Nightstand Reading Material

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  1. Earthmover

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    Currently: recent issue of Vogue (with Keira Knightly on the cover) and The Duino Elegies by Ranier Maria Rilke.
     
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    What was the attraction to this subject? Prior readings? Related to work? Just curious.
    Well, one can say I'm a big fan of such works.
     
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    Currently: recent issue of Vogue (with Keira Knightly on the cover) and The Duino Elegies by Ranier Maria Rilke.
    Vogue US is so tedious.
     
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    Re-reading Paul Johnson´s "A History of the American People". So good, it´s worth picking up again.
     
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    hauling through atlas shrugged, but i think i may have ground to a halt - some joker at a book club i'm in suggested it - funny. recently finished saturday by ian mcewan - didn't like it.
     
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    Specifically on the nightstand, Geisha by Liza Dalby. Short, self-contained chapters; surprisingly non-technical considering she wrote it based on anthropological field research.
     
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    Vogue US is so tedious.

    I really don't read it for the articles. Mostly ads, pictures (although speaking in terms of artistic merit, they fall short in this regard as well), and Jeffrey Steingarten's food columns.

    I love Paris Vogue, and to a lesser degree UK, but it's so expensive in the states, and now that I've become illiterate in French...
     
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    Dallek: JFK- An unfinished life
    Daniel Kehlmann: Die Vermessung der Welt (a book about Carl Friedrich Gauss and Alexander von Humboldt making some of the greatest findings of their time)
    Die Zeit- weekly newspaper
    a reeealy old NYT Sunday Edition I got at Times Square on a saturday night
    The Economist

    Plus some other stuff I take a peek in from time to time- some economics books (What's wrong with Economics- weird commie econ book).
     
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    The Art of Seduction - Robert Greene - been reading this piecemeal for months. The Hero's Journey - forget the author, biography of Joseph Campbell. Freakonomics - got it for christmas, it's still on deck. and several kids' books, because most of my bedtime reading is to my daughter.
     
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    Re: The Art of Seduction

    I have a friend who was not a great womanizer until not long ago (until excerps were published in the Playboy).
    Last new year's eve we were at a party and I found myself wondering where he was only to find out he *ohmmm* 'talked' to three or four girl that evening in a tiled room (I saw him taking the one girl right away from her boyfriend- I was stunned). So, appartently that stuff has to work, as he continues to get any girl he wants in no time.
    Having a little daughter on your own (your wife/ girlfriend even allows that book on the nightstand?) you don't really seem to need that kind of advice anymore though.

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    Yeah, it's true that picking up girl is only one of the sides to the whole game, the rest which might still come in quite handy (I just did the research on my girl's favorite drink: Amarula. In africa it's supposed to work as an aphrodisiac...).

    Seduction of the masses... hmmm- in history we spent days doing lessons like 'how to start your own dictatorship' basically doing a lot in that direction. Very interesting- I just read a bit about the asthetics of film in the 3rd Reich and how images were used to seduce the masses and about how to craft your language to create a huge impact on the people (basically just speak their minds openly and offer some easy and harsh measures to 'correct the problems'). Nothing was as much fun as the Gestapo role-play in which I had to conduct an investigation (under realistic circumstances: I had to question people and couldn't just throw them in jail but yet give everyone the feeling of being under imminent danger of being arrested - the law of terror. Let's just say I was good but the other guy who did this just scared the hell out of everyone and would have been an excellent choice for that sort of position.
     
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    Re: The Art of Seduction I have a friend who was not a great womanizer until not long ago (until excerps were published in the Playboy). Last new year's eve we were at a party and I found myself wondering where he was only to find out he *ohmmm* 'talked' to three or four girl that evening in a tiled room (I saw him taking the one girl right away from her boyfriend- I was stunned). So, appartently that stuff has to work, as he continues to get any girl he wants in no time. Having a little daughter on your own (your wife/ girlfriend even allows that book on the nightstand?) you don't really seem to need that kind of advice anymore though.
    heh...i'm not using it as a how-to book. i just liked the 48 laws of power, so i'm reading this one too. also, there's more to seduction than just picking up girls. lots of the historical examples involve the 'seduction' of the masses.
     
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    "Aesthetics of the Third Reich", I forget the author.
    goes into detail the obsessive planning behind the propoganda machine.
     
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    My accounting textbook. With the passing of finals it will be replaced with magazines I still need to read from last month.
     
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    Just finished Booth Tarkington's The Magnificent Ambersons.
     
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    Conrad Black's Render Unto Caesar (a biography of former QuÃ[​IMG]bec premier, Maurice Duplessis)

    Rod Dreher's Crunchy Conservatives

    AndrÃ[​IMG] Pratte's new book (major journalist in QuÃ[​IMG]bec, he is a very interesting read, but that's in french only)

    Once I'm done with these I think I'll read some literature.
     

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