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Postby Kenny » Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:35 am

chowder julius wrote:i finished the rosmarie waldrop and have no idea what i should read next. maybe another ferrante? but i think i need a break from heavy books. does anyone have a rec for something fun yet literary, ideally less than 200 pages?


Have you read any P.G. Wodehouse?
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Postby ripersnifle » Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:53 am

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ripersnifle wrote:been reading a bunch of Kittler for school. really enjoying it.

mark bn hansen is an intriguing counterpoint to kittler on media and the digital turn

particularly hansen's

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thanks. i haven't heard of him/this text!
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ripersnifle wrote:been reading a bunch of Kittler for school. really enjoying it.
hey me too
what kinda school you doin, ripersnifle?
i'm in an English graduate degree technically but have essentially realized belatedly that i'm way more interested in questions of media/technology and i'm now trying to bend the degree haha
bums me out a bit, tbh, because i think if my undergraduate institution would've been more progressive/robust in terms of thinking more in these terms, then i would've found this out a lot earlier.
my undergraduate university essentially ignored digital humanities while it was happening contemporaneously everywhere else. professors thought if they had regularly-updated blogspots that they were cutting edge digital scholars.
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Postby mascotte » Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:58 am

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Prob the best Putin bio out there

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Starts great but I might give up when it gets serious

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Wonderful read, so many insights about history of Iran
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Postby chowder julius » Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:00 pm

Kenny wrote:
chowder julius wrote:i finished the rosmarie waldrop and have no idea what i should read next. maybe another ferrante? but i think i need a break from heavy books. does anyone have a rec for something fun yet literary, ideally less than 200 pages?


Have you read any P.G. Wodehouse?

i have not! will check him out

abs, i'm a couple chapters deep into the dud avocado and am really enjoying it. i wish i'd had this on hand to read while traveling.
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Postby Kenny » Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:02 pm

Read "Code of the Woosters" first!
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Postby criss elliott » Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:43 pm

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javier marias - thus bad begins

just finished. it was ok but overlong, it took me maybe a month and i almost gave up a few times. each time i put it down i didn't really want to pick it up again. don't know if this is on the translation or marias but by 600th occurence of "ingenuous" i was about to throw the damn book.

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shirley jackson - we have always lived in the castle

wanted to read something spooky so i grabbed this shirley jackson (which i'm beginning to realize may be the less spooky of her two popular books)

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terry eagleton - literary theory

trying to brush up on & add to my understanding of what exactly it even is i studied in undergrad. i've got tons of theory works and aspirations to read others but it all feels above me. tried watching a talk on eve sedgwick this morning and i'm not sure what i got out of the experience.
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Postby Dead_Wizard » Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:08 pm

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Been thinking about acid a lot lately

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Saw it referenced by James Woods re: the Nobel so "Hey!" why not

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Kinda getting way into Four Walls Eight Windows, a now defunct NY based press of all sorts of weird crap
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Postby mudd » Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:35 pm

i feel like i used to read a lot of 4W8W stuff but all i can remember right now is the paul difilipo stuff i don't remember fondly.

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Postby Viola Swamp » Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:43 pm

nah WHALITC is very spooky and her best
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Postby dmitry » Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:44 pm

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so many different sources have recommended this. it ties up a lot of what i've been thinking about, re: top-down control and complex systems, but also re: modernist urban planning and societal projects
learned so far: le courbusier is an asshole


I just read something about this the other day and thought it sounded like an intriguing topic, but I'm curious, what sort of political perspective is this author coming from?


he's an anarchism-leaning liberal. pretty much all his work is "people vs institutions" and he likes people a lot more than institutions
it ends up a good position to analyze from because he sees/describes the positive intents (or not) of the top-down projects, but is also able to see how they come apart when you consider that these projects apply to people
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Postby emiko » Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:52 pm

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¬"Where do the rockets find planets? Where are are the dreams of the babies going? 'Cause you know they're all going fast." - Chan Marshall (Cat Power)
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Postby turquoise albino » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:22 pm

Kenny wrote:
I really like Bowle's sense of place/mood. Definitely want to read more by him


Up Above the World can kinda snatch your soul straight out of your body
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Postby bongo » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:29 pm

up very late/always and largely immobile with a newborn these days so figured why not

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yeaaaaaaaaaaaa american nostalgia love it suburban living civilized families this could be my life
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Postby Messenger » Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:39 pm

dmitry wrote:
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dmitry wrote:been goin through

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so many different sources have recommended this. it ties up a lot of what i've been thinking about, re: top-down control and complex systems, but also re: modernist urban planning and societal projects
learned so far: le courbusier is an asshole


I just read something about this the other day and thought it sounded like an intriguing topic, but I'm curious, what sort of political perspective is this author coming from?


he's an anarchism-leaning liberal. pretty much all his work is "people vs institutions" and he likes people a lot more than institutions
it ends up a good position to analyze from because he sees/describes the positive intents (or not) of the top-down projects, but is also able to see how they come apart when you consider that these projects apply to people


Okay, awesome. That's exactly what I was hoping for. The two sentence blurb that I read about it before sounded interesting but also a little ambiguous in the way it mentioned something about his "anti-government, anti social engineering" point of view. Basically I just wanted to make sure this wasn't some bullshit libertarian critique against state-run programs, so I'm really glad to hear that he's more anarchist leaning. The book sounds great.
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Postby tanaka » Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:51 am

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I like Blavatsky's bit about séances, how they're a waste of time because you only end up communicating with "astral hobos" - the spiritual equivalent of 4chan trolls, fucking around with the material world because they're bored, the more respectable spirits all having more important stuff to do. Just because a being is supernatural, doesn't mean it's not ignorant or y'know... a jerk. Eliade says that although mediums had existed for centuries, it wasn't until the 1800s that spirits had to manifest themselves in the physical world thru sounds (knocks on walls) and floating tables and whatnot in order to prove their existence. He also points out that even Blavatsky, a sworn enemy of the spiritists, still had to "materialize" objects out of thin air and modernize ancient traditions in order to win followers - e.g. combining Darwinism and Buddhism.
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Postby walt whitman » Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:41 am

fucc that sounds amazing ^

this astrology BS has nothing on the original spiritualists
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Postby atomicbombshell » Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:12 pm

Glad you're enjoying, cj!
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Postby manunderer » Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:33 pm

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and i still need that mudd club book. i waited forever for one of those


if you're looking to spend a little, nina antonia has a bio of johnny thunders that i think is out of print but i emailed her and scored a copy

pretty good
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Postby glaucon » Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:46 pm

Shah of Shahs sounds good. Thanks, mascotte. Have we discussed how Kapuscinki was loose with facts?

I'm reading Alice Munro's collection The Love of a Good Woman. Love the title story.

Some recent stuff:
Inspired by Blade Runner--although I don't care for the sequel, probably just don't like Villaneuve, turns out--"Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Wonderful, better than I had hoped. Then The Maltese Falcon. Good. Then Farewell, My Lovely. The story in Farewell, My Lovely is such a preposterous mess that it plays like a parody of noir, Lebowski-like. The book isn't all bad, however, because it contains Chandler's vivid Los Angeles landscapes.

And, unrelatedly, The Republic for Which It Stands, which is terrific.
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Postby Gnarls » Sun Oct 15, 2017 2:56 pm

Jesse Eisinger - The Chickenshit Club
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Karen & Barbara Fields - Racecraft
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looking for something transformative to renew my love for fiction
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Postby delgriffith » Sun Oct 15, 2017 3:06 pm

I just started on The Chickenshit Club too.
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Postby dvr » Sun Oct 15, 2017 3:16 pm

glaucon wrote:Shah of Shahs sounds good. Thanks, mascotte. Have we discussed how Kapuscinki was loose with facts?


I liked Shadow of the Sun and Another Day of Life. Looking for a third one to read by him, might be Shah of Shahs
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Postby winjer » Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:16 pm

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Postby mascotte » Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:22 pm

Kapuscinski was glorified in Poland until his well researched biography was published. His family tried to withold the publication and they almost succeeded, the reprints were released with chapters describing his adventures with women and difficult relation with his daughter removed. Shah of shahs in particular is considered as a loose, fabularised and dramatized story. It reads well though when you don't call it a reportage or "non fiction" (the latter, nota bene, was a title of his biography by Artur Domosławski). He was also backed by prominent communists and collaborated with the regime's intelligence.
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Postby mercenaries of slime » Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:33 pm

i liked kapuscinski's imperium

should be doing homework but reading this instead:

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Postby trigross » Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:30 pm

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Been thinking about acid a lot lately


How's this?
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Postby chimp » Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:37 pm

reaching the end of perdido street station, decided i needed a break from depressing books about climate change. PSS is a lot of fun but seems to be running out of steam a little at the moment
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Postby chimp » Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:38 pm

i'm very much enjoying the character/concept of the Weaver but its appearance at a couple of key moments of peril felt a little deus ex machinaToggle Spoiler
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Postby mission » Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:20 am

If you are into tales of rock and roll excess but have a sense of humour that extends beyond laughing your arse off when the dickhead does the dumb thing:

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Young's detachment from the grim scheissfest unfurling before him comes from a sad desire to fit in which I find depressingly close to my own callow youth.

Well-written, bizarre, judgment-free.
Good.
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Postby goofysdeadwife69 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:27 am

i've been pretty interested in learning more about nico ever since i saw the oliver stone the doors film which has the most hideous misogynist depiction of her one could imagine. thx for the recommendation.
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