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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by Paves on Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:15 pm

    Got all the way up to when the "Presidency" part starts in the Nixon memoirs. Stopped and read the Mingus autobiography, which is a goddamn filthy book. Now I am reading a biography of John Coltrane. Got Cassavetes On Cassavetes coming in the mail. Putting off getting serious about fiction, as usual.
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    Post by Ned Braden on Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:29 pm

    Ned Braden wrote:I'm sold. Been wanting to read something new / more often.
    On the way out of the house to read some stuff for school and this was in the mailbox.

    May be a confliction, but thanks anyway Raj.
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    Post by raj gibson on Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:31 pm

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    Post by jesus jones on Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:03 pm

    ok i will read that next since it comes with such high praise from you lot
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by Nick on Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:37 am

    Jaroslav is going to get his next royalty check in the mail and be way confused. This thread has probably led to more sales than he has seen in months.
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    Post by Soma on Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:54 am

    I'm going to assume Nick doesn't realise we're talking about a book that was first published in 1923 because his post is far more amusing that way.

    Seeking out a copy myself.
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    Post by Bruegel on Fri Jan 18, 2013 4:06 am

    dying before actually finishing the book sort of bojaxed poor jarorslav's royalty prospects from the get-go
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by chrondog on Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:21 pm

    this has been sitting on my living room coffee table for a few weeks and its so elegant i think i have to read it

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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by stphone on Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:05 pm

    finished drown and am now reading and thoroughly enjoying mindy kahling's memoir is everyone hanging out without me? (and other concerns)
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    Post by Duff... on Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:37 am

    There's a good chance The Good Soldier Svejk will be the next selection in the book club I am in.

    After I'd mentioned the book a bro of mine brought my attention the the existence of Schweik's Blend coffee, which I'd actually had before but never made the connection. Recommended.

    Mostly unrelated, I couldn't help but noticed his wife, also a bro, was drinking tea last night when ordinarily she'd be drowning in gin, and I kinda just need to gossip about that with people who don't know who I'm talking about.
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    Post by raj gibson on Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:11 pm

    As long as your book club is cool with a dense book written in a different time and place, it's pretty great. I can only imagine how transgressive this must have been when it was published. "His shitted trousers got lost in the vortex of the world war."
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    Post by Duff... on Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:27 pm

    They went with Ender's Game. Which is just as well since I have to miss this month anyway.

    I'm reading Sveyk anyway. Got as far as the drunken chaplain which is hilarious. And yeah, if this society was half as monitored for subversion as the early chapters suggest I have no idea how this book even got made.
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    Post by raj gibson on Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:50 pm

    The tidal pull of upcoming movie releases ultimately controls all book clubs. My friend's book club digested both Hunger Games and Cloud Atlas on similar grounds.

    I remember enjoying Ender's Game when I was 12. I wonder if it stands the test of time. :gay:
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    Post by reuben on Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:24 pm

    I remember from back in my early days of boarding on slate.com's "the fray" their number 1 troll was a guy called Ender. Still haven't read that book.
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by raj gibson on Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:59 pm

    After finishing Svejk and some other required reading I am continuing with Master Bruegel's Anthologie Reader for English School-Boys and have moved on to The Quincunx.



    I can vouch for this if anyone was interested but scared off by the doorstop proportions. This thing slayed two plane flights in the past week.
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    Post by Bruegel on Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:30 pm

    man, that book. might be about time for me to inhabit that world again next winter.

    has anybody written a book about it yet? i think i've mentioned it before but the closing lines made me start over and read it immediately.

    without saying too much, Palliser says that readers have posited radical theories/interpretations fully congruent with the narrative logic but totally divorced from his intentions. i'd like to read more about that.
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by Michael K. on Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:09 pm



    Currently reading this. Never read a Chabon book before. Sorta Pynchonesque, but without the important/EVERYTHING MEANS SO MUCH quality that Pynchon weaves into his literary bombast. I like reading about a place I spent a lot of time in, so that's fun, and I like reading about pop culture. That said, even though this has so much weighted in its favor, I'm not finding it the effervescent page-turned I hoped it would be. Could use shorter chapters, I think.
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    Post by Soma on Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:15 pm

    I ordered Telegraph Avenue (hasn't arrived yet). I suppose I should just read some Pynchon instead, huh?
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    Post by Michael K. on Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:25 pm

    I don't know about that. I'm only 100pgs in. But this feels like a bit of a chore compared to the joy of, e.g., Inherent Vice.
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by Michael K. on Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:26 pm

    Got my copy from the library, which is only a baseball's throw from the spot Meredith and I just moved into last weekend. Oh yeah, I moved. Moving's hell.
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by jesus jones on Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:09 pm


    this dude is kind of a bag of dicks, but this is an interesting read
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by raj gibson on Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:19 am

    Bruegel wrote:the closing lines

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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by raj gibson on Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:27 am

    Bruegel wrote:has anybody written a book about it yet?
    Has anybody
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    accosted Palliser and demanded he give them the missing pages from Mary's diary?

    the closing lines made me start over and read it immediately
    Yeah. Can't believe I just finished an 800-page book and all I want to do is read it again.
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by Nick on Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:22 pm

    Almost 200 pages into Sveyk. Already had some laugh out loud moments on the train accompanied by some gripping fear - particularly the way he describes the prisons and torture methods.

    The sketchings are terrific and perfectly placed throughout.

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