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Gabriel García Màrquez: 100 years of loneliness.

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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 11:47 am 
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Struggling through Nolte's "Fascism" again, basically because it's the only book I have at home that deals with Antonescu (Romania) and Horthy (Hungary). It has great pictures, good primary sources but Nolte himself just can't write. And he wrote this book before he developed the IMO ridiculous thesis that Operation Barbarossa was a "preventive war".

BTW. I like "Zappa the Hard Way" quite a lot. And I'm definitely putting the Roger Corman book on my birthday list.

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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 11:09 pm 
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Just finished ' The Man Everyone AAs Afraid Of' and just starting 'Gravedigger' hothead by Joseph Hansen.

Halfway through 'A History of Jazz' by Ted Gioia.


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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 1:51 am 
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My college teacher gave us the option of choosing our own textbook from a list. He suggested Gioia: "it's not good, but it's the cheapest." Gotta say it's nice to have a teacher knowing what students are interested in and suffering from.

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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 9:37 am 
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My college teacher gave us the option of choosing our own textbook from a list. He suggested Gioia: "it's not good, but it's the cheapest." Gotta say it's nice to have a teacher knowing what students are interested in and suffering from.


I would say that it seems to be pretty successful at giving a broad overview of 'Jazz', with a reasonable amount of historical context. Not much detail on any specific individual, but enough to stimulate some interest in the pre-bop era, which I wasn't interested in before.

What other books could you recommend Bonnie? I'm like a sponge at the moment. My tinnitus is really messing with my head, so metal etc is taking a backseat at the moment. Jazz is where it's at :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 10:59 am 
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Well, Crime & Punishment and Steppenwolf, of course.

On jazz, try Alyn Shipton's New History Of Jazz.

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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 4:00 pm 
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BBP wrote:
Gabriel García Màrquez: 100 years of loneliness.
one of my favorite novels.

but, bbp, I thought you might like to know that the english title is "100 years of solitude."

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no big deal.

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Oh OK, was too lazy to look it up.
My copy is an old paperback; it's so worn down that most pages are either loose or attached to only one other page. Tricky read.

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BTW. I like "Zappa the Hard Way" quite a lot.


Thanks for the info. I was going to ask if anyone liked this one. I told my son this would make a nice Father's Day gift. :)


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Caputh wrote:
BTW. I like "Zappa the Hard Way" quite a lot.


Thanks for the info. I was going to ask if anyone liked this one. I told my son this would make a nice Father's Day gift. :)


Great read, answers many of the questions behind the implosion of the 88 band. Plus Ed Mann requests that you "Don't read this book!" making it a must read for me :mrgreen:


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Picked up a bunch of paperbacks at the second hand store. Presently working through half dozen Ngaio Marsh mysteries. Dated, but fun to read.

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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 7:56 am 
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I really learned a lot about having a healthy heart by reading this book. I urge everyone to check it out:

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'love and death - the murder of kurt cobain'.
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Not up on "The Crusades"? Terry Jones's (from Monty Python) is a great introduction.
http://www.amazon.com/The-Crusades-Book ... rusades%22

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My son is a huge Kiss fan, and just finished Paul Stanley's new book. So, now I get to read it. I've read Peter and Ace's books, but never have read anything by Gene. It should be interesting to get a different perspective on how it all went down.


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The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov...its dedicated to the abeyance of stupidity... "Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain." ...which is very true...lol, our modern version, "you can't fix stupid!"

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"The Barbarians" by Terry Jones. Not nearly as good as "The Crusades"; he attempts to show that the so-called Barbarians were "much more civilized" than the Romans. However, he is stuck with the problem that the written sources are mostly Romans. He gets 'round this by using them to quote "noble" aspects of e.g. the Celts and to claim they are making propaganda when they describe less noble aspects. He also gets all hot and bothered when comparing Roman "roads" and Celtic "tracks", claiming that the latter were not "tracks" at all but roads - even though they were made out of wood, a substance one usually associates with, er, tracks. He also makes the preposterous claim that the Romans "weren't interested in engineering or technology" - their only achievements were military. I suppose it's supposed to be thought-provoking - but there's so much bollocks in it. Even though I find the idea of "rehabilitating" the "barbarians" legitimate in itself.

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Here's to the late, great Shake...
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/201405 ... ares-words
Although his comedies are CRAP, IMHO 8)

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'Twenty' - Cameron Crowe

A Pearl Jam retrospective. Pretty good, lots of pics.
Throws some much-needed light on the middle years.
Maybe I'll get the bluray to go with it.
Any Pearl Jam fans out there?


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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 8:36 am 
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'Twenty' - Cameron Crowe

A Pearl Jam retrospective. Pretty good, lots of pics.
Throws some much-needed light on the middle years.
Maybe I'll get the bluray to go with it.
Any Pearl Jam fans out there?

I'm not an uber fan, but I like their music and have all their albums. Vitalogy is one of the soundtracks to my junior high years. I really liked the movie 20 as well.


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