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Old 05-15-2011   #541
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Re: What are you reading right now?

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I just received it in the mail, so I've only read one chapter so far.

It has to be the most thought provoking work written in recent history on the modern culture shift towards the normalization of homosexuality.

Although I am sure you'll think it is a great book... maybe try reading some more chapters?

You're just trying to understand homosexuality, aren't you? Well, I am more interested in learning about the things that matter to me, such as space-time and technology. That's why I am reading:

The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene.
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Although I am sure you'll think it is a great book... maybe try reading some more chapters?

You're just trying to understand homosexuality, aren't you?
I wouldn't make such a statement so soon into a book if I wasn't that confident about it.
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I wouldn't make such a statement so soon into a book if I wasn't that confident about it.
I will take your word for it then. I know I can make statements like that when I usually start a book.

I really have no interest in understanding or "curing" homosexuality. The secrets of the atom and the universe are more my speed.
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Old 05-19-2011   #544
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Re: What are you reading right now?

i just finished dead reckoning by charlaine harris. um, wtf with the ending?
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Re: What are you reading right now?

I just started The Dream Cycle, a collection of H. P. Lovecraft's short stories.

This will be my first major introduction to Lovecraft. I have only read a few stories here and there but now I am going to read this whole collection and then maybe move on to more Lovecraft (perhaps with Tom's suggestions).
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Re: What are you reading right now?

well i finished Tom jones a while back but i cant remember if i wrote that on here. Love it though. Now I'm reading a bio on Audrey Hepburn
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Re: What are you reading right now?

So, I have (reading) ADD. This is a list of books I am presently flip-flopping betwixt:

1948.
It's the prequel to 1984 in which a housewife seeks to overcome sexually-discriminatory societal norms and the preparation of certain kinds of carrot cake. Riveting story. Cried, cried for hours. It also has an Afterward concerning the relevancy and challenges of dyslexia to / in our post-modern world.

To Kill A Mocking Bird.
...is an okay thing.

The Poetry of Pablo Neruda.
*Drools, just drools all over the place*

The 100 Best Poems of All Time.
Among the worst and most tawdry collections of poetry I've ever come across. It includes "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." 'Nough said. It has enough of "the greats" to be barely tolerable, though.... I mainly keep it around because it has The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, *one* Shakespeare and a few others that are read-able. But mainly, Prufrock.

Together, my sister and I are reading The Chronicles of Narnia. We're almost done. Crazy, considering how slowly and long we've been working through it. Years.

Aaaaaaand, The Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes.
Should be arriving in the mail--snail mail--soon. Guilty pleasure, creeping on Plath and Hughes' anti-love story. ("Sadistic sicko" or "admirer of tragi-love stories"? Please don't decide.)

So ends The Chronicles of Quasi-Adult Attention Deficit Disorder: A Fail Story. -_-
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Re: What are you reading right now?

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So, I have (reading) ADD. This is a list of books I am presently flip-flopping betwixt:

1948.
It's the prequel to 1984 in which a housewife seeks to overcome sexually-discriminatory societal norms and the preparation of certain kinds of carrot cake. Riveting story. Cried, cried for hours. It also has an Afterward concerning the relevancy and challenges of dyslexia to / in our post-modern world.
Sounds interesting, I'll have to pick that up.

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To Kill A Mocking Bird.
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...is an okay thing.
Love, love LOVE that book.
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The Poetry of Pablo Neruda.
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*Drools, just drools all over the place*
Pablo Neruda's okay. However I don't like poetry all that much so I'm not the best judge.

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Among the worst and most tawdry collections of poetry I've ever come across. It includes "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." 'Nough said. It has enough of "the greats" to be barely tolerable, though.... I mainly keep it around because it has The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, *one* Shakespeare and a few others that are read-able. But mainly, Prufrock.
I would probably like that because you don't have to wade through crap poetry to get to the good ones, they're all just good.

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Together, my sister and I are reading The Chronicles of Narnia. We're almost done. Crazy, considering how slowly and long we've been working through it. Years.
Oh em gee I hate hate hate hate hate the Chronicles of Narnia. Once you finish I will tell you why. Or perhaps it will be obvious.

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Aaaaaaand, The Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes.
Should be arriving in the mail--snail mail--soon. Guilty pleasure, creeping on Plath and Hughes' anti-love story. ("Sadistic sicko" or "admirer of tragi-love stories"? Please don't decide.)

So ends The Chronicles of Quasi-Adult Attention Deficit Disorder: A Fail Story. -_-
Ted Hughes....tbh haven't read him. I probably should get right on that, seeing as how I'm an English grad student.



Also, the formatting on this post is fail. I've tried editing it so that the quote tags don't look so janky but apparently this is how the post would like to stay.
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ALAS, BABYLON

Been a few years since I read it.
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Sounds interesting, I'll have to pick that up.
*Sheepish grin*

It's quite ironic: Whenever I try to be ironic, I can never tell if others are being ironic in return. I seem to lack the ability to detect irony and to craft reasonably detectable irony...

...In short, that was sarcastic, right? o.O

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Love, love LOVE that book.
Me too. Well, as far as I've read, anyway, which isn't very far--but it's excelente so far. I enjoy imagining their little Southern accents.... <:D

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Pablo Neruda's okay. However I don't like poetry all that much so I'm not the best judge.
You don't like poetry? o.O

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I would probably like that because you don't have to wade through crap poetry to get to the good ones, they're all just good.
Yes... I sort of get that impression, too, sometimes: The most well-known poems are well-known for a reason. But at the same time, there are certain poets/poems I never would have known existed if it weren't for wading through many a(n obscure) poem--though I'm sure you've collectively read more than I. A lot more no doubt....


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Oh em gee I hate hate hate hate hate the Chronicles of Narnia. Once you finish I will tell you why. Or perhaps it will be obvious.
Really? *Sniff* I'm a "third-generation" Narnia-lover... though, somehow, I'm a bit foggy on the very end... so, please don't tell meh your "why" yet. ;)

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Ted Hughes....tbh haven't read him. I probably should get right on that, seeing as how I'm an English grad student.
...Really? o.O His stuff is okay, which is why I bought a whole book of his poems. Mainly, since all the poems in "The Birthday Letters" are about Plath and his relationship with Plath, I want an "inside look" into why he was such a jerk to her. Probably because he was a jerk. But it's nicer to read that in poem form. Like a sicko, I enjoy vicarious (poet) drama. Also, poets' biographies... and that book seems a poet biography in poems, which is sort of cool.

But you have heard *of* him, right? That would surprise me even more--than your not having read 'im.

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"Janky...."

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Me too. Well, as far as I've read, anyway, which isn't very far--but it's excelente so far.
You better finish it or old Boo Radley is gonna get you.

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Oh no. Not again.

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Why? "Jealous"? (Of their imagined accents, I mean. Or perhaps my ability and preference to imagine accents. Either one.)
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That's how Boo Radley rolls. He gets you. Then he gets you again.

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No, just that you have to do Southern-style accents. I hear these often enough, you might imagine. I am glad it's not too often. I mean, I could live in Alabama.
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Contact - have seen the movie several times but never read the book until now, about 3/4 thru it.
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*Sheepish grin*

It's quite ironic: Whenever I try to be ironic, I can never tell if others are being ironic in return. I seem to lack the ability to detect irony and to craft reasonably detectable irony...

...In short, that was sarcastic, right? o.O
Yes. Shame on you for not noting my "tone."

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Me too. Well, as far as I've read, anyway, which isn't very far--but it's excelente so far. I enjoy imagining their little Southern accents.... <:D
I think that the novel has a wonderful way of making you *live* in those pages. It's a masterpiece.

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You don't like poetry? o.O
I have my poems and poets I like, even LOVE, but by-and-large when I'm sitting in a class and we're supposed to analyze poetry I'm just thinking 'CAN WE LEAVE NOW PLZ?' I hate having to read a poem like four times to try to get where the professor wants me to go. I want to be able to read a poem once and know what it's talking about. So, in short: Yes I do like poetry, but I do NOT like haivng to work to understand poems. In fact, I despise doing that. And on occasion when I've had to write entire papers on one poem, I just want to wring someone's neck. It's deadly, deadly dull...even when the poem is one I happen to like.

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Yes... I sort of get that impression, too, sometimes: The most well-known poems are well-known for a reason. But at the same time, there are certain poets/poems I never would have known existed if it weren't for wading through many a(n obscure) poem--though I'm sure you've collectively read more than I. A lot more no doubt....
I have read a lot of poetry, which probably contributes to why I'm so impatient about it . . .

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Really? *Sniff* I'm a "third-generation" Narnia-lover... though, somehow, I'm a bit foggy on the very end... so, please don't tell meh your "why" yet. ;)
Wasn't planning on it. If you wish to hear, let me know when you're done and either 1. you're curious... or 2. it will become obvious and/or you will guess easily.

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...Really? o.O His stuff is okay, which is why I bought a whole book of his poems. Mainly, since all the poems in "The Birthday Letters" are about Plath and his relationship with Plath, I want an "inside look" into why he was such a jerk to her. Probably because he was a jerk. But it's nicer to read that in poem form. Like a sicko, I enjoy vicarious (poet) drama. Also, poets' biographies... and that book seems a poet biography in poems, which is sort of cool.

But you have heard *of* him, right? That would surprise me even more--than your not having read 'im.
Yes, I've heard of him. And tbh I LOVE Syliva Plath's poetry, which is why I've stayed away from Ted Hughes'...'cause he was a huge jerk. Plus, as talked about above, I haven't heard much about him to know whether he's the type that likes to write poetry that you can't understand.

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Here's a good urban dictionary definition for it:

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inferior quality; held in low social regard; old and delapidated; refers almost exclusively to inanimate material objects, not to people
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currently reading brave new world for the 2nd time. also am reading the red queen and the science of good and evil.
last week i read Tiger, Tiger which just came out earlier this year.
i recently read intelligence in nature, some book about egypt, the picture of dorian gray, lord of the flies, and like a million others.
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currently reading brave new world for the 2nd time. also am reading the red queen and the science of good and evil.
last week i read Tiger, Tiger which just came out earlier this year.
i recently read intelligence in nature, some book about egypt, the picture of dorian gray, lord of the flies, and like a million others.
Oh, that's spooky. Quite delayed from when you wrote this, but I just finished reading Brave New World as well (for the first time).

It's a great, highly engaging story. All the Shakespeare references took me by surprise (in a good way), and Aldous Huxley's writing itself was beautiful, vivid, and believable (as that applies to the given world), perhaps too believable during its morbid passages. One of my favorite parts (spoiler alert!) was the theological/philosophical/existential debate betwixt the savage and Mustapha Mond--that was fascinating. And the ending was haunting to me. It was LIT-ER-AL-LY haunting.

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I am currently reading:

To Kill A Mockingbird

..."for real" this time.

Although, I'm now sort of afraid to continue with this one, because someone at work told me the movie, quote, "scared her as a child." Now, I'm kind of afraid to continue... but I will. o.O

Either way, this description of the book still applies (quoted from our past tangent in this thread):

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I think that the novel has a wonderful way of making you *live* in those pages. It's a masterpiece.
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