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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8580 on: March 03, 2018, 06:14:08 AM »
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An 800 page novel about the CIA. After 400 pretty good pages it has bogged down a bit, but not enough to give up on yet.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8581 on: March 06, 2018, 11:29:46 AM »
Starting this well-researched and rather engaging survey of Gabriele d’Annunzio‘s relation to music and composers:



I recently finished author Rubens Tedeschi’s scathing but very interesting survey of Italian opera at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries (but skipped—for the time being—his essays on diverse works by Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi that we’re appended to the book in the reprint I own).
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8582 on: March 06, 2018, 07:17:39 PM »
For probably the rest of the week, I'll be perusing the scores of Bach's Mass in b minor and the Brandenburg Concertos. Old friends, but it's been a few years since l went searching out any secrets that may have been eluding me.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8583 on: March 07, 2018, 02:13:19 AM »
Finished:



The Wolff book was much better than I expected it to be, and is kind of misrepresented by the "shocking revelations!" advertising its had.
My findings too (though I read it superficially only, skipping some parts). It's a convincing chronicle of all the gossip that not only fills, but represents the present White House.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8584 on: March 07, 2018, 05:42:13 AM »
Dover Miniatures ftw

srsly!

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8585 on: March 07, 2018, 08:31:28 AM »
Finnish literature for a change.

"Javert, though frightful, had nothing ignoble about him. Probity, sincerity, candor, conviction, the sense of duty, are things which may become hideous when wrongly directed; but which, even when hideous, remain grand."

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8586 on: March 07, 2018, 11:41:51 AM »
An excellent book. I read it in the French translation.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8587 on: March 11, 2018, 07:57:06 AM »


I donate a bunch of stuff to the charity shop but usually end up buying something too.
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« Reply #8588 on: March 16, 2018, 05:57:51 AM »
I've never read any Dickens. So I'm going to read this.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8589 on: March 16, 2018, 08:29:26 AM »
I've never read any Dickens. So I'm going to read this.



I've read that once and recall liking it. Many of Dickens's endings have left me cold (although there are exceptions of course such as Our Mutual Friend) but this just might have the very best last sentences in a Dickens novel.
"Javert, though frightful, had nothing ignoble about him. Probity, sincerity, candor, conviction, the sense of duty, are things which may become hideous when wrongly directed; but which, even when hideous, remain grand."

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« Reply #8590 on: March 16, 2018, 08:40:54 AM »
I've read that once and recall liking it. Many of Dickens's endings have left me cold (although there are exceptions of course such as Our Mutual Friend) but this just might have the very best last sentences in a Dickens novel.

I'll look forward to that - and the rest of it, of course!
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8591 on: March 18, 2018, 05:32:39 AM »

The last year or so I've been trying to read sci-fi. Of the many books I've tried, I only ended up liking a handful. Many well-regarded sci-fi bored me to tears. Some exceptions are Hyperion and almost any book by Ursula Le Guin. Anyway, this vintage wacky sci-fi pulp is a surprisingly fun read.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8592 on: March 18, 2018, 05:52:19 AM »
I've never read any Dickens. So I'm going to read this.



Depending on taste, you're in either for a treat or for being bored to tears. Fwiw, it's my favorite Dickens novel.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8593 on: March 18, 2018, 05:58:49 AM »




Two sets of lectures given at Harvard by well-known composers.  I have to say that while some parts of Hindemith's idealistic vision of the composer's role in society resonate with me, his disparagement of the 12-tone method would laughable if it weren't the prototype of many of the same nonsensical criticisms that Bernstein brought out again in his own lecture series (and which continue to be parroted as gospel truth by people who have never listened to much 12-tone music anyway).

Sessions speaks from an equally erudite but less lofty viewpoint, and his discussion of his own creative process feels very familiar to me.
"l do not consider my music as atonal, but rather as non-tonal. I feel the unity of all keys. Atonal music by modern composers admits of no key at all, no feeling of any definite center." - Arnold Schoenberg

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8594 on: March 18, 2018, 08:59:52 AM »
Depending on taste, you're in either for a treat or for being bored to tears. Fwiw, it's my favorite Dickens novel.

So far, at this (very early) stage it's a treat.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8595 on: March 18, 2018, 12:21:53 PM »
Depending on taste, you're in either for a treat or for being bored to tears. Fwiw, it's my favorite Dickens novel.

I picture you Andrei, settled into a comfortable chair, knitting.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8596 on: March 19, 2018, 03:21:14 AM »
I picture you Andrei, settled into a comfortable chair, knitting.

;)

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8597 on: March 19, 2018, 04:00:48 AM »
I picture you Andrei, settled into a comfortable chair, knitting.

;)

Knitting while mentally writing the text of citizen Ken B's denouncement to the Public Salvation Committee.  ;D
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8598 on: March 19, 2018, 03:05:40 PM »
Knitting while mentally writing the text of citizen Ken B's denouncement to the Public Salvation Committee.  ;D

I was born denounced. ;)

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8599 on: March 24, 2018, 04:41:38 AM »
Philip Kerr, Scottisch crime writer passed away at age 62

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/mar/24/philip-kerr-author-of-bernie-gunther-novels-dies-aged-62

I only read his Berlin trilogy, which I greatly enjoyed.  I will check what other books of his I should read.

 

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