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Old 08-07-2016, 03:42:12   #1151
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Old 08-07-2016, 03:58:18   #1152
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Old 08-07-2016, 04:01:23   #1153
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I read some of Finnegan's Wake in a bookstore.

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I've graduated to Finnegans Wake. It was extremely hard going until instead of just reading, I pronounce the words in my head. Many puns and other funnies that way.
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Old 17-07-2016, 03:18:17   #1154
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Benedict Arnold's Navy by James L. Nelson (2006). A history covering the early years on the northern front during the Revolutionary War. It is still shocking how close it was to folding Canada into the grasping arms of the United Colonies. Pretty close, eh Jock?
Anyway, the book is a long long exposition on how tough those frontier soldiers were. If you ever read Undaunted Courage by Steve Ambrose (1996) then you have some idea.
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Old 17-07-2016, 03:20:38   #1155
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Old 17-07-2016, 04:00:14   #1156
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...and now, a few selected words from Pascal's Pensees (mid 1600s):

II VANITY

36 Anyone who does not see the vanity of the world is very vain himself. So who does not see it, apart from young people whose lives are all noise, diversions, and thoughts for the future?
But take away their diversion and they will be bored to extinction. Then they feel their nullity without recognizing it, for nothing could be more wretched than to be intolerably depressed as soon as one is reduced to introspection with no means of diversion.

III WRETCHEDNESS

70 If our condition were truly happy we should not need to divert ourselves from thinking about it.

IV. BOREDOM

77 Pride. Curiosity is only vanity. We usually only want to know something so that we can talk about it; in other words, we would never travel by sea if it meant never talking about it, and for the sheer pleasure of seeing things we could never hope to describe to others.

79 How tiresome it is to give up pursuits to which we have become attached. A man with a happy home life need only see a woman who attracts him, or spend five or six pleasant days gambling, and he will be very sorry to go back to what he was doing before. It happens every day.
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Old 19-07-2016, 10:54:52   #1157
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New York Times, the Science Section comes on Tuesdays.
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Old 21-07-2016, 20:00:15   #1158
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About two-thirds of the way through "Day Four" of The Decameron, by Boccaccio.
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Old 23-07-2016, 12:12:43   #1159
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"A classic of early Italian prose." Sounds interesting in a nerdy way.
I think I'll stick with The Economist for today.
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Old 23-07-2016, 13:08:23   #1160
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Its actually pretty raunchy, by early Italian Renaissance standards; I found the tale of the gardener and the nuns quite memorable.
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Old 26-07-2016, 09:34:41   #1161
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Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, The Miller's Tale and The Reeve's Tale.

Chaucer was directly inspired by Boccaccio, whom Chaucer translated into English early in his career. The Canterbury Tales was a very deliberate homage to The Decameron.
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Old 28-07-2016, 16:54:27   #1162
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Another tidbit from Blaise Pascal's Pensees:

V. CAUSES AND EFFECTS

81 ...Equality in possessions is no doubt right, but, since men could not make might obey right, they have made right obey might. As they could not fortify justice they justified force, so that right and might live together and peace reigns, the sovereign good.
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"new finnish grammar" (in greek)

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About two-thirds of the way through "Day Four" of The Decameron, by Boccaccio.

jezas christ we used to read this when we were 14 years old
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well bocacios was sort of a nerd's soft porn read

we also read herman hesse, erich fromm that sort of thing
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Old 31-07-2016, 13:09:56   #1168
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Finished with Joyce for awhile. Moved on to Kafka, really enjoying it. I bought a collection of his writings and was pleasantly surprised by a forward written by Updike.
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Started reading the introduction to Diderot's D'Alembert's Dream, but got distracted and read the introduction to Journey to the West instead. Now on chapter 1 of the same. It's called one of the "Four Great Novels" of Chinese literature, and it's Huge.
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Marvel comics were the equivalent of scratching your butt when it itched.
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Scratching you but when it itches is important for one's education.
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Well, onto D'Alembert's Dream!
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Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (1992)
This is a Hugo and Nebula Awards winner. For some reason I have completely over looked this author in the past. Her series of time travel books should have grabbed my interest a long time ago. It was with a giddy anticipation of finding overlooked classics that I openned this book.
The book chronicals parallel stories of a time traveler who trips back to 14th Century England and the crisis that engulfs her base in Oxford. There are two potentially interesting aspects to this book: the depiction of a near future England and an unvarnished description of the Middle Ages. For me this effort was a total disappointment. 4/10
Go ahead and reread Timeline by Michael Crichton (1999).
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The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson (1995)
This is a satisfying construct of a book within a novel. Much of the action takes place in the near future perhaps 100 years after Readme and Snowcrash. It is a post nation-state world where nanotechnology is maturing. The main character is a girl who is given a "magic " book that prepares her for an unlikely future.
I must say that this book reinforces my admiration for the author.
8/10
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Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, founding fathers fun
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Old 20-01-2017, 18:10:04   #1178
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camus' the fall

it has a profound impact on me

camus always manages to have a profound impact on me at maybe critical junctures of my life



I also read a philosophical book

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...they-change-it


it was fun


i bought it at a english bookstore in brussels

there was an american there and he started saying some shit like oh no dollars? dollars is thebest and some shit like that

I thought, get the hillbilly out of here for fucks sake

also the clerk was blazingly gay and very chirpy which was very funny and uplifting
he was also iranian

I also sw a girl that was watching me and when I watched she smiled.

I thought let's have sex with a booklover but then I thought of the SO and bought the book and a gift for the SO and I left


I then entered an asian/arab store to buy cigs

there was a drunken french man there scoulding the asian clerk for "not treating his customers right"

I walked right up to him and talked very politely to the clerk cutting the frenchie off


he left

he was very drunk
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Old 23-03-2017, 09:12:04   #1179
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Shadow & Claw: The First Half of The Book of the New Sun; The Shadow of the Torturer (1980) and The Claw of the Conciliator (1981) by Gene Wolfe
Wow, where to begin? These sci-fi/fantasy books are nothing if not ambiguous. The story takes place in a far future Earth that has been totally transformed through the rise and fall of past civilizations, the introduction of advanced, now magical, technologies, as well as aliens and alien life forms. The book chronicles the the trials and tribulations of a novice torture/executioner.
I have a lot of problems with these books and the universe that Wolfe creates. I don't like the settings, I find them too fantastic, nor do I like the characters, they are all fatally flawed. I know these works are supposed to be some of the best sci-fi ever written but I just don't get it. Each chapter reads like a stand-alone short story. There is lots of repetition. The society and ecology are incomplete and unbelievable. I had to force myself to finish this volume. I have no desire to ever revisit the vast, strange and unpleasant world Wolfe has created.
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After watching the anime Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, I decided to read the Alexander Dumas' novel; 400 of 1200 pages in, and I find it very interesting.
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Old 23-03-2017, 22:28:21   #1181
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Oh yeah, I finished it. Late April or early May. I think.
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The Three-Body Problem , Cixin Lou (2006)
I am somewhat conflicted by this book. One one hand I appreciate the POV of the author, coming from the PRC. It is a unique voice in science fiction. However, the actual science fiction part of the novel is disappointing, i.e. the evolutionary development of the aliens. Totally unbelievable if imaginative. But too much for this old anthropologist to suspend belief.
I give it a 5/10 for originality.
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Now on The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill; the book also contains On Liberty by the same author, which I read last year, and the year before; very compelling stuff.
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My father lent me his copy of BIG AGENDA -- President Trump's Plan to Save America, by David Horowitz.

It's...hard to read.

It's not that the language is difficult, no, that's not it at all.

It's the aneurysms I get with every other sentence.
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Gettysburg , Stephen W. Sears (2004). Yes, another in a series of military histories from jsorense. This one is quite good, if you are interested in the American Civil War (aka War of Nothern Aggression). This book is detailed, down to the individual tactics of regiments. It is , therefore for an audience that is already familiar with the battle. If you just interested in an overview then you may be overwhelmed by the details in this volume. Do you really want to know the succession of 'chains of command' for the different army units? Probably not.
If you are interested in this book then I highly recommend Sear's book on the Battle of Antietam, Landscape Turned Red. I give both of these books a healthy 8/10.
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I think varoufakis just sucks to the anglosaxon world.
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the issue with greece was that it got frecked by an amazing colleration of both europe AND greece.

then it said: we're going to blow the whole thing apart (but didn't have the balls to play that bluff to the end


varoufakis is from australia or has taught in cambridge?

whatever he's a limeyassworshipper. and it shows.


some of his ideas do hold water but all in all he was just a minor play in a close to be tragedy that was averted.

I used to look at other countries and say

aw look how "organized" belgium is or what big streets paris has or that colonial flair of barcelona (I never was jealous of the US, noone that I know is)

but then it hit me.

I got a very stable job I got a house of my own I got free health care for life. I HAVE socialism.
Whatehell am I complaining for? because bloomberg said I should be?


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The Fleet At Flood Tide by James D. Hornfischer (2016)
This is a military history of the conclusion of the war in the Pacific during WWII. It discusses the strategy and the rationale for the bombing campaign over Japan that concluded with the dropping of two atomic bombs which ended the war.
I expected to really like this book based upon my experience with two of the authorís previous books: Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and Neptuneís Inferno. However I found it less focused than these other works. Perhaps he tried to put too much, too many, topics in one volume. It ended up being a long slog to finish. I highly recommend the other two books, this on, not so much.
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The Seduction of Unreason: The Intellectual Romance with Fascism from Nietzsche to Postmodernism

https://www.amazon.com/Seduction-Unr.../dp/0691125996

I started to read this because the subject seemed very interesting.

but i got bumped (dissilussioned?) early on unrfortunately when the author said that marxist theory about what drives fascist emergence has been discredited.
Actually it is being verified by the hour so what da fook he's talking about, I don't know

Bummer.
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