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summer reading - Accretions

Fata Morgana
2004-05-26 16:42
summer reading
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Here's a list of my summer reading. Some books were recommended to me, others have been sitting on my shelf for a while, and others were pseudo-random finds while browsing at libraries or bookstores, or online. I didn't differentiate between these groups, and I also haven't prioritized the books (though those listed first are marginally higher-priority than others, just because they came to mind first). If you have any comments on any of these or suggestions of others, I'd love to hear them!

Nonfiction:** need more design books

Fiction:
  • The Brothers Karamazov (my dad's favorite book)
  • Brave New World (again)
  • Catch-22
  • The Good Earth
  • House Made of Dawn
  • Angle of Repose
  • A Confederacy of Dunces
  • The Sound and the Fury (again)
  • Raven's Exile
  • Breaking Clean
  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (the rest) (actually nonfiction, but too entertaining for the list above :~))
  • some Thurber
  • Walden (again)
  • The Bell Jar (the rest)
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fanlain
fanlain
2004-05-26 23:54 (UTC)
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i wanted to create a reading list at some point off my site that gives me a checklist to add/subtract books but also lets others make recommendations for things i should read.

but first i need to finish cryptonomicon and get thru the rest of the stuff on my list.
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tobo
nibot
2004-05-27 00:00 (UTC)
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seems rather ambitious!
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Fata Morgana
chimerically
2004-05-27 22:48 (UTC)
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Yeah - we'll see how much I actually read. :~) But it's good to have all of the books written down in one place, at least.
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janviere
2004-05-27 00:07 (UTC)
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Wow, that's a heavy list.

I had to read Catch-22 in high school for an English class. We spent nearly a semester on it. I'm glad the teacher was there to walk us through the references, because I don't think I would have gotten nearly as much out of it if I had sped through it at my own pace. I was supposed to read A People's History for another class, and never made it through. The first few chapters are pretty provocative, and will certainly give you some ammunition to argue with.

My current list: Quicksilver, GEB (the last bit), Terre des Hommes (the end), Siddhartha (in German). I need to go shopping for some more distracting non-fiction.
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Gaia
temperategoddss
2004-05-28 05:23 (UTC)
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You'll adore Angle of Repose. I guarantee it. And as for the rest, yes, it is ambitious, but damn, it really must feel good to have them all written down so you can at least go through and check them off as you read them, whether it takes you a summer or a lifetime. It's a life list of books, kinda like a life list of birst or something. :)
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Gaia
temperategoddss
2004-05-28 05:24 (UTC)
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Make that birds (four Utah beers = Nicolea mispelling)
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paul
paulschreiber
2004-06-02 21:41 (UTC)
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Catch-22 is great. It's laugh-out-loud funny, get-strange-looks-from-your-housemate funny. Also very smart and insightful.

Leonardo's Laptop is good but not great. The ideas are interesting, but the Leonardo analogies lacked purpose and seemed like filler.

I've read part of Code but haven't finished it either. Hopefully soon.

Design book recommendation: Stop stealing sheep and find out how type works. I have the old edition, not the new one. Branding with type is also interesting. Before & After magazine (which I highly recommend) now has a book out.
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paul
paulschreiber
2004-06-02 21:43 (UTC)
one more
I'm not sure how I missed Natural Capitalism, one of my three favourite books ever. Read this and you'll be have a lot of "aha!" moments, followed by "no shit!" and "why didn't I think of that?"
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(Anonymous)
2004-06-19 07:04 (UTC)
Furthermore...
Suggested additions to your list:

The Corporation
Fahrenheit 9-1-1 (and 451)
Control Room
Spring Summer Fall Winter Spring (slow but splendid)


...free MP3s of "Dude, Where's My Country" and "Hegemony or Survival" among other other items of political interest available at
http://www.aeschatech.com/medialibrary/

~ Joshua
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(Anonymous)
2004-06-29 15:58 (UTC)
The Anarchist in the Library ...
... is one of my favourite books!

Thanks for listing it. I hope you enjoy it.

Siva Vaidhyanathan
sivav@pobox.com
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