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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Detective TurtleHolmes » Tue Jun 03, 2008 2:32 am

Starting Oliver Twist sometime this week.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby ken worley » Tue Jun 03, 2008 9:51 am

DancingKitty. wrote:...

Now, you gotta remember, Hunter was crazy. Majorly batshit crazy, but a very acute observer of the American form of insanity. I'm of the belief that his craziness was, indeed a response to the insanity he perceived. (My not-husband grew up and went to school with Hunter's youngest brother. Hunter was crazy way back then...but also quite brilliant. Not fond of the cops, and my NH's Dad was a top cop in Louisville. Hunter was the neighborhood "bad example".)
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I read the first two of the 3-volume set of HST's correspondence.
My favorite bit..
In a letter to editor William Kennedy, who'd just rejected an essay of his for publication, Thompson wrote:

"I'm going to ride to New York on a chopped hog, and shoot you in the guts with an expanding filth flare."

I believe that 95% of the outrageous tales of drug consumption in his books were exaggerations.
Likewise, I believe he was way less "crazy" than he gave appearance of being.(Then again, his finish kinda argues against my theory...)


The alliteration, structure, and cadence of his sentences were almost hypnotic, like a revivalist preacher.


(From Generation of Swine):

"What is left for a generation who is taught that sex is death, and rain is poison? There is nothing for them but endless television and relentless masturbation."


...and,

"The television news business is a shallow money pit. A long plastic hallway, where pimps and thieves run free, and good men die like dogs."
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby lordpunkmonk » Tue Jun 03, 2008 7:42 pm

I am rereading the gospel
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Hqrsie » Wed Jun 04, 2008 1:43 am

I just picked up Catch-22 and finished it. I started around a year ago and forgot about it after halfway. I think my house is full of those. Might be why I never have any bookmarks when I need one.
If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere committing evil deeds, an it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?
--Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Detective TurtleHolmes » Wed Jun 04, 2008 5:03 am

Oliver Twist is out, in my school library.

Reading Keys to the Kingdom, by Garth Nix instead.
(The first one.)
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Moral Minority » Fri Jun 06, 2008 6:44 am

The Ancestor's Tale by Richard Dawkins.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Rainswept » Fri Jun 06, 2008 8:03 am

Rereading (very slowly and carefully) A Clash of Kings. Damn Cap making me wonder what other little gems are hidden in the writing.
I believe it's time for mankind to set aside the crutch of religion and embrace morality born of reason and truth. Those crutches have long since proven treacherous when the ground gets slippery.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Capellini » Fri Jun 06, 2008 1:22 pm

Rainswept wrote:Rereading (very slowly and carefully) A Clash of Kings. Damn Cap making me wonder what other little gems are hidden in the writing.


There's so much!

I'm almost done with it, and it's crazy!
True terror lies in the futility of human existence.

Malcolm Reynolds is my co-pilot.

"The only freedom deserving the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental and spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest." - John Stuart Mill

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Dr_Mclovin » Sat Jun 07, 2008 11:24 pm

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby HeathenPastafarian » Sat Jun 07, 2008 11:33 pm

Currently reading "The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression" by Andrew Solomon. A great book for anyone who has suffered or knows anyone who has suffered from major depression. I am also eagerly awaiting my copy of The Gospel of the FSM from Amazon, should be here anyday. I am also looking for a good introductory book on atheism. I am considering The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins....Barnes and Noble was out of stock when I went the other day. Does anyone have any suggestions?
-Stop using Jesus as an excuse for being a narrow minded bigot.
-Music was her life, the lyrics were her story.
-Be careful what you say, it may remind me of a song that needs to be sung.
-GOT JESUS? I thought you had him....shit!
-Why do people with closed minds always open their mouths?
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-To err is human; to ARRGGHHH is pirate!
-Why do we kill people who kill people to show people that killing people is wrong?
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby HeathenPastafarian » Sun Jun 08, 2008 2:20 pm

Oops, I meant The God Delusion by Richard HAWKINS.
-Stop using Jesus as an excuse for being a narrow minded bigot.
-Music was her life, the lyrics were her story.
-Be careful what you say, it may remind me of a song that needs to be sung.
-GOT JESUS? I thought you had him....shit!
-Why do people with closed minds always open their mouths?
-My pit bull is my co-pilot.
-To err is human; to ARRGGHHH is pirate!
-Why do we kill people who kill people to show people that killing people is wrong?
-Well behaved women rarely make history.
-Laughter: When a smile has an orgasm
-I'm not so good at the advice; can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Detective TurtleHolmes » Mon Jun 09, 2008 2:46 am

HeathenPastafarian wrote:Oops, I meant The God Delusion by Richard HAWKINS.

No, you meant Dawkins. That's his name.

Finished the first book in the Keys to the Kingdom series. It's alright. I expect I'll read the rest at some point.

Also, I read Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn. I enjoyed it. I'm definitely going to go find the rest of the books in that series.
A flap of the wings yesterday means big changes tomorrow.
Let's work together to keep the present inevitable.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby HeathenPastafarian » Mon Jun 09, 2008 1:32 pm

Detective TurtleHolmes wrote:
HeathenPastafarian wrote:Oops, I meant The God Delusion by Richard HAWKINS.

No, you meant Dawkins. That's his name.

Finished the first book in the Keys to the Kingdom series. It's alright. I expect I'll read the rest at some point.

Also, I read Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn. I enjoyed it. I'm definitely going to go find the rest of the books in that series.


Gol' dang it. I don't know why I keep confusing his name. Actually I do...it's because of the the character on Jericho whose name was Robert Hawkins....I'm easily confused. Sorry.

At any rate, can anyone give me a reccommendation on The God Delusion by Robert Hawkins.....just kidding.....Richard Dawkins? Thanks.
-Stop using Jesus as an excuse for being a narrow minded bigot.
-Music was her life, the lyrics were her story.
-Be careful what you say, it may remind me of a song that needs to be sung.
-GOT JESUS? I thought you had him....shit!
-Why do people with closed minds always open their mouths?
-My pit bull is my co-pilot.
-To err is human; to ARRGGHHH is pirate!
-Why do we kill people who kill people to show people that killing people is wrong?
-Well behaved women rarely make history.
-Laughter: When a smile has an orgasm
-I'm not so good at the advice; can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Detective TurtleHolmes » Tue Jun 10, 2008 3:42 am

Reading Grass For His Pillow, Lian Hearn. It's the second in the Tales of the Otori series.

You can't help but love ninjas.
A flap of the wings yesterday means big changes tomorrow.
Let's work together to keep the present inevitable.

So yeah, I went and got a blog.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Hqrsie » Tue Jun 10, 2008 2:27 pm

Detective TurtleHolmes wrote:You can't help but love ninjas.


Dangerous claim ye be makin 'ere...

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If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere committing evil deeds, an it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?
--Alexander Solzhenitsyn


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