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Old 06-14-2013, 09:37 PM   #2656
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I've seen parts of the movie here and here and a couple episodes of the show so I thought I'd actually real the actual novel.
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:41 PM   #2657
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:51 PM   #2658
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Old 06-23-2013, 04:57 PM   #2659
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We gonna pretend like this thread doesn't exist, Mr. Black Friday Brawler?



I'm reading this.

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Old 06-23-2013, 04:58 PM   #2660
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Half way through and I'm enjoying it a lot. I'll write a review on here when I finish because it's interesting to see how the debate between Keynsianism and Austrian economics has largely stayed the same since the 1930s.

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Old 06-23-2013, 05:16 PM   #2661
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bathroom reading:

- "a history of the world in 100 (archeological) objects" - neil macgregor.
- "the lives of a cell" - lewis thomas


last good graphic novels / bandes dessinees i've read:

- "blankets" - craig thompson
- "a jew in communist prague" - vittorio giardino
- "the sojourn" and "the raven's flight" by jean-pierre gibrat
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Old 06-23-2013, 05:17 PM   #2662
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didn't see this til now

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It was a very good read and I'm sure I will go through it again in a few years. I'll probably check into that philosophy podcast to get their take on things.
not sure if you've listened to it yet but they come to a similar conclusion as you and me, even if there's was out of rigourous thought and method where as ours was out of confusion. it's not really coherent. the link between the truth seeking of the scientific method and the.... truth feeling (?) of eastern philosophy can only be tenuously established at best. where i landed, or at least what i took out of the book rather than trying to read into the author's intent, was that the main character's plunge into the ins outs and absurd contradictions of "quality" exemplified what can happen when you take the hunt for real grounded definitive answers too far. you lose your fking mind lol. and i suppose through the history of philosophy, there's case study after case sstudy of just that.

end point being if you try to highlight a single concept as a way to ground an entire system thats supposed to encompass everything in existence, it inevitably breaks down. no matter what the concept is, the world doesn't allow for that kind of axiomatic simplification.

thats my shallow take on it anyway, and i call it shallow because most of the book in that regard went over my head, as did parts of the podcast. but even if the thesis isn't revelatory or groundbreaking or anything, he still has all sorts of little insights throughout that make it worth the read.



i just started the road, very good already and it shouldn't take long. after that i might pick up Creation by Vidal, my library has it and i remember Dasher recommending it a while back. i read Myra Breckenridge and Myron (the sequel) a few months ago and was blown away, such a fluid writer and a lot of its blatantly obnoxious just to push the reader's buttons i think. tho i expect his historical fiction wont be like the avant guarde sex stuff. looking forward to that.

i'm also poking through a copy of the Pentagon Papers that a friend loaned me a while back, now seems kinda relevant. i keep thinking of a quote, "comparing yesterday's lies to tomorrow's leaks"
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Old 06-23-2013, 06:12 PM   #2663
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Old 06-23-2013, 06:25 PM   #2664
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Mein Kampf
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Old 06-23-2013, 06:25 PM   #2665
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Creation was great. It may be my favorite book.
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:10 AM   #2666
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:19 AM   #2667
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:32 AM   #2668
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anyone here read 11/22/63 by S King?

Im thinking of picking this up but its very long (800-1000 pgs)
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:54 AM   #2669
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PEOPLE WHO EAT DARKNESS

It's a true story and the reporters account on following up on a British woman who travelled to Japan and worked as a hostess and a customer (who was a cult leader) kidnapped and murdered her (although she was never found and it was never definitely proven 100%). It was a big news story in both countries, and was going on while I was there. Basically everyone involved including the victim seems to be hiding things.
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:04 PM   #2670
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I finally read 1984 for the first time in my life. I finished it up at the same time the whole NSA shit went down. Coincidental.

I burned through Born to Run over two weeks.


Totally changed my outlook on running.

I'm back to reading again and I'm happy for it.
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