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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #555 on: December 21, 2008, 03:18:52 PM »
I am enjoying Richard Wright's Black Boy. It's very good. It is also interesting to read it and for me to think, "I can see how this influenced Native Son."

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« Reply #556 on: December 21, 2008, 03:24:57 PM »
in addition to the stuff i mentioned earlier, i also started the league of extraordinary gentlemen/black dossier thing. slow going, though: i spend way too much time poring over the panels for references that i know i am missing. i am very glad there's an annotated guide online ...

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« Reply #557 on: December 21, 2008, 08:49:41 PM »
Jimmy McDonough's biography of Neil Young

One of the greatest books EVAH. I must've read it three times.
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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #558 on: December 21, 2008, 08:54:25 PM »
Just started Dream: Re-imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy by Stephen Duncombe.  The author thanks Jason Grote in the acknowledgments, so his every word is suspect.

Hey, that's my buddy.  I love that book.  Sometimes it seems like it doesn't know whether it wants to be an 05/06-type "what progressives should do now" book in the mold of What's The Matter with Kansas or Don't Think of an Elephant and more of an academic theoretical text, but I pretty much agree 100% with the ideas in there, and I appreciate that he keeps the ideas accessible to the average reader.  Not everybody feels up for reading Žižek 100% of the time.


Just finished it. I'm persuaded.  I have reservations about some of the people and organizations mentioned, but not his use of their example. 

Mind if I ask who and why?  I'm just curious -- totally fine if you don't feel like sharing.
Sure.  Critical Mass, for one.  Plenty of people do vital work that requires them to be punctual.  What if a home health care provider needs to give someone medication on the hour, but can't because of a CM ride?  Or working people who just need to be on time?  Disrupting these people's lives doesn't seem ethical to me, and I wouldn't want an entity whose aims and values I share to be the guilty party.  These are misgivings I have, not a blanket condemnation. 

Rev. Billy has an air of sanctimony, even as he mocks it. More power to the guy if it's working.

The last example is Michael Moore , but with him I'm doing what Duncombe is arguing against.  The emotional arguments that I'm suspicious of are a big part of his appeal.





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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #559 on: December 26, 2008, 04:41:24 PM »
As a fan of end-of-the-world literature, Earth Abides by George Stewart has been on my radar for a long time.  I stayed up until 4 am last night reading it, and woke up and didn't get out of bed until finishing it.  So I'd say it's pretty good.



(I wish I had that edition.)

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #560 on: December 26, 2008, 05:30:55 PM »
I got DeLillo's Underworld for Christmas, and holy s-hit that thing is a brick. I had no idea.

I'll probably finish it in 2010. Check in with you then.

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #561 on: December 26, 2008, 06:36:01 PM »
I got DeLillo's Underworld for Christmas, and holy s-hit that thing is a brick. I had no idea.

I'll probably finish it in 2010. Check in with you then.

Have you read 'White Noise'?  Probly a better starting point w/ DeLillo....

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« Reply #562 on: December 26, 2008, 06:38:48 PM »
Yeah, I've read White Noise (loved it), and Falling Man, so I'm very excited to get more into his stuff.

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #563 on: December 26, 2008, 06:59:16 PM »
Yeah, I've read White Noise (loved it), and Falling Man, so I'm very excited to get more into his stuff.

Libra is my favorite.

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« Reply #564 on: December 26, 2008, 07:25:11 PM »
I own that! Says a lot about my terrible reading habits that it's been sitting on the shelf for at least a year.

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« Reply #565 on: December 26, 2008, 09:01:51 PM »
DeLillo kind of annoys me, and Underworld wasn't as good as all the hype it got upon release, but the prologue is amazing.
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« Reply #566 on: December 26, 2008, 09:49:38 PM »
i have actually thrown copies of "white noise" and "mao ii" across the room. some of the most dreadfully (self-) serious writing i have ever attempted to read.

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #567 on: December 28, 2008, 01:33:04 PM »
For me: just started Roberto Bolańo's The Savage Detectives and am totally digging it.

I started this a couple nights ago; it is pretty awesome. The section where Garcia Madero wonders through the Fonts' house in the dark and eats all their food is AMAZING.

Gets a little smutty from there on, but in a good way.

Yes!  I just read that same passage.  This is like an accidental book club! 

That belongs on a "move titles I don't want to see" thread: "The Accidental Book Club."

I just got 2666 for Xmas. Am looking forward to reading it.

There's a UK tv series called "The Book Group" that's really very good.

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #568 on: December 28, 2008, 06:24:48 PM »
I am enjoying Richard Wright's Black Boy.

Hey, I just found out there's a book by this name, too!

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #569 on: December 29, 2008, 09:25:00 PM »
I am enjoying Richard Wright's Black Boy.

Hey, I just found out there's a book by this name, too!

Hay-O!

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