Don’t remember if I’ve mentioned this before, but if you happen to like a good book — a good study of a scoundrel, a slave-driver driving himself the hardest of all, a book to grip you and carry you and thrill and tempt you, you could do a lot worse than take up Robert Caro’s the Years of Lyndon Johnson.
I borrowed the first volume (The Path to Power, 1982) from the university library last summer — just since it seemed mildly interesting — and read a bit of it every day before going to sleep.*
Then, when my slept hours grew uncomfortably few, I shifted the book to late-afternoon reading. I went through it like a chain-smoker through a pack of cigarettes, like a worm through the carcass of a beached whale, though that fails to convey the enjoyable-ness of the read. Having finished, with a faint “Ping!” of loss as with every good book, I told myself “Well, excellent, an excellent book! Now for something else entirely!”
And then I went and borrowed and read the second part (Means of Ascent, 1990). And swore I’d not borrow the third because, you know, then I’d be frustrated by the fact that the fourth part isn’t out yet.
And the next day I got the third part (Master of the Senate, 2002), read it over the Christmas break, and now I’m anxiously waiting for the fourth.
Hey, the publication intervals have only been 8 and 12 years, so the fourth should be out in 2018…
Sorry; have to go and breathe in a paper bag for a bit. Won’t take so long. Won’t take so long. Ugh.
And — and this is the true purpose of this post — would you like to hear a real, really real recording of President Lyndon B. Johnson ordering pants for himself? (Edit: fixed broken link.)
I knew you would. (“Now, another thing: the crotch, down where your nuts hang, is always a little too tight.”)
Oh, those rascally recording White House types.
For some reason, I can’t stop thinking “I need a bit of this as my ringtone”, and giggling at the absurdity of the thought. Though maybe I should find a recording of Nixon swearing instead?
(What? You mean there’s some other presidential stuff happening? Well, sorry if this wasn’t what you were looking for. If you’re looking for Obama’s inauguration and the shaving-off of the Bush, you’ll find nothing of that here. No sirree!)
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* = “Read [...] before going to sleep”. Well, some books you read while eating, some you roar through whenever you have only a minute, some are on your phone (for toilet trips while at the university) or Cybook, and some are for when you s(h)it on the porcelain goddess. And the rest, well, are for the normal reading time. (Excess? There is no such thing!)