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Re: books to read
« Reply #2160 on: October 24, 2014, 09:26:36 PM »
Yeah, I may need to pull the eject lever on Gravity's Rainbow and try to get into Pynchon's earlier novels

Anyways, I've got a copy of William Gibson's new book (The Peripheral) on hold at the library so I'm pretty stoked on that.

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« Reply #2161 on: October 28, 2014, 06:53:06 AM »
Anyone have any recommendations for a good history book? Specifically, I'm looking for something that delves into "what if?" scenarios and how the future may have been altered if significant events went differently.

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« Reply #2162 on: October 28, 2014, 07:57:33 AM »
Anyone have any recommendations for a good history book? Specifically, I'm looking for something that delves into "what if?" scenarios and how the future may have been altered if significant events went differently.

The Plot Against America by Philip Roth is a novel about how things would turn out if FDR lost the 1940 election to Charles Lindbergh.

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Re: books to read
« Reply #2163 on: October 28, 2014, 08:13:34 AM »

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« Reply #2164 on: October 28, 2014, 01:38:45 PM »
Its probably been mentioned a 100 times through the thread
before but 'In Cold Blood' by Truman Capote is a really good book.

The guy is the most visceral writer I've ever come across,
really worth reading..

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« Reply #2165 on: October 28, 2014, 01:49:26 PM »
I've got this list of books I wanted to read like two years ago, and I started reading all of them like a maniac, leading me to now only have a couple left so I won't really know what to read in like a month or so, I'll just put the ones I really enjoyed here,  if someone has books in mind they  they think I would like, it would be highly appreciated!


1984 (George orwell)
the catcher in the rye (J.D. salinger)
Brave new world (Aldous Huxley)
on the road (jack kerouac)
catch 22 (joseph heller)
the doors of perception (Aldous Huxley)
one flew over the cuckoo's nest (ken kesey)
a hitchhikers guide to the galaxy (douglas adams)
kanikosen (takiji kobayashi)
les particules elementaires (Michel houellebecq)
the dice man (George cockroft)
the electric kool-aid acid test (tom wolfe)
food of the gods(Terence mckenna)
GAIA (james lovelock)
l'?tranger (albert camus)
stranger in a strange land (Robert Heinlein)
zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance (Robert pirsig)
the alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
Ishmael (daniel quinn)

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« Reply #2166 on: October 28, 2014, 08:37:49 PM »
Its probably been mentioned a 100 times through the thread
before but 'In Cold Blood' by Truman Capote is a really good book.

The guy is the most visceral writer I've ever come across,
really worth reading..

I'm not too sure about Capote being a visceral writer, but In Cold Blood is pure gold. Literary Journalism at its very, very, very best.

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« Reply #2167 on: October 28, 2014, 09:51:09 PM »
just read a short story by dostoyeovsky called 'white nights'. might be a double entendre for 'white knights' but i'm not sure if that tacky slang was used in 19th century russia. for anyways, the protagonist wanders st petersberg admiring the architecture like a proto-puleo when he encounters a woman about to be harassed by a man. he interjects and they swap lonesome stories.
his is that of a dreamer, all potential and no kinetic. hers is that after growing up sewn to her gramma's dress [literally, so the blind bitch can keep an eye on her] and she falls for their boarder. he promises to return in a yr w/ money for marriage but he's late so the girl gets pedantic and decides protagonist would be a better suitor.
he's all about it but just then the original suitor shows up and she kisses main character bye and wanders off w/ her fiancee.
in her capriciousness she broke the wigga's heart but he looks at it like 'better to have known a moments happiness than not to have'.
don't like me giving away the endings? well fuck ya'll yuppies w/ your matching books in the case, nobody ever answers me on this thread so i'm just gonna spoil the classics from now on.
good day sir. i said good day!

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« Reply #2168 on: October 28, 2014, 10:48:36 PM »
Anyone have any recommendations for a good history book? Specifically, I'm looking for something that delves into "what if?" scenarios and how the future may have been altered if significant events went differently.

"Man in the High Castle" - Philip K Dick. It's fiction and kind of sci-fi so maybe not what you're looking for right now but definitely worth reading at some point.

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« Reply #2169 on: October 29, 2014, 01:39:04 AM »
Anyone have any recommendations for a good history book? Specifically, I'm looking for something that delves into "what if?" scenarios and how the future may have been altered if significant events went differently.

I think 1984 fits under that category, but other than that I wouldn't know of any

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« Reply #2170 on: October 29, 2014, 02:32:56 AM »
Wind, Sand and Stars by Saint-Exupery is real fuckin good. Similar to Hemingway, historically, but I feel he soars above him.

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« Reply #2171 on: October 29, 2014, 03:00:18 AM »
Its probably been mentioned a 100 times through the thread
before but 'In Cold Blood' by Truman Capote is a really good book.

The guy is the most visceral writer I've ever come across,
really worth reading..

I'm not too sure about Capote being a visceral writer, but In Cold Blood is pure gold. Literary Journalism at its very, very, very best.

More like a visceral reaction to his writing

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« Reply #2172 on: October 29, 2014, 06:12:11 AM »
I doubt Dostoyevsky intentionally made that pun just because I don't think those words are close enough in Russian.

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« Reply #2173 on: October 29, 2014, 06:22:38 AM »
I doubt Dostoyevsky intentionally made that pun just because I don't think those words are close enough in Russian.
i didn't either but it's all apropos and shit

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Re: books to read
« Reply #2174 on: October 29, 2014, 02:36:21 PM »
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« Reply #2175 on: October 30, 2014, 12:23:12 PM »
William Gibson's new book has been great so far

Took me awhile for my brain to warm up and to be able to conceptualize and visualize the technology and the interfaces that these characters are dealing with but I think my imagination's done a good job of it.

I also feel compelled to buy a bunch of little drones now but I don't think the tech is there yet for them to be implemented like in the book.

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« Reply #2176 on: October 30, 2014, 05:12:18 PM »
skating is all about choosing your outfit very deliberately, going out in public. looking super sick. and then riding your board a little bit

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« Reply #2177 on: November 11, 2014, 09:07:08 AM »


Such an interesting book. Uses historical data to show trends in income inequality over the past 300 years or so. Talks about the history of inflation and some other stuff I didn't know much about. Kind of depressing though. Inequality in the US is about as bad as it was in colonial Europe and is trending to get worse so that on the current pace by 2030 it will be the most inegalitarian society ever seen. Europe's headed back in that direction as well just at a slower pace. I'm only about half way through but I highly recommend it.

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« Reply #2178 on: November 11, 2014, 08:23:45 PM »

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« Reply #2179 on: November 12, 2014, 05:43:54 AM »


Thorough work. Really depressing read.

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« Reply #2180 on: November 13, 2014, 04:34:27 PM »

all set to hitchhike across the united states now

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« Reply #2181 on: November 14, 2014, 05:20:41 PM »
I'm currently reading this:



And it's fucking awesome (no pun intended)! This just confirmed why I think Eggers is the most relevant contemporary American author out there. In a nutshell, Eggers and Valentino Achak Deng (a refugee from South Sudan) teamed up to compose the fictionalized (auto)biography of the latter and tell his story. The book is a compelling acccount of the life of a refugee in the US, gives a lot of background on the civil war in Sudan, and tells the story of the co-author's journey from his village in South Sudan over Ethiopia and a refugee camp in Kenya to Atlanta. The whole story is insane. Deng narrates how his family and friends died before his eyes and how he found himself completely lost and without a home from one day to another and survived the genocide in his village by a hair's breath.

I got nothing but great respect for Deng and how he's able to tell his personal story on a worldwide stage. Also, props out to Eggers for putting one of the most pressing issues of our time out there.

As much as I love other literature, it was refreshing to read a "real story."

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« Reply #2182 on: November 17, 2014, 10:21:31 AM »
long time, no post. knausgaard and walkable city are on hold as i've gotten really into "stoner".






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« Reply #2183 on: November 17, 2014, 12:15:13 PM »
long time, no post. knausgaard and walkable city are on hold as i've gotten really into "stoner".




I loved Stoner but by fuck it made me feel a bit sad...

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« Reply #2184 on: November 24, 2014, 07:23:23 AM »
Just finished rereading The Impossible by Georges Bataille.  Definitely made a lot more sense this time, but there is still a lot that I felt didn't sink in.  Reading The Silence by Jens Bjoerneboe right now to finish up The History of Bestiality.  I'm only about 20 pages into it, but it already feels a lot more concrete and stark than the first two volumes.  Interested to see if that stays true as it starts to delve into the actual protocols.

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« Reply #2185 on: November 30, 2014, 04:24:22 PM »


Sick book, just got a used copy and I'm digging it. I recommend it!

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« Reply #2186 on: December 03, 2014, 11:57:20 PM »


His essay about television and post modern American lit is astounding. I wish I'd come to his work sooner.

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« Reply #2187 on: December 04, 2014, 05:20:39 AM »
You started with a great collection.  I like his non-fiction pieces a lot better than his fiction.  His short stories and first novel are no where near as good as they are made out to be.

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« Reply #2188 on: December 04, 2014, 05:28:34 AM »
Started the devil all the time(Polluck) a long time ago and took a hiatus to continue my life of debauchery. Came back to it and it is great. Definitely movie material in the right morbid mind. I usually go to the good ol Bukowski in times of madness and this book just seems real. In the best kind of fucked up way
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« Reply #2189 on: December 10, 2014, 09:30:04 PM »
JD Salinger: Nine Stories

Benjamin Franklin: Savages of North America

And of course, Vonnegut, Slaughter House V