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« Reply #525 on: November 08, 2012, 12:17:00 PM »

Finished City of Bohane by Kevin Barry. Bohane is a dystopian Irish city, some 40 years in the future, and the plot revolves around a badass who returns after 25 years to stir up trouble for the local gangs and one gang leader in particular. But, plot aside, its Barry's writing that makes this book something special. His descriptions, his way with words, and his manner are an easy mish-mash of Irish, street lingo and neologisms, kind of like crossing Clockwork Orange with some Hibernian Trainspotting -ie. 'he had hands on him the size of Belfast sinks.' This guy has a way with language; it just dances. If he keeps this stuff up he'll be going places. Recommended.  
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« Reply #526 on: November 08, 2012, 12:19:14 PM »

Anyone recommend a good book on Jews?  Something that really explains the European Ashkenazi thing?

I read "Jews, God, and History", but I get the feeling it was more of a book written for good PR.
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« Reply #527 on: November 09, 2012, 01:01:11 AM »

Anyone recommend a good book on Jews?  Something that really explains the European Ashkenazi thing?

I read "Jews, God, and History", but I get the feeling it was more of a book written for good PR.
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« Reply #528 on: November 09, 2012, 07:43:48 PM »

Foreign Affairs has an excellent group of reading lists for a variety of topics in international affairs. Typically, each list includes a healthy mix of history and contemporary analysis:

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/features/reading-lists
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« Reply #529 on: November 10, 2012, 05:59:57 AM »

Re-read the entire Wheel of Time series.  The final book (14th!) comes out this January.  Its been almost two decades in the making.

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« Reply #530 on: November 15, 2012, 07:18:14 AM »

Just finished David Finkel's 'The Good Soldiers,' which is an account of 15 months with the 2-16 battalion in Baghdad, part of George Bush's 2007 Iraq 'surge.' Oh boy, is this book sobering. Soldiers are killed, morale and mission belief take beatings and no one comes out of this mess a better person than when they went in, including the upbeat battalion commander. The chapter dealing with those soldiers hospitalized in San Antonio for burns and missing limbs really belies Bush's, or anyone's, military optimism like nothing else. Finkel's writing is excellent - ie. he stays out of the story almost completely and lets the events and soldiers tell their own story. This book tells the other side of the 'Mission Accomplished' narrative, the one not reported on the front pages. Harrowing, but superb.  
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« Reply #531 on: November 15, 2012, 07:28:27 AM »

Just finished David Finkel's 'The Good Soldiers,' which is an account of 15 months with the 2-16 battalion in Baghdad, part of George Bush's 2007 Iraq 'surge.' Oh boy, is this book sobering. Soldiers are killed, morale and mission belief take beatings and no one comes out of this mess a better person than when they went in, including the upbeat battalion commander. The chapter dealing with those soldiers hospitalized in San Antonio for burns and missing limbs really belies Bush's, or anyone's, military optimism like nothing else. Finkel's writing is excellent - ie. he stays out of the story almost completely and lets the events and soldiers tell their own story. This book tells the other side of the 'Mission Accomplished' narrative, the one not reported on the front pages. Harrowing, but superb.  
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Incredible combat accounts in that one.
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« Reply #532 on: November 15, 2012, 07:28:57 AM »

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« Reply #533 on: November 15, 2012, 07:57:45 AM »



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« Reply #534 on: November 15, 2012, 10:02:22 AM »

Here is Part 1 of 4, watch all 4.

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Hey thanks!!

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« Reply #535 on: November 15, 2012, 10:52:32 PM »

Foreign Affairs has an excellent group of reading lists for a variety of topics in international affairs. Typically, each list includes a healthy mix of history and contemporary analysis:

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/features/reading-lists

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« Reply #536 on: November 18, 2012, 11:38:38 AM »

In the Garden of Beasts - Erik Larson

Heinrich Himmler - Peter Longerich

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« Reply #537 on: November 20, 2012, 09:34:05 AM »

This is short but good.

Any HST fans up in this bitch?


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« Reply #538 on: November 20, 2012, 09:38:46 AM »

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« Reply #539 on: November 20, 2012, 09:57:40 AM »

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« Reply #540 on: November 20, 2012, 10:39:04 AM »

You've probably seen this, but if you like Thompson, you'll like this job-seeking cover letter:


Vancouver Sun

TO JACK SCOTT, VANCOUVER SUN

October 1, 1958
57 Perry Street New York City

Sir,

I got a hell of a kick reading the piece Time magazine did this week on The Sun. In
addition to wishing you the best of luck, I'd also like to offer my services.
 
Since I haven't seen a copy of the "new" Sun yet, I'll have to make this a tentative
offer. I stepped into a dung-hole the last time I took a job with a paper I didn't know
anything about (see enclosed clippings) and I'm not quite ready to go charging up
another blind alley.
 
By the time you get this letter, I'll have gotten hold of some of the recent issues of
The Sun. Unless it looks totally worthless, I'll let my offer stand. And don't think
that my arrogance is unintentional: it's just that I'd rather offend you now than after
I started working for you.                                                                                             [Haha!]
 
I didn't make myself clear to the last man I worked for until after I took the job. It
was as if the Marquis de Sade had suddenly found himself working for Billy
Graham. The man despised me, of course, and I had nothing but contempt for him
and everything he stood for. If you asked him, he'd tell you that I'm "not very
likable, (that I) hate people, (that I) just want to be left alone, and (that I) feel too
superior to mingle with the average person." (That's a direct quote from a memo he
sent to the publisher.)
 
Nothing beats having good references.

Of course if you asked some of the other people I've worked for, you'd get a different
set of answers.

If you're interested enough to answer this letter, I'll be glad to furnish you with a list
of references -- including the lad I work for now.
 
The enclosed clippings should give you a rough idea of who I am. It's a year old,
however, and I've changed a bit since it was written. I've taken some writing courses
from Columbia in my spare time, learned a hell of a lot about the newspaper
business, and developed a healthy contempt for journalism as a profession.
 
As far as I'm concerned, it's a damned shame that a field as potentially dynamic and
vital as journalism should be overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden
with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant
mediocrity. If this is what you're trying to get The Sun away from, then I think I'd
like to work for you.
 
Most of my experience has been in sports writing, but I can write everything from
warmongering propaganda to learned book reviews.
 
I can work 25 hours a day if necessary, live on any reasonable salary, and don't give
a black damn for job security, office politics, or adverse public relations.
 
I would rather be on the dole than work for a paper I was ashamed of.

It's a long way from here to British Columbia, but I think I'd enjoy the trip.

If you think you can use me, drop me a line.

If not, good luck anyway.

Sincerely, Hunter S. Thompson

No, I hadn't seen it. Thanks for posting. Good stuff.
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« Reply #541 on: November 20, 2012, 11:16:12 AM »

Finished Ender's Game which was very good, and jumped right into the The First Law trilogy by John Abercrombie.

It's not my genre, but the characters were so througoughly enjoyable to me, that I've already on the  third book.   Pretty good stuff.
I used to run into Orson Card all the time and he knew me very well by name.  Nice fellow but I will never understand his aversion to gay people.  Its very strange actually.
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« Reply #542 on: November 20, 2012, 01:11:43 PM »

I used to run into Orson Card all the time and he knew me very well by name.  Nice fellow but I will never understand his aversion to gay people.  Its very strange actually.

Never knew about this.  Is it well known, or something you picked up on?
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« Reply #543 on: November 20, 2012, 03:16:19 PM »

Never knew about this.  Is it well known, or something you picked up on?
I've read some of his op-ed pieces over the years. As well as the gay thing, his views on women are a little nasty. He's a Mormon and I think that informs a lot of his views. I once e-mailed his website and asked if he would ever be anywhere near me, thinking I could get my Ender's Game signed - 'no' was the polite reply.   Cry
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« Reply #544 on: November 20, 2012, 03:56:00 PM »


Sincerely, Hunter S. Thompson


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« Reply #545 on: November 22, 2012, 06:46:12 PM »

reading 'Learn you a haskell for great good'

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« Reply #546 on: November 23, 2012, 10:41:28 PM »

fuck hunter s thompson

boring book fear n loathing

commy art zz boring so trying hard to be cool and avoid fun with girls

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« Reply #547 on: November 24, 2012, 03:29:21 AM »

fuck hunter s thompson

boring book fear n loathing

commy art zz boring so trying hard to be cool and avoid fun with girls

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You hate HST?

And just when I thought I couldn't hate you anymore....

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« Reply #548 on: November 24, 2012, 05:40:41 AM »

You hate HST?

And just when I thought I couldn't hate you anymore....


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« Reply #549 on: November 24, 2012, 10:59:56 AM »

All of his books are great. A level honesty rarely equaled when writing a memoir.


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