General Discussion: what are you reading?


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Foxtrot
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2466 posts since 8/4/09

11 Jan 2015 01:14
anyone recommend any good non-fiction? havent read much recently. last book i read was hangover square
sydneyking
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4581 posts since 26/9/09

11 Jan 2015 01:17
Appointment in samarra if you haven't already read it? Just bought capital in the 21st century to read
Mrtyn
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969 posts since 30/1/14

11 Jan 2015 02:13
You into food/cooking/restaurants? If so to
Anthony Bourdain - Kitchen Confidential
Marco Pierre White - Devil in the Kitchen.
Foxtrot
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2466 posts since 8/4/09

11 Jan 2015 02:17
Syd, Mrtyn. cheers boys will check them out.
roophees
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1539 posts since 18/12/10

11 Jan 2015 11:36
^ I'm currently reading peoples republic of amnesia, 5-10% of the way in and it's pretty good. tells the story of the tianmen square protests in China really well if you're into that sort of thing
SxV
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256 posts since 26/10/11

11 Jan 2015 13:17
Reading Junky by Burroughs at the moment. Snappy interesting read - autobiographical and basically the influence for Trainspotting and co
87
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3357 posts since 21/6/08

5 Mar 2015 21:26
bruk wrote: George Orwell - Down and Out in Paris and London
Tragicomic and semi autobiographical… Evokes the era and a life on the breadline so well
Great read

One of my favourite Orwell books
CovOne
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8652 posts since 17/8/04

5 Mar 2015 21:35
So far this year I have read,
Botchan by Natsume Sōseki
The Yellow Wall-Paper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Tortilla Flat - Steinbeck
1984
The Fifth Head of Cerebus - Gene Wolfe
To Kill a Mockingbird

Currently on Wolf Hall which I think I am going to pass on for a later time.
toastbread
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2731 posts since 15/6/07

posted 5 Mar 2015 21:39, edited 5 Mar 2015 21:39
Been looking into Daniel Keyes' books . They are all out of print on the high street etc

Anyone read anything other than 'Flowers For Algernon'?
toastbread
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2731 posts since 15/6/07

posted 5 Mar 2015 21:43, edited 5 Mar 2015 21:43
SxV wrote: Reading Junky by Burroughs at the moment. Snappy interesting read - autobiographical and basically the influence for Trainspotting and co

Laughing out loud
only just read this? Classic

Burroughs was fucked up on many levels
Trystero
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1619 posts since 1/8/07

6 Mar 2015 11:15
toastbread wrote: Burroughs was fucked up on many levels

yet still seems to be lionised by hipster idiots as some kind of lovable, sociopathic, wife-murdering, junkie, paedophile scamp

I'll never understand why he's such a revered figure for so many people

think Will Self sums up the man and the myth well:
”He’s an unpleasant slug crawling across the lawn of literature; one I like to pour salt on. I find the whole Burroughs myth pretty repulsive actually … You could be lying in some pestilential, piss-soaked squat in the bowels of the city listening to some moron totalled on drugs, drooling on, and talking about Burroughs. Because Burroughs was their Leon Trotsky, their Archbishop of Canterbury, their pope.”

toastbread
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2731 posts since 15/6/07

posted 7 Mar 2015 11:02, edited 7 Mar 2015 11:02
Cool Great quote
toastbread
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2731 posts since 15/6/07

posted 7 Mar 2015 11:08, edited 7 Mar 2015 11:08
Cities Of The Red Night was about SRA, human sacrifice, homo shit, drugs etc
Not a good look Puzzled



Make of this what you will
A little bit of truth, hidden with lies
discobobulated
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713 posts since 21/4/10

posted 7 Mar 2015 11:27, edited 7 Mar 2015 11:27
Just reread Les Chants de Maldoror by Comte de Lautreamont. Written when he was 23 in 1868 & one of the most fucked up books i've ever read. Big influence on Surrealism & still stands up to many underground classics today. READ IT!
discobobulated
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713 posts since 21/4/10

10 Apr 2015 17:11


Got the youngest started on the classics.
ODB
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3431 posts since 21/6/06

10 Apr 2015 19:22
Cool
bizzlebizzle
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678 posts since 29/10/09

10 Apr 2015 19:44
Trystero wrote:
toastbread wrote: Burroughs was fucked up on many levels



think Will Self sums up the man and the myth well:
”He’s an unpleasant slug crawling across the lawn of literature; one I like to pour salt on. I find the whole Burroughs myth pretty repulsive actually … You could be lying in some pestilential, piss-soaked squat in the bowels of the city listening to some moron totalled on drugs, drooling on, and talking about Burroughs. Because Burroughs was their Leon Trotsky, their Archbishop of Canterbury, their pope.”

Will Self is revolting. The hypocrisy in that quote is laughable. From his own wikipedia -

(Will Self) "is sometimes presented as a bad-boy outsider, writing, like the Americans William S Burroughs and Hubert Selby Jr, about sex, drugs and violence in a very direct way. Yet he is not some class warrior storming the citadels of the literary establishment from the outside, but an Oxford educated, middle-class metropolitan who, despite his protestations to the contrary in interviews, is about as much at the heart of the establishment as you can get, a place he has occupied almost from the start of his career."
james_fox
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541 posts since 1/8/10

10 Apr 2015 21:09
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endymion_%28Simmons_novel%29

series has been great so far.
southpaw.6
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394 posts since 1/6/10

11 Apr 2015 09:53
bizzlebizzle wrote:
Trystero wrote:
toastbread wrote: Burroughs was fucked up on many levels



think Will Self sums up the man and the myth well:
”He’s an unpleasant slug crawling across the lawn of literature; one I like to pour salt on. I find the whole Burroughs myth pretty repulsive actually … You could be lying in some pestilential, piss-soaked squat in the bowels of the city listening to some moron totalled on drugs, drooling on, and talking about Burroughs. Because Burroughs was their Leon Trotsky, their Archbishop of Canterbury, their pope.”

Will Self is revolting. The hypocrisy in that quote is laughable. From his own wikipedia -

(Will Self) "is sometimes presented as a bad-boy outsider, writing, like the Americans William S Burroughs and Hubert Selby Jr, about sex, drugs and violence in a very direct way. Yet he is not some class warrior storming the citadels of the literary establishment from the outside, but an Oxford educated, middle-class metropolitan who, despite his protestations to the contrary in interviews, is about as much at the heart of the establishment as you can get, a place he has occupied almost from the start of his career."

Think that quote is from this brilliant bbc radio production (re-broadcasted by this american life)
http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/546/burroughs-101
and was possibly slightly out of context, if quoted alone. W.Self seems to revere and be reviled by Burroughs).
Malik
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820 posts since 27/5/10

25 Apr 2015 12:51
Does anyone know where i can get hold of matthew syed's articles for the times ? Massive ball-ache that they're subscription only. Had a quick search and the majority of the links just take me back to the original. Anyway around this/ any sites that re-post etc?