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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](https://www.zeit.de/zeit-magazin/2018/42/science-fiction-autor-liu-cixin-china) 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 https://u.teknik.io/MJozI.pdf
2010 - The Ecological Thought https://u.teknik.io/U07fb.pdf
2013 - Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality https://u.teknik.io/GwCXM.pdf
2013 - Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World https://u.teknik.io/iXjnv.pdf
2016 - Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence https://u.teknik.io/1ZSrz.pdf
2017 - Humankind: Solidarity with Non-Human People https://u.teknik.io/OCmIm.pdf
2018 - Being Ecological https://u.teknik.io/Rh9lL.pdf

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

36 2020-03-21 12:41

I read the original trilogy. The first book was enjoyable but it went downhill quickly after that. By the third book it became really repetitive and boring. Not to mention the stupid ending.

37 2020-04-27 19:03

eGirls, eCitizens is a landmark work that explores the many forces that shape girls’ and young women’s experiences of privacy, identity, and equality in our digitally networked society.


38 2020-04-28 04:35 *


While some feminist scholars worried that digital communications technologies might represent the latest examples of patriarchal technological control,³ others predicted that girls and young women were particularly well situated to reap the benefits of digitized communications networks.⁴ Some feminist cyber-optimists metaphorically imagined the possibility of using the network to subvert patriarchy entirely.⁵

4 - Michele White, “Too Close to See: Men, Women, and Webcams” New Media & Society 5:1 (2003): 7; Hille Koskela, “Webcams, TV Shows and Mobile Phones: Empowering Exhibitionism,” Surveillance and Society 2:3 (2004): 199; Sadie Plant, “On the Matrix: Cyberfeminist Simulations,” in Cultures of Internet: Virtual Spaces, Real Histories, Living Bodies, ed. Rob Shields (London: SAGE, 1996), 170; Donna Haraway, “A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century,” in Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature, ed. Donna Haraway (New York: Routledge, 1991), 149.
5 - Plant, supra note 4.

I'm gonna need sauce on this.

* Michele White, "Too Close to See": https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/94cb/f3d0f0a98f0508600b8526ff531c9b0bfb93.pdf
* Hille Koskela, "Webcams, TV Shows and Mobile Phones: Empowering Exhibitionism": https://ojs.library.queensu.ca/index.php/surveillance-and-society/article/view/3374/3337
* Sadie Plant, "On the Matrix": https://uberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Sadie-Plant-On-the-Matrix-Cyberfeminist-Simulations.pdf
* Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature : https://libgen.is/book/index.php?md5=6C2061E544015040D287642904A059C2

39 2020-04-28 06:11 *

Michele White, "Too Close to See": Icy You...Juicy Me
Kind of a tedious university work. It's only the cliché theory of empowerment repeated over and over, with a quote from Slavoj Žižek or Foucault here and there.

webcam: 190 occurences
empower*: 14 occurences
control: 26 occurences
wom*: 105 occurences
operator: 68 occurences

Interesting nonetheless as a historical account of the first ``women empowered webcam operators'' as it was published in 2003. I've never heard of JenniCam (1996) before.

Found this cool web page named "The Sonnets to JenniCam", a parody of Rilke's "The Sonnets to Orpheus." http://www.polyamory.org/~howard/Jenni/

A cam can do it. How do you expect
a man to squeeze on through the wire and follow?
His mind would split. Where eyeballs intersect,
you won't find any temple to Apollo.

True Seeing, as it teaches, isn't wanting,
isn't wooing Jenni just to win her hand;
no, Seeing's Being. For the cam, not daunting.
But when are we? When does it deign to scan

her heat and heart into our being-sight?
It isn't that you lust for her, not if
the surging juices crowd your loins - that trance,

a passing fancy, will not last the night.
To see in truth's a different view. A glyph.
A blur. A quiver in the cam. A glance.

40 2020-04-28 06:56 *

Hille Koskela, "Webcams, TV Shows and Mobile Phones: Empowering Exhibitionism"
A much more inspired, philosophical and cyberpunk paper than >>39. The University of Helsinki has higher standard, as expected. For a starter, the author cares to explain the ``empowering exhibitionnism'' thesis.

A telling example of this is what Presdee (2000) has called the ‘criminalisation of culture’. By the regime of shame I mean individuals’ internalisation of control, in the Foucauldian sense. The idea of having or doing something that cannot be shown. The basic ‘need’ for privacy. The regime of shame keeps people meek and obedient as efficiently as any control coming from outside. Rejecting it, is unacceptable and immodest. Further, these controls from outside and from inside are most effective when functioning together: the combination of fear and shame ensures submissiveness.Indeed, home webcams challenge these both. By revealing their private intimate lives individuals refuse to take part in these two regimes. If this is exhibitionism that succeeds in overcoming these two, then exhibitionism can truly work as a form of empowerment. The liberation from shame and from the ‘need’ to hide leads to empowerment. Conceptually, when you show ‘everything’ you become ‘free’: no one can ‘capture’ you any more, since there is nothing left to capture.

Home webcams challenge this understanding, too. By presenting intimate pictures of private life, their owners refuse to play ‘the game of bad conscience’. They rebel against the modesty and shame embedded in the conception of the private. They may be ‘normal’ in some sense but they are also automatically outside some of the conventional notions of normal, exactly because of their cameras. They refuse to be humble which, to my opinion, is the most interesting point in the whole phenomenon.

And about JenniCAM:

The virtual world was once thought to bring us to an era, which could be called “post-gender” (Higgins et al., 1999: 111). It was supposed to be a realm where identities can be hidden, where “the failings of the body will supposedly melt away, where the soul will be able to express itself fully” (Wertheim, 1997: 302), where gender-switching will become possible (Roberts and Parks, 2001) and “misrepresentations of self” (Wakeford, 1998: 181) are understood to be a taken for granted opportunity rather than a morally precarious action. The home webcams contribute in completely turning this development up side down. They create an anti-statement to this by bringing back the bodily subjects– or at least their visual representations. They generate a re-embodiment of subjects, and break the distinction between “‘pure human beings’ and ‘simulated disembodied post-humans’” (Featherstone and Burrows, 1995: 11). The virtual ‘avatar’ existence is connected with bodily existence. The subject is thus mediating ‘between the embodied self and the ”I” that is simultaneously present in the virtual realm’ (Higgins et al., 1999: 115). While Jenni with her camera can from one perspective be interpreted as a ‘cyborg’, her visual representations also bring us quite close to her material (female) body. Yet, she seems to be flouting the cultural rules for the display of the female body by clearly announcing her own precedence and awareness of the position as something to be seen.

41 2020-04-28 07:45 *

Sadie Plant, "On the Matrix" (1996)

Now that's radical cyberfeminism and poetry! A must-read, it's not a student work but an essay written by a hacker (and doctor philosophiae). I'd have to quote the whole text but these are scanned pages. Hell, I'll be a copy typist if nobody else thought this text was worth it.

I've never heard of her before nor have I heard of A Cyberfeminist Manifestor for the 21st Century from the early 1990s. That was a shame.


we are the virus of the new world disorder
disrupting the symbolic from within
saboteurs of big daddy mainframe
the clitoris is a direct line to the matrix

terminators of the moral code...

Let's leave Donna Haraway, the other great theorician of cyberfeminism, for tomorrow.

42 2020-04-29 10:37

CCRU stuff is one heck of a trip

43 2020-05-02 17:26 *



After only a short time, in 1997, Plant left her academic post and affiliation with the Ccru, and it came under the direction of Land.

I don't get it.

44 2020-05-18 00:57

Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

45 2020-05-26 21:43

Crash!, JG Ballard

46 2020-05-29 07:37

I just finished High Rise the other day. Makes me want to read the rest of his works.

47 2020-05-30 01:25

I don't usually read anything historical or even nonfiction, but I was given a copy of In the Heart of the Sea, which details the shipwreck that inspired Moby Dick. It's interesting enough but what got my attention is the first-hand accounts and snippets of diaries and how the writing of these relatively uneducated sailors seems like literature and prose compared to anything the common man writes today.

48 2020-06-29 20:34

The Culture Of Critique, Kevin Macdonald

49 2020-07-02 19:10

Flannery O'Connor - The Complete Stories.

50 2020-07-07 11:09

Chuang, 2nd issue (Frontiers).

51 2020-07-10 08:02

Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics, by A. Das and T. Ferbel. I have just started it, it seems pretty good.

52 2020-07-11 05:37

Going through the Book of Habakkuk.

53 2020-08-18 20:41

A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge -- I think the world building was better than the plot, but worth a read.

54 2020-08-18 20:43

ha, sounds like exactly what I did recently. Couldn't put The Way of Kings down!

55 2020-08-26 17:30

Jacques Ranciere's "Ignorant Schoolmaster".

56 2020-08-26 18:00

One of my favourites. When I first read it, I couldn't put it down. Once finished, I immediately started over to make extensive notes. It's amazing.

57 2020-09-06 06:43

Holy Bible - good book, don't read much else anymore. We are all toast as a human race on this planet - the only escape is to accept Jesus is coming back for you if you ask Him to. There is no other way out - all these fake religions like Catholic or Islam or Buddha or Satanizm or Holy Weed culture, or whatever else you can dream up - you'll all burn in hell.
The only way is to accept Jesus - the only way!!

58 2020-09-08 11:58

I don't know if it's just one anon doing this or if there is a real resurgence, but lately whatever obscure board I visit there is always a Missionary trying to spread the gospel, no matter what kind of hobby the board is built around.

59 2020-09-08 12:55 *

The crew got bored of pushing vedicism again and fell back on abrahamism.

60 2020-09-11 09:38

I just started the Dragonriders of Pern series.

61 2020-09-15 01:01

Working my way through all of Jane Austen's novels. I'm on Emma. Finished Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, and Mansfield Park.

62 2020-10-15 21:29

please give it a rest

63 2020-10-15 21:30

re: 57

64 2020-10-15 22:51

I read _The Ecocentrists_ (hardback ISBN: 9780231165884). I expected a broad history of radical elements within the environmental movement; I was half satisfied with what I got.

Lots of space devoted to specific actions by the Sierra Club vis a vis the US forest service and other government agencies in the late 20th century. I'm not saying this is unimportant but I don't really want to spend time reading a blow by blow account of such events.

I had to think for a while before I remembered some information from the book that I did not already know while also considering as valuable knowledge for a member of the environmental movement who is not a professional forester, lobbyist, environmental nonprofit employee, etc.:

- Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney, associates of Earth First!, were severely injured by a car bomb in the summer of 1990. They were investigated by the US FBI and Oakland California Police department and ultimately charged with transporting an explosive device.

Aside, not discussed in the book that I recall: they were acquitted at trial and the FBI subsequently lost a suit claiming that the investigation violated Bari and Cherney's civil rights. The jury awarded $4.4M USD damages in 2002, but Bari had already died in 1997. Cherney and Bari maintained the bomb was placed in the car as an attack on them rather than being placed by them for use in environmentalism-motivated terrorist action.

- Tree spiking was a controversial tactic even within the extreme wing of Earth First!; it seems to have been practiced less than I thought, and with more trepidation about the possibility of hurting loggers. According to the book it is unknown whether any person working in the logging or lumber industries was ever injured as a result of tree spiking. One sawmill employee was badly hurt by metal embedded in a log but it's not known whether the metal was there because of tree spiking.

The book takes an all-USA perspective and covers a time period in which climate change wasn't widely acknowledged as a major environmental issue even within the movement. For these reasons the book can seem irrelevant without some framing discussion about how our current environmental crisis can be illuminated by these past events. Guess I will have to look elsewhere for that.

65 2020-10-16 01:14

It's got bombs, cash, and cops. Any hippie-on-hippie action?

66 2020-10-16 20:05

The Official Sex Manual by Gerald Sussman




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