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    ok peeps, whatcha reading at the moment?

    Quote Originally Posted by empty mirror;198021 05-08-2009 11:29 AM
    i am curious about what is on your nightstand at the moment.

    i am just starting The Making of Americans by Gertrude Stein. only 20 pages into it but it already seems more coherent than i was expecting. as far as her fiction goes, i've only ever read Ida before, which was amazing----but for a ~200 pg novella, it felt like a thousand pages. so i expect MoA, which is 1000 pages, to feel like... 10,000? from what i can tell, this one is about america through the prism of one family, from the generation that arrived from the old world on a boat to the present. the first chapter invokes that apollinaire quote about carrying one's father's corpse everywhere, only with a jocular zombie twist. high hopes.

    on the non-fiction end, i have been pecking at The Rest Is Noise about... well, the birth and development of atonal classical music, beginning with Mahler and Strauss. i am only about 150 or so pages in... Bartok. Janacek. i have only lately been getting serious about classical music so this is serving as a kind of primer.

    your turn.
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    Default Bad Wisdom / The Zelator

    The memoir, fiction (faction? surely not) 'Bad Wisdom' by Bill Drummond and Mark (zodiac mindwarp) Manning. So far, i've just been unsettled by 1)being reminded of Voice of the Beehive and 2) having to look at those girls in a whole different way... also just bought The Zelator , the magical memoir / alchemical splurge of Mark Hedsel - anyone know if it's any good? the reviews tend to spin from the awesome to the inane which I generally take to mean I'll like it...

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    swapping back and forth between

    Michel Houllebecq's Platform and

    Stuart Christie's My Grandma Made Me An Anarchist (his autobiography leading up to his time involved with the Angry Brigade)

    and also Mick Middles' dreadfully written book about The Fall. which is just a woeful piece of crap and I don't know why i don't just call it a day..

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    john irving's 'prayer for oewn meany', on the recommendations of countless people. even though i thought 'world according to garp' was a bit dull + rubbish

    -art spiegelman's 'maus' and william shirer's 'the rise and fall of the third reich'- i don't quite know why i'm reading two books about nazism at the moment.

    none of these books is as good as saul bellow's wonderful 'ravelstein'.

    oh and sometimes i read blogs too.

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    'Ravelstein' - the roman a clef of the neocon/Straussian crop which I haven't even read. Is it still in print, then?

    I'm reading 'Empire' by Niall Fergusson, which I started reading with a strange mix of compulsion and duty. Also, Penguin covers are very tactile these days. While I was away in the countryside earlier this week, I read 'Mr Norris Changes Trains' by Isherwood and 'Women Beware Women' by Middleton - both deliciously perverse, lip-smacking, and profound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dubversion
    Mick Middles' dreadfully written book about The Fall. which is just a woeful piece of crap and I don't know why i don't just call it a day..
    middles is an appalling writer. his woefully titled "from joy division to new order: the factory story" is laughably poor. but, sadly, it's about the only remotely detailed book of its kind.
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    I've finally gotten around to reading The Satanic Verses . I'm pretty blown away by it.

    Has anyone read Hanif Kureishi's The Black Album? Quite amazing, I thought. And I can see now just how much it ties into Rushdie's book. Just occurred to me that that the title may be a reference as well.

    Anyhow, apart from that I've also been dipping into Arjun Appadurai's Modernity at Large.

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    ps: satanmcnugget never told us what he's reading.

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    i'm reading ulysses (slowly but surely-ive been at it for months and am only about a third of the way through)
    really enjoying it though,although i only really read it when i have the opportunity to sit uniterrupted for an hour or two,preferably with joints and tea....

    also reading sense and sensibility for college,i'm enjoying it much more than i thought i would,partially just out of curiosity about how fucked up all the social conventions and so on were,and partly for the really long but elegent sentences describing the various characters emotional states with remarkable precision...

    also reading where you're at by patrick neate,a sort of hip hop travel book....its interesting enough,but nothing special

    and scoop by evelyn waugh,which is hilarious....

    and fast company by jon bradshaw,which is about professional gamblers and is really really good,some great anecdotes dealing with the runyonesque pool and poker players from the early 20th century...

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    Default What are you reading?

    My friend Dan gave me From China to Chinatown for Christmas, and I just started it yesterday. I'm about 100 pages into it and so far, so good. It looks at Western reactions to Chinese food from the arrival of the first European traders, diplomats, and missionaries through to the modern ubiquity of pseudo-Chinese takeaways. The writing can be a little dry at times, but the information is fascinating.

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    white jazz. i only read james ellroy books these days. i can't be fucked with anything else. too boring.

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    white jazz is superb...i remember particulalry from the back blurb 'lawer, bagman, slum landlord, lieutenant dave klein...'etc. or something...loved the combination...and he takes down dudley smith, unlike n the otherwise fairly good film of the previous book...ellroy is the god of quickfire prose...i love the way ellroy writes & the way he stripped it down more for american tabloid & then further & perhaps even too far for the cold six thousand...my dark places (& i suppose the black dahlia) marks him out as pretty dark...he lived on a golf course for a while eating the chemicals from his asthma inhaler & sniffng womens pants that he'd nicked...

    just read the algebraist by ian m. banks...rather enjoyed it...also tortured myself with the third - no almost too embarassed to have read one book by such a bad writer, but three?!? - dan brown book i have read...he writes awful cliche-stuffed tripe...shameful i know...will have to find something new now

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    i brought that cold 6000 book today, it's about 6000 pages long.

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    some old friends there...well, not really old friends...didn't quite like it as much as american tabloid, but pretty damn fine & not many verbs...part three to come

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    currently reading violette leduc's la b&#226;tarde, dino buzzati's desert of the tartars and th&#233;odore monod's m&#233;har&#233;es, which is a bit too descriptive and annoying in a french way (poetic while pointing out it does not want to be poetic, that sort of thing). but it's about travels in the sahara so i can't put it down, and i'm on the last pages. i think i'll leave violette's book for a while as her neurosis is starting to get on my nerves.
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    some old friends there...well, not really old friends...didn't quite like it as much as american tabloid, but pretty damn fine & not many verbs...part three to come

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