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Re: books to read
« Reply #810 on: January 07, 2011, 02:02:29 AM »
I got a kindle for christmas which is pretty sweet. I read 3 Raymond Chandler books and am starting Dashiell Hammett books my dad read to me when I was young. 

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« Reply #811 on: January 13, 2011, 04:20:08 PM »


Just finishing this one. It's amazing but long (you need quite a bit of free time). I would suggest it to anyone interested in old timey baseball and the Cold War. However, don't let the cover fool you. It has nothing to do with the war on terror or anything like that which might be a buzz kill for you 9/11 conspiracy types (it was written before 9/11).
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« Reply #812 on: January 13, 2011, 07:50:39 PM »
Nathanael West - Collected writings

Jerzy Kosinski - "The Painted Bird"

F. Scott Fitzgerald - "Pat Hobby Stories"

David Sedaris - Everything by the man

Albert Camus - "The Stranger"

Denis Johnson - "Jesus' Son"

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« Reply #813 on: January 13, 2011, 07:59:18 PM »
I feel like I posted this before when I was drunk sometime, but recently I was walking my dog and found a box of books in the road under a tunnel.  Picked up a copy of "On the Road" and it's turing out to be pretty decent.

Then I saw some mexicans drinking smirnoff on the curb in front of their house.  They were very nice and had a lot of questions about finding a dog like mine.

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« Reply #814 on: January 13, 2011, 09:20:32 PM »


Almost done with this, and I'm still looking for the Dave Carnie book to read next. If anyone knows of a way to order it other than through kingshit, let me know.


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« Reply #816 on: January 14, 2011, 10:00:05 AM »
I left a library book on the light rail. After running out of renewal chances I now owe $138. If I had that kind of cheddar I wouldn't be riding the light rail and getting my entertainment from the damn library.

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« Reply #817 on: January 14, 2011, 03:51:45 PM »
You could be even cheaper. Transit systems are usually good forms of entertainment in themselves; no need to go to the damn library.
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« Reply #818 on: January 14, 2011, 06:14:06 PM »
Not to mention by not going at all you'd save transit fare.

On topic though, I just read Of Mice and Men. I guess most people read it in middle/high school, but somehow I never actually had it assigned. That's one fucked up book. Really amazing. The characters are so well written, which really makes the story. I totally understand why a teacher would assign it.

On the non-fiction front, I just read a book that is kind of esoteric, but if anybody is into education, particularly transformative education, this book is both practical and inspirational. If you are thinking of becoming a teacher and want something to inspire you, are interested in education and social issues related to it, or already are a teacher, I recommend:

background on the authors: Myles Horton founded the Highlander folk school, a school for organizers that educated leaders such as Martin Luther King jr. and Rosa Parks, as well as many other leaders of the civil rights and labor movements, his theories helped form the model for the freedom schools in Mississippi in the 1960's.
Paulo Freire is pretty much the guru of transformative education. His book "pedagogy of the oppressed" is the most assigned book in  in the top 100 education programs today, which is crazy because it is very radical.
oh, the book is available for free here:
http://books.google.com/books?id=zU8uFA4hlY0C&printsec=frontcover&dq=We+make+the+road+by+walking&hl=en&ei=pgIxTcG1H4L4sAO5wLSPBg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCsQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false
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Re: books to read
« Reply #819 on: January 16, 2011, 07:36:36 AM »

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« Reply #820 on: January 16, 2011, 11:10:58 AM »
just started this.


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« Reply #821 on: January 16, 2011, 01:12:12 PM »


Just finishing up this one today. I like it a lot, pretty easy read (however, some of the Sumerian Mythology stuff is a bit confusing) and pretty funny.

About to start this one,



Lately I've been thinking that being a homicide detective would be a pretty bad ass career (mostly because I have been watching the Wire alot), so I'm hoping that this book scares me out of ever trying to pursue becoming a po-lice.

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« Reply #822 on: January 16, 2011, 01:41:03 PM »
How long does it take you guys to finish books? There's a lot I only get 1/2 to 3/4 before putting down and forgetting about it. I got to like it a lot to finish or else I'm just forcing it.

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« Reply #823 on: January 16, 2011, 06:40:26 PM »
I didn't see the movie but I heard it wasn't very good.
The book is really good.  All about secret military programs


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« Reply #824 on: January 17, 2011, 12:41:17 AM »
i'm too lazy to look if anyone's mentioned em. but the last book I finished was Breakfast of Champions, that was really good.
i just got Atlas Shrugged, hoping to be as interesting as I've been told.

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« Reply #825 on: January 17, 2011, 01:46:16 AM »
read about 3 chapters of the western canon, then had to give up as I've only read about 4 of the 20 odd books he goes into great detail about.  planning a reattempt after finishing more of the 'canon' as such.  ended up doing light reading over the holidays:


pretty interesting book about how successful people are not where they are solely because of talent or hard work, but also because of luck - whether its based on date of birth, location, or cultural background.  liked it a lot, and the idea can be transferred to skateboarding.  there a lot of talented skateboarders that went nowhere in terms of their career, while other people with the same 6 tricks live in giant mansions


not really a comics or graphic novels person, but these were great:





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« Reply #826 on: January 17, 2011, 06:35:36 AM »
breakfast of champions is awesome, as it Akira.

Im still waiting for my library to get the last book for me but Im pretty excited to get it done.

X'ed out looks interesting, whats it about?

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« Reply #828 on: January 17, 2011, 07:29:44 AM »
I didn't see the movie but I heard it wasn't very good.
The book is really good.  All about secret military programs



The original Jon Ronson documentary is how I heard about this stuff. Too bad it's not posted up on YouTube anymore.

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« Reply #829 on: January 17, 2011, 10:39:27 AM »
breakfast of champions is awesome, as it Akira.

Im still waiting for my library to get the last book for me but Im pretty excited to get it done.

X'ed out looks interesting, whats it about?

X'ed Out is about  a drug addled youngster having a hard time dealing with reality.  I enjoyed it, but it's supposedly only the first part of a three part storyline.  Charles Burns takes forever to come out with new stuff because he does like 10 drafts of each panel or something retarded like that, so that book might leave you hanging a bit.  He's fuckin stellar though if you haven't read him before, so I'd recommend any of his other stuff, Black Hole, Big Baby, Skin Deep, it's all gravy with biscuits.

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« Reply #830 on: January 17, 2011, 03:50:40 PM »
Haaaaaa so stoked. Ordered some books saturday, one of which "Ol' Mah & teh C" by Hemingway, just because of it's legacy, stoked!

Also after some spiritual drug trip(xtc) I decided to get The Dharma Bums


aand I was thinking of getting The Electric Kool-Aid Acid test, but should I try LSD myself first? Won't reading it first spoil my un-acid ass?

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« Reply #831 on: January 17, 2011, 05:46:10 PM »
i'm too lazy to look if anyone's mentioned em. but the last book I finished was Breakfast of Champions, that was really good.
i just got Atlas Shrugged, hoping to be as interesting as I've been told.

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« Reply #832 on: January 17, 2011, 05:50:59 PM »
I'm re-reading Tropic of Cancer. Great book.

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« Reply #833 on: January 17, 2011, 06:20:42 PM »
breakfast of champions is awesome, as it Akira.

Im still waiting for my library to get the last book for me but Im pretty excited to get it done.

X'ed out looks interesting, whats it about?

X'ed Out is about? ? a drug addled youngster having a hard time dealing with reality.? ? I enjoyed it, but it's supposedly only the first part of a three part storyline.? ? Charles Burns takes forever to come out with new stuff because he does like 10 drafts of each panel or something retarded like that, so that book might leave you hanging a bit.? ? He's fuckin stellar though if you haven't read him before, so I'd recommend any of his other stuff, Black Hole, Big Baby, Skin Deep, it's all gravy with biscuits.

Since writing that I actually discovered and interview with him in a recent issue of vice that was in my toilet. It pretty interesting, he talks about the influence of his childhood Tin Tin obsession on his later work, which come to think ? of it you can see pretty clearly even on that cover posted above.

So yeah a trip to the library is in order...and here is the interview if you are interested.

http://www.viceland.com/int/v17n12/htdocs/charles-burns-640.php
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« Reply #834 on: January 17, 2011, 10:33:50 PM »


the lost city of z-

really interesting read about exploration in the amazon and particulary colonel fawcett. people just arent made like this guy anymore. crazy story, give it a try.



Maus. A graphic novel/comic about the authors father and his relationship with him. Highly recommend this to anyone, its a quick read and the terrors are masked by the cartoon animals. read this for an english class.

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« Reply #835 on: January 18, 2011, 12:16:03 AM »
Haaaaaa so stoked. Ordered some books saturday, one of which "Ol' Mah & teh C" by Hemingway, just because of it's legacy, stoked!

Also after some spiritual drug trip(xtc) I decided to get The Dharma Bums


aand I was thinking of getting The Electric Kool-Aid Acid test, but should I try LSD myself first? Won't reading it first spoil my un-acid ass?

I was super excited to read The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, but I just could not get into it. I think I just wasn't in the mood to deal with figuring out the acid trip narrative for the class I was reading it for. Or maybe it's just because I've never done acid.

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« Reply #836 on: January 18, 2011, 04:45:53 AM »
breakfast of champions is awesome, as it Akira.

Im still waiting for my library to get the last book for me but Im pretty excited to get it done.

X'ed out looks interesting, whats it about?

X'ed Out is about  a drug addled youngster having a hard time dealing with reality.  I enjoyed it, but it's supposedly only the first part of a three part storyline.  Charles Burns takes forever to come out with new stuff because he does like 10 drafts of each panel or something retarded like that, so that book might leave you hanging a bit.  He's fuckin stellar though if you haven't read him before, so I'd recommend any of his other stuff, Black Hole, Big Baby, Skin Deep, it's all gravy with biscuits.

black hole sounds good, going to read that next.  I can understand the 10 drafts of each panel thing, because none of the panels in X'ed out ever feel superfluous.  I was surprised by how thin it was, and then by how much detail you pick up on the second read.  definitely worth checking out

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« Reply #837 on: January 19, 2011, 01:48:35 PM »

From Max Brooks, bestselling author of World War Z, an original story about a global war between humans and zombies seen through the eyes of Vampires. Or you can just call it the vampire version of An Inconvenient Truth.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-01-14/max-brooks-original-zombie-story-from-world-war-z-author/

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« Reply #838 on: January 20, 2011, 10:55:57 AM »
If anyone has an interest in early Christianity texts, canonical and non-canonical, read anything by Bart Ehrman; he is one of the authorities on the subject. I just read Lost Christianities: The Battle for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew and The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot. Both of those are great.
Im currently reading Lost Scriptures: Books That Did not make it into the New Testament, by Ehrman.

Also reading A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin.
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« Reply #839 on: January 24, 2011, 02:17:29 PM »
I'm reading all these books at once. i haven't finished them but damn are they good.

I first read this along with his Expressions book in 7th grade and it was really difficult to understand but i think i grasp it better now

My mother dated a black panther when we lived in a Hebrew commune and he gave me this book.