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Offline Bogey

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #380 on: July 18, 2007, 01:09:50 PM »
Starting in on this new comic series from DC:



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http://willeisner.com/spirit/index.html
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #381 on: July 18, 2007, 11:53:58 PM »
Almost finishing Stephen Jay Gould's "The structure of the theory of evolution". Perhaps too long but fascinating.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #382 on: July 19, 2007, 02:13:54 AM »
I started to reread The Good Soldier Švejk yesterday. Extremely childish it may be, but it's scabrously funny and often very much to the point...
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #383 on: July 19, 2007, 02:46:34 AM »
Has anyone read À rebours by Joris-Karl Huysmans?

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #384 on: July 19, 2007, 02:59:18 AM »
Has anyone read À rebours by Joris-Karl Huysmans?

I've started reading it but never finished. :)
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #385 on: July 19, 2007, 03:01:39 AM »
Almost finishing Stephen Jay Gould's "The structure of the theory of evolution". Perhaps too long but fascinating.

Lol..good luck with that. It's almost like he's trying to be impenetrable with that book... so differently written to his popular science stuff.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #386 on: July 19, 2007, 08:48:37 AM »


Not a light read at all, but totally worth it! I'd reccommend it to anyone.

Haffner

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #387 on: July 20, 2007, 08:16:10 AM »
This book is so-so reading, but as most of you have guessed, I Believe.

Haffner

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #388 on: July 20, 2007, 08:17:58 AM »
Lol..good luck with that. It's almost like he's trying to be impenetrable with that book... so differently written to his popular science stuff.


That can be a tough (and somewhat dubious) book. But just try Hegel's Philosophy of History!

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #389 on: July 20, 2007, 08:18:40 AM »
Quote from: Oscar Wilde
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #390 on: July 20, 2007, 05:50:27 PM »
BWV's mention of Haroun and the Sea of Stories prompted me to pick it up from the library. I've read about half of it so far and I love it.

sidoze

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #391 on: July 20, 2007, 09:49:47 PM »
Saint-Exupery's Flight to Arras

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #392 on: July 21, 2007, 05:53:24 AM »


From an Amazon reviewer:
Santoli presents one of the best views of the Vietnam war in his simple approach that says far more than many of the other accounts. It takes a look at 33 people from soldiers to CIA to nurses and tracks their experiences in a memoir form of the war. These are sometimes very short no more than a page and the longest ranges about 10 pages. It is very clearly written and the interviews are top notch. It is one of the few books that shows how horrifying it was to be a non combatant as well as a combatant. The nature of the war is expressed clearer here than most books that focus on a specific battle.
There will never be another era like the Golden Age of Hollywood.  We didn't know how to blow up buildings then so we had no choice but to tell great stories with great characters.-Ben Mankiewicz

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #393 on: July 21, 2007, 11:16:23 AM »
The Devils by Dostoevsky, as translated by David Magarshack.

And yes, it is good.

Also, just finished Bread and Wine by Ignazio Silone.



A masterpiece, I tell you!

Offline Justin Ignaz Franz Bieber

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #394 on: July 21, 2007, 11:25:12 PM »
finished Gravity's Rainbow... that is one very STRANGE book! I'd read it again & again though, I like the dark humour. Now I'm on to:


I've read part of it before; hopefully I can make it all the way through this time! Mel Watkins (one of a few people who could be called "Canada's Chomsky") wrote the following in the intro: "the Social Science Federation of Canada decides to honour the 20 most outstanding books among the some 2,000 titles that have been subsidized over the 50 years in which this has been done. Two books in Canadian economic history make the list. The first is the monumental Fur Trade in Canada by the great Harold Innis. The second is History of Canadian Business 1867-1914 by R.T. Naylor. Enough said. Read on."

It's also the book that has the following as an epigram:
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"Independence is a farce. Canada must belong either to the British system or the American system... If we had to make the choice between independence and annexation, I would rather that we should have annexation and join with the United States at once." -- John A MacDonald, Canada's 1st Prime Minister
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #395 on: July 22, 2007, 08:48:39 AM »
finished Gravity's Rainbow... that is one very STRANGE book! I'd read it again & again though, I like the dark humour.

Hey, biber fan, the first time I read Gravity's Rainbow, I didn't get it at all, and thought, huh? Then I read it again without trying to make logical sense of it and enjoyed it a lot more.

To those asinine people who claim that Americans 'don't do irony,' I say, 'two words: Thomas Pynchon' :D.

I'm in a bit of a bind at the moment. I read most of Against the Day on holiday at my dad's and couldn't be bother lugging it back for the last 100 pages or so, but can't seem to find it in any library here :'(. And my memory being what it is, I've already forgotten what's happened in the book so far :-\.
Durch alle Töne tönet
Im bunten Erdentraum
Ein leiser Ton gezogen
Für den der heimlich lauschet.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #396 on: July 24, 2007, 06:42:45 AM »
BTW Against the Day is on sale at Amazon (US) for $7

Why are Pynchon's books always overprinted?  Mason & Dixon and Vineland were also available in the bargain bin within a year of their publication.

Haffner

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #397 on: July 24, 2007, 08:30:11 AM »
Tremendous Inspiration for me!

Steve

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #398 on: July 24, 2007, 08:31:55 AM »
This week's Economist  :)

Tancata

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #399 on: July 24, 2007, 08:34:06 AM »
Ubik by Philip K. Dick.



 

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