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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Silver Girl » Fri Sep 26, 2014 2:08 pm

Right so...on the bedside pile at SIlver Towers is...
131 by Julian Cope (almost unreadable, but better now I've let go and given in to it)
The Uses of Literacy by that Hoggart chap (thought I should)
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (his radio 4 series made me howl with laughter)
The History of 4AD records - not started it yet. See also Yeah Yeah Yeah and The North - all put aside for post-surgery fortnight...
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Michael Quentin » Fri Sep 26, 2014 5:50 pm

Just finished Alex Chilton biography A Man Called Destruction and just started Tracey Thorn's Bedsit Disco Queen.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by noLooking » Fri Sep 26, 2014 10:44 pm

Michael Quentin wrote:Just finished Alex Chilton biography A Man Called Destruction and just started Tracey Thorn's Bedsit Disco Queen.
Keep meaning to read the Tracey Thorn one. Didn't know there was an Alex Chilton thing, so I shall look out for it.

Right. I am reading 'The Luminaries' by Eleanor Catton. It's a kind of a Wilkie Collins-esque Victorian style sensation thriller (Murder! Gold! Sworn vows of revenge! Ridiculous coincidences!) and it's really intricately put together, absolutely massive with loads of characters, you forget what's happened and bits come back that you've completely forgot about and stuff. It is a bit slight in a sense, it's basically an 800 page yarn, but it's great fun and there's a bit of weight in the characters, who are really well drawn, and the way it comments on how women and non-white characters are hugely (and often viciously) marginalised in a very white-male dominated colonial setting. Anyway, it's good.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by kingfisherbluez » Sun Sep 28, 2014 5:23 am

ooh I just got "story of the streets" by mike skinner and "bedsit disco queen" by Tracey Thorn from waterstones on offer. Currently reading morrissey's autobiography and "fire and steam" by Christian Wolmar which is about the history of trains in britain, for those concerned with such matters ha!

Think I'll scroll back in this thread a bit to get more recommendations...

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Dan » Wed Oct 01, 2014 2:53 pm

I found the key to Infinite Jest was enjoying the 'stories' that I liked the most and not worrying too much about the ones I was not so into. There is enough great writing throughout that even when it's somewhat opaque it never drags. Don't expect it all to cohere at any point. Also, do not underestimate objects.

I am reading Seiobo There Below, and, for light relief, a collection of Don Barthelme oddments.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by andyswapsie » Thu Oct 02, 2014 6:15 pm

I'm coming to the end of Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam. I've really enjoyed the trilogy but boy do I wish I'd re-read the first two before this one. There's a recap at the beginning but I'd forgotten so much of it! Reckon I'll go back and re-read all three in a row at some point.

I wonder how it'll look when HBO make it for TV? Or will it just grind to a halt like when they said they were going to make Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections?

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Michael Quentin » Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:17 pm

Finished the Tracey Thorn book and am pleased to say it kept my interest beyond the Indie Years. The early part of the book was very easy as she's only a year older than me so there was a lot of shared experience with being introduced to punk / new wave and the growth of post punk independent music and being young, spotty and confused.

I think I'll read some comics now.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by humblebee » Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:18 am

andyswapsie wrote:I wonder how it'll look when HBO make it for TV? Or will it just grind to a halt like when they said they were going to make Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections?
Oh, was that...?

Oh!

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by humblebee » Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:58 pm

I am currently reading this:

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and this:

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One of them is a breezy jaunt along obscure and little-used branch lines, and the other is a book about the railways.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Silver Girl » Fri Oct 17, 2014 10:01 am

Still several pages into most of the aforementioned. However, must put in a massive recommendation for Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire by Iain Sinclair. Good to see him with an editor that finally makes his work less of an eye-bleed to read....
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Dan » Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:14 am

I was once chastised in the library for attempting to unfold the map on the cover of that book. Fight the power.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by noLooking » Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:31 pm

andyswapsie wrote:I'm coming to the end of Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam. I've really enjoyed the trilogy but boy do I wish I'd re-read the first two before this one. There's a recap at the beginning but I'd forgotten so much of it! Reckon I'll go back and re-read all three in a row at some point.
I'd forgotten all about this and I really want to read it - I can sort of take or leave Margaret Atwood usually, but 'Oryx and Crake' is pretty awesome. I'll take the advice about re-reading (probably).

I've just finished 'In Plain Sight - The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile', by Dan Davies. Bloody hell.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Michael Quentin » Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:34 pm

Retromania! by Simon Reynolds. A look at 'pop's obsession with the past', which I'm greatly enjoying. Alongside the Alan Moore run on Swamp Thing. I'd forgotten how utterly fantastic it is. Given the source material it's possibly his best work. It's certainly his most consistent run. I've also been dipping into the first run of Frank Miller Daredevil comics and they haven't really aged well.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by noLooking » Wed Apr 08, 2015 9:20 am

crystalball wrote: Loved it too, Andy. It was all spark and delight and warmth and Atomium love and yeah. Wonderful!
Saw this pic of the Atomium under construction and thought of 'Expo 58'
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Looks like the blueprint for a new world.


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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by humblebee » Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:48 am

Wow! Amazing.

I'm increasingly fascinated by the way Europe's optimism in the 1950s was expressed not just politically - through the creation of social security programmes, universal healthcare, transnational political structures - but aesthetically, through design and architecture. (Modernism? Is that modernism? I only really understand modernism in its literary sense, which came a few decades earlier, so I never quite know how to use the term in other contexts. Anyway, yeah.) So when I visited the Atomium last year I was captivated by the displays of promo graphics from the Expo. They seem to embody all that hope, and that photo from the building phase does the same thing.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Carys » Thu Apr 09, 2015 6:50 pm

Have you read Militant Modernism by Owen Hatherley, Pete? Might be up your alley...

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by humblebee » Fri Apr 10, 2015 5:03 pm

Carys wrote:Have you read Militant Modernism by Owen Hatherley, Pete? Might be up your alley...
No! I'll put it on the List. Ta for the rec!

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by noLooking » Fri Apr 10, 2015 5:46 pm

I keep meaning read "Uncommon", Owen Hatherley's book about Pulp. Does anyone know if it's any good? It's sounds like a mighty combination.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Silver Girl » Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:38 pm

andyiong wrote:I keep meaning read "Uncommon", Owen Hatherley's book about Pulp. Does anyone know if it's any good? It's sounds like a mighty combination.
Dunno about that but his chapter on Sheffield in the New Ruins of Great Britain (sic?) is amazing...

I am currently chewing through Empire of Dirt - the Rituals and Aesthetics of Indie by Wendy Fornarrow. Basically her postgrad thesis on stuff like why people stand where at gigs.
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