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Post Thu Jun 19, 2008 4:54 pm
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History of the United States was incredible. This could replace most history textbooks and still provide a very clear and honest picture of how this country came to exist and move into its current position. At the very least it could supplement the standard pressure to memorize dates, places, and the names of people. Any history book that presents themes in addition to information is a step in the right educational direction.
Post Thu Jun 19, 2008 5:11 pm
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within the last two months I've read

Def Jam Inc

Tougher Than Leather by Ronnie Ro...had some great insight behind the scenes, Ad-rock was quoted alot in the book and Run comes off looking bad quite a bit

Scar Tissure by Anthony Keidis...ok laugh...now shut up
Post Thu Jun 19, 2008 5:16 pm
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PHIL LACIO AKA P DAWG wrote:
Scar Tissure by Anthony Keidis...ok laugh...now shut up


hahahaa...ahhh

haha

you spelled it wrong.
Post Thu Jun 19, 2008 5:17 pm
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A Collection of Short stories by Haruki Murakami named "Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman".

I'm enjoying it.
Post Thu Jun 19, 2008 5:29 pm
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well luckily I didnt pay for it and got it at the library
it was a chore to get thru the book
dude was a real deviant heroin addict well beyond what I thought
I knew he had issues but didnt realize the depth of his addictions
he was real grimey for along time.
Post Thu Jun 19, 2008 5:32 pm
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DESIGNING PORNOTOPIA
In this collection of essays about visual culture, Rick Poynor directs a critical eye at brands, billboards, magazines, architecture, tattoos and trends in cosmetic surgery. A key target is the pervasiveness of sexual imagery in the market place and the media's symbiotic relationship with porn.
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Post Thu Jun 19, 2008 7:58 pm
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I just finished two excellent reads - the new David Sedaris collection, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and Steven Galloway's The Cellist of Sarajevo.

Sedaris never fails to entertain me with his essays. I don't read that many essayists (or humorists for that matter), but I always rush to read the new Sedaris.

The Cellist of Sarajevo is a deeply affecting novel focused on the "civil" war within Sarajevo, and the struggles of 3 unrelated characters. Fascinating read, but it really hits you in the heart.

Next up for me is the new novel from Dagoberto Gilb.
Post Thu Jun 19, 2008 8:24 pm
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just finished:

"the looming tower" - l. wright

history of al qaeda from its roots in mid-century egypt

"generation kill" - e. wright

RS writer embedded w 1st recon division in the first month of invasion of iraq

current:

"farewell navigator" - l. zumas

collection of short stories about people like the ones i grew up with

"what is the what" - d. eggers

sudanese lost boy escapes the war


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Post Thu Jun 19, 2008 8:26 pm
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skull hana wrote:
just finished:

"the looming tower" - l. wright

"generation kill" - e. wright

current:

"farewell navigator" - l. zumas

"what is the what" - d. eggers


What is the What really impressed me. I am not the biggest Eggers' fan, but this really bettered my opinion of his writing. Heartbreaking Work... was good for the first 250 pages, but then it just seemed to be a bit masterbatory.
Post Thu Jun 19, 2008 8:28 pm
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Bryan wrote:
What is the What really impressed me. I am not the biggest Eggers' fan, but this really bettered my opinion of his writing. Heartbreaking Work... was good for the first 250 pages, but then it just seemed to be a bit masterbatory.


yeah, it's def not what i expected from him. my mother gave it to me after she read it. she didn't know his previous work, but i was skeptical. especially it being a "fictionalized memoir" in this post j. frey / m. jones world.

go figure.
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Classic sci-fi mostly, I've been delving into the back catalogs of Clarke, Asimov, and Dick. Those dudes wrote a lot of shit.
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