Originally posted by billyboy
I just finished "The Absolutely Worst Places To Live In America" by Dave Gilmartin. He went around the country and asked people one question, "What is the worst place you've lived?" The book is definitely has a bit of controversy to it as it slams about 80 cities and towns across the U.S. Some rightfully so as the educational systems, job opportunities, and level of violence/drug crime tell the story, others by people who don't like that they can't get booze on a Sunday (hint:stock up on Saturday), can't deal with snow in the winter, lack of big city opportunities. Interesting as he slammed two places I have lived or frequented: Syracuse, NY and Allston, MA.
I also just finished "The Prestige" by Christopher Priest. It's a great book that was just made into a film with Hugh jackman and Christian Bale. Its about rival magician in the late 19th century who pull increasingly dangerous stunts on each other in a bid to be the best magician and to seek revenge for past wrongs. Really great themes of obsession, dedication, and sarifice for the sake of something one truly loves.
I'm working on "Letter To A Christian Nation" by Sam Harris right now. Very interesting and surely controversial read. He is an aetheist who writes an open letter to the all Christians in the U.S. stating the reasons and citing examples as to why there is no God. Something to think on.
"worst places to live in America" book is right up my alley too , billyboy.... I think I will go right to Amazon. com and try and buy it. Thanks for turning us on to it...
I've often read those "best places rated" almanac books, and I'd like to get in a little deeper behind all those statistics!
How about that town Pine Bluff, Arkansas?!? Is it still rated at the bottom? I remember it was #300 at one point, which is as low as it could go.
I often disagree with those ratings of places in Minnesota as "best places" to live, cause it is so darned COLD there!!
(But supposedly those are great places to raise kids)
I enjoy reading USA today, the Wall ST. Journal, Sunday NY Times (espescially travel and real estate sections)...
I'm real big on newspapers , and travel and poker magazines...
and flyertalk.com and lasvegasadvisor.com...
and of course roadfood.com.........great reading!!