What are you reading?

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  1. nerdykarim

    nerdykarim Senior member

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    Nassim Taleb's The Black Swan. Really enjoying it so far.
     


  2. Connemara

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

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    Still working on Banville's The Untouchable. It's absolutely fantastic.
     


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    Fitzgerald - The Beautiful and the Damned

    Edward Tufte - Envisioning Information

    I'm slowly working my way through all of his books which document the history of man's attempt to display quantitative and qualitative information as effectively as possible in 2-dimensional spaces. Great stuff if you like graphic design science and history.
     


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    skalogre Senior member

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    While I have not yet finished the book on Korolev, I got this in today. Long overdue? Maybe [​IMG]

    Anyway, in honour of a famous photograph of a notorious pair of Polo shoes...

    [​IMG]
     


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    He was also interestingly, a homosexual, and was convicted for it despite his achievements.

    A lot of the more interesting 20th-century intellectuals and academics apparently loved the cack.
     


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    Fuuma Franchouillard Modasse

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    Manuel Puig - Heartbreak tango
     


  7. Dedalus

    Dedalus Senior member

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    Just finished Leibniz's Discourse on Metaphysics. This is a great accompaniment to Voltaire's Candide, which I had read a while back. Discourse, in its dogma, seems like a step back from Spinoza and fully deserved Voltaire's mocking. I'm on Leibniz's The Monadology now, but it's much nicer.
     


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    Thomas Senior member

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    I enjoyed Friend of The Earth (apologies if we've already discussed this).
    His short stories really are excellent.
    Just finished Michael Dibdin's "Vendetta". Scanning my shelves (and piles) for what's next.


    I recently re-purchased Descent of Man (T C Boyle) just for the short story "The Extinction Tales". And "Bloodfall". and "Dada". And others. But I still doubt any of them touches "Sorry Fugu". Simply indelible, that one.

    So I was scanning though the Italian crime genre looking at some of the authors you recommended - how did you like Vendetta?

    I started Sampson's The Masters last night. Liked Hogan a lot, so I figured this was a safe bet from the used book shop.
     


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    Walter Mead's God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World
     


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    Just finished Leibniz's Discourse on Metaphysics. This is a great accompaniment to Voltaire's Candide, which I had read a while back. Discourse, in its dogma, seems like a step back from Spinoza and fully deserved Voltaire's mocking. I'm on Leibniz's The Monadology now, but it's much nicer.

    ok, next time I am playing "trivia pursuit, the philosphy version", you are so on my team!!
     


  11. juicemakesugar

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    The Road by Cormac Macarthy
    The Stranger by Camus (for the 3rd time)
    Voices of A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
     


  12. Connemara

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

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    AndrÃ[​IMG] Aciman's Call Me By Your Name. I have not been able to find a single negative review of this book, so I have high expectations.
     


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    ok, next time I am playing "trivia pursuit, the philosphy version", you are so on my team!!

    Only if you will be on my team when I have to play against the Washington Generals.
     


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    Only if you will be on my team when I have to play against the Washington Generals.

    deal
     


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    chorse123 Senior member

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    I didn't make it to the finish line on this one.

    Me neither. I made it about half way through and felt like I'd had enough. I'm glad I read some of it, however.

    Just read Laura Lippman's WHAT THE DEAD KNOW and while it kept me turning pages I didn't love it.

    Now I'm tearing through Malamud's THE NATURAL. Much better.
     


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