UPDATE: HEY STRANGERS! STEP UP AND COMMENT! THANKS!
(I know that the handful who’ve commented didn’t collectively look at this post 160 times yesterday…)
This Christmas we’re going to bring the Bunny’s library to Texas. It’s three generations worth of books in Hungarian.
And when that happens, yours truly is going to have “small library syndrome.” Because my wife has a couple thousand volumes, and I was a Navy Brat who always had to give his books away, and then kept doing the intercontinental shuffle.
So, by field, what would you add?
Military history and science: Is it worth having Jomini, even though he’s dated? What are the titles one should have for reference, and what does a reasonably knowledgeable civilian really need to have? (Mike, pipe up: you saw how my wife devoured your stuff this summer)
Math/Science: Which books are written in a way that make useful skills and concepts easy to learn?
General History: Which books illustrate the human trends that one definitely needs to know, even if your old man does history and is quietly pushing you towards the sciences so he can get into space?
Poetry: I have a big blank here, b/c I grew up reading what Baby Boomers think is cool. One more faux-poetry piece by Maya Angelou or E.E. Cummings, and I’ll puke. Besides Kipling and Robert Service, who am I missing?
Art: Technique and Appreciation
Economics: Does a Hayek fan need to own Keynes?
Geography and Travel: Balkan Ghosts aside… what really gives you a sense of a place?
Crafts and Trades: I have leatherworking books. What else teaches you things you need to know, or are useful skills, w/o a bunch of fluff, sales pitches, or misinformation?
Bookshelf of Bad Ideas: Speak up, Blackpine, I intend to make this a reality. But on a budget, which of these morons is a must-have for the collection? Besides the obvious works of Soviet Agronomy?
Lit: Heinlein. The Illiad, Aeneid, etcetera. What else?
Basic Programming: *Is there* a language anybody can pick up and use for trivial programs the way folks used to use regular BASIC or Pascal, without a forty-hour learning curve?
Hurting People, Retail: Obviously I need savate references, and I still have my copy of Dempsey floating around if I can find it. Who am I missing that I really need to read?
There’s not a blushing, shy person reading this blog. Not one. Unless you’re lurking. And then you don’t count. Come on, I *know* the rest of you have opinions…