1. Tobias Wolff, ‘This Boy’s Life’
My first stepfather used to say that what I didn’t know would fill a book. Well, here it is.
2. Garrison Keillor, ‘Good Poems’
To all the English teachers, especially the great ones.
3. e.e. cummings, No Thanks
4. Pedram Amini, ‘Fuzzing: Brute Force Vulnerability Discovery’
I dedicate this book to George W. Bush, my Commander-in-Chief, whose impressive career advancement despite remedial language skills inspired me to believe that I was capable of authoring a book.
5. John Steinbeck, ‘East of Eden’
You came upon me carving some kind of little figure out of wood and you said, “Why don’t you make something for me?”
I asked you what you wanted, and you said, “A box.”
“To put things in.”
“What kind of things?”
“Whatever you have,” you said.
Well, here’s your box. Nearly everything…
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