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Old 01-24-2011, 12:10 AM   #901
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Shakespeare is another that I really wish I could appreciate. I've made an attempt and at the end (or when I declare it the end), my response is usually along the lines of "Really?".

It's the same response I got with The Great Gatsby. I finished it and went... where's the story? What's the point? That's REALLY a classic?
You've gots to read Shakespeare. At least learn the story of Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, and perhaps the King Henry play's (other's will say different one's but there's value almost everywhere his **** is so tight). Take a look at specific passages after you've gained context and see the complex tragedy he weaves. The themes that Shakespeare feature are ones so consequential they haunt us still today. It's good stuff dude.

Fitzgerald's essays are way better. I agree on the Gatsby.

There's so much late 20th century literature that people should be reading rather than the classics, honestly.
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Old 01-24-2011, 05:05 AM   #902
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History is repeating. The world of 2011 thinks (much like the world of 1911 thought) that war would never happen. The same things that sparked the first world war are at it again, the only thing that has changed is where the powderkeg is.


All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. Doesn't get into the reasons for the war, but the effect on it's participants.
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Old 01-24-2011, 05:37 AM   #903
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"Matterhorn", by Karl Marlantes. A novel about the Vietnam war which will open some eyes for those who "didn't know".
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Old 01-24-2011, 06:18 AM   #904
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Not going to comb through and I'm sure it's been mentioned, but the best fantasy out there right now is 'Song of Ice and Fire' by George R. R. Martin. It's currently four books, and the first three rival any series by any author of any time. Just as epic as Tolkien or Jordan, but far more readable and written for adults.
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Old 01-26-2011, 02:03 AM   #905
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Lots of books by Deepak Chopra.
I've enjoyed many of his books.

I would also suggest you check out Eckhart Tolle, if you haven't already.
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:48 PM   #906
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Not going to comb through and I'm sure it's been mentioned, but the best fantasy out there right now is 'Song of Ice and Fire' by George R. R. Martin. It's currently four books, and the first three rival any series by any author of any time. Just as epic as Tolkien or Jordan, but far more readable and written for adults.
Don't forget about the HBO series coming out soon based on it!

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Old 01-26-2011, 08:00 PM   #907
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bill bryson: a complete history of nearly everything

Really good non fiction.
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:08 PM   #908
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Not going to comb through and I'm sure it's been mentioned, but the best fantasy out there right now is 'Song of Ice and Fire' by George R. R. Martin. It's currently four books, and the first three rival any series by any author of any time. Just as epic as Tolkien or Jordan, but far more readable and written for adults.
So he's going with the two middle initials like Tolkkien?

Maybe he should go all the way and go with "G. R. R. Martin".

By the way, Tolkkien is clearly written for adults. Just because he handles his characters with dignity and makes his points of interest philosophical instead of based in entertainment-value gore/sex/language doesnt make it any less adult. The philosophical content in The Rings Trilogy is beyond the scope of what most adults understand.

You're looking at the difference between Beethoven and Motley Crue.

Also, Tolkkien created that genre. So he's pretty much the ultimate. One may enjoy something else more, but that something else will never be better.
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:12 PM   #909
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:18 PM   #910
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I am reading Keith Richards bio.

I don't usually go for Rock and roll bio's but I couldn't pass this one up.

It won't win any prizes but it is very entertaining.
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:38 PM   #911
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I am reading Keith Richards bio.

I don't usually go for Rock and roll bio's but I couldn't pass this one up.

It won't win any prizes but it is very entertaining.
Is he really Bernie from "Weekend at Bernie's"?
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:42 PM   #912
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Is he really Bernie from "Weekend at Bernie's"?
Apparetly he made it out of the '70's OK and is having a great life. being the guy who shot up john phillips for the 1st time then the next time they meed Phillips owns a Pharmacy so he can get his drugs. Sadly Phillips was not long for the world after that.
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:55 PM   #913
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I have begun to amass a pretty large collection of books. Here's one recent addition:

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Old 01-26-2011, 09:18 PM   #914
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bill bryson: a complete history of nearly everything

Really good non fiction.
Very enjoyable (he's a good travel writer as well). What I like about Complete History was not so much his explaining how basic scientific concepts work, but more the stories of the people who first made discoveries and measurements of the earth, including its age, weight and size.

Lots of facts we take for granted now, but that involved insanely complicated and often bizarre research on the part of those early pioneers. There were some memorable eccentric characters that made those breakthroughs, and Bryson does a good job at telling lots of their stories in one book.
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I have begun to amass a pretty large collection of books. Here's one recent addition:

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I got this one also.
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:44 AM   #916
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I just started "A Brave New world". I love the distopian syosiety reads like Farenhieght 451, Brave new World, 1984 ect. Anybody else down with depression?
A Brave New World is a great book. The author does create a utopia, it's just that many peeps can't fathom how a utopia could work, especially morons in the good ole US of A.

I remember talking to some peeps about A Brave New World and they were all like "but what about the lower classes, how is a society with classes a Utopia? Blah, blah, blah...." I'm like, just shut your pie holes because obviously the book went right over your ignorant asses.
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I'm currently reading "In the Beginning Was the Word" by Vern S. Poythress. Very enlightening stuff.
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Working on "The Holographic Universe" by Michael Talbot.
I read that book many years ago, and it has laid the ground work for some of my side projects on using fractals to represent the holographic nature of "reality".
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:13 AM   #919
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I'm currently reading "In the Beginning Was the Word" by Vern S. Poythress. Very enlightening stuff.
Id' be interested in this. I studied a lot of linguistic work/communication. I often think of language as a virus (not in a negative term, but in how it mutates and gets passed on, in addition to the changes in brain function that different uses of language influence.)
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"Matterhorn", by Karl Marlantes. A novel about the Vietnam war which will open some eyes for those who "didn't know".
Just finished it. Great book.
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:56 AM   #921
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Confessions of serial killer. Mafia Richard Kuklinski


I don't read and I could not put this book down. He is one sick twisted F@@k
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Id' be interested in this. I studied a lot of linguistic work/communication. I often think of language as a virus (not in a negative term, but in how it mutates and gets passed on, in addition to the changes in brain function that different uses of language influence.)
Thats better covered in a field of biology called "memetics". Check it out.
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Thats better covered in a field of biology called "memetics". Check it out.
Thanks, already been there.
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Id' be interested in this. I studied a lot of linguistic work/communication. I often think of language as a virus (not in a negative term, but in how it mutates and gets passed on, in addition to the changes in brain function that different uses of language influence.)
"In the beginning there was the word"
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