what are you reading right now?

Health insurance rip off lying FDA big bankers buying
Fake computer crashes dining
Cloning while they're multiplying
Fashion shoots with Beck and Hanson
Courtney Love, and Marilyn Manson
You're all fakes
Run to your mansions
Come around
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Postby dmitry » Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:26 pm

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I picked up chasm city today.


alright let's do it
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Postby Mr Spaceship » Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:02 pm

I'm so glad for that Mishima convo that took place here a few months ago:

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Postby landspeedrecord » Sun Oct 29, 2017 2:07 pm

ahungbunny wrote:i've seriously never seen a delany book in any used bookstore, and i've been looking off and on for like seven years now. am i extremely unlucky or are yinz just ordering stuff new and/or from the internet

it's funny that you should say that because I found 3 of his books (nova, tales of neveryon, distant stars) at dove & hudson in albany last week... and bought them all. so I guess I'm contributing to that problem! ha

really good bookstore if anyone is ever in that neck of the woods
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Postby rich uncle skeleton » Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:37 pm

the upland trout wrote:I've been interested in getting into the pre-Marxist socialists and utopian socialists as well. I would like to find a good intellectual history of all of that.

Maybe not what you're looking for but I'm (slowly) starting the Stammering Century and it's certainly got some of that going on, tho it's mostly focused on religious cults
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Postby rich uncle skeleton » Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:37 pm

Also I've seen Dhalgren mentioned here before but never read anything about it and holy shit I'm gonna read that next for sure
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Postby theta » Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:41 pm

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Postby landspeedrecord » Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:26 pm

I’m jealous that you get to read dhalgren for the first time
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Postby abs » Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:36 pm

landspeedrecord wrote:I’m jealous that you get to read dhalgren for the first time


seriously.
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Postby walt whitman » Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:49 pm

yeah but its not as if subsequent readings lessen the insane weirdness of the book tho

see gibson's preface to dhalgren where he basically says, i've read this thing 5-6 times and still have no idea what it's about
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Postby ripersnifle » Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:40 am

ripersnifle wrote:
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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
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thanks. i haven't heard of him/this text!
I'm quite new to this whole "world."
belated thanks walt for this recommendation! has served my thinking really beneficially.

i just finished Johanna Drucker's Graphesis. great read (and beautiful book to read, itself), particularly the final sections on constructing data visualizations/interfaces imbued with a more humanist ethos, highlighting partial perspective and constructivist concerns.
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Postby nocents » Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:55 am

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Just read this, and loved it. I knew nothing about it going in, other than that I'd read and enjoyed her book "Difficult Women." So I didn't know this was about sexual assault and related trauma, and didn't know it was about how incredibly unkind to people who are fat. Much of the book's impressionistic and Tumblr-y, with segments on being fat and trying to buy clothes, fit into airplane seats, walk, etc. My body's pretty different from hers (I'm short and small and white and male), but I found it pretty easy to get wrapped into the book. And it's just refreshing to read a book all about bodies and how we inhabit them and how the world treats them and how we abuse them and how they are abused.
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Postby galactagogue » Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:55 pm

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I like it


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Postby walt whitman » Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:40 pm

^ that berlant's a keeper

ripersnifle: glad the hansen was useful! one of the few rigorous/valid critiques of deleuze, kittler, and co out there
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Postby walt whitman » Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:40 pm

lol toop
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Postby conductor » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:41 pm

chandler wrote:Warlock - Oakley Hall

don't know how I hadn't heard of this until i picked it up a couple of weeks ago but its commentary on american society and politics sure feels uber relevant to this day

no way the deadwood creators hadn't read this right before they came up with the show


Thank you for this... Picked up based only on this post and loving it so far.

Does anyone have any other Western recommendations, beyond lonesome dove and blood meridian? Obviously a huge genre ask but let's hear it
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Postby r m » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:49 pm

McCarthy's Border Trilogy
Welcome to Hard Times
Butcher's Crossing
True Grit
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Postby winjer » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:53 pm

deadbass wrote:I'm currently reading and loving Seiobo There Below. I just finished the chapter with the Christ-painting and I had to stop because the final sentence completely gutted me. It felt like the Twin Peaks finale. This book is a thing of wonder.


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Postby night city » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:57 pm

just finished butcher's crossing. not gonna blow anyone's mind with this take... it's great.
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Postby night city » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:58 pm

and i don't even particularly like reading
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:59 pm

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Patrick White - The Vivisector

I have the Penguin Classics edition, which opts for a gross image of an eyeball.

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Postby conductor » Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:28 pm

night city wrote:just finished butcher's crossing. not gonna blow anyone's mind with this take... it's great.

My mind is not blown but instead gently rolling as I nod along with this correct take.
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Postby winjer » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:17 pm

let us know what you think of the white, eyeball kid. been on my shelf for years.
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Postby ripersnifle » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:29 pm

Eyeball Kid wrote:Patrick White - The Vivisector

I have the Penguin Classics edition, which opts for a gross image of an eyeball.

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Postby abs » Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:31 pm

hit up the local library today and had a nice little tour down the aisles. made me feel feelings. picked up a dubus collection.
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Postby walt whitman » Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:13 am

the first part of day of triffids is p great
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Postby r m » Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:30 am

I still need to read The Day of the Triffids. I loved The Chrysalids.
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Postby Dead_Wizard » Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:34 am

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How's this?


Into it now and it's excellent. Dude has a great style, I was surprised to see this was his only major work. Goes into the history of synthesis and it's journey into the mainstream, with all kinds of fascinating detours into the development of "hippie" culture, etc. Stevens seems like the chillest dude, he runs a rap camp in Vermont lol.
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Postby big zorb » Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:22 am

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been reading this, wright is such a great journalist

any tips on where to go after this? i've read the looming tower. also looking for anything on the breakup of yugoslavia/the subsequent wars
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Postby deadbass » Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:08 am

I read Ghost Wars by Steve Coll after the Looming Tower and found it really fascinating and complementary. Goes deep into the CIA's dealings during the Afghan-Soviet war. Lots of amazing stories from real agents, lots of characters who seem like they couldn't possibly be real.

I still haven't had a chance to read the Terror Years but I want to.
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