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dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Jul 31, 2013 - 06:02pm PT
Really great book that gives you insight into what Europe/Germany were like prior to the outbreak of WW2. I have PDF copy if anyone is interested in getting one. I think I can e-mail it, if anyone here is into WW2 history and wants one? I got this for free from a site so I assume it can be distributed. Perhaps I'm mistaken, not sure.
Credit: dirt claud

Jul 31, 2013 - 08:59pm PT
Reading my first Michener book: "Mexico"

I like how it jumps around a bit - the wife tells me this book is pretty non-linear for JAM.

Check this reading promotional world record:

Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Aug 1, 2013 - 10:51am PT
That book domino is fantastic!

And Dirt Claud, I'm interested in that Shirer PDF, but I'm worried that title might not be in the public domain yet... Has that site "cleared title?"

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Aug 3, 2013 - 10:32pm PT
The Forever war, Haldeman

Okay not reading per se,
But day before yesterday back in California ( seems like a lifetime ago...) I happened into Swann books, Fattrad's girlfriends used book store, @ 1831 Locust, walnut creek.
There was Jeff red roper guide in hand pouring over classic lore!
He gave me the tour
Fattrad's in store with complete collection of Arabian Nights
Fattrad's in store with complete collection of Arabian Nights
Credit: Jaybro

Pretty darn cool store, and well worth checking out. Some classic hardback climbing books and guides, lots of general fiction and nonfiction, signed Steinbeck etc. Jaybro sez, "Check it out!"
Partial list of signed books;
Signed: Hillary, Bonnington, Jamling Norgay, Faulkner, steinbeck, emerson,etc

Social climber
So Cal
Aug 3, 2013 - 10:50pm PT
I picked up my copy of Herodotus in paperback at a little used book store in down town Covina for eight bucks.

on the top shelf behind the counter he had a complete multi-volume collection of John Muir.

Asking price was $750


The Granite State.
Aug 3, 2013 - 11:14pm PT
I've been reading way too much.

Water Music, T.C Boyle

Villa Incognito, Tom Robbins

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Steig Larsson

Fluke, Christopher Moore

Good Omens, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

The Girl Who Played With Fire, Steig Larsson

Tortilla Curtain, T.C Boyle

Mark Sensenbach

Aug 3, 2013 - 11:18pm PT
Andy Kirkpatrick - 'Cold Wars'
really good but im reading it kinda spotty couse it is summer :))
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Aug 4, 2013 - 12:54pm PT
The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard.

Social climber
Aug 4, 2013 - 01:41pm PT
My Best Stories by Alice Munro.

Best writer I've ever read. Ever, ever, ever.

Sport climber
Anoka, MN
Aug 5, 2013 - 12:27pm PT
The Art of Coursesetting by Louis Anderson

Credit: wicoxfreedom
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Aug 5, 2013 - 12:34pm PT
The Zen of Recovery, by Mel Ash.

Aug 5, 2013 - 02:09pm PT

you got farther than i did with Infinite Jest, sullly. i'd heard all the great things about it and went to the library, pulled it off the shelf, saw it's girth and the amount of footnotes and put it right back. just couldn't commit to a grade VII book at the time.

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
Aug 7, 2013 - 03:12pm PT
just couldn't commit to a grade VII book at the time.

hahaha, my same thoughts when I saw that tome on the shelf.

edit: anybody know when Robbins Vol. IV comes out?
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Aug 16, 2013 - 11:15am PT
"Sir, I just can't get over all these Goddamned stars."

My review of Paul Bogard's The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light.

Credit: Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Aug 16, 2013 - 12:00pm PT
↑I can't see a tenth of the stars i used to could see 23 years ago, thanks to artificial light. the glow of the nearby city has dampened my view.

The First World War by John Keegan.

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Aug 16, 2013 - 12:13pm PT
^^^^North Korea is just a four hour drive from here.

Perhaps I should go and partake of some night time sky.

But does the choice really have to be stars or poverty?

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Aug 16, 2013 - 12:39pm PT
For the Infinite Jest aspirants...just hang in there. It was a grind for me for the first ~200-300p. Then I was fully hooked. And you really do have to read the footnotes for the full experience, some of which go on for dozens of pages each. Kind of annoying with the flipping back and forth since there are hundreds of them and they aren't in the footer but in an appendix. It doesn't help that some are integral to the story where some are literally one-line of non-critical info like giving the pharma name for a street drug.

There's a lot of self-indulgent wankery, and while DFW was clearly a towering intellect, very insightful and wickedly funny, the book could have used a more forceful editor. There's just too much droning on and on at times in ways that add nothing.

Gotta split so I can get back to my current read: Fluid Mechanics, 4th ed McGraw-Hill. Yeah, page turner this one. Haven't had fluids, hydrology, or environmental hydraulics classes for almost 20 years, time to refresh a bit.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Aug 16, 2013 - 01:18pm PT
Infinite Jest seemed like an awfully big damn joke on the reader. I laid it down shortly after the first few pages, I think. A better doorstop than a read.

Brandon, next to reading too much and posting too much, we should be able to say climbing too much. That would be the most satisfying overdose possible. Good list, at any rate.

Thanks for the photo of a PRIVATELY-OWNED used book shop, Jaybro. I'll be dropping into Swan's one of these days, I hope with some coin in my pocket.

I'm just embarking on this old soldier by the man who began the Yosemite Museum and did much more than that for the NPS during a long career.
Credit: mouse from merced
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
Potemkin Village
Aug 16, 2013 - 01:20pm PT

by Roy Baumeister.

It's one of the best, and I've read many.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Aug 16, 2013 - 01:46pm PT
Welcome to the world of James M. Mister E. He is one of my favorites.
Will send you PM with info about PDFs of Shirer book Gregory C. It is a very interesting book.
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