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Offline SonicMan46

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #540 on: September 04, 2007, 01:32:47 PM »
The House That George Built: With a Little Help from Irving, Cole, and a Crew of About Fifty by Wilfrid Sheed - new book on the famous early 20th century American 'Tin Pan Alley' composers - CLICK on the image for comments - not too long & wonderful writing w/ great incite & humor - if you like this music, then this book is a MUST reading - enjoy!  :D

 

Quoting my most recent post on this thread - about finished w/ the book on Tin Pan Alley composers - but much more!  A lot of chapters on 'Hollywood' movie composers, such as Harry Warren & Jimmy Van Heusen (of course, not their real names); again, this is an outstanding book if you're into this genre of music!  :D

Added above the image of Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2006) by Nicholas Fraser (et al) - just started this book which concentrates on vetebrate evolution and animals from the Mesozic Era (mainly the Triassic Period) - I love this stuff but this is not an easy read - almost could be used (if not?) as a college text (so be forewarned, if interested) - comments here on Amazon -  :)

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« Reply #541 on: September 04, 2007, 02:00:40 PM »
I'm presently reading P.D. James - Death in Holy Orders.  It's quite good.   :)




I've also been reading George R.R. Martin - A Clash of Kings off and on for a year and a half.



I like both authors as well.  I'm also off and on slowly reading through Martin's series.  Cool beans. :)

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« Reply #542 on: September 04, 2007, 02:51:43 PM »
I'm almost done with Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49. Great fun!

Isn't it just?  I read it again a while back, thinking that it would probably have dated - but though it is very much of its time in a lot of the detail, the brilliance is timeless.  I can never look at the posthorn symbol on a mailbox without mentally adding a mute.

A friend of mine read it recently in her book group.  Afterwards she remarked to me (quite crossly) : "That Jacobean play.  It's not real, you know."  No kidding.

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« Reply #543 on: September 04, 2007, 02:56:39 PM »
I'm almost done with Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49. Great fun!

I am about as many pages into Against the Day and am liking it quite well. 

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #544 on: September 04, 2007, 04:17:12 PM »
Richard Dawkins' 'God Delusion' has always interested me. I think i'll buy it when I see it below £4.  ;D

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #545 on: September 04, 2007, 06:25:42 PM »
In the Denver area.  Only 70 or so birds on my life-list, but hope to add many more over the years.  We have around 10 feeders in our yard as I laso enjoy seeing how many species we can attract right in our yard.  I have checked out the Sibley Guide to Bird Behavior from our local library....great incredible book and one I really need to own a copy of.  I am also beginning to listen to Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs (Western Region).  If I can get some of the songs memorized, I will be at a much greater advantage when going birding.  My 9 year old son also enjoys birding and nails some before I even have my binoculars up to my eyes. 

FWIW, my son is a member of the Audobon Society of Greater Denver.  He received his membership as a gift from some friends of ours.  He just got his first newsletter the other day.  I will follow this post up with a PM when I get the chance.

Hey, that's great. Birding is such a great hobby and a fantastic excuse to enjoy the great outdoors. I loved birds when I was growing up in Germany, but didn't start seriously birding until this past year. You might enjoy this website: www.birdforum.net A lot of friendly birders share photos and give advice there. I have a humble gallery of a few favorite shots from my trips there as well.

I am about as many pages into Against the Day and am liking it quite well. 

Now that I'm done with Crying of Lot 49, I will start that one.  ;D

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #546 on: September 04, 2007, 06:36:07 PM »
Hey, that's great. Birding is such a great hobby and a fantastic excuse to enjoy the great outdoors. I loved birds when I was growing up in Germany, but didn't start seriously birding until this past year. You might enjoy this website: www.birdforum.net A lot of friendly birders share photos and give advice there. I have a humble gallery of a few favorite shots from my trips there as well.


Looks like a great forum....I will sign up his weekend and dive in.  Awesome photos.  Wildlife photography is truly an art IMO.  My son will love this site/forum.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #547 on: September 06, 2007, 11:07:46 AM »
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy.

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« Reply #548 on: September 06, 2007, 11:13:36 AM »
Danny:D

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #550 on: September 09, 2007, 07:41:58 AM »





Either/Or is my favorite.

Reading: "Imitation of Mary" (Thomas Kempis)

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #551 on: September 09, 2007, 04:14:38 PM »


This is an excellent read. I thought it might be dry and dusty due to it age but its engaging and informative. :)
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #552 on: September 12, 2007, 06:02:28 AM »



Either/Or is my favorite.

Reading: "Imitation of Mary" (Thomas Kempis)

Thanks, I'll check that next (Either/Or). I was expecting this to be tough going, but it is turning out to be pretty enjoyable (well, as "enjoyable" as philosophy can be). :)

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« Reply #553 on: September 12, 2007, 08:09:09 AM »
Thanks, I'll check that next (Either/Or). I was expecting this to be tough going, but it is turning out to be pretty enjoyable (well, as "enjoyable" as philosophy can be). :)





Corey, Either/Or is even better. It had an obvious, tremendous influence on Christian Existentialism. Without Kiergkegaard, it's hard to imagine Rahner, Heidegger, Husserl, or Sartre (though I question how much of a loss Sartre would habe been).

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #554 on: September 12, 2007, 12:34:09 PM »
Got this book today.


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« Reply #555 on: September 12, 2007, 12:37:26 PM »
This is an excellent read. I thought it might be dry and dusty due to it age but its engaging and informative. :)

Is it annotated? Otherwise "informative" is not quite the mot juste . . . that's one autobiography that is famously rife with stretches of the truth which took Procrustes' own breath away  ;D

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #556 on: September 12, 2007, 12:59:25 PM »
Got this book today.



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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #557 on: September 12, 2007, 08:30:22 PM »
read fight club today. tomorrow i'm moving on to fortunate son by jw hatfield.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #558 on: September 13, 2007, 04:21:57 AM »
Another mystery novel.   :)


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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #559 on: September 13, 2007, 04:26:46 AM »
read fight club today. tomorrow i'm moving on to fortunate son by jw hatfield.

If you liked fight club at all, try "Choke" by the same author. It's a much better book IMO.  :)

 

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