What are you reading?

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Re: What are you reading?

#181 Post by creep » Fri Apr 01, 2016 5:51 pm

i hope one day to read another book. it's been a few years. the internet has fried my brain. seriously...... :dunce:

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Re: What are you reading?

#182 Post by perkana » Fri Apr 01, 2016 5:54 pm

I swear you would read more if you spent a couple of hours on the subway every day (I only read during one of my rides, I usually sleep on my way back home).

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#183 Post by creep » Fri Apr 01, 2016 5:57 pm

perkana wrote:I swear you would read more if you spent a couple of hours on the subway every day (I only read during one of my rides, I usually sleep on my way back home).
impossible. i could never read in public. i have to be 100% aware of what's going on around me. i am always amazed at people that can read and never look up. i do think that quality makes me a good driver.

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Re: What are you reading?

#184 Post by perkana » Fri Apr 01, 2016 5:59 pm

creep wrote:
perkana wrote:I swear you would read more if you spent a couple of hours on the subway every day (I only read during one of my rides, I usually sleep on my way back home).
impossible. i could never read in public. i have to be 100% aware of what's going on around me. i am always amazed at people that can read and never look up. i do think that quality makes me a good driver.
I would agree with you on that :lol: (I'm not a bad driver, but I don't love driving), You get used to it. I guess it's the only time I have for myself, besides going to shows and the movies.

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Re: What are you reading?

#185 Post by farrellgirl99 » Fri Apr 01, 2016 6:09 pm

I also only read for leisure when I'm commuting on the train (i have to read a lot of books and articles for school but those dont count).

I can't remember the last time I read fiction though. I just read the New Yorker on the train and it takes me the whole week and then I get the next issue so it keeps me busy.

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Re: What are you reading?

#186 Post by chaos » Sat Sep 17, 2016 11:29 am

Picked up two books this week:

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#187 Post by Hype » Sat Sep 17, 2016 12:01 pm

I'm teaching, so I'm reading the stuff I'm teaching, including a bunch of the chapters from this book: https://www.amazon.com/Life-Death-Meani ... 144220169X
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But I was also given Carlos Fraenkel's "Teaching Plato in Palestine" as a gift, and have been meaning to get past the first few pages for a while.

https://www.amazon.com/Teaching-Plato-P ... 0691151032
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I've written to Fraenkel to invite him to things a few times, but haven't had the chance to meet him yet. He's an awesome writer, though.

I've also been reading a bunch of stuff for my own research, so like... boring old academic shit. :lol:

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Re: What are you reading?

#188 Post by Artemis » Sat Sep 17, 2016 12:09 pm

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I heard an interview with J.D. Vamce a few days ago on the CBC Radio program 'The Current'

If you're interested, you can hear it in the link below.

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the- ... -1.3761428


I was going to post in this thread that the author W.P. Kinsella and Edward Albee both died yesterday.

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Re: What are you reading?

#189 Post by SR » Sat Sep 17, 2016 12:24 pm

Three Tall Women was absolute genius; I got a chance to see it in the mid 90's......I left thinking about flying to U of Houston to audit one of his classes. RIP. He penned this some years ago to be issued after his death:

“To all of you who have made my being alive so wonderful, so exciting and so full, my thanks and all my love.”

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Re: What are you reading?

#190 Post by Artemis » Sat Sep 17, 2016 1:42 pm

SR wrote:Three Tall Women was absolute genius; I got a chance to see it in the mid 90's......
I saw Three Tall Women in the mid 90s too! Maybe we saw the same production?? I saw the play in Toronto with Marian Seldes, Michael Learned(Mrs Walton) and Chrsitina Rouner. The structure of that play was brilliant, loved it.

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Re: What are you reading?

#191 Post by chaos » Sat Sep 17, 2016 2:35 pm

Artemis wrote:
I saw Three Tall Women in the mid 90s too! Maybe we saw the same production?? I saw the play in Toronto with Marian Seldes, Michael Learned(Mrs Walton) and Chrsitina Rouner. The structure of that play was brilliant, loved it.
I saw this play in 1992 in Woodstock, NY. Marian Seldes was cast as Woman B then. (In later productions she was cast as Woman A.)

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#192 Post by SR » Sat Sep 17, 2016 4:07 pm

Artemis wrote:
SR wrote:Three Tall Women was absolute genius; I got a chance to see it in the mid 90's......
I saw Three Tall Women in the mid 90s too! Maybe we saw the same production?? I saw the play in Toronto with Marian Seldes, Michael Learned(Mrs Walton) and Chrsitina Rouner. The structure of that play was brilliant, loved it.
:lol: Oh shit....I have absolutely no recollection of the actors.

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Re: What are you reading?

#193 Post by Artemis » Sat Sep 17, 2016 4:36 pm

SR wrote:
Artemis wrote:
SR wrote:Three Tall Women was absolute genius; I got a chance to see it in the mid 90's......
I saw Three Tall Women in the mid 90s too! Maybe we saw the same production?? I saw the play in Toronto with Marian Seldes, Michael Learned(Mrs Walton) and Chrsitina Rouner. The structure of that play was brilliant, loved it.
:lol: Oh shit....I have absolutely no recollection of the actors.
Not surprising,it was 20 years ago. The only reason I remember is because I was working in a hotel at the time, selling theatre packages. I knew all the details about the plays and musicals we were selling. The best perk of that job was getting complimentary tickets to everything.

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Re: What are you reading?

#194 Post by perkana » Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:03 pm

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I've missed reading Nick Hornby :heart:

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Re: What are you reading?

#195 Post by farrellgirl99 » Mon Sep 19, 2016 7:24 pm

i read American Psycho a few weeks ago. I've never seen the film. It was the most disturbing book I ever read. It was actually the first book I've ever read that I needed to skip a few paragraphs because they were too much for me (this could be because of my fear of rats, because the passage I couldn't read involved a woman being tortured and a rat).

I also read Shelter by Jung Yun. I'd definitely recommend that one for psychological drama fans.

Now I'm reading the Vacationers by Emma Straub, which is definitely a beach read im getting to a few weeks out of season :lol:

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Re: What are you reading?

#196 Post by SR » Mon Sep 19, 2016 7:42 pm

I picked up Bret Ellis Easton's "Less Than Zero" a few years back and it really didn't hold up to time, or my level of lit savvy has increased since the 80's. That was his book written while at Yale as his thesis. All the publishers went crazy after it's monumental success and subsequent film. They were salivating for American Psycho.....once delivered, they cancelled all of the hard bound orders and proceeded with only a paperback version.

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Re: What are you reading?

#197 Post by perkana » Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:59 pm

farrellgirl99 wrote:i read American Psycho a few weeks ago. I've never seen the film. It was the most disturbing book I ever read. It was actually the first book I've ever read that I needed to skip a few paragraphs because they were too much for me (this could be because of my fear of rats, because the passage I couldn't read involved a woman being tortured and a rat).
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I saw the movie back in 2000. I liked it, though I haven't watched it again. I read the book last year. I didn't skip anything, but the rat part made me want to :jasper:
I want to read more of his books though.

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Re: What are you reading?

#198 Post by Artemis » Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:04 pm

I loved Watership Down! Read the book and saw the film. I read the Plague Dogs as well.

Richard Adams had a good run at 96 years.
Richard Adams, author of Watership Down, dies at 96
After huge success of adventure tale about rabbits, British civil servant became full-time writer
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British author Richard Adams, who spent the first 50 years of his life in relative anonymity before penning the iconic children's adventure novel Watership Down, has died at 96.

The news was first reported by the BBC, citing Adams's daughter. The website for Watership Down Enterprises, the entity that manages the rights to Adams's works, also issued a statement announcing his death.

"Richard's much-loved family announce with sadness that their dear father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully at 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve," the statement said.

Adams was born in Newbury, England, about 40 kilometres south of Oxford, in 1920. He served in the British army during the Second World War and was posted to Europe, the Mideast and East Asia.

After the war, Adams worked as a civil servant in the British government.

Watership Down, the story of a small group of rabbits in search of a new home after their warren is destroyed, had its genesis in a tale Adams told his daughters on a road trip. He eventually wrote it down and sought a publisher, but had difficulty finding one until Rex Collings Ltd. took it on, with an initial print run of 2,500 copies.

The book won the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, seen as the top honours for children's books in Britain, and became an international best-seller.

It was later adapted into an animated film and TV series, and has seen several stage versions.

Riding on the success of Watership Down, Adams turned to writing full-time. His later works include the 1974 fantasy novel Shardik and 1977's The Plague Dogs, about two canine heroes who escape mistreatment at a government research facility.

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Re: What are you reading?

#199 Post by chaos » Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:38 am

Just finished this. It's an engaging, smooth read. Tom Nichols nails it with his chapter on Higher Education.

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Moving on to some fiction:

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Re: What are you reading?

#200 Post by Hype » Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:08 pm

I just picked this up: http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10927.html

Highly recommend it as a coffee-table book.

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