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« Reply #2070 on: May 18, 2014, 02:16:18 PM »
has anyone read this yet? i'm really looking forward to getting my hands on it. rude jude is an inspiration to wiggers nationwide.

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« Reply #2071 on: May 19, 2014, 08:50:13 AM »


Think I might pick this up, there's been a Game of Thrones shaped hole that I've been trying to fill for awhile now.

Also, I've been keeping an excel file where I document all the books I've read, genres, etc. I know, incredibly geeky and lame.

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« Reply #2072 on: May 20, 2014, 12:14:48 AM »
I've been reading some of Erle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason series. Has a bit of a noir feel.



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« Reply #2073 on: May 21, 2014, 12:29:30 PM »
Finished The bedroom secrets of the master chefs by Welsh. I dont really know, pretty weird, but he makes Scotland look appealing at least.
Starting the catcher in the rye.
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« Reply #2074 on: May 22, 2014, 11:32:40 AM »
Finished The Broom of the System a few days ago and it didn't get any better.  Probably the second worst book I've read do far this year.  I like to cycle in non-fiction/sociology/theory every couple of books so I'm reading Art Worlds by Howard Becker.

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« Reply #2075 on: May 30, 2014, 01:59:01 PM »
'The Catcher in the rye' was pretty good.
I bought 'Letter to his father' by Kafka and 'The importance of being earnest' by Wilde because there was this offer they were 2 euros each. Stoked  :)

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« Reply #2076 on: May 30, 2014, 09:27:05 PM »
The Importance of Being Earnest is hilarious.

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« Reply #2077 on: May 30, 2014, 09:56:48 PM »
Finished The Broom of the System a few days ago and it didn't get any better.  Probably the second worst book I've read do far this year.  I like to cycle in non-fiction/sociology/theory every couple of books so I'm reading Art Worlds by Howard Becker.

What didn't you like about it? I've been planning to read it since I've enjoyed dfw's essays.

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« Reply #2078 on: May 30, 2014, 10:49:54 PM »
Oh man--I didn't like pretty much everything.  It reads too obviously like a young writer.  He is obviously very conscious in all of his decisions and fails in all of them.  His characters are horrible and you don't care about any of them, which usually doesn't bother me except that DFW clearly wants you to empathize with them and care about them.  He is way too influenced by Pynchon in the work and his little Pynchonian sidetracks and tangents are completely useless.  They add nothing to the story or your understandings of the characters or plot.  His parodies of psychoanalysis, psychiatry, education, and pretty much everything else are very heavy-handed and you can almost see him laughing to himself about how clever he is.  He tries to create a fully realized, complex world composed of fully realized, complex characters and does neither.  Plus, the ending is horrible and unsatisfying.  He ties up maybe one of several dozen plotlines which, again, would not be a problem if he didn't structure the work in such a way that he should have wrapped everything (or almost everything) up.  All of those things are not done in the way most postmodern work is where it actually adds something to the work.  He clearly built up everything and then he was just like, "Well--if I don't do all of these things, everyone will think I'm clever and smart!"

I'm almost done (sorry man--I have a lot of feelings about this book).  Finally, the book is transparently structured as a philosophical explication of Wittgenstein's work.  I don't know much about Wittgenstein, but after reading some analyses of him and talking to some people who know him, the entire crux of the novel is based on a faulty extension of his thoughts.  The idea that reality only exists in what can be said of it is not what Wittgenstein believes and in fact is an illogical conclusion to reach from his thoughts and is something that Wittgenstein himself would have probably railed against.  It is simplistically reductionist and, as such, is a weak foundation from which to explore the relationship between reader, author, and text.

Pretty much the only good things are that it is not a difficult novel to get through, so it doesn't take long for its length (I got through with it in maybe 10-12 hours?) and to be honest, you can zone out for sections at a time and miss absolutely nothing.

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« Reply #2079 on: May 31, 2014, 12:26:35 AM »
And the character names!  Holy shit are they horrible! 

I need to talk to someone who has read it because I want to complain about how terrible Lenore Beadsman (the main character) is on pretty much every level and why I seem to have a completely different interpretation of the ending from the few interpretations I've come across online.

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« Reply #2080 on: May 31, 2014, 01:33:30 AM »
The Shining.

I don't think theirs an author that can top King when it comes to story telling.

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« Reply #2081 on: May 31, 2014, 08:45:41 PM »
Shut the fuck up.

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« Reply #2082 on: May 31, 2014, 08:50:08 PM »
Finished The Giver, that was a nice, thought provoking read.  Though, I felt kind of dumb when my co-worker said she had to read it in grade 5.

Blasted through And The Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks by Kerouac/Burroughs.  It was entertaining but didn't really stir any emotions.

Went to the library and picked up Choke by Palahniuk today.  I read Survivor but barely remember anything about it, hope this is better.

As much as I like hip authors, I love classic adventure-style novels like Last Of The Mohicans, Robinson Crusoe, Captain Blood, even the OG Tarzan was great.. So if anyone has recommendations for books like that, or any other must-reads, please share.

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« Reply #2083 on: June 01, 2014, 08:28:01 AM »
Joseph Conrad.

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« Reply #2084 on: June 01, 2014, 11:43:22 AM »
I read "Go Now" and "Godlike" by Richard Hell recently, wasn't sure what to expect but both were actually great

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« Reply #2085 on: June 03, 2014, 12:09:50 PM »
Went on a Knut Hamson rampage. Vagabonds, its sequel August, and Growth of the Soil. Enjoyed them all. Vagabonds probably best. They were all longer books, around 500 pages, but read fast. My favorite book of his is still Hunger.
In between August and Soil, a quick little read: The Fall by Albert Chamus. Regret is a hell of a thing.
Then I just finished The Air Conditioned Nightmare by Henry Miller. First thing I've read of his.
And now I'm on this 2 story book by JD Salinger: Raise High the Roofbeams, Carpenters and Seymour, An Introduction. The first one was good.
Hamson's Hunger is a fucking great book! One day i will get around to reading another one of his books as well as Miller. I thought tropic of cancer was great so I think i will give air conditioned nightmare and Vagabonds a chance. Thanks for the recommendations. Did you know that Hitler kicked Hamson out of his house for talking shit? Also there is a fable/rumor that Knut cured himself of tuberculosis by riding on top of a train breathing through his mouth. It seems like you enjoy transgressive literature so here are some more authors in this category you might enjoy-Palahniuk, Bataille(on some porn de sade shit), Bukowski, Currie Jr, Selby Jr, and of course Thompson. I think everyone must read Bukowski! Also, when you're at the party and you move you're body, do you feel you gotta get up and beeeee somebody?

Never heard that about Hitler and Hamson. That is nice to hear though. Because I thought Hamson was accused of being a Nazi sympathizer and basically died broke because of it.
I'll have to check out some of those other authors you recommend. Thanks. I've already read everything Bukowski ever wrote. Well, maybe not all the poems.
Just finished The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane.
Before that, a 4 story book by Henry James: The Aspern Papers, The Turn of the Screw,  The Liar, Two Faces.
I've just started The Decline of the West by Oswald Spengler. This thing is gonna be heavy. Not sure if I'll make it through. And I've got a book of Walt Whitman poetry.
And to answer your question, yes. Because rappanin is what's happenin.

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« Reply #2086 on: June 04, 2014, 05:55:00 AM »
finished Notes from the Underground a while ago, now working on this. So far it's great




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« Reply #2087 on: June 04, 2014, 06:23:38 AM »
Went on a Knut Hamson rampage. Vagabonds, its sequel August, and Growth of the Soil. Enjoyed them all. Vagabonds probably best. They were all longer books, around 500 pages, but read fast. My favorite book of his is still Hunger.
Hamson's Hunger is a fucking great book! One day i will get around to reading another one of his books as well as Miller. I thought tropic of cancer was great so I think i will give air conditioned nightmare and Vagabonds a chance. Thanks for the recommendations. Did you know that Hitler kicked Hamson out of his house for talking shit? Also there is a fable/rumor that Knut cured himself of tuberculosis by riding on top of a train breathing through his mouth.

Never heard that about Hitler and Hamson. That is nice to hear though. Because I thought Hamson was accused of being a Nazi sympathizer and basically died broke because of it.

Hamsun.

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« Reply #2088 on: June 05, 2014, 09:34:38 PM »
Went on a Knut Hamson rampage. Vagabonds, its sequel August, and Growth of the Soil. Enjoyed them all. Vagabonds probably best. They were all longer books, around 500 pages, but read fast. My favorite book of his is still Hunger.
Hamson's Hunger is a fucking great book! One day i will get around to reading another one of his books as well as Miller. I thought tropic of cancer was great so I think i will give air conditioned nightmare and Vagabonds a chance. Thanks for the recommendations. Did you know that Hitler kicked Hamson out of his house for talking shit? Also there is a fable/rumor that Knut cured himself of tuberculosis by riding on top of a train breathing through his mouth.

Never heard that about Hitler and Hamson. That is nice to hear though. Because I thought Hamson was accused of being a Nazi sympathizer and basically died broke because of it.

Hamsun.

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« Reply #2090 on: June 06, 2014, 01:01:35 AM »
Touche.......mmmbop. No mmbop
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« Reply #2091 on: June 08, 2014, 04:29:42 PM »
Is Umberto Eco worth reading? Thinking about adding Foucault's Pendulum onto my growing queue of books to read

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« Reply #2092 on: June 08, 2014, 04:36:59 PM »


best scifi you will ever read

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« Reply #2093 on: June 09, 2014, 07:37:22 AM »
The Importance of Being Earnest is hilarious.

Finished, you were right! It would be really sick to see it in a theatre I think.
Kafka was gnarly, some parts were mindblowing, still sketched me the fuck out because I can link to some of his ways to see things.

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« Reply #2094 on: June 09, 2014, 03:25:18 PM »
I want to start getting into King. What's a good one to start with? I ask because I know that he has a lot of interweaving characters and story lines throughout his novels.

 You and the D00D have turned this thread into a horrible head-on-collision between a short bus full of retarded kids and a van full of paraplegics.



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« Reply #2095 on: June 12, 2014, 06:49:42 AM »




I recommend this book to everyone who skates, it's only 100 pages and has the possibility to improve and change your perspective on skateboarding as a whole. 



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« Reply #2096 on: June 12, 2014, 12:31:20 PM »
^^ Don't start shooting people.

I found this at Goodwill for $1.  Looks brand new.

Awesome find. Have 6 or 7 of his compilations. Not that one though. I've always hated how Watterson never cashed in on merchandizing because he felt that it would disparage people's relationship to his characters. But then most people probably think of those stupid pissing on  "insert brand" stickers when they think of calvin.

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« Reply #2097 on: June 21, 2014, 12:59:15 PM »
J.D. Salinger's Nine Stories, i recommend reading the last short story, Teddy. It's fantastic

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« Reply #2098 on: June 23, 2014, 10:03:21 PM »
My mom, grandma, and uncle are going to the Netherlands next month (mom grandma is first generation American and she has never been) and since I can't go with them, I'm reading this as a proxy for it.



I'm not the biggest reader of history books but this is super interesting.  Shorto does a great job balancing academic sections, following notable citizens or historical figures as emblematic or metaphors for their era, and illustrating how the developments in Amsterdam had huge repercussions all around the world and decades or centuries down the road.

Plus, there are all sorts of cool little stories.  Like the king of Spain was hiding his plan to attack the Netherlands from Willem of Orange (the founder of the Netherlands) but the king of France told him all about the plan because he went hunting with Willem of Orange and thought he was a cool guy.

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« Reply #2099 on: June 24, 2014, 11:55:10 PM »
Has anyone mentioned the stranger by Camus?? If so I apologize.  :o