn from the past, and even to destroy memory of the past, actively or passively. She cites the loss of community, which I found very compelling, despite the growth of person-to-person communication via the internet. There is much here about transportation planning, urbanism, the things she is known for. It is an interesting thesis, but her arguments, while interesting and even compelling in their limited areas, seem insufficient to support her notion of a looming Dark Age