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Offline MishaK

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #660 on: October 26, 2007, 01:28:51 PM »


Alex Ross's new book. Excellent!

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #661 on: October 26, 2007, 08:20:34 PM »
I really what to read Mr. Ross's book but I'm somewhat disenchanted with classic music right now...

Instead I'm reading this brilliant little jem of a book called...


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« Reply #662 on: October 28, 2007, 09:38:19 AM »

Winter Fire--a fiction about a German conductor pressed into service during WWII, who's befriended by Sibelius while serving as military liaison in Finland.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #664 on: October 30, 2007, 11:54:59 AM »
I have two books on the go at the moment:



Fascinating insight into the recording process by those who were actually there creating those classic albums.

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What an eye opener this book is turning out to be. Mozart wrote 1000's of letters, mainly to his father and others, and this book highlights the key ones and include a commentary between letters as to what else was happening at the time to provide some context. The interesting thing is Mozarts way with words; his prose is both charming and naive and also surprising is his toilet humour  :o Who would've guessed?  :)
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #665 on: October 31, 2007, 05:49:48 AM »
Re-visiting a favorite. This is one of these books for me that never goes stale.


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« Reply #666 on: October 31, 2007, 06:26:52 AM »

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« Reply #667 on: October 31, 2007, 06:56:19 AM »
And probably some recently acquired Ibsen plays as a diversion. :) I'm on "rebound" from Buddenbrooks.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #668 on: November 03, 2007, 11:35:57 PM »
The Conscience of a Liberal by Paul Krugman.  A quick read, and suprisingly optimistic about the future.

Who Hates Whom: Well-Armed Fanatics, Intractable Conflicts, and Various Things Blowing Up A Woefully Incomplete Guide by Bob Harris.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #669 on: November 04, 2007, 06:04:33 AM »
Nicholas von Hoffman's Citizen Cohn, an excellent essay on the times
and life of Roy Cohn, one of the most extraordinary crazy s.o.b. you'll
find any place, any time.
Piantale a la leche hermano, que eso arruina el corazón! (from a tango's letter)

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« Reply #670 on: November 04, 2007, 04:46:40 PM »


Started and finished this earlier today.

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« Reply #671 on: November 04, 2007, 04:49:46 PM »
The Lord of the Rings, In one volume.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #672 on: November 04, 2007, 04:54:20 PM »
The Lord of the Rings, In one volume.

I read The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings trilogy in one complete cycle when I was 18. Absolutely loved the story. Also really enjoyed the BBC adaptation of the book in 13 one hour episodes; I taped them from the radio and revisited them often.

I thought Peter Jacksons movie version started out great but got worse as it wore on. Still an amazing achievement.  :)
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« Reply #673 on: November 05, 2007, 02:42:45 PM »
I read The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings trilogy in one complete cycle when I was 18. Absolutely loved the story. Also really enjoyed the BBC adaptation of the book in 13 one hour episodes; I taped them from the radio and revisited them often.

I thought Peter Jacksons movie version started out great but got worse as it wore on. Still an amazing achievement.  :)

Its really an enjoyable read.
So detailed and imaginative writing.

Good for you, Wanderer.  :)

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #674 on: November 07, 2007, 09:13:12 AM »
David Schiff: The Music of Elliott Carter - Excellent guide to Carter's work. 

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« Reply #675 on: November 07, 2007, 09:29:07 AM »
David Schiff: The Music of Elliott Carter - Excellent guide to Carter's work. 

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Great book

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #676 on: November 07, 2007, 12:05:17 PM »
Just started the book below - Happy Accidents: Serendipity in Modern Medical Breakthroughs (2007) by Morton Meyers - check HERE for descriptions & comments; like Meyers, I'm also an abdominal radiologist & have always had a deep interest in medical history, so this is a perfect book for me; I know Mort Meyers, and he is an excellent writer, so if you're interested in this topic, this book might be for you -  :D



Once again you have recommended a wonderful book.  I enjoyed it immensely!  Thank you.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #677 on: November 07, 2007, 02:45:39 PM »
Once again you have recommended a wonderful book.  I enjoyed it immensely!  Thank you.

Anne - glad that you really liked the book!  :D  Just finished my copy a week or so ago - Dave

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #678 on: November 08, 2007, 12:36:21 AM »
CHARLES ROSEN:    Beethoven piano Sonatas

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« Reply #679 on: November 08, 2007, 09:03:42 AM »
Not great. A bit of a letdown. I think a monkey proofread it.

Mr. B. Gone by Clive Barker