This link, The C Programming Language, 1st ed, will search Powell’s Books (www.powells.com) for any current copies of the classic by Brian W. Kernighan and Dennis M. Ritchie.
And this link, sabadash, will allow you to contact sabadash.
Fiction: Why do Birds
Damon Knight wrote this perfect science fiction novel that’s nothing like most science fiction novels. It sure isn’t a space opera. It does have time travel, maybe. And it does concern the end of the Earth, again, maybe. But it is a perfect critique of human values, particularly the reader’s. I will say no more.
Non-Fiction: The C Programming Language, 1st ed
Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie created the perfect, simple programming book, along with a pretty good language. The first edition reads like Euclid, almost. I recommend it as a beginning book in logic or aesthetics. Just beautiful.
Oh, and since we’re encouraged to second other choices, I’d second The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind. It might be fiction, might be fact, but however you catagorize it, it’s a wonderful book and a powerful idea.
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I want to start with this: Scobleizer’s comments on Patricia Dunn, the (now) former Chair of the Board at Hewlitt-Packard, and his apology for calling her a ‘cancer’ (on HP) without bothering to find out if she’d ever had the disease.
But I don’t really want to talk about that without putting it in perspective. The stock market has just sort of idled for six years now, taken as a whole. I predicted that. Specifically, I said at the beginning of 2000 that the market was about 20-30% overvalued, that it would fall, and then stay pretty still for about eight to ten years, then break out in a frantic, but real bull market.