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Posted: May 19, 2009 8:16 am
 
The Best American Mystery Stories 2008

Soooooo very good. Damn.
Posted: May 19, 2009 8:28 am
 
doctor zhivago
Posted: May 19, 2009 8:53 am
 
Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth
Hell's Angels
Posted: May 19, 2009 8:54 am
 
Eldest - Book 2 Inheritance Series /Christopher Paolini (Eragon)
Posted: May 19, 2009 9:05 am
 
after the reich - brutal history of the allied occupation
Posted: May 19, 2009 9:12 am
 
Last Night A DJ Saved My Life (Bill Brewster, Frank Broughton)
Leave Any Information At The Signal (Ed Ruscha)
1976 Chrysler/Plymouth/Dodge Service Manuals
Posted: May 19, 2009 10:34 am
 
Weapons of Mass Instruction
Posted: May 19, 2009 10:35 am
 
Fitzgerald Beautiful & the Damned

yummy prose and the characters all remind me of people I know...
Posted: May 19, 2009 10:36 am
 
Fitzgerald Beautiful & the Damned

I'm at Fitzgerald fanatic. You should read his biography; the one that Matthew Bruccoli wrote. As well as the Gerald and Sara Murphy bio, Living Well is the Best Revenge.
Posted: May 19, 2009 10:52 am
 
Thrasher Magazine! toilet reading rules!
Posted: May 19, 2009 11:15 am
 
the one that Matthew Bruccoli wrote. As well as the Gerald and Sara Murphy bio, Living Well is the Best Revenge.
and zelda's bio


ferguson Empire (UK--best and the worst--amazing)
bailyn to begin the world anew (founding father's and philosophical inconsistencies)
deford the old ball game (mathewson and mcgraw and early ny giants)
Posted: May 19, 2009 11:31 am
 
Fitzgerald Beautiful & the Damned

I'm at Fitzgerald fanatic. You should read his biography; the one that Matthew Bruccoli wrote. As well as the Gerald and Sara Murphy bio, Living Well is the Best Revenge.


Best Gay Porn Name/Fitzgerald Character?

DICK DIVER

I am also a Fitz fanatic, by the by. Got two bio's on him on my bookshelf right now.
Posted: May 19, 2009 11:52 am
 
and zelda's bio

A must-read, though after you know the full story, it is more than a bit annoying in how it tries to downplay Fitz' talent. But yeah, he stole too much from his wife...


DICK DIVER


Based on (partially) Gerald Murphy.
Posted: May 19, 2009 11:59 am | Edited by: jahna
 
I'm at Fitzgerald fanatic. You should read his biography; the one that Matthew Bruccoli wrote. As well as the Gerald and Sara Murphy bio, Living Well is the Best Revenge.

Cool. Thanks! Will do!

I'm in a phase of thrift store reading... prior to Beautiful & Damned, was the sixteen pleasures by robert hellenga... THat was fascinating, as I had never heard of the mud angels before that and ended up checking out some great photos online of the 1966 flood of the Arno... (just google mud angels)

I'm looking forward to see what my next twenty-five cents will bring! :-)
Posted: May 19, 2009 12:17 pm
 
Pheezy just gave me a copy of Luc Sante's "Low Life" which I am greatly looking forward to getting into. Been on the to-do list for a good long while at this point.
Posted: May 19, 2009 12:21 pm
 
I just finished a really good Harold Schecter book, The Devil's Gentleman
Posted: May 19, 2009 12:29 pm
 
Issac's Storm- erik Larson
Good historical account of the hurricane that destroyed Galveston
Posted: May 19, 2009 12:43 pm
 
Issac's Storm- erik Larson
great book
Posted: May 19, 2009 12:45 pm
 
House of Leaves is doing a good job of creeping me out
Posted: May 19, 2009 1:00 pm
 
Love in a Fallen City, Eileen Chang. Really good short stories
Posted: May 19, 2009 1:04 pm
 
The Groucho Letters - letters to and from Groucho Marx
Posted: May 19, 2009 1:04 pm
 
1976 Chrysler/Plymouth/Dodge Service Manuals

Uh oh.
Posted: May 19, 2009 1:09 pm
 
The Expectant Father.
Posted: May 19, 2009 1:14 pm
 
Novel with Cocaine - M. Ageyev
Posted: May 19, 2009 1:42 pm
 
JG Ballard- Vermilion Sands

just finished
Melvin Van Peebles- Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song: A Guerilla Filmmaking Manifesto
Posted: May 22, 2009 11:26 am
 
Uh oh.

No worries Alisa! - it's supplementary reading. The car's running great. Last time I crossed the border, the guards were taken aback by how smooth it was running.
Posted: May 22, 2009 12:07 pm
 
I just finished "The Hunter" the first Parker novel by Donald Westlake, that got turned into the movie "Point Blank"

If I close my eyes i can see and hear Lee Marvin's echoing footsteps down a long corridor......
Posted: May 22, 2009 12:42 pm | Edited by: The Troll
 
Finishing up 'The Sign Of Four' and starting 'Luca Antara'
Posted: May 22, 2009 1:02 pm
 
The Collected Bruno Schulz...

Just starting this, but so far it seems amazing...
Posted: May 22, 2009 2:59 pm
 
The Selfish Gene
Posted: May 22, 2009 4:54 pm
 
Right now I'm reading "Five Percenter Rap: God hop's music, message, and black Muslim mission" by Felicia M. Miyakawa.
Posted: May 23, 2009 12:49 am
 
Philip K. Dick- Dr. Bloodmoney
Posted: May 23, 2009 9:12 pm
 
recently finished:
The Search For William Tully by William Hallahan
Cool 70's occult horror novel concerning a British genealogist and a bunch of people being forced out of their NY apartment building.

currently:
Reminiscences of a Ranger by Horace Bell
Wild, first-hand color commentary of life in mid-19th century Los Angeles. Shootings, drinking, stabbings, drinking, miscarriages of justice, exploitation of cheap native labor ie the same old same old.
Posted: May 24, 2009 7:18 am | Edited by: rollie fingers
 
Official Preppy Handbook by Lisa Birnbach

Modern Manners by PJ O'Rourke

Film Snob's Dictionary by David Kamp

ABC of Men's Fashion by Hardy Amies

Dressing the Man by Alan Flusser

The Unexpurgated Code: A Complete Manual of Survival & Manners by J. P. Donleavy
Posted: May 24, 2009 7:19 am
 
The Official Filthy Rich Handbook by Christopher Tennant (Based on the OPH).
Posted: May 26, 2009 10:56 am
 
I saw the Preppy Handbook yesterday at this crazy bookstore in Hardy, Arkansas...but I ended up buying an original "Entertaining is FUN!" by Dorothy Draper and "Cocktail Companions"...an app book for 1950's cocktail parties.

Ryan got a book about Idi Amin and some 1973 NBA book...both 50 cents.
Posted: May 26, 2009 11:13 am
 
Posted: May 26, 2009 11:26 am
 
Brain-control experiments being explored in the psychophysical labs of northern Germany in the last quarter of the nineteenth century attracted rich young men from thousands of prominent American families. Such mind science seemed to promise that tailor-made technologies could emerge to shape and control thought, technologies which had never existed before. Children, the new psychologies suggested, could be emptied, denatured, then reconstructed to more accommodating designs. H.G. Wells' Island of Dr. Moreau was an extrapolation-fable based on common university-inspired drawing room conversations of the day.
Posted: May 26, 2009 2:50 pm
 
lush life-richard price

sneaky people-thomas berger
Posted: May 26, 2009 3:14 pm
 
lush life-richard price


just finished re-reading that, still love it.
finished a feast of snakes over the weekend, loved that too.
re-read ball four this weekend and am now reading a couple of my roommate's pulp paperback because i'm pretty much homebound due to back and knee issues.
Posted: May 26, 2009 4:15 pm
 
Entertaining is FUN!" by Dorothy Draper and "Cocktail Companions"...an app book for 1950's cocktail parties.


JEALOUS!
Posted: May 26, 2009 8:49 pm
 
bruno schulz is a great great writer

check out borowski amd levi for similar "themes" and despair and kafka-esque wildness and intelligence

what a writer!

groucho's letters are amazing, too

thomas berger (the second greatest ohio novelist after sherwood anderson?--never thought about it) is a great writer too

always underrated for his lack of faddishness or because he went up against the powerful jewish law firm of bellow, Malamud, and roth

but like larry woiwode worth reading if for only sentence structure and detailed sensations

these are really good books

Reinhart in Love
Little Big Man
Vital Parts
Posted: May 26, 2009 9:15 pm
 
Posted: May 26, 2009, 8:49 pm Quote bruno schulz is a great great writer

check out borowski amd levi for similar "themes" and despair and kafka-esque wildness and intelligence

what a writer!

groucho's letters are amazing, too

thomas berger (the second greatest ohio novelist after sherwood anderson?--never thought about it) is a great writer too

always underrated for his lack of faddishness or because he went up against the powerful jewish law firm of bellow, Malamud, and roth

but like larry woiwode worth reading if for only sentence structure and detailed sensations

these are really good books

Reinhart in Love
Little Big Man
Vital Parts
Your answer



What else does your every conceivable break in the book reccommend. and how was Akron in the 70's? How was the acid?


I could shit in the mouth of every ritch kid. And I'm not just saying that. How's it feel to come from a beenstalk family?
Posted: May 26, 2009 10:30 pm
 
Duchamp: A Biography, by Calvin Tomkins

and Harmonica for Dummies (my first "For Dummies" book. It's really well-written! who knew?)
Posted: May 27, 2009 5:55 am
 

What else does your every conceivable break in the book reccommend. and how was Akron in the 70's? How was the acid?


I could shit in the mouth of every ritch kid. And I'm not just saying that. How's it feel to come from a beenstalk family?




who's rich?
who took acid?
what is a beenstalk family?

speak english greasepaul. find out how THAT would be for once.
Posted: May 27, 2009 7:26 am
 
check out borowski amd levi for similar "themes"

Thanks...I'll do that. Always looking for those types of writers.
Posted: Jul 9, 2009 1:10 pm
 
the wettest county in the world - Matt Bondurant

just started this...good so far
Posted: Jul 9, 2009 1:31 pm
 
the wettest county in the world - Matt Bondurant

I really liked this one. I might have mentioned it before, but Nick Cave is writing the screenplay.

Last night I started reading Dean Wareham's book Black Postcards.
Posted: Jul 9, 2009 1:35 pm
 
The true blood books. So trashy!

Be my Goodreads friend!
Posted: Jul 9, 2009 1:44 pm
 
Oil! Upton Sinclair
(just finished) Summer Crossing - Truman Capote
Brisingr - Christopher Paolini

the rest of my current stack includes
Post office - bukowski
Some divorce/child support/ custody manuals
grandparenting after divorce study out of the UK
Anxiety/panic disorder/anger management/Borderline personality disorder books
Wild fire - Nelson Demille

and a bunch more I can't think of right now
Posted: Jul 9, 2009 1:53 pm
 
2666 - Like it so far...i'm giving myself a 40/60 chance of actually finishing it though.
Posted: Jul 10, 2009 5:28 am
 
2666 - Like it so far...i'm giving myself a 40/60 chance of actually finishing it though.

good luck...no way I'm tackling that...It took me way longer than I thought just to finish savage detectives..
Posted: Jul 10, 2009 2:40 pm
 
Neal Pollack- Never Mind The Pollacks

kinda retarded, but amusing I guess

before this...

Philip Norman- Everyone's Gone To The Moon
Ken Kesey- One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Posted: Jul 10, 2009 2:47 pm
 
Posted: Jul 10, 2009 2:51 pm
 
finished a confederate general from big sur and started and finished the year of magical thinking yesterday. kind of re-reading working right now, just picking it up and reading different parts of it instead of reading it through.
Posted: Jul 10, 2009 2:59 pm
 
Okay, so I love Nick Cave, and I can't wait for this:

http://www.thedeathofbunnymunro.com/
Posted: Jul 10, 2009 9:31 pm
 
"Are You There God?, It's Me Margaret"...for the ninth time.
Posted: Jul 10, 2009 10:44 pm
 
Dubliners and it fucking rules.
Posted: Jul 13, 2009 11:12 am
 
thomas pychon - against the day
robert sigafoos - cotton row to beale street
paul coppock - memphis memoirs
a really neato tour book about memphis from mid-1960s (before the sanitation strike)
perre magness - past times: stories of early memphis

working on a project for work right now, doing research. only book i'm rec reading is the pychon book and it's slow going since i got so much other crap i'm drowning in.

and i love beautiful and the damned. fitz is one of my favorite authors. on a similar note, i not too long ago read an interesting history book on youth culture in the 1920s called the damned and the beautiful. kinda neat.

my next book i'm going to get into is a history of the american arts and crafts movement.
Posted: Jul 13, 2009 12:11 pm
 
"The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz...incredibly well written, so so good...
Posted: Jul 13, 2009 12:50 pm
 
There Are No Children Here

True story about two brothers growing up in the Chicago projects in the late 80s.
Posted: Jul 13, 2009 3:24 pm
 
There Are No Children Here

LOVE that book...I should still have the tapes of them on NPR back then before the book came out. Amazing. They took around this tape recorder and recorded people that lived there.
Posted: Jul 13, 2009 3:27 pm
 
And,

I am reading

True Crime An American Anthology by Harold Schechter

and

(soon)

Salt by Charles Norris
Posted: Jul 13, 2009 7:09 pm
 
In the Woods by Tana French (super popular, but also super worthy)
Posted: Jul 13, 2009 7:17 pm
 
Key words and phrases
Vice Lords, Henry Horner Homes, Craig Davis, public housing, Chicago Housing Authority, Four Corner Hustlers, ...



4ch was the gang that controlled my old neighborhood when i lived on austin, over by "trigger town". the most ridiculous thing about them was their gang symbols were a tophat and cane. i learned to avoid eye contact with any urban youths who seemed to have a fred astaire bent.
Posted: Jul 13, 2009 7:24 pm
 
Re-reading Last Train to Memphis - Peter Guralnick - about Elvis and Memphis in the 50s. Absolutely great.
Next is Careless Love, the second book. About Elvis when he went to Hollywood. Have never read that one before.

Let me tell you, Memphis was so happening when Elvis came along. A record store on every corner, it seems. And, WDIA!
Posted: Jul 14, 2009 8:02 am
 
Salt by Charles Norris

Don't know this, but I did read "Salt" by Mark Kurlansky...pretty exhaustive tale of salt...I thought "Cod" was much better....

just started: Sharp Teeth - Toby Barlow
Posted: Jul 14, 2009 8:26 am
 
Salt by Norris is yet another American Naturalism classic...if anyone knows of ANY of these, post them. I'm a stone cold sucker for that stuff. I've already read all of Dreiser and most of everything by Frank Norris.
Posted: Jul 14, 2009 2:48 pm
 
Neil Gaiman- Interworld
Posted: Jul 16, 2009 7:08 am
 
2666 by Roberto Bolaņo

a colossal 24-hour read but totally awesome - you better believe the hype!
Posted: Jul 16, 2009 7:26 am | Edited by: dtrain
 
The Secret History of the World as Written by the Secret Society's!

by Mark Booth.

Came out last year....absolutely incredible!
Posted: Jul 16, 2009 3:00 pm | Edited by: saispas
 
My rec for my book club:

www.dezdickerson.com
Posted: Jul 16, 2009 5:59 pm
 
My rec for my book club:

Hell yeah, I want to read that!!!
Posted: Jul 16, 2009 6:17 pm
 
essay on the origin of language - rousseau
Posted: Jul 18, 2009 2:19 am
 
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