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115 No. 115 [Edit]
So, what books do you currently reading?

I'm reading Murakami Haruki - 1Q84.

I'm halfway through and I think it's okay, but pretty weak for a Murakami. Maybe I was just expecting too much, because I haven't read anything from him in a long time. But hell, it's still enjoyable.
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I have always been a big fan of Craig Ferguson.
>> No. 117 [Edit]
>>242
I like his show. It's nice to see a host actually talk to guests and not just ask questions from a card.
>> No. 118 [Edit]
This isn't manga and could fit into /ot/.
>> No. 119 [Edit]
>>248
The board can also be used for general literature.
>> No. 120 [Edit]
>>119
I think that description was made before we had /mt/. Anyways, moved.
>> No. 124 [Edit]
currently reading Fall of Berlin by Read & Fisher. Recently saw the Downfall movie so was interested in finding out more about what was going on in Berlin and the Fuhrerbunker at the end. Really good book.
>> No. 125 [Edit]
>>124
Huh, maybe I should read that too. I did rather like Downfall.
>> No. 132 [Edit]
I am reading Empire of Illusion by Christopher Hedges, a past NYT war correspondent and past author.

It "exposes the mechanisms used to divert us from confronting the economic, political, and moral collapse around us. He attacks the absurd idea that we can always draw on inner resources and strengths to have everything we desire. Reality, we are assured, is never an impediment to human wishes. It can always be overcome. The future will always be glorious. And held out to keep us amused are spectacles and celebrities who have become idealised versions of ourselves and who, we are assured, we can all one day become. The cultural embrace of illusion, and the celebrity culture that has risen up around it, have accompanied a growing system of casino capitalism, with its complicated and unregulated deals of turning debt into magical assets to create fictional wealth for us, and vast wealth for our elite. Corporations, behind the smoke screen, have ruthlessly dismantled and destroyed our manufacturing base and impoverished our working class. The free market became our god and government was taken hostage by corporations, the same corporations that entice us daily with illusions through the mass media, the entertainment industry, and popular culture."
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"The Art of Color" by Johannes Itten.

It's about colors, their harmonies, contrasts and meanings.
>> No. 842 [Edit]
Life of Pi. Because Hanako read it.
>> No. 852 [Edit]
I've been tearing through A Dance With Dragons. I'm not big on the fantasy genre; in fact this is the only fantasy series I've ever read aside from Lord of the Rings as a kid. But I can't recommend this series enough. I'm just hoping George R. R. Martin will finish the damn thing before he dies.

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>> No. 853 [Edit]
>>852
If you enjoy it for the political backstabbings and all, I recommend The Prince of Nothing trilogy by Bakker.
>> No. 854 [Edit]
>>853
I've heard that one recommended too, I'll check it out when I'm done with this. Thanks.
>> No. 856 [Edit]
>>842
I was interested when Hanako said that she was reading a book about a boy and a tiger. Is Life of Pi interesting or should I simply read it because of Katawa Shoujo?
>> No. 859 [Edit]
I've just finished reading Fathers and Sons, by Ivan Turgenev. It's got some pretty nice insight, and it gives you a peek at two decisive generations of the busy XIX century, although it is too slow and romantic sometimes, mainly by the end.
>> No. 862 [Edit]
I'm reading the Mass Effect novels. Just finished the first one.

Before that I was running through Yoko Ogawa's "The Diving Pool". It's so different from "The Housekeeper and the Professor"! It scared me and I had no idea why--just like the Professor touched me and I had no idea why. Also, it also has a boy named Pi.

>>856
It was OK. If you've got nothing else to read pick it up, and drop it if you don't like it after a while. It reminds me of Murakami's style--either you like it or you don't, but he doesn't stray from it.

I read "Perfume" a while ago and I'm still thinking about smell. I never noticed it before.

I remembered. I read F. Roger Devlin's "Sexual Utopia in Power" the night before. It made me upset.

Sorry I'm posting so much. I was avoiding this thread, and then I started reading again, and --
>> No. 863 [Edit]
Lately I've decided to read all the books in my backlog. For this I decided to severely restrict my access to the internet and to the computer in general, which forces me to read lest I spend my days simply staring at the ceiling. Thankfully all of the books I've read up until now have ranged from good to fascinating, with the exception of the Camus play and parts of the Mann essay, which has helped keep me interested.
Since I started a month or so ago, I've read:
Untimely Meditations I/II & III/IV by Nietzsche
The World as Will and Representation and On University Philosophy by Arthur Schopenhauer (My favorite author, and one most brohnos would probably like.)
Reflections of an Unpolitical Man, The Magic Mountain and The Tales of Jacob by Thomas Mann
Faust by Goethe
Parallel Lives by Plutarch
The First Circle by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The Just Assassins by Albert Camus
De l'inconvénient d'être né ("The Trouble With Being Born") by Emil Cioran
Inside the Third Reich by Albert Speer
Ends and Means (an Enquiry Into the Nature of Ideals and Into the Methods Employed for Their Realization) by Aldous Huxley (The book is in really horrible shape though. It was a pain to read because I had to take care not to tear off half the book every time I turned the page. It was given to me by my grandfather a long time ago who said it was his favorite book in his youth, so I suspect it's the original 1937 edition.)
The Aleph and Other Stories by Jorge Luis Borges

Still on my backlog is Essays by Montaigne, Spartacus by Arthur Koestler, Pantagruel by Rabelais and The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. I've also been reading a few pages a day of the Kalevala for some time now.
>> No. 867 [Edit]
Currently reading "Going Postal" by Terry Pratchett. British humor always seems to be that sort of consistently 7/10 stuff that's always welcome but never really spectacularly funny.
>> No. 888 [Edit]
IBM and the holocast "Edwin Black"
>> No. 901 [Edit]
I'm reading Ludwig Wittgenstein's Tractatus, yet again. It's a short, but very difficult book. And one of Asukasopher's favorites too.
>> No. 929 [Edit]
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Myself I only read science related books. I just finished reading this one. I know it's a bit old but still I dont think it has much outdated information. I find black holes, space and astronomy very intresting. I really like Hawking's style and I plan to read all his books.
>> No. 932 [Edit]
I was reading the LOTGH novels, the ones that were translated, and have now given up on reading in favor of watching the series. Almost done with season 2 now.
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Finished reading this recently, and loved it. Has anyone here read it?

I'm currently reading Asimov's Foundation. Looks very interesting so far.
>> No. 937 [Edit]
>>867
Finished it, it was good. The overall story was hardly what I'd call original but was still pretty satisfying.

Has anybody read any books (preferably aimed at adults) with detailed fight scenes in them? Especially martial arts ones. I became curious after reading the VN Kikokugai. I'd like to see what good prose can do for action.

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>> No. 947 [Edit]
Usually I have too hard a time concentrating enough to manage to read much of anything, but over the last week or so I've been having an easier time of it and gotten quite carried away. I read through:

Catcher in the Rye,
Flowers for Algernon,
Ender's Game,
Ender in Exile,
Speaker for the Dead

and am currently halfway through Xenocide, where I've come across an amusing description of the human race as discussed by two sentient alien species.

"Their young go through a helpless grub stage, too, which lasts longer than some of them think. And when it's time to reproduce, they all turn into drones or little mothers, little machines that have only one goal in life: to have sex and then die."

It made me smile.
>> No. 970 [Edit]
Finished the Mistborn trilogy, which I wouldn't recommend to anybody because the second book was so boring. Third book was okay but way too long.

Started reading this Game of Thrones thing which seems to be pretty popular at the moment.

>>947
I've been meaning to read Ender's Game for a long time. I have a copy on my shelf, I'll probably read it next.
>> No. 1016 [Edit]
Finished reading Picture of Dorian Gray and it was quite enjoyable. I think Lord Henry Wotton is the most quotable character I've ever encountered in fiction.
>> No. 1086 [Edit]
I found a copy of Battle Royale for a dollar, gave it a read. Took about a day to get through all of the 600 pages, but I have to say I really enjoyed it. No flowery language or tangents, just a straight up action-packed ride. Fucking Kiriyama man. Also Shogo is the biggest bro I read about in a long time.
>> No. 1087 [Edit]
Finished The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski this morning. Was really enjoyable, I will most likely seek out the other books in the series/continuity.
>> No. 1116 [Edit]
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"Conventional wisdom says that technology is the greatest new growth frontier, coupling infinite potential with an ever-growing number of faster, more efficient, and more reliable products and instruments. According to this view, we live in an unprecedented golden era of technological expansion. "Future Hype argues the opposite. Author Bob Seidensticker, who has an intimate understanding of technology on professional, theoretical, and academic levels, asserts that today's technological achievements are neither fast nor progressive. He explodes seven major myths of technology, including "Change is exponential," "Product cycle time is decreasing," and "Today's high-tech price reductions are unprecedented." Examining the history of tech hype, Seidensticker skillfully uncovers the inaccuracies and misinterpretations that characterize the popular view of technology, explaining how and why this view has been created, and offering specific strategies for measuring progress against what is actually known rather than against what its boosters have promised."
>> No. 1117 [Edit]
>>1116
Sounds pretty useful and opportune. Will check it, for sure. Thanks.
>> No. 1177 [Edit]
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Metro 2033,it was a hectic and fun adventure but the anticlimax ending was meh.
>> No. 1178 [Edit]
Ivanhoe.
The archaic english is a pain in the ass to decipher sometimes, but it's still really awesome nevertheless.
>> No. 1184 [Edit]
Nabokov's Lolita. This book made me realize how fucking awesome poetry can be. I had never appreciated literature for its craftsmanship like I do now, and it's changed my perspective on it as a whole. Hilarious, clever, fucking beautiful.

I might still be stuck in the hype since I haven't even finished it yet, but whatever.
>> No. 1194 [Edit]
Finished Lord of the Flies recently (I think it's high school required reading in America or something, but I'm not American so I never read it). I have to confess, it was interesting. I disagree with a lot of the author's views, but a great book nonetheless. I'm gonna start reading Murakami's Nowegian Wood now.
>> No. 1196 [Edit]
>>1194
>Murakami
I just bought "Sputnik, my love", first one of him I'm going to read. Let's do this together.
>> No. 1430 [Edit]
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American Psycho-Bret Easton Ellis

A pure joy to read.

http://rateyourmusic.com/list/TheScientist/patrick_batemans_list_of_50_of_the_greatest_80s_songs_you_must_hear_before_you_die

Post edited on 6th Jan 2012, 6:24am
>> No. 1431 [Edit]
>>1430

That book is pretty gross
>> No. 1452 [Edit]
I started Dante's Inferno. I don't know what to think of it.
>> No. 1456 [Edit]
>>1452
I loved the Divine Comedy. Thankfully my version had notes on who everyone was and other notes on their historical significance. Without that, I probably couldn't have finished from missing all that between-the-lines content. The Inferno is the best; Paradise is a slow read.
>> No. 1484 [Edit]
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Program or be Programmed Ten Commands for a Digital Age Douglas Rushkoff 2010, 150 pages.

A academic dissection of the current technology climate with knife sharp writing. I appreciate Tohno-chan more now than I did before.

>We live in timeless reality within machines.
>> No. 1506 [Edit]
Just finished 1Q84 and enjoyed it a lot. Maybe I'll read >>929 next.
----
Eh, went and read Siddhartha by Herman Hesse last night instead. I was a bit disappointed with the ending but it's a fairly short book (and freely available, since it's in the public domain!) and a pleasant read. Hesse's a great writer, and I think Buddhism and India are fairly interesting... http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2500/2500-h/2500-h.htm should work for you if you have a spare hour or two. I highly recommend it!

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>> No. 1998 [Edit]
I've been reading "The Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis. It's written as a series of letters from an older demon to a younger one who is trying to make a Christian lose his faith. It's kind of a clever book. The writing style's funny and the idea's interesting to think about. But while it warns about the ways that Christians can lose their faith, I don't think that the attacks against atheists are as strong as they could be, and other than "demons are real! watch out for them, they want to steal you! there's a real war happening between heaven and hell!" the book doesn't really seem to offer many strong points in favor of Christianity. It feels like it's intended for Christians more than anyone else, but it looks at a lot of things in ways I'm not used to thinking, so it's not all bad.
>> No. 2001 [Edit]
>>1484
I'd never seen the TC pdf icon before, that's neat.
>> No. 2002 [Edit]
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Thomas Hobbes - Leviathan

Classic and very good so far.
>> No. 2003 [Edit]
I'm reading "Three Plays for Puritans" by Bernard Shaw. I'm really not a fan of plays, but I've come across a lot of his works lately, and thought I'd read more.

Post edited on 28th May 2012, 8:44am
>> No. 2006 [Edit]
>>1998
I feel the same way, and I really enjoyed this book. It really gets into the mindsets of all sorts of people. It's the kind of book that you can take something from, whether you're religious or believe in demons and angels or not.

Not a book, but I just read this essay by Jack London

http://www.readbookonline.net/read/298/8657/

I don't have any particular interest in houses, but I like the way he writes. Nobody writes like this anymore, at least not that I've read.

I also just got done reading The Great Gatsby, which I never read in high school for some reason. A sad story about lost dreams and crushed ideals. I liked it, though it was a little difficult at times.
>> No. 2019 [Edit]
Today I'm reading the play Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, in Russian.

I'm curious, how long does it take you guys to read a book?
>> No. 2020 [Edit]
>>2019
I usually read a hundred pages or so in a sitting. I get bored/distracted easily so I usually don't read more than 200 or 300 pages a day, but there's some exceptions.
>> No. 2022 [Edit]
>>2020
How many pages do you read per hour? Sounds impressive.

I'm currently reading The Great Hunt, second novel in the Wheel of Time series. Loving it so far. As I Lay Dying is up next.
>> No. 2023 [Edit]
Malone Dies by Samuel Beckett.

I can finish a book a day depending what I'm up to, if they're not too long (400~ pages). Anything greater and I'll usually get bored or tired.
>> No. 2024 [Edit]
I've been reading a book by THIS guy today called "Remarks on the Foundations of Mathematics." I don't know why but for some reason he's just so damn interesting. The way he sees things feels so natural, but at the same time it's terribly exciting. Maybe someday I can write like him. It's a little hard to read, but it's very good.

>>2022
I would say I could read maybe 40 or 50 pages an hour, nothing fantastic. Sometimes I can manage 70 or 80 though. It depends on the kind of book and how I'm feeling. I like spending time with my books though, because it helps me enjoy the story and ideas in it much more carefully. It's so sad to form a close bond with the characters only to see them leave so soon... I'd rather read a bit, go fuck around a bit online, watch some anime, read some more, write, and juggle around a bunch of activities at once.
>> No. 2025 [Edit]
>>2024
Okay, not that much faster than me, then. But I never read as much as 200-300 pages a day. I'm inspired now, though, thanks.
>> No. 2029 [Edit]
I just read The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, who died a few days ago. If you like the old Twilight Zone, you have to read this. It's a great series of connected short stories about the process of humans' contact with a civilized Mars and generally how everybody fucks everything up.
>> No. 2036 [Edit]
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

For like, the 16th time. It's my favorite Western book. Hunter S. Thompson is my favorite author of all time, I discovered. I think they handled the movie version quite well, too, but that's irrelevant.

He manages to express how he felt about the late-60's counterculture that he found himself a part of in such a perfect way. The Wave Speech is probably the best part of the book, because you can tell that although the time seemed wasted to most of the people, he highly valued it. The idea of "solace in excess" (totally stole that from wikipedia) is highly appealing to me, too.

His articles are also really nice. I'm not really into his sports articles, with the exception of The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved (which hardly counts as a sports article), but his other articles are extremely well-written. Almost makes me motivated to become a journalist. Or at least a published writer in some way - He said that he wanted to be a novelist more than a journalist.

All of my favorite writers killed themselves too damn early.
>> No. 2037 [Edit]
>>2036
I knew there had to be a reason why I liked you.
It's a great fucking book and a great fucking movie. I don't know if it's my favorite from Thompson, but it sure is the one I re-read the most often, and it has some fucking legendary quotes. I have also thought to myself many times while reading that book that the Good Doctor's use of drugs to "hide from the brutish realities of this foul year of our Lord, 1971" was very reminiscent of how today's hiki use {anime, eroge, what have you}. But this isn't represented very well if at all in the movies so most people here probably have a very negative opinion of him.
I also wonder from time to time if the fact that I am neither American nor a native English speaker somehow hinders my ability to `really understand' Thompson's books, since they are very much American at heart.
Anyway, yeah. Good book.
>> No. 2042 [Edit]
>>2037
Nah, you don't need to be American to "get" Thompson's writing. Maybe his more politically-charged stuff, yeah, but certainly not Fear and Loathing (which has it's political references, but it's not charged - although it's roots are in the idea of HST and Oscar Zeta Acosta's friendship and racial tension in LA). That's like saying you need to be Japanese to "really understand" anime - You might miss out on a few jokes or references, but the overall message, the reason why they made what they made, is still crystal clear. He wrote F&L to illustrate the death of the American dream, not build it up. If you look at it that way, it should seem even more appealing/relatable from a foreign POV. I mean, I don't believe in an "American dream". I think we all have the same dream, all around the world.
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Random plays. Most are comedies from rather unknown authors. I don't know why because I don't even like reading these. Suppose I just have so many lying around I do anyway.
>> No. 2050 [Edit]
>>2049

Dropped for André Gide. This guy is real cool.
>> No. 2052 [Edit]
I have been very lazy lately. I was reading an abridged version of Les Misérables that I got for fifty cents but I have no motivation to continue. Maybe if it was the full version, I would, but I feel it's not worth it like this, especially because when I get the full I will probably re-read the chapters I've already read anyway.

I will probably read The Gambler, since it's pretty short and maybe it will help me get into reading again. I also have Malafrena, which might be fun, but I'm not feeling like reading it.

I'll probably read A Short History Of Chinese Fiction afterwards then. It seems interesting.

I have also been considering keeping a notebook and writing down my thoughts of whatever I read. It seems to help formulate my opinions better, but I'm afraid it will just be a distraction. Does anyone do this or have any experience doing it?
>> No. 2053 [Edit]
>>2052
>I have also been considering keeping a notebook and writing down my thoughts of whatever I read. It seems to help formulate my opinions better, but I'm afraid it will just be a distraction. Does anyone do this or have any experience doing it?

I believe keeping notes while reading/studying is essential. I strongly suggest picking up the habit. Buy a few cheap notebooks and just take notes, write your own thoughts, opinions and philosophies down.

And, I would suggest you get an unabridged version of Les Misérables, it's worth it.

Post edited on 17th Jun 2012, 11:02am
>> No. 2055 [Edit]
Roszak's "The Cult of Information". The previous was Lanier's "You are not a gadget". Both harp on similar themes as >>1116.
>> No. 2056 [Edit]
Poetry sucks, but I found this nice piece from a rather unknown Norwegian writer "Sigbjørn Obstfelder":


I look at the whitish sky,
I look at the clouds, blue-grey,
I look at the bloodshot sun.

So this is the world.
So this is the planets' home.

A raindrop!

I look at the lofty houses,
I look at a thousand windows,
I look at the far away spires.

So this is Earth.
So this is the home of mankind.

The clouds, blue-grey, are gathering;
the sun's gone away.

I look at the well-dressed gents,
I look at the smiling ladies,
I look at the tired horses.

Now the clouds, blue-grey, thicken.

I look and I look...
I must have come to the wrong planet.
It's so strange here.

>> No. 2065 [Edit]
>>2052
Ended up not reading The Gambler after all, I'll do that later. I started reading A Brief History of Chinese Fiction but only made it through some 60 or 70 pages before giving up: it requires a person to know about Chinese history, and the short quotes from random old books were boring me. Too much of the same, the only remotely interesting thing was that it is easy to distinguish patterns in the folk tales, and common characteristics. For example, instead of there being a non-physical heaven, their heaven was simply said to be in a faraway land, and all the major gods lived outside of wherever the storyteller was. Everything sacred or divine came from foreign lands. I really dislike the kind of mentality that cultivates.

I started reading a biography of William Burroughs today and will probably be finished by tomorrow. He was an interesting man. After it I'm going to read Dubliners, then head downtown to get more books.
>> No. 2066 [Edit]
>>2065
>get more books

Get this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophical_investigations
>> No. 2067 [Edit]
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>>2066
Philosophical Investigations is interesting, but I think that his Tractatus beats it. Short, simple, precise, elegant. both are great, though!
>> No. 2069 [Edit]
>>2067
Well, for all I know, epistemologically at least, Wittgenstein himself thought the opposite. The Tractatus was, indeed, much more resounding, parsimonious and elegant; the thing is, the ambitious problems he was trying to solve (the unification of scientific metodologies; the principles of language reduced to logic; setting the limits of philosophy... to destroy it to the core) proved to be irreducible to those rather aesthtical/stylistical expectations...

But, in the end, he himself said as well that the Tractatus was most of all an essay about ethics; a branch whitin, I still think, the work is still damned valid.
>> No. 2070 [Edit]
>>2067
Glad I'm not the only one who thinks so.
>> No. 2071 [Edit]
I recently found some German editions of Hegel for real cheap, so I've been slowly peeking into them to help learn German. I've already studied him but I love re-reading stuff in their original languages when I know them or am learning.
>> No. 2079 [Edit]
Book recommended to me by a pal online, really interesting read (but a little dry).

http://bbs.shii.org/smartmen/Julius%20Evola%20-%20Revolt%20Against%20the%20Modern%20World.pdf

There's a bunch of other good books he's put in that directory too.
>> No. 2080 [Edit]
>>2079
WARNING: this may cause you to end up like Shii.
>> No. 2081 [Edit]
>>2080
I respect the guy; he may be a bit of a douche sometimes but he knows a lot about religion and philosophy and Japan and the Internet. (ah, I hope I'm not making this thread too circlejerky, cautious kakusu)
>> No. 2092 [Edit]
I just read this short and virtually forgotten Voltaire story: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ageofvoltaire/message/397
>> No. 2107 [Edit]
Bought a bunch of books today

Currently Reading:
Danielewski, Mark - House of Leaves

To-read:
Aristotle - On Man in the Universe
Borges, Jorge - Labyrinths
Campbell, Joseph - Skeleton's Key to Finnegans Wake
Descartes, Rene - Discourse on the Method and Related Writings
Descartes, Rene - Meditations and Other Metaphysical Writings
Pynchon, Thomas - Gravity's Rainbow
Sartre, Jean-Paul - Being and Nothingness
Thompson, Hunter - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
>> No. 2108 [Edit]
>>2107

Those are all great books. Hope you enjoy them.
>> No. 2109 [Edit]
Been reading Polya's How to Solve It and Broda's biography on Boltzmann.
I should have finished both twice by now

Post edited on 13th Jul 2012, 10:08am
>> No. 2112 [Edit]
To cheer me up, someone took me out to buy books today. I got a bunch of rare essays/books from Spinoza, Descartes, Locke, Durkheim, Lenin, and Hume along with a few non-fiction titles. I can't wait to start reading them.
>> No. 2116 [Edit]
Uploaded a few books here: http://cerealexperiments.com/files/books/

Since getting a tablet, pdfs come in handy. Though I still much prefer a real, physical book.
>> No. 2212 [Edit]
I just finished reading H.G Wells' Outline of History in two volumes. I would heartily recommend it to anyone who knows how to read and has even a passing interest in history.
>> No. 2219 [Edit]
I started 2666 by Roberto Bolano for the first time in 2-3 years or so. I'd say it's one of the best books I've ever read. I didn't really follow it when I first bought it (almost exactly 3 years ago - I also got 1984 on the same day), but now that I'm actually taking in the information and following the story, I see how brilliant it is.

Hamlet and Macbeth, by the good ol' Bard of Avon. They're weird choices for "pleasure reading", but I've been trying to get into the spirit on account of what's been going down in Horizon. I think they're better outside of a school environment. I can put my own spin on things. Plus, not having to do mundane, useless assignments that test my basic reading comprehension is nice, too.

Keeping in mind that I was reading these, until I got my internet back up. And then my attention span whittled down to that of a young child with ADHD.
>> No. 2295 [Edit]
The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future

Alright book, but has a slight bias to it.
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reading War Z and I stumbled upon a hillarious chapter about an otaku in the zombie world of glorious dieseas infested Kyoto

pic very related
>> No. 2328 [Edit]
>>2056
He's not unknown in Norway!
I can see why Norwegian modernism would appeal to people here though. Have you tried reading anything by Hamsun? He's pretty good, I especially recommend 'Hunger'.
>> No. 2329 [Edit]
I just got a SHITLOAD of books in.

A Foreign Police of Freedom (Paul)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Joyce)
Economics in One Lesson (Hazlitt)
End the Fed (Paul)
Freedom Under Seige (Paul)
Gold, Peace, and Prosperity (Paul)
Keynes’ General Theory: Reports of Three Decades (Lekachman)
Les Misérables (Hugo)
Liberty Defined (Paul)
Pillars of Prosperity (Paul)
Pursue the Cause of Liberty (Paul)
The Case for Gold (Paul)
The Failure of the “New Economics” (Hazlitt)
The New Freedom (Wilson)
The Revolution: A Manifesto (Paul)
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Mishimia)
What Has Government Done to Our Money? (Rothbard)
Woodrow Wilson: Life and Letters as Governor
Woodrow Wilson: Life and Letters as President

Totals up to 5810 pages. I've my work cut out for me.
>> No. 2332 [Edit]
 
In Japanese, I'm reading Parasite Eve by Hideaki Sena. In English, I'm reading the official tutorial at python.org if that counts.

>>2329
Ron Paul was the one who got me thinking and reading about economics. But while I can sympathize with many of the social aspects of Libertarianism, I quickly turned my back on Austrian economics. Paul correctly recognizes the vast power the bankers have and how they corrupt our government with it, but the policies he puts forth wouldn't really do much to take that excess power away from them, instead he would empower them even more.
My economic views are much closer to distributism now:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributism

And in particular, I think one of the most important changes we have to make is to get rid of usury, i.e. mainly the act of charging interest on loans, and replacing our current banking system with something more along the lines of Social Credit or Islamic Banking. May I suggest reading some of the works of Gottfried Feder, G.K. Chesterton and Ezra Pound on the topic:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XStaYOnpqYA
http://realcurrencies.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/top-ten-lies-and-mistakes-of-austrian-economics/
http://www.counter-currents.com/2011/08/breaking-the-bondage-of-interest-a-right-answer-to-usury-part-1/
http://www.counter-currents.com/2012/11/two-volumes-by-gottfried-feder/
http://www.counter-currents.com/2012/02/thoughts-on-debt-repudiation/
http://www.counter-currents.com/2010/10/ezra-pound-on-money/
>> No. 2333 [Edit]
>>2332
You should read this too http://qntm.org/files/perl/perl.html
>> No. 2334 [Edit]
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>>2333
oh thanks, that comes in really handy. I was actually planning to teach myself some Perl because there's a book on regex I'm planning to read, and it uses Perl for the examples
>> No. 2335 [Edit]
Excuse me, what does "mt" stand for?
>> No. 2336 [Edit]
>>2335
Mass training and/or mountain. Anybody who says otherwise is lying.
>> No. 2337 [Edit]
>>2335
Mathematics. This used to be a board for maths.
>> No. 2338 [Edit]
>>2335
moon type.
>> No. 2339 [Edit]
>>2335
Mars Terraforming
>> No. 2352 [Edit]
>>2335
Astronomy.
>> No. 2358 [Edit]
>>2352
No, back then it was called something else (/as/? I don't remember). It was changed to /mt/ when they started to include maths and exact sciences in general. Then it changed the name to Academia to include all scholar stuff, but the shortcut was kept.
>> No. 2373 [Edit]
Currently reading "A Storm of Swords". I really enjoy the book so far, and I have the next two books in the series waiting for me on my bookshelf.
>> No. 2422 [Edit]
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I just finished Julian by Gore Vidal. This guy is a great writer, and Julian is a pretty great novel, an interesting look at one of the most controversial figures in world history.

As the "last pagan emperor" of Rome, Julian was basically an introverted bookish kid who ended up unexpectedly becoming emperor in the 4th century. He's best known for trying to destroy the power of Christianity in the Roman Empire and to restore the old Greco-Roman religion, and all after his grandfather Constantine the Great made Christianity the state religion.

The book isn't dry at all - it's really exciting, full of intrigue and all that kind of stuff. If you like historical fiction, get it. The only criticism I can give is that Vidal does seem to have a pro-Julian bent - but only slightly, because he does address some of the more persecutory stuff the emperor did against Christians in his short rule. Julian himself took a serious beating from Roman Christian historians after his death, so maybe a little bent in the other direction isn't a bad thing, anyway.
>> No. 2681 [Edit]
>>1116
Had to delete this becuase I got some copyright C&D complainant about it.
>> No. 2682 [Edit]

Post edited on 12th Feb 2014, 11:24pm
>> No. 2699 [Edit]
Currently reading "The House on the Borderlands."
I can see why Lovecraft was so inspired by it. The indefinite horror which it instills in the reader really knocks the socks off of the Gothic horrors which preceded it.
>> No. 2734 [Edit]
I just finished The Good Earth. There was some decent payoff at the end but I'm not sure what the book was about, apart from THE LAND. Apparently the series continues but I've had enough.

Started reading Sand by Hugh Howey.
>> No. 2736 [Edit]
my tooth hurts

>> No. 2944 [Edit]
I'm currently reading Mobidic, about 15 chapters in. Might be my dirty imagination but I'm surprised to see there's a hell of a lot of gay undertones. Main characters meet in a bedroom where in the two men sleep together soon after with one waking to find the other holding him like they would their wife. They form a marriage like bond the next day, one gives the other his head, and the word "seamen" gets repeated over and over. These two chaps are having one gay old time together I tell you.
>> No. 2951 [Edit]
>>2944
I just hit chapter 94 and couldn't stop thinking "what the fuck am I reading?"

" I bathed my hands among those soft, gentle globules of infiltrated tissues, wove almost within the hour; as they richly broke to my fingers, and discharged all their opulence, like fully ripe grapes their wine; as. I snuffed up that uncontaminated aroma,-literally and truly, like the smell of spring violets; I declare to you, that for the time I lived as in a musky meadow; I forgot all about our horrible oath; in that inexpressible sperm, I washed my hands and my heart of it; I almost began to credit the old Paracelsan superstition that sperm is of rare virtue in allaying the heat of anger; while bathing in that bath, I felt divinely free from all ill-will, or petulance, or malice, of any sort whatsoever.

Squeeze! squeeze! squeeze! all the morning long; I squeezed that sperm till I myself almost melted into it; I squeezed that sperm till a strange sort of insanity came over me; and I found myself unwittingly squeezing my co-laborers' hands in it, mistaking their hands for the gentle globules. Such an abounding, affectionate, friendly, loving feeling did this avocation beget; that at last I was continually squeezing their hands, and looking up into their eyes sentimentally; as much as to say,-Oh! my dear fellow beings, why should we longer cherish any social acerbities, or know the slightest ill-humor or envy! Come; let us squeeze hands all round; nay, let us all squeeze ourselves into each other; let us squeeze ourselves universally into the very milk and sperm of kindness. Would that I could keep squeezing that sperm for ever! For now, since by many prolonged, repeated experiences, I have perceived that in all cases man must eventually lower, or at least shift, his conceit of attainable felicity; not placing it anywhere in the intellect or the fancy; but in the wife, the heart, the bed, the table, the saddle, the fire-side; the country; now that I have perceived all this, I am ready to squeeze case eternally. In thoughts of the visions of the night, I saw long rows of angels in paradise, each with his hands in a jar of spermaceti. " - Moby-Dick Chapter 94; A Squeeze of the Hand.
>> No. 2954 [Edit]
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>>2951
I'm disappointed someone who would want to dwell in literature would lack enough common sense to look at the book from the perspective of the time it was written in, and can't even bother to search for appropriate terminology, nor apparently get their mind out of the gutter. In this case, sperm is short for spermaceti... and the description you pasted is meant to show Ishmael's realization of how menial, everyday tasks and little moments can grant happiness that clarity, truth and knowledge often can't.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sperm_whale
>The head of the whale contains a liquid wax called spermaceti, from which the whale derives its name. Spermaceti was used in lubricants, oil lamps, and candles.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spermaceti
>Raw spermaceti is liquid within the head of the sperm whale, and is said to have a smell similar to raw milk. It is composed mostly of wax esters (chiefly cetyl palmitate) and a smaller proportion of triglycerides. Pic related
>> No. 2955 [Edit]
>>2954
I was just kidding dude, Relax. I understood full well what they were saying. Just seemed humorous if taken out of context.
>> No. 2956 [Edit]
>>2954
>In this case, sperm is short for spermaceti
No shit. It uses the long version in the very passage he quoted, in case you missed it.

Why would you even assume someone is unable to decipher such a simple passage? Was there really a reason to be an overt asshole over a very obvious and harmless joke?
>> No. 2957 [Edit]
>>2956
Indeed, one does not read 94 chapters of a novel without acquiring some general understanding as to what it entails. Especially in material that methodically details and elaborates on much of it's contents layman might struggle to grasp.
In their defense however, it can be challenging to discern sincerity over text such as on imageboards.
>> No. 2958 [Edit]
>>2957
>it can be challenging to discern sincerity over text such as on imageboards.

That's very true. I'd have paid no mind to it if they simply explained the passage, but insults over it? Seems kind of over-the-top.
>> No. 2959 [Edit]
>>2958
what insults?

since this thread is sorta serious business it stans to reason anon wouldn't realize the original anon was being playful or whatever they claimed... if true then it's a shitpost and the reply is warranted
>> No. 2966 [Edit]
Joseph R. Shoenfield's Mathematical Logic.
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Currently reading the next revolution. It's an interesting book for sure.
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