Joel Monka

My vote for a book that should never have been written is The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It has been used to justify pogroms, the Holocaust, and is being used as a grade school textbook throughout the Arab world today.

The Happy Feminist

Oooh, how could I have overlooked that one. I was thinking about Mein Kampf but I don't think that that book by itself led to the Holocaust.

I know someone here in the U.S. who has a neighbor who believes that The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is gospel truth. Scary stuff.


1. Changed your life? The New Industrial State by John Kenneth Galbraith. I read it when I was still a very pro-capitalist right wing youngster. Galbraith was one of the writers that helped change my thinking and move me to the solidly left side of the spectrum as I came of age, and I've been there ever since.

2. More than once? Cultural Materialism by Marvin Harris. Brilliant, iconoclastic, unapologetically intellectual without being the slightest bit inaccessible, with tremendous insight about how the world ended up like it is.

3. Desert island? How To Survive on a Desert Island. (OK, apologies to whoever I stole that from.)
4. Made you laugh? Easy: America (the Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction. Stewart et al are comic geniuses. Well, I didn't actually read it, I listened to it on CD. The funniest book I've read lately was David Sedaris's Me Talk Pretty One Day.

5. Made you cry? America (the Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction. OK, not really, but Stewart et al do cut awfully close to the bone.

6. Wish had been written? Why I've Decided Not To Go Into Politics Until I've Lead My Texas Rangers To World Series Victory! by George W. Bush. We could have been safe for decades and decades!

7. Wish had not been written? The Hearts of Men by Barbara Ehrenreich. Now, I like Barbara and would have no problem pulling the lever for her for president over the dozens of idiots we end up being allowed to choose from, but at the time I read that book I had no idea that people could be so incredibly insightful and empathetic about how sex roles affect one gender, and be Totally F***ing Clueless about how it affects the other. I have since learned that, sadly, this is not all that atypical.

8. Currently reading? You know, I should read more.

9. Meaning to read? Uh, see #8.


A Michener book *is* a good choice if you have a lot of time to fill. A number of years ago I heard a radio commentator good-naturedly complain that he was a hundred pages into one of Michener’s books and the lava hadn’t even cooled yet!

1. One book that changed your life? "Dominion: The Power of Man, The Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy" by Matthew Scully. For many who have read it, this bombshell is a reminder that not all life-changing books are read in young adulthood.

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yep, philosophy rocks. It's my major (my allied subject for my combined honours is gender and women's studies). please do post about it. I need some motivation for my upcoming classes. I'm feeling a bit like school must end now.


Okay, I finally got around to doing it. Sorry, I was at the Renissance Festival this weekend.


i guess the only book that really changed my life is the book "witches" (which also is a lot about the malleus maleficarum). its about the whole witch burnings and shows how this was not a "mass madness" that is hard to explain but a, well, now we would call it an misogynist campaign. i would recommend it but i highly doubt that it got published elsewhere but germany...
actually this is the book that "made" me a feminist (or, better, made me realize i am a feminist and made me also realize a lot of other things).
it would also be the book that made me cry.
another book that changed my life (not as drastic as the above mentioned) was women who run with the wolves. so damn inspiring!

When most people think about this, what comes to mind is usually basic information that's not particularly interesting or beneficial. But there's a lot more to it than just the basics. - William B. Doyle, http://www.wbdoyle.com/tsfls/

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I enjoyed this… Lobo and the Cottontail’s we’re particular favorites but all were worth listening to.

The great thing about the stories is that all the animals, were written as animals. The characters were true, and although ineviably seen through Seeton’s perspective they weren’t “humans in animals clothes” at all.

As in our lives, happy endings are not guarenteed, nor are they forbidden but I really did care about how things worked out for everyone.

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The Diary of a Young Girl is a Great book. A valuable addendum when reading The Freedom Writers. A very positive teaching tool. My 17 year old daughter has enjoyed the book and it has enhanced her views and opened her mind to many issues that still exist in the world today.

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