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[Aug. 22nd, 2006|10:06 am]
I would prefer not to


In memory of wouldprefernot2, who would have turned 39 years old today, I ask, "what are you reading?"

(cross-posted in my LJ)

[User Picture]From: dobrovolets
2006-08-22 02:09 pm (UTC)
Rhoda P. Rabkin, Cuban Politics: The Revolutionary Experiment
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[User Picture]From: microbie
2006-08-22 02:10 pm (UTC)
Dick Teresi, Lost Discoveries: The Ancient Roots of Modern Science from the Babylonians to the Mayans
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[User Picture]From: bklyndispatch
2006-08-22 02:20 pm (UTC)
Fernand Braudel's The Wheels of Commerce: Civilization and Capitalism 15th -18th century Vol.2

and (somewhat embarassingly)

George R.R. Martin's A Clash of Kings
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[User Picture]From: purejuice
2006-08-22 02:54 pm (UTC)
i hope you will write an essay on braudel. whose methods are fascinating.
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[User Picture]From: bklyndispatch
2006-08-22 07:16 pm (UTC)
an essay? I'll try. you will get a book review of vol 2 sometime later this week...
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From: oblomova
2006-08-22 02:30 pm (UTC)
The Antibiotic Paradox by Stuart Levy.

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[User Picture]From: sabotabby
2006-08-22 02:45 pm (UTC)
India Mortgaged by T. Nagi Reddy.
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[User Picture]From: purejuice
2006-08-22 02:52 pm (UTC)
I was just thinking about him recently. And Bartleby, too. Happy birthday, WPN2.

I recently finished Del Bianco's rivetting bio, Melville: His World and his Work, which argues, among other things, that the modernity of New York City created Bartleby and B. Budd, among other things. (I also was speculating recently on whether B. Budd is the tale of Melville's passion for Hawthorne, with Captain Vere as Hawthorne and B. Budd as Melville.)

Just scored a $9 second hand hard back of Taylor Branch's Parting the Waters which opens with a tour de force reclamation from the obscurity of history of the fabulous Vernon Johns. oneroom is telling me why I should be a pacifist -- it's more practical -- and says Branch calls the early civil rights activists the rocket scientists of democracy; and that it's only just begun. It's not over. Also per OR, reading Gene Sharp: The Politics of Nonviolent Action.
Also The Waves, Virginia Woolf, which I could not understand when I was young, and which now reads to me crystal clear, the way all novels should be. I get every word. It's not hard.
Also, one of the 10 books that has rocked my world, The Discovery of Childhood in Puritan England by C. JOhn Sommerville. Previous to that, neither women, children nor slaves had souls.
Thanks for this wonderful festschrift.
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[User Picture]From: nihilistic_kid
2006-08-22 03:12 pm (UTC)
The Open Curtain by Brian Evenson.

The Marxism of Jean-Paul Satre by Wilfrid Desan.
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[User Picture]From: ocicat_bengals
2006-08-22 03:44 pm (UTC)
Everyone is embarassing me as my second book is pure shite reading, but 'As Previously Used On Nelson Mandela' by Mark Thomas, but I put it down for a few days to read 'I Am Charlottle Simmons' by Tom Wolfe. Two months into summer holiday and I can finally puck up fiction and enjoy the crap out of it.
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From: threepunchstuff
2006-08-22 04:13 pm (UTC)
Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
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[User Picture]From: gordonzola
2006-08-22 05:01 pm (UTC)
Ariel Gore The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show
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[User Picture]From: springheel_jack
2006-08-22 05:34 pm (UTC)
I'm re-reading all the Dykes to Watch Out For cartoons. I read Fun Home recently, too, and I liked it a lot.

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[User Picture]From: maeve66
2006-08-22 05:39 pm (UTC)
Hells, yes. I have read everything Alison Bechdel's ever written, and she is the only person I have ever written a fan letter to, and she answered it herself, which is her style. I loved Fun Home. I really wish I'd gotten to see her while she was out here on tour.
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[User Picture]From: springheel_jack
2006-08-22 05:40 pm (UTC)
I wish I'd written to her 'when', but now I bet it's a hell of a deluge.
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[User Picture]From: maeve66
2006-08-22 08:19 pm (UTC)
I think she actually still does, from comments in her blog. But you're right, after Fun Home, it's a deluge.
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[User Picture]From: maeve66
2006-08-22 05:37 pm (UTC)
Marx's Ecology, by John Bellamy Foster
The Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg, by Norman Geras
Alexandra Kollontai: Selected Writings
The Tribe of Black Ulysses: African-American Lumber Workers in the Jim Crow South, by William P. Jones
A System of the World, by Neal Stephenson
Bait and Switch by Barbara Ehrenreich
Flashman and the Mountain of Light, by George Macdonald Fraser
Fermata and Vox by Nicholas Baker

DAMN, I miss him.
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[User Picture]From: samuraigrrrl
2006-08-23 02:18 am (UTC)

this post made me cry.

i'm between books and just reading the latest issue of mother jones.
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[User Picture]From: alsoname
2006-08-23 03:46 am (UTC)
I wish I were reading something with a more sophisticated title befitting the nature of this post, but I'll tell the truth and report that last night I started reading Whores and Other Feminists.
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