- Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
read at some point but not added to any list
- The Great Hurricane: 1938 by Cherie Burns (5:50) (nf)
- The Apartment
- The Drunken Botanist
- Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (1,088 pages) (1996) — I get about 20 minutes in each sitting before dozing off. (Amused to have found How to Read Infinite Jest, which has a bunch of links to other guidance and references. No wonder people are afraid to crack this book open.
- Gulag: A History by Anne Applebaum (2007) (nf) (on goodreads.com)
- Little Failure: A Memoir by Gary Shteyngart (2014) (nf) (on goodreads.com)
- Punching Out: One Year in A Closing Detroit Auto Plant by Paul Clemens (nf) on goodreads.com
- The American Resting Place: 400 Years of History Through Our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds (2012) (nf) up to Page 207 on goodreads.com
- The Inheritor’s Powder: A Tale of Arsenic, Murder, and the New Forensic Science by Sandra Hempel (2013) (nf) on goodreads.com
- The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer (1960) (nf) – up to Chapter 16 on goodreads.com
- In Our Prime: The Invention of Middle Age by Patricia Cohen (2012) – up to Disc 5 on goodreads.com
- Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen (2012) (nf) up to Page 172 on goodreads.com
- How to Talk to a Narcissist by Joan Lachkar (2008) (nf) on goodreads.com
- The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham (1944) on goodreads.com
- Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 by Steve Coll (2004) (nf) on goodreads.com
- Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies: Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior by Tom Demarco, Peter Hruschka, Tim Lister, and Suzanne Robertson (2008) on goodreads.com
- The Divorce Papers — up to page 108 on goodreads.com
did not finish
on the list
Ugh. So many mispronunciations and wrong words in these here voiceovers and audiobooks and the news. Let’s go over this one more time:
- CAHIER. It’s kah-yay’, not kah-yee-err, or however Cary Elwes pronounced it in his audiobook. Or was this another example of an English person intentionally mangling a French word they know how to say?
- GEEGAW. It’s gyoo’-gaw, not goo’-gaw.
- TRAWL, TROLL. While fisherpersons are out hard at work trahl’-ing for fish, sad losers are in trole’-ing the innerwebs.
- HUNG, HANG. Wallpaper is hung. People are hanged.
- GRASS. When it goes brown, it’s dormant, not dead.
- PRAGMATIC, PRACTICAL mean different things.
- FOIE GRAS. It’s fwah-grah, not foy-grah.
- KUTZTOWN. It’s coots’-town, not cuts’-town.
- FIENNES. It’s fynz, not fyn. Patten Oswalt.
- INCHOATE – It’s in-coe-itt, not inch-oh-itt.
- APALACHIN – It’s app-ah-lay’-kin, not app-al-lay’-chin. This town is at the tippy top of the Appalachian mountain range, which is pronounced app-ah-latch’-inn.
- DELHI – It’s dell’-high, not dell-ee. Dellee is in India. Dellhigh is in Upstate New York. In a book about Upstate New York, in a town where the author’s father lives, this is lazy, lazy, lazy.
- SUSQUEHANNA. It’s sus-kwa, not sus-keh. Lawrence Fishburne, Hannibal.
- CAVALRY. You’re waiting for the cavalry to save the day. You’re not hiking to cavalry.
- FIFA – It’s fee-fah, as in Fi Fie Fo Fum.
- DES MOINES. Unlike Iowa, if you’re in Washington, it’s audibly plural, duh-moynz’.
- AUBURN. It’s awe’-burn, not owe’-burn. The owe-pair is going to awe-burn.