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st-t-toat

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the dying animal (roth) - modigliani, le grand nu, velazquez, the delightful imbecility of lust and a s-l-o-w asymptotic grope for the viagra; but it was the le grand nu that got me;
 

st-t-toat

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the last ape standing (walter) - compress our last 200,000 years and then weep; we almost didn't make it - hair's breathe stuff - but we did; cue ... neoteny and the skipping of the hardwiring ... well, most of it;
 

st-t-toat

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oxford figures (fauvel) - just like "the other place" oxford really does figure! here one has it all ... oxford | math | book! so, just be be happy & take it to ... bed! you will NOT be disappointed!
 

st-t-toat

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the unnatural history of the sea (roberts) - think 75% of the planet ... think 0.006 per cent eco protection zones ... think total shifting baseline ignorance ... think lilliputian fish size averages ... think ecological catastrophe ... think barbarians on the high seas ... that's us ... got it!
 

st-t-toat

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into the cool (sagan) - one Rule to rule them all, one Rule to find them, one Rule to bring them all and in the darkness bind them! life the universe and everything at entropy's edge - of course artifical life had this well covered a while ago;
 

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The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
 

SD45T-2

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I just finished Black Hearts by Jim Frederick. Outstanding. :worthy:
 

five sounds

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The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Stories by Henry James
 

Flâneuse

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Remarks Remade - The Story of R.E.M. by Tony Fletcher, which seems good so far. It's pretty objective and straightforward, not sensationalistic like a lot of rock bios.
 

senza tema

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Howards End by E. M. Forster

Haven't read anything which isn't either an academic text or a light, frothy paperback for a long time. It's been surprisingly difficult to go back to a more elevated sort of fiction but also really satisfying.
 

Cor Luctis

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The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson.
 

Thalassa

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Firestorm by Nevada Barr, Playback by Raymond Chandler and So You Want to Become a Park Ranger by Richard Boyer.

Richard Boyer seems like a nice man but I wonder if he self published and if anyone actually pays more than three dollars for this book. It was like he was going for the effect of All Things Bright and Beautiful or All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriott (wonderfully written memoirs of a British country veterinarian in the mid 20th century)....but no, no, it's not like that at all. It's like reading your retired great uncle Morts blog, or something the park service would include for a free gift to new trainees.
 

Olm the Water King

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Philology: The Forgotten Origins of the Modern Humanities by James Turner
The Language Wars: A History of Proper English by Henry Hitchings
Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty
The Search for Modern China by Jonathan D. Spence
The Myth of Nations: The Medieval Origin of Europe by Patrick J. Geary
ASOIAF: A Clash of Kings by GRRM

And a bunch of books on programming and IT.
 

senza tema

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Just finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Loved it. It's a rare and wonderful experience to identify deeply with characters who are actually very little like me. Something to do with circumstances and millennial anxieties, I guess.

Started another zeitgeist-y book today ... Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking) by Christian Rudder. A chapter in, I've learned so far that I've been over the hill for the last six years. :mellow:
 

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Consider Phlebas by Iaian Banks.

Beginning: Horza is being held in a sewage tank, charged with crimes of state. His wrists are manacled to the wall and his legs are similarly encumbered. The tank slowly fills with sewage, closer and closer to his mouth, and then, ever so slowly, above the nostrils. Horza's lungs are bursting for a breath of fresh air when suddenly there is a flash of light. He wonders, Is this what it's like to die?
 

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On Identity by Amin Maalouf
First Love, Last Rites by Ian McEwan
 

BadOctopus

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Just finished "A Distant Mirror" by Barbara Tuchman. I now know more than I ever desired to know about the fourteenth century.

Now I'm reading "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson. It's one of the few Bryson books I haven't read, and I heard it's being made into a movie.

One of the reviews on the cover made me laugh. According to Christopher Lehmann-Haupt of the New York Times, reading this book is "the best way of escaping into nature". I'm no Ralph Waldo Emerson, but I'm pretty sure there's a better way of escaping into nature: actually going out and escaping into nature.
 

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The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson

Loitering: New and Collected Essays by Charles D’Ambrosio

The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves by Stephen Grosz

 
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