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    'in the heart of the heart of another country' by etel adnan
    'housekeeping vs. the dirt' by nick hornby (which, yesterday, i had wanted to buy and then found at boomerangs).

    i also bought 'the mezzanine' by nicholson baker at boomerangs.You're purposefully attempting to sabotage my degree project. Thanks.
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      CommentAuthorNuggetross
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2011
     
    ^ah damn, i read in the heart of the heart awhile ago. hope you enjoy.
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    it's great so far. i got about halfway through this evening. hoping to finish it up tomorrow.You're purposefully attempting to sabotage my degree project. Thanks.
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      CommentAuthorjoeyfresh
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2011
     
    We'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
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    Civil War Nerds! Paul! Howell! I just finished "Midnight Rising" about John Brown & the raid on Harper's Ferry. By the guy who wrote Confederates in the Attic, but not the same style book. You know how they could fill a book with what you don't know about John Brown? Well, Tony Horwitz did. And it is full of primary source quotations. And it is awesome.i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
    • CommentAuthorben
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2012
     
    I'm reading Attila by William Napier. Really good historical fiction if that's your thing. And it's part of a series so you don't have to get all sad when it ends.I have DTF pants. They're crotchless. -surprisefries
    • CommentAuthortristan
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2012
     
    I'm reading a book called "Team Geek" about working better in engineering teams. Its pretty great so far, and brings up a lot of interesting points. It's a little hippie/feelingsy but I'm enjoying it.
    I'm also reading Homeland: The Legend of Drizzt. And its awesome, as you'd expect.ascott430 - "Was going to build it up into a fixed gear until I realized I'd rather spend money and time on mountain bikes."
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    Almost finished with this. It is so so good.

    CJ Chivers also has a fascinating blog.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
    • CommentAuthorben
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2012
     
    tristan:I'm also reading Homeland: The Legend of Drizzt. And its awesome, as you'd expect.
    Oh, high school.I have DTF pants. They're crotchless. -surprisefries
    • CommentAuthorObo
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2012
     
    Currently Reading:
    "Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black-Americans from the Civil War to World War II" by Douglas Blackmon
    and
    "Martin & Malcom & America: A Dream or a Nightmare" by James ConeI ONLY WEAR CAMPY CONDOMS WITH WHITE WRAPS - joeyfresh
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      CommentAuthorwest.
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2012
     
    Currently reading three books. IDK why...

    -Blood Meridian (fucking awesome)
    -Cloud Atlas (pretty good, unique)
    -The Dog Stars (ok... kind of sentimental crock o' shit, but engaging)unstuck in time
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      CommentAuthormrotown
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2012
     
    tinyhonkshus:Civil War Nerds! Paul! Howell! I just finished "Midnight Rising" about John Brown & the raid on Harper's Ferry. By the guy who wrote Confederates in the Attic, but not the same style book. You know how they could fill a book with what you don't know about John Brown? Well, Tony Horwitz did. And it is full of primary source quotations. And it is awesome.


    I love Tony Horwitz.
    He did a reading a back pages in Waltham when this came out (dude lives on MV)
    I got to ride through Harper's Ferry last year and seeing the town really makes you realize how bonkers the plan was.
    Solid book.e-f-f-e-c-t a smooth operater operating correctly
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      CommentAuthorhowl
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2012
     
    tinyhonkshus:Civil War Nerds! Paul! Howell! I just finished "Midnight Rising" about John Brown & the raid on Harper's Ferry. By the guy who wrote Confederates in the Attic, but not the same style book. You know how they could fill a book with what you don't know about John Brown? Well, Tony Horwitz did. And it is full of primary source quotations. And it is awesome.


    John browns' body is my favorite hiking song. I will have to check it out.Troglodytarum is latin for troll
    • CommentAuthorsmoothness
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2012 edited
     
    just finished reading The Night Circus. Also just found out that I attended the author's school, and now we live less than five miles apart. creepy. the book was very good, btw.
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    Now I'm reading "In the Garden of Beasts" by Erik Larson, and it is such a 180. John Brown was so dedicated to the emancipation of slaves that he gave everything he had over the course of like 20 years. The PROtagonist in Garden of Beasts is like "So they're imprisoning jews! Nobody likes jews!".i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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    Reading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I know, sexy witches and vampires are pretty eye-roll inducing these days... but there's library-porn levels of descriptions of the Bodleian Library in Oxford and research rooms and rare books/boxes of manuscripts. As soon as the predictable romance kicked in, I got bored. Also, as soon as the vampire geneticist started going on about how the witch apparently has all of the genes coding for various magical abilities, I had to keep myself from laughing and showing the scientists I work with for a good chuckle. I kind of don't want to bother reading the two upcoming books in the trilogy.

    For some reason, it makes me want to read Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle again. Either that or it was how I randomly came across this (supposed) first edition of Hooke's Micrographia online. Forget about sexy vampires. I don't care if he's been alive that long unless he actually has a first edition copy of this in his library... Oh wait, I think Matthew (sexy vampire/geneticist in A Discovery of Witches) did. I think I can see why Diana (sexy witch/alchemical historian) decided to stay with him (spoiler in case anyone actually cared?).
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    tinyhonkshus:Now I'm reading "In the Garden of Beasts" by Erik Larson, and it is such a 180. John Brown was so dedicated to the emancipation of slaves that he gave everything he had over the course of like 20 years. The PROtagonist in Garden of Beasts is like "So they're imprisoning jews! Nobody likes jews!".


    :-(clockwork ted: this is my favorite thread. sweet BJ alexi!
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      CommentAuthorwest.
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2012
     
    Now I'm reading "Gravity's Rainbow," Pynchon. We'll see how that goes. :\unstuck in time
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      CommentAuthortinhat
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2012 edited
     
    Picked up and finished "Clouds and Eclipses" by Gore Vidal today, a collection of eight short stories originally published as a collection of seven under the name "A Thirsty Evil." The previously unpublished story is a true account of an event in Tennessee Williams' life, and was requested by him not to be published. Tight, careful prose about well-bred and highly-born American aristocrats and their wacky antics. Recommended with reservation: heavily gay-themed, but in a way that you might have to be gay to really appreciate.
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    For all my nonfiction punk rock buddies I've been reading Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad. It chronicles bands like Black Flag, Minutemen, Mission of Burma, and a bunch more. Each chapter is a different band, decent biography. Even the bands I don't listen to or like I enjoy reading about.
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      CommentAuthorbrunop
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2012
     
    "winesburg ohio".
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    thomas bernhard, correction
    • CommentAuthorObo
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2012
     
    Now currently reading Kapital, Vol 1 (It's on my desk, all ye capitalists be scared)I ONLY WEAR CAMPY CONDOMS WITH WHITE WRAPS - joeyfresh
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    tinyhonkshus:Civil War Nerds! Paul! Howell! I just finished "Midnight Rising" about John Brown & the raid on Harper's Ferry. By the guy who wrote Confederates in the Attic, but not the same style book. You know how they could fill a book with what you don't know about John Brown? Well, Tony Horwitz did. And it is full of primary source quotations. And it is awesome.


    ooooh! I might add this to my list, once I finish The Survival of the Bark Canoe.You said time was infinite, so why the watch wrapped around your wrist?
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      CommentAuthortinhat
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2012
     
    "This Band Could Be Your Life" and "Please Kill Me" are required reading for music nerds.
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    west.:Now I'm reading "Gravity's Rainbow," Pynchon. We'll see how that goes. :\


    Nice, I've been meaning to read it again since I had a bit of a hard time getting through it the first time. My favorite Pynchon book is still V. though.
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    FatherSorry:For all my nonfiction punk rock buddies I've been reading Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad. It chronicles bands like Black Flag, Minutemen, Mission of Burma, and a bunch more. Each chapter is a different band, decent biography. Even the bands I don't listen to or like I enjoy reading about.

    i'm slowly working my way through this now. it's really good. i'd like to read 'please kill me' one of these days.You're purposefully attempting to sabotage my degree project. Thanks.
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      CommentAuthormrotown
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2012
     
    This band?
    Come on dude.e-f-f-e-c-t a smooth operater operating correctly
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      CommentAuthorjoeyfresh
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2013 edited
     
    I just finished George Saunders' new collection Tenth of December last night and it left me nearly speechless from the first to the last. The hype is true. His stories are amazing. I've never read anything like it. Can't recommend him enough. I immediately started CivilWarLand in Bad Decline and it's incredible as well.

    My favorite passage from one of the stories in Tenth, and an idea I think a lot of his writing powerfully revolves around:

    "Maybe someone could've said to the guy who'd hired me, "Uh, I have to stop now, I feel bad for killing so many tadpoles." But I couldn't. So I kept on rake-hurling.
    With each rake-hurl I thought, I'm making more bloody bellies.
    The fact that I kept rake-hurling started making me mad at the frogs.
    It was like either: (A) I was a terrible guy who was knowingly doing this rotten thing over and over, or (B) it wasn't so rotten, really, just normal, and the way to confirm it was to keep doing it, over and over."We'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
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    george saunders is definitely my new favorite writer. cedar invited me to see him speak at bc, like, three years ago, and though he made an impression on me, i only JUST read civilwarland at the beginning of this year.You're purposefully attempting to sabotage my degree project. Thanks.
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    Are you guys on Goodreads? (She said, as she realized that our tastes aren't similar except for Civil War books)i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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      CommentAuthorjoeyfresh
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2013 edited
     
    I'm not because, like with pinterest, I don't see the point. I feel like I must be missing something, though. What keeps you interested in it?

    (Also, belated shout out to nerdo for recommending CivilWarLand.)We'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
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    that it recommends books for you based on books you read and like is the big reason. on a more personal level, I'm a list-maker, and I like that it lets you make a list of "to-read" because otherwise I keep a list of "to read" on a post-it note.i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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      CommentAuthorjoeyfresh
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2013
     
    Interesting. I keep my "to read" list on multiple post it notes tossed into the space between my keyboard and monitor. Occasionally I get into a fit, clean the pile up, update the word doc I keep, and recycle a dozen yellow squares. I'm not sure it's a great system, but I enjoy the chaos and haphazardness of it. If I make a firm list, I just end up doing what I want to in the moment anyway so I never saw the point. Because of that, my "to read" list is actually a "to acquire" list because I like to have a huge selection in my office so I can satisfy a whim without effort but I don't have a plan for what's actually next.We'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
    • CommentAuthorJimmyJ
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2013
     
    my to-read list is essentially my amazon cart.
    then i try to go into a bookshop to buy the book there if i can.
    that way if i see anything random i might like i chuck it in there...and when i need a new book or two i re-visit them and choose what i'm in the mood for.
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    joeyfresh:I'm not because, like with pinterest, I don't see the point. I feel like I must be missing something, though. What keeps you interested in it?
    I like seeing what other friends have read and enjoyed. Sometimes those info tidbits are a good prompt to put a certain title on my to-read list, also I still find friend recommendations to be a better guide than Amazon or anything else.

    Also, it's handy to have the app on the phone so that when I go to the library, I'm not trying to remember what I've scrawled down in a bunch of different of wish lists or paper notes.
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    spokenword:Also, it's handy to have the app on the phone so that when I go to the library, I'm not trying to remember what I've scrawled down in a bunch of different of wish lists or paper notes.


    Yeah, this is why the post-it doesn't work for me. I do much of my book "reading" at work via audiobook, so I like to have it accessible at home and work.i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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      CommentAuthormrotown
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2013
     
    Ha
    Jimmy and I use amazon the same way
    I have hundreds of books in my cart
    When something sparks my interest I add it to the cart
    Then I take it out of the boston public librarye-f-f-e-c-t a smooth operater operating correctly
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      CommentAuthorwest.
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2013 edited
     
    conor! for mod:george saunders is definitely my new favorite writer. cedar invited me to see him speak at bc, like, three years ago, and though he made an impression on me, i only JUST read civilwarland at the beginning of this year.

    Same here, read Tenth of December back when it first came out... man oh man, I really liked it. Although, I must admit that some of his stories start to sound like pastiches of themselves, he does it well enough that I don't much mind.unstuck in time
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    800+ pages. A dense read. About 1/3 way through it.

    Image and video hosting by TinyPicAll you white kids look alike when you're still covered in baby fat, so I was getting bored with the non-stop WASP parade.
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      CommentAuthorbrunop
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2013
     
    "the son" by philipp meyer. real good so far.
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    Catch-22, pretty good so far.
    Gave up on rings of saturn.somebody turn the lights off on this place already.
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      CommentAuthorNuggetross
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2013
     
    seanile mick:Catch-22, pretty good so far.

    i find this statement hilarious.
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    ^hah

    I ended up liking it, but it took me at least 80 pages to get into it. The writing style is just so weird.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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    I think thats why i like it.somebody turn the lights off on this place already.
    • CommentAuthorspokenword
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2013
     
    Currently reading The Mongoliad Cycle by Neal Stephenson and Greg Bear
    It's like if someone took The Dirty Dozen, Beowulf and Soul Calibur, put it all into a blender and hit the awesome button. Good summer reading.

    The last book that I finished was Jo Walton's "Among Others" which is fantastic in every sense of the word. It's like a love letter to every sci-fi/fantasy book nerd who's ever existed ever.
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      CommentAuthorjoeyfresh
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2013
     
    I recently plowed through the first three books of the Ender quadrilogy, but decided against continuing to the fourth because I heard it was a steaming pile of shit that spent 200 pages recapping the first three books. All-in-all, worthwhile. It's amazing to me that someone as bigoted as Card can do what he did with Ender's Game/Speaker for the Dead/Xenocide.

    I'm enjoying Time Enough for Love by Robert Heinlein now and Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son is in the wings.We'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
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    Card gave the commencement address at my college the year before I graduated, which was pretty cool. I had no idea about his personal life/politics/prejudices at the time though.

    I'm stuck on Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story by Jim Holt, which I was super into when I started it, but now I'm kind of tired of it and debating whether to just leave it for a while. Next in line is Hitchens' Mortality I also am way behind on NatGeo.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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    I am getting into Gaiman after listening to a radio broadcast Neverwhere from BBC.
    Now I am listening to Anansi Boys.
    Awesomeeee magical realism/fantasy.YO NOT EVERYBODY GOES TO EAR SCHOOL OK
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      CommentAuthormrotown
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2013
     
    Brunop did you catch meyer at the harvard bookstore Tuesday night?
    Great booke-f-f-e-c-t a smooth operater operating correctly