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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #1155 on: January 09, 2010, 12:04:42 PM »
haven't got to that one yet. I've read master of space and time, white light, software and postsingular. I actually found out about him through his paintings (i'm a graphics student)
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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #1156 on: January 12, 2010, 09:45:25 AM »
The Cold Six Thousand by James Ellroy.

At this point in the book, one of the main characters is helping Howard Hughes invest money in Vegas casinos, helping the Mob skim off the top of that investment, and then siphoning the skim into legit businesses for laundering purposes. He is also using MLK's organizations as said legit businesses to help J. Edgar Hoover screw MLK.

That is one sliver of the story line.  This is the fifth Ellroy book I have read and I still cannot figure out how he does it.  Total OCD writing.
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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #1157 on: January 12, 2010, 09:53:00 AM »
just read a short story from the 40s called Blabbermouth by theodore sturgeon. It has a character who sends 27 telegrams everyday to ppl he barely knows. I tweeted about it immediately
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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #1158 on: January 12, 2010, 10:02:47 AM »
The Cold Six Thousand by James Ellroy.

At this point in the book, one of the main characters is helping Howard Hughes invest money in Vegas casinos, helping the Mob skim off the top of that investment, and then siphoning the skim into legit businesses for laundering purposes. He is also using MLK's organizations as said legit businesses to help J. Edgar Hoover screw MLK.

That is one sliver of the story line.  This is the fifth Ellroy book I have read and I still cannot figure out how he does it.  Total OCD writing.

I know he outlines the story before he begins writing. I read an interview where he said the outline for his latest book ran 397 pages. I suppose it should come as no surprise that the guy's a lunatic.
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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #1159 on: January 12, 2010, 10:20:45 AM »
The Cold Six Thousand by James Ellroy.

At this point in the book, one of the main characters is helping Howard Hughes invest money in Vegas casinos, helping the Mob skim off the top of that investment, and then siphoning the skim into legit businesses for laundering purposes. He is also using MLK's organizations as said legit businesses to help J. Edgar Hoover screw MLK.

That is one sliver of the story line.  This is the fifth Ellroy book I have read and I still cannot figure out how he does it.  Total OCD writing.

I'm reading American Tabloid now.  Ellroy provides a colorful blast during the bleak winter. 

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #1160 on: January 12, 2010, 12:03:46 PM »
I am reading 'Perfect Rigor' which is about Grigory Perelman, the guy who proved the Poincare Conjecture, posted it on the Internet, won prestigious prizes and was offered many jobs, and then rejected everybody and everything and dropped off the face of the earth.

It is a pretty interesting look into the late Soviet era mathematics world, so it's not 'A Beautiful Mind 2: A More Beautiful Mind'

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #1161 on: January 12, 2010, 04:06:42 PM »
I am reading 'Perfect Rigor' which is about Grigory Perelman, the guy who proved the Poincare Conjecture, posted it on the Internet, won prestigious prizes and was offered many jobs, and then rejected everybody and everything and dropped off the face of the earth.

It is a pretty interesting look into the late Soviet era mathematics world, so it's not 'A Beautiful Mind 2: A More Beautiful Mind'

Not only does Perfect Rigor sound amazing, I would also be interested in reading "A Beautiful Mind 2: A More Beautiful Mind."
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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #1162 on: January 12, 2010, 04:12:09 PM »
Just saw a discovery channel doc about the guy beautiful mind is about. That's an insane story - should have been directed by David cronenberg or someone
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« Reply #1163 on: January 12, 2010, 04:47:50 PM »
Yes, the real 'Beautiful Mind' guy (Nash) is very interesting.

There are a lot of math and science people I think would make for interesting biopics: the physicist Richard Feynman stands out as one that would be a particularly great subject.


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« Reply #1164 on: January 12, 2010, 04:50:42 PM »
Just saw a discovery channel doc about the guy beautiful mind is about. That's an insane story - should have been directed by David cronenberg or someone

He almost did with SPIDER, the movie that some call the 50th greatest of the 00's.  

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #1165 on: January 12, 2010, 04:59:53 PM »
Surely you're joking mr Feynman is one of my flavouriute books ever. "get out of my way or I'll pee right through ya!"
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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #1166 on: January 13, 2010, 02:52:05 AM »
Just saw a discovery channel doc about the guy beautiful mind is about. That's an insane story - should have been directed by David cronenberg or someone

He almost did with SPIDER, the movie that some call the 50th greatest of the 00's.  

Wait til you see my super crazy list of the 1000 greatest films of the oughts. Spider makes the cut!

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #1167 on: January 13, 2010, 08:19:41 PM »
Reading Japrocksampler:How The Post-War Japanese Blew Their Minds On Rock'N'Roll by Julian Cope.
Highly recommended.  Some of the band histories are completely nuts. 

Listening to the audio book of Black Swan Green by David Mitchell. 

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #1168 on: January 13, 2010, 10:01:01 PM »
Reading Japrocksampler:How The Post-War Japanese Blew Their Minds On Rock'N'Roll by Julian Cope.
Highly recommended.  Some of the band histories are completely nuts.   

And, from what I've heard, largely fiction.
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« Reply #1169 on: January 13, 2010, 11:14:18 PM »
I just finished Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. I enjoyed it, but somehow I'm always vaguely suspicious of books I finish too quickly. Maybe I'm just used to trying to read textbooks (or it's time to actually tackle Infinite Jest).