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Postby BladeRunner » Mon Oct 04, 2004 3:26 pm

I totally agree.

This and V for Vendetta are some of the best comics I've ever read.

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Postby the hutch » Tue Oct 05, 2004 8:40 am

"Vernon God Little" by Pierre- averages 5 F-bombs per page, but is also beautiful and hilarious, the new Holden Caulfield. AND it's set in Texas, which makes any book instantly funny.

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Postby aj » Tue Oct 05, 2004 11:57 am

finished Middlesex. loved it.

on to Against Love, a polemic by Laura Kipnis. the author is making a statement about love as a social constraint / sedative at the moment. I'm interested to see where it goes.

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Postby Jeroen » Wed Oct 06, 2004 2:33 am

have you read "brave new world" where sex is the drug of choice or to be more precise, it´s mandatory, it´s like paying taxes.
* Jeroen goes into dream land *

I guess you have to read that book at school don´t you?

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Postby Yarn » Thu Oct 07, 2004 7:56 am

Brave New World is one of my favorite books.

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Postby the hutch » Thu Oct 07, 2004 8:41 am

to this day I always chuckle when I hear the word "pneumatic".

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Postby Harvey Winters » Thu Oct 07, 2004 2:12 pm

"Stop Motion"-Mark Schultz

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Postby aj » Thu Oct 07, 2004 2:17 pm

Jeroen wrote:have you read "brave new world" where sex is the drug of choice or to be more precise, it´s mandatory, it´s like paying taxes.
* Jeroen goes into dream land *

I guess you have to read that book at school don´t you?


yeah. the author also cites the book

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Postby Betty Felon » Tue Oct 12, 2004 6:18 am

Well! I somehow got "Bee Season" confused with "The Secret Life of Bees" and despite the fact that there is a Decembrists song about Myla Goldberg, I wanted to read her book about as much as I want to read anythying by Nicholas Sparks.

But I finally came to my senses when I saw the adorable picture of Myla in black and white striped tights on the back cover. I shouldn't be surprised, but I am...this book is wonderful. Who would have thought that a story about spelling bees could be so compulsively readable? La la!

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Postby aj » Fri Oct 29, 2004 6:21 am

Life of Pi

been meaning to get to it for awhile after many recommendations. so far, so good.

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Postby pearlandearl » Thu Nov 18, 2004 4:26 pm

Yarn wrote:Brave New World is one of my favorite books.


i always argue that this is so much better than 1984.
did you know that the movie Demolition Man is based on BNW?

for something completely different (more political) but similar in the time travel/future theme check out Looking Backward by edward bellamy. he wrote it at the end of the 1800s as a dude in boston who wakes up at the end of the 1900s. not as flashy, but still a good read.

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Postby Yarn » Thu Nov 18, 2004 4:46 pm

I don't know if I would say it's "so much" or even better, at all, than 1984. I respect them both so greatly, that if I was to choose, I would feel a sense of guilt- therefore I've taken a neutral stance. Hooray for wimps, and indecision.

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Postby pearlandearl » Thu Nov 18, 2004 11:09 pm

yes yes. many opinions.
personally i enjoyed brave new world a lot more. and there seemed to be a lot less hype at the time for me. so i suppose that skewed my cynical nature. both are probably equal in the 'classics' genre.

recent goodies i've read
'stiff' by mary roach.
'running with scissors' augusten burroughs
the death + life of american cities by jane adams? i forget her name. it's good if you're into cities.
reefer madness by the guy who wrote fast food nation. that was alright. i find him dry but as if i need to know.
'nickel + dimed' by Barbara Ehrenreich (had to google that name)
the new david sedaris

not much of a fiction fan.
i have 2 going right now though. confederacy of dunces and that ass famous eggers book. i dunno. i need a job.

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Postby aj » Fri Nov 19, 2004 8:27 am

currently:
The Handmaiden's Tale, Margaret Atwood
What is Found There; Poetry and Politics, Adrienne Rich

Just Finished:
Holidays on Ice, David Sedaris
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, David Sedaris
The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien

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Postby Betty Felon » Fri Nov 19, 2004 8:52 am

David Sedaris is a wonderful man. I highly recommed his books on tape for long road trips.

Right now I'm gorging myself on Chuck Palahniuk. I'm just reading book after dark, freaky, compulsively readable, book. Its fun, but maybe a little too much Chuck at once. I feel kinda sick to my literary stomache.

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Postby mildlyrestarted » Fri Nov 19, 2004 1:57 pm

augusten burroughs. <3

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Postby Squid » Sat Nov 20, 2004 2:09 pm

aj wrote:The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien


AJ rocks!

There are two halloween costumes that I desperately, desperately want to pull off. One is the little boy named "Smut" from Drowning By Numbers (one of my all time fave movies)...and the other is a certain blonde cashmere sweater wearing girlfriend turned green beret from The Things They Carried.

I think I could pull it off...just need a wig and a necklace of tongues.

I just realized that I missed all THREE Augsten B. signings last month. GodDAMNIT.

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Postby aj » Sun Nov 21, 2004 9:54 am

Squid wrote:...and the other is a certain blonde cashmere sweater wearing girlfriend turned green beret from The Things They Carried.


I believe that was my favorite part of the book. that's a great halloween costume!

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Postby Unremarkable » Tue Nov 23, 2004 11:21 am

I just started America, the Book by John Stewart and the Daily Show ;)

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Postby Yarn » Tue Nov 23, 2004 11:30 am

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?


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