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What are you reading?

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by chorse123, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. edinatlanta

    edinatlanta Senior member

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    So I just finished Freakonomics. I wasn't horribly impressed. The first 3 chapters were quite entertaining and interesting, but I had to force myself to read the last 2, as I found them insanely boring (about nature vs nurture, and baby names effecting peoples lives). Both chapters I think should have been condensed to one, though I wouldn't have complained if they were just left out.

    One thing that surprised me in Freakonomics is they refer in one chapter a lot to Sudhir Venkatesh's work following the Black Kings gang of Chicago. My beef though is the facts they give are slightly different than what is written in Gangleader for a Day (Sudhir Venkatesh's book on the subject, written 2 years later), which was the book I happened to read before Freakonomics (by complete accident).

    For example, they say JT, the gang leader, was sent to prison at the end, but in GLFAD, he leaves the gang after it breaks up and opens a barbershop, which failed, but all the same, he never ended up going back to prison. It also states T-Bone (in Freakonomics his name is "Booty") was killed by the gang shortly after giving over financial documents of the gangs activity to Sudhir. In GLFAD, he was sent to prison, where he did eventually get murdered, but that was a couple of years later. Also the gang name in Freakonomics was "Black Kings Disciples" or something, which in GLFAD was a defunct gang from the 60s. The Black Kings was the gang JT was the leader of.

    I will say I read Superfreakonomics a couple of weeks ago (yeah, I read the second book first), and I found it to be much, much better written, and far more pleasurable to read. The authors don't stay on any subject too long, while still getting their point across well. Plus the topics are just better.

    Now I'm on to Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin.


    You should join the 50 Book Challenge bro.

    Picked up The Politician by Andrew Young...The people involved are something else I tell you what. Going to finish it tonight.
     


  2. Jokerman

    Jokerman Senior member

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    The Flowers of Evil- Charles Baudelaire
     


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    I'm in the middle of reading Diamonds Are Forever by Ian Fleming. I'm attempting to read all the James Bond novels in order.
     


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    I'm in the middle of reading Diamonds Are Forever by Ian Fleming. I'm attempting to read all the James Bond novels in order.

    So much better than the films. In order is the best way to do it. You're in for a real treat with the ones coming up - From Russia and Dr No.
     


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    Just finished W.G. Sebald's "Austerlitz". Now i'm reading "Angústia", by Graciliano Ramos.
     


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    Just finished The Blind Side

    Started Where Men Win Glory last night.
     


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    McCarthy's No Country for Old Men
     


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    nootje Senior member

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    back to guns, germs and stell.. after a 9 month pause (couldnt read a thing..)
     


  9. wmmk

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    The Flowers of Evil- Charles Baudelaire

    Whose translation? Or did you read in in French?
     


  10. Jokerman

    Jokerman Senior member

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    Whose translation? Or did you read in in French?

    I picked up the copy that has parallel French text. Translated by James McGowan.
     


  11. sle-z-e

    sle-z-e Senior member

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    not so much reading as it is mostly just art work but
    Wall and Piece- Banksy
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    Quiet Strength - Tony Dungy
     


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    sle-z-e Senior member

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    also, having a tough time finishing this one but its an interesting read

    The smartest guys in the room-The amazing rise and scandalous fall of Enron by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind
     


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    The Polyglots, William Gerhardie
     


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    I finished The Road a few weeks ago and am just about to finish The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

    I am thinking of reading Confessions of Felix Krull by Mann next. Anyone read this?
     


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