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Postby incoherent grunting » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:13 pm

incoherent grunting wrote: The Art of Freedom by Bernadette McDonald a biography about Voytek Kurtyka whom I know nothing about
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This was great, though I find any time I read a biography of someone still alive the end kind of tapers off into an uninteresting direction, kind of "tell them what you've been up to lately!". Still, good even if you have little interest in alpinism.

Now I'm going to read Lost City of Z
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Postby Robo-Chachi » Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:15 pm

About halfway through this now. Equally great and sad as hell.

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Postby Kenny » Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:47 am

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Finished this book and it is really great (Found it due to the Backlisted recommendation!)

I'm not sure I've ever read a book like this, it's half a sort of rumination on faded seaside towns in Kent and also talks about the interesting literary and criminal happenings that have happened in these spots with a bit of a travelogue thrown in of the author going to these places. Great great great book and right up my alley.

There is something interesting on almost every page.

Here's an LRB review of it: https://www.lrb.co.uk/v25/n06/iain-sinclair/the-coat-in-question


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Postby forest design » Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:09 pm

quaker city wrote:her new book of essays soon



Had no idea she had a new one out soon. Just preordered it!
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Postby Kenny » Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:06 am

What Dickens should I read if I've read Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Bleak House, A Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations

Feel like those are all the Canon ones. These are the ones left:

The Pickwick Papers
Nicholas Nickleby
The Old Curiosity Shop
Martin Chuzzlewit
Hard Times
Little Dorrit
Our Mutual Friend
Edwin Drood
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Postby south pacific » Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:19 am

Just started this

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p good so far. If you like reading about people travelling through other countries you'd dig it.

Japanese culture is so fascinating.
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Postby David Lobster Wallets » Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:36 pm

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Really good book about Soviet women on the front line of world war 2. I really enjoyed the oral history format as a way of keeping the stories from getting repetitive as each voice has it's own idiosyncratic quirks that pulls you in. It was also great "exploration" of the gendered difference in experience during and after the war. At the beginning of the book, she explains that women tend to describe death in war without the glory like men do. I don't read a lot of military fiction but this is the first book where I really felt the weight of death in war. I'm not sure if that's because of the gendered difference in description or just the historical fact that so many people died on the Soviet front line.

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I really like how she connected the transgression of 4chan culture with the transgressive tendencies of previous youth counter cultures and delineating how previous American policies focused on the liberation of identity with cultural policies which distracted the center-left from austere economic policies that further disenfranchised the communities that the cultural policies were aimed at (which only resulted in increased polarization). That and she does a fairly decent job of recording the history of a lot of recent online cultural events that I'm sure to forget in 10-15 years. The whole book is really good because she does this great job of balancing the chicken and the egg scenario of which came first the alt-right/4chan culture or the online left of tumblr culture and is definitely worth reading right up until the last three pages where she shits the bed and just outright blames the tumblr left for alienating people.
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Postby David Lobster Wallets » Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:42 pm

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and I love this sick burn:

I have tried to see their actions and my own through the lens of an authentic ancient Greek or Shakespearean tragedy in which characters, neither good nor bad, are overtaken by the unintended consequences of their conception of what they ought to do. I suspect that I have come closer to succeeding in this task in the case of those people whom I found fascinating and rather less so in the case of those who banality numbed my sense. For this I find it hard to apologize, not least because to present them otherwise would be to diminish the historical accuracy of this account.
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Postby madness and chaos » Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:12 pm

I picked up the Secret History last night and am accidentally reading it again. I really do love her.
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:53 pm

Finished Jane Eyre today :thumbsup:

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Tyrant Banderas - Ramon del Valle-Inclan

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Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:53 pm

Huge images! First one earns it, though ;)
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Postby Melville » Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:10 am

Kenny wrote:What Dickens should I read if I've read Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Bleak House, A Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations

Feel like those are all the Canon ones. These are the ones left:

The Pickwick Papers
Nicholas Nickleby
The Old Curiosity Shop
Martin Chuzzlewit
Hard Times
Little Dorrit
Our Mutual Friend
Edwin Drood

I'd read A Christmas Carol instead. Of the ones you have remaining, I've read Hard Times and half of The Old Curiosity Shop. Hard Times is interesting just for being so different and more direct in its themes than his longer novels. I got bored of Curiosity Shop. I remember a lot of rhetoric of city = bad, countryside = good.

You don't have Dombey and Son listed, but it's one of my wife's favorite books. I've also heard good things about Pickwick and Little Dorritt.
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Postby Kenny » Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:39 am

Sorry I've read A Christmas Carol, left it out because it's sort of a novella I guess. But hmmmmmm
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Postby No Good Advice » Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:49 am

Kenny wrote:Sorry I've read A Christmas Carol, left it out because it's sort of a novella I guess. But hmmmmmm


Time to move on to other Victorian authors
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Postby Kenny » Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:14 am

I've read a lot of Victorian authors, and it's been a long while since I've read a Dickens book
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Postby tommy pockets » Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:20 am

Since christmas:

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Meet Me in the Bathroom - Lizzy Goodman

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The Long Gaze Back - edited by Sinead Gleeson

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Tangleweed and Brine - Deirdre Sullivan

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Don't Let Me Be Lonely - Claudia Rankine

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The Mother of All Questions - Rebecca Solnit

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The Red Parts - Maggie Nelson

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Frankenstein - Mary Shelley

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The Lesser Bohemians - Eimear McBride

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Molloy - Samuel Beckett

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Autumn - Ali Smith
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Postby Kenny » Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:33 am

How's the Ali Smith? I love the cover and I've heard it's "the first post-Brexit novel" but I read a blurb about the plot and I don't see what that means
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Postby tommy pockets » Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:02 am

a nice quick read, I recommend it. Brexit isn't a huge part of it but it does hang over the present day chapters. I thought Smith perfectly captured the uncertainty and regret immediately post-brexit.
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Postby dvr » Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:14 am

ripersnifle wrote:reading Upton Sinclair's The Jungle for a class right now.
relentlessly bleak, which, i guess, is the point.

reminds me of this one time i was at a family reunion and one of my older relatives read an old family history aloud, and all it was was this litany of hardships - children dying, people having their legs amputated at home and stuff.


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Postby abs » Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:43 am

as a former service industry worker/otherwise unemployable dingus, this is a great book
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Postby RIXX » Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:55 pm

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this looks cool but where did you pick it up? I can only see it avail for June 5th pre-order online
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Postby Kuboaa » Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:34 pm

about to finally finish Snow Crash and it's alright and also pretty overrated, but maybe it's a symptom of reading it in today's tech climate
also I might be too old for it as well
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Postby winjer » Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:39 pm

anyone with good literary reccs for someone who has just lost a parent? could be fiction or nonfiction (lean towards fiction). my wife is a huge reader & lost her father 6 months ago. looking for anything to help ease the grieving process at this juncture. maybe a hard/impossible question.

currently halfway through largesse of the sea maiden, and just get sadder about denis johnson's passing with each page. read it.
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Postby number none » Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:41 pm

winjer wrote:anyone with good literary reccs for someone who has just lost a parent? could be fiction or nonfiction (lean towards fiction). my wife is a huge reader & lost her father 6 months ago. looking for anything to help ease the grieving process at this juncture. maybe a hard/impossible question.


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Postby vivian darko » Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:44 pm

I don't know if it would help anyone else honestly, but Peter Handke's A Sorrow Beyond Dreams helped me with a recent family death
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Postby abs » Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:30 pm

@nonchalant- yes, sorry I received an advance reading copy, it's out in a few months

@winjer- When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron, which I haven't personally read but my friend found great solace in when she lost both parents in a short time. Also maybe H is for Hawk.
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