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Old 10-17-2010, 10:11 PM   #16
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Salvador Dali, huh? Interesting, let me Wiki...
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Old 10-17-2010, 10:13 PM   #17
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I'm really tempted right now to get one of those. It's always on the Amazon.com front-page whenever I go there. It's staring at me all the time, I can't escape it.

However, physically have a book in your hands and reading is a hard feeling to replicate. Also, I love hard-covers and how they look on my impressive book-shelf.
I was always hesitant but the Kindle 3 is getting fantastic reviews and it seems to be cheaper than what the others used to be. With the Ipad out and other tablets on the horizon, e-readers seem to be coming down in prices.

I like physical books too but the world of torrents is too irresistible with all the pdf, txt and e-book books that are out there.
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Old 10-17-2010, 10:14 PM   #18
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I really shouldn't read the Wiki if I'm going to buy a book on him. Better yet, research and read the reviews on his biographies.
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Old 10-17-2010, 10:15 PM   #19
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I was always hesitant but the Kindle 3 is getting fantastic reviews and it seems to be cheaper than what the others used to be. With the Ipad out and other tablets on the horizon, e-readers seem to be coming down in prices.

I like physical books too but the world of torrents is too irresistible with all the pdf, txt and e-book books that are out there.

You bring up a brilliant point. Download the e-book, read, if I love it, buy it.

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Old 10-17-2010, 10:17 PM   #20
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I'll look into it further tomorrow. I need to at least find a decent e-book torrent site first before I even consider thinking about buying the Kindle.
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Old 10-17-2010, 10:19 PM   #21
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Oh yes, and Ambrose Bierce is also both a great author and an interesting personality to read about.
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Old 10-17-2010, 10:26 PM   #22
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I just read

Kafka was the Rage: a Greenwich village memoir by Anatole Broyard

Disco Bloodbath A Fabulous but True Tale of Murder in Clubland

and Basketball Diaries.

over the past year

These are all autobiographies/memoires. I enjoyed them mainly cause the subject matters were all highly relatable to me.
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Old 10-17-2010, 10:26 PM   #23
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Old 10-17-2010, 10:46 PM   #24
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I'll recommend some I've read.

http://www.amazon.com/Lust-Life-Irvi...f=cm_lmf_tit_1

Was the best reviewed biography on Van Gogh when I picked it up. You want enigmatic and tormented geniuses? There isn't a better example. Pick this up, seriously.

http://www.amazon.com/Miles-Autobiog...f=cm_lmf_tit_2

Autobiography of Miles Davis. I didn't know much about him before I picked up the book but his life is more fascinating than I had thought. Doesn't hold back much, feels like a really honest account as he doesn't really give a phuck what you think of him. Get to read about all the highs and lows (drug addiction, racism - often from white critics etc) of his life.

http://www.amazon.com/Surely-Youre-J...rch_res_rpli_1

Read this a really long time ago, but I've never met a person who didn't like this book. It's an autobiography.

http://www.amazon.com/Moveable-Feast...=cm_lmf_tit_11

Hemingway writing about his life in Paris during the 20s. Don't have to like his work to enjoy this. Short read, you not only get an insight into his life and the Paris of those times, but other writers as well. Stories of Fitzgerald and his wife were really interesting (read writers draft thread for one I brought up just the other day).
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Old 10-17-2010, 10:50 PM   #25
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I'll recommend some I've read.

http://www.amazon.com/Lust-Life-Irvi...f=cm_lmf_tit_1

Was the best reviewed biography on Van Gogh when I picked it up. You want enigmatic and tormented geniuses? There isn't a better example. Pick this up, seriously.

http://www.amazon.com/Miles-Autobiog...f=cm_lmf_tit_2

Autobiography of Miles Davis. I didn't know much about him before I picked up the book but his life is more fascinating than I had thought. Doesn't hold back much, feels like a really honest account as he doesn't really give a phuck what you think of him. Get to read about all the highs and lows (drug addiction, racism - often from white critics etc) of his life.

http://www.amazon.com/Surely-Youre-J...rch_res_rpli_1

Read this a really long time ago, but I've never met a person who didn't like this book. It's an autobiography.

http://www.amazon.com/Moveable-Feast...=cm_lmf_tit_11

Hemingway writing about his life in Paris during the 20s. Don't have to like his work to enjoy this. Short read, you not only get an insight into his life and the Paris of those times, but other writers as well. Stories of Fitzgerald and his wife were really interesting (read writers draft thread for one I brought up just the other day).


I never read biographies, but that Hemingway one sounds very interesting. I'll look for it at the library.
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Old 10-17-2010, 10:53 PM   #26
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I was always hesitant but the Kindle 3 is getting fantastic reviews and it seems to be cheaper than what the others used to be. With the Ipad out and other tablets on the horizon, e-readers seem to be coming down in prices.

I like physical books too but the world of torrents is too irresistible with all the pdf, txt and e-book books that are out there.
The kindle takes in open source files? I never really looked into it but that does make it sound worth it now.
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Old 10-17-2010, 10:59 PM   #27
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The kindle takes in open source files? I never really looked into it but that does make it sound worth it now.
The newest Kindle has more PDF support this time around apparently but there are freeware programs that can convert most files to standard e-book formats.

http://calibre-ebook.com/
This one is a common one. Been looking into this stuff today.
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Old 10-17-2010, 11:00 PM   #28
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Actually a Kurt Cobain biography could be a good read considering what you posted. Misunderstood, dead, celebrety...

Read it - good, sad read. The definitive Cobain bio.

BRabbit - Love Bradbury. Fahrenheit 451 is one of my favourite novels.
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Old 10-17-2010, 11:18 PM   #29
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Malcolm X and Jack Johnson were good bios I've read lately.
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Old 10-17-2010, 11:23 PM   #30
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I'll recommend some I've read.

http://www.amazon.com/Lust-Life-Irvi...f=cm_lmf_tit_1

Was the best reviewed biography on Van Gogh when I picked it up. You want enigmatic and tormented geniuses? There isn't a better example. Pick this up, seriously.

http://www.amazon.com/Miles-Autobiog...f=cm_lmf_tit_2

Autobiography of Miles Davis. I didn't know much about him before I picked up the book but his life is more fascinating than I had thought. Doesn't hold back much, feels like a really honest account as he doesn't really give a phuck what you think of him. Get to read about all the highs and lows (drug addiction, racism - often from white critics etc) of his life.

http://www.amazon.com/Surely-Youre-J...rch_res_rpli_1

Read this a really long time ago, but I've never met a person who didn't like this book. It's an autobiography.

http://www.amazon.com/Moveable-Feast...=cm_lmf_tit_11

Hemingway writing about his life in Paris during the 20s. Don't have to like his work to enjoy this. Short read, you not only get an insight into his life and the Paris of those times, but other writers as well. Stories of Fitzgerald and his wife were really interesting (read writers draft thread for one I brought up just the other day).

Every book interests me, especially Van Gogh and Miles Davis. Repped.
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