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

Postby the upland trout » Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:35 pm

That was the most important book of my childhood.
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Postby Pris » Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:34 am

Finished Céline's Fable for another time. Almost unreadable a lot of the time, but it features one of his better scenes near the end.

Now starting Michel Houelebecq - Serotonin

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Postby Sweet Gregory Pectin » Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:25 pm

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Postby chowder julius » Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:47 pm

i haven't read my book in four days someone help me
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Postby Seamus » Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:48 pm

Read your book chowder!
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Postby chowder julius » Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:48 pm

wow that's a great idea!
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Postby Kenny » Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:51 pm

That Witch Wood book sounds really interesting, I'd like to know if it turns out good.

I have been having a terrible time getting reading time while my mom is here, but Doctor Thorne is so fun. I don't think I'll read the Palliser novels, at least straight away because I don't really care about politics but man Trollope is so good and I wonder if there are takes about him being an early Modern writer
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Postby object » Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:54 pm

I feel so much shame when i see this thread.
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Postby tawny frogmouth » Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:55 pm

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hellll yeahhhhh

i've read this three times and have been begging my bff to read it with me again so i can talk to someone about it
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Postby chowder julius » Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:57 pm

object wrote:I feel so much shame when i see this thread.

shame is not a useful emotion!!!! it's okay. some people are readers and others aren't
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Postby object » Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:58 pm

i am a reader!
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Postby object » Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:58 pm

just not since january
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Postby Kenny » Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:06 pm

No shame in not reading, I had a big lull period in my life and then I had a health scare + tinnitus that ruined my life for nearly a year plus I couldn't read and then last year i decided to read a shit ton to prove to myself I could control my feelings about the tinnitus and have just kept the momentum going. It can also be hard to read when you have the danged internet to check all the time, that's my biggest difficulty is not pausing every few pages and seeing if anything new happened on the internet
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Postby walt whitman » Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:25 pm

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this has an outsized reputation for being the go-to history book on 1970s US working class struggle, the decline of unionism, and triumph of neoliberalism. it certainly has a wide scope, and the writing throughout is stellar. i also love cowie's organizational approach to make sense of such a big span of time, by offering these snapshots of different towns and regional voices, like one big montage of a country falling apart. but the book suffers because the working class become mouthpieces of his uniformly pessimistic thesis. it's not particularly fun or enlightening to read. i would have preferred a bit more anthropological detachment, which might allow for some surprises or insights. it's fine i guess
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Postby blab » Tue Mar 26, 2019 5:05 pm

this was a good read for me. for many it might be too much of a like primer, but it helps me to reinforce good ideas.

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am reading lucia berlin stories which i am enjoying and started this bookchin book at work heh

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Postby mercenaries of slime » Tue Mar 26, 2019 5:38 pm

recently downloaded

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looking forward to getting v angry
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Postby guy forget » Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:42 pm

i'm still working my way through the david blight Frederick Douglass biography. i started it months ago and still have so much left to get through. am also reading

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which i loved at first but am growing increasingly sick of as it shows its age more and more. i just finished

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this book is really really great and i highly recommend it, but it sometimes tends a bit toward hagiography. the stuff about the Mohawk steel workers building the NYC skyline was mindblowing, as were the descriptions of all the SF and brooklyn bars


and i'm continuing my read throughs of books i had only "grad school read" before and am now doing a thorough read on, i'm about to finish

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and about to start

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which i've found bits and pieces of very useful in the past and know i'm going to love
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Postby Seamus » Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:51 pm

HotFingersClub wrote:Cross-posting this because it's more of a textbook than a comic and I think some of you guys would probably enjoy it

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Dougal Dixon – After Man: A Zoology of the Future
Perhaps not strictly a comic but it comes out reissued from Breakdown Press and it certainly is a beautiful thing to behold. It's my first exposure to Dixon, a Scottish palaeontologist who produced a few books dealing with speculative zoology and anthropology in the 80s and 90s alongside his bread and butter work of providing paintings for dinosaur textbooks. After Man is a very serious but totally charming work of zoology, rigorously imagining the planet earth several million years after the disappearance of mankind when the continents have collided again and the beasts have taken back the earth.

Because, essentially, it is that which it mimics, it has the most beautiful hand-crafted dusty old textbook quality that I still remember vividly from learning about volcanoes and dinosaurs for the first time. Even Breakdown's high end production can't disguise the mustiness and the slightly unhinged quality of the project. It's so thorough and dry in the way it plods through the climates of its various regions and how the animals have adapted weird horns or beaks to get at the necessary roots and tubers. The image above is the one they always show because it's probably the most exciting in the book – it's delightful how faithful Dixon is to his vision of evolution's likely path, and how more often than not he follows this path to images of drab little monkeys, carnivorous rodents and nondescript parrots. I love it, and I can imagine wanting to hand it down to my children one day.


This looks rad. Are there more books like this and codex seraphinianus? I need them all
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Postby Seamus » Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:58 pm

Also, I have tickets to see a stage production of Invisible Cities (!!!!) No, I have no idea how it will work
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Postby chowder julius » Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:12 pm

i can see it making a really wild ass modern production. would be nice if they incorporated some of the text somehow--it's so beautiful. u must tell us how it is
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Postby chowder julius » Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:17 pm

i picked this up last fall after eyeing it at the used bookstore for awhile. it's a fuckin tome but i thought it would be a nice thing to read to a kid if i ever have one of those

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Postby vivian darko » Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:37 pm

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the collected essays of elizabeth hardwick
shrewd, gracefully written essays on american literature/mid20th century culture--hardwick is amazing but you do want to ask the editor whether they could've as accurately communicated her role in letters with, say, one less essay on henry james.

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leanne howe - savage conversations
play about mary todd lincoln's time in a sanitarium where she hallucinated that an indian attacked her every night, thirteen years after lincoln's mass execution of dakota sioux. i knew about the mass execution but nothing about the commitment/delusion, which is really fascinating.
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Postby chowder julius » Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:43 pm

i read hardwick's New York stories and couldn't get into it but did appreciate her "kentuckian in the big city" thing
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Just read "Expensive Trips Nowhere" and "Aral," inspired by my recent viewing of The Loneliest Planet. I was a bit disappointed--some good lines and funny moments, and the themes are interesting on an abstract level, but the characters had a cartoonish feel to them, and more broadly the knowing misanthropy was a bit over the top. Interesting that both were apparently turned into movies by great directors? "Aral" by Herzog in 2016.
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Postby tawny frogmouth » Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:55 am

IT was pretty disappointing. there's probably a really great 400-500 page novel its bloated 1150-page carcass, but toward the end i was just skimming. i don't really get the appeal of king - i guess he's a good ideas man, but the execution was so exhausting that even a cool climax like bill and richie out in the deadlights feels like "that's it?"

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and just got this in the mail:

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