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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.
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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 cactus » Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:54 am

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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.



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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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Postby walt whitman » Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:41 am

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Postby supersaturated » Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:15 am

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.

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.

I listened to the episode on Nabokov's "The Gift" and enjoyed it. Thanks for the recommendation!
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Postby Malcolm Money » Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:08 pm

butter wrote: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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I'm halfway through and thoroughly enjoying it so far. For whatever reason Vonnegut is an author I just hadn't gotten into but I received this as a very thoughtful secret santa gift at work from a guy I regularly chat with about books and politics.
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Postby dmitry » Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:27 pm

god bless you mr rosewater is a weird book to read before you touch vonneguts more popular stuff
it's the weird fanfic spinoff of breakfast of champions, i dont remember if it even has anything standout about it

sirens of titan is the greatest book
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Postby blurst of times » Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:59 pm

Sirens is my favorite Vonnegut for sure
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Postby Kenny » Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:22 am

Cat's Cradle is probably my favorite but I think there's only been one Vonnegut book I didn't love (Slapstick, felt like even he was bored).

I finished re-reading Catcher In The Rye last night. It's funny how my feeling about the book has changed, getting older. When I was a kid I loved it because of all the old reasons of identifying with Holden, but as I read it now it hits me as a really poignant story about a kid having an emotional breakdown. I didn't identify with him anymore but I felt really sorry for him. I haven't read a simple well told book like that in a long time, it was nice to breeze through it. I should re-read all of Salinger

Started The Great Gatsby this morning which I've never read. I had decided to read it after Catcher even before I started that book, and then I remembered a day or two ago that The Great Gatsby was the alternate book in high school for if your parents didn't want you to read Catcher in the Rye
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Postby mudd » Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:42 am

my favorite vonnegut is mother night, but it's actually fairly different than his other classics.

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Postby bongo » Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:46 am

wooooooof
yeaaaaaaaaaaaa american nostalgia love it suburban living civilized families this could be my life
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Postby Kenny » Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:59 am

bongo wrote:wooooooof


are we giving deep blue meanies shit for not having read that book when it was hype on hipinion or
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:59 am

I was making fun of the cover of that particular edition
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