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Postby Cowboy » Sat Mar 26, 2016 6:54 pm

Now that debate is over for the time I've been attempting to switch off critical/research works and into casual works

I read Metamorphosis it was gr8

Starting to read Short stories, so if you could recommend them to me that would be awesome

Also any classics that I should prioritize? Was starting with 100 years of Solitude
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby pirxthepilot » Sun Mar 27, 2016 5:31 am

continue with kafka's short stories, anywhere else you go will be downhill, bad copy of a bad copy (haruki, i'm talking bout u blud).
some of the very short ones are amazing, people often don't realise how funny they are. this, for example:

https://livelongday.files.wordpress.com ... dradek.pdf
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby bels » Sun Mar 27, 2016 9:20 am

I reckon Borges is as good as Kafka, if not a bit better. Certainly more polished. Might as well read everything both of them have written though.

Bit from Dave Foster Wallace explaining how funny kafka is here: http://harpers.org/wp-content/uploads/H ... 059612.pdf

Personally if I had my time again I'd like to have read more books written by women. It's to my permanent chagrin that most of the books I've read are the same books that all the other irritating young men have read. To that end I'd stay away from Hemmingway, Bukowski and The Beats. Maybe check in on them when you're older.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby pirxthepilot » Sun Mar 27, 2016 5:48 pm

i just mentioned the humour as an aside. anyway i'll see your standard hipster foster wallace and raise you judith butler. this is great:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v573KaWGIrc

srsly wtf on borges 'as good as kafka'. in his better-known works borges has basically one trick: parachuting an idea from zenoberkeley, swift into an apparently 'straight' chesterton-style narrative. (also, you talk about me using too many REFERENCES???). of course he does this incredibly well and follows it through. but it gets tiresome. no question he is a very over-rated writer. (i actually prefer later stuff like 'the south').
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby bels » Sun Mar 27, 2016 6:31 pm

I don't recall Kafka doing anything that much different to what you describe Borges as doing. It has been a while since I read anything closely though.

My main issue with him is when I was reading him I remember frequently feeling like I was sifting through juvenelia or incomplete works. Maybe it's just his status that means so much of his work has been dug up but for every excellent piece there was another that seemed a waste of time. The quality of output on Borges just seemed overall better. Don't think I'd say he's overrated though at this point his ideas do seem to be very saturated into the modern zeitgeist. I still enjoy the settings and the vibes of them though.

I feel these are pretty pointless quibbles and we'd probably both agree they're very good authors and worthy of study.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby adiabatic » Sun Mar 27, 2016 8:33 pm

bels wrote:It's to my permanent chagrin that most of the books I've read are the same books that all the other irritating young men have read.


Maciej Ceglowski has a list of decently exotic books. Of the three I read, I most enjoyed The Good Soldier Švejk.

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I'd like to dig out Borges again, but I last read it in translation and if I were to do so again I'd spend a lot of time with my nose in a dictionary. On the other hand…I don't know what, if anything, I'd lose by simply reading it in translation. Probably less than if I were to read it in Spanish, but still…
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby bels » Wed Mar 30, 2016 5:15 pm

The Nook service has gone out of business or something so now I have to buy ebooks from Sainsburys or something and then jump through some fucking hoops to sideload them onto my nook. I have to install Adobe Digital Editions or something.

Is there some kind of ebook webstore which will just sell me access to like .epub files? I can drag and drop them on board and it all works fine.Or are ebooks still locked in DRM hell? I don't really want to buy a kindle because iliam will side eye me for it but I'm too bourgeois to display books in my home so IDK what else I can do.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby bels » Wed Mar 30, 2016 6:05 pm

I've stopped thinking about highrize so I'm going to post my thoughts and discussion points here. Feel free to discuss freely except pirx who isn't allowed to reference anything.

Is high rise about architecture or not about architecture?

I'd be interested in hearing:
Someone comment on the women of the novel,
A psychoanalytic reading (the high rise as a psyche)
Someone who knows about Courbousier saying some basic Courbousier shit that might be relevant.

Is Wilder's camera a substitute for the gun he finally obtains, or is the gun a substitute for a camera? It's mentioned that the higher he climbs in the high rise the less people are impressed or interested in the camera. "Television is for watching, Wilder" Wilder begins trying to make a film of the high rise and through that medium, seeks to dominate or understand it. Does he succeed? Does this have any relation to the almost universal attempts by humans to process pain through creativity? Is he forced to do this because the unnatural environment of the high-rise thwarts any attempt to process pain through pantheism/middle brow escape to nature. An escape into nature is an escape from yourself into hedonism/nihilistic acknowledgement of your insignificance. An escape into art is the reverse, retreating further into yourself and your own significance.

Broken window theory

"That’s what’s coming. That’s why the suburbs interest me because you see that coming. Where one’s almost got to get up in the morning and make a resolution to perform some sort of deviant or antisocial act, some perverse act, even if it’s just sort of kicking the dog, in order to establish one’s own freedom.”"

Is there a need for primitive spaces to act out our violence's? Wilder was a rugby player, does the lack of combat sport drive him to act as he does? Are computer games what save us all from acting out our violent fantasies?

Is Royal correct? Was the high rise his zoo?

Wilder and Royal have Dickensian aptonyms, do other characters?

The only animals ever mentioned are dogs, cats and seaguls. There are no rodents or pests despite the unsanitary conditions of the high rise. Why?

Do the tenants protect the high rise from outside interference (Police, building inspectors) for a reason outside of narrative coherence?
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby dakaf_fal » Wed Mar 30, 2016 9:32 pm

I'm just starting to read Naked Lunch by William Burroughs. I've read Queer and seen the film version of Naked Lunch, so I'm not totally in the dark about what to expect.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby ptozzi » Wed Mar 30, 2016 10:06 pm

dakaf_fal wrote:I'm just starting to read Naked Lunch by William Burroughs. I've read Queer and seen the film version of Naked Lunch, so I'm not totally in the dark about what to expect.


Tried reading this last summer when I worked as a valet, lot's of downtime. Read about the first 20 or so pages and realized I had no idea what I was reading. Tried again more recently and once again realized I was not enjoying it in the slightest. Never read any William S. Burroughs before so maybe I need to start elsewhere...
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby bels » Thu Mar 31, 2016 4:06 am

Pirx an aptonym is a name that is also part of the character ie Wilder is "wild" Royal is like a king etc
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby pirxthepilot » Thu Mar 31, 2016 4:30 am

right i know that now, it was the weird latin/greek hybridization that threw me. can we agree that if i'm not allowed to mention hegel however appropriate the context you're not allowed to use fugly neologisms
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby bels » Thu Mar 31, 2016 7:03 am

There's no such thing as objective aesthetics in neologisms pirx.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby bels » Mon Apr 04, 2016 6:56 am

Somebody please comment. Pirx I'll even let you make one reference as long as you fully explain it to those of us who aren't familiar with the canon
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby iralanwitnuk » Mon Apr 04, 2016 11:04 am

bels wrote:Do the tenants protect the high rise from outside interference (Police, building inspectors) for a reason outside of narrative coherence?


I was under the impression that the tenants protect the high rise because they develop a sort of Stockholm syndrome in that they protect it in order to satisfy their savage desires to wreak havoc. Maybe wrong oh well
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby oucho » Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:29 am

I have ordered it from abebooks but it's going to take 1-2 weeks to arrive (Abe is a busy man you know)
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby JewTurk » Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:51 am

Currently reading /Letters to a Young Poet/.

I was pretty turned off by Bukowski's /Love is a Dog From Hell/. It felt like a drudgery to get through.

Really enjoyed Diaz' /This is How You Lose Her/, he's become increasingly interesting the more I learn about him. Very jealous of anyone who gets to be in an academic community like one at MIT.

Taking book rec's for the summer. I'd love some beat flaxy kind of stuff, or any rec's for stuff that people enjoyed reading in the summer.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby MythicSquirrel » Fri Apr 22, 2016 9:44 pm

In the midst of reading House of Leaves after years of wanting to read it. also finally picked up Wizard and Glass, i guess i should probably finish The Dark Tower if they're gonna start making movies

@106-2 it's good if you can get absorbed in the story, the format doesn't really get super wonky until you're at a point where you can make a decision whether to keep reading or not, depending on if your're engaged enough in the story.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby 106-2 » Sat Apr 23, 2016 7:40 am

@MythicSquirrel How are you finding it? It's been on my to-read list for probably 2/3 years but I keep going back and forth on whether or not it seems too gimmicky
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby Iliam » Sun May 01, 2016 7:04 am

The 3rd Book for the Care-tags Book club will be:

*** The Argonauts *** by ~ Maggie Nelson ~

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It's a short read, around 170 pages ~ easily readable in a few days.

There's a New Yorker profile of Maggie Nelson to help you decide whether you want to read it (you should).

If you like the The Lover's Discourse by Barthes then you'll probably enjoy this book.


Please post your thoughts, facts and opinions by the 29/5/2016.


If you're going to buy the book, please don't buy from amazon.com or affiliates if you can help it.
Buy from your local independent bookstore if you can afford it (link about how writers are poor).
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby sknss » Mon May 02, 2016 5:29 am

I found an acid-free, 100% postconsumer wastepaper copy at the library.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby pirxthepilot » Mon May 02, 2016 6:08 am

1) didn't @ratchetkoala make a suggestion, does the Male Voice take priority?
2) this book has a REF-ER-ENCE to deleuze/irigiray etc on every single page, idk how bela and other sensitive types will cope
3) "Please post your thoughts, facts and opinions by the 29/5/2016."
= lol fuck off
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby Iliam » Mon May 02, 2016 2:25 pm

Oh sorry yes ratchet koala's book first. When are we meant to have read it by?

and

I think the book's references are more inclusive than exclusive. A knowledge of the source isn't required to understand their relevance to whatever is being discussed. The quotes take the reader along with them rather than shutting them out by assuming prior knowledge. I'm think bela will be fine.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby oucho » Mon May 02, 2016 2:34 pm

So I read Highrize this weekend. It takes place in a highrise because it's utopian fiction and the highrise, certainly the one in the book, is a utopian ideal, but it's not about architecture? I think part of the idea is to look at the utopian ideals of the highrise and apply that to society. The highrise quickly separates itself into a recognisable upper, middle and lower class, despite the apparent homogeneity of the populace. From there the community continues to travel sociologically backwards in time, splitting into smaller and smaller clans, which are manipulated by the top floors, until eventually there are only tiny groups left whose only objective is survival. At this point the top floors lose their ability to control the situation and Wilder breaks through. This backwards movement through time is also reflected in the steady decrease of the population and resources. Eventually they end up as cavemen and women wearing warpaint and speaking in grunts/birth-cries.

It's only when society has completely collapsed to the point where it has no structure at all that the top floors lose their control over the situation. Is that a comment that the only way to remove a ruling class is to destroy society? By the time this happens in Highrise though there no longer is a ruling class because the men have been overthrown by the women. I think the implication in the book is that society has been driven and formed by men restlessly acting out their inner psychological obsessions on the world. All the 3 main male characters are driven by some deeper psychological obsession: Royal by his feelings of inadequacy wants to prove he can rule the highrise, Wilder comes to see the highrise and Royal as being symbolic of his relationship with his father, Laing is a little less easy to summarize but 'He would build his dwelling-place where he was, with this woman and in this cave in the cliff face.' In the end Wilder and Laing both end up subservient to women. Pangbourne and Steele are both also psychotic.

The occupants play out a brief history of society in reverse so that Ballard can make wider comments of society and the history of society and the role of men and women in society throughout history. But I don't know what the relevance of the development of this in a homogenous group of people is, is he just making the point that humans inevitably arrange themselves in this way and the things that separate us in society now: education, profession, etc. are arbitrary and not fixed?

I wonder if through Wilder's camera Ballard is observing that we use the arts as a way to engage with out deeper psychological obsessions from a distance. Because eventually the situation in the highrise allows Wilder to live what he was trying to capture on film, by climbing the highrise, and eventually discarding his camera for a gun and shooting Royal. We use the arts to skirt around and look at what obsesses us, without truly living it. Ultimately all 3 men seem to reach a certain contentment with their situation.

I feel like there are a lot of other things going on. I don't really understand the references to the highrise as a zoo, or the significance of Royal's birds. I find the most interesting thing to be the way that the community 'collapses' in a way that reflects an unravelling of history. Ultimately it seems to end up in a utopia? The women on the top floors start to redecorate and rebuild the apartments there, the children are playing in the playground again. I feel like the implication of this is that society was formed by psychopathic men who we needed at some point: 'No zoo wold survive for long with Pangbourne as its keeper, but he would provide a node of violence and cruelty that would keep alive in others the will to survive. Let the psychotics take over. They alone understood what was happening.' but no longer need? Basically all men want to do is be cavemen.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby ASTROCHIMP » Mon May 02, 2016 7:54 pm

How do you guys go about finding/selecting/discovering new things to read? I've decided to start reading between my classes as I enjoy it so much but I never know what to read?

I checked out and finished Vonnegut's Mother Night today, it's been something that I've been meaning to get around to reading for quite some time now well ever since I finished Slaughterhouse Five. I really enjoyed it as pure entertainment however I need to go back through some parts of it to digest them again. As always though I enjoyed Vonnegut's writing style, this is I think the third book I've written by him. I know I've read Cat's Craddle and Slaughterhouse Five but I can't remember if I've read anything else. I think I might read some more of him after I finish Catch 22 which I checked out today aswell.

I'm also open to suggestions for books, I tend to like things that are similar Vonnegut with the whole dark humor and stuff.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby ratchetkoala » Tue May 03, 2016 8:16 pm

Iliam wrote:Oh sorry yes ratchet koala's book first. When are we meant to have read it by?


It's a pretty light read, it took me less than 2 hours, but to accommodate people purchasing it I would say the due date for How To Be Happy by Iain Thomas is May 20th
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby ratchetkoala » Mon May 23, 2016 10:49 pm

IT'S MAY 23RD.

WHO READ MY BOOK?

ARE YOU GUYS READY?
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby rjbman » Mon May 23, 2016 10:53 pm

I READ IT. IT WAS GOOD. I LIKED IT.

It was not a self help book but it made me feel better that someone else goes through the same sort of worries sometimes.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby parastexis » Mon May 23, 2016 11:35 pm

JewTurk wrote:I started reading Diaz' /This is how you lose her/ and I'm enjoying it so far. But so far this year my favorite book has been Calvinos /If on a winter's night a traveler.../ without a doubt.

Id be happy to read whatever y'all read next.


I just finished both of those and they were great. ( and I only picked them up cause I liked the titles when I read your post). Need some more recs now, from anybody.
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Re: What are you reading today/book club

Postby rjbman » Tue May 24, 2016 10:46 pm

Fine @iliam

My favorites:
Everyone kind of leans their expectations of who you are on you and it makes you petrified of who you really might be.


There is no pressure to become who "you" are at a specific point in your life, you are who "you" are, you do not become "you" one day in the future, you are always you, with everything you do.


Don't buy into irony or cynicism as a lifestyle. It's not a lifestyle, it's shit pretending to be a lifestyle - how can you be happy if you spend all your time dismissing things?


Be like a dog. I've read that somewhere before. Dogs are almost always happy and when they're sad, it's usually because their owner has gone away or they think someone is taking a walk without them but then when they see you again, they're happy. And they forget they were ever sad because they're permanently in the now.


The more you look in a mirror, the unhappier you'll be.


to be human is to try to be happy.


Sometimes I have a weird dream that we're all relatively brief sparks of consciousness that live on a rock circling a ball of fire.
And in the dream people get bored of this.
Also, frustrated with petty, insignificant things.


I've promised people I'll do things but I'm also still in bed and it's this tension that will eventually destroy all of us.


So much is done out of fear.
"Here is a picture of my car because I'm afraid what you think of my lifestyle."
"Here is a comment about my relationship because what if you think I am not loved."
"Here is a comment about my holiday because I worry that you think I don't travel."


Don't seek out things that you hate and adopt them like children, devoting your life to hating something.

Unless it's cancer or racism or sexism or rape or North Korea's complete and utter brutalisation of its own people. It's okay to hate those things. In fact, you should hate those things.


Don't beat yourself up for the way you feel, there's nothing worse than feeling bad for feeling bad, like you have no right to feel bad.


There's nothing to do and it drives you inside, into the dark with the curtains drawn on bright days, into secret alliances and friendships. It breeds a kind of creativity born of desperation. So you learn how computers work or you blow things up or you take drugs but you find something to obsess over because you need something to do.


So often the thing that hurts you is the thing that makes you human.


When you're sad, you only remember sad things and when you're happy, you only remember happy things.


Do really difficult things in the morning.

If you do really difficult things in the morning then when they're done you can feel really good about yourself, because they're done, and the rest of the day doesn't seem so bad.


Risk doing the things that make you happy.

It's always a risk worth taking and if you don't and someone asks you one day why you didn't, then you'll just burst into tears and keep saying, "I don't know, I don't know."


I stargaze because it makes me, and my problems, feel so insignificant and small. I am a speck in a beam of light. Nothing matters.


All I have is a feeling that the me tomorrow brings will be better than the me I'm stuck with today.


And you taught me to try and laugh at everything
That hurt
No matter what it was
Because that way it didn't hurt so much.


When everyone gets together
To solve the country's problems
From the comfort of our MacBooks


Let's bomb the fucking desert into glass and make a mirror so big you could hold it up to God's face and scream,
Look at what you've done.
Look at what you've done.


The world is beautiful but the people who live in it will lie to you.
Live with truth and meaning and don't be distracted by anything else.


Try and capture your own unique voice and take on things

And if one day, there's nothing left to write about, then that's the exciting part.

Because the need to write, will remain, and that's when you'll finally write

Something new.


Who you are is a coin hidden underneath a sheet of paper. You have to take life like a pencil and rub it against the paper to see who you are, to find the bumps and lines.
The more hard, difficult things you go through, the more you know who you are and the clearer the picture of you becomes.
I know who I am, and on a good day, how to be me.
I don't know how to be happy even if sometimes, as if by accident, I am.
Maybe knowing who you are, can be enough.


everyone should read this book
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