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« Reply #2850 on: October 16, 2017, 04:26:16 PM »
i've got 2 going on right now, 'urban farms' by sarah g rich and 'sean penn, his life and times'. sean penn book got me wanting to surf before breakfast, live that better life. just read his early yrs through bad boys/spicolli and now he's romancing madonna and about to start whooping paparazzi ass.
the farm book, it's inspiring to what i'm doing here. i am doing a subsistence thing but i might wanna go into a capitalist venture down the road. it's got pictures and little write ups of various co-ops and urban farms all over the east coast and calls detroit 'the mecca of urban farms'.

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« Reply #2851 on: October 16, 2017, 07:04:58 PM »
Just finished Don Quixote a couple of weeks ago. That one was pretty epic.
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« Reply #2852 on: October 21, 2017, 08:29:12 PM »
I'm reading The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa translated by Richard Zenith right now. It's all assorted thoughts that do not explicitly develop a plot, but the further I progress into the book the more of a narrative around the protagonist is capable of being formed. The book is also composed of two parts, so it might follow a structure like Notes From the Underground, but for the first 200 pages the closest thing I can think of is the beginning of Either/Or: A Fragment of Life. The writing is really beautiful and depressive, so it's still interesting. It'd probably be a good book to read if you only have or want to dedicate short periods of time to read it, since most passages are less than a page and at most only five.

Before that I read Diary of Indignities by Patrick Hughes which was a collective of the author's humorous, real life stories. It's extremely similar to the online classic of davesecretaryatwork's stories, which are a total must read. It isn't humorous in the way Vonnegut or Catch-22 is, but I laughed a lot while reading it.

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« Reply #2853 on: October 22, 2017, 01:58:06 AM »
Just finished Don Quixote a couple of weeks ago. That one was pretty epic.

Did you enjoy reading it? I started that book like 3 times and never made it past the first 20 pages... Does it get better?

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« Reply #2854 on: October 22, 2017, 04:09:29 AM »
Just finished The Long Hard Road Out of Hell,biography of "male Madonna" Marilyn Manson and I want my 2 months back!

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« Reply #2855 on: October 24, 2017, 02:08:36 PM »


Recently read this for the second time. It's a semi-autobiographical satire about the Devil coming to Moscow and laying bare hypocrisy and corruption. Bulgakov was never published in his lifetime - he struggled with censorship and was marginalized because his work didn't contain heroic communist characters. The Master and Margarita is his seminal novel and his life's work - he dictated revisions to his wife shortly before his death. A staggering, wonderful book.

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« Reply #2856 on: October 24, 2017, 02:13:14 PM »
I’ve had Master and Margarita on my shelf for months and can’t wait to get to it. A few months ago I read ‘Heart of A Dog’ by him. The  stories behind the banned Russian authors is always interesting.

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« Reply #2857 on: October 24, 2017, 03:56:24 PM »
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A great book, agreed. And M&M is a classic.
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« Reply #2858 on: October 25, 2017, 07:40:01 AM »
Glad to hear you both liked it, just put it on my list.

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« Reply #2862 on: January 04, 2018, 04:25:06 PM »
just finished one called 'confessions of a recovering environmentalist' that was pretty cool if you're into nature and thinking about humans/our impact on our surroundings in a philosophical way.
moved onto 'make love like a porn star' the jenna jameson story. idk if she's that clever or her ghostwriter but it's well put together and funny even though she gets raped in chapter 2. she's just graduated from poledancing to being a nude model right now and she turned down nikki sixx for sexx cause she was on the rag. she's still 17.
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« Reply #2863 on: January 04, 2018, 04:42:16 PM »
Reading Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector by Benjamin Moser.  I'm still not super into Clarice as a novelist but I'm interested in her life and learning more about her because she was apparently an arresting and intriguing person.

Although I did read The Hour of the Star by her right before starting this biography and enjoyed it.  I think I like when she has some sort of plot to act as some sort of a foundation no matter how much she ignores it.  Her freeform, more pure idea works interest me less, which I think is what her novels turn into (unlike her short stories).

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« Reply #2864 on: January 04, 2018, 05:16:07 PM »
Currently reading The Situationist International Anthology edited by Ken Knabb. A lot of interesting ideas from them, although the "How to Talk Like a Situationist" essay is probably the best thing to come out as a result of the group. They also claim responsibility for the May 1968 happenings in France, but I'm not sure how much of an influence was directly from these writings. Still an overall fun read.

Also looking to start The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers soon.

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« Reply #2865 on: January 04, 2018, 05:31:15 PM »
Currently reading The Situationist International Anthology edited by Ken Knabb. A lot of interesting ideas from them, although the "How to Talk Like a Situationist" essay is probably the best thing to come out as a result of the group. They also claim responsibility for the May 1968 happenings in France, but I'm not sure how much of an influence was directly from these writings. Still an overall fun read.

Also looking to start The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers soon.
i always wanted to read guy debord. i think the situationists were a big deal [more so in paris than here] then and they kinda inspired adbusters [is that magazine still around?].
that 2nd book, bukowski usedta mention it. he said it was a good title anyways.

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« Reply #2866 on: January 04, 2018, 05:48:59 PM »
just finished me talk pretty one day, I really enjoyed it! Friend lent it to me about a year ago and I finally started it last week. I'm on homage to Catalonia now. I was thinking about that book about the replacements called trouble boys if any of you have read it

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« Reply #2867 on: January 04, 2018, 06:29:05 PM »
Homage to Catalonia is excellent. One of my favourites.

Trouble Boys sounds interesting! Think I'll try and track it down.
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« Reply #2868 on: January 04, 2018, 11:39:00 PM »
Halfway through "City Primeval" by Elmore Leonard. Been meaning to read something of his since finishing the tv show Justified, which is based on one of his novels and wish I had done it sooner.

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« Reply #2869 on: January 07, 2018, 01:29:01 PM »

Late to the party but I like it.

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« Reply #2870 on: January 09, 2018, 09:13:16 AM »
I haven't read much but I remember liking "Artic Dreams"  which I read on va ca in mex once.  Great writing with mind blowing facts about how polar bears will travel 200 miles in a period of 3 days or how these whales or seals will have a hole a metre or two square that hasn't frozen yet that is the last connection between to VAST bodies of ocean that will freeze closed for the winter.  They end up having to go thru one at a time and they travel thousands of miles to get there and its location obviously is different every year and they know where it is regardless, with a day or two to spare.
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« Reply #2871 on: January 09, 2018, 09:56:02 AM »
I haven't read much but I remember liking "Artic Dreams"  which I read on va ca in mex once.  Great writing with mind blowing facts about how polar bears will travel 200 miles in a period of 3 days or how these whales or seals will have a hole a metre or two square that hasn't frozen yet that is the last connection between to VAST bodies of ocean that will freeze closed for the winter.  They end up having to go thru one at a time and they travel thousands of miles to get there and its location obviously is different every year and they know where it is regardless, with a day or two to spare.

Nice one. It's important to learn about history.
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« Reply #2872 on: January 09, 2018, 10:54:12 AM »
I haven't read much but I remember liking "Artic Dreams"  which I read on va ca in mex once.  Great writing with mind blowing facts about how polar bears will travel 200 miles in a period of 3 days or how these whales or seals will have a hole a metre or two square that hasn't frozen yet that is the last connection between to VAST bodies of ocean that will freeze closed for the winter.  They end up having to go thru one at a time and they travel thousands of miles to get there and its location obviously is different every year and they know where it is regardless, with a day or two to spare.
  Is that a global warming ref. ?    good one
Nice one. It's important to learn about history.
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« Reply #2873 on: January 12, 2018, 09:26:58 AM »

Late to the party but I like it.


no shame in fun books. angels and demons is even better.



wrapping up this:


it had some cool parts but i'm not jumping up and down to recommend it.   sadly the last three books ive read have all kind of been a wash (lost city, shogun, and rise of the warrior cop).  im going back to dumb beach novels until  The Cadaver King finally gets released in feb.
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« Reply #2874 on: January 12, 2018, 09:30:34 AM »
just finished me talk pretty one day, I really enjoyed it! Friend lent it to me about a year ago and I finally started it last week. I'm on homage to Catalonia now. I was thinking about that book about the replacements called trouble boys if any of you have read it

dude you should just ride the sedaris train and hop into Naked or Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.  one of the few authors that makes me actually laugh out loud when reading.

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« Reply #2875 on: January 30, 2018, 03:32:02 PM »
Finished The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and it was pretty rad. Not the most outstanding book, but it was really good. Still working through The Situationist International Anthology and it's some of the sickest philosophy I've read.
Going to start Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe by Thomas Ligotti soon.

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« Reply #2876 on: January 30, 2018, 07:53:25 PM »
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read it for a lit class, really good though heavy. streets if capetown from a kids perspective,  somethinglike Tsotsi if you've see it, i don't have many references for south african stories though.

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« Reply #2877 on: January 30, 2018, 09:08:09 PM »
If anyone liked "Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk" (Stooges, MC5, Ramones, Velvet Underground, New York Dolls, Blondie, etc) check out "We Never Learn: The Gunk Punk Undergut, 1988-2001" talks about Oblivians, New Bomb Turks, The Spits, Mummies, Jay Reatard, etc. Great read if you're into this music. Even if you're not, most of these punk heroes got into some heavy stuff that's interesting to read about.

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« Reply #2878 on: January 31, 2018, 08:14:14 AM »
If anyone liked "Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk" (Stooges, MC5, Ramones, Velvet Underground, New York Dolls, Blondie, etc) check out "We Never Learn: The Gunk Punk Undergut, 1988-2001" talks about Oblivians, New Bomb Turks, The Spits, Mummies, Jay Reatard, etc. Great read if you're into this music. Even if you're not, most of these punk heroes got into some heavy stuff that's interesting to read about.

Woah good suggestion, I wasn't even aware of that book.
To add to this, check out "Treat Me Like Dirt" it's essentially the Canadian equivalent to "Please Kill Me". It focuses on the Toronto/Hamilton scene in the same time frame.
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« Reply #2879 on: February 01, 2018, 02:32:25 AM »
Rereading Mother Night by Vonnegut, even better the second time around.