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Postby foxriver » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:06 am

1Q84

I'm going to dive into Sherlock Holmes next.
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Postby Kenny » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:14 am

silverapples wrote:could anyone recommend a history of weimar germany?


It's (of course) focused on how it lead to Nazism, but the first of the Third Reich Trilogy by Richard Evans, The Coming of the Third Reich was really really good and I thought it did a gread job of talking about the Weimar Republic too, though you may want more on the cultural times
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Postby sailormoonvillain666@aol.com » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:12 am

still going through the hipinion best ofs from 2017 and reading the idiot by elif batuman now. I'm two drinks down alone at a bar and quite heavily laughing out loud over the Nina Russian studies text.
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Postby sailormoonvillain666@aol.com » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:23 am

I finally finished columbine. I wasn't that familiar with the myths of what happened so the book didn't hit as grand investigation journalism. I really hated the casual use of language which I presume was to help relate to Eric and Dylan but towards the end reading 'the killers' reminded me of the wheel of times repeativie language. I think the key selling point was the pacing but but eh. Def not head over heels with it.
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Postby Kenny » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:39 am

I'm halfway through the 5th book in the Kencyrath series by P.C. Hodgell:

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The covers are bad and the author hates them.

These books are kind of messy, constant action that you may not know always what is actually happening and there is an endless cast list but somehow I'm really charmed and love the hell out of them.
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Postby Guy Incognito » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:39 am

silverapples wrote:could anyone recommend a history of weimar germany?


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is a REALLY good and chilling case study about the slow creeping implementation of totalitarianism more generally
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Postby nite69 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:04 am

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damn i've been interested in reading a book about the origin of language for a while, is this good?
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Postby r m » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:29 am

Kenny wrote:
silverapples wrote:could anyone recommend a history of weimar germany?


It's (of course) focused on how it lead to Nazism, but the first of the Third Reich Trilogy by Richard Evans, The Coming of the Third Reich was really really good and I thought it did a gread job of talking about the Weimar Republic too, though you may want more on the cultural times


Depending on how much of a deep dive you're wanting to do, I'd second this -- it's a decent starting point for Weimar politics. But yeah, if you're mostly interested in, like, cabarets and Bauhaus and Expressionism, you're probably better off with one of the above suggestions.
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Postby cooly » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:26 pm

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damn i've been interested in reading a book about the origin of language for a while, is this good?


i work on related stuff, and i think pinkard is pretty confused about a lot of the materials he's working with. i'd recommend tomasello for a readable story about this stuff. maybe this one

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Postby walt whitman » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:52 pm

silverapples wrote:could anyone recommend a history of weimar germany?

AHHH jeez, what a beautifully strange era in human history!

im a film guy so i study the cultural period from the POV of moving images, dazzling lights and shiny surfaces, if that's your bag...get these

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and this contains a lot of key documents from the era, such as oswald spengler's wacky pessimistic theory of history, etc
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Postby nite69 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:00 pm

cooly wrote:
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damn i've been interested in reading a book about the origin of language for a while, is this good?


i work on related stuff, and i think pinkard is pretty confused about a lot of the materials he's working with. i'd recommend tomasello for a readable story about this stuff. maybe this one


excellent, thank you
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Postby bongo » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:03 pm

just finished this, strong recommend. i need to read ava

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Postby quilty » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:57 pm

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this and 10:04 are equally good. sometimes his ideas are more interesting than bis execution (especially when his execution is essentially talking about the ideas themselves) but i consider him one of the better writers going
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Postby Dead_Wizard » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:59 pm

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starting this after listening to Werner Herzog talk about it
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Postby mondays » Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:19 pm

How is that (the Peregrine) ? Amazon has recommended it to me for a long time and the concept seems interesting
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Postby bongo » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:07 pm

the peregrine fucking rules
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Postby abs » Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:36 pm

cooly wrote:
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atomicbombshell wrote:pinker.jpg


damn i've been interested in reading a book about the origin of language for a while, is this good?


i work on related stuff, and i think pinkard is pretty confused about a lot of the materials he's working with. i'd recommend tomasello for a readable story about this stuff. maybe this one

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also interested, thanks for sharing! check messages, want to reach out to you about this.
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:22 pm

mondays wrote:How is that (the Peregrine) ? Amazon has recommended it to me for a long time and the concept seems interesting

Let's just say it totally makes sense that Herzog is into it
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Postby Seamus » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:23 pm

I bought The Peregrine not so long ago, and I'm excited to read it. I'm reading A Little Life right now though. Last week I read A Balcony in the Forest, which was very good, but not *quite* as good as I'd hoped.
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Postby water, sunbeams » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:15 am

reading,

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Postby a long gush from your hole » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:38 am

just started

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and it's already making me feel like a monster, as it should
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Postby Skerple » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:46 am

cooly will you expand on how pinkard is confused? sounds interesting and kinda funny
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Postby vivian darko » Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:17 am

What little snippets of Pinker I've read have been pretty disingenuous/deliberately misrepresentative of theory in a way that does not make me want to read more Pinker.

Forgetting Elena by Edmund White was amazing, perfect for the first book of 2018. Completely different from, but slightly reminiscent of, Invention of Morel. Reads like a completely new kind of fiction made from the repurposed tools of older, more conservative models. Much better than, say...

Insel by Mina Loy, which I'd lump together with By Grand Central Station I Sat Down & Wept as disappointingly stilted/clumsy prose poetry. Better than the Smart by a sight, but Loy never really convinced me that she knew what she was doing.

I'm in the middle of a couple things right now, one of which is (for class) this YA sci-fi novella called Binti which is so badly written that I can only do a few pages at a time.
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Postby incoherent grunting » Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:55 am

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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Now I'm reading The Art of Freedom by Bernadette McDonald a biography about Voytek Kurtyka whom I know nothing about
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Postby walt whitman » Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:00 am

vivian darko wrote:I'm in the middle of a couple things right now, one of which is (for class) this YA sci-fi novella called Binti which is so badly written that I can only do a few pages at a time.

haha. yeah. Binti has been hailed as a masterpiece picking up Scifi awards but oof, the first couple pages are just uninspired. i don't know. maybe it blows the mind later, or maybe i made the mistake of trying to read both Binti and Wells' The Time Machine at the same time
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Postby walt whitman » Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:12 am

someone asked for my input on More Than Human...

well. it started really rough and flavorless,i thought sturgeon was a terrible hack who couldn't write a clear action sequence at all. i only kept reading because i was trapped on a plane. but then 70 or so pages in i saw that the brilliance lies in how it how it reveals/conceals character connections with one another, through the awkward, networked structure of the narrative. it gives you tiny fragments, like paragraph-long bits of a person doing a thing, and then hard cut onto someone else,and on and on. and you have to connect all these dots, because *spoiler* the story is about a kind of composite entity, many characters who are existing and living as one....it reads more like dickens than fan-pandering sci fi.

but yeah i can understand someone hating it if only bc, unlike most fiction, the pleasures are not embedded in dazzling prose or cool set-piece scenes, and you have to do a lot of work following the actors, parsing the fragmentary narrative chunks, connecting the invisible edges to diff character-nodes into this bigger thing...
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Postby walt whitman » Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:25 am

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the closest to a drug induced experience one can get from reading eco-philosophical-anthropology probably. i read bits of this years ago, now its time to dive back in

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this is REALLY good gloss on new trends in literary theory without giving up the guilty pleasures of formalism, and we all need more of that

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Postby cooly » Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:36 am

Skerple wrote:cooly will you expand on how pinkard is confused? sounds interesting and kinda funny


vivian darko wrote:What little snippets of Pinker I've read have been pretty disingenuous/deliberately misrepresentative of theory in a way that does not make me want to read more Pinker.


it's been a little while but i remember when i was reading him often feeling like he wasn't taking seriously the consequences of what he was saying in terms of his broader view. the worst example i recall was his treatment of the later wittgenstein, when he starts going into family resemblance terms, and i don't think he sees how radically the wittgensteinian position cuts against the brand of nativism about language that he defends. this goes with what vivian was saying, i think. he'll borrow slices of theories that fit with what he's saying and kind of warp the view to fit what he wants at the moment without paying too much attention of the consequences of those slices and how they would interact with his view as a whole.

a lot of his work sort of rubs me the wrong way in general because he's typically very much on the nature side of nature vs nurture debates, which led to a public embarrassment when he defended the former president of harvard for hypothesizing that there were more male than female engineers because there were more that were genetically disposed to the capacity for that kind of work. in a way that's just an anecdote, but his basic methodology is to use evolutionary psychology to explain some cultural artifact, and i generally feel like those projects are misguided, and in a way it's representative to me.
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Postby warmhouse » Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:23 am

foxriver wrote:1Q84


My first Murakami, years ago. Hated it at the time, but I feel like if I were to read it again I'd find it more palatable. Even within the framing of my dislike I loved his writing style.
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