View Full Version : Friday Flash from the Past

12-18-2009, 09:26 AM
Weather report: There are rumors of a lot of snow (8" or more) for the DC area this weekend. The pre-snowfall panic is underway. I, on the other hand, am dreaming of a white Christmas.

TOTD: I'm currently reading a "ripping yarn" written during the First World War, "Greenmantle", by John Buchan. It's a follow up to the "Thirty Nine Steps", and features the same lead character, Richard Hannay. He's been sent on a secret mission by the Foreign Office to Constantinople, to follow up on rumors of an Islamic uprising. It's a real thrill ride, and some of it reads like today's headlines.
I hadn't realized there were five novels of his that feature Hannay; I intend to track down the other three when I'm done with this one.

What forgotten classics have you discovered? Share with the class. :)

12-18-2009, 10:38 AM
We'll be clear and slightly above average through the weekend.

TOTD: I don't know what 'forgotten classics' I've read. My taste in reading is wildly eclectic. Right now I'm reading the "The Lobotomist" by Jack El-Hai.

Now this may well be a 'forgotten classic' - at least forgotten by the thousands of patients who had lobotomies. It's a history of Dr. Freeman and his famous psychosurgery. :D

12-18-2009, 10:52 AM
Nothing says "Christmas" quite as well as a prefrontal lobotomy! :p

12-18-2009, 11:30 AM
Nothing says "Christmas" quite as well as a prefrontal lobotomy! :p

Right on! I believe it's commonly refered to as "Step one in dealing with the inlaws". :D

TOTD: I just finished reading an old Calvin & Hobbes anthology from my childhood the other night. Makes for good bathroom reading. Does that count?

12-18-2009, 03:30 PM
It's 70 again today. I have to work later. It's a co-workers last day, her & her husband are moving north as he has been laid off for a year. (Heavy equipment mechanic)

She has been ok to work with the past few months but has been a real pain the last couple of days, back to her old self. I'll be glad when she is gone. She is preggo with no insurance, sucks to be her. Insurance is available where we work & it's not expensive. She tried to sign up for Medicare!



12-18-2009, 03:34 PM
I liked this flash from the past better...


12-18-2009, 03:40 PM
I want to reread Alas Babylon. It was written in the 50s and is still one of the best post nuclear war stories ever written.

12-18-2009, 04:38 PM
how about this flash from the past: