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Dr. Pangloss
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Junot Diaz, "This is How You Lose Her"

I don't often read fiction, but I love this guy's writing. Tons of energy and rhythm. Bittersweet stories of lost love without being cloying or overly nostalgic.

"I'm not a bad guy. I know how that sounds - defensive, unscrupulous - but it's true. I'm like everybody else: weak, full of mistakes, but basically good. Magdalena disagrees though. She considers me a typical Dominican man: a sucio, an asshole. See, many months ago, when Magda was still my girl, when I didn't have to be careful about almost anything, I cheated on her with this chick who had tons of eighties freestyle hair. Didn't tell Magda about it either. You know how it is. A smelly bone like that, better off buried in the backyard of your life. Magda only found out because homegirl wrote her a fucking letter. And the letter had details. Shit you wouldn't even tell your boys drunk.

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Jlabs
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Nards wrote:
Jlabs wrote:
The most interesting book I've read in a while was on how 9/11 has changed cinema since then. Currently I am reading studies on how to improve immigration.
Also in the middle of Scorpion's Gate, I like those mindless type of fictional spy gov agency spec ops and international relation books.



What's the 9/11 Cinema book called? It sounds interesting.

I remember whenTV and moies would not even show or edit out scenes in movies that had the twin towers for a while after 9/11....but look a it now. Iactually think tat 9/11 sort of made it so movies have to show more destruction or we won't take the movie's threat serious enough.
And I don't like it.

Hey Nards, sorry I wasn't aware that anyone had responded. You are right they claimed in the book that in action movies/ super hero movies there are threats of mass destruction or global plagues and sicknesses. Like there is impending doom if the good guys do not win, essentially 9/11 influenced our thoughts by bringing the realities of war to are lands that have not seen any in a long time. Definitely worth reading.
Film and television after 9/11
Horror after 9/11 : world of fear, cinema of terror
Post-9/11 cinema : through a lens darkly
Post-9/11 horror in American cinema / Kevin J. Wetmore.
It was one of these, I'm at the library now I'll try to figure out wich one it is.

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Been sporadically reading Atlas Shrugged. Appalled to find that there has been very little weight lifting to this point. I'll push on and hold on to some hope.

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EmilyQ
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hgs3 wrote:
Been sporadically reading Atlas Shrugged. Appalled to find that there has been very little weight lifting to this point. I'll push on and hold on to some hope.


It's toward the end. There's a long speech that gets everyone all charged up, and then they start getting serious about it.

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EmilyQ wrote:
hgs3 wrote:
Been sporadically reading Atlas Shrugged. Appalled to find that there has been very little weight lifting to this point. I'll push on and hold on to some hope.


It's toward the end. There's a long speech that gets everyone all charged up, and then they start getting serious about it.



Nothing like a 90+ page speech to get the crew riled up

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EmilyQ
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hgs3 wrote:
EmilyQ wrote:
hgs3 wrote:
Been sporadically reading Atlas Shrugged. Appalled to find that there has been very little weight lifting to this point. I'll push on and hold on to some hope.


It's toward the end. There's a long speech that gets everyone all charged up, and then they start getting serious about it.



Nothing like a 90+ page speech to get the crew riled up


Hitting PRs left and right.

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http://ferociafatale.com/...g-animals-2.jpg

Not the most popular in these parts, but I do like the writing style.
Can't say it has convinced me of anything, but I did learn some stuff.

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EmilyQ
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Dr. Pangloss wrote:
Junot Diaz, "This is How You Lose Her"

I don't often read fiction, but I love this guy's writing. Tons of energy and rhythm. Bittersweet stories of lost love without being cloying or overly nostalgic.

"I'm not a bad guy. I know how that sounds - defensive, unscrupulous - but it's true. I'm like everybody else: weak, full of mistakes, but basically good. Magdalena disagrees though. She considers me a typical Dominican man: a sucio, an asshole. See, many months ago, when Magda was still my girl, when I didn't have to be careful about almost anything, I cheated on her with this chick who had tons of eighties freestyle hair. Didn't tell Magda about it either. You know how it is. A smelly bone like that, better off buried in the backyard of your life. Magda only found out because homegirl wrote her a fucking letter. And the letter had details. Shit you wouldn't even tell your boys drunk.


This is painfully evocative, and not a little triggering, for me.

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Nards
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Jlabs wrote:
Nards wrote:
Jlabs wrote:
The most interesting book I've read in a while was on how 9/11 has changed cinema since then. Currently I am reading studies on how to improve immigration.
Also in the middle of Scorpion's Gate, I like those mindless type of fictional spy gov agency spec ops and international relation books.



What's the 9/11 Cinema book called? It sounds interesting.

I remember whenTV and moies would not even show or edit out scenes in movies that had the twin towers for a while after 9/11....but look a it now. Iactually think tat 9/11 sort of made it so movies have to show more destruction or we won't take the movie's threat serious enough.
And I don't like it.

Hey Nards, sorry I wasn't aware that anyone had responded. You are right they claimed in the book that in action movies/ super hero movies there are threats of mass destruction or global plagues and sicknesses. Like there is impending doom if the good guys do not win, essentially 9/11 influenced our thoughts by bringing the realities of war to are lands that have not seen any in a long time. Definitely worth reading.
Film and television after 9/11
Horror after 9/11 : world of fear, cinema of terror
Post-9/11 cinema : through a lens darkly
Post-9/11 horror in American cinema / Kevin J. Wetmore.
It was one of these, I'm at the library now I'll try to figure out wich one it is.



Thanks for that.

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Dr. Pangloss
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EmilyQ wrote:
Dr. Pangloss wrote:
Junot Diaz, "This is How You Lose Her"

I don't often read fiction, but I love this guy's writing. Tons of energy and rhythm. Bittersweet stories of lost love without being cloying or overly nostalgic.

"I'm not a bad guy. I know how that sounds - defensive, unscrupulous - but it's true. I'm like everybody else: weak, full of mistakes, but basically good. Magdalena disagrees though. She considers me a typical Dominican man: a sucio, an asshole. See, many months ago, when Magda was still my girl, when I didn't have to be careful about almost anything, I cheated on her with this chick who had tons of eighties freestyle hair. Didn't tell Magda about it either. You know how it is. A smelly bone like that, better off buried in the backyard of your life. Magda only found out because homegirl wrote her a fucking letter. And the letter had details. Shit you wouldn't even tell your boys drunk.


This is painfully evocative, and not a little triggering, for me.


Em, I have the emotional range of a boat anchor and there were a few times I had to set the book down and just sit with whatever feelings were dredged up. This is the third book of his I've read and each one has been moving.

I really admire your self-awareness, I know how much getting triggered can hurt, but it's wonderful you can identify it within yourself.

Have you read any Pema Chodron at all? I love her writing and talks about shenpa. It's my new favorite word.

Right after "steak"

And "gin"

And "blowjob" (that might actually be 2 words....)

But, then comes "shenpa"

http://www.shambhala.org/...ma/shenpa3a.php

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EmilyQ
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Dr. Pangloss wrote:
EmilyQ wrote:
Dr. Pangloss wrote:
Junot Diaz, "This is How You Lose Her"

I don't often read fiction, but I love this guy's writing. Tons of energy and rhythm. Bittersweet stories of lost love without being cloying or overly nostalgic.

"I'm not a bad guy. I know how that sounds - defensive, unscrupulous - but it's true. I'm like everybody else: weak, full of mistakes, but basically good. Magdalena disagrees though. She considers me a typical Dominican man: a sucio, an asshole. See, many months ago, when Magda was still my girl, when I didn't have to be careful about almost anything, I cheated on her with this chick who had tons of eighties freestyle hair. Didn't tell Magda about it either. You know how it is. A smelly bone like that, better off buried in the backyard of your life. Magda only found out because homegirl wrote her a fucking letter. And the letter had details. Shit you wouldn't even tell your boys drunk.


This is painfully evocative, and not a little triggering, for me.


Em, I have the emotional range of a boat anchor and there were a few times I had to set the book down and just sit with whatever feelings were dredged up. This is the third book of his I've read and each one has been moving.

I really admire your self-awareness, I know how much getting triggered can hurt, but it's wonderful you can identify it within yourself.

Have you read any Pema Chodron at all? I love her writing and talks about shenpa. It's my new favorite word.

Right after "steak"

And "gin"

And "blowjob" (that might actually be 2 words....)

But, then comes "shenpa"

http://www.shambhala.org/...ma/shenpa3a.php


Wow, I have to head out for the day, but I'll look forward to really focusing on this later. Seems like it could be the element I'm needing to explore in myself.

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texas man
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Gods Crucible
its a history of Islam's affect on Europe

And also One Hundred Years of Solitude in Spanish
I'm learning spanish on my own and just started reading the literature

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Jlabs
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Gotta check out god's crucible sounds cool as hell.

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Jlabs
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Achilles_Wrath wrote:
I read "Blood Meridian" by Cormac McCarthy and "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini this summer. Both excellent books with some very disturbing scenes in them. I'm currently reading "Cold Mountain" by Charles Frazier. I liked "Thirteen Moons" even though some critics panned it. The Civil War and indeed anything set in the 19th century appeals to me.

Someone mentioned "Lolita". I haven't read it in awhile, but from what I remember, you should question Humbert's sanity and reliability as a narrator. Setting is very important in Nabokov's writing. The novel is set in the late 1940s/early 1950s. Humbert is the "old world" Europe and Dolores (Lola, Lolita) represents a "young and brash" America of the period...

I remeber asking one of my Afghan buddies what it wasl ike living under taliban rule. He had quite funny tales of them legit shooting down their kites and not allowing any recreational activities for children. He said the russian's only talked about scud missiles and blowing shit up ahha. Her shoulda wrote the kite runner b4 she did lol

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texas man
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Jlabs wrote:
Gotta check out god's crucible sounds cool as hell.


it is a fantastic history book
highly recommend

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andresarpi
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texas man wrote:
Gods Crucible
its a history of Islam's affect on Europe

And also One Hundred Years of Solitude in Spanish
I'm learning spanish on my own and just started reading the literature


really cool book. i printed a chart with the names because there are so many charecters with names so fucking similar!

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