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Discussion in 'Art & Literature' started by AtroposHeart, Jun 18, 2013.
I love books about urban legends. There's so many good ones.
I ordered a few books of the True to life Hamilton High stories because I wanted to reread a few of the ones I loved as a teenager and read a few of the ones that I never got to read. They've been pretty good so far.
Brunvand's books on the subject are pretty great. Big on the analysis and how an urban legend spreads in popularity and changes from place to place. Although it's also a product of its time (this one was written in the 80's) and still insists on applying Freudian analysis and terminology.
I just finished reading River in Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa, another North Korean defector. This one happened to be a half-Korean, half-Japanese whose father was tricked into repatriating to North Korea from Japan. This is probably one of the only North Korea memoirs I've read that doesn't have the obligatory "the state made us give them our poo" paragraph(s). Instead, toward the end, we're treated to Ishikawa talking about the acorn-induced constipation prevalent through the famine in the 90s ("You have to shove your finger in your anus and scoop out the concrete shit", he writes). Not the most interesting book aside from that.
I'm currently reading The Stars between the Sun and Moon by Lucia Jang. Not deep enough into it to say anything more than her childhood was absolute shit, mostly because of her family's abuse rather than the general shittiness of being a child in a North Korean family with low songbun. I've a feeling that'll happen pretty soon.
My two copies of Blood Meridian and American Terrorist: Timothy Mcveigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing should arrive here soon.
Is it possible to read 2 books concurrently? Keep in mind I've rarely read books before because I lacked interest in them growing up, but now the interest in reading them got me excited, so since No Country For Old Men is one of my favorite films, the author in question got me interested in reading books.
For the other book in question, I'm just fascinated with Timothy Mcveigh and the bombing.
Copy of Blood Meridian came by today. Fucking introduction to the book spoiled the fucking book for me, thanks asshole.
Plum in the Golden Vase. A Chinese Classic that is basically just Ancient Chinese NSFW Water Margin Erotic Fanfiction.
I'm reading this thread dummy. /s
But seriously I'm reading this book called Nothing to Envy. It's a recollection of stories from North Korean defectors about their lives during the 90s famine and how they defected to the South.
After finishing Demons I'll have completed all 5 of Dostoevsky's great novels
I'm getting close to finishing American Terrorist, I'm real disappointed they omitted the execution of Timothy Mcveigh, but then again the authors who co wrote the book weren't allowed in his execution and the book was released a few months before his execution. This book is incredibly engaging especially in the chapter where it focuses on the media circus surrounding his capture and the personal effects it had on his family.
I also ordered a couple more books, The Foundation Trilogy, Ghosts of Onyx, Starship Troopers and Ender's Game.
Bruce Catton's "The Civil War". It's excellent and authoritative despite being close to 60 years old (granted, shocking new information about that conflict is unlikely to come out in that time). It's also RIDICULOUSLY dense, it has so many things going on (it covers the leadup, the conflict and some of the aftermath in ~300 pages!) and I'm taking notes to keep track of people and dates.
Ive been studying the art of war and the book of five rings
I finished Still Alice, which was an interesting fictional read on Alzheimer's. Now I'm getting back into reading the Diary Of Anne Frank.
Taking a break from studying the blade?
Midnight Tides by Steven Erikson
American Terrorist sounds kinda cool, or anything about the OKC bombing in particular. That was a god damn sad event, but just seeing how insane McVeigh was has always interested me. I don't know, maybe just psychopaths make me wonder what's going on inside of there.
I've been to the museum/memorial in Oklahoma City, as a matter of fact. Very touching and beautiful place to visit, definitely go if you're ever in OKC.
I recently finished reading 'Without Conscience' by Dr. Robert D. Hare, the man behind the Hare Psychopathy Checklist. It offers a glimpse of psychopaths, how they are the way they are, some experiences with them, how they function, and how to spot them. It's rather insightful, especially if you're into psychology. There's one part where it discusses a politician having his lies exposed by a journalist, and people were still ensnared by him.
As for the next books, I plan to finish up '1984' and start on 'The Republic of Pirates' by Colin Woodard.
I just finished reading the book, he wasn't insane and didn't suffer from any mental disorders growing up, in fact when you read as to how normal, compassion and empathetic he was to his fellow soldiers, animals and random passersby throughout the book, you begin to wonder as to what happened to THAT Timothy McVeigh than the one in April 19, 1995. His intentions for the bombing was to fight back against the federal government for what they did at Ruby Ridge and Waco, he hated how they operated and legitimately believed in that he was fighting the good fight. That's the scary part about Timothy Mcveigh. Though I highly recommend picking up the book if you're interested in reading more about him. Now, I'm off to read less depressing shit after reading that and Blood Meridian. : )
The Shahnamah by Ferdowsi.
comics : batman court of owls
books : games people play by eric berne
Dune by frank herbert
the will to keep winning by daigo
rereading : the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy
manga : i dunno im not interested in anything rn