Hobbies

Jazz Guitar

  • Emily by Johnny Mandel (recorded 25 Feb 2003)

Classical Guitar (recorded June-July 1985)

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Arrangement of Emily is by Dean Musser.
Frank expresses appreciation to wonderful guitar teachers he's had over the years: Dean Musser (Charlottesville, Va; jazz), Frank Stallings (Durham, NC; classical), Marvin McCombs (Birmingham, Al; jazz)

Favorite Quotes

  • If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties - Francis Bacon, 1605
  • You must be the change you wish to see - M. Ghandi
  • Far better an approximate answer to the right question, which is often vague, than an exact answer to the wrong question, which can always be made precise - John W. Tukey, 1962

Reading

Some of My Favorite Novels

  1. The Discovery of Heaven by Harry Mulisch
  2. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  3. The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
  4. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0553208845/ref=pd_bbs_null_1/103-9884959-9233428?s=books&v=glance&n=283155 Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (Dec05)
  5. Straight Man by Richard Russo
  6. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0140077022/qid=1135657813/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/103-9884959-9233428?s=books&v=glance&n=283155 White Noise by Don DeLillo (Dec05)
  7. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
  8. The Assault by Harry Mulisch
  9. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
  10. Niccolo Rising by Dorothy Dunnett
  11. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0345452003/qid=1126793643/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/104-8415192-5566369?v=glance&s=books The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
  12. http://www.amazon.com/Job-Story-Simple-Joseph-Roth/dp/1585673749/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215108995&sr=1-12 Job: The Story of a Simple Man by Joseph Roth (Dec 07)
  13. http://www.amazon.com/Empire-Falls-Richard-Russo/dp/0375726403/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215109070&sr=1-1 Empire Falls by Richard Russo (Feb 08)
  14. http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?userid=xj13KqqC3i&isbn=037575931X&itm=1 Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner (Feb06)
  15. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/014100018X/qid=1135658282/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/103-9884959-9233428?s=books&v=glance&n=283155 Chocolat by Joanne Harris (Dec05)
  16. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  17. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  18. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
  19. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Other Recommended Novels

  1. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

Some of My Favorite Non-Fiction

  1. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  2. How We Know What Isn't So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life by Thomas Gilovich
  3. The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature by Steven Pinker
  4. Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan
  5. The Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making by Scott Plous
  6. Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy by Simon Blackburn
  7. Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences by John Allen Paulos
  8. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0465054803/ref=pd_sxp_f/104-1452008-8584762?v=glance&s=books A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market by John Allen Paulos
  9. Risk by John Adams (the geographer, not the president)
  10. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0743223136/qid=1126793537/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/104-8415192-5566369?v=glance&s=books John Adams by David McCullough
  11. http://www.amazon.com/Blink-Power-Thinking-Without/dp/0316010669/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215108825&sr=1-1 Blink by Malcolm Gladwell (Jun 08)
  12. http://www.amazon.com/Undercover-Economist-Exposing-Poor-Decent/dp/0345494016/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215108865&sr=1-1 The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford (Jun 08)
  13. Musicophilia by Oliver Sachs

To Read List

  1. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1559702362/qid=1122143836/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/104-7918214-9941556?v=glance&s=books The Travnik Chronicle (also called the Bosnian Chronicle) by Ivo Andric (Yugoslav Nobel prize winner; recommended by Janez Stare of Slovenia)
  2. http://www.amazon.com/Radetzky-March-Joseph-Roth/dp/1862075131/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1217355648&sr=1-1 The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth

Favorite CDs

Topic revision: r16 - 06 Jan 2013, FrankHarrell
 

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