Reading Past: 2009

December 2009:

The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

November 2009:

Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers

“Ben Franklin on Global Warming” by Ben Gelber in New York Times, 17 November 2009

“The limits of people power: Did we learn the wrong lessons from the fall of the Berlin Wall?” by Drake Bennett in Boston Globe, 15 November 2009

Stonehenge by Rosemary Hill

October 2009:

“The cold we caused” by Steven Stoll, in Harper’s, November 2009

Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers

King Harald’s Saga: Harald Hardradi of Norway [Haralds saga harðráða] from Snorri Sturluson’s Heimskringla, translated with an introduction by Magnus Magnusson and Herman Pálsson

The Dark Diamonds [Fekete gyémántok] by Mór Jókai, translated by Frances Gerard, translation revised by Mari Kuttna

September 2009:

The Five Red Herrings (Suspicious Characters) by Dorothy L. Sayers

from Lord Peter: A Collection of All the Lord Peter Wimsey Stories by Dorothy L. Sayers

  • The abominable history of the man with the copper fingers
  • The entertaining episode of the article in question
  • The fascinating problem of Uncle Meleager’s will
  • The fantastic horror of the cat in the bag
  • The unprincipled affair of the practical joker
  • The undignified melodrama of the bone of contention
  • The vindictive story of the footsteps that ran
  • The bibulous business of a matter of taste
  • The learned adventure of the dragon’s head
  • The piscatorial farce of the stolen stomach
  • The unsolved puzzle of the man with no face
  • The adventurous exploit of the cave of Ali Baba
  • The image in the mirror
  • The incredible elopement of Lord Peter Wimsey
  • The Queen’s square
  • The necklace of pearls
  • In the teeth of evidence
  • Absoulutely elsewhere
  • Striding folly
  • The haunted policeman
  • Talboys
  • Coda: “Sayers, Lord Peter and God”, by Carolyn Heilbrun
  • Codetta: “Greedy Night, A Parody”, by E. C. Bentley

August 2009:

Operation Blue Bear: A True Story by Walt Morey

Njal’s Saga [Brennu-Njáls saga] translated with an introduction by Magnus Magnusson and Herman Pálsson

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Strong Poison by Dorothy L.Sayers

On Both Sides of the Ocean: A Part of Per Hagen’s Journey by Per Hagen [Peter Peterson], translated, with introduction and notes, by Kate Stafford and Harald Naess

July 2009:

The Logic of Failure: Recognizing and Avoiding Error in Complex Situations [Die Logik des Mißlingens: strategisches Denken in komplexen Situationen] by Dietrich Dörner, translated by Rita and Robert Kimber

The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers

from Whirligigs by O. Henry

  • World and the door
  • Theory and the hound
  • Hypotheses of failure
  • Calloway’s code
  • Matter of mean elevation
  • “Girl”
  • Sociology in serge and straw
  • Ransom of Red Chief
  • Marry month of May
  • Technical error
  • Suite homes and their romance
  • Whirligig of life
  • Sacrifice hit
  • Roads we take
  • Blackjack bargainer
  • Song and the sergeant
  • One dollar’s worth
  • Newspaper story
  • Tommy’s burglar
  • Chapparal Christmas gift
  • Little local colour
  • Georgia’s ruling
  • Blind man’s holiday
  • Madame Bo-Peep, of the Ranches

Silence of the Grave [Grafarþögn] by Arnaldur Indriðason, translated by Bernard Scudder

Arthur and the Lost Kingdoms by Alistair Moffat

June 2009:

Unnatural Death (The Dawson Pedigree) by Dorothy L. Sayers

Mama’s Bank Account by Kathryn Forbes

Counter-Clock World by Philip K. Dick

April 2009:

Of Norwegian Ways by Bent Vanberg

“Three Alinskys?” by Peter Szynka

March 2009:

Cannon Fodder: An Infantryman’s Life on the Western Front, 1914-18 by A. Stuart Dolden

Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts [En attendant Godot: tragicomedy in 2 acts] by Samuel Beckett, [translated from his original French text by the author]

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson

Paris in the Twentieth Century [Paris au XXe siècle] by Jules Verne, translated by Richard Howard

Tartuffe: Comedy in Five Acts, 1669 [Tartuffe, ou l’imposteur], by Molière, translated by Richard Wilbur

from Candide and Other Writings by Voltaire, edited by Haskell M. Block:

  • An Essay on the Manners and Spirit of Nations [Essai sur les mœurs et l’esprit des nations]: Introduction

February 2009:

from Candide and Other Writings by Voltaire, edited by Haskell M. Block:

  • Zadig, or Destiny [Zadig ou la Destinée], translated by Robert Bruce Boswell, modernized by Haskell M. Block
  • Candide, or Optimism [Candide, ou l’Optimisme], translated by Richard Aldington
  • Micromegas [Micromégas], translated by Robert Bruce Boswell, modernized by Haskell M. Block
  • The Way the World Goes, Vision of Babouc [Le monde comme il va, vision de Babouc], translated by Robert Bruce Boswell, modernized by Haskell M. Block
  • The Story of the Good Bramin [Histoire d’un bon bramin], translated by Robert Bruce Boswell, modernized by Haskell M. Block
  • Account of the Sickness, Confession and Death of the Jesuit Berthier [Relation de la maladie, de la confession, de la mort, et de l’apparition du jésuite Berthier]
  • Of the Horrible Danger of Reading [De l’horrible danger de la lecture]
  • Conversation of Lucian, Erasmus and Rabelais [Conversation de Lucien, Érasme, et Rabelais dans les Champs Élysées]
  • André Destouches in Siam [André Destouches à Siam]
  • Of the Encyclopedia [De l’Encyclopédie]
  • Dialogues of Evhémère [Dialogues d’Evhémère]: First Dialogue: On Alexander

Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers

January 2009:

Thunder in the Mountains: The West Virginia Mine War, 1920-21 by Lon Savage

Bloodletting in Appalachia: The Story of West Virginia’s Four Major Mine Wars and Other Thrilling Incidents of Its Coal Fields by Howard Burton Lee

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larsen

Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers

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