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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Kraftster on Mon May 03, 2010 3:46 pm

Do those books have a transactional drafting focus, Shyster? Or do they discuss more general stuff that is transferable to brief writing in the context of litigation too?
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Guinness on Mon May 03, 2010 3:47 pm

Read: The Road to Serfdom, by F. A. Hayek.

Reading: Economics in One Lesson, by Henry Hazlitt.

Will Read: The Adams-Jefferson Letters, by John Adams, Abigail Adams, and Thomas Jefferson.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Shyster on Mon May 03, 2010 4:30 pm

Kraftster wrote:Do those books have a transactional drafting focus, Shyster? Or do they discuss more general stuff that is transferable to brief writing in the context of litigation too?

More general stuff that should be transferable to litigation (well, maybe not How to Write Better Business Letters). I do both, so I'm trying to improve both. If you want a brief-writing book, Bryan Garner's The Winning Brief: 100 Tips for Persuasive Briefing in Trial and Appellate Courts is fantastic. It's sitting about 18 inches to my right on my desk as I type this. I've bought pretty much every legal-writing book that Bryan Garner has written, but that’s the one most tightly focused on brief writing.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby BadHands71 on Mon May 03, 2010 4:58 pm

Just Read: Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science ~ Atul Gawande
Reading: Patrick Roy: Winning, Nothing Else ~ Michael Roy
Next Up: Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison ~ Piper Kerman
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Kraftster on Mon May 03, 2010 5:37 pm

Great, I will look into that Garner book. I didn't ever set out to be a litigator, so, I'd like to find a couple texts just like that. I tend to be more of an even-handed let-logic-carry-the-day guy when I argue from all of my philosophy papers in undergrad, so, the one area I am always looking to improve is being more of an advocate when I write.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby doublem on Tue May 04, 2010 11:56 pm

Reading: Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis. Rosalynn Carter.
Next Up: The Big Short Michael Lewis.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby danisu21 on Wed May 05, 2010 12:20 am

Currently reading: nothing but notes.
Just finished reading: Maus by Art Spiegelman
Up Next: Nothing for at least a week. Although, the new sookie stackhouse book comes out...yesterday.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby K2 on Wed May 05, 2010 12:22 am

I'm reading "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch a second time. Always a good read to keep things in perspective :thumb:
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby rosey6629 on Tue May 18, 2010 10:33 am

Just finished: The Bedwetter, by Sarah Silverman. I'm a big fan of hers, and hope to one day wed her.

NOw reading: Silent Bob Speaks, by Kevin Smith.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby thehockeyguru on Tue May 18, 2010 10:34 am

Must be nice to have free time to read as you choose.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby steve784 on Tue May 18, 2010 10:34 am

Reading: A Clash of Kings
Next Up: A Storm of Swords
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Troy Loney on Tue May 18, 2010 10:37 am

currently reading: the intelligent investor (benjamin graham) & Already Dead (denis johnson)

up next: the collection of short stories for my girlfriend's literature class that she's teaching this summer, she hasn't completed the syllabus so i'm not sure which ones she's using yet.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby thehockeyguru on Tue May 18, 2010 10:40 am

Troy Loney wrote:currently reading: the intelligent investor (benjamin graham) & Already Dead (denis johnson)

up next: the collection of short stories for my girlfriend's literature class that she's teaching this summer, she hasn't completed the syllabus so i'm not sure which ones she's using yet.


Whoa... Your taking a literature class that your GF is going to teach?
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby PensFanInDC on Tue May 18, 2010 10:42 am

steve784 wrote:Reading: A Clash of Kings
Next Up: A Storm of Swords


Much better than A Clash of Kings
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Troy Loney on Tue May 18, 2010 10:43 am

thehockeyguru wrote:
Troy Loney wrote:currently reading: the intelligent investor (benjamin graham) & Already Dead (denis johnson)

up next: the collection of short stories for my girlfriend's literature class that she's teaching this summer, she hasn't completed the syllabus so i'm not sure which ones she's using yet.


Whoa... Your taking a literature class that your GF is going to teach?


no, she just asked me to read the texts that she's using. i said yes a while ago, so i'm kind of stuck now.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby thehockeyguru on Tue May 18, 2010 10:45 am

Troy Loney wrote:
no, she just asked me to read the texts that she's using. i said yes a while ago, so i'm kind of stuck now.


Ok that makes a lot more sense. What level class is she teaching (high school, college)?
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Troy Loney on Tue May 18, 2010 10:46 am

thehockeyguru wrote:
Troy Loney wrote:
no, she just asked me to read the texts that she's using. i said yes a while ago, so i'm kind of stuck now.


Ok that makes a lot more sense. What level class is she teaching (high school, college)?


she's a phd candidate at Pitt so it's a class of undergrads.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Kraftster on Tue May 18, 2010 10:49 am

danisu21 wrote:Currently reading: nothing but notes.
Just finished reading: Maus by Art Spiegelman
Up Next: Nothing for at least a week. Although, the new sookie stackhouse book comes out...yesterday.


Can't wait for True Blood Season 3. Woo.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby thehockeyguru on Tue May 18, 2010 10:54 am

Troy Loney wrote:
thehockeyguru wrote:
Troy Loney wrote:
no, she just asked me to read the texts that she's using. i said yes a while ago, so i'm kind of stuck now.


Ok that makes a lot more sense. What level class is she teaching (high school, college)?


she's a phd candidate at Pitt so it's a class of undergrads.


Being a college professor has to be a great job. Once I am done with grad school I am never entering a classroom again.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Troy Loney on Tue May 18, 2010 10:58 am

thehockeyguru wrote:
Being a college professor has to be a great job. Once I am done with grad school I am never entering a classroom again.



definitely, i think being a professor would be the best job to ever possibly have.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby eddysnake on Tue May 18, 2010 11:14 am

still reading Clash of Kings. Has anyone read 'All the pretty Horses' or the Border trilogy from Cormac McCarthy? I may be jumping to that next, The Road is still stuck in my head, and has jumped up to one of my fave books, but I haven't read anything else by him...
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby rosey6629 on Wed May 19, 2010 10:20 am

Just finished: Silent Bob Speaks: The Collected Writings of Kevin Smith

Now reading: Ty Cobb: The Greatest, by Robert Rubin.

All I can say is... I wish I could have seen Ty Cobb play.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Ben Klingston on Mon May 24, 2010 12:14 pm

Kerouac's 'On the Road' was a great summer read a few years ago. Just picked up Steinbeck's 'Travels with Charley: In Search of America'. I was looking for another nostalgic/road-trippy type read. Will I be happy with that choice?
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby shafnutz05 on Mon May 24, 2010 12:20 pm

Just about finished up with Stephen King's Eyes of the Dragon. A great book, more of the fantasy genre, that still involves the omnipresent Flagg.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby eddysnake on Mon May 24, 2010 12:21 pm

Ben Klingston wrote: I was looking for another nostalgic/road-trippy type read. Will I be happy with that choice?


Have you read Hunter Thompsons Hell's Angels? it's intense and kinda fits what you're looking for.
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