June 21st, 2008

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via wordweaverlynn, some comments retained
EW 100 Best Books since 1983 (plus movies for no extra charge!)

Apparently Entertainment Weekly has taken time out from its busy schedule of doing whatever it is that it does to compile a list of the 1,000 best things of the last 25 years, broken down by categories. That includes a list of the 100 best books between 1983 and now, according to the esteemed authorities at EW. Note: These are not all novels.

So just for kicks let's do this meme style:

Bold the ones you've read.
Underline ones you started but didn't finish.
As always, I will make snarky comments as needed.

As a comment on one of the books listed, wordweaverlynn wrote Oh, for the love of God. Like the world needs another ten-pound novel whining about the miseries of middle-class white people. I think I have an impression (possibly wrong/unfair) that most modern mainstream fiction is like that. Also, I generally seem to prefer to read about people in different cultures/times than my own. So I tend to avoid mainstream fiction and haven't read a lot of the books listed.

1. The Road, Cormac McCarthy (2006)
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Latest change to TSA rules

US Transportation Security Administration will now prevent passengers who refuse to show ID from entering secure areas of airports.

(I thought this was already true, but apparently not—you could refuse to show ID and would be subject to additional searches but would be allowed to pass the security checkpoint.)

However, if you say you forgot your ID, you can enter (additional searches and interviews may apply).

I like this comment from Chris Soghoian at http://news.cnet.com/8301-13739_3-9962760-46.html:

TSA's new rules only protect us from a non-existent breed of terrorists who are unable to lie.

(One of the comments to this post disagreed with Soghoian's interpretation of the rule.)