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Re: books to read
« Reply #1500 on: November 11, 2012, 01:07:11 PM »

started to read dietrich schwanitz book about eduction. well, it's more an encyclopedia about the most important things you need to know about history, religion, culture, philosophy, writing and whatnot. kind of the the things that you missed in school because it bored the hell out of you when you were 15 and greek history had nothing in common with keenans switchstance crooks. this is going to be something that I'll have to read a couple of times in my life I guess (over 600 pages full of informations).



I've read Schwanitz's years ago and while it's excellent for refreshing your knowledge of ancient history, philosophy etc. and a decent encyclopedia, I didn't really like it. Although he comes off as a superintellectual dude, his accounts of some writers, philosophies etc. are just blatantly wrong. I specifically recall big bullshit in the Marx chapter. He also has a weird selection going on. According to this book basically no book, movie (!!!) etc. that came into being after 1945 is worth mentioning. One could also get the impression that everything besides Baroque and Classical music is not A-class "cultural experience". All in all he comes off like a complete, albeit sometimes funny, snob in this book. I got that he's always making fun of just these higher circles but he still seems very much part of it.

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« Reply #1501 on: November 11, 2012, 03:02:30 PM »
Pretty insightful stuff especially if you're a musician.


& bought this. A Must.

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« Reply #1502 on: November 22, 2012, 06:05:14 PM »

It made me laugh quietly to myself.  Very motivational as well.

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« Reply #1503 on: November 22, 2012, 06:50:17 PM »
The Lords and the New Creatures, Wilderness, and The American Night. They're jim morrison's poetry books. I feel bad for him, when the first one was published he wanted it to be judged on its own merit instead of just being Jim Morrison: the rockstar's poetry! So he wanted the credit to go to "James Douglas Morrison" and have a regular cover. Instead the publishing company put that "young lion picture of him big as hell on the cover and said Jim Morrison also big as hell. Great poetry, though. Especially the excerpts about film.

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« Reply #1504 on: November 23, 2012, 06:23:01 AM »


It's about these mountain people who live in filth and impregnate their own kids/siblings so everyone is disabled and/or deformed.  It's a true story too, made national headlines in the 80's.  What's crazy is that it happened just a couple hours from my town.  And there's probably still some messed up people back there.  Needless to say, it's a pretty intense read.  Guilt is starting to kick in too, because for the past year my friends and I have frequently used "Goler" as an insult.

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« Reply #1505 on: November 23, 2012, 11:51:31 AM »


It's about these mountain people who live in filth and impregnate their own kids/siblings so everyone is disabled and/or deformed.  It's a true story too, made national headlines in the 80's.  What's crazy is that it happened just a couple hours from my town.  And there's probably still some messed up people back there.  Needless to say, it's a pretty intense read.  Guilt is starting to kick in too, because for the past year my friends and I have frequently used "Goler" as an insult.
dude that sounds so good, I'll have to check that out

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Re: books to read
« Reply #1506 on: November 24, 2012, 06:09:55 PM »
These showed up on my door.  An ex girlfriend sent them to me.  Wondering if there is hidden meaning in her selections.

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« Reply #1507 on: November 24, 2012, 06:47:23 PM »
These showed up on my door.  An ex girlfriend sent them to me.  Wondering if there is hidden meaning in her selections.

Kavalier and Clay is so good

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« Reply #1508 on: November 24, 2012, 09:26:55 PM »
GARCIA MARQUEZ AND GUNTER GRASS ARE TRIPPY MAN

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« Reply #1509 on: December 09, 2012, 03:01:02 AM »
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Re: books to read
« Reply #1510 on: December 09, 2012, 11:43:38 AM »

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« Reply #1511 on: December 09, 2012, 08:52:24 PM »


Holy guacamole, that early story about the boy and the pool was nutty.  There's some pretty wild stuff in that book.  Definitely one of the better Palahniuk's, right?

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« Reply #1512 on: December 10, 2012, 06:43:15 AM »
The author's afterward in the edition i bought is great.  It's a good explanation of why novels can and should be graphic and disturbing.  And apparently lots of people fainted during live readings of the carrot/pearl diving/prolapse story.  Palahniuk has the ability to completely disgust me and make me uncomfortable but unable to stop reading.  I felt physically ill, and enjoyed it.

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« Reply #1513 on: December 10, 2012, 07:42:54 AM »


Holy guacamole, that early story about the boy and the pool was nutty.  There's some pretty wild stuff in that book.  Definitely one of the better Palahniuk's, right?

For sure one of Chuck's best.  Check out Rant and Survivor.  Two of my favorites.


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« Reply #1514 on: December 10, 2012, 07:45:51 AM »

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« Reply #1515 on: December 10, 2012, 07:25:56 PM »


Holy guacamole, that early story about the boy and the pool was nutty.  There's some pretty wild stuff in that book.  Definitely one of the better Palahniuk's, right?

For sure one of Chuck's best.  Check out Rant and Survivor.  Two of my favorites.

Haunted is the book that turned me off from Palahniuk. I'd read Rant, Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, and Choke- digging all of them. Especially Rant with the post apocalyptic thread. The entire premise of Haunted revolves only around being as nutty as possible. It's gets redundant from the get go, becoming almost kitschy.

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« Reply #1516 on: December 10, 2012, 09:35:12 PM »

about wolves and shit
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« Reply #1517 on: December 11, 2012, 06:55:04 AM »


Overview
"One day in 2009, twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a strange hospital room, strapped to her bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. A wristband marked her as a ?flight risk,? and her medical records?chronicling a monthlong hospital stay of which she had no memory at all?showed hallucinations, violence, and dangerous instability. Only weeks earlier, Susannah had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: a healthy, ambitious college grad a few months into her first serious relationship and a promising career as a cub reporter at a major New York newspaper. Who was the stranger who had taken over her body? What was happening to her mind?

In this swift and breathtaking narrative, Susannah tells the astonishing true story of her inexplicable descent into madness and the brilliant, lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn?t happen. A team of doctors would spend a month?and more than a million dollars?trying desperately to pin down a medical explanation for what had gone wrong. Meanwhile, as the days passed and her family, boyfriend, and friends helplessly stood watch by her bed, she began to move inexorably through psychosis into catatonia and, ultimately, toward death. Yet even as this period nearly tore her family apart, it offered an extraordinary testament to their faith in Susannah and their refusal to let her go.

Then, at the last minute, celebrated neurologist Souhel Najjar joined her team and, with the help of a lucky, ingenious test, saved her life. He recognized the symptoms of a newly discovered autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks the brain, a disease now thought to be tied to both schizophrenia and autism, and perhaps the root of ?demonic possessions? throughout history.

Far more than simply a riveting read and a crackling medical mystery, Brain on Fire is the powerful account of one woman?s struggle to recapture her identity and to rediscover herself among the fragments left behind. Using all her considerable journalistic skills, and building from hospital records and surveillance video, interviews with family and friends, and excerpts from the deeply moving journal her father kept during her illness, Susannah pieces together the story of her ?lost month? to write an unforgettable memoir about memory and identity, faith and love. It is an important, profoundly compelling tale of survival and perseverance that is destined to become a classic."

Started reading it and then the wife took over it.
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« Reply #1518 on: December 11, 2012, 06:56:17 AM »


Holy guacamole, that early story about the boy and the pool was nutty.  There's some pretty wild stuff in that book.  Definitely one of the better Palahniuk's, right?

For sure one of Chuck's best.  Check out Rant and Survivor.  Two of my favorites.

Haunted is the book that turned me off from Palahniuk. I'd read Rant, Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, and Choke- digging all of them. Especially Rant with the post apocalyptic thread. The entire premise of Haunted revolves only around being as nutty as possible. It's gets redundant from the get go, becoming almost kitschy.

I thought it was more about how people choose to narrate their own lives and the desire for something to happen even if it is awful.  And also about the different layers of removal and lenses individuals use to view the world.

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« Reply #1519 on: December 11, 2012, 07:10:01 AM »


Holy guacamole, that early story about the boy and the pool was nutty.  There's some pretty wild stuff in that book.  Definitely one of the better Palahniuk's, right?

For sure one of Chuck's best.  Check out Rant and Survivor.  Two of my favorites.

Haunted is the book that turned me off from Palahniuk. I'd read Rant, Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, and Choke- digging all of them. Especially Rant with the post apocalyptic thread. The entire premise of Haunted revolves only around being as nutty as possible. It's gets redundant from the get go, becoming almost kitschy.

I thought it was more about how people choose to narrate their own lives and the desire for something to happen even if it is awful.  And also about the different layers of removal and lenses individuals use to view the world.

^^ This.  I can also see how Haunted could get repetitive though.  Guess it all comes down to taste.  Survivor was one of his best IMO.


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« Reply #1520 on: December 11, 2012, 02:05:36 PM »


Reading this right now. Really interesting. It talks about the Gnostics believing the resurrection was symbolic, like a person's ability to have a spiritual experience of Jesus, and the orthodox church at the time insisted on the literal translation as a means of establishing the papacy. Her other books sound interesting too. She has one called Origin of Satan where it talks about how Satan was created to persecute Jews and Pagans and scare people into Christianity. She's a professor at Princeton and I guess actually reads the language and has read all the original documents.

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« Reply #1521 on: December 11, 2012, 02:11:53 PM »


Holy guacamole, that early story about the boy and the pool was nutty.  There's some pretty wild stuff in that book.  Definitely one of the better Palahniuk's, right?

For sure one of Chuck's best.  Check out Rant and Survivor.  Two of my favorites.

Haunted is the book that turned me off from Palahniuk. I'd read Rant, Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, and Choke- digging all of them. Especially Rant with the post apocalyptic thread. The entire premise of Haunted revolves only around being as nutty as possible. It's gets redundant from the get go, becoming almost kitschy.

I thought it was more about how people choose to narrate their own lives and the desire for something to happen even if it is awful.  And also about the different layers of removal and lenses individuals use to view the world.

I can sort of see that, but it might be going deep for Palahniuk.

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« Reply #1522 on: December 11, 2012, 05:17:41 PM »

about wolves and shit
I like dogs and wilderness, but I was not into that book.

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« Reply #1523 on: December 11, 2012, 08:16:16 PM »


Holy guacamole, that early story about the boy and the pool was nutty.  There's some pretty wild stuff in that book.  Definitely one of the better Palahniuk's, right?

For sure one of Chuck's best.  Check out Rant and Survivor.  Two of my favorites.

Haunted is the book that turned me off from Palahniuk. I'd read Rant, Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, and Choke- digging all of them. Especially Rant with the post apocalyptic thread. The entire premise of Haunted revolves only around being as nutty as possible. It's gets redundant from the get go, becoming almost kitschy.

I thought it was more about how people choose to narrate their own lives and the desire for something to happen even if it is awful.  And also about the different layers of removal and lenses individuals use to view the world.

I can sort of see that, but it might be going deep for Palahniuk.

Lately I've just been barging straight to the P in the fiction section of my local library trying to read as much Palahniuk as I can.  I think I might be overdoing it; it's sort of all blending together and getting repetitive.  I should be trying to read other stuff in between.

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« Reply #1524 on: December 11, 2012, 08:30:25 PM »
I've heard that his stuff tends to do that even if you spread it out.

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« Reply #1525 on: December 11, 2012, 09:00:58 PM »
same with DFW, i'm in a huge wallace k-hole. just gotta tire yourself out of it. i read a chapter of a denis johnson novel the other day and just laughed at it in comparison to dfw. i like DJ but you can't go from the greatest most in depth maximalist of our time and jump in to any old thing. you gotta transition with something completely different, non fiction wise or a fucking graphic novel. dig, lazarus, dig.
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« Reply #1526 on: December 11, 2012, 09:44:13 PM »
I read Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and liked about half of the stories in there and no where near as much as I had expected. I hope his other stuff is better. I have a copy of Infinite Jest (and I'm glad I do), but it's no where near the top of my list. I think I might try The Broom of the System at some point before trying IJ and see if DFW is just not for me.

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« Reply #1527 on: December 11, 2012, 10:26:37 PM »
my opinion is everyone should start with "a supposedly fun thing i'll never do again". one of my favorite things in existence. it's non-fiction but it's the perfect insight into how he sees the world, which translates into a better interpretation/understanding of his fiction.
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« Reply #1528 on: December 12, 2012, 02:12:56 AM »

about wolves and shit
I like dogs and wilderness, but I was not into that book.

You're tripping. Love that book, haven't read it in years, might pick it up again

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« Reply #1529 on: December 12, 2012, 06:20:14 AM »
I read Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and liked about half of the stories in there and no where near as much as I had expected. I hope his other stuff is better. I have a copy of Infinite Jest (and I'm glad I do), but it's no where near the top of my list. I think I might try The Broom of the System at some point before trying IJ and see if DFW is just not for me.

Broom isn't really representative of DFW's main body of work. If you don't have the time to read IJ I suggest you check out Oblivion.