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Old 06-24-2004, 09:40 AM #1
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whatcha reading??

read any good books lately? i'm on my 4th book by chuck palahniuk(invisible monsters). he's damn interesting, has some crazy ideas. good stuff
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Old 06-24-2004, 10:36 AM #2
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The Da Vinci Code


and the book before it.

Both good!
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I heard of peole talking about the book and one day i went to Sam's club and brought it their.
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Old 06-25-2004, 04:51 AM #4
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I'm currently on Tom Robbins' Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas . I've read one other book by him ( Still Life with Woodpecker ) and both of the stories are very surreal and he's really a master of the metaphor and a very descriptive writer and comes up with excellent similies that are just plain wierd.

I'll add a quote from the book as well, kinda long though, but it really stuck out when I read it.

"We modern human beings are looking at life, trying to make some sense of it; observing a 'reality' that often seems to be unfolding in a foreign tongue--only we've all been issued the wrong librettos. For a text, we're given the Bible. Or the Talmud or the Koran. We're given Time magazine and Reader's Digest, daily papers, and the six o'clock news; we're given schoolbooks, sitcoms, and revisionist histories; we're given psychological counseling, cults, workshops, advertisements, sales pitches, and authoritative pronouncements by pundits, sold-out scientists, political activists, and heads of state. Unfortunately, none of these translations bears more than a faint resemblance to what is transpiring in the true theater of existence, and most of them are dangerously misleading. We're attempting to comprehend the spiraling intricacies of a magnificently complex tragicomedy with librettos that describe barroom melodramas or kindergarten skits. And when's the last time you heard anybody bitch about it to the management?"

--Tom Robbins, "Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas"

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Old 06-25-2004, 07:26 AM #5
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Sounds like an interesting book, Anhedonia. re Woodpecker - I don't remember anything about it except for a vague memory about the cover. ... Just pulled this off amazon:

"Punta del Visionario* before the revolution. Tonight I'll pull the cork. I'll inject 10cc into a ripe lime, the way the natives do. I'll suck. And begin.
If this typewriter can't do it, I'll swear it can't be done."

hahaha! :(

(*end of the visionary?)

Oh yeah, I remember reading 'Even Cowgirls Get the Blues' that was kind of 80's folksy/absurdist I think.
Have you read 'The Crying of Lot 49' by Thomas Pynchon, or After Many a Summer by Aldous Huxley? Both spring to mind as absurdist.

I bought Fight Club the other day but haven't got around to reading it yet; saw the movie. Nothing like getting the shit kicked out of you for fun. lol

This is another sort of American yuppie gets his oats type book 'Electroboy' by Andy Behrman - scatty but touching autobigraphy.

I'm currently raking through the embers of the ancients - Greek style with Herodotus and Thucydides, drawing comparisons between realpolitiks then and now...

“Haste and anger – the two greatest obstacles to wise counsel. Haste, that usually goes with folly; anger, that is the mark of primitive and narrow minds. And anyone that maintains that words cannot be a guide to action must be either a fool or one with some personal interest at stake; he is a fool, if he imagines that it is possible to deal with the uncertainties of the future by any other medium, and he is personally interested if his aim is to persuade you into some disgraceful action, and, knowing that he cannot make a good speech in a bad cause, he tries to frighten his opponents and his hearers by some good-sized pieces of misrepresentation.”
from Thucydides - History of the Peloponnesian War. Book 3 (The Mytilenian Debate) translated by Rex Warner 1954.

Also reading 'Gardens of the Moon' by Steven Erickson.

cheers, Bridie
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Been reading the Bible, "Indoor marijuana Horticulture" by Jorge Cervantes. "The Indoor Bible", a great read, I can read it over and over again. I can't recite it yet, but that will come with time. Lol.
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BridesNightie, haha, that brings back memories about the book, him and the old Remington typwriter...

I've heard about Aldous Huxley, and I need to pick up a book or two by him and get started.

Just found out that my cousin is getting me a book about the global history of narcotics for my birthday. That sounds like an excellent read as well.
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Old 06-25-2004, 10:45 PM #8
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Altight lads, ive just got into reading lately...if its interesting. Ive read Mr.Nice by Howard Marks and a book about the Kray twins...I like my gangster stuff and anything to do with weed is a plus...Any recommendations. Thanx
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'Song Of Susannah' Stephen King, 'Marijuana Chemistry' Michael Starks.
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haven't finished it yet but so far it's a great read. Couldn't put the thing down once I picked it up. Def suggest this to anyone that reads the boards, you won't be disappointed.
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