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So what are you reading?

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

Re: So what are you reading?

Postby DedeTate » Sat Jan 10, 2009 11:12 pm

I just finished Tom Perrotta's The Abstinence Teacher, which was much better than I expected.
Next up: George Pelacanos' The Turnaround.
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby boston_jeff » Tue Jan 20, 2009 5:01 pm

DedeTate wrote:I just finished Tom Perrotta's The Abstinence Teacher, which was much better than I expected.


I thought it was OK, but it was definitely "Little Children" II.
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby Kenneth Burns » Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:08 pm

**SPOILER ALERT**

Daniel Defoe, The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner: Who Lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque, Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished but himself. With an account how he was at last as strangely deliver'd by Pyrates.

Books had long titles in them days.
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby Marvell » Fri Jan 23, 2009 10:04 am

Mudbaths and Bloodbaths: The Inside Story of the Bears-Packers Rivalry
by Gary D'Amato, Cliff Christl.

An immensely enjoyable book for any Packers fan.

Things I learned:

Chester Marcol was some kind of legendary party animal.

Forest Gregg was a huge, huge asshole.

People who talk about how the NFL is so much more violent now than it used to be are totally full of shit.

Bronco Nagurski was, in fact, all that.

Back in the day the people of Green Bay were some drinking motherfuckers.

PS - I saw Forest Gregg once, about five years ago, on an ATA airlines flight to Dallas. He seemed kind of subdued.
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby Bellwether » Mon Jan 26, 2009 5:59 pm

This Water Goes North by Dennis Weidemann.

Greatly enjoying it. (Sorry, blunt.)
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby blunt » Mon Jan 26, 2009 6:08 pm

Just a friendly foron reminder:
it's much more interesting to include an opinion rather than just a listing.
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby boston_jeff » Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:55 pm

"The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz. Yes it won the Pulitzer, but its not your granddaddy's novel. The story concerns Oscar Wao, a Dominican Tolkien fiend from NJ who yearns for love and whose family is cursed going back generations. Its chock full of very interesting and historically accurate footnotes re: the Trujillo regime in the Dominican Republic and the resulting diaspora, as well as geeked out sci-fi references. Great read so far.
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby bluethedog » Tue Mar 03, 2009 1:14 pm

Just finished "The Soloist" by Steve Lopez.

Steve Lopez is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times. One day he runs into a homeless man (Nathaniel Ayers, a student at Juilliard 30 years ago) playing a violin on the streets of LA and he thinks he might get a good column out of it.

Months later the saga is more than a column for Lopez, who struggles to help Ayers with his homelessness and schizophrenia. Lopez learns a lot about both along the way.

My one big beef is Lopez' outrage at Tom Cruise and his opinions on psychiatry and drugs. By the end of the book Lopez adheres to a treatment model that pretty much echoes Cruise's opinions. No apologies to Cruise though.
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby Bellwether » Tue Mar 03, 2009 2:22 pm

Bellwether wrote:This Water Goes North by Dennis Weidemann.

Greatly enjoying it. (Sorry, blunt.)


Turns out the author of this book will be speaking twice at Canoecopia. Rock on!
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby dave esmond » Tue Mar 03, 2009 2:49 pm

Kenneth Burns wrote:**SPOILER ALERT**

Daniel Defoe, The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner: Who Lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque, Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished but himself. With an account how he was at last as strangely deliver'd by Pyrates.

Books had long titles in them days.


I just pulled that one off the shelf. I like to mix the classics in. Finished Tarzan a few months back. I really liked it. It's not very PC, but a good adventure. And it ends in Wisconsin.

Just bought The Flavor Bible by Page & Dornenburg. Looks like it's gonna be fun to dig thru.

I went thru a Sarah Vowel thing a while back. They're all good. I want to hang out with her and go visit some obscure historical site.
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby Marvell » Tue Mar 03, 2009 4:39 pm

dave esmond wrote:I went thru a Sarah Vowel thing a while back. They're all good. I want to hang out with her and go visit some obscure historical site.


"Maybe you should buy another Vowel."

- Warren Zevon, I'll Slow You Down
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby pjbogart » Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:52 pm

I'm attempting to slog through "Ulysses." I've made it through the first chapter and I'm delighted to see that pages 52-54 have no writing on them.

I'd like to give you a review of the first chapter, but unfortunately I'm not sure that I understood a single sentence of the book so far. Something about getting a couple copies of a letter so they can bring some Austrian doctors in to Ireland to cure their cows. Huh.

Oh, and if I ever hear someone use the word "contransmagnificandjewbangtantiality" in a sentence, I'm going to kick them in the crotch, man or woman.
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby Kenneth Burns » Wed Mar 04, 2009 5:03 pm

Daniel Lang, From Hiroshima to the Moon. Collection of 1940s and 1950s New Yorker articles about atomic weapons, rocket science and other fun stuff. Did you know people in Vegas used to sit on their front porches and watch the nuclear tests?
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby dave esmond » Wed Mar 04, 2009 5:06 pm

Worth a visit if you're in Vegas.

http://www.atomictestingmuseum.org/

Sounds like a book I'd like. Thanks Ken.
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby Kenneth Burns » Wed Mar 04, 2009 7:11 pm

Cool book, very old mass-market Dell paperback I got at Shakespeare's.
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