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LITERATURE
« on: August 03, 2005, 01:44:20 PM »
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  • i'm in a reading rut.  any suggestions?  not interested in anything to do with surfing. 
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    Re: LITERATURE
    « Reply #1 on: August 03, 2005, 01:58:31 PM »
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  • "Pimp: The Story of My Life" by Iceberg Slim.
    So heavy you can't even pick it up.

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    « Reply #2 on: August 03, 2005, 02:42:47 PM »
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  • "Curious George Pops a Ho"

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    Re: LITERATURE
    « Reply #3 on: August 03, 2005, 02:46:14 PM »
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    Re: LITERATURE
    « Reply #4 on: August 03, 2005, 02:46:30 PM »
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  • felt the same way and I came upon a vendor yesterday selling soft backs 3 for $5 ......bought a slyvia plath, ray bradbury and some book about utopia. so far the bradbury is pretty good ......I just finished easy rider and raging bulls...good book about the movie industry and hollywood  drug culture in the 60's/70's..lots of talk about dennis hopper
    I knew I would never be hard core. So I tried to be soft core. Instead, I’m just an apple core.

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    « Reply #5 on: August 03, 2005, 02:49:28 PM »
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  • Shark Trouble by Benchley and Shark: Stories of Life and Death from the World's Most Dangerous Waters edited by Nathaniel May. Both are really good.

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    Re: LITERATURE
    « Reply #6 on: August 03, 2005, 03:00:19 PM »
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  • some of the better books i've read recently, pretty mainstream bestsellers, great nonetheless:

    Middlesex, by Eugenides
    The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
    The Kite Runner
    The Life of Pi
    The energy contained in one kilogram of thorium
    equals four thousand tons of coal

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    Re: LITERATURE
    « Reply #7 on: August 03, 2005, 03:03:57 PM »
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  • the pillars of the earth by ken follett

    a good read with a lot of story line and you even learn a little about architecture...

    team freeloader!

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    Re: LITERATURE
    « Reply #8 on: August 03, 2005, 03:32:51 PM »
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    easy rider and raging bulls

    Veggie: you should do your best to see every movie mentioned in that book or at least one film by each director. They are an amazing group.
    So heavy you can't even pick it up.

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    « Reply #9 on: August 03, 2005, 03:37:00 PM »
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  • I'm just finishing "The Pleasure of My Company" by Steve Martin.  Very tender and funny little novel.  He is a genius.  "Shopgirl", also by Martin, was excellent, too.  If you are in a darker mood, try "Filth" by Irvine Welsh (of "Trainspotting" fame).  Its about as dark as it gets.  Main character is an Edinburgh cop whose concience is embodied in the form of a talking tape worm.  He is one of the more repugnant protagonists I've ever come across.  The whole book is fairly disgusting, but I couldn't stop reading it.  Also, I have found myself revisiting T.C. Boyle lately.  "East is East" is a particularly funny novel about a Japanese gaijin who jumps ship off the coast of Georgia and finds refuge with a sympathetic (and slightly pathetic) writer who has just begun a residence at a Yaddo-type place on one of the Georgia Islands.  Cultures clash, hilarity ensues.  "World's End" by Boyle is great, too (but long).  Maybe you need a little Souther gothic a la Harry Crews?  Have you read "A Feast of Snakes", "The Knockout Artist" or "Body"?  All are great examples of the Southern gothic tradition of McCullers, O'Connor, Welty but updated in a way that is even more freakish and weird.  Great stuff.  I love Harry Crews.  If you want some topical non-fiction, try Jarhead by Anthony Swofford, in which he recounts his experience as a combat marine during Gulf War I.  He makes a lot of prescient observations about the motivations of our leaders.  

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    Re: LITERATURE
    « Reply #10 on: August 03, 2005, 04:47:35 PM »
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    proving that common knowledge is often ignorant and stupid

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    « Reply #11 on: August 03, 2005, 05:20:24 PM »
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  • Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson. They made it into a really decent flick but the book, as usual, is better.

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    Re: LITERATURE
    « Reply #12 on: August 03, 2005, 06:46:55 PM »
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  • Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson. They made it into a really decent flick but the book, as usual, is better.

    I funny you mention that book......happy has it on her bookshelf and I was eyeing last time I was there
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    Re: LITERATURE
    « Reply #13 on: August 03, 2005, 07:28:26 PM »
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  • Genesis -- try and keep track of all the names...it's a lot of fun!

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    Re: LITERATURE
    « Reply #14 on: August 03, 2005, 09:35:22 PM »
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  • Brave New World
    The Caine Mutiny
    Jewel
    and i suggest you take notes then share them with the rest of us  ;) and not to pressure you or anything but i think it would be really great if you finished them all by september 1

    peace out
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