What are you reading?

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  1. comrade

    comrade Senior member

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    I'm stuck in the middle of " Buying Time"
    The Delayed Crisis of Democratic Capitalism
    by Wolfgang Streeck. I got involved in other
    distractions. I'll have to skim the first half
    so I can go on. For anyone interested in NewYork
    from the 30s through the 60s I recommend " Up
    in the Old Hotel" by Joseph Mitchell, the iconic
    New Yorker staffer.
     
  2. New Romantic

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    this should be interesting:

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  3. edinatlanta

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    I've had this on my to-read pile for years. Not clear why as I knew I'd love it and so far I'm 100000% correct. The problem is I've wanted to do what he does: just go live in a cabin away from everything and everyone for an extended period of time. Maybe a month or so. Which is a long way of saying: man I'm jealous.

    But living as an ascetic monk would be a wonderful experience for me. Regrettably US work culture doesn't really allow you time to pursue what you want, so it will always be a pipe dream.

    Sort of wish I remember where I found the tip for the book. I think that would be a neat project, tracking all your book tips.

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  5. Geoffrey Firmin

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    Sounds intriguing I've always been fascinated by the desert mystics since University and way before seeing Bunuel's Simon of the Desert.
     
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    As I've alluded to/mentioned outright in other posts, I seriously considered a monastic vocation (and, candidly, still wonder if I made the right choice) so this is in many ways right up my alley. It's also an older style of writing so it can be an interesting read.

    Giving "The Power & The Glory" another shot. I say another shot because it is a very challenging book for me. The Whiskey Priest is very similar to me in some of his questions of faith but it's also about a man questioning his adequacy as a man. Right now it's a very challenging period of my life to put it mildly so there might be quite a few matzoh balls this go around.
     
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    Currently reading (and almost finished with) Breakfast of Champions by Vonnegut.
     
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    It's oddly annoying they priced it at $4.50.
     
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    LOL, I hadn't noticed that... I bought the book several years ago, and have finally gotten around to reading it.
     
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    Shoutout to McKay's books in Chattanooga.

    I took the tags off but all these didn't crack $20. Other than House of Leaves at $13 only one was above $1, and that was A River Runs Through it at $1.50. All first editions or first-run paperbacks. Theroux's book was in paper for same price as the hard.

    Picked up The Right Stuff yesterday and The Two Towers. Not sure why I'm on a LotR tear but I am. 9176.jpg
     
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    I did not think House of Leaves was very good.

    It is like someone came up with an interesting structural device without actually having a good implementation. Maybe trying to combine the formatting quirks with a 3-layer story was also a bit much, although the 3 layers are what provide some of the structure...
     
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