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Postby New Improved Alaska » Wed Sep 15, 2021 9:26 pm

Shuggie bane
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Postby New Improved Alaska » Wed Sep 15, 2021 9:26 pm

Fuck
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Postby New Improved Alaska » Wed Sep 15, 2021 9:27 pm

I'm reading this $2.99 Bible I got on Amazon, the late poems of Paul celan and "the American jeremiad" by Sacvan Bercovitch
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Postby New Improved Alaska » Wed Sep 15, 2021 9:28 pm

And the something city by someone
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Postby New Improved Alaska » Wed Sep 15, 2021 9:30 pm

The book is right there but I'm too comfortable honestly
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Postby New Improved Alaska » Wed Sep 15, 2021 9:30 pm

Great fiction should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
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Postby manvstrees » Wed Sep 15, 2021 9:31 pm

reaper's gale is a good time, halfway in
((Stuffed is loved by old and young because this is where the puddings get sent in. Criss-cross paving and those tinkly hanging bells make ((Stuffed a very homely access to Hades. Full marks.
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Postby New Improved Alaska » Wed Sep 15, 2021 10:10 pm

The etched city by k.j. bishop
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Postby The Fool on the Hill » Thu Sep 16, 2021 6:06 am

Annie Ernaux rules. The Years is a great entry point for her work.
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Thu Sep 16, 2021 7:51 am

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Temptation - János Székely

If you, like me, have wondered what it would have been like if Charles Dickens was Hungarian and wrote about life in Hungary in the early 20th century and also was horny, have I got a book for you!
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Postby Barthes Starr » Thu Sep 16, 2021 5:25 pm

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Same.

I need this paperback:

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fun review i read while sitting in the bathtub this morning
https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v43/n16/patricia-lockwood/pull-off-my-head
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Postby vivian darko darko » Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:16 pm

i finished native son and adam mars-jones came after gaddis

https://lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v43/n18/adam-mars-jones/there-isn-t-any-inside

don't agree with it at all but he certainly read the books a lot more carefully than franzen
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Postby Sweet Gregory Pectin » Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:24 pm

vivian darko wrote:i finished native son


did you read the man who lived underground

so good
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Postby vivian darko darko » Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:26 pm

not yet, gonna do lawd today first, but def interested
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Postby bat house » Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:28 pm

The War that Ended Peace by Margaret MacMillan. Totally changed my perspective on the First World War. Wilhelm II comes of as a total idiot but it’s amazing how everyone’s to blame through a series of enormous blunders.
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Postby Sweet Gregory Pectin » Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:29 pm

oh you must

so far the 2021 frontrunner for the prestigious SGP Book O'Da Year award
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Postby hadlex » Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:25 am

hadlex wrote:about 100-ish pages into this:

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I'm digging it. First Franzen. What's the hip-opinion on this guy?


this was excellent. Franzen's got skills.

just started

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Postby mancubz » Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:33 am

after like a year of barely reading, this month i've read:
-deacon king kong (very loved it)
-pizza girl (the main character kind of reminded me of an otessa moshfegh kind of protagonist, which i was into)
-saint x (because of white lotus tbh. it was fine, though i think it really fuckin dragged shit out a bit too much)
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Postby mancubz » Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:33 am

i just got tender is the flesh, harlem shuffle, and the other black girl
i need some good nonfiction in my life soon too
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Postby j-ol » Sun Sep 19, 2021 1:52 pm

crossposting from techno thread

stumbled upon this in the drawn & quarterly bookshop on my recent mtl trip. looks cool, thought others in here might be interested too.

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Teklife, Ghettoville, Eski argues that Black electronic dance music produces sonic ecologies of Blackness that expose and reorder the contemporary racialization of the urban--ecologies that can never simply be reduced to their geographical and racial context. Dhanveer Singh Brar makes the case for Black electronic dance music as the cutting-edge aesthetic project of the diaspora, which due to the music's class character makes it possible to reorganize life within the contemporary city.

Closely analysing the Footwork scene in South and West Chicago, the Grime scene in East London, and the output of the South London producer Actress, Brar pays attention to the way each of these critically acclaimed musical projects experiment with aesthetic form through an experimentation of the social. Through explicitly theoretical means, Teklife, Ghettoville, Eski foregrounds the sonic specificity of 12" records, EPs, albums, radio broadcasts, and recorded performances to make the case that Footwork, Grime, and Actress dissolve racialized spatial constraints that are thought to surround Black social life.

Pushing the critical debates concerning the phonic materiality of blackness, undercommons, and aesthetic sociality in new directions, Teklife, Ghettoville, Eski rethinks these concepts through concrete examples of contemporary black electronic dance music production that allows for a theorization of the way Footwork, Grime, and Actress have--through their experiments in blackness--generated genuine alternatives to the functioning of the city under financialized racial capitalism.
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Postby 31GeeWhizz » Sun Sep 19, 2021 1:58 pm

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“As simultaneously mysticism and fact, Christianity is a breakthrough in the historical development of humanity for which the mysteries, with the results that they brought about, form a prior evolutionary stage.” ―Rudolf Steiner

During the fall and winter of 1901–02, Steiner gave a series of lectures called “Christianity as Mystical Fact” to members of the Theosophical Society. The lectures were rewritten and issued as a book later that year. They mark a watershed in the development of Western esotericism. Steiner wrote of the idea behind his book:

“The title Christianity As Mystical Fact was one I gave to this work eight years ago, when I gathered together the content of lectures given in 1902. It was meant to indicate the special approach adopted in the book. Its theme is not just the mystical side of Christianity in a historical presentation. It was meant to show, from the standpoint of a mystical awareness, how Christianity came into being.

“Behind this was the idea that spiritual happenings were factors in the emergence of Christianity, which could only be observed from such a point of view. It is for the book itself to demonstrate that, by ‘mystical,’ I do not in any way imply a vague intuition rather than strict scientific argument. In many circles, mysticism is understood as just that, and therefore it is distinguished from the concerns of all ‘genuine’ science.

“In this book, however, I use the term to mean a ‘presentation of spiritual reality’―a reality accessible only to a knowledge drawn from the sources of spiritual life itself. Anyone who denies the possibility of such knowledge in principle will find its contents hard to comprehend; any reader who accepts the idea that mysticism may coexist with the clarity of the natural sciences, may acknowledge that the mystical aspect of Christianity must be described mystically.”

This is a significant book―for Steiner's own development, that of Western esotericism, and our own understanding of the Christ event. Readers will find the evolutionary development from the ancient Mysteries through the great Greek philosophers to the events portrayed in the Gospels.

1. The Mysteries and Mysteriosophy
2. The Mysteries and Pre-Socratic Philosophy
3. Platonic Mysteries
4. Myth and Mysteriosophy
5. The Egyptian and Other Eastern Mysteries
6. The Evidence of the Gospels
7. The “Miracle” of Lazarus
8. The Apocalypse of John
6. Jesus in His Historical Setting
10. The Essence of Christianity
11. Christian and Pagan Wisdom
12. Augustine and the Church
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Postby Stewart Stewart » Sun Sep 19, 2021 6:20 pm

Owen Hatherley - Red Metropolis: Socialism and the Government of London


absolutely love his writing for Tribune and various other publications and this is like a broader and more expansive version of one of his articles so five bloody stars
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Postby concerning » Sun Sep 19, 2021 8:01 pm

Sports Fan of the Year wrote:Owen Hatherley - Red Metropolis: Socialism and the Government of London


absolutely love his writing for Tribune and various other publications and this is like a broader and more expansive version of one of his articles so five bloody stars


i read his book on postwar european architecture and he's a good writer but architecture critics are operating in a realm of thought i just can't access. describing buildings as "smug and ingratiating" and the like.
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Postby Average J » Mon Sep 20, 2021 12:08 am

This is really good and interesting.

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Postby jirodreams » Mon Sep 20, 2021 6:46 pm

China Mieville's The City & The City - never read anything by him before, interesting gimmick that I hope doesn't wear thin but I like a good eastern European policier.
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Postby abs » Mon Sep 20, 2021 7:26 pm

Average J wrote:This is really good and interesting.

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ah yes! I picked this up when a few weeks ago and keep forgetting to pick it up. love him.
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Postby HotFingersClub » Tue Sep 21, 2021 3:48 am

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John Crowley - The Solitudes / Aegypt
Just like Little, Big I found this very hard to get a handle on, but I also really didn't enjoy it as much as I did that book. Don't know if it's me who's changed or John Crowley. It shares a very peaceful dusty golden atmosphere that I really have no idea where it's coming from, because it doesn't really appear in the text, only in some quality of the prose


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Percival Everett - I Am Sidney Poitier
My second Everett, not as good as Assumption, but amazing that it was written by the same guy. I'm not really into these heavily ironical allegory things


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Robert Walser - Microscripts
I love Walser and I love microfiction. Some of these were amazing, some were really impossible to understand, but I suppose that's par for the course if you're intent on publishing every scrap of paper that he ever scribbled a note on. Reminded me of Daniil Kharms' I Am a Phenomenon Quite Out of the Ordinary which has some of the same issues


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James Joyce - Dubliners
I wasn't intending to read this but it was all they had at the Airbnb. It's a classic, innit. He does these simple stories just as well as he does Ulysses but it's a little harder to get excited about when you know what he goes on to do (fart letters)
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Postby mission » Tue Sep 21, 2021 3:53 am

Ah, yes - the fuckbird apotheosis.
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Postby Sweet Gregory Pectin » Tue Sep 21, 2021 11:14 am

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Percival Everett - I Am Sidney Poitier
My second Everett, not as good as Assumption, but amazing that it was written by the same guy. I'm not really into these heavily ironical allegory things


i just started telephone it'll be my first everett

classic author who has a huge backlog i started late on causing a little a paralysis by analysis situation for me
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