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Ive found in time the search on this forum was shit but if you google whatever keywords with the word hipinion, you get what you're looking for most of the time. I mean even when they keywords aren't exact.

Postby warmhouse » Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:27 am

incoherent grunting wrote:I just read Universal Harvester by John Darnielle - I didn't have too high expectations going in so I wan't disappointed, but I didn't love it. I wish it had been a different story with the same premise?
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I have a major thing for stories that are like "found footage" novels... the whole mysterious video angle is what made me read this, but it was a bit of a disappointment in the end. I had more fun with NIGHT FILM, which is completely ridiculous, but leans into the spooky Blair Witch vibe a little more.
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Postby incoherent grunting » Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:32 am

Cool, I'll check it out
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Postby Slamwich Artist » Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:42 am

enjoying this a lot, something i should have read a long time ago. very clear and well-argued, and a lot of insights that still haven't become as generally accepted as they should be
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Postby Casimir » Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:39 am

Just about finished with:

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Really enjoyed it, especially the historical chapters on the foundation and development of Mormonism. I wasn't at all familiar with this time in history but I liked the context of Smith founding the faith in the midst of the second great awakening where he was just (by far) the most successful of many people who were creating their own faiths and finding receptive ears. Does anyone have any recommendations on books that focus on this, specifically the explosion of prophets and conmen?
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Postby r m » Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:26 am

Hatch's The Democratization of American Christianity is probably the go-to single volume history of the Second Great Awakening, but unless you're interested in Baptists and Methodists and Restorationism, it's not very juicy. Smith was unique -- most SGA figures weren't hawking brand new gospels.
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Postby hey nathan » Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:12 pm

Does anyone have any recommendations on books that focus on this, specifically the explosion of prophets and conmen?


The Evangelicals by Frances Fitzgerald isnt only that but I think we loved that Krakauer the same way and this book gave me lots of similar vibes (also his Where Men Win Glory does similar things with Afghanistan)
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Postby jenmichaeljarre » Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:23 pm

just started Ellroy's Underworld USA trilogy, i've been reading it once every two years since 2011, still haven't found anything better in this genre
edit : but i'll gladly take reccs
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Postby adam sampler » Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:23 pm

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Postby warmhouse » Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:59 pm

here's a weird one that i probably won't explain very well --

does anyone have any recs for books that talk about how people work in this sort of detail? I suppose diaries or memoirs could work.

I find a lot of comfort, and I guess inspiration, when reading about smart, capable people doing their thing. I've read a lot of "How I Write" books but some of those end up being dull, or clearly bullshit, or both. This Obama profile really somehow hits the spot.
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Postby Christmas Ape » Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:58 pm

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Set to finally read Matthew Desmond's Evicted next!
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Postby conductor » Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:01 pm

Finished Lincoln in the Bardo today... I love George Saunders with all my heart.
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Postby HotFingersClub » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:35 am

I started listening to a podcast you guys might like called Backlisted. Maybe I even found out about it through this thread? Apologies if I'm biting anyone's style.

It's two quite rah-rah publishing types talking about lesser-known classics from history. Recent episodes have included A Rebours, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Cold Hand in Mine and The Vet's Daughter. The passion is real and the biographical details they supply are extremely fascinating. I've now started listening to episodes about books I haven't even read. I think most people in this thread would find something to enjoy.
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Postby Melville » Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:12 am

HotFingersClub wrote:The Vet's Daughter

I love this book. Barbara Comyns deserves more love in general. Her writing is just delightfully mad, simple but completely idiosyncratic, like Emily Dickensen started writing darkly humorous stories of abuse and bizarre childhoods. Sisters by a River is one of my favorite things.
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Postby Kenny » Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:12 pm

Are there any good introduction to Hinduism, both/either understanding it as a religion/culture and a history
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Postby warmhouse » Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:20 pm

HotFingersClub wrote:I started listening to a podcast you guys might like called Backlisted. Maybe I even found out about it through this thread? Apologies if I'm biting anyone's style.


Do you have to have read the books? Or are they recommendations and not discussions...
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Postby Kenny » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:00 pm

Started reading Catcher in the Rye for the first time in years. It's really hitting me in a new way as an adult
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Postby iacus » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:08 pm

warmhouse wrote:here's a weird one that i probably won't explain very well --

does anyone have any recs for books that talk about how people work in this sort of detail? I suppose diaries or memoirs could work.

I find a lot of comfort, and I guess inspiration, when reading about smart, capable people doing their thing. I've read a lot of "How I Write" books but some of those end up being dull, or clearly bullshit, or both. This Obama profile really somehow hits the spot.


probably not what you're looking for exactly, but Working by Studs Terkel is a remarkable book.
(there was a hyperbole)
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Postby warmhouse » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:50 pm

iacus wrote:
warmhouse wrote:here's a weird one that i probably won't explain very well --

does anyone have any recs for books that talk about how people work in this sort of detail? I suppose diaries or memoirs could work.

I find a lot of comfort, and I guess inspiration, when reading about smart, capable people doing their thing. I've read a lot of "How I Write" books but some of those end up being dull, or clearly bullshit, or both. This Obama profile really somehow hits the spot.


probably not what you're looking for exactly, but Working by Studs Terkel is a remarkable book.


That actually looks really interesting, thanks!
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Postby HotFingersClub » Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:34 am

warmhouse wrote:
HotFingersClub wrote:I started listening to a podcast you guys might like called Backlisted. Maybe I even found out about it through this thread? Apologies if I'm biting anyone's style.


Do you have to have read the books? Or are they recommendations and not discussions...


Not necessary to have read the books, but maybe start off with an episode where you have? It leans more towards recommendations. They tend to talk a bit about why the book works, and they read some good passages and supply a lot of really interesting historical context, but spoilers are avoided
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Postby Kenny » Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:50 am

Subbed to Backlisted, pretty good selection of like classics and obscure stuff, plus a surprising amount of books I've meant to read for a while!
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Postby Kenny » Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:14 pm

HotFingersClub wrote:
warmhouse wrote:
HotFingersClub wrote:I started listening to a podcast you guys might like called Backlisted. Maybe I even found out about it through this thread? Apologies if I'm biting anyone's style.


Do you have to have read the books? Or are they recommendations and not discussions...


Not necessary to have read the books, but maybe start off with an episode where you have? It leans more towards recommendations. They tend to talk a bit about why the book works, and they read some good passages and supply a lot of really interesting historical context, but spoilers are avoided


Just listened to the Under the Volcano episode and loved it. Thanks very much for recommending
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Postby dmitry » Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:19 pm

do/did any of you ever subscribe to Fantasy & Science Ficiton?
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Postby butter » Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:30 pm

Just got done reading this. Not among my favorites of his I've read, but I still love his characters. Might try to read Sirens of Titan next.
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Postby galactagogue » Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:51 pm

iacus wrote:
warmhouse wrote:here's a weird one that i probably won't explain very well --

does anyone have any recs for books that talk about how people work in this sort of detail? I suppose diaries or memoirs could work.

I find a lot of comfort, and I guess inspiration, when reading about smart, capable people doing their thing. I've read a lot of "How I Write" books but some of those end up being dull, or clearly bullshit, or both. This Obama profile really somehow hits the spot.


probably not what you're looking for exactly, but Working by Studs Terkel is a remarkable book.



seconded ! im so into this project
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Postby warmhouse » Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:19 am

Working is on the way from AbeBooks ;)
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Postby HotFingersClub » Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:30 am

Kenny wrote:
HotFingersClub wrote:
warmhouse wrote:
HotFingersClub wrote:I started listening to a podcast you guys might like called Backlisted. Maybe I even found out about it through this thread? Apologies if I'm biting anyone's style.


Do you have to have read the books? Or are they recommendations and not discussions...


Not necessary to have read the books, but maybe start off with an episode where you have? It leans more towards recommendations. They tend to talk a bit about why the book works, and they read some good passages and supply a lot of really interesting historical context, but spoilers are avoided


Just listened to the Under the Volcano episode and loved it. Thanks very much for recommending


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