Great Books For Boys

The greatest books for boys are foundational texts. Greek mythology gives insight into human nature and valorizes masculine virtues. There are now Minecraft comic book editions of the Old and the New Testament. And a boy has to learn his national history and heroic myths.

For adventure, you can’t go wrong with the American classics, from Mark Twain to Jack London. I first read Huckleberry Finn at the age of eight in translation and White Fang afterwards.

At the library or a used book store, look for books that were printed more than a few decades ago. You can’t appreciate how politically “corrected” children’s books have become until you compare them with something that’s fifty-plus years old. Furthermore, the poz is more blatant with hot-off-the-press publications, where they will go as far as sneaking in overt homosexuality. Ask me in the comments if you want to know of one example. The obligatory diversity ruins every story and you will never see a recently published book with an illustration of a White boy and girl next to each other. Liberals really do want to destroy your son and daughter.

The one qualitative difference between great books for men rather than for boys, is women. A young boy’s psycho-social development is focused on his becoming a man in relation to other boys, therefore a great book for boys might omit any reference to women entirely as superfluous and distracting. War and adventure stories, for example. Or coming-of-age friendship tales such as Stephen King’s short story The Body, better known by its film version Stand by Me — no girls allowed.

If women appear in a boy’s book, they should be fixed characters like a mom or a teacher; if an authority figure, she ought to be comic relief. When a story features a girl as a developed character, the boy’s attitude to her should be rendered as one of amused and occasionally annoyed mastery, though despite it all, instinctively protective — like with a bratty sister. Nuanced and complex portrayals of women are for adult readers.

Here are several books I recommend for boys, some of which might not be familiar to Anglosphere readers. Plot summaries include spoilers.

Roald Dahl, Short Stories. Dahl was a Welsh novelist (1930 – 1990) whose prose carries echoes of Dr. Seuss — similar touches of surrealism, as well as its own wry looseness in language. Representative short stories:

  • George’s Marvellous Medicine — Can’t stand bossy (and smelly!) old hags? This tale has the antidote: our hero concocts a potion to make his witchy grandmother nicer and hilarity ensues.
  • The Filling Station — An account of growing up with one’s widowed father in a trailer behind dad’s auto-service garage. A big meadow, a bunk bed, a wood stove in the winter, and greasy clothes from helping dad in the shop. What more could a boy want?

Beowulf. Specifically, the version authored by Michael Morpurgo. The narrative emphasizes loyalty to friends and benefactors, courage, honesty. Cowardice and abandonment of kinsmen are singled out for scathing treatment.

Karl May, The Winnetou Trilogy. Written by German author Karl May in 1893 and set on the American frontier, the trilogy follows a greenhorn’s development into the famed Old Shatterhand and his ultimately tragic friendship with the Apache warrior Winnetou. Loved it as a ten-year-old. I’m not otherwise familiar with the genre; any other old-school great Westerns for boys out there?

Henryk Sienkiewicz, In the Desert and the Wilderness. The novel was written in 1911 and it describes the adventures of two children of the British Empire’s emissaries, Stan and Nell, following their abduction by Sudanese rebels. Travelling with their kidnappers, they encounter a lion and the Arabs agree to hand the rifle to Stan, knowing that he is the only one with the skill take down the animal. Understanding the weight of his responsibility, Stan kills the lion and then slays all of his captors.

At the completion of their journey through Africa in search of a British garrison, he and Nell are reunited with their families and Stan’s father gives him a memorable lecture on killing:

Listen, Stan, don’t deal in death lightly, but if someone threatens your homeland, the life of your mother, sister or the life of a woman placed in your care, put a bullet in his head with no questions asked and don’t burden yourself with any remorse.

Ferenc Molnar, The Paul Street Boys. The plot centers on the battles between two gangs of boys over a vacant lot in Budapest. Janos Boka is the leader of the protagonist group. Ernest Nemecsek, the book’s main character, is the smallest and weakest of the boys but arguably the bravest. Due to a misunderstanding he is demerited by his gang, a dishonor he takes very seriously. To redeem himself, he wades through a pond on a cold day to spy on the enemy gang and catches pneumonia.

Despite his illness on the day of the decisive battle, Nemecsek runs away from home and fights, contributing to victory. He collapses after the battle and Boka carries him home, where he dies while his father is unable to break away from a fussing customer. Once back outside, Boka runs into the leader of the opposing gang, who says that he came to see how Nemecsek is doing. The 1906 novel foreshadows the incipient Great Brother Wars.

Hergé, The Adventures of Tintin. Written in the 1950s by the Belgian cartoonist, this series of comic books follows the eponymous young reporter and his wacky cast of supporting characters on their exploits around the world. You’ll enjoy entertainingly frank racial stereotypes, yet Tintin finds a way of making friends with good people everywhere. The physical and verbal comedy is guaranteed to have both the kid and the adult splitting their sides with laughter.

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99 thoughts on “Great Books For Boys

  1. Nietzsche’s “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” is prime reading for late-adolescence; most Blaise Cendrars novels and/or his multiple-volume autobiography will ensure the kid will never stop reading for pleasure; Dostoyevsky’s short stories/novellas are great for youngsters; Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels;” H Walpole’s “Above the Dark Circus.” A close reading of Milton’s compendium definitely couldn’t hurt — but only if they’re ready/interested.

  2. The Blue Gonfalon At The First Crusade by Margaret Hubbard
    Blood Red Crescent by Henry Garnett

    Both originally published over half a century ago. Fictionalized accounts of periods in history we would do well to remember, especially now.

  3. Kids nowadays don’t go outside enough, all they do is consume media like movies or video games.

    I’d recommend writers with an appreciation of nature like Jack London.

  4. Ah, you collect children books from the earlier times. I do that also PA, so that they don’t all get lost.

    There have been dramatic changes in books. The older they are, the more advanced, and the more modern, the more degenerate.

    The loss in education has been immense. Most graduate students today could not read the average book written in the 1890s. It has been said that a grade school education in the 20s was worth about 2 PhDs today.

  5. First Love by Turgenev would have served me well at age 16. If every boy read that we wouldn’t need the manosphere.

    Far North by Will Hobbs is not a classic but hit me like a ton of bricks at around age 8. True-life wilderness and ocean survival stories are great for boys. One of the first things my dad read to me was a kid’s version of Robinson Crusoe. I couldn’t have been older than 6. Perhaps more important than what is read is who is reading. Read to your sons!

  6. Another reason for seeking out old children’s books is – aside from the issue of political correctness – the appalling quality of the language and illustrations in modern retellings of classic fairy tales and (illustrations only) Mother Goose. Knopf has published some decent reprints of older children’s classics. The Howard Pyle “Robin Hood” is a great retelling. Iona (lovely name!) and Peter Opie’s collections of children’s literature and their scholarly writings are wonderful. It was from them I learned this children’s variation on a classic: Mary had a little lamb/You’ve heard this tale before,/But did you know she passed her plate/And had a little more?

  7. Give us an example of the promotion of homosexuality in current children’s books. I personally can’t think of any examples.

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  9. Masterpiece entry, PA, for those of us actually raising young boys.

    Several years ago I ordered a book for kids, thinking I would help introduce them to Western classics and inculcate a love for Britannia. So, I ordered a stylized children’s version of “the best of Kipling” from Amazon, without having had the chance to peruse it first.

    It ended up getting thrown in the garbage. The entire introduction was spent “apologizing” for some of Kipling’s “outdated” views, explaining that some of his work was omitted because it’s nowadays “hard to read”.

  10. All: thank you for the recommendations. I am taking a look at each one.

    Each Pond Gone: since you mentioned Milton, you will enjoy John Berryman’s “Wash Far Away” (PDF easily found online), a short story based on Milton’s elegy “Lycidas.”

    Lara: “The Princes and the Treasure” (2014). No warning on the cover; the two lead male characters suddenly discover they are in love and they have a wedding.

    Samson J.: Thank you! The Tintin comics series have some of that Kiplingesque spirit.

  11. The Tintin comics series have some of that Kiplingesque spirit.

    You’re preaching to the ever-loving choir, mon ami; I grew up on those (and have even read them in the original French. :preen:) Interesting, though, that they also have been sanitized in modern editions – in old versions the blacks are caricatured with ridiculous/hilarious facial features.

  12. Interesting, also, when I discovered that Tintin is a “reporter”. Consider how different times must have been for “reporter” to have been considered an honest, heroic vocation.

  13. If women appear in a boy’s book, they should be fixed characters like a mom or a teacher;

    Hence why I always, as a youth, had such a problem with the existence of Eowyn. What is this interloper doing ruining a boys’ adventure story? I thought. Of course, as an adult, having read a lot of writing about Tolkien, I realize there’s a lot more than just a boys’ story there, but the point stands – no girls allowed!

  14. Hence why I always, as a youth, had such a problem with the existence of Eowyn. What is this interloper doing ruining a boys’ adventure story?

    It’s possible to have a great female character that isn’t a feminist character, although this is unbeknownst to JJ Abrams.

  15. Also Grimms’ Fairy Tales (unabridged); Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” is great for young’uns — or anyone. Whatever aspect of history that interests them — whether felonious or saintly — they should start exploring the nuts and bolts of it.

  16. It’s possible to have a great female character that isn’t a feminist character

    Although I really can’t think of many. The problem is, a great, non-feminist character has to act like a woman, and I’m not really interested in reading about women or what they are actually like.

  17. “Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlen.”

    Yes. Very principled and consistent humanist even with supernatural storylines.

    ———————————————————————————————————–

    Not being a parent, this is a subject i never thought about until i was almost 40 and started a new career that came with new sensibilities; it amazed me to take not and ponder the high-wire p.c. that had invaded prep-ed since i was part of it (of course, i was also blown away by how quaint the entire notion of hard-copy literature, period, had become).

    And then, not really politicized in my center-left-raised views or disposition, i was surprised to the point of nearly ‘shocked’ to see just how homoeroticized prep-lit and (even more so) the pop-culture that caters msm adolescence in this country had become. Really blew me away and caught me by surprise, given that i had no real interest or circumstance to draw in my attention to this aspect of the zeitgeist.

    Also, I don’t know how to discuss that issue professionally; basically, i cower and am grateful that it’s rarely if ever raised in terms of my duties and suggestions —– and i’m often called upon to opine and re-format heavily politicized rhetoric and other forms of policy persuasion and rationalization. Bureaucratically, this subject is all over the map politically, mainly because there’s an economic angle involved relating to how ‘bullying’ protectoraate schools would be taken over by charters.

  18. ;p.s.—- one more child lit surprise: how “The Outsiders” and “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” has survived and made themselves felt among Adolescent America for yet at least one more decade; creation-myth-lit that’s 50-plus years old and counting!

  19. One more for the young champs: Marquis de Sade’s “120 Days of Sodom,” supplemented with that crazed villain’s sharp essay “Reflections on the Novel.” The latter deals at length with his views on crime ‘portrayed in books,’ and yields a more mature contemplation of the play itself.

  20. age 15+

    Yep 🙂

    The boys/men cutoff in my post is before vs after puberty. When I talk of great books for boys, this can mean things you read to your four-year-old, or something an eleven-year-old boy would read.

  21. i’m thinking the specific age of development is particularly important for my next recommendation: The Divine Comedy; read about the rings of consignment too early, especially if you were raised in or around a Christian realist background, and Dante’s maniacal vividness, combined with an expert illustrator, can ensure your kid years of complexes and eventual counseling.
    But introduced at the right time, i think Dante provides a moral playground and museum especially enticing to young minds that gives shape to their fresh imaginings. Me, with my center-left sort-of vague-but-insistent agnosticism, never got strongly gripped by Dante, but i recall many of my middle-to-lower-middle-class Catholic friends got spooked by the Inferno in Cathecism class.

  22. — maniacal vividness, combined with an expert illustrator, can ensure your kid years of complexes and eventual counseling

    KIds are more resilient than one would think. Exception: demonic visual horror. Best to not expose someone too young to scary scenes in movies. There is no need to see cinematic vampires before one is old enough. But kids have watched farm animals copulate and be slaughtered for centuries.

    At six or seven I saw my grandfather slaughter a calf with a hand-ax. It didn’t make much of an impression on me, but its mooing cow/mother did, I felt bad hearing her cry through the entire night.

    — Where’s GBFM when you need him?

    The title of the post is an intentional nod to him.

  23. “…I saw my grandfather slaughter a calf with a hand-ax.” // “maniacal vividness…”

    Hunting can be pretty healthy for kids if initially with a paternal figure.

    If they’re interested in a Dante or a Swedenborg in grade school, take them to drawing classes instead. If they develop a lasting interest in imitating da Vinci or Delacroix at that age, they are set. Video games and AI-filth are what will blunt their minds.

    Related: “The Japanese Disney” comes forward as distinguished Luddite and third-tier shitlord. Rails against AI imagery orchestrated by a bunch of dorks nursing hopes of building robots that draw like humans.

    http://www.outerplaces.com/science/item/14000-hayo-miyazaki-slams-ai-s-animation-as-insult-to-life-itself

  24. Excellent list, for a start.

    Here are some others:

    (1) John Buchan

    (2) H. Rider Haggard

    (3) Hugo Pratt‘s ‘Corto Maltese’ comics

    (4) J.R.R. Tolkien

    (5) C.S. Lewis

    (6) Robert Louis Stevenson

    (7) Hardy Boys series

    (8) P.G. Wodehouse

    (9) Farley Mowat

    (10) Prince Valiant comics

  25. Someone on here recently recommended West is the Night. I read it and really enjoyed it, so thank you.

    West With The Night was written by Beryl Markham, who was somewhat of a tomboy and slut in British East Africa in the 1920s-1930s. It’s actually a well-written book, though rumours persist that someone else wrote it for her. I picked up a copy on my first visit to Kenya and Tanzania in the late 1980s, soon after Markham had died near Nairobi. I later brought a copy home for my mother, who was involved in various women’s groups, church societies, Junior League, etc., in Greenwich, CT. From what I remember, it soon became very popular with the ladies’ network. The book was, and probably still is, considered a “You Go Grrrl!” text.

  26. “West is the Night”

    Hemingway the WWI EMS driver often praised “West With the Night,” and it was in fact quality writing. I first found it at my grandmother’s house in my early teens. Mina Loy was probably a better writer, now that I think about it — though equally non-prolific. F.T. Marinetti ran some excellent fash game on her, prompting her to pen an actual feminist manifesto. She later crashed and burned with adventurer Arthur Cravan, who you can bet read her manifesto as pure amusement.

  27. The 19th century or Victorian literature in the adventure genre seems to be in the classically liberal mold: optimism in science and universal values, faith in progress. Examples would be Jules Verne’s oeuvre. Any prose from that era for boys that is in more of a Romantic vein (echoes of Beowulf, awe before the mysterious, duty & honor, respect before the palpable limits of man’s power) — something like Conrad or Dostoevsky, except for younger readers? Maybe Sir Walter Scott…. but I haven’t read him.

  28. Markham was quite beautiful, but not half as beautiful as the ex-Nazi lady official I was directed to escort around London in the summer of 1990. This woman had the same blonde Nordic looks as Markham and Diana, Lady Mosley, but even in her 70s was even more beautiful.

  29. It was a different kind of feminism than we have today. Markham never expected special treatment.

    Good point. And Arwen in JRR Tolkien was the same in her respect for family, tradition and the social order, plus she also accomplished things that were rational and achievable.

    The worst example of a feminist hero I can think of recently is Rey in Star Wars, The Force Awakens – she literally can’t fail, is good at everything at first try and simply cannot lose…because girrrrrrlz rock. Every moment she spends on screen is clearly aimed at showing up male action leads in the rest of the Star Wars franchise.

    We’ve got flaming liberal dumba*s arsehole JJ Abrams to thank for that.

  30. Part of being a resilient person is being able to bounce back from failure. Any female character that is written as perfect, is one dimensional and a bore.

  31. She was red-pilled:

    “The man who lives a life in which his activities conform to a social code which is protectorate of the feminine element—–is no longer masculine…”

  32. Her “Insel” fits your search, PA. But alongside a good dictionary. Written in mid-Victorian style; rare gem of a book.

  33. I don’t see what is wrong with being protective of the female element as long as you have opportunities to be away from them. Unfortunately, these days women want to do everything men do and be everywhere men are.

  34. It can honestly be a lot of work behaving femininely with men. I like to sometimes have some space and down time. I imagine men feel the same way.

  35. Thanks for bringing up this topic. I have experienced identical problems with children’s books today.

    For example, a book we were given as a gift had a white mom and black father. This is a book for infants! Yes, you’re 3 month old needs to be taught how to mudshark. Can’t start too early.

  36. For the record on the above, I threw the book out instead of donating it. I don’t want another child subjected to it either. The rule in the house with my wife is that we don’t show our kids politically correct literature no matter who gives it to us. We don’t donate it either. We throw it out.

  37. We screen/ flip through books at the library to filter out the poz. Two of the most egregious illustrated books for under-5 children I ever saw were:

    – (1) an adventure book where two male friends suddenly discovered that they are in love and the next full spread shows them holding hands inside a cathedral in a wedding ceremony administered by a vicar.

    – (2) a class field trip full of multicultural faces in which the protagonist, a White boy, keeps screwing up in every conceivable way, inconveniencing the other kids, begging them for snacks because he lost his own,,, and a black male teacher lectures him on personal responsibility.

    Most new children’s’ books are filth, but they are blatant filth. Parents have to preview what they are buying or checking out. The good news is that I have discovered countless older books (pre-1980s, still available at libraries) with inspiring stories told from a boy’s point of view, with zero sneaky liberalism embedded, about the American Revolutionary war, settling of the frontier, surviving harsh northern winters, etc.

  38. Most of my non-fiction books as a little boy were in two subjects: (1) military history and exploration (I especially liked the American Revolution, French and Indian Wars, Custer and the Indian Wars, fur traders and the Hudson’s Bay Company, French and Spanish explorers, ancient Romans, Frederick the Great, Napoleon, WWII), and (2) natural history/wildlife/animals/outdoors.

  39. A fully-illustrated collector’s edition of The Kybalion will stimulate their curiosities and overall perspective, even if they don’t totally understand the material at first. This will likely develop their appreciation for older rare volumes. Best as accessory for actual discussion. The images in those older copies can really get one thinking at any age.

  40. Something about Harry Potter just comes off as really bland, derivative and predictable to me, after being a longtime Tolkien fan. And JK Rowling is your typical limousine liberal, too.

  41. “(1) an adventure book where two male friends suddenly discovered that they are in love and the next full spread shows them holding hands inside a cathedral in a wedding ceremony administered by a vicar.”

    I recall you posting the image from that story. Was it here? or at SOBL? Anyhow, that surprised me, the blatancy, and led me to pay more attention to that, as rarely do i have to deal with Curriculum issues, and even more rarely at a middle-school or elementary level. But i was still surprised as, of course, that was quite contrary to my experience as a grade-schooler.

    If it’s availed to you, you should re-post that animated pic of the two in the cathedral to vouchproof a rejoinder to Lara’s claim.

    A pic’s worth 1,000 words, y’know…

  42. Here’s your 1,000 words. “The Princes and the Treasure” (2014). Do a web image-search for more examples from that book.

  43. Preemptive request: let’s continue to stay on topic under this post — no discourses on homosexuality. I am getting value from readers’ book recommendations.

  44. Have you ever heard of the book ‘A Boy Ten Feet Tall‘? There was a movie of the same name (also called ‘Sammy Going South’). It’s about a little English boy in Egypt whose parents are killed in the Port Said bombing during the Suez Crisis in 1956. He journeys south through Africa to stay with his aunt in Durban, South Africa, encountering various characters and adventures along the way. It’s essentially about a boy becoming a man. The full-length movie DVD is hard to find. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  45. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    Excellent. I am taking a look at every recommendation in this thread that I’m not already familiar with. It’s impossible to read every great book ever written but it’s good to expand one’s list.

  46. Other JRR Tolkien works good for older boys – Farmer Giles of Ham, Smith of Wooton Major, Adventures of Tom Bombadil. But somewhat reminiscent of Old English/Saxon/Norse type poetry.

  47. This is a book for infants!

    is there really such a book market? Is it just photos and/or images? If not, and it’s an actual literary market, that’s an interesting and foreboding thought: pre-cognitive propaganda.

  48. The Hardy Boys have already been mentioned. These characters have had a very long life, going back to the 1920’s. A more recent creation (early 1960’s) was the Three Investigators. They were more popular in Germany (as The Three ???) than in the US. Older than the Hardy Boys is the Tom Swift character. I’ve got a copy of the 1910 first edition of the first in the series, Tom Swift and His Motorcycle, which is inscribed to my dad in 1929. One would have to be careful with the reprint Tom Swift and Hardy Boys books because newer editions might have been rewritten to be PC. Original copies are always better, when available.

  49. For animation, my buds and I thought Jonny Quest was the coolest. It does feature his dot head friend Hadji and foreign cultures/nations are episode settings, but it’s for the exotic impact. There’s no question about the superiority of white American culture. I’m talking about the original series which was broadcast in primetime for one season in the early 60’s. All episodes are available on youtube. What boy wouldn’t be intrigued by this opening?

  50. my buds and I thought Jonny Quest was the coolest.

    I had a female lecturer in grad school who attended Hampshire ccollege as a undergrad; there, they have some sort of setup in which there aren’t traditional classes and grades but rather thesis-like ‘projects.’

    And this lecturer’s was a project on the Johnny Quest series; some sort of overtly and proundly Marxist treatise on how Haji was a subordinate token to Johnny and the white adult peers and how the whole arrangement was a token emblematic to colonial oversight of the third world etc.; apparently, this went on to consult with networks on and about the political implications of their content….. yep, the world of liberal arts graduate scholarship, it’s one of a kind.

  51. “how the whole arrangement was a token emblematic to colonial oversight of the third world”

    Of course. I mean, look at the closing credits – African tribesman throwing spears at a rocket ship. 😉

    It would seem that the quality single episodes are no longer on youtube. Unfortunately, some amazon reviews say the dvds have been edited.

  52. If books for contemporary boys are to cut straight through the slough of advertisements and visual poz-buffets that they will almost unavoidably become accustomed to, they may initially have to beat the spectacle at its own game. There are various rudimentary works intended to make things like cloud-types or astronomy exciting, containing nothing but cosmic wonders like that planet-devouring star resembling our sun that’s currently in the news. Teach them to look toward and care about The Heavens. When they get around to The Iliad it will seem incomparably more exalting and vivid.

    They should truly know that the countless airplanes seen and heard around the clock – and space crafts at large – are barely a drop in the ocean, and basically primitive toys. The media would largely have them worship these crude rigs, losing sight of the stars themselves. A shame.

  53. Sci-fi and Fantasy didn’t come up much. While there are great stories there and some works transcend the genre, there is a stigma attached to that literature. Reason for it, in my guess — to the underperforming boy, their elaborate imaginary worlds and supernatural heroics can lead to escapism.

    The exact opposite, in terms of developmental effect, to playing team sports. There you get actionable feedback on your measurable qualities and your value to the common cause.

  54. The Dangerous Book for Boys has a lot of good information for a boy. I also like Where the Red Fern Grows about a boy growing up in the Ozarks and his relationship with his dogs.

  55. In the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck’s mom had died. I remember him saying something about not being that heartbroken about it since all she did was fight with his dad. That is a good example of not exalting a female character.

  56. The Long Ships (or Rode Orm is its Swedish title) by Frans Bengtsson. Fantastic book. Vikings, a few chicks here and there (they’re Vikings after all). But great for men and boys.

  57. I have always found it striking that sci-fi and fantasy somehow get lumped together, given that they’re quite different thematically, and I always liked the latter but still don’t care for the former.

    Of course it’s true that fantasy has too often been an escapist staple for nerds. I’m not opposed to my son reading some – as long as it makes him actually want to take up archery, or combat sports, or what have you.

  58. Folks in the Commonwealth might remember the Swallows and Amazons books, about kids who go away for summer and build boats, play at pirates, etc.

    There’s also Five Children And It, which girls could enjoy too, but in any case has humourous lessons about being careful what you wish for.

    I remember Green Mountain Hero fondly, though maybe that’s because my dad bought it for me. Likewise, for younger boys, The Adventures of Reddy Fox and that series. For older/teen boys (and adults too!) there’s Man-Eaters of Kumaon and Man-Eater of Tsavo, about hunting rogue tigers and lions, respectively.

  59. O.T.@Each Pond Gone:

    Per some of our quibbles about just how insidious is digital technology’s influence and disruptive power, I thought this book was interesting. I’ve yet to read it in its entirety, but even halfway in, combined with reading a half-dozen or so reviews by reviewers i respect, I think he makes some strong, salient points about that ‘glut melancholy’ that i contend digital reproduction sometimes produces.

    Check it out:

  60. You can’t buy anything published in the last 50 years: the (((publishers))) pervert and distort all for anti-nonmal White man Narrative. Any decent person would be laughed at to push some obese hippy fem type. Just look at the egregious Sesame Street.

  61. Also the new Star Wars features all White males as villains. Something created by that demographic distorted by poz scum to abuse tthem. #BoycottSJWars

  62. Nik, “analog” die-hards generally have no idea what that word even means. It’s quite possible some remain completely unacquainted with the actual Web. The craftsmanship is immeasurably superior when you’re dealing in raw material, whatever the area. It shouldn’t simply be lauded for its ‘human flaws.’ The work itself is ineluctably superior. I like where Sax’s heart appears to be, but he seems to be a mere tourist on the subject, much like the digitized NYT and its thin-blooded plugs in the realm of letters. But do report.

  63. “It shouldn’t simply be lauded for its ‘human flaws.’ The work itself is ineluctably superior.”
    Guys like me and I suspect Sax —– Gen X’ers in age and perspective—- tend to look at this issue or ‘debate’ as part of a historical continuum that need only be occasionally checked into and then duly updated: I recall as an intern at the daily I worked for, ’93-ish, writing a piece about the merits of CDs-vs-vinyl; for a daily rag it was relatively esoteric in its ambitions (if not its final delivery, lol). I even got into aural-science parlance to describe how digital-sound approximated its replication versus those more wholesome wax grooves, which apparently was/is considered a truer, ‘more authentic’ representation of musical intent and delivery. In any case, after stating the facts of the debate and their relative sales-fig stats, providing a few local quotes and examples, and then citing a famous NY Times rant by Neil Young putting down CDs and digital recording at large, i concluded the piece by declaring both sides a bit foolish in that any recording was a REPRESENTATION of ‘the real thing,’ a FACSIMILE.

    So just what was the point of these hermeneutic debates? One is better than the other in the eye, or ear, of the beholder and no more. I mean,” just whose authenticity tastes the best” I may ask?

    Sax is probably a bit longer, so going by archive in indexing his thoughts on pre-digital sound. But I was impressed that he went beyond discussing just sound quality and ventured on how modern sound and its ample availability stunts listener appetites, etc.

  64. “…any recording was a REPRESENTATION of ‘the real thing,’ a FACSIMILE.”

    I used to be on a huge ‘live-only’ kick. But now at least w/ popular music that’s often where the facsimile reaches its height, nullifying the actual performer. What a clusterfuk; the generation below me can’t quite grasp what they’re even missing out on. I think books can potentially slash through all the hand-me-down soundbites/put-ons and point the way to the more biotic side of experience and the arts.

    Journalism/art criticism could feasibly spearhead such a movement too. I actually suspect a strong correspondence between people seeking The Real Thing and the amount of top-tier journos on the ball mercilessly negating the merely perfunctory. But why blame journos; ultimately the musicians failed to keep pace with the tech train, the ‘iron horse’ missing genuine iron.

  65. “…genuine iron.”

    “Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin” is great for teens. Maybe read aloud if they’re younger. All of Ted Hughes’ stuff an even better match for grade-schoolers.

  66. DS – great minds think alike!
    The great gun writer Charles Edward Chapel’s “Boy’s Book of Rifles” (1948) is a well-written, well-organized and very useful introduction. Not having grown up in a family that had firearms, it’s what I used to teach myself to shoot as an adult. Not surprisingly, LBF came up with a great list of classics – too many of which I have not read. As his list shows, most of the best boy’s literature can be returned to with pleasure as an adult – I wonder if that’s the same for girls?

  67. — too many of which I have not read

    Same here, as I’m discovering.

    — I wonder if that’s the same for girls?

    The book series from their childhood I’ve heard women praise is “Anne Of Green Gables.”

  68. The simple rule is to only allow books written before 1965 or so. But I think LBF has a fine selection of authors and read most of them myself in younger days. Has Kipling been mentioned? The Jungle Book, Kim and others aren’t bad.

    Since some wondered about whether there actually are poz books for children, I sacrificed my search history (“lgbt friendly books for children”) and will probably have to see degenerate ads for weeks now. I give you:

    https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/02/16/best-lgbt-childrens-books/
    https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2014/may/12/book-doctor-books-on-same-sex-relationships
    https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2014/may/12/best-lgbt-books-children-teenagers-yas
    http://www.out.com/art-books/2015/2/23/our-favorite-lgbt-positive-childrens-books
    http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2015/06/21-childrens-books-that-celebrate-lgbt-families.html
    https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/20314.Transgender_Friendly_Young_Children_s_Books_

    It’s relentlessly awful throughout.

    “My mommy and daddy got divorced last year. Now there’s someone new at daddy’s house.”

    Perhaps the beginning of a nice blacklist. It should be noted that there were many, many more hits than this.

  69. I sacrificed my search history

    Good on you; this is more perilous than it may seem. Remember that “he who battles monsters should take care not to become a monster; when you gaze into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.” Don’t go into this sort of research without arming yourself in prayer.

  70. Point well taken. The closer I look at these people, the more disgusted I get. The feminist icons turn out to be predatory pedophile lesbians, suicides and/or mentally ill. Read the typical description of a homo night out and it’s something that would be punishment in Hell for a normal person. The homos have literally constructed their own hell on earth, and as we can see (but are forbidden to point out) it destroys them quickly.

    It’s particularly enraging then to see how all this furthermore is glorified and normalized to children through the most shameless propaganda.

  71. “A Mysterious Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge- Bierce Ambrose”

    Ahh, yes!! One of my all-time youth favorites; haven’t thought of that one for quite awhile. Thanks!

    Total classic.

  72. @Marc – thanks for the recommendation of “The Boy’s Book of Rifles.” I ordered a copy and received it today. Quickly flipping through it, it’s packed with info and am looking forward to reading it.

  73. This was most interested as I have grew up in both Asterix and Tintin comic were as you mention women were omitted, until now I never quite give a taught as to why. I am curious of the story book for children with homosexual too, what is that one

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