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    Post by Nick on Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:29 pm

    Had some grand plans to go out to a family breakfast to start 2018 but everyone woke up in a shitty mood & started arguing by 8AM. So, I’ve spent most of the day reading Graham Greene’s The Heart of the Matter.
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    Post by Alec on Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:43 am

    As I change of pace I have been slowly making my way through this:


    Considering the topic it reads very easily. It's basically just a bunch of first-hand reporting/diary entries from his time spent in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and other Arab and North African countries during and after the "Arab Spring."

    It's been fascinating to read about the occupation of Baghdad. I was 9 or 10 years old then and I only vaguely remember watching footage of that on television. I had not developed any critical faculties so none of it really meant anything to me at the time. I've never adequately revisited that time in history so it has been really astounding to witness the degree of American and British arrogance and incompetence.

    I feel like watching In The Loop again sometime soon after reading this.
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    Post by C-poots on Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:42 am



    Picked up A Naked Singularity from Sergio De La Pava today. It has been put somewhere into the Post-Modernism canon already and supposedly reads like a DFW-meets-Gaddis from the blurbs and write-ups I've seen. About 10% in and I don't hear those voices entirely. Its a much smoother read so far, whereas The Recognitions took me a few false starts.

    I like it and think I'll tear through this one pretty quickly, or at least until I hit about 400 pages and likely slow down due to life.
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    Post by petey on Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:45 am

    i remember liking it
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    Post by C-poots on Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:07 pm

    For being a "PoMo" book, this thing is incredibly easy reading. I'm already about 200 pages deep and I'm enjoying it. I think what I'm liking most is that it reads very much like a my-first-post-modernism type of book, veering wildly from subject to subject with rambling characters whose interests cover basically everything but the dialogue is quick and written very much like college students chatting after two or three beers. I understand some of the Gaddis comparison with regards to the conversation though I still think Gaddis does it (much) better.
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    Post by chrondog on Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:33 pm

    i'm itching to read Dreams from My Father for some reason. has anyone who has been through it got much to say about it?
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    Post by Duff... on Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:04 pm

    Good book! Veers into social/political ideas at times but is mostly just a pleasant story of the president as a young person.
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    Post by C-poots on Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:44 am

    C-poots wrote:

    Picked up A Naked Singularity...

    This was enjoyable and a surprisingly easy read throughout. The characters started to lose a bit of their unique voices towards the end, and the heist seemed strangely shoehorned into the plot as though De La Pava felt he needed more conflict than that which comes from the devolution of his central character, but it was still enjoyable.

    Since I never finished At The Existentialist Cafe I've decided to start that over. I never did get to finish The Recognitions and my copy was lost to the ether of Bushwick Brooklyn so I'll be purchasing that again and starting it over as well. Trying to maintain a read-at-least-one-book-per-month regiment throughout 2018.

    Any suggestions based on my reading history are welcomed.
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    Post by jesus jones on Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:37 am


    just picked this up, very excited to get into it
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    Post by Soma on Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:42 pm



    Really enjoying it! Not quite as comedy heavy as I would have expected but the funny parts are all very funny. Nicotine and alcohol withdrawal appears to have diminished my attention span to the extent that I'm not capable of reading real books so perhaps I'm gonna have to stick to autobiographies for a while.
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    Post by quip on Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:02 pm

    I'm in the middle of the Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson. Solid and easy reading fantasy for anybody interested in such things.
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    Post by C-poots on Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:43 am

    Picked up The Recognitions again, it feels good to have that book in my hands once more.
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    Post by Ned Braden on Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:11 am

    This past week I read and enjoyed a couple of classics for the first time: Turgenev’s Fathers and Children (AKA and sons) and Camus’ The Stranger.
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    Post by Bruegel on Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:50 am



    Devouring this whilst listening to a loads of Current 93. Succeeded in freaking the cat out more than myself but enjoying it all the same.
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    Post by Bruegel on Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:54 am



    last minute of this spooked me a little in an old cottage in remote rural Austria in the dead of night last week, not gonna lie. I looked up expecting to see something ghastly.
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    Post by Bruegel on Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:58 am

    This recent diet of diabolism has me tempted to get a tattoo of Moloch:



    My Mom is very chill for a lay preacher and very accepting of my agnosticism but I'm not sure how she would feel about me getting an image of a child-sacrificing deity permanently stained on my body.

    That said, fuck it, I'm nearly 40.
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    Post by Nick on Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:07 am

    I’m reading If Beale Street Could Talk. It’s my first time reading Baldwin and it took about the first 20 pages before I had to pause and appreciate this is something very good.
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    Post by Escobar Season on Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:02 pm

    np james lord "a giacometti portrait"


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    Post by Nick on Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:51 am

    Nick wrote:Had some grand plans to go out to a family breakfast to start 2018 but everyone woke up in a shitty mood & started arguing by 8AM.  So, I’ve spent most of the day reading Graham Greene’s The Heart of the Matter.

    I started the year with a Greene novel and am now reading his The End of the Affair. He could become my favorite writer after these two novels and I can’t believe it’s only in 2018 that I’ve discovered his writing.
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    Post by C-poots on Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:08 pm



    This is a really enjoyable read, but there's certainly a ton of NYC nostalgia built into my enjoyment.

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