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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by Silent Majority » 02 Nov 2017, 12:37pm

eumaas wrote:
02 Nov 2017, 12:31pm
Silent Majority wrote:
02 Nov 2017, 12:16pm
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29) The Spy Who Came In From the Cold - John Le Carre. Audiobook. Cold war spies, a very British setting, East Germany in the sixties, twists and bluffs. A very un-James Bond look at British Intelligence. Flawed, but a fun thriller which luxuriated in the technical details of administration and bureaucracy amongst character studies of damaged men.
He's great. Best of the lot. Also, his politics aren't as awful as one might expect.
He was kind of shitty to the young female communist.
I meant Le Carre
So did I.
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by Kory » 03 Nov 2017, 7:57pm

Silent Majority wrote:
02 Nov 2017, 12:37pm
eumaas wrote:
02 Nov 2017, 12:31pm
Silent Majority wrote:
02 Nov 2017, 12:16pm
eumaas wrote:
02 Nov 2017, 12:08pm
Silent Majority wrote:
02 Nov 2017, 10:16am
29) The Spy Who Came In From the Cold - John Le Carre. Audiobook. Cold war spies, a very British setting, East Germany in the sixties, twists and bluffs. A very un-James Bond look at British Intelligence. Flawed, but a fun thriller which luxuriated in the technical details of administration and bureaucracy amongst character studies of damaged men.
He's great. Best of the lot. Also, his politics aren't as awful as one might expect.
He was kind of shitty to the young female communist.
I meant Le Carre
So did I.
Speaking of Le Carre, did anyone watch The Night Manager? I'm curious about general opinions but also divergence from the book (which I haven't read).
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by Dr. Medulla » 03 Nov 2017, 8:05pm

Kory wrote:
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Speaking of Le Carre, did anyone watch The Night Manager? I'm curious about general opinions but also divergence from the book (which I haven't read).
I didn't watch it, but the Boss liked it a fair bit.
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by Dr. Medulla » 06 Nov 2017, 2:15pm

Tub reading:
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In many respects, reading this is redundant as it's more on the same things he's been banging on about for a few decades now—recovering the humanist qualities of the Enlightenment that have been corrupted by corporate interests of abstraction, alienation, and hostility to the common good. The writing here is a lot more choppy, probably better appreciated by philosophers than the average dope (including me). Knowing Saul's other writing is making this one easier to comprehend.

Research reading (starting this afternoon):
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Chugging into stuff on brainwashing in the 1950s and 1960s as part of an essay on mind control, payola, rock n roll, and fear of mass culture. I had the idea a few years ago and used it as a lecture but I want to research and write a proper piece on it as part of a series of essays on hostility to rock music.
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by Low Down Low » 06 Nov 2017, 2:20pm

Kory wrote:
03 Nov 2017, 7:57pm
Silent Majority wrote:
02 Nov 2017, 12:37pm
eumaas wrote:
02 Nov 2017, 12:31pm
Silent Majority wrote:
02 Nov 2017, 12:16pm
eumaas wrote:
02 Nov 2017, 12:08pm

He's great. Best of the lot. Also, his politics aren't as awful as one might expect.
He was kind of shitty to the young female communist.
I meant Le Carre
So did I.
Speaking of Le Carre, did anyone watch The Night Manager? I'm curious about general opinions but also divergence from the book (which I haven't read).
I'm reading through Le Carre at the moment but in chronological order so nowhere near The Night Manager yet. Enjoyed the series, though, great cast and Tom Hollander does a particularly great role as the villainous sidekick.

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by Kory » 06 Nov 2017, 2:38pm

Low Down Low wrote:
06 Nov 2017, 2:20pm
Kory wrote:
03 Nov 2017, 7:57pm
Silent Majority wrote:
02 Nov 2017, 12:37pm
eumaas wrote:
02 Nov 2017, 12:31pm
Silent Majority wrote:
02 Nov 2017, 12:16pm


He was kind of shitty to the young female communist.
I meant Le Carre
So did I.
Speaking of Le Carre, did anyone watch The Night Manager? I'm curious about general opinions but also divergence from the book (which I haven't read).
I'm reading through Le Carre at the moment but in chronological order so nowhere near The Night Manager yet. Enjoyed the series, though, great cast and Tom Hollander does a particularly great role as the villainous sidekick.
Agreed. I liked how he always seemed to be there, lurking and watching.
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Table salt (spoon hinge)
Octopus (Ukraine)
St. Petersburg (arms)
Ginger beer (cauliflower)
Pat Sajak (PSak)
Lamp post (self evident)
Florida Timeshare (ditto)
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by Silent Majority » 07 Nov 2017, 9:37am

30) Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. Audiobook. My first read of this, so I'm contractually obligated to make the entirety of my notes on this book amount to "so it goes."
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by eumaas » 07 Nov 2017, 9:56am

Ten Days That Shook the World. Trying to read the whole thing in one day.
"The only thing that really occurs to me that I can say on this is to point out how fascinating it is that the Hassan-i-Sabbah archetype keeps turning up over and over again ... He disappears up into the mountains and is never seen again. Believe me, he'll never be seen again. He'll live forever because of that."

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by Dr. Medulla » 08 Nov 2017, 7:49am

Buckley vs. Schlesinger:
in February 1963, Buckley advertised his new book with a quotation from Schlesinger: “He has a facility for rhetoric which I envy, as well as wit which I seek clumsily and vainly to emulate.” Rather than playing along with the joke, or at least rising above it, Schlesinger wrote immediately to demand that the publisher furnish him with “the source of this statement or else discontinue its use.” On and on the correspondence went, with a delighted Buckley never failing to up the stakes. “Would you be so kind as to ask Mr. Schlesinger to okay the translation of his quotation into French,” Buckley asked in April, including the text. Then he put out a press release saying Schlesinger was suing him and trying to censor the book. Furious, Schlesinger wrote a public letter to Publishers Weekly protesting that “both claims are false.” Inevitably Buckley responded, happy to keep the row going. He would stop using the quotation, he wrote, if Schlesinger sent him a letter “requesting me to do him the personal favor of removing it.” Otherwise, “so long as he tries to get me to drop it under the pressures of Messrs. Greenbaum, Wolff and Ernst [attorneys], I’ll go to the electric chair first, and instruct my heirs to put on my tombstone, Wm. F. ‘Envy His Rhetoric’ Buckley Jr.
From Aldous' bio of Schlesinger.
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by Wolter » 08 Nov 2017, 10:13am

Dr. Medulla wrote:
08 Nov 2017, 7:49am
Buckley vs. Schlesinger:
in February 1963, Buckley advertised his new book with a quotation from Schlesinger: “He has a facility for rhetoric which I envy, as well as wit which I seek clumsily and vainly to emulate.” Rather than playing along with the joke, or at least rising above it, Schlesinger wrote immediately to demand that the publisher furnish him with “the source of this statement or else discontinue its use.” On and on the correspondence went, with a delighted Buckley never failing to up the stakes. “Would you be so kind as to ask Mr. Schlesinger to okay the translation of his quotation into French,” Buckley asked in April, including the text. Then he put out a press release saying Schlesinger was suing him and trying to censor the book. Furious, Schlesinger wrote a public letter to Publishers Weekly protesting that “both claims are false.” Inevitably Buckley responded, happy to keep the row going. He would stop using the quotation, he wrote, if Schlesinger sent him a letter “requesting me to do him the personal favor of removing it.” Otherwise, “so long as he tries to get me to drop it under the pressures of Messrs. Greenbaum, Wolff and Ernst [attorneys], I’ll go to the electric chair first, and instruct my heirs to put on my tombstone, Wm. F. ‘Envy His Rhetoric’ Buckley Jr.
From Aldous' bio of Schlesinger.
To be honest, instead of being amused, all I can think is “God, what a childish prick Buckley was.”
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by Dr. Medulla » 08 Nov 2017, 11:01am

Wolter wrote:
08 Nov 2017, 10:13am
Dr. Medulla wrote:
08 Nov 2017, 7:49am
Buckley vs. Schlesinger:
in February 1963, Buckley advertised his new book with a quotation from Schlesinger: “He has a facility for rhetoric which I envy, as well as wit which I seek clumsily and vainly to emulate.” Rather than playing along with the joke, or at least rising above it, Schlesinger wrote immediately to demand that the publisher furnish him with “the source of this statement or else discontinue its use.” On and on the correspondence went, with a delighted Buckley never failing to up the stakes. “Would you be so kind as to ask Mr. Schlesinger to okay the translation of his quotation into French,” Buckley asked in April, including the text. Then he put out a press release saying Schlesinger was suing him and trying to censor the book. Furious, Schlesinger wrote a public letter to Publishers Weekly protesting that “both claims are false.” Inevitably Buckley responded, happy to keep the row going. He would stop using the quotation, he wrote, if Schlesinger sent him a letter “requesting me to do him the personal favor of removing it.” Otherwise, “so long as he tries to get me to drop it under the pressures of Messrs. Greenbaum, Wolff and Ernst [attorneys], I’ll go to the electric chair first, and instruct my heirs to put on my tombstone, Wm. F. ‘Envy His Rhetoric’ Buckley Jr.
From Aldous' bio of Schlesinger.
To be honest, instead of being amused, all I can think is “God, what a childish prick Buckley was.”
Given what a smug guy Schlesinger was, tho, I enjoyed it. It'd have been better if Schlesinger had done something to deflate Buckley, too, but half a loaf, etc.
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by Silent Majority » 08 Nov 2017, 11:30am

I'm seeking to climb the ladder at the bookies as quickly as possible for more cash and security. Using a more moral version of the techniques that spurred the title character through the Years of Lyndon Johnson is seeing my reputation rise in the company.

I'll be killing Vietnamese children before you know it.
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by Wolter » 08 Nov 2017, 11:32am

Silent Majority wrote:
08 Nov 2017, 11:30am
I'll be killing Vietnamese children before you know it.
That’s the title to volume one of my extensive biography of Mark Wahlberg.
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by Silent Majority » 08 Nov 2017, 11:41am

Wolter wrote:
08 Nov 2017, 11:32am
Silent Majority wrote:
08 Nov 2017, 11:30am
I'll be killing Vietnamese children before you know it.
That’s the title to volume one of my extensive biography of Mark Wahlberg.
I'd wager £1 that "John Landis" was backspaced from Wolter's keyboard as he composed this post.
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by Wolter » 08 Nov 2017, 12:01pm

Silent Majority wrote:
08 Nov 2017, 11:41am
Wolter wrote:
08 Nov 2017, 11:32am
Silent Majority wrote:
08 Nov 2017, 11:30am
I'll be killing Vietnamese children before you know it.
That’s the title to volume one of my extensive biography of Mark Wahlberg.
I'd wager £1 that "John Landis" was backspaced from Wolter's keyboard as he composed this post.
There really is an embarrassment of riches in that department.
"There's something more honest, he believed, about traditional methods of mass starvation, labour camps, and machine gunning millions to death. Stalin was a vinyl guy who sneered at Truman converting everything to compact disc." - Thomas Jefferson

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