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Postby gargamel » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:36 pm

john mcphee is one of my favorite writers, please check out basin and range
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Postby the upland trout » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:47 pm

Thanks for all of the recommendations. I'll definitely check out Desert Solitaire and a few McPhee books soon. One Man's Wilderness looks pretty rad as well. And The Snow Leopard.
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Postby bazooka » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:51 pm

there's a book of poetry and prose by kenneth rexroth that i like a lot, it's a selection of his writings about the sierra nevadas, called In The Sierra
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Postby the upland trout » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:12 pm

Ah yes, I would be interested in poetry as well. Has anyone any thoughts on Robinson Jeffers?
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Postby dvr » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:58 pm

I really didn't like Desert Solitaire, he was a huge hypocrite and crypto-soil killer in it. I liked The Monkey Wrench Gang way better. I've heard The Snow Leopard is great, it's high on my to-read list.

I liked these:

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Postby dvr » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:06 pm

if you want to read one mountaineering/climbing book i'd recc this:

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real quick read. dunno where you're taking an environmental ethics/phil of nature course but maybe outdoor recreation will come up.


edit: and this was really good too, lot's on the climate/weather.

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Postby goofjan » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:07 pm

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plz if u get a chanse put some flowrs on algernons grave kthxbye
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Postby alaska » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:52 pm

i still love this short lil thing re: NATURE & what i've read of "pilgrim at tinker creek" (but what i've read of it i read a long time ago)

http://www.courses.vcu.edu/ENG200-lad/dillard.htm
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Postby mancubz » Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:13 am

i just finished
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which i really enjoyed
and now i'm reading
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which i can already tell is one of those nf books where goddess save whoever is sitting near me because i'm probably gonna tell everyone, "holy crap check this shit"
i'm gonna force this kid in one of my classes to read 'hiroshima' while i read this so that he can be my book friend (he said he wants to know more about the bombs so i'm not just purely an asshole, i'm only partly an asshole)
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Postby Sobieski » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:51 am

hey fuck you heidegger

that's all I have to say and not even just for being a nazi and using words in an annoying way
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Postby nocents » Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:35 am

the upland trout wrote:What are some other good books of nature writing? I'm designing an environmental ethics course and a philosophy of nature course, but most of what I know is more academic, so I'm just now exploring this stuff.


Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is probably the best writing, from a technical standpoint, about nature. It won the Pulitzer for a reason.

I greatly enjoyed this: Image.
It's about the environment, and conservation, and ethics, and how Americans view land, and also how Americans view history that's tied to land.
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Postby dvr » Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:15 pm

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it was good, quick read. it's one of those books that the author just could be blowing steam up our asses though and is totally inaccurate. who knows
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Postby HotFingersClub » Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:28 am

Another request for recommendations: please tell me your favourite books of microfiction. Doesn't matter if it's somehow themed, as long as it's in small chunks.

Previous favourites have included Daniil Kharms, Invisible Cities, The Lost Books of the Odyssey, Sum, The Summer Book etc.

And allow me to preemptively disappoint you by not enjoying Lydia Davis. Thanks!
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Postby mudd » Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:33 am

microscripts.

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Postby Eyeball Kid » Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:47 am

Re: microfiction

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Postby walt whitman » Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:25 pm

Re: microfiction suggestions

Juan Philipe Herrera, "How to Live with a Feminista and (Still) Be a Macho: Notes Unabridged"

(For the record, I think I'm a mixture of Taco Boy, El Trucha, and a dash of the Organic Poet.)
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Postby Ampersand » Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:53 pm

Diane Williams
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Postby Dead_Wizard » Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:25 pm

I was not expecting Hyperion to be this insane. Digging it a lot tho; thought it was cute that Simmons identifies William Gass as the greatest literary mind of the 20th century.
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Postby Pris » Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:35 pm

Thomas Bernhard has a good microfiction book called The Voice Imitator.
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Postby HotFingersClub » Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:22 pm

Thanks for microfic recs thus far. I've read the Feneon, Williams and Bernhard books, and they all get cosigned from me, particularly Bernhard.

The Walser looks great. Loved the Collected Stories. The Herrera seems unpurchasable in Eng Land
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:44 pm

Because I was able to score a copy for cheap, I picked up Lincoln in the Bardo. 100+ pages in and...it's good. I was not expecting this!
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Postby walt whitman » Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:55 pm

HotFingersClub wrote:Thanks for microfic recs thus far. I've read the Feneon, Williams and Bernhard books, and they all get cosigned from me, particularly Bernhard.

The Walser looks great. Loved the Collected Stories. The Herrera seems unpurchasable in Eng Land

Amy Hempel worth a look, too
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Postby mudd » Sat Mar 25, 2017 1:54 pm

also (re-)read some Kafka parables. Some of those are perfect stories.

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Postby walt whitman » Sat Mar 25, 2017 2:06 pm

Jorge Luis Borges' collected short fictions is surely a precursor to the current microfic scene
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Postby vivian darko » Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:08 pm

Dreamtigers yeah
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Postby Hieronymus Kush » Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:36 am

mascotte wrote:
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Hieronymus Kush wrote:ya boi feeling kinda existential
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Does it contain any more info than random press articles about Hitler using meth and Luftwaffe pilosts doing flights on benzedrine?


Nm, looks like it's decent. Anyone got a mobi version?


Nah it's really well researched and compulsively readable. Seems like damn near everyone in Germany was using meth Ipervitin) during that time, since the negative effects were downplayed...
in filth it will be found
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Postby fuckyoudad » Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:40 am

i need to read some more faulkner soon
Note: mildly comedic.
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Postby vivian darko » Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:52 am

Me too
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Postby Dead_Wizard » Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:28 pm

Finished up Hyperion today. i thought the detective's story was the absolute highlight, and everything after that kind of deflating. I liked that we got a big picture of what's actually happening at the end, but I wasn't expecting for a straight up "to be continued...." ending. Guess I have to read the 2nd book now??

*also I think Destiny straight up plagiarized a few sections about space battles for some of their background
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:33 pm

Eyeball Kid wrote:Because I was able to score a copy for cheap, I picked up Lincoln in the Bardo. 100+ pages in and...it's good. I was not expecting this!

And the gimmick is wearing thin. The book is a quick read, but I've been struggling with picking it up since yesterday.
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