Post by mummifiedstalin on Jan 18, 2006 21:57:38 GMT -5
Say nothing positive. Aesthetics is the preogative of the negative and the engima.
Adorno's a hoot. I don't even like him, and yet I continue to read his books. He's also probably the only big-name scholar to confuse analytic with synthetic a priori judgments (in his lectures on Kant's first Kritik). Couldn't believe what I was reading. What a maroon.
But I kid Adorno.
One of the (many) reasons I switched from philosophy to literature grad school was that so many of professors started taking Adorno way too seriously. He had some good insights, but when I was being told that philosophy could only be done in the style of _Negative Dialectics_ in order to be relevant anymore, I knew that that style of philosophy was, in fact, irrelevant.
I still know a lot of people who find him fascinating, but, for the life of me, I don't get it.
"Why: 'Cuz mummi says so." -- Change B. Goode "5. Butter a midget" -- Ratso's Amazon recommendation More Ratso: post you ass ag bags! Mitchell: I also just used "mount" correctly in a sentence.
Post by NerdGroupie on Jan 19, 2006 1:05:16 GMT -5
My high school English teacher would be so proud to know that people know to underline book titles instead of putting quotes around them. Brava, people!
As for me, I don't read anything too deep...I've been big into Laurie Notaro lately. Read Idiot Girls Adventure Club, then Idiot Girls Christmas, then We Thought You Would Be Prettier. Light and funny reads. Now I'm on The Tiara Club, only read a couple chapters and I'm really not all that impressed. But my mom said to keep going, it gets better. She was right about the Red Glove series (I read one, twas good, want the others), so I'll keep going at it.
Post by Da Worm Fizzle on Jan 19, 2006 2:11:28 GMT -5
Unfortunately, if I'm not mistaken, and please correct me if I am, the AP styleguide has people use quotes. I could be wrong. Anyway, "Travels" by Michael Chrichton. More interesting than I thought non-fiction could be.
I'm ALWAYS reading _something_....though the tastes of most of the people on this board make me feel so horribly inferior that my ego just runs away, crawls up in a corner, and _dies_ every single time I read one of these threads. I mean, I think of myself as reasonably intelligent and well-educated, and then after seeing what YOU guys are into, I feel like some idiot couch-potato Philistine...
And I love 1984 (yes, I have read it) but if I tried to read it every single time Bush freaked me out, I'd make myself sick of the book. Sigh.
Anyway. At the moment I, too, am reading a Discworld book--one of the "side" ones that are kinda outside the normal series, "A Hat Full of Sky". After that, I dunno. Nothing that contains dissertations on terribly intellectual subjects and/or was translated from some foreign language hundreds of years ago, however. Well, technically, one of the things I got for Christmas (that I haven't read yet) is a manga book, so I guess I do have a FEW things that were translated from a foreign language in my collection. :P
"…a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you’re attempting can’t be done. A person ignorant of the possibility of failure can be a halfbrick in the path of the bicycle of history.”
A popular history on Ancient Rome by Michael Grant. Also a book on the WWII 8th Air force showing tactics, equipment and uniforms. I read a lot before I go to bed and if I wake up early in the morning.
Cleolanta and Nerdgroupie, The mere fact that you read anything at all puts you head and shoulders above most everyone else. You would be surprised at the number of households in America that have NOTHING to read in them except an ornate bible on a stand which they also have never read.
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Post by Sheik Yerbouti on Jan 19, 2006 15:45:27 GMT -5
The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Austerlitz by W G Sebald (I'm reading this one stretched out over a year to make it last)
You like Sebald, I take it? I read Luftkrieg und Literatur and it just annoyed me. A couple friends really love him, so I keep meaning to pick up something like Austerlitz to see if it was only an isolated reaction...
For those of you rereading "1984" another good read is Orwell's "Homage to Catalonia." It's a memoir of his time fighting with the POUM in Spain and you can see the origin of much of the novel in those experiences.
Wow...and I thought I read a lot. I spend about half my work day reading for my job...I need to read other things so I don't dream about work.
You who listed two or three...does that mean you're reading them all at the same time? I can do that sometimes, but it has to be a fiction and a non-fiction, switching off. Right now I'm reading Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson, in addition to the John Hodgman book.
Post by siamesesin on Jan 19, 2006 21:36:20 GMT -5
I read different stuff based on where I am at the time.
Couch-Owlknight-Mercedes Lackey Downstairs Bathroom-Napalm and Silly Putty-George Carlin Upstairs Bathroom-Deranged-The Shocking True Story of America's Most Fiendish Killer-Harold Schecter Work-The Crystal Singer Trilogy-Anne McCaffrey Bedtime-Le Morte d'Arthur-Sir Thomas Malory
I go through phases. I do notice that most of my essay collections wind up in the downstairs bathroom, and my true crime stuff I read in the upstairs bathroom. Most of my histories and "classics" are just before bed. Otherwise I wander all over.