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Old 12-12-2008, 11:47 AM   #61
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Old 12-12-2008, 04:55 PM   #62
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Old 12-12-2008, 05:17 PM   #63
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that new artie lang book is somethin else
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Old 12-12-2008, 05:26 PM   #64
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Bliss - Peter Carey . . . bizarely funny

ooooh and that David Sedaris one . . . Dressed up in Denim ???
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Old 12-13-2008, 06:25 AM   #65
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I am probably going to put Darwins Dangerous Idea by Daniel Dennett on the list when I get through it; it places natural selection into a philosophical context and conveys the significance of the idea upon other fields. I am really liking it because it is compliments my discovery, of sorts, about the significance of philosophy in the type of science that I am involved in; and that it gives a conceptual framework that corresponds with my current knowledge.

I also know that you can't say Nineteen Eighty Four without seeming a dilettante
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Old 12-13-2008, 09:12 AM   #66
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Okay, that sounds interesting.
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Old 12-13-2008, 12:18 PM   #67
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I also know that you can't say Nineteen Eighty Four without seeming a dilettante
You can't see me right now, but I'm quietly judging you.

Here are some of my all-time favorite books:

The Feast of Love - Charles Baxter
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay - Michael Chabon
The Prince of Tides - Pat Conroy
Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Bernieres
The Brothers K - David James Duncan
The Crimson Petal and the White - Michael Faber
Then We Came To the End - Joshua Ferris
Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
A Prayer For Owen Meany - John Irving
Interpreter of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri
Traveling Mercies - Anne Lamott
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Mystic River - Dennis Lehane
Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
In the Lake of the Woods - Tim O'Brien
The Shipping News - E. Annie Proulx
The Witching Hour - Anne Rice
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn - Betty Smith
I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
Triangle - Katharine Weber
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle - David Wroblewski

I had a lot more on the list, then realized it had gotten ridiculously long, so I pared it down.

And I can't lie, but I have something really horrible on my list. I'm not a historical romance fan, but my mom gave this one to me to read some years ago, and every few years I read it again. It's incredibly silly and involves time travel, of all things, but it's sexy, funny, and a hell of a lot of fun:

A Knight in Shining Armor - Jude Devereaux

There. My confession for the day.
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Old 12-13-2008, 01:40 PM   #68
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^ we all have our guilty pleasures . . .
I have a girlfriend who adores historical romances . . .when we were travelling together I tried a few & they weren't as bad as I had imagined but I just couldn't quite get there I'm afraid . . . I do however adore the Inspector Rebus series by Ian Rankin and am prone to a fondness for the early Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwall . . . I feel better now
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I also know that you can't say Nineteen Eighty Four without seeming a dilettante
What a fucking misanthropic clown you are.

Seriously.

I'd rather seem a dilettante or have people such as yourself judge me by my book choices than be considered a complete and utter fucking asshole, which is a state of being you seem to relish with much zeal.
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I love 1984. That ending reminds me of some of the behaviour that North Koreans exhibit out of exhaustion and bullying from the regime.
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Old 12-13-2008, 02:37 PM   #71
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I just learnt two new words today . . . dilettante and misanthrope . . .
to the educuational value of free your mind
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to the educuational value of free your mind
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I loved The Brothers K. I forgot about that one. Thank you for reminding me.
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Old 12-13-2008, 05:24 PM   #74
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I think I laughed really hard at least once per chapter. Who would have thought a book about Stoicism could be funny.
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Dance to the Music of Time - Anthony Powell [ there are 14 books in this ]
The Light and the Dark - Charles Percy Snow
Money - Martin Amis
The Information - Martin Amis
Less than Zero - Brett Easton Ellis
Generation X - Douglas Coupland
The Black Swan - Nassim Nicholas Taleb
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