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Wes Jones' Readings Page

Here are some links to my favorite on-line book and magazine resources. All of the books are free of copyright restrictions.

Also, a few works that I have scanned and transcribed. Most of these are unavailable or hard-to-find, but might still be copyrighted. If anyone thinks their inclusion here infringes on any copyrights e-mail me and I will remove them.

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Books

The On-Line Books Page The source for on-line books.
Banned Books On-Line It is everyone's moral and patriotic duty to read and distribute these books.
The Gutenberg Project Dedicated to distributing text-only versions of every thing ever written.
1984 Orwell's classic - more relevant today in the time of W and Ashcroft. I converted the Gutenberg Australia text into XML format. Note that by reading this you might be violating the copyright laws of the USA. 
Seven Pillars of Wisdom T. E. Lawrence's account of his part in the Arabs' revolt against the Ottoman Empire. I converted the Gutenburg Australia text into XML format. Note that by reading this you might be violating the copyright laws of the USA. 

 

Poems

The Poet in the Desert  Excerpts from a long poem by Charles Erskine Scott Wood, about his journeys through the desert of southeastern Oregon. Wood was in the Army when he explored the West and Northwest. He is the author of the Nez Perce Chief Joseph's famous surrender speech:
"...Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired. My heart is sick and sad.
From where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever."
Silence Edgar Lee Masters is ususlly only associated with his "Spoon River Anthology", and in fact was probably a failure as a poet until that work was published.
The Lake Boats Another, and my favorite, of Edgar Lee Masters.
Time, Real and Imaginary I think I was experimenting with smokables in college when I first read this poem by Coleridge. I still like it (the poem).
The Men Who Don't Fit In I first discovered Robert W. Service when my best friend's dad entertained us with a ribald version of "The Shooting of Dan McGrew." High school was never the same after. I've spent most of my life feeling as if I don't fit in.
 

Stories

The New Accelerator The one that started my interest in H. G. Wells' short stories.
Wind, Sand and Stars The most romantic book about the early days of flying I have ever read. A passage from Saint-Exupery about landing in the Sahara. (Complete chapters are available here in XML.)
Silver Blaze Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"
"To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."
"The dog did nothing in the night-time."
"That was the curious incident," remarked Sherlock Holmes.
The Little Prince A great site (except for the music), with the classic Saint-Exupery story in many languages. Who could forget this from your 4th year French class? "S'il vous plaît... dessine-moi un mouton!"

Note: As of 06/26/2007, here is an English language site.

 

Essays and Articles

The Great Disruption Francis Fukuyama's essay from The Atlantic on the changes in our society and what we can expect in the coming years. No longer available online from The Atlantic.
Lab Notes A story from Harper's by Don Asher about mixing chemistry and jazz playing.
Farewell My Lovely! E.B. White's ode to his Model T. While this essay is usually credited to White, it apparently was a collaboration with Richard Lee Strout. See this article for the details.
Nickel and Dimed In 1999, Barbara Ehrenreich, a columnist who writes for The Progressive, tried surviving on minimum wage jobs. This is her account, published in Harpers.
Quite Early One Morning  This is my favorite Dylan Thomas work. It is a transcription of a reading he did for the BBC that was broadcast in 1953.
Opium, Made Easy Michael Pollan's famous essay from Harper's, about perils of gardening and the folly of the war on drugs.
I Have A Dream The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. For me, the most moving and exhilarating speech of all time. I still get chills hearing or just reading it.
I Sing the Meadowlands For anyone who has wondered just what lies outside the car windows when you drive past the stadiums on the New Jersey Turnpike. Robert Sullivan's essay from the New York Times Magazine, later incorporated into his book "The Meadowlands."
 

 

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