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currently reading this:


this is the blurb:

"This book argues for a number of related views: (1) Coming into existence is always a serious harm. (2) Procreation is always wrong. (3) It is wrong not to abort foetuses at the earlier stages of gestation. (4) It would be better if, as a result of there being no new people, humanity became extinct. Although these conclusions are antagonistic to common and deeply held intuitions, the author argues that these intuitions are unreliable and thus cannot be used to refute the book’s grim-sounding conclusions."


Justin Playfair


"The Man Who Saw A Ghost...The Life and Work of Henry Fonda" by Devin McKinney

-A biography of one of the most underrated & best actors of all-time, Henry Fonda. I'm 21 pages into it and it's fantastic so far.

-Author Luc Sante's opinion of the biography.....

"Henry Fonda may have been the strangest, most compelling male movie star Hollywood ever spawned, and McKinney reveals him as even stranger and more compelling. In addition, this may be the single best piece of writing of any sort you'll see this year."

-I have no idea who Luc Sante is but he writes an interesting opinion of the book.

Oh my god. it's Robby!

spontaneously luminescent
still reading the actual book "Monsignor Quixote" however, stuff like that is more for the bus or bathroom :o
but just got the "epub" of

I loved the first 2 in this trilogy, really looking forward to this one :guitar:

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I've been stuck in a non-fiction cycle of late. This book combines my Slavophile tendencies and my love of history. "Glorious Misadventures: Nikolai Rezanov and the Dream of A Russian America" examines the Russian America Company and how they explored the American Pacific Coast and settled in California. If the Spanish hadn't had such misfortunes in the Napoleonic Wars, America's Pacific East Coast might have been all Russian. From Alaska down to LA. Rezanov was quite the explorer and spend some time in Japan as well. Interesting read. A little niche.


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I've finished reading "Conscience" by Louisa Thomas. The tag line describes the book as "Two Soldiers. Two Pacifists. One family - A Test Of Will And Faith In World War 1". That's fairly accurate. Louisa Thomas is the great granddaughter of Norman Thomas. The main subject of the book. Norman was raised in a strong Presbyterian family. From this he developed a strong social conscience and a growing interest and involvement in socialism. Norman was joined by his brother Evan in being a conscientious objector. The middle brother Ralph joined the army while the remaining brother Arthur the fledging Air Corps. The book mainly focuses on Norman. I would have liked to have read more about how each brother viewed each others decision whether to fight or not. The treatment of conscientious objectors in America during world war one was terrible. Imprisonment and internment camps.

Reading the book though I did reflect in what do I believe in. Really believe in. My values. Who and what do I identify with and why. I've come close to knowing. An ok read. Interesting bit of American history that I really didn't know a lot about and Norman was certainly an interesting and principled man.



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I'm reading these two at the moment. Gone Girl was suggested by several people. It was super popular, I'm a bit late, as usual:p

This is my first David Icke book. I've been meaning to check him out for a while and was told this was a good place to start. I wouldn't say my "mind's been blown" as promised in various reviews, but I'm 1/4 through and it's interesting and intriguing.
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Just finished "Life Of Pi." On the cover, the Daily Telegraph tries to convince us it's "hilarious". Well, if you find carcasses hilarious, you'll be rolling on the floor in no time...
Then watched the trailer for the film and thought, "WTF was that?"

I have a friend who's good at Maths, who saw the film and told me it was about the number Pi. I was always very bad at Maths, so I didn't get that from the book, except maybe in the irrational transcending sense. ( -I have no idea, just quoting Wikipedia here...-)

The book has its faults, but it was good enough for the Man Booker Prize, so it's good enough for me. ;) No need to see the film, it was a cinematic read. And I was engrossed, and never saw the end coming. Compliments.

Oh my god. it's Robby!

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George Orwell's '1984'
A frighteningly good read.

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one of my favorite books of all time :straightface:
as for me, something lighter right now :o I get enough about "Big Brother" in real life* :cool:

Pocket of Dog Snogging is back! this time he is in Venice, just started it and loving it already, could be as great as:

*=I've been told that they are going to install cameras in every classroom at my work. :cool:



Absolutely fascinating. I really hope more autobiographies of the North Korea escapees are released. This was perhaps the best book I have ever read. The emotion and darkness that is impaled on these pages is just astounding. Basically Shin was born in a prisoners camp from "criminals" within the camp. Human value equals to 0 in the camp and people were more than frequently tortured and killed either on the spot or by execution. How on earth Shin escaped North Korea is beyond me. He's probably the most lucky human being in the 21st century. I really recommend this book.



Polly and Tick grow up with a nanny who's a robot...their food is served to them by machines...away from their nursery strange things lurk in the shadows...and then things start to break down.


My secret's my enzyme.
Festival of Books: Susan Straight, Lisa See tell stories of the invisible


She told anecdotes of her family’s struggle with discrimination against Chinese Americans in the 1930s. Like some of her characters in “China Dolls,” her parents learned to either emphasize or disguise their accent, depending on whom they were speaking to.

In “China Dolls,” See follows the stories of nightclub performers who billed themselves as the “Chinese Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers” rather than making a living as performers in their own right.

“China Dolls” references a time many would rather forget. Chinese Americans could not own land until 1948. Hospitals would not take in the sick if they were not from the right neighborhood or social class. The California of the 1930s seems far removed from what we experience today, but See said the threads of discrimination still exist.

“You don’t necessarily see those divisions, but we come from a history of them,” See said. “It is just under the surface.”

I'd say...jeez. :straightface:
books wit no pitchers but not much more just fuck off literary ponces long live books more to life than books nerds n squares obscurer and obscurer shakespeare is smart
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