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lovelyritametermaid said
It’s a lot more intimate and I like the feeling of having another book to add to my little library b/c my Taurus brain makes me super materialistic.  

That’s exactly how I feel about albums ahdn_george_06

But yeah, paper books for me. I was raised on library books because I live in a small house with limited space, so now that the plague has struck I’m beginning to realize how few books I actually own. a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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lovelyritametermaid said
 b/c my Taurus brain makes me super materialistic.  

  

This explains a lot. I’ve always been a bit of a hoarder and attach meaning to inanimate objects. Now I can explain to my partner that it’s not my fault, it’s the stars!

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Beatlebug said

lovelyritametermaid said

It’s a lot more intimate and I like the feeling of having another book to add to my little library b/c my Taurus brain makes me super materialistic.  

That’s exactly how I feel about albums ahdn_george_06

But yeah, paper books for me. I was raised on library books because I live in a small house with limited space, so now that the plague has struck I’m beginning to realize how few books I actually own. a-hard-days-night-paul-7

I’m kind of the opposite: I own a ton of books that I literally haven’t even touched since I bought them (the #1 gift that my friends and family give me are Barnes & Noble gift cards so no, I’m not swimming in money to buy all these books it’s just I got those gift cards that I can’t spend anywhere else, but now I guess I can use them to buy records b/c B&N sells vinyl for some reason) but I’m always complaining of never having anything to read b/c I’m very picky when it comes to what I feel like reading at what time. 

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kelicopter said

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 b/c my Taurus brain makes me super materialistic.  

  

This explains a lot. I’ve always been a bit of a hoarder and attach meaning to inanimate objects. Now I can explain to my partner that it’s not my fault, it’s the stars!  

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
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Faults, though? IT’S FREE REAL ESTATE ahdn_john_08_gif

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Currently reading Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (a book that has been sitting on my shelf for a while) and listening to Naturally Tan by Tan France as an audiobook paul-mccartney-thumb_gif

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Was: 

Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness

Now:

Feminasty by Erin Gibson

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Got a copy of Trouble Boys : The True Story of The Replacements by Bob Mehr today and I’m already about 80 pages in. Would definitely recommend to any fans of the band, or anyone who appreciates good music journalism. Some of the details of the band members’ childhoods are pretty tough to read about, though, so bear that in mind if you’re someone who doesn’t deal well with that sort of thing. 

I’ve made some good progress on my excessively booklist since the start of lockdown – I’ve read Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine, Chomsky/Herman’s Manufacturing Consent and Slavoj Žizek’s Violence cover to cover, and I’ve gotten most of the way through a few others, including Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States and David Harvey’s A Brief History of Neoliberalism. I’m kind of burned out on the politics lit, so it’s nice to dig into something a bit more trivial.

“While I will admit to a certain cynicism, the fact is that I’m a naysayer and hatchet man in the fight against violence. I pride myself in taking a punch and I’ll gladly take another - because I choose to live my life in the company of Ghandi and King. My concerns are global. I reject absolutely revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. I love you, Sheriff Truman.”

 

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I read Les Miserables when I was 10… I don’t remember much. I loved Notre-Dame de Paris. Les Miserables is on my read-again books list.

  

My son played Javert in his sophomore year with his high school musical.

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Per recommendation from a university friend, I’ve just finished Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I really enjoyed it, particularly the way she splits the narrative up into three different perspectives and how the novel sort of circles back around to explain the way it begins. 

On the politics front, I’m now on Chris Nineham’s The British State: A Warning, which so far is a pretty interesting critique of the institutions of British state and how historically they’ve managed to promote and protect particular interests whilst maintaining the popular image of impartiality. 

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Currently obsessing over Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, one of the classics of the Beat Generation. Think I might read some more Beat lit after this one.

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Currently reading Post-Capitalism: A Guide to Our Future by Paul Mason, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge, and Emma by Jane Austen. 

The first two books were recommended reading from a favorite youtuber of mine that I love and am obsessed with. Emma is just for funsies, though I did have to analyze a passage from it last week for AP Literature a-hard-days-night-paul-4

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If you don’t mind me asking, which youtuber is that, @lovelyritametermaid ? I’m always on the lookout for more politics/literature related channels. 

Also, great picks! I haven’t read the Mason one (though I am familiar with his work, even if I think he’s losing it a bit for calling Keir Starmer’s leadership a ‘masterclass in radical social democracy’), and I bought my sister the Eddo-Lodge one for her birthday. Emma is just a classic, in fact I’m rewatching the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice at the moment, so I’m in a bit of an Austen-y mood. 

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I only occasionally read fiction, and I have to be interested in the subject to appreciate biography – although the last I read Stephen Hawking: A Memoir of Friendship and Physics by Leonard Mlodinow really explains Hawking’s character. I tend to like books that show me different cultures, political history and those that challenge my perception of the world, so the last three have been:

  1. The Return of the Russian Leviathan by Sergei Medvedev – a fascinating series of 2-6 page articles written as a daily reaction to what gets published in ‘official’ Russian press examining the Russian character from all manner of aspects which does more to get to the often conflicting and confusing differences to Western culture than any tome setting out directly to explain it.
  2. Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Rivalry that Unraveled the Middle East by Kim Ghattas which explains what appears to be a confusing part of the world if you just rely on TV news and supremely well written and clear, I read it in swathes.
  3. Be Less Zombie by Elvin Turner which is a handbook bible of how to generate and encourage new business ideas without them getting instantly shot down by people looking to maintain a comfortable paradigm. Very logical, extremely well argued, full of novel ideas and convincing.      
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@QuarryMan  said
If you don’t mind me asking, which youtuber is that, @lovelyritametermaid ? I’m always on the lookout for more politics/literature related channels.

  

The youtuber in questions is Philosophy Tube– he makes fantastic videos on all sort of philosophical subjects that are both super informative and entergaging! Watching his videos really help understand some more dense theory that I wouldn’t’ve been able to digest on my own, otherwise. I highly recommend him to anyone!  

plus he’s not too horrible to look at ahdn_john_08_gif, if you catch my meaning

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lovelyritametermaid said

@QuarryMan  said

If you don’t mind me asking, which youtuber is that, @lovelyritametermaid ? I’m always on the lookout for more politics/literature related channels.

The youtuber in questions is Philosophy Tube– he makes fantastic videos on all sort of philosophical subjects that are both super informative and entergaging! Watching his videos really help understand some more dense theory that I wouldn’t’ve been able to digest on my own, otherwise. I highly recommend him to anyone!  

plus he’s not too horrible to look at ahdn_john_08_gif, if you catch my meaning


  

Ahah I thought it might’ve been him, I just showed his video ‘Data’ to my flatmates a couple days ago. I haven’t watched his most recent videos but I thought the ‘Charles Darwin vs Karl Marx’ one was pretty excellent. Plus his book recommendations are always great, and I’m definitely with you on the erm… eye candy aspecta-hard-days-night-john-6

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Necko said, 4/17/2020 
Still reading She and The Parade’s Gone By.  Now reading this as well:

 

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Metropolis by Thea von Harbou (1925)

  

I really thought that this pandemic would cause me to read a lot with all this time at home.  That hasn’t happened.  I’m still on the same books I was reading in April.

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Recently I have read Wolf Hall, the first half of the extended edition of Tune In and Lady Chatterley’s Lover

 

and now I’m reading One Two Three Four – The Beatles In Time.

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Read Len McCluskey’s Why You Should Be a Trade Unionist in one sitting the other day, and now I’m on Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, which so far is… confusing. It seems to change scene with every single line of dialogue, so it’s a little hard to follow. I’ve been told by a friend to stick with it, though, so I’ll post an update when I finish it. 

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