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foggy 10-12-2006 02:12 PM

What Are You Reading Now?
 
I know we have a book recommendation thread, but I thought a what are you reading right now type thread might be nice. I'm currently re-reading The Andy Warhol Diaries, fascinating stuff.

So what's everyone reading now?

Quincy 10-12-2006 02:34 PM

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Britain Under Thatcher...it's very dull, but it's got to be done.

maddiehope 10-12-2006 02:48 PM

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Re-reading The Inferno - last time I read it was high school. Thought I'd refresh my memory on it

:upyours

blueone 10-12-2006 03:00 PM

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http://images.amazon.com/images/P/05...084271193_.jpg

I lovelovelove Yeats.

foggy 10-12-2006 03:02 PM

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Ah, lovely. I'm a big Yeats fan too.

Sydneyfan 10-12-2006 03:04 PM

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I've just started Atomised by Michel Houellebecq.

So far its very...um....French.

sicottem 10-12-2006 03:13 PM

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http://images.amazon.com/images/P/03...124920686_.jpg

maddiehope 10-12-2006 03:16 PM

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YEATS!!! He is my absolute FAVORITE poet in all the world! And that is saying something! I'm so glad I'm not the only one who adores him.:clap BANG

blueone 10-12-2006 03:18 PM

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TBY = To Be Yeats

:lol

Sydneyfan 10-12-2006 03:20 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by blueone (Post 186328)
TBY = To Be Yeats

:lol

:lol You funny.

la twinkle 10-12-2006 08:25 PM

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Seriously :o a Madonna bio, I haven't been a fan since I was a girl... but the book was a present. (P.S. isn't it strange how people do that) So I'm giving it go. Its rather entertaining. I'll admit those personality types fascinate me.

Rob 10-18-2006 09:09 AM

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The Time Traveler's Wife

Sydneyfan 11-05-2006 09:28 PM

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The Secret Life of E. Robert Pendleton by Michael Collins.

Actually, I've only read the first page so far, but still....:upyours

Starlite 11-05-2006 11:04 PM

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Henry James - Portrait of a Lady

foggy 11-06-2006 12:56 PM

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Once Removed by Mako Yoshikawa.

trappss1 11-06-2006 02:44 PM

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No time for leisure reading unfortunately, to much reading for school.:downyours

maddiehope 11-07-2006 10:01 AM

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Lately been going through my Oscar Wilde to pick out quotes for one of my pointless time-killing projects. Wilde is one of the most quotable authors ever - you should see my copy of Dorian Gray :lol

foggy 11-07-2006 11:39 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by maddiehope (Post 200498)
Lately been going through my Oscar Wilde to pick out quotes for one of my pointless time-killing projects. Wilde is one of the most quotable authors ever

Totally agree, I love Wilde. Did you see the movie Wilde with the great Stephen Fry? (Also Jude Law) Great movie. :upyours

thefed 11-07-2006 11:47 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by foggy (Post 200604)
Totally agree, I love Wilde. Did you see the movie Wilde with the great Stephen Fry? (Also Jude Law) Great movie. :upyours

i'v had that flick tivo'd for months...i'll have to finally check it out on your recommendation...

wilde is my favorite writer

foggy 11-07-2006 12:08 PM

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Definitely give it a watch. I'm a big Stephen Fry fan and he makes an excellent Wilde. Jude Law is also wonderful as Bosie.

maddiehope 11-07-2006 02:12 PM

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Yeah, that's going on my Netflix queue - should be very interesting :upyours

finchattack 11-07-2006 11:42 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by trappss1 (Post 200158)
No time for leisure reading unfortunately, to much reading for school.:downyours

What are you studying in school?

trappss1 11-08-2006 01:34 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by finchattack (Post 201169)
What are you studying in school?

Criminal Justice

Sydneyfan 11-13-2006 05:16 PM

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http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a3...ecimanDays.jpg


This is from the same guy who wrote "The Hours" and its terrific so far. Its three separate, yet interconnected short stories all based in New York.

wulfgar 11-14-2006 08:36 PM

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the life and times of the marquis de sade.

awesome

peace,
wulfgar

foggy 11-18-2006 02:39 PM

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A Katharine Hepburn bio.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/08...0805076255.jpg

SkortBrun 11-18-2006 03:36 PM

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Finally getting around to reading Return of the King by J.R.R Tolkien. I read the others in the series a couple years ago but not this one, for some reason.

Sydneyfan 12-13-2006 12:59 AM

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Just started re-reading one of my favourites, Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. Fascinating book based on the life and crimes of Grace Marks, a Canadian maid who murdered her employer in the mid 1800's.
Highly recommended.

Starlite 12-13-2006 01:22 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Sydneyfan (Post 215714)
Just started re-reading one of my favourites, Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. Fascinating book based on the life and crimes of Grace Marks, a Canadian maid who murdered her employer in the mid 1800's.
Highly recommended.

Great book. I read it earlier this year.

Sydneyfan 12-13-2006 01:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Starlite (Post 215718)
Great book. I read it earlier this year.

Atwood is a brilliant author. If you haven't already, you should check out her speculative fiction novels - The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake. They are both excellent.

Starlite 12-13-2006 01:35 AM

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Quote:

Atwood is a brilliant author.
:upyours

I just discovered her last year and am making my way through them. Handmaid's Tale was really interesting. Have you noticed the recurring feminist themes?

Sydneyfan 12-13-2006 02:01 AM

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Originally Posted by Starlite (Post 215720)
:upyours

I just discovered her last year and am making my way through them. Handmaid's Tale was really interesting. Have you noticed the recurring feminist themes?

Definitely. She is sometimes regarded as a primarily feminist writer,but I think that sells her talent short. She is very interested in female stories, and almost always writes from a pro-female perspective, but she has more scope in her work than just that.

The Blind Assassin is another one of her novels well worth tracking down.

Quincy 12-13-2006 06:19 AM

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Fucking archaeological books that spend 12 pages saying the same thing 12 times, fuck I need answers.

hildegoat 12-13-2006 09:28 AM

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A Million Little Lies by James Pinocchio. It's a satire on A Million Little Pieces by James Frey, and it's quite amusing.

sicottem 12-13-2006 03:09 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Sydneyfan (Post 215714)
Just started re-reading one of my favourites, Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. Fascinating book based on the life and crimes of Grace Marks, a Canadian maid who murdered her employer in the mid 1800's.
Highly recommended.

i did a project on her in my english class about a month ago.....though i focused on one of her other works

Sydneyfan 12-13-2006 03:13 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by sicottem (Post 216228)
i did a project on her in my english class about a month ago.....though i focused on one of her other works

Which one?

sicottem 12-13-2006 03:14 PM

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handmaid's tale....although we werent to actually read the novels....we were discussing feminism and were each supposed to research works by an author and an artist....the novel sounded pretty interesting.....i also researched the edible woman, which i believe if her first novel

Sydneyfan 12-13-2006 03:17 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by sicottem (Post 216248)
handmaid's tale....although we werent to actually read the novels....we were discussing feminism and were each supposed to research works by an author and an artist....the novel sounded pretty interesting.....i also researched the edible woman, which i believe if her first novel

Oh okay, sounds interesting. I think the Edible Woman was her first one, but I haven't read it.

sicottem 12-13-2006 03:18 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Sydneyfan (Post 216255)
Oh okay, sounds interesting. I think the Edible Woman was her first one, but I haven't read it.

there wasnt much info on it.....from reviews i read, it was one of her weaker works

Althea 12-13-2006 08:04 PM

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O Pioneers....Willa Cather.

You all are reading alot of good stuff.

sicottem 12-16-2006 03:47 PM

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http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/...V52132883_.jpg
The Road - Cormac McCarthy

This guy is an incredible author....:upyours
A dark and disturbing story of post nuclear war life.....

blueone 12-21-2006 05:14 AM

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http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/im...31/n158106.jpg

Terry Pratchett is my literature hero. If you find a character more unique, funny and awesome than Death then please tell me and, if you can, buy 'Mort' or 'Reaper Man'. :)

This book features my 2nd favourite characters - the Wee Free Men. They are essentially tiny, blue Scottish people who get everything mixed up, bless 'em.

maddiehope 12-21-2006 08:26 AM

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Yoga for Dummies. Going to start doing it once all the holiday stuff calms down, just wanted to read up on it first. :)

hildegoat 12-21-2006 09:23 AM

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I just recieved my Christmas gifts early from my boss. They were two books: The Truth (With Jokes) by Al Franken and The Republican War On Science by Chris Mooney. I'll let you know how they are at a later date. :)

thefed 12-21-2006 10:23 AM

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Mrs. Reynolds - Gertrude Stein

maddiehope 12-28-2006 09:11 AM

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http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/...CLZZZZZZZ_.jpg

I don't know if I can explain how wonderful this book is. I've had it for years and just started reading it last night, and I am enthralled. I remember again why I love W.B. Yeats SO much.

Quincy 12-28-2006 09:31 AM

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One of my Xmas presents, sad because it's a practical one for university:

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foggy 12-28-2006 01:08 PM

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Originally Posted by maddiehope (Post 220364)
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I don't know if I can explain how wonderful this book is. I've had it for years and just started reading it last night, and I am enthralled. I remember again why I love W.B. Yeats SO much.

I love that book. :upyours

Sydneyfan 01-15-2007 05:41 PM

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The Quantity Theory of Insanity by Will Self. Weird and darkly funny so far.

Rob 01-15-2007 05:43 PM

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The Kite Runner

trappss1 01-15-2007 05:43 PM

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The Dante Club

Faded Rose 01-16-2007 12:06 PM

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I'm just about to start Tom Sykes "A Drunkards Tale - What did I do last night?"

hildegoat 01-16-2007 12:45 PM

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I've finished The Truth (With Jokes), and it was an enjoyable read. It's depressing, astonishing and one-sided, but that's what I was expecting from a book that goes after the Republicans. The jokes (as advertised in the title), kept the book nice and light. I'd recommend it, as long as you enjoy Al Franken's humor.

I've just started The Republican War On Science, and it's definitely not as easy of read. Still good so far, though.

Quincy 01-22-2007 09:52 AM

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"The Outsider" Camus

Starlite 01-22-2007 07:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Quincy (Post 226585)
"The Outsider" Camus

I had to read that in French for school.
I can't remember much about it though, apart from being somewhat confused.

Sydneyfan 01-22-2007 07:18 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Starlite (Post 226864)
I had to read that in French for school.
I can't remember much about it though, apart from being somewhat confused.

I don't mind it. Although personally as far as existentialist writers go, I prefer Kakfa, especially The Trial. That's a brilliant novel.

trappss1 01-22-2007 07:23 PM

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I had to read that for school as well and I really liked it.

Sydneyfan 03-03-2007 03:13 PM

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Grotesque by Matsuo Kirino.

Pretty engrossing so far, this is the story of two feuding sisters, one of whom becomes a prostitute and is brutally murdered at the beginning of the novel. The story of her murder and the relationship between the two women is told in a series of flashbacks and diary entries.

What's interesting though, is the suspicion that one or more of the dual narrators may be lying......so the whole novel is a big guessing game that keeps you thinking.

SkortBrun 03-03-2007 03:31 PM

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I'm in the middle of two books right now for my Intro to Analysis in English Lit course. The first is Broken Music by Sting. It's his memoirs. I only had to read the first 99 pages for the class but I've decided to finish it because it's just so good, and I'm not even that big of a Police fan.
The other is Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King. I don't really understand whats it's about yet since it keeps going back and forth between several character stories with these really strange bits in between involving the Lone Ranger, Ishmael and a few other fictional characters. But even though I don't totally understand it yet I still really like it and it's pretty funny at times.

brkndwnbus 03-05-2007 07:02 AM

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"The Accidental Buddhist" - Dinty Moore

"Visits From The Drowned Girl" - Steve Sherrill

thefed 03-05-2007 10:33 AM

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Originally Posted by brkndwnbus (Post 235918)
"The Accidental Buddhist" - Dinty Moore

i loved that book!

thefed 03-05-2007 10:37 AM

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Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World's Most Revered and Reviled Bird

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/08...1.MZZZZZZZ.jpg

Quincy 03-05-2007 10:48 AM

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I had started reading The Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell. It's all about Hero myths, but as I got back into uni I sort of left it on my bedside table untouched.

brkndwnbus 03-05-2007 07:50 PM

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Originally Posted by thefed (Post 235933)
i loved that book!



Yeah, so did I!...He was a teacher of mine at Penn State; he was an awesome teacher. One of the main reasons I write creative writing non-fiction is because of him.

Sydneyfan 03-26-2007 03:17 AM

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The Cutting Room - Louise Welsh.

Not sure it lives up to all the hype it generated, but its still an interesting read so far.

hildegoat 03-26-2007 09:23 AM

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This Wheel's On Fire by Levon Helm.

It's his memoirs, from his days as a child in Arkansas, touring with Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan through his time in The Band. It's very interesting, and Levon his a great storyteller. I'm halfway thru it (they just started recording Big Pink) and it's been hard to put it down.

clewis 03-26-2007 09:57 AM

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Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Haruki Murakami

Tim Simmons 03-26-2007 10:23 AM

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This thread.

foggy 04-04-2007 01:35 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by hildegoat (Post 241082)
This Wheel's On Fire by Levon Helm.

It's his memoirs, from his days as a child in Arkansas, touring with Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan through his time in The Band. It's very interesting, and Levon his a great storyteller. I'm halfway thru it (they just started recording Big Pink) and it's been hard to put it down.

I read that some years back, really enjoyed it.

hildegoat 04-04-2007 03:44 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by foggy (Post 244111)
I read that some years back, really enjoyed it.

I just finished it last night -- it's definitely one of the better books I've read. The bitterness against Robertson really comes out at the end, and the parts about Richard just make my eyes start to well up.

He name-dropped Cindy Cashdollar near the end, so there's the RA link to this. :)

sicottem 04-04-2007 10:27 PM

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Ben Fountain - Brief Encounters with Che Guevara

Faded Rose 04-16-2007 02:25 PM

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The Brotherhood of Eternal Love - the Story of the LSD counterculture. I've only just started this but it's scary and I never really knew the history before.

thefed 04-18-2007 11:18 AM

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Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music
http://blogs.chicagoreader.com/images/primaries/826.gif

Donald 04-18-2007 02:01 PM

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David Lowenthal - The Past is a Foreign Country

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risa 04-18-2007 02:19 PM

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The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band

http://www.booksamillion.com/bam/cov...0060989157.jpg

Tonya 04-18-2007 04:07 PM

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Seven Secrets of Successful Women by Donna and Lynn Brooks

Faded Rose 04-30-2007 01:58 PM

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Only a Mother Could Love Him by Ben Pollis. Written by a young man with ADHD talking about his experiences as a child and how he came to terms with it. Heartbreaking but with a happy outcome (I believe but I haven't got that far yet). The really sad thing is that these kids are so different and yet have no idea that they are and just don't understand that their actions/reactions are wrong or out of context and they don't understand why they aren't the same as other kids.

SkortBrun 04-30-2007 02:19 PM

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Naked Pictures of Famous People by Jon Stewart. Really funny book. I'm re-reading it for (I think) the 4th time. It's just a collection of mostly hilarious essays that range from a summer at the Kennedy estate in the 1930's to how Martha Stewart decorates her vagina. It's probably my favorite book.

Sydneyfan 04-30-2007 05:53 PM

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Zodiac - Robert Graysmith. As true-crime books go, this one is excellent. And creepy.

hildegoat 04-30-2007 09:58 PM

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I finished reading The Areas Of My Expertise by John Hodgman:
http://content.answers.com/main/cont...odgemanssf.jpg

He's a contributor on The Daily Show and the PC in the North American "Mac vs. PC" commercials. It's an almanac of facts, all made up by the author. It's hilarious in parts, and downright bizarre in others.


I'm currently reading Freakonomics:
http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/...1L._AA240_.jpg

It's VERY interesting. It tries to explain the hows and whys of issues in society by looking at them from a different angle and asking the right questions.

SkortBrun 04-30-2007 10:37 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by hildegoat (Post 251893)
I finished reading The Areas Of My Expertise by John Hodgman:
http://content.answers.com/main/cont...odgemanssf.jpg

He's a contributor on The Daily Show and the PC in the North American "Mac vs. PC" commercials. It's an almanac of facts, all made up by the author. It's hilarious in parts, and downright bizarre in others.

I've been meaning to read that for so long. A lot of it's about the (fake) history of hobo's, right?

hildegoat 04-30-2007 10:52 PM

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Yup, 700 or so hobo names. He's added a few more names in the paperback edition. :lol

SkortBrun 04-30-2007 10:57 PM

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Originally Posted by hildegoat (Post 251902)
Yup, 700 or so hobo names. He's added a few more names in the paperback edition. :lol

That's really funny. I'm going to have to try and find it next time I'm in a book store.

Quincy 05-01-2007 02:53 AM

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I really liked that "book" of John's, I can't believe I actually read all those names, I have an mp3 somewhere of him and john coulton(sp) reading them all out.

clewis 05-01-2007 03:04 AM

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SkortBrun 05-03-2007 02:12 PM

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High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

http://a3.vox.com/6a00c2251e9744f219...9613549d-500pi

SkortBrun 05-14-2007 09:25 PM

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I'm 3/4 of the way through The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman and am really enjoying it. Some of my favorite parts were the history of the lobster in America and the section about hoboes (if I ever become a hobo I'm changing my name to Mindbender Steve). I also like how every section starts with a chart about werewolves.
It's a very strange type of comedy, but once you get used to it it's really enjoyable.

Sydneyfan 06-03-2007 05:52 AM

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Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis.

Always one of my favourite authors, this is shaping up to be one of his best so far. It's a work of (semi) fiction starring the author as the main character. Brutally honest, funny and like all his books, relentlessly critical about white upper middle class society and the perils of fame and celebrity.

SkortBrun 06-03-2007 11:26 AM

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I'm working through two at the same time.
The first is The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. It's based in the early 1940's, before America goes to war with Germany. Joseph Kavalier, a young Jewish man, escapes Nazi controlled Prague and reaches America to live with his cousin, Sammy Clayman. Together they create several successful comic book characters while Joe tries to get the rest of his family out of Germany. It's a funny, sad and excellent book. It won a Pulitzer Prize.

I'm also reading the first graphic novel I've ever read. It's called Watchmen. It's a pretty dark take on the standard superhero format. It's based in 1985, everyone's afraid WW3 could start at anytime and in this alternate 1985 Richard Nixon is still President. The theme of questioning authority is a big part of the story. The man who wrote this also did the graphic novel V for Vendetta that was later turned into a great movie.

hildegoat 06-04-2007 09:20 AM

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Currently reading Kennedy and Diefenbaker: The Feud that Helped Topple a Government by Knowlton Nash:
http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/...._AA240_.L.jpg

I'm only just starting it, but it's really quite interesting. It's about the immense hate/distrust that existed between Canada PM Diefenbaker and American President Kennedy in the early 60's. Knowlton Nash has a very engaging writing style (he's been a CBC reporter for a LONG time, so maybe that has something to do with it).

clewis 06-11-2007 04:34 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Sydneyfan (Post 266383)
Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis.

Always one of my favourite authors, this is shaping up to be one of his best so far. It's a work of (semi) fiction starring the author as the main character. Brutally honest, funny and like all his books, relentlessly critical about white upper middle class society and the perils of fame and celebrity.

Yesyesyes Another Ellis fan.

Sydneyfan 06-11-2007 04:48 PM

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Originally Posted by clewis (Post 270108)
Yesyesyes Another Ellis fan.

:banana I re-read American Psycho recently as well. I'd forgotten just how clever that book is. And how misunderstood. He actually talks a lot about Patrick Bateman and that book in Lunar park.

hildegoat 06-11-2007 05:33 PM

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My girlfriend thinks I'm creepy when I read/watch American Psycho when I'm in a bad mood. I say it's hilarious, but she isn't convinced. :lol

I'll have to check out Lunar Park.

Sydneyfan 06-11-2007 06:21 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by hildegoat (Post 270156)
My girlfriend thinks I'm creepy when I read/watch American Psycho when I'm in a bad mood. I say it's hilarious, but she isn't convinced. :lol

I'll have to check out Lunar Park.

:lol I can kind of see her point.

But large parts of it are very blackly funny, which I think is the point that most critics of the book and the movie completely missed.

Interestingly, in Lunar Park, Ellis claims that Psycho was inspired by his father and the awful relationship they had. Whether this is actually true or a writer making a backstory more interesting is hard to say.

clewis 06-11-2007 10:29 PM

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http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h2...ghalloween.jpg

I need to reread American Psycho. It's been a while.

Whiskeyfan 06-12-2007 03:30 AM

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I know this is non Ryan discussion, but a friend sent me this and its kinda relevant so:

Ryan Adams lists TEN books worth checking out

TOP TEN BOOKS worth of Investigation.



1. New York Times "Guide To Essential Knowledge" introduction by John

Leonard/ st.martis press

"Great for anybody who wants to know something about just about

anything. esp songwriters/ people tired of "busy reading" like magazines

or whatever- also rad for when waiting for something to come out of the

oven.smart and delicious"



2. The Histories "Herodotus"/ Barnes and Noble Classics- Translated by

G.C. Macaulay and Revised by Donald Lateiner

"essential if exploring the documented history of the world. some of

this will remind you of something else"



3. Ideas, a History of thought and invention, from fire to freud by

Peter watson/ Harper Perennial

"This is awesome. check out Chapter 11- "the near death of the book,

the birth of christian art"



4. The Wisdom of PTAH-HOTEP, "spiritual treasures from the age of the

pyramids" by Christian Jaco/ Carroll & Graff

"indiana Jones would have read this in the time it takes people to

read Us Weekly in an airport. awesomeness from antiquity"



5. Underworld, "the mysterious orgins of Civilization, by Graham

Hancock. /Three Rivers Press

"Graham is the man. got the scuba gear, and going in for some answers

to the greatest cover up of all time. the history of history. love it.

Fingerprints of the Gods is also pretty rad."



6. Decoding The Universe " by Charles Seife/ Viking

"this is some bedroom sexy reading. don't break yr glasses. yowzah.

warning- lots of math"



7. Death By Black Hole, "and other cosmic quandries" by Neil DeGrasse

Tyson/ Norton Press

"kind of covers a bunch of things from relativity onwards but the

whole concept of Black Holes is just lovely not terrifying. somnething

has to move the universe along its natural path. its just a big

waterfall dude. whatever."



8. The Well Eductated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer/ Norton Press

"i am a high school drop out with a GED so this and other books of its

kind I find very useful and important to furthering my eductaion

regardless of my lack of institutional schooling. "An Incomplete

Education" by Judy Jones is also good. I like this one a bit better

though becasuse its heavier and thicker and I can sit on it when i play

paino so I can reach the keys sometimes."



9. The Lost Books of The Bible and The Forgotten Books of Eden, taken

from the Syriac Mss. of Pilate's Letters to Tiberius-/Meridian/Penguin

"for those lost souls"



10. The Bhagavad Gita/ Penguin Classics

"read, re-read, read again."

Quincy 06-12-2007 05:47 AM

Re: What Are You Reading Now?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by clewis (Post 270204)

My friend just bought that, sadly he didn't finish it by the time I had to go.

At the moment, Alice in Wonderland, still reading A Hero With A Thousand Faces, and some comics that are lying around.

Starlite 06-12-2007 05:54 AM

Re: What Are You Reading Now?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Quincy (Post 270227)
At the moment, Alice in Wonderland,

I never read it as a kid, but I just finished it a couple of days ago. I can't say that I enjoyed it very much. The plays on words were amusing, but otherwise I found the book to be rather annoying.

Quincy 06-12-2007 08:27 AM

Re: What Are You Reading Now?
 
Neither did I, someone bought it for me and it's one of their favourite books, and I can see why, but that has something to do with the kind of person they are and the book compliments her character.

SkortBrun 06-12-2007 09:58 AM

Re: What Are You Reading Now?
 
Just started Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story by Chuck Klosterman last night. It seems good so far and should hopefully make the day go by fast at work today.


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