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« Reply #675 on: March 14, 2013, 07:08:28 PM »

Good, easy read. I taught this book, against Scalia's A Matter of Interpretation, in a course which examined the influence of Classical American Pragmatism (Peirce, James, and Dewey) on contemporary society.

Yea I finished it today. I thought it was okay, he takes a lot from other authors. I don't think he thought out his conception of democracy enough; it seems too much of a 'popular' book.

Talking about pragmatists, I'm about to start reading Richard Posner.
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« Reply #676 on: March 15, 2013, 07:31:04 AM »


Well ok then! Grin
I got through it, and kinda thought it was like one of those fuck-you, contractually-obligated records the rock stars used to make.  Grin
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« Reply #677 on: March 15, 2013, 10:02:31 AM »

Yea I finished it today. I thought it was okay, he takes a lot from other authors. I don't think he thought out his conception of democracy enough; it seems too much of a 'popular' book.

Talking about pragmatists, I'm about to start reading Richard Posner.

If legal acumen were equated with the size of one's latisimi dorsi, Posner's BLS would block out the sun's radiant heat. He's an all-the-way big dude. If you haven't read Menand's The Metaphysical Club (my impression is that you have), it provides a helpful look into the organicism and openness which is characteristic of American pragmatism.  

I recently received a bunch of new books on jurisprudence and constitutional interpretation (Balkin, Scalia, Strauss), but it will be a long time until I get to look at them seriously. Cheers!
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« Reply #678 on: March 15, 2013, 05:50:50 PM »

The Problems of Jurisprudence- by Richard Posner
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« Reply #679 on: March 15, 2013, 09:04:12 PM »

The Problems of Jurisprudence- by Richard Posner

A serious work with what seems like an appreciation of Peircean fallibilism. He writes that the law begins in medias re, and, I'd argue "ends" (nominally) in medias re. If you're interested in Posner's pragmatism, take a look also at his Law, Pragmatism, and Democracy.
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« Reply #680 on: March 16, 2013, 07:12:21 AM »

can´t beat the fucking Beano...look you can even get a bed quilt... Grin
http://shop.beano.com/products/beano-comic-quilt-set
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« Reply #681 on: March 16, 2013, 08:20:00 AM »

can´t beat the fucking Beano...look you can even get a bed quilt... Grin
http://shop.beano.com/products/beano-comic-quilt-set


I always loved the Beano and General Jumbo in particular. Wanted his remote control army.

http://www.beano.com/retro-beano/general-jumbo?decade=1970
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« Reply #682 on: March 16, 2013, 08:29:15 AM »


I always loved the Beano and General Jumbo in particular. Wanted his remote control army.

http://www.beano.com/retro-beano/general-jumbo?decade=1970
remember as a kid getting my annual every year for xmas and a selection box with chocolates and that was my whack.... Grin
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« Reply #683 on: March 16, 2013, 08:33:27 AM »

don´t forget the Commando comics....printed by DC thompson in Dundee Scotland...my old man used to get them and read them.. Grin
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« Reply #684 on: March 16, 2013, 02:26:40 PM »


I always loved the Beano and General Jumbo in particular. Wanted his remote control army.

http://www.beano.com/retro-beano/general-jumbo?decade=1970
Had a stack of those. Loved Baby Face. Wonder where they are now? And stepping down the street to the candy store with the newspaper sandwich board outside and getting your purchase scooped, weighed and put in a white paper bag. All those candy places now a memory.   Undecided
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« Reply #685 on: March 16, 2013, 03:11:40 PM »

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« Reply #686 on: March 17, 2013, 02:10:16 AM »

Will be picking this up
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« Reply #687 on: March 17, 2013, 10:02:07 PM »

Rereading the Filtico Homoeroticus.
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« Reply #688 on: March 22, 2013, 05:47:20 AM »

Just finished Walter Mosley's 'The Long Fall.' Mosely's back with another detective, Leonid McGill, who is yet another complicated, relationship-torn, hard-drinking, Black PI. Entertaining book. The interior Chandler-esque monologue is always cool, and the writing is mostly good with the odd cliche lapse, here and there. Mosely's plotting is secondary to character, like Elmore Leonard's, but the ride is complicated and enjoyable and he ties it all up at the end. One quibble is that Mosely's protagonists are always in personal contact, if not friends of, with the city's baddest and most powerful people - rings false every time Walter. Looking for a good, quick read? Can't go wrong with this one. If you can find it remaindered, like me, even better.
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« Reply #689 on: March 22, 2013, 08:05:14 AM »

Sad news. Chinua Achebe has died. His first novel 'Things Fall Apart' should be required reading.

Guardian obit. notice: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/mar/22/novelist-chinua-achebe-dies
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« Reply #690 on: March 22, 2013, 08:42:43 AM »

Sad news. Chinua Achebe has died. His first novel 'Things Fall Apart' should be required reading.

Guardian obit. notice: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/mar/22/novelist-chinua-achebe-dies


too bad his passing is completely overshadowed by that of the great Nascar.
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« Reply #691 on: March 22, 2013, 08:45:28 AM »

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bunch of posers in this thread.
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« Reply #692 on: March 23, 2013, 10:26:57 AM »


too bad his passing is completely overshadowed by that of the great Nascar.
Like the great Groucho Marx by Elvis.   
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« Reply #693 on: March 24, 2013, 07:42:11 AM »

Junot Diaz does it again. If you haven`t read his stuff, start now. Totally nice guy, too.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/mar/22/junot-diaz-wins-short-story-prize

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« Reply #694 on: March 24, 2013, 07:57:37 AM »

Junot Diaz does it again. If you haven`t read his stuff, start now. Totally nice guy, too.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/mar/22/junot-diaz-wins-short-story-prize


Seems as a good Bloke, I'll have to check his writings out.
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« Reply #695 on: March 24, 2013, 08:16:24 AM »

Junot Diaz does it again. If you haven`t read his stuff, start now. Totally nice guy, too.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/mar/22/junot-diaz-wins-short-story-prize



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Díaz's story, "Miss Lora", is about a high-school-age boy having a relationship with an older woman in 1980s New Jersey, and is written in the "Spanglish" for which the Dominican-born writer is known."

Using Dominicanized Spanglish to chronicle the interior world of Washington Heights tigres is not my idea of what merits MacArthur recognition.
But Díaz has been on a roll (deserved or not), and let a hundred flowers bloom.

I had the opportunity to meet Díaz in an academic setting where I was invited to present some work (I didn't go). I have no doubt that he's a very nice guy, but I find his work gimmicky. Still, his star keeps rising.
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« Reply #696 on: March 25, 2013, 03:55:20 AM »

I had the opportunity to meet Díaz in an academic setting where I was invited to present some work (I didn't go). I have no doubt that he's a very nice guy, but I find his work gimmicky. Still, his star keeps rising.
Perhaps it's less being gimmicky than it is being a one-trick pony. I see that; but at least he's out there swinging. As TA might say, not every writer can be a Nabokov.  Grin
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« Reply #697 on: March 26, 2013, 05:30:59 PM »

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« Reply #698 on: March 26, 2013, 05:53:07 PM »

The Grasshopper: Games, Life, and Utopia- by Bernard Suits

deserves to be much more known that it is. Instead of Wittgenstein's "family resemblance" regarding games, Suits sets out to give a definition. I'm about 1/3 through the book.
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« Reply #699 on: March 27, 2013, 09:43:08 AM »

The House of God

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