1 2018-11-13 11:51

What are you reading?
I have found a bunch of short stories by Horacio Quiroga. It's pleasant.

2 2018-11-13 13:25

I recently finished ``The Three-Body Problem'', by Cixin Liu. I really enjoyed it and I plan to read the other books in the trilogy soon.

3 2018-11-13 19:26

I've put it on my list. First heard about it in an episode of some podcast I listen to. I've been evading anything Chinese Sci-Fi as yet, but I'm trying to read a some of this stuff at least, because other persons seem to like it and I'm another person and maybe I'm one of those other persons.

I also read an [article]( about Cixin Liu a few weeks ago (warning: German language & commercial newspaper). He appears to have an interesting biography: Worked a dead-end office job in a water energy plant, got bored and used his mostly idle hours at work to write. Claims not having written anything substantial for many years, though, as he seems to suffer from some sort of writer's block, at least in terms of epic Sci-Fi stuff, if I recall correctly.

It's funny how he appears to have adopted a rather "Not my department" attitude. He's member of several of the Party's cultural commissions and so forth, and ostensibly does not really care to much about day-to-day politics. Reeks of opportunism, but who am I to contrive of such allegations.

I think he has a case by pointing out "The West's" hypocrisy, though, as not only the Chinese tread on civil/human rights. Mass electronic eavesdropping, for example, is a Western invention, and the Chinese govt. adopted it. Social credit scores govern whether I can take a loan or not and are not exactly China specific. My goverment is just not as blunt and does not call it that way, or outsources its work to paypal et al.

Anyway, I digress. Just wanted to write something on this nice late autumn evening before my comfy little evening walk. It's dark already. When I walk along the maple-lined avenues, illuminated by the melliferous streetlights, auburn leaves rustle under my steps and whirl up sweet and bitter fragrances. It's quite rainy these days and my red windbreaker keeps me warm.

Just like this textboard. Pretty ergonomic, and fashionably lean overall. Keep it up. Thanks!

4 2018-11-15 05:59

yup, this is good.

I've just started on Toni Morrison's "Song of Solomon".

5 2018-11-24 15:46

Reading Kino no Tabi vol 1. So far, so good.

6 2018-11-28 05:58

About 2/3rd into C&P. I might pick up The Idiot or W&P next. Almost finished with the first Ripley novel, and will likely continue with the author's other novels. Also about 200 pages into Dancing in the Glory of Monsters, I should continue with that one.

7 2018-12-13 06:53

The Accusation by Bandi, a collection of short stories smuggled out of North Korea.

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami, a collection of short stories from Japan translated by two Americans.

Turning The Eye by Patricia Grace, a collection of short stories from New Zealand with academic commentary.

8 2018-12-25 04:26

Timothy Morton

2007 - Ecology Without Nature: Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics
2010 - The Ecological Thought
2013 - Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality
2013 - Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World
2016 - Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence
2017 - Humankind: Solidarity with Non-Human People
2018 - Being Ecological

9 2019-01-02 17:02 *

Snow Crash. The author foresaw (or inspired) everything that we have today, so it's almost kind of boring.
Still impressive and very nicely written.

I regret not having read it on time.

10 2019-01-04 20:14

Serotonine - Houellebecq

11 2019-01-23 11:55

Le Français par la méthode nature, by Arthur M. Jensen. I'm still in chapter 2, but I love the fact that I don't need to use a dictionary.

12 2019-01-24 02:10

Count of Monte Cristo

13 2019-01-28 09:13

just finished Players by Don DeLillo

next up By Night In Chile by Roberto Bolaño

14 2019-02-10 01:38

Are you interested in a /fr/ench board right here by chance?

15 2019-03-09 18:39

Nabokov "Speak, Memory"
By now I have read it for about fifty pages, left off at the spot where he grew past 18 years of age. I don't recommend it so far, but I want to read further. Sometimes he seems to get cocky about his writer fame. I don't understand why, probably because I haven't read anything else he wrote although I've heard praise for his novels.
Besides that I currently read a book that teaches how to use the Linux command line. The author (namely William Shotts) writes small bland silly jokes into the text at times, but the book has served me well so far.

Sounds fantastic.

What do you think, any good? It took me three months to read, but it feels worth it, I am not sure why, maybe because it made me me.

16 2019-03-17 08:15

>>8 Realist Magic might be the most important book written this century thus far.

17 2019-05-07 22:54

Plant Love: The Scandalous Truth About the Sex Life of Plants by Michael Allaby

18 2019-06-05 06:35

I recently read all four of the Inspector Akyl Bourbayev detective novels by Tom Callaghan in as many days.

On Contemporary Art by César Aira.

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.

currently reading The Dispossessed by Ursula K Le Guin.

19 2019-09-18 15:17

i am reading kojeve's book about hegel for 1 year now

20 2019-10-04 20:43

Just finished Talbot's _The Devil's Chessboard_ about Allan Dulles and the CIA.

I was already somewhat familiar with MKULTRA and some other notorious CIA actions. But by reading this book I learned some new things about violent incidents that allegedly involved CIA illegality, most notably the assassination of Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba.

Much of the book is dedicated to Talbot's theories about involvement of CIA and Dulles with assassinations of JFK and RFK.

The book is not written in a way that makes it easy to check Talbot's sources, reasoning etc.

Would not recommend this book although it did give me some topics for further reading, specifically Lumumba and the US House Select Committee on Assassinations.

I think it's likely that there are more rigorous books covering the same subject matter (or preferably multiple books each covering a subset) although I can't make a recommendation here.

21 2019-10-05 15:22

I'm reading Moneyland. It's about state corruption and rich people hiding their money offshore. Fairly depressing.

22 2019-10-05 18:03

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. Need to lighten it up and dive into some fantasy once in awhile.

23 2019-10-05 23:31

I'm about halfway through Godel, Escher, Bach. It's been a fascinating read. Would recommend to anyone interested in formal systems, CS, or the mind.

24 2019-10-06 01:45

can you clarify "important"?

25 2019-10-06 01:46

with regard to Realist Magic

26 2019-10-06 13:14

> 22

Mistborn is really good. do follow up with "The way of Kings"

I am reading "The War of Art" and "turning Pro" by Steven Pressfield.
They are awesome

27 2019-10-06 15:12 *

oh. fuck.

28 2019-10-06 16:56

of great significance or value.
"important habitats for wildlife"

29 2019-10-06 18:24

Canticle For Leibowitz

30 2019-11-20 09:42

Bailed out of The Idiot by Dostoevsky in the original Russian.

Eating Việt Nam by Graham Holliday. Food blogger expands on his time in the country. A much lighter read than the previous title.

After Geoengineering: Climate Tragedy, Repair, and Restoration by Holly Jean Buck. Subtitle says it all. Enjoyed this.

Just started Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

31 2019-11-26 03:27

I was reading Count Zero. But i had to stop because i had some collage stuff to do.

32 2019-12-08 14:58

Mackay's Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

33 2019-12-09 20:46

I'm reading An Ottoman Traveller, a partial English translation of the Seyahatnâme by Evliya Çelebi. It's basically a travel journal written in the 17th century. Very interesting.

34 2019-12-26 05:14

Woman's Mysteries: Ancient & Modern by Esther Harding (a student of C.G Jung)

35 2020-01-29 08:58

Thanks for these, Humankind was very good.

Dipped into the Grundrisse again in anticipation of David Harvey's course on it.

Having a tough time finding fiction to read but I've been enjoying the New Yorker's Fiction Podcast and The Writer's Voice



do not edit these