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Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:52 pm
by CleanThug
#2 of books recommended by care-tags

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Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:47 pm
by Spartangy
Currently trying to finish up The Picture of Dorian Grey, I always really enjoy books that explore morals and human nature.

Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:49 pm
by fuxwitit
reading Slaughterhouse-Five for the first time, it's also the first vonnegut i've read.

Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:18 am
by CMYK
I just finished Remainder by Tom McCarthy... Amazing book. Nothing I've read in a long time has stuck with me like it has.

Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 2:19 am
by radicalbusiness
currently reading the god of small things, which is such a heart breaking novel. roy has a very interesting voice in her writing and i wish she still did fiction, but i have a lot of respect for her career of activism too.
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also working on the social animal by aronson. had to do read a segment for a class but now i am almost done with the whole thing. probably the most relevant book i have ever read. he puts everything in very simple terms and covers a huge breadth of concepts.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 11:19 am
by fuxwitit
I started reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy, its absolutely incredible. I love the post-apocalyptic genre and this doesn't disappoint.

Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 11:44 am
by seth83292
Finished Kafka on the shore.

Eh.

I loved this goodreaders review though. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/76 ... rue&page=1

Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:00 pm
by exprof
I've been reading the journals of Max Frisch. There are these little interesting questionnaires in them, and I've been stuck on the latest one regarding hope. (especially #4)

1. Do you usually know what you are hoping for?

2. How often must a particular hope (say, a political one) fail to materialize before you give it up, and can you do this without immediately forming another hope?

3. Do you sometimes envy other living creatures who seem to be able to live without hope (for example, fish in an aquarium)?

4. When some private hope is at last realized, how long as a rule do you feel it was a valid hope, that is, that its realization has brought you as much as you had been expecting from it all these years?

5. What hope have you now given up?

Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:00 am
by frogosaurus
Reading Discipline & Punish and loving it. Foucault is the fucking man.

Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:02 am
by jjetpants
Just finished Kafka on the Shore, kinda agree with seth. Enjoyed Wind Up Bird, even 1Q84, much more.
Now the problem is that I've been piling books up the past couple months and don't know what to read next.
Probably A Confederacy of Dunces...but I might go pick up another Sedaris instead, idk I'll flip a coin.

Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:17 am
by radicalbusiness
just finished crime and punishment / the invisible man and really liked them both. Y'all really seem to like Murakami's stuff, I only read Kafka on the Shore and After Dark but I really liked them both, especially after dark. Any recommendations about where to go next or other similar authors to explore?

Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 4:20 am
by bels
I'd just read more Murakami, and once I'd read a bunch of it I'd re read some of the stuff I previously read. I feel like Muzza rewards rereading very well.

Personally reading a lot of lovecraft instead of doing work.

Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 5:51 am
by smrk
Finished Camus' "The Stranger" and now I'm back to reading Max Frisch, currently it's "Stiller". Really enjoying this novel so far.

Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:39 pm
by oucho
reading a biography of Bruce Chatwin, it's interesting, I'm reading it for work, going to move onto a biography of Kafka next, also 4 work

Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 3:48 pm
by zayg
trying to read Norwegian Wood (adding to murakami talk) but instead i had to stop to read black water by joyce carol oates for a class. looking at in a different lens makes me not dislike this novel as much, but i still find it pretty dreadful to read

Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:05 pm
by sidewalk
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 2:20 pm
by bels
Think it took me about a year but I just finished INFINITE JEST.

Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 2:32 pm
by exprof
AHHHH! @Bela have you read Aaron Schwartz's "What happens at the end of Infinite Jest?" *SPOILERS* obviously if you haven't read it.

Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 8:18 pm
by charybdis
Infinite Jest has been sitting on my bedside table for the last three years after I read 250ish pages and then got distracted. Maybe I'll do this.

Been reading a lot of old children's books because I've been in close proximity to my sister. Totally forgot how amazing From the Mixed Up FIles of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is. (I mean, come on, it's about two kids who run away and camp out in the Met.) Also, I found this pdf when I googled the book: http://www.metmuseum.org/~/media/Files/ ... 0Issue.pdf

Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 9:23 pm
by bhajz
Been reading this lately as I've been trying to get more into womens fashion lately.

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Reading this really wants me to read more about CDG and all the different diffusion lines that have been started. Also have helped me appreciate Jun Takahashi, one of my favorite designers, even more as his womens stuff is out of this world, especially his really early stuff. I found A/W 00-01 to be really fucking amazing. It's a really great read, definitely recommend.

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Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 1:20 am
by pk!
fuxwitit wrote:reading Slaughterhouse-Five for the first time, it's also the first vonnegut i've read.

To this day, still one of my favorite novels. For once, I actually suggest the film adaption too, it was strong from an independent cinematic standpoint as well as hitting the key ideas of the book. If you end up enjoying Vonnegut's writing a good bit, I really suggest Bagombo Snuff Box, it's a collection of early short stories from him.

Right now I'm reading two books, one fiction and one non. For fiction, I'm reading "The End of the World News" by Anthony Burgess, which has turned out great. I had never heard of the author, but I found the book in a closing shop in Berkley and was instantly drawn in, Burgess is a very clever writer, managing to pull in sci-fi and humor very well - though more serious than say, Douglas Adams, but not much more than Vonnegut. I'm about 150~ pages in, and it's been great, I just need more time to read it.

On the non-fiction side I picked up "Love Goes to Buildings on Fire" by Will Hermes, which is a detailed recounting of the shaping 5 years in the 70's music scene in NYC that proved to be immensely prolific. It's fascinating to be able to really get a grasp of the insane creative environment that was present, with such a diverse yet intersecting crowd of artists all drawn in by cheap rent and each other. It also helps that the author is witty in his own right, and ties it all together in a very engrossing read - and additional perspective as a young teenagers ring the events transpiring. If you're even remotely interested in music history or even just American culture, I really suggest this.

(Also, a little hurrah to the post above, because Takahashi's womenswear is very much out of this world, especially FW14, that Paris show was incredible of him.)

Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 1:29 am
by CleanThug
I love this thread, I have so many books on my to-read list now

Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 5:31 am
by bels
@exprof@charybdis

I'd not seen that interpretation of the ending and it strikes me that I'd never have a chance of being able to work it out because of the huge amount of time it took me to read the book. I guess that the whole thing needs to be read in a relatively short period of time for it to be really appreciated which is kind of cool. Or maybe it needs to be reread which is also cool but I'm not sure where I'd get another year from.

Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 2:19 pm
by Syeknom
Currently reading Gogol's Dead Souls - terribly good and very funny.

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Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 3:25 pm
by absurdmind
getting through david lewis' on the plurality of worlds which is cool for anyone into philosophy. probably going to read kafkas the trial next.

Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 4:29 pm
by donut_milk
I enjoy reading food literature and am working my way slowly through this:

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Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 6:08 pm
by sparkyoriental
My concentration is terrible, these days I can barely sit down for 5 minutes to read a book. :(( Used to love reading. Now the only things I read are journal articles, textbooks, and occasionally the newspaper.

I really enjoy memoirs and I've been slowly sloughing through "The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness" by Elyn Saks. If you or anyone that you know has schizophrenia, I highly highly recommend her memoir. She's a professor at USC in Law. Her descriptions of psychosis are spot on. It's a pretty tragic book, but it's wonderfully heartwarming at the same time as you go with Elyn through her treatment and successes. Definitely a very motivational book.

Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 9:20 am
by nucktux
bela wrote:Think it took me about a year but I just finished INFINITE JEST.


Congrats man! It's such an amazing book, but it does take a lot of work...

charibdys wrote:Infinite Jest has been sitting on my bedside table for the last three years after I read 250ish pages and then got distracted. Maybe I'll do this.


Do it! I did SoJ last year and it was great - having a group to puzzle the book out with makes it a lot more enjoyable to sit back and trust the work to come together.

Personally, I've been dipping back into IJ lately - it's been almost a year since I started it for the first time. Mostly reading Lacan, though - I can see why Lacanians call his work an intellectual smorgasbord. Despite all the philosophy I've read, he's the first writer to engage truly seriously (that is, both with focus and in good faith) with some questions that have been puzzling me for a long time.

Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 7:55 pm
by vgtbls
Just finished Pattern Recognition. I really liked it, but I'm a huge Gibson fan so that's no surprise.

Working my way slowly through Plastic Ocean by Captain Charles Moore. The science and history parts are cool, but he couldn't string together a pearl necklace, much less a narrative.

Re: What are you reading today/book club

PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 8:50 pm
by seth83292
Just finished Never let me go. I liked it a lot actually, maybe it's cause I'm so into orphan black right now, but those last 20-30 pages really touched me.

Going to start Blood meridian soon.