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#1 2016-07-25 09:12:30

Kingston1an
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What books are you reading at the moment

Just finished the latest Jack Reacher. He has a very minimalist approach to clothing.

Now reading "I am the secret footballer". A different perspective. Trying to figure out who it might be. Might not be a footballer of course.


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#2 2016-07-26 01:18:56

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Re: What books are you reading at the moment

Finished this Sunday last the Noel Coward's diaries and very interesting they were too.

Still plowing through Churchill's The Second World War.

Reading a biography of Edgar Allan Poe by Jeffrey Meyers which I bough the first edition hard back in 1992, but only just got around to reading it.

Also on the go some mediocre biography's on Duke Ellington and Aleister Crowley.

I like to have several books on the go at once now, takes me years to read a book, unless it really puts the hook in me. Don't read fiction anymore and haven't done for a great many years now.


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#3 2016-07-26 03:33:50

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Re: What books are you reading at the moment

Reading 'Camp of the Saints'. Interesting storyline but very heavy going. Have put it down for many weeks.


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#4 2016-07-26 05:11:36

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Re: What books are you reading at the moment

Ninety-Two in the Shade by Thomas McGuane


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#5 2016-07-26 17:16:08

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Re: What books are you reading at the moment

I'm not saying this to sound cool or anything, as I really do want to re-read it, but I've got a strange hankering for Naked Lunch again. It amuses, for some reason.


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#6 2016-07-27 07:34:44

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Re: What books are you reading at the moment

I'm a big fan of the Beats, especially the holy trinity of Kerouac, Burroughs and Ginsberg. But I think Burroughs is the most relevant to these times, he mapped the psychic topography and offered procedures to protect yourself from indoctrination and humilation before the gods.


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#7 2016-07-27 07:37:43

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Re: What books are you reading at the moment

I can't read Kerouac anymore. I tried picking up On the Road a couple years ago for a re-reading and I couldn't get past the first page. And this is a book I loved when I was 18.

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#8 2016-07-27 08:40:18

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Re: What books are you reading at the moment

Chipper wrote:

I can't read Kerouac anymore. I tried picking up On the Road a couple years ago for a re-reading and I couldn't get past the first page. And this is a book I loved when I was 18.

It was exactly the same for me. Well, I got beyond the first page but I couldn't read it to the end.


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#9 2016-07-28 02:29:01

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I remember at a dinner party and a chum of mine announced "Oh yes, I am just re-reading Naked Lunch at present....." to which I nearly burst out laughing as it was lost on the audience of Ukrainian and Kazakhstan nationals who didn't know who Burroughs was my chum was just saying this for effect, as I knew he had never read the book or knew remotely the content of the book. This was a chap who did go off the rails somewhat at the time, he has quite a big ego and needs to show he is the alpha male in charge of things, I can remember one time he was extremely high with drugs and drank a bottle and half of vodka in no more than a couple of hours and he kept on asking me "Should I go up or come down?" to which I kept on telling him to stop. There's a few other tales about him that are legendary.

Middle aged divorced men should not be allowed to take illegal drugs, in my experience, they just can't handle it and they go off into realms of fantasy.


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#10 2016-08-06 07:24:25

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Re: What books are you reading at the moment

Alan Johnson 'This Boy'. London Labour MP who is less of a careerist than the new breed. Interesting observations on West London in the 50s and 60s.


"Florid, smug, middle-aged golf club bore in this country I'd say. Propping up the 19th hole in deepest Surrey bemoaning the perils of immigration."

 

#11 2016-08-06 08:17:30

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Re: What books are you reading at the moment

4F Hepcat wrote:

Middle aged divorced men should not be allowed to take illegal drugs, in my experience, they just can't handle it and they go off into realms of fantasy.

Another entry for the Hepcationary

 

#12 2017-01-04 08:44:33

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Re: What books are you reading at the moment

'The Black Gang' by Sapper

Upper class hero Bulldog Drummond and his friends work as undercover vigilantes to defend Blighty from Bolshevism. All the work of foreigners, Jews and bent politicians. By page 10 he has already taken the cat of nine tails to a couple of them - ' flog them to within an inch of their lives. "It is the punishment for their method of livelihood." By the next chapter he has rendered the dodgy MP completely insane and fit only for the madhouse. A period piece. Drummond speaks like Bertie Wooster, old bean.

Surprised it got past the politically correct commissars in the public library.


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#13 2017-01-04 12:15:28

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Re: What books are you reading at the moment

Re-reading Gold Coast again, purely for entertainment purposes

 

#14 2017-01-04 13:06:45

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Re: What books are you reading at the moment

Les Particules élémentaires by Houellebecq


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#15 2017-01-05 03:36:19

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I have just commenced the epic 1280 page journey through Alan Moore's recently published magnum opus :

http://www.comicsbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/jerusalem_moore.jpg


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#16 2017-01-05 03:44:22

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Re: What books are you reading at the moment

Beestonplace wrote:

4F Hepcat wrote:

Middle aged divorced men should not be allowed to take illegal drugs, in my experience, they just can't handle it and they go off into realms of fantasy.

Another entry for the Hepcationary

Nah. The Hepcationary is, quite properly, devoted to Heppy's neologisms. This phrase should be recorded in the Analects of Hepcat.


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#17 2017-01-05 09:16:06

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Re: What books are you reading at the moment

adorable homunculus wrote:

I have just commenced the epic 1280 page journey through Alan Moore's recently published magnum opus :

http://www.comicsbeat.com/wp-content/up … _moore.jpg

Oh yeah, Alan Moore, almost forgot about him! 2000 A.D. early to mid-1980s was the best sci-fi ever, Philip K. Dick quality. It got me a pass with my form tutor who happened to be Mike Singleton at the time, yes he of ZX Spectrum Lords Of Midnight fame, who kept me up in the top band when he had to make a choice between me and my best mucca going down into the underclass scally glue sniffing zone. Lucky for me, my interest in sci-fi comics and plagiarism of the Kismet story at the battle of Trafalger in [I[2000 A.D.[/i] kept me from going down big time. And it was big time, for I found my old mucca on Linkedin and his decline and fall and slow rise again he attributed to that act. I didn't tell him that it was actually a choice between him and me and that a in-depth reading and appreciation of some of the works of Alan Moore saved me.

The other time being a fan of 2000 A.D. greatly benefitted me, I was walking past the Sir Robert public urinal with fluorescent lighting that passed for an under age drinking establishment in that part of town and I was accosted by the knife gang members of the Sir Rob Feral Youth gang. Fortunately for me, I wasn't in a Scout uniform and their leader noticed I had the latest edition of 2000 A.D. to which he exclaimed "Great! Another 2000 A.D. fan, a brilliant Tharg's Future Shock this week!" Which was my get out of jail card.


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#18 2017-01-05 09:25:25

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Re: What books are you reading at the moment

adorable homunculus wrote:

Beestonplace wrote:

4F Hepcat wrote:

Middle aged divorced men should not be allowed to take illegal drugs, in my experience, they just can't handle it and they go off into realms of fantasy.

Another entry for the Hepcationary

Nah. The Hepcationary is, quite properly, devoted to Heppy's neologisms. This phrase should be recorded in the Analects of Hepcat.

There's only ever been two Hep Dictionaries for me: Lou Shelley's 1945 edition of Hepcats Jive Talk Dictionary and Cab Calloway's first edition in 1939 of the Hepcat Dictionary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xc1Vuq2gZrA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3rjQnfm6Yk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owV8PlYC1L0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8yGGtVKrD8


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#19 2017-01-06 03:32:12

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Re: What books are you reading at the moment

4F Hepcat wrote:

adorable homunculus wrote:

I have just commenced the epic 1280 page journey through Alan Moore's recently published magnum opus :

http://www.comicsbeat.com/wp-content/up … _moore.jpg

Oh yeah, Alan Moore, almost forgot about him! 2000 A.D. early to mid-1980s was the best sci-fi ever, Philip K. Dick quality. It got me a pass with my form tutor who happened to be Mike Singleton at the time, yes he of ZX Spectrum Lords Of Midnight fame, who kept me up in the top band when he had to make a choice between me and my best mucca going down into the underclass scally glue sniffing zone. Lucky for me, my interest in sci-fi comics and plagiarism of the Kismet story at the battle of Trafalger in [I[2000 A.D.[/i] kept me from going down big time. And it was big time, for I found my old mucca on Linkedin and his decline and fall and slow rise again he attributed to that act. I didn't tell him that it was actually a choice between him and me and that a in-depth reading and appreciation of some of the works of Alan Moore saved me.

The other time being a fan of 2000 A.D. greatly benefitted me, I was walking past the Sir Robert public urinal with fluorescent lighting that passed for an under age drinking establishment in that part of town and I was accosted by the knife gang members of the Sir Rob Feral Youth gang. Fortunately for me, I wasn't in a Scout uniform and their leader noticed I had the latest edition of 2000 A.D. to which he exclaimed "Great! Another 2000 A.D. fan, a brilliant Tharg's Future Shock this week!" Which was my get out of jail card.

My partner gave me the two collected volumes of Alan Moore's Future Shocks and Time Twisters for the Xmas just passed. The Reversible Man (available to read for free here - http://www.againwiththecomics.com/2009/ … -alan.html) is a moving tale wrought from a minor conceit; Time's Arrow run backwards. 

I have purchased 2000ad from the first issue, and every week subsequently, for the last 40 years - and still own them all. Splundig Vur Thrigg! The magazine made the unprecedented but extremely savvy decision to grow and mature with its core readership. The content is now (occasionally and where merited) quite graphic and the stories (the best of them) tend to be incisive political satire - which is, of course, the responsibility of the best sci-fi.

As to Phil Dick - he makes his contemporaries look foolish in retrospect. We are all living in a thoroughly Dickian dystopia now.......
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#20 2017-01-08 02:00:44

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Re: What books are you reading at the moment

Dick's contemporaries have not aged very well at all, he was a great philosophical writer. Between him and Burroughs, you've got all the tools to protect yourself from the constant psychic attack of our times e.g. the Liverpool Care Pathway. The abuse of language is reptilian. And it's all around.


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#21 2017-06-26 04:48:55

Chipper
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Re: What books are you reading at the moment

The Fire Next Time and Notes of a Native Son, both by the inimitable James Baldwin, of course. I first read these books in high school when my father gave me his copies. I was blown away then and I am now on my second reading. I am stunned that the books are as applicable today as when they were published in the early 1960s. And in any case, the prose is simply amazing.

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#22 2017-06-28 18:34:21

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Re: What books are you reading at the moment

Charles Portis - True Grit
Deleuze & Guattari - A Thousand Plateaus (You can take the grad student out of school, etc etc)

I think next up I want to read Year of the Machete, an oral history of the Rwandan genocide. I used to read a lot of African literature in High School, as the dry and pitch black African sense of humour really appeals to me. It tends to go from 0-100 and back very quickly, something that endeared me to a lot of West African folks when I lived in London.

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#23 2017-08-27 05:32:05

Chipper
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Re: What books are you reading at the moment

Yesterday's pre-owned literature haul, for all of $1.50. I already have recent copies of some of these books but not these old editions. Some, like Lolita, are 1960s-era printings. Lolita is from 1966, and looks almost pristine. The copy of Death of a Salesman is from 1959, and looks like it was never opened. I love old paperbacks.

http://i.imgur.com/o96BElS.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/JtLt8f1.jpg

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#24 2017-08-27 05:45:41

Chipper
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http://i.imgur.com/wkIlQdi.jpg


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#25 2017-08-29 12:47:28

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Re: What books are you reading at the moment

mhalat wrote:

Charles Portis - True Grit
Deleuze & Guattari - A Thousand Plateaus (You can take the grad student out of school, etc etc)

I think next up I want to read Year of the Machete, an oral history of the Rwandan genocide. I used to read a lot of African literature in High School, as the dry and pitch black African sense of humour really appeals to me. It tends to go from 0-100 and back very quickly, something that endeared me to a lot of West African folks when I lived in London.

Did you finish True Grit? What did you think?

Currently:
Jacques Tati: His Life & Art, by David Bellos
Ultimate Glory, by David Gessner (almost finished with this)
I began a marathon re-read of Douglas Adams with HGTTG
Working my way through the Epic reissues of Moebius and through Usagi Yojimbo

Imminently:
The Sculptor's Daughter, by Tove Jansson
4 3 2 1, by Paul Auster


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