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Offline SimonNZ

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Re: What are you currently reading?
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8021 on: March 06, 2017, 08:59:45 AM »



A collection of short stories.
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« Reply #8022 on: March 10, 2017, 02:35:30 PM »
Two short essays from this:


In Small Proust Commentaries (originally a radio broadcast), Adorno makes some insightful remarks on In Search of Lost Time (a work he had in high esteem and that features rather prominently in Minima Moralia). In Words from Afar, the author justifies and explains the use of foreign words in the Proust comentaries (as a reply to a listener's letter complaining exactly about that). Interesting in that it sheds some light into the author's approach to writing, and also that there are some (uncharacteristic) moments approaching humour. A pleasure to read, I must say...
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« Reply #8023 on: March 12, 2017, 09:05:42 AM »
Just ordered now, but posting in the non-Classical purchases thread didn't seem quite right either...
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« Reply #8024 on: March 12, 2017, 09:33:31 AM »
Just ordered now, but posting in the non-Classical purchases thread didn't seem quite right either...


Lovely. :)

"Whatever rules you have adopted, abide by them as laws, and as if you would be impious to transgress them; and do not regard what any one says of you, for this, after all, is no concern of yours."

Good stuff.
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« Reply #8025 on: March 12, 2017, 09:39:42 AM »
Lovely. :)

"Whatever rules you have adopted, abide by them as laws, and as if you would be impious to transgress them; and do not regard what any one says of you, for this, after all, is no concern of yours."

Good stuff.
Yeah, your post in that other thread reminded me that I had yet to get a hard copy of this.
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« Reply #8026 on: March 12, 2017, 09:53:41 AM »
Yeah, your post in that other thread reminded me that I had yet to get a hard copy of this.

Well, I certainly find it a nice thing to have a hard copy of for occasional dipping in to purposes. :)
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« Reply #8027 on: March 15, 2017, 09:16:43 AM »


Cormac McCarthy - All the Pretty Horses
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8028 on: March 15, 2017, 01:09:27 PM »
"Whatever rules you have adopted, abide by them as laws, and as if you would be impious to transgress them; and do not regard what any one says of you, for this, after all, is no concern of yours."

There was that guy who did exactly that and is alluded to in Godwin's Law. Just saying.  ;D
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8029 on: March 15, 2017, 01:59:38 PM »
There was that guy who did exactly that and is alluded to in Godwin's Law. Just saying.  ;D
I wasn't going to say anything, but ... yes. That quotation you criticize is one of the most idiotic imaginable. "Make up your mind then no matter what happens never change it."
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« Reply #8030 on: March 15, 2017, 03:03:22 PM »
There was that guy who did exactly that and is alluded to in Godwin's Law. Just saying.  ;D

That's his problem. Just sayin' that back at you.   ;)
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« Reply #8031 on: March 15, 2017, 03:05:25 PM »
I wasn't going to say anything, but ... yes. That quotation you criticize is one of the most idiotic imaginable. "Make up your mind then no matter what happens never change it."

That's not what I take from it at all. But you obviously do. Fair enough. :)
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8032 on: March 23, 2017, 03:58:02 PM »
Casually reading this book, which is a collection of conversations with Xenakis:




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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8033 on: March 26, 2017, 10:17:07 PM »
Listened to a discussion of the recently deceased poet Derek Walcott on NPR On Point. Found it very compelling, and am now reading a large compilation of his works.

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« Reply #8035 on: March 28, 2017, 07:13:07 AM »


Wanted to get to this before watching my film copy.  So far, Dorothy Hughes is fantastic with her descriptions.
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« Reply #8036 on: March 28, 2017, 07:21:17 AM »
Having finished today The Moonstone, I must say it was a very enjoyable book. The characters are not as quirky or memorable as Dickens's but it doesn't matter because the plot holds together remarkably well. Explaining of a certain laudanum incident in the novel caused almost unbearable tension which was resolved satisfyingly. Odd how it worked even though I predicted it. The ending was maybe a bit rushed, odd considering how slowly the narratives moved along generally, causing this to be relatively long novel for a detective story.

I'm a bit undecided whether this work has some pretty racist elements mixed in or whether the entire point of novel is to be anti-racist. It seemed a bit ambiguous, kind of like The Searchers. And that's how I like it best.

Edit: My next Collins novel will most likely be "No Name", which I've heard is ranked among his top four novels, like "The Moonstone". It may take some time however, before I get to it, focusing currently on Mark Twain.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8037 on: March 30, 2017, 07:29:29 PM »
Timothy Snyder: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (2017) - Hard not to think of this as one of the year's most essential books.



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« Reply #8038 on: April 02, 2017, 11:42:07 AM »
A Bogey special,



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« Reply #8039 on: April 02, 2017, 12:30:05 PM »
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