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sonic1

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« Reply #240 on: May 27, 2007, 11:40:32 AM »


Fiction:
White Noise by Don DeLillo-- this is brilliant!  Has anyone else here read this novel?  I usually don't like idea novels, but this one was so hysterical and so true.




DeLillo is great. I loved WN as well as MaoII, Underworld, and a few others. You really can't go wrong with DeLillo.

Kullervo

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« Reply #241 on: May 27, 2007, 04:04:44 PM »
Article in the latest issue of National Geographic on the founding of Jamestown. Really mind-blowing stuff!

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« Reply #242 on: May 28, 2007, 05:41:35 AM »
John L. Snell's "Dilemma Over Germany" (The Hauser Press,New
Orleans,1959). An erudite and very well documented study on
the political problems, plans, discussions and resolutions
between FDR,WCH and JS on the future of Germany after the
victory. Very well written and clear.  ;) ;)
Piantale a la leche hermano, que eso arruina el corazón! (from a tango's letter)

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« Reply #243 on: May 29, 2007, 12:53:59 PM »
Poetry of Pound and Manley Hopkins among others.  Both are delightful, and are original masters of language and imagery.

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« Reply #244 on: May 29, 2007, 01:23:40 PM »
Only those interested in Country Music should peruse this post -  ;D

Just started Bill Malone's newly revised edition of Country Music, U.S.A. - read the first edition (1968) many years ago; this 'new' edition appears to be mainly an additional chapter bringing the music (performers etc.) up-to-date (i.e. 2002) - CLICK on the image for Amazonian comments, which are not too helpful (ignore the one about the writing being boring!) - Malone is a retired professor (Tulane University) and writes in an 'academic' fashion - this is a detailed book and takes time; probably the best coverage of the origins of country music, the early & mid-20th century performers, and into the 1960s - not a quick or easy read but w/ a wealth of detail.

BTW, another shorter & more recent book by Malone is also highly recommended: Don't Get above Your Raisin': Country Music and the Southern Working Class (Music in American Life) - great pic on the front cover of the young Hank Williams, Jr. lookin' up @ this father -  :)

 

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« Reply #245 on: May 29, 2007, 01:28:54 PM »
Poetry of Pound and Manley Hopkins among others.  Both are delightful, and are original masters of language and imagery.

Indeed, Pound was a delightful fascist, Nazi, and propagandist for genocide. 

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #246 on: May 29, 2007, 03:34:05 PM »
Re-reading




(hence the avatar)

bwv
Did not know if you were aware of this book about China....sounded interesting:



Here is an interview with the author from today on the radio:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=10474172
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Steve

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« Reply #247 on: May 29, 2007, 06:06:22 PM »
Continuing my current Hesse binge...




I went through a similar phase a while back. I read Siddartha in German, an incredible experience.  :)

George

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« Reply #248 on: May 29, 2007, 06:09:04 PM »
Just started this one:


Kullervo

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« Reply #249 on: May 29, 2007, 07:01:04 PM »
Picked this up from the library... Eliot - Selected Prose




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« Reply #250 on: May 29, 2007, 07:25:20 PM »
Beach reading:
 
Stephen Frey: The 4th Order

Only for the most credulous, and those willing to believe in any conspiracy theory.  I can't swallow the idea of a venture capitalist (!) who doesn't have time for his kids and goes in to seal a deal the day after his wife is killed while his kids are home alone with a nanny as a hero.  Moreover, the idea that he's going to break up a government plot to abuse civil liberties is laughable.  It's not a fast or compelling read either; I don't know if I can even finish it.  I'm just afraid that idiots may assume that the book is really about the government and the Patriot Act.  NOT RECOMMENDED - even for the beach.




Steve

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« Reply #251 on: May 29, 2007, 08:33:07 PM »
Picked this up from the library... Eliot - Selected Prose





Excellent choice!

We seem to have quite similar literary tastes.  :)


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« Reply #252 on: May 29, 2007, 08:48:08 PM »


A great book. Every other line, or every line, is an aphorism. Wilde is so wise and logical. And look... it's Liszt on the cover!

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« Reply #253 on: May 29, 2007, 09:27:22 PM »


A great book. Every other line, or every line, is an aphorism. Wilde is so wise and logical. And look... it's Liszt on the cover!

Agreed about the book. But I wonder what's Liszt go to do with it?  ???
“I compose music because I must give expression to my feelings, just as I talk because I must give utterance to my thoughts.”  --- Rachmaninoff

Steve

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« Reply #254 on: May 29, 2007, 10:20:57 PM »
Time for a slight pause in the Proust adventure..



My, that picture is small.. Well it's Tristram Shandy..

George

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« Reply #255 on: May 30, 2007, 02:21:40 AM »
Agreed about the book. But I wonder what's Liszt go to do with it?  ???

Wasn't he more than a bit vain?

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« Reply #256 on: May 30, 2007, 03:17:22 AM »
Time for a slight pause in the Proust adventure..



My, that picture is small.. Well it's Tristram Shandy..

I had to read that in college, 100 years ago.  It was one of the better books my English teacher had us reading.

Kullervo

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« Reply #257 on: May 30, 2007, 04:45:42 AM »
Time for a slight pause in the Proust adventure..



My, that picture is small.. Well it's Tristram Shandy..

I, too was in the middle of A Recherche du Temps Perdu, but I took a break after Within a Budding Grove. I can say without exaggeration that Swann's Way is the greatest thing I've ever read.

Steve

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« Reply #258 on: May 30, 2007, 04:54:24 AM »
I, too was in the middle of A Recherche du Temps Perdu, but I took a break after Within a Budding Grove. I can say without exaggeration that Swann's Way is the greatest thing I've ever read.

Having battled with endless sentences, tricky phrasings, and strangely technical diction, I wholeheartedly agree.

Harvested Sorrow

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« Reply #259 on: June 04, 2007, 06:35:24 PM »
I'm currently finishing up the Dune series (reading Heretics of Dune now), Faust, and getting a bit side-tracked by the Tao Te Ching and books on various aspects of Buddhism.