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Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by NavyStyles, Mar 21, 2004.

  1. NavyStyles

    NavyStyles Well-Known Member

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    I started thinking about it, and I don't believe we've ever had a post about books/poems/essays that we enjoy. The Passion thread brought up a couple of recommendations, but they obviously weren't the focus of the discussion. I'm going out on a limb and assuming that most every person here is somewhat well-read. Odds are we could easily give one another some insight into literature. I'll start by listing the first set that comes to mind... A Lesson Before Dying - Ernest J. Gaines The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald The Natural - Bernard Malamud The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway Anthem - Ayn Rand Theodore Rex - Edmund Morris These are the first books that jumped out. When I think of some more, I'll add them. Meanwhile, let's hear what y'all have to say.
     
  2. jpeirpont

    jpeirpont Well-Known Member

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    Nice list NavyStyles. The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye along with A Separate Peace makes up my favorite novels. Other books I like are:

    The Official Preppy Handbook- By Lisa Birnbach
    The House of Morgan- By Ron Chernow
    Our Kind of People- by Lawrence Otis Graham
    Bonfire of the Vanity's- By Tom Wolfe

    I also read a lot of magazines. My favorites are
    The Economist
    Forbes
    Bloomberg
    Cigar Aficionado
    and GQ
     
  3. NavyStyles

    NavyStyles Well-Known Member

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    Surely someone else has read at least one book/magazine/pamphlet that would be a good recommendation to others... right? I'll go ahead and add one more I enjoyed. Common Sense - Thomas Paine
     
  4. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Well-Known Member

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    i'm more of a film guy but here a few books that come to mind:

    death in the afternoon by ernest hemingway
    the garden of eden by ernest hemingway
    the little prince by antoine-marie-roger de saint-exupery
    the story of the eye by georges bataille
    the way of the peaceful warrior by dan millman
    this bloody mary is the last thing i own by jonathan rendall

    charles bukowski's short stories are very funny too.
     
  5. esquire.

    esquire. Well-Known Member

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    high fidelity by nick hornsby. the book was much, much better than the movie

    the alieniest- nonfiction that combines history of nyc and psychology. really entertaining to read

    the watchmen- a graphic novel by alan moore that deconstructs the whole comic book phenomenon

    the collected essays of david sedaris. you might have read some of his essays in esquire or gq.

    unbearable lightness of being by milan kundera. i hear he's on the short list of nobel prize nominees

    the remains of the day by kazuo ishiguro- its like a modern day greek tragedy. every word is perfect.

    one-l by scott turrow- describes his experience in his first year of law school. very entertaining

    books by tom wolfe
     
  6. ken

    ken Well-Known Member

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    some important non-fiction I think everyone should read:

    People of the Lie -- Peck
    The Origin of Species -- Darwin
    I'm OK, You're OK -- Harris
    Capital -- Marx (OK, haven't read that one ALL the way through)

    Good modern fiction:

    Kavalier and Clay -- Chabon
    Everything is Illuminated -- Foer
    The Corrections -- Franzen

    Absolutely Positively Stay Away From:

    House of Leaves -- Danielewski
    I picked it up because its Poe's brother (of 'Angry Johnny' fame). It's the worst attempt by an artsy-fartsy at being the artsy-fartsiest in the world... ever.
     
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    cristobal Well-Known Member

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    Cannery Row and The Wayward Bus, both by John Steinbeck. Two of the most brilliant character studies in American literature. Both highly recommended.
     
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    LabelKing Well-Known Member

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    I believe that is a fiction book. I rather liked it. Have you read the sequel?

    "Ulysses" James Joyce
    "The Balcony" Jean Genet
    "No Exit" Jean Paul Sartre
    "The Sun Also Rises" Ernest Hemingway
    "Against Nature" or "A Rebours" J.K. Huysmans
    "The Magic Mountain" Thomas Mann

    For amusing reads-
    "The Flanders Panel" Arturo Perez-Reverte
    "The Love of Stones" Tobias Hill

    I also have a penchant for Cold War/Russian novels.
     
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    esquire. Well-Known Member

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    sorry, the alieniest is a fiction book. and i did read the sequel, the angel of darkness.

    it was also very entertaining, but i liked the first one more since it was a unexpected delight to read.
     
  10. matadorpoeta

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    2 guys have mentioned 'the sun also rises' so i just had to comment that i've never been able to finish that book. i've read the first half twice but i get bored with it. then a friend of mine told me hemingway was writing about his impotency (i hadn't even figured that out yet) and that ruined it even more.
     
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    My 2 Cents, (pence), (yen), etc.... 1) The Brothers Karamazov-Dostoevsky. A little long, but probably one of the best books ever written. Read the chapter entitled "the Grand Inquisiter". It puts Mel Gibson to shame. 2) One Hundred Years of Solitude- GG Marquez. I hate Oprah. Why did she have to add this one to her book list? 3) The Cider House Rules- Irving Iriving's best work. I love the eloquent use of language in this novel... I also have a soft spot for the pro-choice treatise intertwined within the novel. The World According to Garp is also a worthwhile read if you like his other books. 4) The Master and Margarita- Bulgakov Heavy use of literary allusion geared towards fellow Russian authors. The first half of the book is extremely entertaining. 5) The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay I second this recommendation. Non-fiction: 1) Guns, Germs, and Steel (or) The Third Chimpanzee - Jared Diamond. The best pop anthro/science writing I've come across. His arguments and language are compelling to even non-science nerds. 2) Barbarians at the Gate For you Wall Street/corporate raider types. Periodicals: 1) The Economist 2) The Atlantic Monthly Anyone else been really disappointed with Harper's recently? Little too leftist for my liking. Next to read list: 1) Blindness by Saramago 2) The Davinci Code 3) Middle Sex (no, not the English novel)
     
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    Methinks Labelking subscribes to a certain philosophical tract. Â Would you cringe if said that I believe in categorical imperatives? Â Truth? Objective Morality? [​IMG]
     
  13. jpeirpont

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    Have anyone read "The Protestant Establishment"
     
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    Just to break the overwhelming focus on 20th century stuff; I like a lot of it, but I can't stand most of it, especially the post-modern crap (just too pretentious for me):

    -Pretty much anything by Euripedes (Bacchae, Trojan Women, the Iphigenia plays)
    -Suetonius - Lives of the Emperors is a pretty fun narrative of early imperial Roman history
    -Boccacio - Decameron
    -Chaucer - Canterbury Tales
    -Moliere - pretty much all of his plays are hilarious (Misanthrope, Tartuffe, Would-be Gentleman, Miser)
    -Turgenev - Fathers and Sons

    Reading up on ancient mythology is always good too, like Norse, Egyptian, and of course classical. I can't stand the Celtic stuff though.
     
  15. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Well-Known Member

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    Favorite authors:

    Philip K. Dick
    Erich Maria Remarque
    Charles Bukowski
    Julio Cortazar
    John O'Brien
    Douglas Coupland
    Wittgentstein
    Stanislav Lem
    John D. MacDonald
    Roger Zelazany
    Lloyd Alexander
    Susan Cooper
    Octavio Paz
    Ernesto Sabato
    Enrique Lihn
    Thomas Mann
    Rilke
    Kobo Abe
    Banana Yoshimoto
    Haruki Murakami
    Andre Gide
    Albert Camus
     
  16. LA Guy

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    If you're going to read Mann, Buddenbrooks.

    BTW, and totally off subject, but why is it that every second German, Russian or Scandanavian film seems to have a scene in it in which people are sitting with impassive, suffering faces, on some form of public transportation?  Piece all those scenes together, and you'd have an advert for the California way of life.
     
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    Thracozaag Well-Known Member

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    Very true, lol.
     
  18. NavyStyles

    NavyStyles Well-Known Member

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    haha, not so much concerned about the off-subject as much as I'm wondering about where that came from. [​IMG]
     
  19. Andrew

    Andrew Well-Known Member

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    My Favoites:
    Sirens of Titan
    Slaughter House Five
    Cat's Cradle... all by Kurt Vonnegut
    Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    To Kill A Mockingbird
    More.. I can't remember
     
  20. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Well-Known Member

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    la guy, i haven't seen many german or russian films, as i'm partial to spanish, italian, and french cinema (i'm over my swedish/bergman phase), but where did that comment come from? i don't get it. thracozaag, was it andre gide who said, "trust those who seek truth. don't trust those who find it." i think that was the quote from truffaut's the soft skin.
     

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