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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #480 on: September 02, 2008, 10:38:15 AM »
I just finished Freedomland by Richard Price. First thing I've read by him. I was expecting crime fiction, and it is, to a great respect, a police procedural. But it's very ambitious, and it fulfills its ambitions, too. Great, great stuff. It's closer to late-period Philip Roth than to Ian Rankin.

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« Reply #481 on: September 02, 2008, 03:34:13 PM »
I just finished Freedomland by Richard Price. First thing I've read by him. I was expecting crime fiction, and it is, to a great respect, a police procedural. But it's very ambitious, and it fulfills its ambitions, too. Great, great stuff. It's closer to late-period Philip Roth than to Ian Rankin.

If you enjoy being depressed, pick up Lush Life, by Richard Price.   Even though it is set in the Lower East Side, Lush Life, to me, is the The Wire's lost 6th season. 

If you didn't follow The Wire, this was the season where Clay Davis sold 1,000 liquor licenses in a 10 block radius and
turned a community pool into a indie rock/dodgeball venue--thereby solidifying Baltimore's up-and-coming status. 

It's also the season where Carcetti makes a run for president, using the revitalized Western District, as well as its impressive statistic of Most FWDs Per Upscale Hot Dog Restaurant, as proof of his ability to lead.
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« Reply #482 on: September 02, 2008, 04:00:38 PM »
I just finished Freedomland by Richard Price. First thing I've read by him. I was expecting crime fiction, and it is, to a great respect, a police procedural. But it's very ambitious, and it fulfills its ambitions, too. Great, great stuff. It's closer to late-period Philip Roth than to Ian Rankin.

If you enjoy being depressed, pick up Lush Life, by Richard Price.   Even though it is set in the Lower East Side, Lush Life, to me, is the The Wire's lost 6th season. 

If you didn't follow The Wire, this was the season where Clay Davis sold 1,000 liquor licenses in a 10 block radius and
turned a community pool into a indie rock/dodgeball venue--thereby solidifying Baltimore's up-and-coming status. 

It's also the season where Carcetti makes a run for president, using the revitalized Western District, as well as its impressive statistic of Most FWDs Per Upscale Hot Dog Restaurant, as proof of his ability to lead.

If you liked Freedomland, I'd second the Lush Life recommendation and also add Clockers to the list (don't let the crappy Spike Lee movie discourage you). I would, however, avoid Samaritan, which I did not like at all.
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« Reply #483 on: September 02, 2008, 04:33:18 PM »
Thanks for the recommendations. I'm definitely going to be taking a look at Lush Life.

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« Reply #484 on: September 03, 2008, 12:20:45 AM »
Still slogging through Wuthering Heights, but I just picked up the following for when I'm done:



Note, not the graphic edition, it's just the only photo I could find.
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« Reply #485 on: September 03, 2008, 01:26:25 PM »
Stefan Fatsis' new book about trying out as a kicker for the Broncos.  If it's half as good as Word Freak it should be entertaining.

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« Reply #486 on: September 03, 2008, 02:30:26 PM »
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« Reply #487 on: September 03, 2008, 02:41:08 PM »
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The team's star linebacker has always lived on the edge and enjoyed the nightlife more than he should. But when he's found beaten nearly to death in the stadium parking lot, it's clear he's gotten himself into more than even he bargained for, and it's something that threatens to tear himself and his team's promising season apart.

Omar, Can I borrow that when you're done? I make it a point to read every book recommended by Giants (and Tecmo Bowl) legend Phil McConkey: "Buckle up your chin strap and get ready to be smashed in the mouth—this is an explosive novel for anyone who thinks pro football is all about money, celebrities and fame."
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« Reply #488 on: September 03, 2008, 02:57:00 PM »
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The team's star linebacker has always lived on the edge and enjoyed the nightlife more than he should. But when he's found beaten nearly to death in the stadium parking lot, it's clear he's gotten himself into more than even he bargained for, and it's something that threatens to tear himself and his team's promising season apart.

Omar, Can I borrow that when you're done? I make it a point to read every book recommended by Giants (and Tecmo Bowl) legend Phil McConkey: "Buckle up your chin strap and get ready to be smashed in the mouth—this is an explosive novel for anyone who thinks pro football is all about money, celebrities and fame."

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #489 on: September 26, 2008, 03:38:27 AM »
Just getting into Cormac McCarthy now. He's an author I've pretty much ignored, with the exception of The Road, and I'm glad I stopped ignoring his other novels. I just finished No Country for Old Men (a quick and satisfying read) and am now reading All The Pretty Horses.

I'm reading The Road right now.  I'm enjoying it, but it's definitely one of the bleakest books I've ever read.  And that's saying something, coming from a guy who likes existential fiction.  It's like Camus without the intellectual grandstanding or Kafka without the underlying sense of humor.
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« Reply #490 on: September 26, 2008, 10:35:44 AM »
Just finished the best book I've read in years:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2008/aug/28/adventure

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« Reply #491 on: September 26, 2008, 10:43:06 AM »
i just read 'q&a', upon which the upcoming danny boyle flick was based. it was great.

about to start 'i was told there'd be cake', and i was told there'd be laughs.
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« Reply #492 on: October 05, 2008, 09:40:09 PM »
I'm reading The Gift by Lewis Hyde, which is a little on the dry side, but by and large it's a really beautiful, life-changing book. 
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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #493 on: October 06, 2008, 12:59:47 PM »
i just finished:

SHOTS IN THE DARK



THE ROCK BIBLE



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IT CAME FROM MEMPHIS


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« Reply #494 on: October 06, 2008, 01:30:46 PM »
i just finished:

SHOTS IN THE DARK





That looks pretty great. I think that cover photo might also be in Luc Sante's Evidence, which holds a permanent place on my coffee table (...OF HORRORS!).

I just started re-reading Heart of Darkness last night for a bit of a quickie palette-cleanser. I'm pleasantly surprised to find out that it's actually as good as I remember it being when I last read it as a moody high school student.

Thinking of tackling Jonathan Lethem's The Fortress of Solitude after that, even though I didn't much care for the only other book I've read by him,  Amnesia Moon. Does anybody know if this one is as good as it's supposed to be?
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