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    Reading List

    Ok, maybe this is too J, but I have a running list of things I want to read. I just updated it, so I thought I'd share. There's a rationale for all of these, which I'm skipping for now. And I think I'm not typing everything out, but at least the top few that have my attention.

    Stendhal's The Red and the Black
    Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago (the Pevear/Volokhonsky translation)
    Woolf's On Being Ill
    considering Bolano's 2666 and Buarque's Spilt Milk
    Lahiri's The Lowland
    Diaz's This is How You Lose Her
    Rushdie's Joseph Anton
    Buber's I and Thou
    Finkel's Thank You For Your Service

    To finish/return to:
    Yourcenar's Memoirs of Hadrian
    Foucault's Discipline and Punish
    de Laclos's Les Liaisons Dangereuses

    What's on your reading list?

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    Now we know... Asteroids Champion ACow's Avatar
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    Count of Monte Cristo
    The works of Phillip K dick and H.P Lovecraft.

    I'm about halfway through H.P Lovecraft. I find his work to be a strange mix between gold, mesmerizing, and primitive/bad. He's really all over the shop. But I guess he's a trend-setter in his style, so when I feel he's corny or primitive, its probably because he invented it....

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    Some of these I have, just haven't gotten around to them, or I haven't finished them, yet:

    Honore de Balzac, His Life and Writings; Sanders
    The Autobiography of St. Ignatius
    Training Mules and Donkeys: A Logical Approach to Longears; Hodges
    Man's Search For Meaning, Frankl
    Defend the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5, Andrew
    More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, Lott
    Woman's Inhumanity to Woman, Chesler
    Beauty: A Very Short Introduction, Scruton
    The End of Sex: How Hookup Culture is Leaving a Generation Unhappy, Sexually Unfulfilled, and Confused About Intimacy; Freitas
    A PhD Is Not Enough: A Guide To Survival In Science, Kennard
    Garden of Beasts: A Novel of Berlin 1936, Deaver
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    • Freakonomics
    • The Unabomber's Manifesto
    • Tales of Saki
    • Breakfast of Champions
    • Grimm's Fairy Tales
    • Codex Seraphinianus
    • Thus Spoke Zarathustra

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    The Street of Crocodiles
    Autobiography of Red
    Dead Souls
    The Assistant
    American Gods
    At Night We Walk in Circles
    Cancer Ward
    Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
    Jakob von Gunten
    The Gallery
    The Land of Green Plums
    Cotton Tenants

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    Quote Originally Posted by kali View Post
    • Breakfast of Champions
    Eww, Slaughterhouse 5 and Cat's Cradle were much better. Breakfast of Champions has very little to say for itself in my opinion, even though the hobknobbery seems bent on praising the thing, it's far from his best work. Maybe I'm just too lowbrow.

    As for myself:

    • Don Quixote, Cervantes
    • The Stranger, Camus
    • The Painted Bird, Kosiński
    • Thus Spake Zarathustra, Nietzsche

    My shelves are full of unread things that aren't even in the running for the title of next book and I didn't get too far into Lovecraft before I had to set it aside. I'll have to get back to that eventually too. This is hardly comprehensive because I work in light reading between heavier tomes (chosen largely on impulse) to keep things viable. Right now I'm wrapping up the last of Pullman's The Amber Spyglass.
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    Just add me on Goodreads, whoever. Books are one of the few things worth discussing.

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    As far as Vonnegut goes, Sirens of Titan is dramatically underappreciated.

    I'm working on Terry Goodkind's first Sword of Truth novel right now, Wizard's First Rule. I'm trying to get back in the swing of reading books (having both attention problems and physical eye problems with the action of scanning back and forth accurately down a page) and it's good, easy practice. My partner is reading it simultaneously, book-club style.

    I have multiple stacks sorted using various criteria, but the one next to my bed contains (listed top to bottom):

    Norman Doidge, The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
    Tamar Adler, An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace
    Joan Roughgarden, Evolution's Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People
    Anthology, Getting Over The Color Green: Contemporary Environmental Literature of the Southwest
    Douglas Hofstadter, Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
    Carl Jung, The Practice of Psychotherapy: Essays on the Psychology of the Transference and Other Subjects

    I've started and not finished all but the last, which I have not started.

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    Minister of Love Roger Mexico's Avatar
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    My two favorite Vonnegut novels (and, look, of course I love Slaughterhouse Five, duh) are Player Piano and Galapagos.

    Player Piano is a great, thought-provoking rumination on the social-psychological effects of industrial automation and the idea of technological progress rendering human beings obsolete. It was one of the first Vonnegut novels I ever read, and still stands out in my life as a book that really had me thinking about shit after I read it.

    Galapagos is possibly even better in that respect--it deals with the end of complex human civilization and revolves around the idea that humans' pronounced intelligence could very well just be a temporary evolutionary fluke. (There are, as noted in the book, other examples of this in natural history--a species that had to deal with a particular threat to its survival by developing a really maxed-out version of one particular biological attribute, then saw this trait decline over time as the threat had passed and the exaggerated trait no longer served an evolutionary purpose, perhaps even becoming a disadvantage.) My mind was blown for months. I've never seen the concept of being "too smart for your own good" so thoroughly opened up, examined, deconstructed, debated, and explored in all its implications as it is in this novel. It's one of those books I doubt I could ever forget. Possibly Vonnegut at his intellectual peak. I highly recommend it.

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    Deadeye Dick is my favorite Vonnegut.

    My reading list:
    MSP430 Microcontroller Basics
    The C Programming Language(K&R)
    The Baroque Cycle
    The Windup Girl

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