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« Reply #2130 on: August 04, 2014, 08:35:55 PM »
No holds barred, til labias say "free us"
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« Reply #2131 on: August 16, 2014, 07:35:00 PM »
i'm currently digging 'decoded' by jay-z. it's sorta like that rap genius website but jigga man's a lot smarter and more worldly than one might think. or maybe its known fact cause he's  so successful. for anyways, check it out if you're into that sort of thing.

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« Reply #2133 on: August 17, 2014, 04:58:53 PM »


Just finished this one. 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
I had never heard of the author or book. But he died a few months ago and I saw a story about him on the news. The book is supposed to be a major classic. And his finest work. In Colombia (where he was born) and Mexico (where he lived), he is regarded as a national hero. So I decided to check it out.
According to the back cover (NY Times Book Review) this is the first piece of literature since the book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race. Maybe a little too much hype. Which usually leads to being disappointed.
I enjoyed it for the most part. He has a nice flow. The parts dealing with "magic" as an everyday reality are fun. But, I ended up feeling sorry for most of the characters instead of rooting for them. A lot of loneliness. And incest.
I put in a request for another of his books, No One Writes to the Colonel. Because I did like the way he writes.



I finished this a few weeks ago, and I chose to read it for the same reason haha. It's great, but man did it get annoying at times trying to keep up with all the characters that had similar/the same names.

I'm currently making my second round with this:


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« Reply #2134 on: August 17, 2014, 06:22:03 PM »
I like always having something to read, so once in awhile I spend an afternoon at a good used place and buy a bunch. Just put these on the In shelf.


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« Reply #2135 on: August 17, 2014, 10:47:46 PM »


Read this as a high school lad and reread it last week. Just as amazing as I remember. Satan gets cast out of heaven down to Earth and writes back to Michael and Gabriel about humans' foolish notions of God and heaven. Great satire on Christian orthodoxy and the human race in general.

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« Reply #2136 on: August 18, 2014, 08:18:36 AM »
A Cook's Tour by Anthony Bourdain.  I needed a slightly less serious/intensive book after some deeper and difficult ones.

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« Reply #2137 on: August 18, 2014, 05:21:39 PM »
A Cook's Tour by Anthony Bourdain.  I needed a slightly less serious/intensive book after some deeper and difficult ones.

How is it? I like his shows, and he seems like he'd have an interesting past.

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« Reply #2138 on: August 18, 2014, 06:14:38 PM »
A Cook's Tour by Anthony Bourdain.  I needed a slightly less serious/intensive book after some deeper and difficult ones.

How is it? I like his shows, and he seems like he'd have an interesting past.

It's pretty good.  This one really isn't about his past though.  For that, you'd want to read Kitchen Confidential.  This is about him dealing with the success of KC as well as a "behind the scenes" travelogue of the first season of his Food Network show that eventually morphed into No Reservations.

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« Reply #2139 on: August 25, 2014, 11:24:56 AM »
Starting My Struggle Book 1 by Knausgaard.  I'm excited to see how well it lives up to what everyone has said.

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« Reply #2140 on: August 28, 2014, 12:55:35 PM »




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. 

Just finished this. It was good. I had heard it recommended somewhere sometime probably 15 years ago. Never checked it out until you refreshed my memory. Thanks.
Another book along the same vein, kind of; maybe a couple aisles over in a bookstore; is The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.  I read that a few months ago and enjoyed it.

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« Reply #2141 on: August 28, 2014, 01:06:52 PM »

An Experiment in Misery by Stephen Crane.
9 short stories by the author of The Red Badge of Courage.
The title story and 8 others.
I had heard good things about "The Open Boat" & "The Blue Hotel". They did not disappoint. Especially Hotel.
"The Monster" was another terrific one.

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« Reply #2142 on: September 02, 2014, 12:32:55 PM »



Read these two on my recent fire roll.

Started reading this too:


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« Reply #2143 on: September 03, 2014, 05:03:36 PM »




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. 
Reminds me of this:


Just finished this. It was good. I had heard it recommended somewhere sometime probably 15 years ago. Never checked it out until you refreshed my memory. Thanks.
Another book along the same vein, kind of; maybe a couple aisles over in a bookstore; is The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.  I read that a few months ago and enjoyed it.
i likes skooterboarding.. be lets friends :)

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« Reply #2144 on: September 08, 2014, 06:15:16 PM »


There is some genuinely crazy shit in this book. Very well written, as well.

 I read the whole thing in one sitting.
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« Reply #2145 on: September 09, 2014, 04:51:15 PM »
After finishing Anathem I wasn't sure what to read so I picked up The Brothers Karamazov

One of those literary classics that everyone's got to read at least once right?

As for nonfiction, I'm reading Jaron Lanier's Who Owns the Future?

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« Reply #2146 on: September 10, 2014, 09:03:03 AM »
Been a while since this thread has come up.



Just finished this. Thanks for the recommendation. First thing of his I've read.
I recently saw someone brought in a first edition of Lolita on Pawn Stars. That, and your rec convinced me to give him a try.
The Slap message board and Pawn Stars; my two main literary resources.
Nabokov is really a master of setting the scene. So much so that the majority of the book is just that.
There is not a part 2 of this book, right? I want to know what happened to Martin. Did he complete his mission? Did he ever get the girl?
There was so much build up; then the book just ends. I enjoyed it though.
Despair by Nabokov sounds pretty good. I think I will give that one a try after the books I'm currently reading.

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« Reply #2147 on: September 10, 2014, 09:34:35 AM »
Despair is pretty good.  I've read almost all of Nabokov's works.  I have maybe 3 of his novels left so I'm planning on finishing all of them by early next year.  There is not a second part to the novel but in all honesty I don't think there needs to be.  What's unique about Nabokov is he isn't very concerned with plot in almost all of his works.  He wrote his pieces focusing mainly on aesthetic quality and appreciation, so he develops plot lines and characters based on how well they contribute to that goal and used them accordingly.  That's why he spends so much time on setting up scenes and details.  He's trying to make a fully realized world and reality in his books, regardless of the actual minutiae of what happens within them.  What blows my mind about him is that in lesser hands, this lack of focus would be distracting or a failure but he makes it work.  His best novels are heads and shoulders above other people's and even his less successful novels are pieces that most authors would be more than happy to have produced. 

That said, he'll also place subtle hints, themes, and motifs to what happens to his characters after the story has ended that it is often difficult to notice upon a first reading.  If you read Glory again, I'm sure you'll figure out the implied ending based on Martin's previous life and experiences. 

I think what really blew me away with Glory was Nabokov's deft use of time in it.  He always messes around with time and linearity, but this novel was insane in its technicality and flow.

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« Reply #2148 on: September 10, 2014, 02:54:04 PM »
I may get into Nabokov after I finish Brothers Karamazov and Blood Meridian (which I've yet to read)

The trade paperback editions of Nabokov by Vintage Books are seriously tempting propositions just from now nice they look and feel.



Would def impress some chicks seeing some of those books scattered around my coffee table

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« Reply #2149 on: September 10, 2014, 04:43:54 PM »
They do look nice, although I prefer the previous editions' covers just because I start buying a lot of Nabokov in those editions and I tried to keep it consistent.  Luckily, the other covers look awesome too even though it's a completely different direction.

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« Reply #2150 on: September 10, 2014, 09:51:47 PM »

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« Reply #2151 on: September 11, 2014, 05:21:33 AM »
They do look nice, although I prefer the previous editions' covers just because I start buying a lot of Nabokov in those editions and I tried to keep it consistent.  Luckily, the other covers look awesome too even though it's a completely different direction.

Ah man, this is an ongoing pet peeve of mine. Seriously considering re-purchasing a few Bukowski's for that exact reason.

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« Reply #2152 on: September 26, 2014, 05:36:46 PM »


Just finished this one. 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
I had never heard of the author or book. But he died a few months ago and I saw a story about him on the news. The book is supposed to be a major classic. And his finest work. In Colombia (where he was born) and Mexico (where he lived), he is regarded as a national hero. So I decided to check it out.
According to the back cover (NY Times Book Review) this is the first piece of literature since the book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race. Maybe a little too much hype. Which usually leads to being disappointed.
I enjoyed it for the most part. He has a nice flow. The parts dealing with "magic" as an everyday reality are fun. But, I ended up feeling sorry for most of the characters instead of rooting for them. A lot of loneliness. And incest.
I put in a request for another of his books, No One Writes to the Colonel. Because I did like the way he writes.



I finished this a few weeks ago, and I chose to read it for the same reason haha. It's great, but man did it get annoying at times trying to keep up with all the characters that had similar/the same names.

I'm currently making my second round with this:



Finished that one I mentioned above, No One Writes to the Colonel and other short stories.. It was that story and others from a book of his called Big Mamas Funeral. Most of them felt like they could have been chapters that were edited out of 100 Years of Solitude. More sad stories of the town of Macondo.

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« Reply #2153 on: October 05, 2014, 03:12:21 PM »
I'm still working on Brothers Karamazov, not reading too much really but I'm well into Book V

There's a compelling story and conflicts here but man, sometimes one of the characters will just break off into some long winded discourse on religion and faith and shit. It's tiring.

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« Reply #2154 on: October 05, 2014, 06:52:28 PM »
first book ive read since highschool ( 5 years) Bukowski's the post office. I want to read more!!

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« Reply #2155 on: October 20, 2014, 11:57:48 AM »
The Collector by John Fowles was really amazing. I'm definitely going to check out more of his stuff.




I can't wait to read this new Andy Kaufman book.

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« Reply #2156 on: October 23, 2014, 01:56:02 PM »
I'm trying to read Gravity's Rainbow and there's a lot of shit that goes over my head (the fuck is an "adenoid" ? etc.)

I don't know. This feels like reading Burroughs' Naked Lunch where you're just reading strings of words after awhile with no meaning and only a vague semblance of the plot/scene.

I'm only reading it because I really like Neal Stephenson and apparently Pynchon was an influence?

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« Reply #2157 on: October 23, 2014, 09:36:12 PM »
Adenoid is a gland in your throat.

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« Reply #2158 on: October 23, 2014, 10:02:54 PM »
i had mine removed when i was a kid
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« Reply #2159 on: October 24, 2014, 07:46:31 AM »
I've read a few of Pynchon's books, and actually read Gravity's Rainbow first and I definitely suggest getting one of his other books if you want to try him out.  That is pretty much his masterpiece and has all of his tendencies at their peak of extremity.  I'd suggest picking up The Crying of Lot 49 or Inherent Vice and reading those instead.  Gravity's Rainbow is a huge time sink while those other novels will take 2-4 weeks to finish so you're not wasting much time on them.  And they're a lot easier to understand as well.

If you really wanna grind it out, you can visit here for some help: http://gravitys-rainbow.pynchonwiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page