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19 Apr 2019, 9:59 am

I've just finished this:

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A damn good read. I learned a heck of a lot about the cultural trends of 40s Russia, as well as about the background of my favourite composer. I was disappointed about his seeming lack of interest in Dostoevsky, over whom he much preferred Chekhov, but have renewed my understanding and appreciation of S's music.



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19 Apr 2019, 10:03 am

Wretched Strangers, a poetry anthology. It's great.

It has a mix of British poets who are living abroad and poets who were born elsewhere but live in the UK. Mostly poems about immigration or identity.



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19 Apr 2019, 10:14 am

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I'm re-reading The Sirens of Titan (Vonnegut) for the umpteenth time, and it still surprises me.

I read that in January for the first time. Poor Martians.

Did the main characters strike you as examples of Poor Us?

I see your point!
I didn't feel too sorry for the main characters, eventually they submit to their fate with grace. Is that like us?



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19 Apr 2019, 3:50 pm

domineekee wrote:
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domineekee wrote:
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I'm re-reading The Sirens of Titan (Vonnegut) for the umpteenth time, and it still surprises me.

I read that in January for the first time. Poor Martians.

Did the main characters strike you as examples of Poor Us?

I see your point!
I didn't feel too sorry for the main characters, eventually they submit to their fate with grace. Is that like us?

Yes, but if I put my mind into any one of them, their individual fate winds out as very similar to my own. That's what freaks me about Vonnegut. I'm always asking, "How did he know?"

Of course I didn't really start out as an obnoxious rich young man or like a woman who is just too good for anybody else. But the *way* they fall.

I inhabit each character as I read. Re Mars - I'm the one finding a note I wrote to myself before I killed my best friend, the note saying 'this isn't the real you, try to remember.' Mars is the business world to me. All those rules. All that brain-washing.



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27 Apr 2019, 5:20 pm

An anthology of short cyberpunk stories called Cyber World.


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28 Apr 2019, 5:43 am

The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys who Flew the B-24s over Germany by Stephen E. Ambrose.


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28 Apr 2019, 3:25 pm

Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon for my book club discussion.

Stitch and b***h Crochet: The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller because I want to teach myself how to crochet.

A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn for my own education. It’s been a while since I picked it up, though.


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04 May 2019, 3:31 pm

The Most Beautiful Woman In Town, by Charles Bukowski.

Birthday present from my wife. Anthology of Bukowski's short fiction, set in the theme of alcoholism, poverty, and mental illness, his stories range from the truly sad, to the hilarious, to the truly bizarre. So far, a great read.


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04 May 2019, 4:41 pm

"being mortal" by atul gawande (md) what is important toward the end of life and how to get it



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04 May 2019, 10:56 pm

Just finished tonight:
Eros and Magic in the Renaissance by Prof. Ioan Couliano.

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05 May 2019, 12:27 am

I'm currently reading Drop Dead Healthy by my favourite author, A.J. Jacobs. He seems like he could probably be autistic, he spends entire years devoting his life to various things, one book was about him reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica (The Know It All) and another was devoting a year to living exactly as the bible says he should (The Year Of Living Biblically).

This one is about 2 years of living exactly how health programs say he should, like using noise cancelling headphones to protect his ears, running barefoot because it's natural, becoming vegan and chewing a minimum of 30 times with every bite. He's very funny.

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05 May 2019, 3:26 pm

Noise by David Hendy. Very interesting.



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15 May 2019, 5:56 pm

Just finished 2 books lately.

Alex Sinclair's Tell me no lies

my second book by this author and this one was at least as bad as the first one. How anyone can make such an exciting idea so boring is beyond me. Repetitive and boring. Never reading this author again.



Stephan Pastis: It's The End When I Say It's The End
The seventh and last Timmy Failure book.
I have loved and laughed my way through this series. As much as it is a natural end to the series, I wish there were more Timmy books in the future.


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15 May 2019, 10:45 pm

Winter by Marissa Meyer.



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15 May 2019, 10:57 pm

Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights, A Reader's Guide to Essential Criticism, Ed. Patsy Stoneman (Cambridge, 2000).