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This is in response to kynn, who wanted to know what folks have been reading:

Books i've read recently:

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.
I've owned a copy of this book for some time, and had a little trouble getting engaged by the first few chapters, but in the end I was completely ensnared. It's really a good book, funny and weird.
Culture Jam: How to Reverse America's Suicidal Consumer Binge - And Why We Must by Kalle Lasn.
This is kind of an interesting book, I'm a big fan of Adbusters, but Kalle Lasn is kind of irritating. He overuses little phrases he's coined as if he can somehow, through repetition, make them seem vital and poignant. I It's worth reading, but beware books written by people in Marketing.
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser.
Oh hell yes. This book is amazing, it's exactly what everyone in America needs to read and comprehend before they go out and buy another Value Meal. I have loaned this book out to everyone I know and now we can look at each other and nod knowingly, sharing the secret of how terrible and broken things have become.
Mr. Vertigo by Paul Auster.
This book came as a total surprise to me, I picked it up for 98 cents in a bin outside of Green Apple as I was rushing by. I love finding a surprising strange book or movie, diving in headlong without any preconceived notions. Really a great book, the ending felt a little rushed.

Still in progress of reading:

A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present by Howard Zinn
I'm afraid I may have loaned out my copy of this book. I really want to finish reading this! I have an urge to read through the rest of this before I dip in to You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times.
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath, edited by Karen V. Kukil
This was kind of wearying, and I was discouraged after awhile and set it aside. I have every intention of finishing this.
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
This is a charming little goof, and every so often I pick it up and read a few entries (it's in journal form) just for laughs. It's a coming of age story with a kind of grrl-empowered vibe.


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May. 4th, 2002 08:36 pm (UTC)
there's a sequel to angus... and it's pretty good.

if you liked that, i suggest feeling sorry for celia, which is the same sort of theme, but the characters are less angsty.

i've had my eye on mr. vertigo but haven't picked it up yet. i should now...

and i've tried to read a confederacy of dunces a few times but just can't seem to get past a few pages without getting bored. i know everyone says it's supergood once you get past the beginning so i should keep on trying...
May. 4th, 2002 09:20 pm (UTC)
Confederacy of Dunces is HIGH-LARIOUS. Every now and then I just read the opening scene in front of the department store and crack up. "You better watch out who you calling a communiss!"

I love Auster but I haven't read Mr. Vertigo yet. It's on the (very long) queue.
May. 4th, 2002 11:16 pm (UTC)
All these interesting books people are consumin', makes me jealous. Well, it's inspiring first, getting the scoop on what others are recommending, offers up idea on books to pick up (Fast Food Nation sounds to be required reading). The jealousy sets in only when I try to think back to the last non-nerd book I picked up and read... and I can't remember. That's sad.

My recent read is ActionScript - The Definitive Guide (praise be to O'Reilly (www.oreilly.com)!) and, prior to it, it was the mighty Stevens and his volume one of TCP/IP. Next up is Macromedia Flash - Super Samurai which should prove to be handy (though I have a bias on that book, being familiar with the crew behind the code).
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