what are you reading?

A repository for everything else. Introductions, off-topic threads, testing and so on. When in doubt, post it here.

Moderators: Moderators Emeritus, Moderators

User avatar
Moni
Posts: 1757
Joined: Tue Apr 22, 2003 9:18 am
Current Heading: Ascending
Location: Musikverein

Post by Moni »

Yarn wrote:
Unremarkable wrote:I just started America, the Book by John Stewart and the Daily Show ;)


It's a beautiful piece of literature, isn't it?


It is!

After Jon Stewart's appearance on Crossfire I couldn't help but think that Stewart himself wrote the introduction to the chapter about the media ("I... fuck it. Just fuck it.")
Yarn
Posts: 242
Joined: Mon Oct 04, 2004 6:41 pm
Location: North Bend, WA

Post by Yarn »

I wouldn't be surprised. I mean, he has been very open about his distaste for the way our media is run. And he's damn right.

I didn't think I could like John Stewart any more, but when I saw him on Crossfire, I came to appreciate him even more. That took balls.
User avatar
Liesbeth
Posts: 3263
Joined: Sat May 03, 2003 4:27 am
Current Heading: West
Location: megaland
Contact:

Post by Liesbeth »

When I was in the library last week, killing some time between work and a Will Johnson concert (I don't mind dropping the name in every single topic, he's into literature, so it fits), and I was looking at D for Roald Dahl because I just saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for the umpteenth time, my eye fell on Danticat. At first I wasn't sure why, but when I picked it up and saw the title Krik? Krak!, I realised this topic was where I heard about her.

I only read the first story, but darn, is that strong stuff or not. Having been a member of Amnesty International since 1988, I would have thought I might have gotten used to stories like that, but you don't, really. And the power of literature is that you identify with the characters, and it hits you so much harder than a 'news' story. Not for the faint-hearted, but highly recommended.
User avatar
Squid
Posts: 1000
Joined: Sat Apr 03, 2004 11:52 am
Location: San Francisco
Contact:

Post by Squid »

Glad you liked it, Liesbeth. You might want to try her first one, <i>Breath, Eyes, Memory</i> too. It's all of the style with no so much violence. The book after <i>Krik?Krak!</i>, <i>The Farming of Bones</i>, is a fictional account based on real historical events, and is, IMHO, just as heartbreaking. Actually, all of her books are heartbreaking, with the exception of <i>After The Dance</i>, which is a series of essays she wrote about Carnaval in Haiti.

And talking of being inspired by my fellow L-dubs, guess what i got for Xmas? Why, Alan Moore's <i>From Hell</i>, of course! Thank you very much, Sir Balfour...'tis amazing.

In other news, my old man got Jon Stewart's <i>America</i>, too. It was funny, it seemed to get passed to my whole family at different parts of the day. There would be hysterical guffawing coming from the living room or kitchen, and you knew it was someone who had discovered the book.

(I mean you KNOW it's funny when my Mom laughs at it. My Mother laughs for no man. Except a pre-Soon Yi Woody Allen. And Shelly Berman. But I digress.)
User avatar
grant
wears the boots
Posts: 1492
Joined: Tue Apr 22, 2003 10:16 am
Current Heading: West
Location: peninsular america
Contact:

Post by grant »

Oddly, I got the Vintage Book of Contemporary Chinese Fiction as a gift.

Based on my wishlisting it after reading about it here.

Haven't cracked it open yet -- the Zombie Survival Guide seems more imperative.
the hutch
Posts: 568
Joined: Mon Oct 06, 2003 12:47 pm
Location: previosly no pic

Post by the hutch »

I've been on a Larry Brown bender, since he died a few weeks ago.

Also, A People's History of the Supreme Court, because I felt woefully underinformed.
User avatar
longtimecoming
Posts: 350
Joined: Sun Apr 27, 2003 12:36 pm
Location: camp rock
Contact:

Post by longtimecoming »

books i gotta finish:
kurt cobain journals
princess diaries, princess in pink
harry potter and the order of the phoenix
the princess and the pauper..(id love it if this were a movie..no, its not the one based on barbie..heh)
dressing diana (princess of wales book on every thing she has worn, and has become the most beautiful woman in the world, and most styleish))
pearlandearl
Posts: 21
Joined: Sun Nov 14, 2004 11:52 pm
Contact:

Post by pearlandearl »

Anyone ever read the Brothers K by David James Duncan?
Heavy on the baseball, but good nonetheless.
User avatar
carlitos
Posts: 155
Joined: Mon May 05, 2003 8:38 pm
Location: socal

Post by carlitos »

grant wrote:Haven't cracked it open yet -- the Zombie Survival Guide seems more imperative.


I got that for Xmas!
User avatar
grant
wears the boots
Posts: 1492
Joined: Tue Apr 22, 2003 10:16 am
Current Heading: West
Location: peninsular america
Contact:

Post by grant »

I love the way it enters the survivalist mindset so flawlessly -- obviously Mr. Brooks has read a lot of the Ragnar Benson/Paladin Press strain of publications.

It makes me look for zombies in my neighborhood when I walk the dog at night.
User avatar
No You Are
Posts: 619
Joined: Mon Jun 07, 2004 12:53 pm
Current Heading: North
Location: Rochester, MinneSOta
Contact:

Post by No You Are »

Picked up the Zombie Guide from a friend who works for Random House, and thank god I did. I never realized how truely unprepared I was for an attack of the undead.

But now I've got my shotgun, machete and a years supply of clean water with me at all times, and it has already paid off. I picked one off walking around downtown the other day. The girl he was with didn't even realize he was a zombie and went all hysterical on me.

"He just had a limp... he just had a limp"

Yeah right. That's what they WANT you to think.
User avatar
Moni
Posts: 1757
Joined: Tue Apr 22, 2003 9:18 am
Current Heading: Ascending
Location: Musikverein

Post by Moni »

Betty Felon wrote:You'll have to tell me how Irvine Welsh works out. I've been thinking about giving him a try.


A few months later...
I quite liked it, but as someone (Liesbeth?) pointed out, the dialect is really hard to take sometimes - and it goes on chapterwise! (I think there are about 5 narrating characters and 2 of them talk in that fashion).
I just hated the female main character.

Right now I'm reading "On The Road" and I don't think I should tell you what I think about it.


By the way...
didn't think I could like John Stewart any more, but when I saw him on Crossfire, I came to appreciate him even more. That took balls.

I don't think this has too much to do with Jon's appearance on the show, but still--funny!

http://asia.news.yahoo.com/050106/3/1u8tb.html
User avatar
aj
Posts: 402
Joined: Mon Feb 02, 2004 10:45 pm
Location: getting closer
Contact:

Post by aj »

I don't normally get into short story anthologies and the like, but in Dec. I read The Best Non-required Reading of 2004 and really liked it. There were a few stories that I still think about occasionally. Some really great stuff that's stuck with me.

Highly recommended.
User avatar
c-dog
Posts: 144
Joined: Sat Jun 05, 2004 9:43 pm
Location: Florida

Post by c-dog »

I received the Best Non-Required Reading 2004 for Christmas - I'm still working my way through it, but it definitely has a lot of great reads.
User avatar
John
King God, Mang
Posts: 719
Joined: Thu Jan 09, 2003 10:23 pm
Location: 'merica

Post by John »

Finally finished "the Reformation" and immediately started "the Hapsburg Legacy 1867-1939". I'm going to figure out the damn Austrians if it kills me.
User avatar
Moni
Posts: 1757
Joined: Tue Apr 22, 2003 9:18 am
Current Heading: Ascending
Location: Musikverein

Post by Moni »

That'll kill you, yes.

(Karl Habsburg kills me every time he's on the news, and just today it's happened again)
Jeroen
Posts: 134
Joined: Mon Aug 09, 2004 4:49 am
Location: L-Town

Post by Jeroen »

I´ve just read "Love in times of Cholera" by Garcia Marquez and it´s beautiful. I recommend it to everyone.
User avatar
LoveSickJerk
Posts: 1261
Joined: Tue Apr 22, 2003 2:02 pm
Current Heading: Ascending
Location: Buffalo, NY et al.
Contact:

Post by LoveSickJerk »

I'll get to that as soon as I finish "100 years of solitude" which unfortuantely lies several books away. Currently, I just finished "Pagan Holiday" and it was pretty good. A nice diversion from the heavy fiction I was reading. Now its on to Kafka. Again.
Jeroen
Posts: 134
Joined: Mon Aug 09, 2004 4:49 am
Location: L-Town

Post by Jeroen »

I love Kafka, I want to kill myself, but I love it.

Wich one are you going to read?
User avatar
John
King God, Mang
Posts: 719
Joined: Thu Jan 09, 2003 10:23 pm
Location: 'merica

Post by John »

Forget A Hundred Years of Solitude. Love in the time of Cholera is all you need to know.
Post Reply