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Re: general reading and book related things

Post by Martijn » Wed Apr 22, 2009 19:31

Dan wrote:Fragrant Harbour by John Lanchester (I like his writing in the LRB a lot but I've never read anything by him beyond that)
Because I am in the very same position (minus having bought the book, but they have it at the local library), I'd be interested in hearing what you think! (Until the beginning of this year, I was of the belief that it was a mere coincidence that that bloke who writes interesting articles on economy and stuff has the same name as a fairly big author.)

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Post by Dan » Thu Apr 23, 2009 17:26

Seems alright so far, bearing in mind I've only read the first ten pages or so on the bus home from work. Unfortunately however he has used the phrase femme sérieuse twice already, which is at least once too often.

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Post by Woodbine » Fri May 01, 2009 23:58

Has anyone read 'Somewhere Towards the End' by Diana Athill? I think it sounds brilliant but I'd like to hear what someone thinks of it who isn't a literature critic. I still have unread books on my shelf but I've got a curious desire to read this whilst she's still alive, so I may well do soon. Just wondered what others thought of it.
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Post by roundbitsofplastic » Mon May 11, 2009 14:06

i just spent TWNTY QUID on 2nd hand books. i'm on the dole and barely literate so it's ahrdly a good idea. i supersuck like the worst person ever. aaaaaaaaargh.

anyone want to buy some 2nd hand books for £30?
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Post by soft revolution » Wed May 20, 2009 12:56

Has anyone read any Scarlet Thomas?

She did some readings from The End of Mr Y at ATP and it sounded like a really good book - and the concepts behind it were interesting too. Think it might be my next rare excursion into the world of fiction.
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Post by islandhopper » Tue Jul 07, 2009 16:49

Middlessex is being made into a tv series by HBO. Could be very interesting of done well. I love the book and it would obviously never really worked as a film.

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Post by humblebee » Tue Jul 07, 2009 16:56

islandhopper wrote:Middlessex is being made into a tv series by HBO. Could be very interesting of done well. I love the book and it would obviously never really worked as a film.
Oooh. Ooooh. I love the book too. I guess if anyone could do this well, it would be HBO, right?

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Post by islandhopper » Tue Jul 07, 2009 17:23

humblebee wrote:
islandhopper wrote:Middlessex is being made into a tv series by HBO. Could be very interesting of done well. I love the book and it would obviously never really worked as a film.
Oooh. Ooooh. I love the book too. I guess if anyone could do this well, it would be HBO, right?
I would hope so. It'll be interesting to see how much they actually make and how much they expand on the world.

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Post by crystalball » Tue Jul 07, 2009 21:35

Oh wow, that sounds pretty great, doesn't it? They seem to be making a real go of it. I love that book so much.

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Post by Colin » Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:55

I know this is incredibly vague, but can anyone recommend a good book on communication? I'd like to read something that might help me communicate more effectively (for work, mainly) and I'd like to understand a bit more about different methods of communication.

If it could be one that wasn't filled with management speak about going forward and thrusting for the sky that would be good too.

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Post by jamboshoeshine » Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:34

I'm currently reading a book about folk hero Dick Cheney, for a review I'm doing. Then I'll read 'Bound For Glory' by neo-conservative fuckwit Woody Guthrie, which I'll be reading for pleasure.

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Post by indiansummer » Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:41

jamboshoeshine wrote:neo-conservative fuckwit Woody Guthrie
Is this sommat to do with that irony thing i've heard folk talking about?
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Post by jamboshoeshine » Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:44

Is this sommat to do with that irony thing i've heard folk talking about?
I hope so! I'll get back to you when I've read it.

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Post by indiansummer » Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:45

Sorry, i didn't mean to seem like i was pulling you up on anything. My understanding has always been that he was of a leftist persuasion, so i was a bit confused by your post there. I am easily confused.
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Post by Gordon » Thu Nov 19, 2009 13:21

(swap the two descriptions around)

Was it not guthrie who had the "this machine kills fascists" guitar?
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Post by andyroo » Thu Nov 19, 2009 13:54

It was. (The bloke from HMHB's says 'this machine kills wasps'.)
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Post by jamboshoeshine » Thu Nov 19, 2009 14:08

You've all got there before me, including the Half Man Half Biscuit reference I would have inevitably mentioned. Damn you all.

Mr Guthrie is ace and totally not a neo-conservative. All of his songs are brilliant, even the crap ones, because he's Woody Guthrie. Also good is the Billy Bragg & Wilco project "Mermaid Avenue", putting music to some of Guthrie's lyrics. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GDU6ns2mRM

Also good is Mr Guthrie by the Coal Porters. http://www.myspace.com/thecoalporters His whole life - in a song!

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Post by indiansummer » Thu Nov 19, 2009 14:11

As i said, i'm easily confused.

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Post by andyroo » Thu Nov 19, 2009 14:41

Andy Irvine from Planxty has also written a terribly ace song about Mr. Guthrie, called 'Never Tired Of The Road'. I don't know if it's so much about him as inspired by him. Will look for a youtube or something on it this evening (can't youtube on this work computer)

His son Arlo's rather good as well. If you like hippies. And I have a mp3 of Arlo and his daughter Sarah Lee singing a song called 'Sailing Down This Golden River' which is just all kinds of gorgeous. And nothing to do with wee-wee.
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Re: general reading and book related things

Post by this clump of trees » Thu Jan 07, 2010 17:03

why is there a "teen books" section at the bookstore? are teen books in fact for pre-teens? i thought teenagers just try to read grown up shit.

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