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
We'll kick your ass in

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Postby winjer » Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:32 pm

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Postby cooly » Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:33 pm

"mario from super mario bros" would have been good too. trust yourself.
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Postby abs » Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:46 pm

incoherent grunting wrote:I'm reading the one about the Golden State Killa and it.... slays



Heck yeah it does!
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Postby water, sunbeams » Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:23 am

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Postby Kenny » Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:52 am

That seems sort of interesting, is it good? I worry that I'd just focus on how they are all boomers if I read it...

The first essay in this old 1910 book about book loving is a lot of fun if you don't mind a bit of fancy ladishness
https://archive.org/details/booksbookmenothe00macl
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Postby Spoons » Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:04 am

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halfway through this (I'm reading the orig. german version though).
so good! highly recommended!
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Postby walt whitman » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:39 am

madness and chaos wrote:what is the best philip k dick to start with? I have no idea why I haven't read this brilliant man yet, seeing as we are quite similar in ideas and insanity

ubik?
i've seen a scanner darkly and want to read the book if it's different at all from the movie

that db is loaded!!!! which are the best? Are some of those short stories?

three stigmata sounds great too

Do androids dream; three stigmata; and a scanner darkly are top 3
Ubik is really good too
Valis deep dives into suicidal ideation & religious metafiction, not pleasurable imho
Minority report is a good short one

There’s a collected book of Dick that contains all the things I’ve mentioned, get that
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:15 am

Ubik is the best
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Postby rich uncle skeleton » Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:01 am

I'm about 160 pages into Lonesome Dove and absolutely loving it except for his writing about Lorena, which is pretty whack thus far
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Postby blab » Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:55 am

Just finished these two

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It feels self-indulgent to read this. Like I'm comparing myself to self-loathing Karl Ove enough to deceive myself into thinking my personal mundane experiences are also worth investing tons of thought into. i thought a lot about my dad while reading this, which was intense and kind of a bummer. so i felt like i found this book at the right time. i feel kinda cheesy for identifying with the narrator so much.


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a manual on how to write descriptions of smells and sick anti-hero thriller


Working on these two

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Shoutout to abs -- this book is wonderful

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still haven't figured out if the point of these is to identify with the narrator and reexamine yourself, or
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Postby HotFingersClub » Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:45 am

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Hilary Mantel – Beyond Black
Loved it. Total technical mastery in a narrative sense somehow combined with a brutal baring of paranoias and dark impulses. It has such a rich atmosphere of sludge and poison, I’m not sure whether it’s better to mainline it or to spread it out over a longer period. Brilliant book.

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Charles Sprawson – Haunts of the Black Masseur
Very cool book to read on my holidays when I could go swimming whenever I wanted – became more wistful once back in London. It’s beautiful but it’s definitely a book for people who love books as much (or more) as it’s for people who love swimming.

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Hiromi Kawakami – Record of a Night Too Brief
The title story was super annoying… I liked the other two better but by that time it was operating on very limited good will.

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Ian McGuire – The North Water
Good salty sea writing. Almost McCarthyesque levels of fidelity to time, place and grime, and has the pace of a thriller. Good fun to read. It takes itself and its manliness very seriously though. My copy is an advance that I found on the bookshelf at a pub. McGuire has signed it on the inside cover and written “You ask am I tough enough? This book is my answer.” :roll: I guess whoever asked that question didn't actually care too much either way.
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Postby Kenny » Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:45 am

Finished On Stranger Tides which was great as a page turner. I sort of liked how it just took magic as read instead of taking a long time explaining why it worked in the book universe. Also thought it was interesting how the lead character wasn't just an all out good guy.

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Which I bought years ago and then never touched
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Postby object » Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:07 am

madness and chaos wrote:what is the best philip k dick to start with? I have no idea why I haven't read this brilliant man yet, seeing as we are quite similar in ideas and insanity

ubik?
i've seen a scanner darkly and want to read the book if it's different at all from the movie

that db is loaded!!!! which are the best? Are some of those short stories?

three stigmata sounds great too


Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said is my rec
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Postby walt whitman » Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:55 am

that ones good
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can't put it down. what a trainwreck
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Postby Conetoaster » Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:01 am

I want to read that so bad! I am fascinated by how it got as far as it did. I have a lot of pals who work bringing medical devices/products to healthcare systems and it is insane how difficult it can be to jump through the hoops.
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Postby Kenny » Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:07 am

I read Islam: A Very Short Introduction over the past few days.

Half of it was really good, gave you a pretty good overview of the religion, where it came from, what people believe in it etc. but I felt it spent too much time talking about the politics of current Islamic countries. I want more in-depth discussion of like what the Quran says, are there any pretty parts, why do people convert to Islam in the modern world, talk about the Sunnah more in depth (which to be fair I learned existed from the book)

Too much of it felt like a defense of Islam as "It's not just terrorists!" which I get is the time we live in but I wanted more about the religion.

Like you hear people a lot saying that Islam is a "beautiful religion" when to me it seems to be surprisingly legalistic and dry (which is not a bad thing but I want to know, or hear form people, what they think is beautiful about it (in a tone: interested way)

There's another VSI about The Koran but I dunno
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Postby Slamwich Artist » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:52 am

Kenny wrote:There's another VSI about The Koran but I dunno

you should read it! i think it would be a very different experience than the ruthven
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Postby dvr » Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:18 pm

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This is great. Almost reads like Peter Hessler's 4th book on China
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Postby Malcolm Money » Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:14 pm

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excellent so far, it's been a few years since I read I Curse the River of Time
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Postby hadlex » Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:24 pm

Finished "Pride and Prejudice" and "Destiny of the Republic" (which was terrific). Now that summer's in full swing, it's time to get hard-boiled.

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Postby cruiserbob » Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:01 pm

anyone read that new Tommy Orange novel? i really enjoyed his story in the New Yorker.
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Postby the upland trout » Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:44 pm

Finally finished this:
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This was really incredible but not something that can be read quickly or even linearly. I can imagine it being my favorite of Le Guin's books after I spend more time with it.

Starting these:

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Postby Kenny » Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:52 pm

Kenny wrote:Now reading:

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Which I bought years ago and then never touched


Finished this. I thought it was interesting to have a story collection about a bunch of basically unhappy things, and it gave me some interesting perspective but in the end I didn't really love it
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Postby dcm » Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:58 pm

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This was good and pretty off-kilter (though totally straightforward, unadorned prose). the final third was a highlight. shout out toofer spurlock for the recc from what feels like a century ago
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Postby vivian darko » Sun Jun 10, 2018 3:40 pm

Barthes Starr wrote:
vivian darko wrote:helen dewitt in larb: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-wrong-stuff/#


you should check out the briggs i posted last page
seems to be quite harmonious w/ what dewitt is spelling out here, at least methodologically

i will do so! that briggs has been in my sights

anyone have recommendations for audiobooks? thinking of stuff that's more plotty than prose-y but also not awful. some stuff that's worked for me in the past, or is in the vein i'm looking for:

black wings has my angel by elliott chaze
universal harvester by john darnielle
we have always lived in the castle by shirley jackson
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Pinhead and Lucifer street fighting for supremacy at the gates of Hell? That should be good, right? Well probably not since that's not what people like about the original stories. And Barker fans really seem to hate this. The prevailing theory is that he handed off an outline to the guy who runs his production company and let him write most of the book.

It has some of the corniest dialogue and worst-written gay characters ever. It's also riddled with typos and editing mistakes. So overall only slightly better than Neil Gaiman.
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