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post #406 of 5751
Twelve Days of Terror by Richard Fernicola, which is about the Jersey Shore shark attacks of July, 1916. A rare piece of non-fiction for me, but it's been sitting on my bookshelf for awhile. I was a big shark nerd growing up, and every now and then I like to revisit my past.
post #407 of 5751
Nothing That Meets the Eye by Patricia Highsmith
post #408 of 5751
Sputnik Sweetheart
post #409 of 5751
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Picked up some more. Good stuff.
Which did you ultimately choose, and why?
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The Closing of the American Mind
by Allan Bloom

I read this years ago. I recall finding it sometimes insightful, sometimes smug and narrow.
post #410 of 5751
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Picked up some more. Good stuff.
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Which did you ultimately choose, and why?
John O'Hara - because when it became time to read an O'Hara, I already had one of John's books in my house and no one suggested I should start with a different O'Hara, let alone gave me a good reason to do so. I started with Assembly, which is a collection of short stories and was blown away. They are different in style from any other writers' that I have read, in a way that I like. I have not completed the collection, but I can see that style starting to wear on me after a while. Fortunately some of the stories have much more to offer than just the style. I have since put Assembly down for a bit to pick up Appointment in Samarra.
post #411 of 5751
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I read this years ago. I recall finding it sometimes insightful, sometimes smug and narrow.

I'd agree with that. I think his perception of the issue is insightful, but I don't always agree with his analysis of the causes and solutions.

I give Bloom credit, but he often seems to be very close to just asserting "I'm right, and you're all doing it wrong."

Of course, that doesn't make the issue any less real.
post #412 of 5751
Saul Bellow's Ravelstein is a roman a clef about Bloom.
post #413 of 5751
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I have since put Assembly down for a bit to pick up Appointment in Samarra.

I read this a number of years ago and recall liking it quite a bit. Don't think I ever read anything else by him, but now you've spurred me to think maybe I should.
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The Long Gray Line: The American Journey of West Point's Class of 1966-Rick Atkinson, just finished it this morning at 4am, then got up at 6:30 to go to school

On deck I have Gomorrah: A Personal Journey Into the Violent International Empire of Naples' Organized Crime System, and War and Peace.

IIRC this is the one that praises Wesley Clark as brilliant; read it and enjoyed it a while back.

Recently bought/borrowed:
Madame Bovary
Polysylallabic Spree
Agnes Grey
Wuthering Heights
Bertrand Russell history of philosophy

Completed:
The Driver
Polysylallabic Spree
Slaughterhouse 5

Chipping away at:
Agnes Grey
Wuthering Heights
Illiad (again)
Churchill's abridged history of WWII
post #415 of 5751
'And Then You Die' by Michael Dibden. Italian police thriller. Very readable.
' Fuori Registro ', Domenico Starnone.
post #416 of 5751
Just finished: Midwives Slowly chipping away at: Tale of Two Cities Minding Mister Market
post #417 of 5751
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F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night

On a semi-related note, I just finished re-reading A Moveable Feast.

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Sputnik Sweetheart

And on a more directly related note, I'm starting Kafka on the Shore tonight.

Also recently finished Augustus, by Anthony Everitt.
post #418 of 5751
The Secret Parts of Fortune, by Ron Rosenbaum -- collected journalism... Apparently he wrote the story that inspired the movie Dead Ringers, and was one of the first journalists to cover phone phreakers...
post #419 of 5751
I usually tend to read more than one book at any given time. Started on Melville's Moby Dick, almost finished Lethem's As She Climbed Across the Table. And I got the huge Black Lizard Big Book Of Pulps collection for christmas, so I'm reading one story per day from that one.

Moby Dick is one of those books that make me embarassed why I haven't attempted reading them before. It seems quite magnificent. The Lethem book isn't quite on par with Motherless Brooklyn or Gun With Occasional Music, but it's entertaining and clever enough.
post #420 of 5751
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I usually tend to read more than one book at any given time. Started on Melville's Moby Dick, almost finished Lethem's As She Climbed Across the Table. And I got the huge Black Lizard Big Book Of Pulps collection for christmas, so I'm reading one story per day from that one.

Moby Dick is one of those books that make me embarassed why I haven't attempted reading them before. It seems quite magnificent. The Lethem book isn't quite on par with Motherless Brooklyn or Gun With Occasional Music, but it's entertaining and clever enough.

I like your reading style! That's just the way I tackle books, several at a time.
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