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Someday I will finish Gravity’s Rainbow.
 

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I thought Rand was the shit when I was young and clueless in my early twenties... I wish someone had told me back then that she was full of shit.
For some reason which always escaped me The Fountainhead was very popular amongst a number of architectural students/friends at Sydney Uni in the early 80’s.

Personally I tried to read Atlas Shrugged but gave up. Always thought her work and its philosophy of individualism to be ethically and morally bankrupt. Can see why such vacuous crap is popular in the current global political climate.
 

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Personally I tried to read Atlas Shrugged but gave up. Always thought her work and its philosophy of individualism to be ethically and morally bankrupt. Can see why such vacuous crap is popular in the current global political climate.
I do think a lot of libertarian ideas like personal responsibility could be a good guide to lead one’s own life but they are best not applied in macro scale; like as a guideline for setting a social policy(maybe other than legalizing most of the drugs).
 

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Brave New World - pretty amazing book frankly, very interesting insight into human nature.
 

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I’m always amused when someone thinks I chose my handle as an homage to Rand.
 

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I’m always amused when someone thinks I chose my handle as an homage to Rand.
It's clear you're saying "I'm at Las".
 

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I've always wanted to read Atlas Shrugged or the Fountainhead, but I've known people who read it and suck it up lock, stock, and barrel, tp the point that they feel Rand's objectivism answers all questions. When they answer my challenges with "you just have to read the book to understand" it feels very much like a cult. which keeps me away.

Right now I am reading three four books, Adam Gollner's The Fruit Hunters which is like a series of vignettes about various fruits, their history, and the people who are crazy about them. I am really interested in the history of cultivated fruits and vegetables. On that note I am also reading Of Cabbages and Kings which is a slim volume a little more focused on the history of fruits and vegetables, and is lushly illustrated with Renaissance paintings, botanical engravings, and the like, but which focuses more directly on where various crops orginated geographically and how they came to be cultivated. Third is Fin-De-Siecle Vienna: Politics and Culture which is about the artistic and philosophical thought present in Vienna at the dawn of the last century. I've always been fascinated with that time from an aesthetic point of view; the end of Art Nouveau and the dawn of Deco and the rise of Arts and Crafts. It's pretty heavy duty, though. The fourth is a good, but fluffy, fiction anthology.
 

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Rare thrift store find.. in a college town DFW is snatched up instantly at used book stores, especially thrifts. Couple stories in and really enjoying it, it's the format I like DFW the best in. I'm far into Infinite Jest, while I like it, I much rather read his shorter stories.

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Brave New World - pretty amazing book frankly, very interesting insight into human nature.
I recently finished this one. I liked it but I think 1984 was more engaging.

Rape of Nanking should be required reading in every high school. A shameful number of educated people are entirely unaware of the atrocities committed by the Japanese - a focus of the author in part of the book.

I’m about 200 pages into Rise and Fall. I thought it would be a little dry but it’s exceptional and hard to put down at times.

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Reader tip: Rise and Fall is not a tragedy.
 

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I've been reading everything I can by Osamu Dazai, a Japanese novelist famous for his dissolute lifestyle as much as his books: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osamu_Dazai

However, No Longer Human is really excellent, and Setting Sun also worth reading. His works tend to be semi-autobiographical, with aristocratic protagonists fallen on hard times or who have been disowned by their families for their bad behaviour or low artistic ambitions.

After several attempts, some jointly with women, Dazai finally succeeded in killing himself at the age of 39, which just seems to have added to his appeal.
 

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