What are you reading?

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  1. GoSurface

    GoSurface Senior member

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    I'm still working on 1984. I just can't seem to get into it.

    I have the same problem with Catch-22. That book can go to hell-er.

    Rereading Andrew Wyeth: A Secret Life and just started Notes From Underground.
     


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    yeah i have that problem with a lot of books including catch-22. it was amusing enough just didn't get into it. working on kavalier and clay as well as sams teach yourself php right now
     


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    The Vertigo of Late Modernity by Jock Young, liking it a lot.
     


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    I'm reading The Sound and the Fury and The Brothers Karamazov (Almost finished).

    As far as The Sound and the Fury is concerned, I'm still trying to figure out why Caddy 'smells like trees.' I have an idea, but I'm not too sure.


    Benjy is retarded so I wouldn't spend a lot of time trying to take him literally.
     


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    Gotten to Farnham's Freehold yet? My personal fav aside....

    +1
     


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    I am reading " to kill a mocking bird" so far it is a real yawner

    Frankly, I don't see what all the fuss is about.
     


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    Benjy is retarded so I wouldn't spend a lot of time trying to take him literally.

    lol

    Currently reading The Singularity is Near. So far, it is way repetitive (Moore's law, Moore's law, Moore's law) and lacks rigor. But I like thinking about the possibilities that the future might bring in terms of technology and its effects on society, like thinking about winning the lottery.

    Does anyone have any recommendations for some philosophy of technology/AI books of more substance?
     


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    As far as The Sound and the Fury is concerned, I'm still trying to figure out why Caddy 'smells like trees.' I have an idea, but I'm not too sure.

    IIRC she stops smelling like trees after she starts having sex.
     


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    Benjy is retarded so I wouldn't spend a lot of time trying to take him literally.

    Yes, but it's also William Faulkner, so there's got to be some sort of significance. And, I wasn't taking anything literally, but, I think the fact that he states that Caddy continuously smells like trees (As a virgin) has a weight that belies his mental challenges. It's an abstraction, but they almost have to be because he can't mentally process his thoughts in a way that are recognizable.

    What can be shown cannot be said!

    - Wittgenstein
     


  10. Connemara

    Connemara [URL='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jST2Sv63WQ']

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    Yes, but it's also William Faulkner, so there's got to be some sort of significance. And, I wasn't taking anything literally, but, I think the fact that he states that Caddy continuously smells like trees (As a virgin) has a weight that belies his mental challenges. It's an abstraction, but they almost have to be because he can't mentally process his thoughts in a way that are recognizable. What can be shown cannot be said! - Wittgenstein
    Quoting Wittgenstein...! Rach must be creaming his panties.
     


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    Kavalier and Klay fell apart when WWII hits. Chabon writes beautifully about being young and stupid, but I never get on with him when he tries to tackle Big Themes.

    Just started Richard Price's Bloodbrothers.
     


  12. Connemara

    Connemara [URL='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jST2Sv63WQ']

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    Kavalier and Klay fell apart when WWII hits. Chabon writes beautifully about being young and stupid, but I never get on with him when he tries to tackle Big Themes. Just started Richard Price's Bloodbrothers.
    Let me know how that is. I loved Lush Life.
     


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    lol

    Currently reading The Singularity is Near. So far, it is way repetitive (Moore's law, Moore's law, Moore's law) and lacks rigor. But I like thinking about the possibilities that the future might bring in terms of technology and its effects on society, like thinking about winning the lottery.

    Does anyone have any recommendations for some philosophy of technology/AI books of more substance?


    not really AI and singularity - but more future biological technology type stuff
    Fukuyama - Our Posthuman Future
    Lee Silver - Challenging Nature
     


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    not really AI and singularity - but more future biological technology type stuff
    Fukuyama - Our Posthuman Future
    Lee Silver - Challenging Nature


    Fukuyama the neocon guy? Huh. I'll definitely have to check these out.
     


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    Yes, but it's also William Faulkner, so there's got to be some sort of significance. And, I wasn't taking anything literally, but, I think the fact that he states that Caddy continuously smells like trees (As a virgin) has a weight that belies his mental challenges. It's an abstraction, but they almost have to be because he can't mentally process his thoughts in a way that are recognizable.

    What can be shown cannot be said!

    - Wittgenstein


    Literal and significant aren't connected at the hip. Embrace the universe Faulkner created, as he created it, for a more productive reading.
     


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