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So, volumewise, I don't read a lot of nonfiction. Part of this is that I tend to reread a lot. I have books I go back to all the time. Anything by Tamora Pierce, anything by Bujold, David Weber's (early) Honor Harrington books, Steven Brust's Jhereg books. I don't think there is a book that falls in those categories that I have not read at least a half-dozen times, and there are some (First Test, by Pierce; A Civil Campaign, by Bujold; On Basilisk Station, by Weber) that I have read over 20 times easily. I do the same with audiobooks: as I type this, I am listening to Meg Cabot's Jinx, and I can practically recite the novel from frequent repetitions.

But I do that with popcorn books: books I can blast through without much trouble, books with lively stories and not much thought required to keep up. Nonfiction is not often like that.

With nonfiction, I tend to start a book, read for a while, then get distracted by, "Hey, look, a post office; I haven't read Going Postal in a while," or "Man, I wonder if this scene in Memory could be read THIS way: I should try a reread to see!" And then I read that book, and then another, and then another. Eventually, I remember my nonfiction project, and return to it.

I started my current nonfiction read, David McCullough's John Adams, back in mid-late January. I'm around 2/3 of the way through now, I think. I'm in 1792, at the end of Washington's first term.

I'm finding it very interesting, although I can't focus exclusively on it for very long. What prompted this post originally is my observation that I learn about my own politics by reading biographies of politicians. It's not necessarily that I learn about where I stand, but the intensity of my beliefs becomes clearer by the way I react to learning things about these political figures.

For instance, I always knew I favored education and money for education. But every time this book talks about Adams's passion for education, and his belief that education is the single most important responsibility of a society that wants to succeed, my heart warms to him. THERE, I tell myself, is a guy with his PRIORITIES straight.

Also, I kind of hate Thomas Jefferson at this point. I think I will need to read a book more skewed to him after I am done with this, to see if it repairs my opinion of him.

Anyway. Random ramblings.
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I am already crying.

Dianne Feinstein is making me cry.

I cannot believe this is happening.
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My first Associated Content article published! So happy!

Rule of Law: Healey's Attacks on Deval Patrick in Massachusetts Gubernatorial Race
by Elizabeth Cole

The race for governor in Massachusetts has always been something of an odd one. For a state with a well-earned reputation as a liberal stronghold, it has been surprisingly conservative in its picks for governor. Since 1914, the people of Massachusetts have elected 25 governors: 11 Democrats and 14 Republicans. In fact, our last Democratic governor was Michael Dukakis, who left office in 1991.

This year, the Democrats have a strong contender in Deval Patrick, who served under Bill Clinton as the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. In the primary, Patrick ran a clean campaign, appealing to his supporters as intelligent enough to see through attack ads and consider the issues as more than soundbites. Democrats across the state rallied to the call, and Patrick won the primary in a landslide, with 50% of the vote to 27% for Chris Gabrieli and 23% for Tom Reilly.

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