What Book Are You Reading Now, Round 2.


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Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Oct 11, 2018 - 10:30am PT
The writing is simply superb. I kept getting stopped by sentences that were so beautiful I had to go back and read them again.

Doncha love it when that happens?

Right now: Jane Eyre. Always liked the move, mostly because Joan Fontaine never looked better.
Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Oct 11, 2018 - 01:49pm PT
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Interesting read. Whitman is placed squarely in his native surroundings. Every notable aspect of his character, his leanings, his follies, his equivocal yet quintessential liberalism, and his poetry set indelibly in the America of the 19th century. Reynolds does such a great job that it becomes momentarily difficult for me to think of the United States of that time without thinking of Whitman.

Oct 11, 2018 - 02:05pm PT
The Paranoid Style in American Politics, by R. Hofstatder

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Oct 11, 2018 - 02:30pm PT
Aurora - Kim Stanley Robinson -I like the way this guy thinks.
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Oct 11, 2018 - 02:43pm PT
Right now I'm reading two books on and off, Catcher in the Rye and Madame Bovary.

I picked up the former after learning a bit more about J.D. Salinger's involvement in WWII. I had always heard that he committed himself to an institution in his earlier years, which does him a great disservice unless you learn of its context, i.e., he did it shortly after returning stateside from the war in Europe. First day in Europe was Utah Beach on D-Day, then up to the Battle of the Hurtigen Forest, Battle of the Bulge and then eastward to liberate Nazi Death camps. I would question my sanity after living through all of that. I'm enjoying Catcher quite a bit, funnier than I remember, but now find the protagonist a bit too worldly for someone who's supposed to be an awkward teenager in prep school.

I started rereading Madam Bovary on a lark and had totally forgotten was a consummate story teller Flaubert is. It's also interesting in that, while Flaubert penned it to demonstrate Emma Bovary's constraint by marriage and society, as someone who's been married for nearly 20 yrs., I find her husband Charles to be a far more sympathetic figure than I previously remembered. Is that bad I wonder?

Trad climber
Oct 11, 2018 - 02:46pm PT
I just finished Infinite Jest last night. Took me nearly 3 months. What a journey. No regrets.

Trad climber
Redwood City, CA
Oct 11, 2018 - 07:15pm PT
Another vote for Bad Blood. I work in the Valley and drove past the Theranos headquarters a few times a week until it went up for lease a few months ago. It was even worse than you think. Great schadenfreude. I also just finished Man of Constant Sorrow by Dr. Ralph Stanley - a really nice read if you are interested in bluegrass/traditional country, and rural life before electricity and plumbing.

I'm part way through The Inner Life of Animals (pretty good, not the best I've read on the topic), The Invention of Nature - Alexander Von Humboldt's New World (great), The New Jim Crow (illuminating, but hard to read more than one chapter at a time), The Underground Railroad (brilliant, but also hard to read more than one story at a time), and The Book on Rental Property Investing (thinking I need more cash flow in retirement, but not convinced yet that this is the solution for me. Although my guitar instructor is doing very well for himself.)

Trad climber
Oct 12, 2018 - 05:49am PT
Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger.
Classic book about trips crossing the Empty Quarter in Southern Arabia in the 1940's. Good source about traditional Bedu life.

Trad climber
Valles Marineris
Oct 12, 2018 - 06:26am PT
Catcher in the Rye

I went back a re-read that book and Grapes of Wrath after I iron-legged my way through those two in HS. Glad I went back for another round.

Ice climber
great white north
Oct 18, 2018 - 02:33pm PT
The situation we're in is like that of a young couple who buy a new house and can't afford the mortgage payment, so they just don't open the bills. That works for a while, but meanwhile the interest and penalties are accruing."



mouse from merced

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The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 18, 2018 - 11:37pm PT
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"Some antics" here, all right.

Recommended by Attila the Pun, among others.

Also reading The Kasidah of Haji Abdu El-Yesdi in trans. by Richard Burton from 1880.

And Jack London describes his visit to London's East End in "The People of the Abyss."

Grabbed a vol. of Wilfred Noyes' poetry at the used bookstore, too, this morning.

Oct 19, 2018 - 06:02am PT
The Making of The President - 1960.

It is not nostalgia - politics and politicians have become exponentially worse in the past few decades. Even Nixon thought so.
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