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Oooooooh, it's been awhile. I'm reading Nonzero by Robert Wright.
i should have remembered this during office hours GMT
i'm a little confused :S
it still is office hours GMT. i'm such a student.
GOOD SO FAR. I'm only reading to fit in with the indie kids.
about the summer of 2007 - foot and mouth, floods, Gordon becoming PM, the McCanns... It's a good read, with some interesting facts about Thatcher and Blair's lives, and it's more satisfying than yer standard newsy analysis. I won't be sure whether it's more than a diverting experiment.
I started "My Name Is Red" by Orhan Pamuk, but it requires too much concentration to read on the tube so I've put it aside for now. I also have a book about Spain's Francoist past to look forward to, as well as three issues of Trains Are Mint (ordered on utm_usic's recommendation).
I won't be sure whether it's more than a diverting experiment until I finish it, though.
I'm up to the late sixties. I know everything so far inside out, but post-Kerouac's death and his later work I'm pretty clueless.
It's good, but Miles was a close friend of Ginsberg, so the tone is very sycophantic. He's also very harsh on some of the other Beats, especially Kerouac, whom he claims was racist his entire life and not just in his alcoholic final years - his biography of him is meant to be very, very iconoclastic. I'm looking forward to reading it, even if I think it sounds unjustly cruel.
Never got round to reading it.
I hate ploughing through books I'm not really enjoying. I've broken the back of this fucker though, 150 pages to go.
It's brilliant so far.
by Jonathan Wilson.
Good so far.
by Simon Sebag-Montefiore. It's absoloutely incredible. Admittedly, there are parts where you have to remind yourself the evil that Stalin commited because it does the unimaginable task of humanising him.
He also wrote "My Affair With Stalin", which is pretty hilarious if one has a knowledge of Soviet power struggles.
I just reread that sentence and punched myself in the face for being such a cock. It's a good book, though.
no need to punch yourself Joe.
I'm more than happy to do it for you.
after a beautiful female photography correspondent based in China, JUST because you think she has an awesome name...
I did this, and it was damn awkward explaining to Mrs. Poppy Sebag-Montefiore that I had used her name for a self-indulgent 19-minute long noise college :'(
She must have googled her name and she found my track and emailed me.
(Simon must be her husband or something)
Brilliant. Just brilliant.
one for all my moods:
some bad pulp fiction horror (ketchum)
a neil gaiman
an iain banks
I love those old scientific socialist gents :'(
GAMES WORKSHOP BOOKS LOL.
and an Agatha Christie.
Yes, I do just read the same things over and over.
Its got a foreword written by Bono, which makes him sound more like a cock (if it was possible). Other then that its pretty inspiring and makes me wanna do good things!
Going straight into my top 5.
It's on my (ever-growing) re-read list...
by Sir Dave Gorman
Well, literally (bad literacy pun?) just finished.
Lets Wrestle by David Shrigley
hocus pocus - kurt vonnegut
i just (like, an hour ago) finished rereading world war z as well.
i wish i got paid to read about zombies on a fulltime basis.
it's been ages since the last one; have you nothing new to mention? i want to see some book talk, goddamnit.
really interesting if you are into bert jansch and the british blues and folk revival.
STILL, I've been reading it since January. It is huge though. And I keep re-reading sections over and over because its so good. The footnotes alone are incredible.
i like stephen fry a lot
it's really good. still not sure what the title means though.
along with 'the great gatsby'...again.
i should read a book i haven't read before for once.
they're really good
It just meanders along. I quite liked it though.
tis awright. Nothing like a bit of incest between cousins.
by Vron Ware for the British Council
I think it's good but I'm sure others will think it's multicultural devil propaganda spreading evil lies about immigrants and foreigners being real life human people just like the ones born in the united kingdom.
Cold-case crime fiction. Usually don't go for this sort of thing but it seems ok so far. The forensic details are accurate at least.
I read good reviews of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson and am considering it. Any one else read it?
autobiography of a British guy who became an Islamic fundamentalist and who then realises the error of his ways....
Its been on the to read list for years, finally got it out of the library.
Guide for the Perplexed by E. F. Schumacher
And I've just finished Antic Hay by Aldous Huxley
some short story called Oroonoko but haven't got around to that just yet, still finishing off some Freud.