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Matt Sarad

climber
Jul 21, 2013 - 05:23pm PT
Philip K. Dick - The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
David Knopp

Trad climber
CA
Jul 22, 2013 - 07:32am PT
"I dreamed I was a Very Clean Tramp"
by Richard Hell (0f Television, heartbreakers, Voidoids fame)
best book on becoming an artist, a punk artist, communicating those feelings of making art and seeing it finally be realized.
And then the inevitable down turn with junk.
If you've read Patti Smith's Memoir, "just kids" this overlaps a bunch-but is much more nuanced and honest.
TheTye

Trad climber
Sacramento CA
Jul 26, 2013 - 11:17pm PT
I'm 3/4 of the way through Going Clear, the in-depth look at Scientology... LRH and the Corp of Scientology are insane and have done some of the craziest sh#t in modern history... great book
bergbryce

Mountain climber
California
Jul 27, 2013 - 12:15am PT
First book I've read that wasn't school related in over a year.... Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun. I first read this in seventh grade because I saw the Metallica video for the song One. I was like what is that weird movie in the video? It was from the film adaptation of the book.

Great anti-war novel and also has a sprinkling of early 20th century Americana. Hard to believe it was written in 1938.
Mark Rodell

Trad climber
Bangkok
Jul 27, 2013 - 01:15am PT
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The War on Drugs figures.
Michelle Alexander.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jul 27, 2013 - 07:28am PT
Thanks David I read just kids this spring and will def be picking up the Richard Hell book, I always liked his unique spoken / sung sensibilities
Guangzhou

Trad climber
Asia, Indonesia, East Java
Jul 30, 2013 - 12:11am PT
I am ashamed to say, I had not read "Travels With Charley." Well, I just finished it. Excellent and fun read.



Kenygl

Trad climber
Salt Lake City
Jul 31, 2013 - 08:31am PT
Bad Monkey-awesome
Paul Martzen

Trad climber
Fresno
Jul 31, 2013 - 09:06am PT
Just finished, "Defying Hitler" by Sebastian Haffner. It is a personal memoir of growing up in Germany from a little before World War 1 till about 1934. He describes experiences like the excitement of getting daily war updates and how wonderful it was that the Germans were steadily winning the war. The strange mental and emotional confusion and social collapse when the war was not won. There was a period when inflation was so high that only quick thinking teenagers and children could respond fast enough and irresponsibly enough to make any profit. Children were rich, while parents were paupers.

When the Nazis gain power, he is continually amazed at how brazen and cruel they are and how no one stands up to them. He speculates on aspects of German character that might explain this.

The book describes aspects of that time that I was completely unaware of, so I found it fascinating. It is well written and very easy reading. The book was unfinished, so unfortunately does not describe his last 4 years in Germany from 1934 to 1938. An afterward by the authors son tries to fill this in a little bit.

A common activity of the Nazis was to march around with flags and music. They loved dramatic and patriotic marching music. As the flags passed, all people on the street had to salute, "Heil Hitler" with arms outstretched. If some unfortunate did not salute, the marchers beat them up. The author, not wanting to salute, would always flee and hide when he heard the marching music approach. Anyone who did not want to get beat up had to hide. Near the end of the book, he wants to take his law exams, but the Nazis announce that all law exam candidates must report for "Ideological Training". The main training consists of marching around in Nazi uniforms, singing songs and beating up anybody who does not salute as they pass.

Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Jul 31, 2013 - 09:23am PT
Just finished Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
which was really good. Quite amazing story actually.

And I'm a good chunk into 1491 which I hadn't read yet. I'd highly recommend both of these books.

cheers
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jul 31, 2013 - 09:46am PT
The History, Herodotus

450 BC +/_

So far a lot more entertaining read than Thucydides.
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Jul 31, 2013 - 10:24am PT
PIKHAL - Phenethylamines I have known and loved, by Alexander Shulgin

The experiences of a world-renowned chemist-explorer (and his soon to be, and then wife)as he synthesizes and experiements with various mind-altering compounds (typically experiementing on himself first, then among a group of his psychedelic explorer friends).

Based on the actual experiences of Mr. & Mrs. Shulgin, but written in a slightly fictionalized format (to protect some of the players I'd guess). A fascinating blend of chemistry/science and exploring the psychedlic frontier.

Not the best flowing prose in this one, but entertaining nonetheless, and nicely broken into chapters by compound, so it reads almost like a collection of short stories.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jul 31, 2013 - 11:00am PT

Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant
Roxy

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
Jul 31, 2013 - 11:06am PT
The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History through the Heart of the Grand Canyon by Kevin Fedarko


Nice plug on NPR here http://www.npr.org/2013/05/12/183315460/chasing-a-dream-speeding-down-the-emerald-mile

Second chapter in and so far so GNAR!!!!


mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 31, 2013 - 11:36am PT
The Ghosts of Glen Canyon by C. Gregory Crampton. The human history of the land under Lake Powell.

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick. 204-pg. revenge novel about the 1900 Nome gold rush, spanning the years to 1910, when the action takes place--a lot of flashbacks. Pistols mainly have one intended use: killing people.

The California Deserts by Edmund C. Jaeger. Stanford Press, 1938. A reprint from 1948, it is as old as I. The idea of earth's plated structure is begging to be revealed to this writer, who seems never to have heard of it. It still has much to learn ya in other respects.

Yep, I try to keep three or four books going at a time. Not so much now I spend more time in Taco City.
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Jul 31, 2013 - 11:56am PT
Just finished Way of the Pilgrim by Gordon R. Dickson and Blindsight by Peter Watts. I am starting the Rifters trilogy because I liked Blindsight so much.
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Social climber
SLO, Ca
Jul 31, 2013 - 12:00pm PT
I'm reading Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks. Crouch recommended it in a thread or on his website.

Really good so far. Kind of a combo of Madame Bovary and All Quiet on the Western Front but written by a modern author. It definitely has steamier sex scenes than those old classics!
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Jul 31, 2013 - 12:04pm PT
Patrick McManus, and thanks for the heads up on his humor. Good stuff.
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Jul 31, 2013 - 02:41pm PT
I'll give a shout to Dehli with Over the Edge of the World, about the Magellan circumnavigation. I really enjoyed that one, too.

We just don't have courage like that anymore.

Glad you're enjoying Birdsong, OTE&STD.

On the subject of Birdsong's steamy sex scenes, one thing I learned while researching China's Wings is that people in WWII--both men and women--were every bit as interested in getting laid as people are today. I'm sure that was equally true in the Great War and every other war and period in history before that, too.

Pretty refreshing discovery, actually.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Jul 31, 2013 - 03:02pm 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
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