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Pretty short but funny and interesting critique of modern architecture. Recommended for people like me, who have an interest in architecture but not much formal knowledge.

I will have to check this out. I'm always on the lookout for an entertaining book that teaches me something about professions I don't know much about. smile.gif
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Just finished:

The plot was straightforward, and enjoyed the storytelling style.

 

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I just started Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong. So far it's pretty interesting, but hardly deep reading.
Finished this. It was only okay.
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Pretty short but funny and interesting critique of modern architecture. Recommended for people like me, who have an interest in architecture but not much formal knowledge.

Started this last night. I hadn't realized that it was only 90 pages (at least on my Nook app). I'm about 20 pages in and it's interesting so far.
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Re-reading this and can't put it down. Amazing how much better my reading comprehension is than in high school. Feel like I need to revisit almost everything I read :lookaround:

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Finished this. It was only okay.
Started this last night. I hadn't realized that it was only 90 pages (at least on my Nook app). I'm about 20 pages in and it's interesting so far.

Finished From Bauhaus to Our House this morning (woke up early, had a few minutes). It was interesting but I guess I was hoping for something a little more generally informative about architecture. This was much more about the various cults of personality that arose in the architecture world in the mid-20th century. I sometimes find Tom Wolfe's writing style a little off-putting.

I haven't started anything new yet--getting hibbely-jibbely about that (it's been almost three hours now).
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I'm reading walden and actually kinda enjoying it besides the cliched trite quality of it
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I'm reading walden and actually kinda enjoying it besides the cliched trite quality of it

That's one of those books that struggles under the weight of too many breathless quotes from hippie-dippie weirdos over the years. If you just read it without thinking "this is a major manifesto for living a beautiful life!" then it's really quite charming, IMHO.
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I'm kind of thinking about going on a Shakespeare binge for a couple of weeks. We have at least a dozen of his works on our shelves. That seems like a worthwhile pursuit. I haven't read any Shakespeare in a long time.
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"The Right Stuff" is always an excellent choice.
Seconded.
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That's one of those books that struggles under the weight of too many breathless quotes from hippie-dippie weirdos over the years. If you just read it without thinking "this is a major manifesto for living a beautiful life!" then it's really quite charming, IMHO.
The ant war is totally bad-ass.
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I started reading King Lear this weekend. I'm enjoying it so far. I'm going to take it slowly so I can enjoy the language and read all the little notes as I go.
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Lear owns. My favorite of the tragedies,
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Ripeness is all.

Possibly best-written scene in any English play.
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I'm reading walden and actually kinda enjoying it besides the cliched trite quality of it

I heard that outside the occasional pond excursion, Thoreau's life was actually a lot like Jeff Who Lives At Home.
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I started reading King Lear this weekend. I'm enjoying it so far. I'm going to take it slowly so I can enjoy the language and read all the little notes as I go.

If you're enjoying it in that particular way (in slow, readerly fashion, pausing to appreciate the language), you might want to check out Stephen Booth's essay/chapter "On the Greatness of Lear," in his book _King Lear, Macbeth, Indefinition & Tragedy_. Really great essay--but one that only really works if we primarily think of Lear as a text to be read rather than a play to be performed.
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