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Old 01-25-08, 12:17 AM   #1
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Default what are you reading...

it's winter and I tend to read more this time of year... and I imagine you are too.

Picked up Orson Wells 1984 to reread.... read it 16 years ago and of course everyone remembers the overwhelming impression. But the details. Shit. The details.

What are you reading?

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p.s. another re-read is "The Diving Bell and The Butterfly" just as good in English as it is in French
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Old 01-25-08, 04:30 PM   #2
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But the details. Shit. The details.
sorrry steve couldnt help myself...

along some of the same themes but way more fun is William Gibson's new book "Spook Country" I just finished it and it was F'ing GREAT! Probably his best yet.

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Old 01-25-08, 04:51 PM   #3
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I just finished reading:

Steve Martin: Born Standing up.
Really a great look into the mind of a stand-up and very inspiring to read.

The Time traveler's wife
It was a good read, kinda sci-fi romance drama twilight zoney.

I am now reading:

Why is that so funny?
an exploration of physical comedy.
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Old 01-26-08, 12:22 AM   #4
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Just about finished with The Final Confessions of Mabel Stark. Great look at circus history and an amazing performer and interesting woman.
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A Cook's Tour by Anthony Boudrain....an ex Heroin addict searching the backwoods of the world in search of the perfect meal.
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"Fart Proudly" Writings of Benjamin Franklin You Never Read in School
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the cooking instructions on my tv dinner.

luckily, it's mostly pictures.
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Old 01-27-08, 11:17 AM   #8
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For fiction I am reading "Bloodshot" by Stuart MacBride. A crime novel based in Aberdeen Scotland. For the other stuff I am reading Michael Port's Book Yourself Solid" and also some writings by Eugene Burger on performance.
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Butterfly Avner recommends:

"Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen


I just finished "Hawaii & Points South" by A. Grove Day and am eagerly anticipating a slew of Jack London's stuff from Amazon.

I am also intrigued about the book "The Diving Bell & the Butterfly" after the movie version won "best foreign language film" at the Golden Globes and I later found out it was written one letter at a time ...



Wow, imagine what Martin could do if he had a stroke.
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Old 01-29-08, 11:03 PM   #10
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bitter one - go see the movie (Diving Bell) - I read it first but it's one of those rare ones where the movie actually is as good as the book - the last one I can remember that hit that is High Fidelity

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Old 01-31-08, 01:56 AM   #11
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I am reading "The World is Flat" by Thomas L. Friedman, about how the internet and related technologies are changing the world of work..there is a comment on the commoditization of juggling on page 243!

Ciao - Kevin M.
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Old 01-31-08, 10:24 AM   #12
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Someone recently suggested "The World Is Flat" to me as an interesting book. Funny to hear that there is a juggling comment in it.
"Water for Elephants", by the way, is a great story. I very much enjoyed it.
I am currently reading "700 Sundays" by Billy Crystal and "Nature Girl" by Carl Hiaasen.
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Just picked up Murakami's "After Dark", and as soon as I'm through with the guilty pleasure of "Dead Heat" by Dick Francis, I'm sure the Murakami will rock, as usual.

"Water for Elephants" was fantastic. Best ending ever, anywhere.
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Just finished "Born Standing Up". Loved "Water for Elephants". Into the first chapter of "No Country for Old Men".
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It's funny Stephon, I also recently finished "Born Standing Up"( I thought it was a really good book), Loved "Water For Elephants, and I am currently reading "No Country for Old Men"

The last Three books before that were
Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lyndsay
Made in America by Matt Hughs(The UFC fighter)
Ronnie by Ronnie Wood


I like Show biz Biographies the best, with additional favorites like:
Dick Francis, Deen Koontz, Robert Parker, and Lawrence Block.

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Just picked up Murakami's "After Dark", and as soon as I'm through with the guilty pleasure of "Dead Heat" by Dick Francis, I'm sure the Murakami will rock, as usual.
Geez, Tax, I'm not sure those two can be two-timed without exploding some kind of existential construct. Yar. Definitely one first THEN the other. You'll love "After Dark"; can't speak for the Francis.

I've been reading a Gaiman-esque (tho not as fast or as witty) fantasy called "The Black Tattoo" by Sam Enthoven. Mosty silly fun, if there was a vein of *Jackie Chan Meets the Devil*.

And I've also been "reading" (airquotes courtesy of it being on my Ipod) Carl Reiner's "NNNNN". Read by the author - nuff said.
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It's funny Stephon, I also recently finished "Born Standing Up"( I thought it was a really good book), Loved "Water For Elephants, and I am currently reading "No Country for Old Men"

The last Three books before that were
Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lyndsay
Made in America by Matt Hughs(The UFC fighter)
Ronnie by Ronnie Wood
Cue the "Twilight Zone" music. . .

I was a little disappointed with Darkly Dreaming Dexter--no, wait--it was the sequel I didn't like. . .never mind, go about your business.

How's the Matt Hughes book? Seeing him on t.v., he comes across as a real little-man-jock-bully asshole; any different in print?
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It's funny Stephon even though it's his own book he comes across pretty much like you described him. I am a big UFC fan so it was a fun book to read. If you watched the ultimate fighter you get a pretty good sense of who matt Hughs is, and you can definitely hear his voice when you read it.
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I've been reading "The big con" lately, a non-fiction book describing the people involved in big cons in the early 20th century. The great movie The Sting was based in this book.

Also "Blood, germs and steel", a popular history book I got for christmas from my ex who is a history phd. Have only read a little, but can highly recommend it. It's about why modern societys evolved like they did.
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Right now I'm reading the secret life of Harry Houdini by William Kalush and Larry Sloman. I find it more interesting than entertaining but I will recommend it.

Other books I've recently read.

I Killed (True stories of the road from Americas top comics) by Ritch Shydner and Mark Schiff. Very entertaining.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon this is a great book.

The Innocent Man by John Grisham (his first non fiction book) not my favorite book but I didn't hate it.
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