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    Default Barack Obama's favourite books

    From Obama's profile on his Flickr account - favourite books:
    Song of Solomon (Toni Morrison), Moby Dick, Shakespeare's Tragedies, Parting the Waters, Gilead (Robinson), Self-Reliance (Emerson), The Bible, Lincoln's Collected Writings

    I find it surprising that a writer would give such a list, Toni Morrison excepted it looks more like Bush's complete library (plus his pet goat favourite of course). Any comments or other candidates' reading lists?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lalala View Post
    From Obama's profile on his Flickr account - favourite books:
    Song of Solomon (Toni Morrison), Moby Dick, Shakespeare's Tragedies, Parting the Waters, Gilead (Robinson), Self-Reliance (Emerson), The Bible, Lincoln's Collected Writings

    I find it surprising that a writer would give such a list, Toni Morrison excepted it looks more like Bush's complete library (plus his pet goat favourite of course). Any comments or other candidates' reading lists?
    George Bush can't spell Shakespeare, let alone read his writings...
    Toni Morrison is one of my favorite authors...
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    ^^ Oh yes W reads Shakespeare, didn't you hear him say he entered a fast-reading competition with K. Rove

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    The Bible. how convenient. dont they all read the bible during election times?
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    Quote Originally Posted by msdebagain View Post
    The Bible. how convenient. dont they all read the bible during election times?
    I was thinking exactly the same thing.

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    I haven't read Gilead yet(got to wait my turn, hubby has it!) but I loved Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping. She certainly isn't prolific but her writing is perfectly crafted and deserves to be savoured. Moby Dick, on the other hand, may well be a classic but would not be on my favourites list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msdebagain View Post
    The Bible. how convenient. dont they all read the bible during election times?

    Yea wonder if any of these high profile people actually read what they list as their favorite books.

    If I were profiled I would list playboy, hustler, kama sutra as my favorite reading materials none of this fluff.

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    a very safe and 'convenient' list...
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    never heard of self-reliance, off to google

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    What a shame that he isn't interested in things a little less... dull.
    I know, I know, leaders have to be boring. It's a rule. But man. All I know is, for all the power in the world, I wouldn't want to be as boring as this man. I would probably kill myself.

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    off topic. i think obama is sexy.

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    Is that really him?

    Favorite Music & Artists: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Johann Sebastian Bach (cello suites), and The Fugees
    Hell yes! I knew I always liked him.

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    Well, his taste in music sounds fairly authentic (and good!) but his book collection? Totally put together for political purposes: just the right number of American classics, high-brow Brit. lit. and work dealing with religion, race and civil rights. All that's missing is the Harriet Beecher Stowe...
    I'd like to see a candidate who put down his favourite authors as say, Elmore Leonard, Alan Ginsberg, Franz Kafka, Dorothy Parker, Kurt Vonnegut, Henry Miller, Vladimir Nabokov and Don Delillo. It would be interesting to see how the American public reacted to that.
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    ^^^^
    they'd label him a depraved liberal pinko weirdo heathen and he'd be denounced for moral turpitude.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy View Post
    I haven't read Gilead yet(got to wait my turn, hubby has it!) but I loved Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping. She certainly isn't prolific but her writing is perfectly crafted and deserves to be savoured. Moby Dick, on the other hand, may well be a classic but would not be on my favourites list.
    I read both of them and I love them. So quiet and tender. And sad.

    Obama is a hypocrite. The bible, lol!

    He should have just said Playboy and be done with it.
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