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      CommentAuthortinhat
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2013
     
    oh i like this thread

    i stopped reading "The Savage Detectives" by Roberto Bolaño because I thought it was boring- decently written, but boring. This is despite it being hailed by critics as a masterpiece of Latin American fiction. Yawn.

    Started reading Nabokov's "Bend Sinister" instead, and what a relief to be reading an author as exciting as Nabokov after something as dull as Bolaño. After reading Pale Fire and Lolita I think Nabokov's a good contender for being my favorite author, but I'll have to read more of his stuff to make that claim.
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      CommentAuthorbrunop
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2013
     
    ^"lolita" is a filthy, filthy book.
    but i loved it.
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    Now reading Dan Savage's "American Savage". The first two chapters were "are you fucking kidding me, dude, can you stop rehashing EVERY SINGLE PODCAST?" but then...wait for it...it got better. I think I'm in chapter 5 and had to tear myself away to go to sleeps last night.i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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    tinyhonkshus:but then...wait for it...it got better

    lollin'DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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    Snow crash, but ive hit the doldrumsTake-off everything but your rainboots
    • CommentAuthortristan
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2013 edited
     
    snow crash was soo gooood but got soooo baaaaad in the middle. It blows my mind that he wrote it in, what, the late 70s?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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      CommentAuthortinhat
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2013 edited
     
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      CommentAuthorbrunop
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2013
     
    ol' 'nop's never really fancied SCIFI (as such). but to each his or her own. i read "dune" though.
    and if there's dragons? my ass is outta there.
    i find "reality" interesting enough.
    but i do like ray bradbury.
    so there.
    • CommentAuthorspokenword
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2013
     
    tristan:snow crash was soo gooood but got soooo baaaaad in the middle. It blows my mind that he wrote it in, what, the late 70s?
    1993, actually. It's second wave cyberpunk following a decade after Neuromancer and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep\Blade Runner. The first gen stuff was written in the early/mid-80s, when we were still in the midst of the cold war and most of the futuristic computer technology was symbolized in video arcades, and the authors wanted sci-fi to be more than just Star Wars/Dune space opera or Star Trek utopianism. (William Gibson had a great short story in Burning Chrome, 'The Gernsback Continuum', that was like a huge fuck you to the old spacey-sci-fi tropes)

    Second gen cyberpunk, like Snow Crash, was written in a world that is post Cold War, with a society that was starting to discover and play with the Internet, and by authors who had just spent the last ten years inhaling these urban sci fi stories of hackers with leather jackets, mirrorshades and samurai swords. So, Hiro Protagonist (the main dude in Snow Crash) is a huge wink-and-a-nod to the stereotypical cyberpunk hero protagonist. World's still kind of crap-sacky but it's probably not because of a nuclear war, just general human neglect, and there are enough shiny gadgets and virtual reality spaces around to make it look like a fun place to be.

    The thing that I've been kind of enjoying lately is what feels like a third-wave of dystopian-near-future literature that's focused on things like environmental collapse and what our world would be like post global warming. Paolo Bacigalupi's stuff (The Windup Girl, The Drowned Cities) digs deep into this and is great.

    Also, if I were to recommend a Neal Stephenson book to people now, I'd probably go with Reamde over Snow Crash. Snow Crash is a classic, no question, but its vision of the future is getting a little dated; Reamde is pretty much a similar book but updated to a post WoW, post Facebook version of the Internet.
    • CommentAuthortristan
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2013
     
    Huh. Thanks for the writeup spokenword - I wonder what I was confusing it with (or if I had totally pulled the date out of thin air).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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      CommentAuthordora
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2013
     
    this thread needs more pictures
    too much reading


    right now i'm reading this

    it takes me a long time to read books, because i pretty much read for a job, so i'm only on page 50 or something
    but so far this is like, a history of poverty in the US & domestic policies that presidents kicked off and their impacts
    although they did start to reference the economist jeffrey sachs who i think is a World Bank/IMF loving shitbag. his book The End of Poverty was a joke.
    but anyway I still give this book two thumbs up so farMust be awful, being so fluffy.
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    banana truffles: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.


    I've read all of his books. Anansi Boys is a favorite, along with others.clockwork ted: this is my favorite thread. sweet BJ alexi!
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      CommentAuthorNuggetross
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2013
     
    ^^jeff sachs isn't a dick, yo: http://www.uv.es/~fores/AcosoTextual/sachsbio.html
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      CommentAuthorbrunop
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2013
     
    dora:this thread needs more pictures
    too much reading


    right now i'm reading this

    it takes me a long time to read books, because i pretty much read for a job, so i'm only on page 50 or something
    but so far this is like, a history of poverty in the US & domestic policies that presidents kicked off and their impacts
    although they did start to reference the economist jeffrey sachs who i think is a World Bank/IMF loving shitbag. his book The End of Poverty was a joke.
    but anyway I still give this book two thumbs up so far


    i love both these cats. but they're both rich.

    especially brother west. dude lived in a bigass house in whiteboy west newton before he moved to princeton.

    kinda vitiates...

    but again. i feel 'em. just like the kennedys kinda.

    ya don't have to BE poor to advocate for the poor.

    but still. . .
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      CommentAuthorbrunop
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2013
     
    that anthology about boston to benefit the one fund.
    "our boston".
    some good writing in this.

    before that--"dirty love" by andre dubus. gritty novellas set on the north shore around newburyport.
    highly recommended.
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      CommentAuthorbrunop
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2013
     
    fixin'' to read alan gurganus' "local souls".
    • CommentAuthorsmoothness
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2013
     
    i got one none of you fools have read (hopefully):



    pulled it off of an io9.com book list. pretty diverse short stories, all involve some sci fi, lots of them hard science.
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2013
     
    Finally getting around to reading Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. Pretty damn excellent."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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      CommentAuthorbrunop
    • CommentTimeOct 25th 2013
     
    "the circle" by dave eggers.
    you'll never use facebook again if you read this book.
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    bike pornDFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthorjoeyfresh
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2014
     
    Homicide by David SimonWe'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
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      CommentAuthorjoeyfresh
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2014
     
    surprisefries:bike porn
    If SRS, please review here.We'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
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    SRSly considering sending it to MF's Kindle.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthorjoeyfresh
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2014
     
    Please do that. Please?We'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
    • CommentAuthorLyzard
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2014
     
    Just finished "Zodiac" by 'cyberpunk' author Neal Stephenson.

    The "hero protagonist" works to clean up the Boston Harbor from dangerous chemicals being dumped by greedy corporations.
    He's often found riding his bike in Brighton, Allston and the Arsenal mall cruising around to his favorite Vietnamese noodle shops.
    Docking his inflatable Zodiac at the "university lab".
    Living in his shithole apartment near the river closer to Charlietown where he and his roommate share a tank of nitrous.

    Check out this 'eco-thriller'
    I enjoyed the tales of riding Charlesgate to Arsenal as much as the chase scenes with fast boats in Fort Point and Castle Island.

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      CommentAuthorbrunop
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2014
     
    "set this house on fire"
    william styron
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    Can anyone recommend a readable (i.e. not academic/referencey) nonfiction book about the Troubles in Northern Ireland?

    Also just started reading Here is Where and it has already blown my mind. (case in point: this happened)i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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      CommentAuthorhowl
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2014
     

    Troglodytarum is latin for troll
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    finished crime and punishment, now redoing spinoza's ethicsthis life may not be for you - ridecrazy
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      CommentAuthorbrunop
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2014
     
    "word exchange" by alena graedon.
    you will never ever use a smart phone again!
    good book.
    • CommentAuthorben
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2014
     
    Reading the Conqueror series by Conn Iggulden

    If you like historical fiction, he's my new favorite author in that genre.I have DTF pants. They're crotchless. -surprisefries
    • CommentAuthorObo
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2015
     
    Every couple of years I go and read "Debt" by David Graeber, (non-fiction). And I recommend the book to lots of people, but the size (~500+pgs) puts people off.

    He is doing a radio series on the BBC which is basically a short-form presentation, in ~15min clips, of the book. I've listened to the ones available so far, a new one comes out each day. If you're interested check it out. And then if you like that, definitely read the book.I ONLY WEAR CAMPY CONDOMS WITH WHITE WRAPS - joeyfresh
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    I started reading "Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life" and it's very up my alley, but because it's short stories (anecdotes tbh) in encyclopedia format, it's not really a page turner and it's not as natural to run and pick it up at the end of the day.

    Also I wish this thread were more active. Also also I need someone to like "Destiny of The Republic" as much as I did.i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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    Currently reading In the Heart of the Sea, which Corinne picked up last summer when we went to the cape/Nantucket. Really a good read. Nice to get more about the history of whaling and of the Essex. I feel like I missed out on a lot of this since I grew up in FL and got stuck reading The Yearling and such.clockwork ted: this is my favorite thread. sweet BJ alexi!
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    I've been enjoying a lot of the stuff people at muumuuhouse put out- a lot of modern fiction/poetry.

    if you want a laugh, check out Rontel by Sam Pink - might not be everyone's cup of tea but it's probably a favorite of mine right now.gotta go fast
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      CommentAuthorbrunop
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2015
     
    the "inner circle" by t.c. boyle.
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    I'm working on "Paris to the Past" by Ina Caroi mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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      CommentAuthorbrunop
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2015
     
    "the gate" by natsume soseki.
    picked it up off the remainder table downstairs at the harvard bookstore.
    good book where not much happens.
    which i like.
    i'm not big on plot.
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    I'm (hopefully) finishing 2666 by Roberto Bolaño this weekend (going up to a cabin in NH for a few days). I started it in early March and plowed through over half of it in a few days, but 24+ hrs in a bus, car or plane over the course of 9 days will do that. I've stagnated quite a bit since then.

    I fucking loved the first 2 "books" in 2666, but book 3 was so fucking slow- clearly an intentional writing mechanic but it made it a bit hard. I'm hoping book 4 will be a return to a more varied pace and finishing things up the way they started. Either way, I 100% recommend this book, a great insight into how a beautiful, haunted mind sees the world.

    I'm open to suggestions for something else- I have a few things half heartedly lined up.and then the time will come when you add up the numbers
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      CommentAuthorbrunop
    • CommentTimeAug 4th 2015
     
    just finished "euphoria" by lily king.
    moderately recommended.
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    Finished reading Dog in a Hat recently. Pretty entertaining read. Thanks again to my Secret Satan for this.
    clockwork ted: this is my favorite thread. sweet BJ alexi!
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeAug 5th 2015
     
    Foreword by Bob Roll!!Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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    Yes, turns out Bobke helped get Joe Parkin into racing.clockwork ted: this is my favorite thread. sweet BJ alexi!
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      CommentAuthorjoeyfresh
    • CommentTimeAug 5th 2015
     
    So it turns out DFW wrote a book about rap music with Mark Costello while they were living together in Camberville in 1989/90. It's really, really good and it's currently in the remainders section at Harvard Bookstore. If anyone decides to head down there, I'll pay you to grab me two extra copies. I'll be gifting this one.

    We'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
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      CommentAuthorjoeyfresh
    • CommentTimeAug 5th 2015
     
    Also, I just finished Woodsong by Gary Paulsen (who wrote Hatchet) and The Martian by Andy Weir. Both HIGHLY recommended.We'll get you a cat, don't worry -t-honks
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      CommentAuthora_lion
    • CommentTimeAug 5th 2015
     
    Won 8 books by Kazuo Ishigiro from Tor last week, and they arrived last night. So...everything he's ever written, including the ones I've already read before?
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    not recently, but was moved: NPR's article on James Tiptree Jr., an awesome female sci fi writer.
    • CommentAuthorObo
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2015
     
    HailI ONLY WEAR CAMPY CONDOMS WITH WHITE WRAPS - joeyfresh
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      CommentAuthorgastronomin
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2015 edited
     
    Book of Numbers by Joshua Cohen. I'm only 100 pages in but it's really fun so far, definitely some glimmers of DFW in there. He did a fun Q&A with New Republic that gives you an idea of the book since the plot doesn't totally the work justice.

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/122228/its-time-writing-took-something-back-internet

    I dunno how to link things on hereand then the time will come when you add up the numbers
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    mod smash

    you can click "edit" and see what I did, just a simple html tagDFL and DTF :D:D:D:D