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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by Nick on Tue May 07, 2013 9:11 am

    Jesus Christ the few pages of writing when Sveyk and Vodicka part is incredible work.
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by ClosetOfExhaustion on Mon May 13, 2013 2:59 pm

    criticism of dan brown's style of writing in the style of dan brown
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/10049454/Dont-make-fun-of-renowned-Dan-Brown.html
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    Post by Guest on Sat May 18, 2013 3:40 am

    I'm currently reading through The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. I had been avoiding the book for a while since I usually am turned off by "pop intellectualism," but don't make the same mistake as me.

    If you're at all interested you should pick it up.
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by monotony on Sat May 18, 2013 3:56 am

    ClosetOfExhaustion wrote:criticism of dan brown's style of writing in the style of dan brown
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/10049454/Dont-make-fun-of-renowned-Dan-Brown.html

    this is one of the best things I've encountered on the Internet in a while
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by raj gibson on Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:13 pm



    Hmm... finding this weirdly compelling and obnoxious at the same time.
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by vIv on Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:25 pm

    Michael K. wrote:

    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.

    By about the 30th time he referred to Temescal as "West Oakland," the fun of reading about a place I spend a lot of time in started to wear off pretty quickly.
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    Post by vIv on Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:30 pm

    jesus jones wrote:
    this dude is kind of a bag of dicks, but this is an interesting read

    Exactly. Absolutely great/ depressing read, but couldn't stand the self-satisfied glib line-mongering street reportage voice.
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by chrondog on Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:12 pm

    vIv wrote:By about the 30th time he referred to Temescal as "West Oakland," the fun of reading about a place I spend a lot of time in started to wear off pretty quickly.

    oof, that's pretty bad. not at all accurate, to be sure, but i don't know that the term "Temescal" was in general use in the 60s-80s before they gentrified the place in the last decade. my grandparents live in the Rockridge area and i don't remember us ever calling that area Temescal. especially since Lake Temescal is decently far from where the actual neighborhood is.

    i still consider Temescal "North Oakland" more or less. i'm trying to avoid calling it by the Chamber of Commerce designation of that area as "Tem-Tel".
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by C-poots on Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:36 pm

    Just finished a re-read of Nassim Taleb's "The Black Swan". I remember reading it back in 2010 thinking that it was such an interesting read, that it had some very cool insights into the limitations of statistical thinking and how that sort of thought is applicable to epistemology and philosophical reasoning. Reading it this time though, I was a bit less impressed and find the guy to be a little too self-satisfied with his theory.

    Thats not to say I disagree with him, I still think the book is a worthwhile read when - especially when the concepts are applicable to your profession or hobbies or investing style or whatever, but I could use a little bit less of him defending himself by calling on his observed stupidity of others.


    Waiting for "The People's History of the United States", "Boomerang - Michael Lewis", and "More Money than God" to arrive next. Prob reading the Zinn first. For those who have read it, is his voice very left and biased as I've heard, or is it mostly fair?
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    Post by phixed on Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:07 pm

    I'm reading Ender's Game right now. Minus the blatant homophobia, racism, anti-Semitic rants and so on it's pretty great.
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by Nick on Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:18 pm

    C-poots - I think that book by Zinn is the most significant book I've read in my life. It is very heavy and depressing at times but worth it.

    It is quite left leaning but he isn't fabricating details. He takes true events and reports them in a fair manner.
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by C-poots on Wed Jul 17, 2013 10:56 am

    Excited to read it and should be arriving today.

    Had a dream last night that I tore open the shipping package, not being able to wait to get my hands on the Zinn, and discovered that had mistakenly ordered "The People's History of Dogs" which on the cover featured 3 Golden Retrievers recreating the famous Iwo Jima flag photograph.
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by reuben on Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:05 am

    We should make that book.
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    Post by Bruegel on Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:12 am

    or at least inform Jim'll Paint
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by Bruegel on Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:17 am

    bizzarely, his latest effort features "animals" in a WWII setting:



    George, Zippy and Bungle leading the Normandy Landings with their war faces on

    #synchronicity
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by chrondog on Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:15 pm

    Short story hounding:

    read Chekhov's The Lady with the Dog before bed last night and found it great. the characters and the important details were developed so well in only four short "chapters". Chekhov seamlessly transitions between internal and external dialogue and in doing so creates a character (Dimitri) with a developed internal and external voice that are often at odds.

    it's a good, quick story with some heart and some heartlessness and is so old it's free online: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/13415/13415-h/13415-h.htm
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by Ted Falconi on Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:27 pm

    Once upon a time, on members-only Ninja Turtles Fan Forum, the topic of "Who Would Play Charlie Mortdecai?" was broached.  FYC:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/jul/11/johnny-depp-charlie-mortdecai

    I still imagine a Mr. Bean type.
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by C-poots on Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:37 pm

    Been reading the Zinn and I am enjoying his perspective and version of history but feel like I should have a "non-biased" companion piece to read along with tbh.

    In reading about the Revolutionary period for example, he has bounced around in his picture of what the wealth distribution looked like in order to fit his narrative at different points, or has at least made it too ambiguous . There are also points where he makes claims of understanding people's motives based on very little or almost no substantive evidence which may or may not be true, but I can't really cosign on.

    But besides minor quibbles it is totally engaging and pretty heavy stuff for the most part so far. I think my edition goes to 2000 but I haven't checked.
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by undo on Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:50 pm

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/19/mitch-daniels-howard-zinn_n_3625599.html

    idk what do you think
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by Nick on Wed Jul 24, 2013 12:15 am

    Oh yea Mitch Daniels is a "supporter of academic freedom". Andy T is more qualified to run a university than Mitch fucking Daniels.

    Yer makin me MAAD 
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by Michael K. on Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:23 am

    vIv wrote:

    By about the 30th time he referred to Temescal as "West Oakland," the fun of reading about a place I spend a lot of time in started to wear off pretty quickly.

    I never made it through. Not excellent.
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by Ted Falconi on Sun Jul 28, 2013 1:29 am

    Back on the Dick.
    I had to go in to work this evening for a thing, which was pushed back an hour right after I got there, so I went to browse at the book store and picked up Dr. Bloodmoney.
    I left it at my desk to read during lunch breaks.
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by Bruegel on Sun Jul 28, 2013 5:12 am

    always on the lookout for good Dick recs


    did we mention IaAaYaD:aJItMoPKD?  - Emmanuel Carrere's fittingly disturbing chunk of metadick

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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by Nick on Tue Jul 30, 2013 12:47 am

    Bought Moby Dick this weekend. Never read it before. It was only $6 so I figured what the hell.
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    Re: Book Thread

    Post by undo on Tue Jul 30, 2013 5:15 am

    I got a Kindle Fire HD for free this week.

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