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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Currently reading "Lila" by Marilynne Robinson.
There is no way I was not reading this book once I opened it...


Wosbald wrote:
He has very whimsical, though not frivolous, style. His writing can be a welcome change-of-pace from the more rigorous, and occasionally stolid, style currently prevalent in much of academia.

That sounds neat.
Sometimes a bit of humor or an unexpected perspective in writing... really helps people to loosen up, play with unfamiliar ideas... and think.

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I'm not reading right now. I think I have a tendency to mimic a writing style that I like. I believe you have to be well read in order to write decently but while I am writing I avoid books. I have a list for wanna reads for my next break.
What didja read on your last break from writing?

(I'm sure I mimic stuff I read, too. Heck, I unconsciously start mimic friends' verbal habits after being in conversation with them for a bit.)
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haha, that happens to me too. If somebody speaks to me in a certain way, I'll find myself falling into that pattern in reply.

I do sometimes worry people will think I'm making fun of them...but I can't help it. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

does all of mine own poetry count? collating it.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Julie just bought me
the Next Queen of Heaven by Gregory Maguire
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Documentality: Why It Is Necessary to Leave Traces by Maurizio Ferraris
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Read The Girl In The Spiders Web this weekend. A follow-on from Stieg Larsson's "Millenium" trilogy, now taken over by a different author.

Not as good as I'd hoped, not as bad as it could have been.

It's always hard to say with books that have been translated, but this new author doesn't seem to be as good. A bit stilted and clumsy, but could have been the translator...can't tell.

Still ended up enjoying it well enough I guess, and will read any more, but not fantastic.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just finished War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.

Although I've read and enjoyed discursive novels in the past, he did kind of overdo it, especially toward the end. Seemed almost like he added the final family scenes just to get it over with so he could write his Second Epilogue, an essay on the complexity and indeterminacy of history which has an important point and displays hard thinking and inquiry for the time when it was written, but still. It would be like George Lucas making you sit through a 45 minute documentary about the Rebellion after Luke has killed Anakin. (I skimmed.)

But the characters really were fascinating, and I highlighted some really amazing quotes. For example,
"Ifwe admit that human life can be ruled by reason, the possibility of life is destroyed."

"A man in motion always devises an aim for that motion. To be able to go a thousand miles he must imagine that something good awaits him at the end of those thousand miles. One must have the prospect of a promised land to have the strength to move."

"As the sun and each atom of ether is a sphere complete in itself, and yet at the same time only a part of a whole too immense for man to comprehend, so each individual has within himself his own aims and yet has them to serve a general purpose incomprehensible to man."
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read War and Peace last year. I agree with you that the Second Epilogue dragged on a bit, although whether I would have felt that way had I read it as a stand-alone essay is another matter.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm currently reading Karl Polanyi's The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time.

This is Wiki's summary of the book.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Transformation_(book)'
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something called The Snowman by Jo Nesbo.

Touted as the new Stieg Larsson, which is why I'm reading it, but not all that impressed so far.

Serial killer / cop thing.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, it grew on me in the end, but he's no Stieg Larsson.

So I'm reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo again.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Girl Who Played With Fire.

Next Millennium book.

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The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest

Last Millennium book.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 2:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Where Are You?: An Ontology of the Cell Phone by Maurizio Ferraris
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 4:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
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An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.

The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.

The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
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