So what are you reading?

What books, zines or other pulp are you reading? What aren't you reading? What should everyone else read?
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby wallrock » Mon Dec 22, 2008 12:32 pm

boston_jeff wrote:Cool. I liked Fortress of Solitude a lot.

I really did too. I picked up a used copy this summer basically because I recognized him from his Dylan interview in RS, and I was surprised at how engrossing of a story it was. It was probably the favorite read of 2008.

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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby O.J. » Mon Dec 29, 2008 3:09 pm

Has this ever happened to anyone else? I finally got around to reading "A Confederacy of Dunces," and 300 pages into the book, I realize that the next 25 or so pages are simply a reprint of the previous 25 pages. In my copy, pages roughly 300-325 don't exist.

Excellent book so far, by the way...I'd really like to know how it ends. :oops:

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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby Marvell » Mon Dec 29, 2008 3:43 pm

O.J. wrote: Excellent book so far, by the way...I'd really like to know how it ends.


The dunces get him.

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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby O.J. » Mon Dec 29, 2008 3:48 pm

Damn you, Marvell! Where's my spoiler alert?

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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby boston_jeff » Tue Dec 30, 2008 7:06 am

We have a copy if you need to read the ending, great book.

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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby AaronTheSnob » Tue Dec 30, 2008 8:43 am

Years ago, I was a big reader of fiction. Not so much over the past decade or so. However, as I was browsing through Border's a few weeks ago, I happened across the two volumes of "The Winds of War" and "War and Rememberance" by Herman Wouk. I had read them both many years ago, but for some reason was motivated to read them again.

So far, am about one third of the way through "Winds of War" and thoroughly enjoying it. Wouk was a tremendous fiction writer, in my opinion. "Marjorie Morningstar" was also one of my favorite novels in my youth. I also used to love to read everything I could get my hands on my John O'Hara, but his books are hard to find these days.

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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby rrnate » Tue Dec 30, 2008 1:01 pm

Now I'm reading the "De Capo Best Music Writing 2008" edition that came out a couple months ago and I'm really liking it. It's edited by Nelson George and focuses on Hip Hop/Pop writing for the year (though it does swerve off in to some fairly random stuff like an article on black metal and something about Jonathon Coulton).

These books are pretty entertaining every year but I've enjoyed this one more than most.

Coming soon - 2666 by Roberto Bolano!

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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby boston_jeff » Wed Dec 31, 2008 1:39 pm

AaronTheSnob wrote:Years ago, I was a big reader of fiction. Not so much over the past decade or so. However, as I was browsing through Border's a few weeks ago, I happened across the two volumes of "The Winds of War" and "War and Rememberance" by Herman Wouk. I had read them both many years ago, but for some reason was motivated to read them again.

So far, am about one third of the way through "Winds of War" and thoroughly enjoying it. Wouk was a tremendous fiction writer, in my opinion. "Marjorie Morningstar" was also one of my favorite novels in my youth. I also used to love to read everything I could get my hands on my John O'Hara, but his books are hard to find these days.


The snob, eh? And you prefer non-fiction... Reminds of the scene in Sideways.

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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby Bunny Chow » Thu Jan 08, 2009 4:24 pm

"Goodness has nothing to do with it" by Mae West

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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby boston_jeff » Thu Jan 08, 2009 4:32 pm

"Sweet and Low" by Rich Cohen.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_Cohen

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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby dstol62 » Thu Jan 08, 2009 5:05 pm

The Age of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby. Must reading for anyone who believes that culture in this country is circling the drain.

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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby Kenneth Burns » Thu Jan 08, 2009 5:57 pm

Jim Carlton, Apple: The Inside Story of Intrigue, Egomania, and Business Blunders. It's about the period just before the second coming of Steve.

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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby wallrock » Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:57 am

I just finished Chuck Klosterman's Downtown Owl. I had always enjoyed his previous collections and I liked this novel as well. I had expected more of a music-related nature given his past work but this novel only features music or pop culture tangentially. Growing up in a small town I could relate with a lot of the details of his fictional North Dakota farming community. The novel, which focuses on three characters in the small town of Owl, didn't really grab me at first but about mid-book I became more invested in the story.

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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby boston_jeff » Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:12 am

Glad to hear it, he is by far my favorite current non-fiction writer, but I was a bit scared about the fiction. I will pick up the paperback when I get a chance. He is hilarious at a reading, if he ever comes here I will be first in line!

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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby towanda » Sat Jan 10, 2009 10:55 pm

Currently, I'm working on three at once:

The Heretic's Feast: A History of Vegetarianism by Colin Spencer

Pascal's Wager: The Man Who Played Dice with God by James A. Connor

Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea by Mark Kurlansky with a foreword by the Dalai Lama.


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