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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8020 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 #8021 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. :)
“Tell me,” she finally whispered, “is it fun for you to torture me? I should really hate you. Ever since we've known each other, you've given me nothing but suffering.” Her voice trembled, she leaned toward me, lowered her head onto my chest. “Perhaps,” I thought, “this is exactly why you loved me."

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« Reply #8022 on: March 15, 2017, 09:16:43 AM »


Cormac McCarthy - All the Pretty Horses

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« Reply #8023 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 #8024 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 #8025 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.   ;)
“Tell me,” she finally whispered, “is it fun for you to torture me? I should really hate you. Ever since we've known each other, you've given me nothing but suffering.” Her voice trembled, she leaned toward me, lowered her head onto my chest. “Perhaps,” I thought, “this is exactly why you loved me."

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« Reply #8026 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. :)
“Tell me,” she finally whispered, “is it fun for you to torture me? I should really hate you. Ever since we've known each other, you've given me nothing but suffering.” Her voice trembled, she leaned toward me, lowered her head onto my chest. “Perhaps,” I thought, “this is exactly why you loved me."

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« Reply #8027 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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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8029 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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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8030 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 #8031 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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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8032 on: April 02, 2017, 10:42:07 AM »
A Bogey special,



Kill the Boss on Kindle 99 cents
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« Reply #8033 on: April 02, 2017, 11:30:05 AM »
A Bogey special,



Kill the Boss on Kindle 99 cents

Score!
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« Reply #8034 on: April 03, 2017, 09:20:23 AM »


Alex Raymond - Rip Kirby vol.2 (1948-50)

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8035 on: April 06, 2017, 05:46:06 PM »
Just ordered this

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I am finding that my interest in visual arts such as painting, sculpture, and photography, is growing as I get older.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8036 on: April 07, 2017, 07:41:51 AM »
Just ordered this

I am finding that my interest in visual arts such as painting, sculpture, and photography, is growing as I get older.

Interestingly, having thought about that statement I must confess to having found the exact opposite personally. I must endeavour to re-kindle those interests.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8037 on: April 13, 2017, 01:55:10 PM »


and now wanting to get the full "History of the United States of America During the Administrations of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison" from which this stand-alone section is taken I learn for the first time that its been done in two Library of America volumes:






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« Reply #8038 on: April 13, 2017, 02:27:42 PM »
and now wanting to get the full "History of the United States of America During the Administrations of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison" from which this stand-alone section is taken I learn for the first time that its been done in two Library of America volumes:



I read both of those volumes many years ago, fascinating.

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« Reply #8039 on: April 14, 2017, 10:32:46 AM »
I read both of those volumes many years ago, fascinating.

I have those LoA volumes, and have read them more than once.