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AppleMark"Cocaine is a brilliant black comedy that belongs on the same shelf as Evelyn Waugh’s Vile Bodies and Dawn Powell’s The Wicked Pavilion." - Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City and Brightness Falls

Cocaine by Pitigrilli - now available over the counter
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Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell. Navy Seal story. Great read.

I enjoyed the book but one bad decision frustrated me.
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Just fucking zip tie the goat herders hands and feet together. Buy yourselves some time.
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The Examined Life How We Lose and Find Ourselves Stephen Gross

Erudite and sensitive accounts of his journey as a psychotherapist, however his Freudian base does make for some some narrow minded, IMHO interpretations of complex human behaviour and motivations. Not everything can be reduced to sex.

Edit only took two days to read and while the author has his priorities eg care of his patients in the right place I found my self getting very angry, he is old school Freudian and some of his interpretations made me angry for example man neglected with lack of love by his father becomes gay. WTF Some what at times simplistic but who the fuck would want to go 4 or 5 times a week for years? No thanks, I don't want to pay off your mortgage or put your kids through college thank you.

After reading this I understand why I was attracted to Jung and the post-Jungians.
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My book for the Halloween season, The Devil in the White City. I've been meaning to read this for years. I like the way this Larson writes. I use to live in Chicago and imagining the city in it's archaic state is a lot of fun. I wish I had this alternate cover.





This just came in the mail. There are some awesome suits and shoes inside. SO far this is the best collection I've seen. On the down side, my wife is looking at me sideways after spying a few of the more flamboyant men in here. Relax wifey...

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Devil in the White City is OK. Not enough about the murders and such--it's really more a history of the World's Fair with the murder stuff thrown in as an interesting aside.
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Have just started Nabokov's Collected Stories, pub by Penguin. 68 or so stories over 700+ pages.

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Finally picked this up again. Spellbinding is a good way to describe it.

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Right, not to much intellectual, high brow or even interesting reading to speak of, because, well... I must vent about my apparent total obsession with reading all the news about that stupid little girl Miley. She's everywhere online, her breakup, her performances, her clothes, her her her...Someone please provide me with a cure...What the hell is wrong with me, "they" have stolen my brain...

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1913 The Year Before The Storm by Florian Illies
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I enjoy Nesbro's books. Just finished this, which was decent as forgettable mystery/thrillers go:

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I just finished Cryptonomicon last night. I started Gravity's Rainbow and am about 50 pages in.

Has anyone ever read and enjoyed Gravity's Rainbow? I'm about halfway through but at this point I'm reading it just to finish.

But hey: at least I'll be able to tell people I read Gravity's Rainbow. confused.gif
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I tried reading Nesbo's "The Bat" and found it incredibly tedious and uninteresting.

I'm on "The Age of Revolution: 1789-1848" by Eric Hobsbawm right now.
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Has anyone ever read and enjoyed Gravity's Rainbow? I'm about halfway through but at this point I'm reading it just to finish.

But hey: at least I'll be able to tell people I read Gravity's Rainbow. confused.gif

I enjoyed it intermittently. I found it was one of those books where I had to let go the notion that I have to be a "good" reader as though there will be a test at the end. There were passages that I just skimmed over because they didn't engage me, and others I read more closely because they did. Overall I'd say I enjoyed it, but there were definitely moments where it felt like a bit of a slog.
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I enjoyed it intermittently. I found it was one of those books where I had to let go the notion that I have to be a "good" reader as though there will be a test at the end. There were passages that I just skimmed over because they didn't engage me, and others I read more closely because they did. Overall I'd say I enjoyed it, but there were definitely moments where it felt like a bit of a slog.

That's been my experience so far. Some parts actually make me laugh out loud, but most of it is not engaging me either. I've had the same experience--I tried at the outset to really understand what was going on, but after a couple hundred pages I realized that I just had to read and experience it as a flow, not necessarily a plot.

Hopefully by the end I'll consider it a net positive experience. happy.gif
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