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Title: Watcha readin?
Post by: Eugene on March 09, 2017, 09:11:53 AM
watcha read lately?
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Post by: skateandannoy on March 09, 2017, 11:17:39 AM
Just finished Cursed in Cairo (no one else has read it yet?!) Have a big list of stuff to read. Not sure what next. Maybe the board will help me decide? I was gonna read Camus' The Fall but maybe I'll hold off to make some content on the board. Someone pick what I read next!

Steinbeck In Dubious Battle
Greene The Lawless Roads
Salinger Franny and Zooey or Raise High The Roofbeam, Carpenters
Bradbury The Martian Chronicles or The Sound of Thunder
Morrison Beloved
Dostoyevsky The Idiot


as for comics, lately I've been reading Motor Crush, Mighty Thor, Mosaic, Spell on Wheels, Flash, Wonder Woman, Ms. Marvel, Sex Criminals, and Black Panther.


What about you Eugene?
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Post by: hatmoose on March 09, 2017, 11:29:45 AM
i'm dumb as shit and i can't make myself read as often as i think i should sometimes but i've been working my way through a bunch of books on film for the past year or so. the main one is tim lucas' epic biography of mario bava. in between trying to force books into my face i read a lot of comics, i really enjoyed the image comics run of "Prophet" and i highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of science fiction or fantasy (it's kind of like Heavy Metal)
Title: Re: Watcha readin?
Post by: skateandannoy on March 09, 2017, 01:32:14 PM
i'm dumb as shit and i can't make myself read as often as i think i should sometimes but i've been working my way through a bunch of books on film for the past year or so. the main one is tim lucas' epic biography of mario bava. in between trying to force books into my face i read a lot of comics, i really enjoyed the image comics run of "Prophet" and i highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of science fiction or fantasy (it's kind of like Heavy Metal)
Gonna check Prophet out!
Title: Re: Watcha readin?
Post by: Eugene on March 09, 2017, 02:03:40 PM
books I've read or finished recently enough (probably in the last 5 months) include

Sidewalk - Mitchell Duneier
What Ive Stolen, What Ive Earned - Sherman Alexie
Prison Writings: My Life is a Sun Dance - Leonard Pelteir
Indian Killer - Sherman Alexie

and Im at least half way/nearly done with

Refusing to be a Man: Essays on Sex and Justice - John Stoltenberg
The Satanic Verses - Salman Rushdie
and self help book on communicating but its kinda weird, only book I wouldnt recommend here
refusing to be a man is weird at times too, pretty great in others

Title: Re: Watcha readin?
Post by: pronetoaccidents on March 09, 2017, 03:01:06 PM
Liber Null & Psychonaut: An Introduction to Chaos Magic- Peter J. Carroll
From Hell- Alan Moore
The Right Stuff - Tom Wolfe
Title: Re: Watcha readin?
Post by: momitsnowme on March 09, 2017, 03:28:47 PM
I'm listening to the audiobook of Barbara Kinsolver's Prodigal Summer
 I recently finished listening to Dave Eggers' Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
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Post by: pronetoaccidents on March 09, 2017, 04:41:43 PM
also skimming through some madame Blavatsky and eliphas levi
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Post by: jer on March 10, 2017, 07:31:22 AM
Networking Essentials, Third Edition. Beasley and Nilkaew.

 :( :( :(
Title: Re: Watcha readin?
Post by: skateandannoy on March 10, 2017, 08:10:08 AM
books I've read or finished recently enough (probably in the last 5 months) include

Sidewalk - Mitchell Duneier
What Ive Stolen, What Ive Earned - Sherman Alexie
Prison Writings: My Life is a Sun Dance - Leonard Pelteir
Indian Killer - Sherman Alexie

and Im at least half way/nearly done with

Refusing to be a Man: Essays on Sex and Justice - John Stoltenberg
The Satanic Verses - Salman Rushdie
and self help book on communicating but its kinda weird, only book I wouldnt recommend here
refusing to be a man is weird at times too, pretty great in others


Sherman Alexie is the best. My girlfriend got to meet him!
Title: Re: Watcha readin?
Post by: amanda on March 10, 2017, 10:02:08 PM
I'm working on Tana French's In the Woods right now. I haven't been reading as much since I took up cross stitch and have been doing stitch work on my commute to work pretty regularly instead of reading. I've still read a decent chunk of books this year, though.

My favorites so far have been Jillian Tamaki's Supermutant Magic Academy, M.R. Carey's The Girl with All the Gifts, Lisa Hanawalt's Hot Dog Taste Test, and Isabel Quintero's Gabi, A Girl in Pieces. I also read American Gods and really liked it. It's the first Neil Gaiman book I've read, but I'll definitely be reading more of them.
Title: Re: Watcha readin?
Post by: Eugene on March 12, 2017, 04:25:18 PM
books I've read or finished recently enough (probably in the last 5 months) include

Sidewalk - Mitchell Duneier
What Ive Stolen, What Ive Earned - Sherman Alexie
Prison Writings: My Life is a Sun Dance - Leonard Pelteir
Indian Killer - Sherman Alexie

and Im at least half way/nearly done with

Refusing to be a Man: Essays on Sex and Justice - John Stoltenberg
The Satanic Verses - Salman Rushdie
and self help book on communicating but its kinda weird, only book I wouldnt recommend here
refusing to be a man is weird at times too, pretty great in others


Sherman Alexie is the best. My girlfriend got to meet him!

woah thats awesome! I instantly get so sucked in to any book I read of his, I love it. Im stoked for a new book he has coming out this year focused on the his mother, who passed away in recent years I think?
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Post by: jer on March 12, 2017, 06:30:38 PM
Networking Essentials, Third Edition. Beasley and Nilkaew.

 :( :( :(

CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Cert Guide, Keith Barker & Kevin Wallace
 :( :( :(
Title: Re: Watcha readin?
Post by: Rymodee on March 18, 2017, 12:33:46 PM
How Music Dies (or lives)
Keith Morris bio
LJG bio
Blasphemy
This Music Leaves Stains
Monkey...I'll probably never really finish reading monkey
Kavalier & Clay

Title: Re: Watcha readin?
Post by: momitsnowme on March 18, 2017, 01:42:07 PM
Kavalier and Clay is good!!
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Post by: pronetoaccidents on April 20, 2017, 09:47:20 AM
(http://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1392003850i/241887._UY475_SS475_.jpg)
Title: Re: Watcha readin?
Post by: jer on April 20, 2017, 10:17:29 AM
CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-401 Study Guide by Darril Gibson

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Post by: momitsnowme on April 20, 2017, 11:15:10 AM
I just finished reading West Virginia by Joe Halstead, which I bet a lot of you would really like
I just finished listening to Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling, which I enjoyed but not as much as her first book
I just started listening to Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
Title: Re: Watcha readin?
Post by: BlakeK on April 20, 2017, 06:13:27 PM
I don't hardly ever get to read for pleasure. I was reading The Expectant Father which is a book I got for Christmas but now I'm reading Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. It's interesting but I'm trying to get some ideas for a client who has BPD. Fun stuff. Clients with personality disorders usually give me this very uneasy feeling but this person is one of the few who do not.
Title: Re: Watcha readin?
Post by: pronetoaccidents on April 21, 2017, 11:04:17 AM
isn't it extremely difficult to diagnosis someone with a personality disorder? i know mental illness in general is hard because it's not like you can do an X-ray and see it right there but for some reason i thought i heard or read somewhere about that one being particularily tricky.
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Post by: BlakeK on April 21, 2017, 12:39:16 PM
isn't it extremely difficult to diagnosis someone with a personality disorder? i know mental illness in general is hard because it's not like you can do an X-ray and see it right there but for some reason i thought i heard or read somewhere about that one being particularily tricky.
It is tricky because the client always presents with a lot of symptoms that make me want to go through the rolodex in my head of potential disorders. There are generally comorbid disorders and often the emphasis is on treating the symptoms associated with those disorders initially until it becomes apparent that something else is going on. Personality disorders are interesting because they're not like anxiety or mood disorders. It's something bigger in that it is describing their overall personality type. While everyone is different, there are some folks who have these constellation of personality traits that combine to form what are known as personality disorders. The most common that I see is borderline personality disorder. I've had a few with anti-social personality disorder but they almost never seek treatment on their own and often drop out after a few sessions or when their court ordered sessions are up.
Title: Re: Watcha readin?
Post by: jer on April 26, 2017, 07:54:11 PM
CompTIA Linux+ Powered by Linux Professional Institute Study Guide by Christine Bresnahan, Richard Blum
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Post by: BlakeK on April 28, 2017, 04:37:13 PM
CompTIA Linux+ Powered by Linux Professional Institute Study Guide by Christine Bresnahan, Richard Blum
I heard that there's a twist ending that no one sees coming!
Title: Re: Watcha readin?
Post by: jer on April 28, 2017, 09:17:45 PM
The twist is that the certification is dumb and you're still unemployable
Title: Re: Watcha readin?
Post by: BlakeK on April 29, 2017, 09:49:21 AM
The twist is that the certification is dumb and you're still unemployable
A spoiler alert for those who haven't read it would have been nice.
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Post by: jer on May 22, 2017, 08:33:49 PM
Passed the Linux certification part one. now working on part two. Also added this text to the above one.

CompTIA Linux+ / LPIC-1 Cert Guide: (Exams LX0-103 & LX0-104/101-400 & 102-400) (Certification Guide)  by Ross Brunson, Sean Walberg

I know you all come here for my academic material.
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Post by: RankResistance on May 23, 2017, 04:45:05 PM
Handbook of Research on Learning and Instruction
Educating Culturally Responsive Teachers
Curriculum Theory
Teaching Adolescents with Disabilities


Last book I read for fun was What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi, which I cannot recommend enough.
Title: Re: Watcha readin?
Post by: momitsnowme on May 23, 2017, 08:29:23 PM
I'm listening to The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
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Post by: lindsey on June 01, 2017, 01:37:43 AM
I'm listening to The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert


How is it? I've listened to Big Magic a few times and really enjoyed it

I am currently reading The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
I've been trying to keep up with my Goodreads account and read as much as possible this year, it's making my life so much better
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Post by: momitsnowme on June 01, 2017, 05:05:53 PM
I finished it today and it's really really good! Like epic. It's also pretty sexually explicit and before I knew that I sent a copy to my grandma. Whoops.

I want to read Big Magic too. I've listened to a few episodes of Magic Lessons.

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Post by: lindsey on June 05, 2017, 04:00:11 PM
Good to know! I hadn't even heard of magic lessons, it looks so rad!

Just started Stiff by Mary Roach. I am obsessed with her.
Title: Re: Watcha readin?
Post by: momitsnowme on June 05, 2017, 04:02:38 PM
I don't know anything about her. I'll look her up!
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Post by: RankResistance on June 05, 2017, 05:25:04 PM
Good to know! I hadn't even heard of magic lessons, it looks so rad!

Just started Stiff by Mary Roach. I am obsessed with her.

Terrific example of high-interest nonfiction- I've recommended it to tons of my students, all of whom have loved it.
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Post by: jer on July 05, 2017, 08:37:09 PM
CCENT/CCNA ICND1 100-105 Official Cert Guide by Wendell Odom
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Post by: rory on July 05, 2017, 11:01:47 PM
Normal Life by Dean Spade and Captive Genders, which is a collection.

Basically really on a do away with prison kick.
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Post by: momitsnowme on July 06, 2017, 09:24:22 AM
The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar
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Post by: lindsey on July 08, 2017, 02:53:33 AM
The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
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Post by: pronetoaccidents on July 08, 2017, 04:02:11 PM
a song of fire and ice book 4
house of leaves
thee temple of pyscik youth. pysik bible- genesis p-orridge
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Post by: pronetoaccidents on September 18, 2017, 12:37:51 PM
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_8k-bUaAM3i8/TT5yrHB1saI/AAAAAAAAAL0/sQyG3n19XnQ/s1600/Invisibles%2B10%2BKill%2Bme.jpg)
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Post by: jer on September 21, 2017, 02:55:32 PM
Within the past month I've finished CCENT ICND1 Study Guide: Exam 100-105 by Todd Lammle and CCENT/CCNA ICND1 100-105 Official Cert Guide by Wendell Odom.
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Post by: pascaloo on September 22, 2017, 10:36:18 AM
I feel sort of ashamed but I was reading the NOFX book, Hepatitis Bathtub, which I surprisely really liked. Such a sad book, though.


Title: Re: Watcha readin?
Post by: pronetoaccidents on September 22, 2017, 11:02:03 AM
I feel sort of ashamed but I was reading the NOFX book, Hepatitis Bathtub, which I surprisely really liked. Such a sad book, though.




i'd like to read it. I'll always love NOFX
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Post by: pascaloo on September 22, 2017, 12:24:59 PM
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Post by: lindsey on September 22, 2017, 11:42:23 PM
I just finished Birdie by Tracey Lindberg and started The Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty and I love them both! My new years resolution to only read women writers this year is 1) the only resolution I've kept this long and 2) making such a positive impact on my life
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Post by: momitsnowme on September 23, 2017, 07:23:33 AM
Great resolution!
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Post by: RankResistance on September 23, 2017, 02:10:41 PM
Reading Literacy and Power by Hilary Janks, which is a text for a critical literacy course I am taking for my doctorate. It is torture to sit down and read, but once the chapters get completed, it is actually mind-blowing. I am having to do linguistic analyses of elementary school textbooks using her framework and it is really cool (though now I am super annoyed by what my district teaches in elementary social studies).
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Post by: ismybadluckrunningout on September 24, 2017, 08:57:31 AM
Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support, Emergency Care in the Streets, Spanish Verb Tenses, Arabic Verb Tenses
I'm in paramedic school and I wanna bug the fuck outta here when I'm done for a minute.
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Post by: lindsey on October 02, 2017, 02:38:31 AM
About halfway through Swing Time by Zadie Smith. I love herrrrr
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Post by: amanda on October 03, 2017, 06:07:22 PM
I just finished Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash
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Post by: pronetoaccidents on October 05, 2017, 06:42:20 AM
Anyone ever read blood meridian?
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Post by: jer on October 07, 2017, 02:44:06 PM
CompTIA Project+ Study Guide: Exam PK0-004 by Kim Heldman
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Post by: jer on October 11, 2017, 09:16:03 AM
Database Systems: Design, Implementation, and Management (12th ed.) by Carlos Coronel and Steven Morris
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Post by: rory on October 11, 2017, 11:44:16 AM
Recently finished:
Gay Berlin by Robert M. Beachy
Against The Fascist Creep by Alexander Reid Ross

Currently reading:
Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook by Mark Bray
Radical Behaviorism: The Philosophy and the Science by Mecca Chiesa

I'm also thinking about starting Dune, but I'm not sure I can commit. Maybe that's a read for if I ever go on tour again.
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Post by: rory on October 17, 2017, 08:22:37 PM
Instead of reading Dune, I bought a few "a very short introduction" books on Post Structuralism, Derrida, and Foucault, as well as A Critical Introduction to Queer Theory by Nikki Sullivan. I have some writing that I want to do, but I have to make sure I know what I'm talking about first. I've read some Foucault and Butler, but I'm fairly rusty on theory stuff these days, especially considering the esoteric writing style of those particular theorists.
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Post by: momitsnowme on October 17, 2017, 08:36:47 PM
Yessss! Sullivan is great and post structuralism is my thing. Let's nerd out
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Post by: rory on October 17, 2017, 10:35:07 PM
Oh neat, did you study this in school, or just sort of develop your own interest?

I had started reading queer theory in school, but it was pretty surface level look. I tried to dive in on my own a bit after graduating, but as you probably know or can imagine, a lot of these texts are pretty dense without cursory knowledge of other philosophers, the language around philosophy, or any sort of reading guide/discussion. I fell away from it for a few years, but with ideas around it kicking around in my head for awhile now.


Mainly when I was in school I studied behavior analysis, which is also still something I've kept an arms-length interest in even while not applying my degree. My ex is also in grad school for it right now, and we've spent a lot of time over the years bouncing ideas about behavior analysis around. I picked up one of her textbooks (the behavior book mentioned earlier) and it all sort of clicked into some lines of thought I had been thinking about earlier. I think the philosophy behind behavior analysis relates to or works in tandem with a lot of the concepts brought to light from post structuralism, at least the bits I had gleaned from some reading years ago. I've been wanting to write about behavior social/political theory that is coherent but also true and accurate to the tenets of the science of behavior analysis.

I'm not sure any of this at this point is coherent, but the plan is for it to someday be!
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Post by: momitsnowme on October 18, 2017, 08:49:13 PM
I studied it in grad school! One of my major research projects was on post structuralism and the southern California punk scene.
It is definitely dense. Even after being immersed in the jargon I struggled reading a lot of it. I would recommend Disidentifications by Jose Esteban Munoz if you haven't seen it yet! There's a great collection of essays I'll have to find tomorrow too.

I know the basics of behavioral analysis but not enough to see the overlap so I'd definitely be interested in seeing your take!
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Post by: rory on December 08, 2017, 04:51:51 PM
Science and Human Behavior by B.F. Skinner
A Derrida Reader: Between the Blinds
Vulnerability In Resistance

I'm in the early stages of all of these texts, though all the Skinner stuff is mostly review.
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Post by: momitsnowme on December 08, 2017, 05:06:14 PM
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and it's so good
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Post by: pronetoaccidents on December 11, 2017, 10:22:22 AM
a history of violence: (https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/marvel_dc/images/0/03/A_History_of_Violence.jpg/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/340?cb=20161031153526)

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Post by: pronetoaccidents on December 11, 2017, 10:25:34 AM
Recently finished:
Gay Berlin by Robert M. Beachy
Against The Fascist Creep by Alexander Reid Ross

Currently reading:
Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook by Mark Bray
Radical Behaviorism: The Philosophy and the Science by Mecca Chiesa

I'm also thinking about starting Dune, but I'm not sure I can commit. Maybe that's a read for if I ever go on tour again.

I've wanted to read Dune for a very, VERY long time. I've procured a many a copy of it over the years by many different means and for one reason or another never really dove into it. Same, and i'm very embarrassed to admit, was my experience with the Foundation series as well. Dune, in theory seems like it'd be right up my alley but as I get older and more and more of life accumulates upon my mind and shoulders (that's where all the fucking tension seems to rest these days! not to mention the knees..) if a book isn't truly phenenemonal and drags me in kicking and screaming like the last scene of drag me to hell the flick, I have a hard time committing for the long hall. it's stupid and i'm embarrassed.
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Post by: jer on December 26, 2017, 10:40:16 AM
CCNA ICND2 Study Guide: Exam 200-105 by Todd Lammle
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Post by: BlakeK on December 31, 2017, 07:36:07 AM
Finished the complete works of Beatrix Potter and have started Dr Seuss collection.
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Post by: rory on January 02, 2018, 06:33:57 PM
I'm still reading Science and Human Behavior. About half way through. It's good review. Some ways Skinner talks about things appear dated, even if the general concepts still hold.
I gave up onA Derrida Reader: Between the Blinds. Maybe someday.

Also reading:
Carsick by John Waters
Society Of The Spectacle by Guy Debord which I'm so far finding to be terrifyingly relevant


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Post by: Joe on January 03, 2018, 12:47:47 PM
Society Of The Spectacle by Guy Debord which I'm so far finding to be terrifyingly relevant

I took an art history course on 1968 and it started off with Guy Debord.  That entire era is incredibly relevant to what is developing today.
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Post by: rory on January 27, 2018, 05:51:53 PM
Just finished Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey. Part of the way through Giving An Account Of Oneself by Judith Butler.

Soon will start:
Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber
The Poltical Philosophy of Poststructuralist Anarchism by Todd May
The Left Hand Of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin. I regret that it took her death to get me to check out her work. I used to get into political commentary sci-fi stuff, and somehow missed her. Every quote I've seen of her come up since her death has been really wonderful though, so I'm excited to finally put my head in some of her full works.

Also, I just kind of use this thread as my personal log on the books I've read. Reading more is changing my life in one of those slow, patient ways.
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Post by: momitsnowme on January 27, 2018, 09:14:59 PM
Reading more is changing my life in one of those slow, patient ways.

Yesss
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Post by: rory on March 01, 2018, 02:41:44 PM
Just started:
Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism by Judith Butler
Whole Earth Discipline by Stewart Brand

A couple other books are on the way too, will probably start one of them within the week. The Stewart Brand book is one my housemate is reading for school, so I'm just picking it up while it's sitting around in the livingroom.
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Post by: jer on March 01, 2018, 03:45:14 PM
I just finished 31 Days Before Your CCNA Security Exam: A Day-By-Day Review Guide for the IINS 210-260 Certification Exam by Patrick Gargano
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Post by: momitsnowme on March 01, 2018, 04:30:00 PM
Vacationland by John Hodgman
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Post by: rory on March 08, 2018, 02:16:19 PM
Still reading the two above, but also:
The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day by Peter Linebaugh
Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut

The May Day book is fairly easy to read, but also quite a bit more scattered than what I was really looking for. I think Bluebeard is the 2nd Vonnegut book I ever read, which means I probably read it in 8th grade. I think about it often, so it seemed that I was do for a re-visit. It's probably been more than 5 years since I've read any of his works, but he's the first author I truly enjoyed reading, so his works will always be pretty special to me.
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Post by: rory on March 23, 2018, 11:49:35 AM
Just started The Tunnel by William Gass.
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Post by: rory on April 16, 2018, 05:19:50 PM
Finally finished both the Stewart Brand and Judith Butler books. The Judith Butler book is her most readable work I have delved into, and on such a difficult and important topic.

Still reading The Tunnel. For that being my "fun" book, it sure is a rough time.

About to start
May Made Me: An Oral History of the 1968 Uprising in France[i/] by Mitchell Abidor
Renters' Rights by Janet Portman

Me and a couple of friends are intending on doing a work shop on renters' rights, as we have a huge problem here with slumlord management companies taking over. After living in this city for a decade, I've grown totally disgusted watching these landlords and management companies take advantage of the lack of knowledge many of these first time and poor renters have. But I myself also have quite a bit to learn, so I am trying to make sure I have all my ducks in a row before presenting something to people.
 
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Post by: momitsnowme on April 17, 2018, 06:47:54 AM
Just finished Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
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Post by: rory on August 06, 2018, 08:47:31 PM
I'm still reading the Tunnel. Fairly close to the end, would be nice to accomplish that task in under 6 months, hah. Also I lost my renter's rights book, which is bothersome. Did not get very far into before that happened.

Now also reading:
The Great Rent Wars: New York, 1917-1929 by Robert M. Fogelson
Meanwhile, Elsewhere a collection of fiction shorts by trans/queer authors


I'm enjoying The Great Rent Wars, it's dry and historic, and tries to remain somewhat politically neutral in a way. Some things are very relateable even now, and even to me in not a large city, and other things definitely are products of the times they speak of. I'm finding I'm enjoying historical texts more than I ever really imagined I would, so I hope to continue to grab more on topics that pique my interest.

I'm so far only casually reading Meanwhile, Elsewhere until I finish The Tunnel and can therefore really dive in. Reading those two side by side is making me frustrated with the writing in Meanwhile, Elsewhere, which is not at all fair to it because William Gass is a ridiculously beautiful writer, even when his person of focus is so vile. Meanwhile, Elsewhere feel so far much more fun, young, current, and I'm excited to give it my proper attention when I'm not deeply entrenched in one of the best written books about a deplorable person I've ever read.
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Post by: momitsnowme on August 07, 2018, 04:58:00 PM
I've recently finished
We Are Okay
Sorcery for Beginners
Midnight at the Electric

Right now I'm reading
On Homesickness, which is really fantastic and
Unbecoming. It's pretty good but I'm kind of over it.
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Post by: kid. on September 04, 2018, 07:40:00 PM
Witch-hunt: Mysteries of The Salem Witch Trials

Prisoners of Geography
It examines Russia, China, the US, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Japan, Korea, and Greenland and the Arctic—their weather, seas, mountains, rivers, deserts, and borders—to provide a context often missing from our political reportage: how the physical characteristics of these countries affect their strengths and vulnerabilities and the decisions made by their leaders.It explains the complex geo-political strategies that shape the globe.
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Post by: momitsnowme on September 06, 2018, 07:36:49 PM
That sounds really interesting! I took a class in college on how geography shaped the spread of Buddhism across Southeast Asia and it was really great
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Post by: thetrashisright on September 10, 2018, 09:10:33 AM
Witch-hunt: Mysteries of The Salem Witch Trials

Prisoners of Geography
It examines Russia, China, the US, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Japan, Korea, and Greenland and the Arctic—their weather, seas, mountains, rivers, deserts, and borders—to provide a context often missing from our political reportage: how the physical characteristics of these countries affect their strengths and vulnerabilities and the decisions made by their leaders.It explains the complex geo-political strategies that shape the globe.

You may also be interested in James C Scott's The Art of Not Being Governed, where he discusses geographic scenarios that have allowed for avoidance/resistance to the state.
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Post by: thetrashisright on November 28, 2018, 03:33:51 PM
Witch-hunt: Mysteries of The Salem Witch Trials

Prisoners of Geography
It examines Russia, China, the US, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Japan, Korea, and Greenland and the Arctic—their weather, seas, mountains, rivers, deserts, and borders—to provide a context often missing from our political reportage: how the physical characteristics of these countries affect their strengths and vulnerabilities and the decisions made by their leaders.It explains the complex geo-political strategies that shape the globe.

You may also be interested in James C Scott's The Art of Not Being Governed, where he discusses geographic scenarios that have allowed for avoidance/resistance to the state.

It's a great book. I love all of James C Scotts books I have read. I send them out through the prison book program I help run as much as I can/they come in. I honestly don't especially trust white anthropologists but he does a pretty decent job.

I am trying to read the Golden Gulag because I love Critical Resistance/Ruthie Gilmores input in the world but it's muuuch more of a slog through her sociogeographic mind (as brilliant as it is). I just read The End of Policing which isn't really written for me, and that's a good thing - I am immersed in that world so I already knew a lot of what he was saying but it's a GREAT way to make police abolition accessible to people who may be new to the idea. Same thing with As Black As Resistance - not really for me since I've read This Nonviolence Stuff and We Will Shoot Back but it's an excellent way to get people on board with the ideas.
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Post by: momitsnowme on December 08, 2018, 07:36:42 AM
The Nix by Nathan Alan. It's sooo good.
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Post by: rory on December 09, 2018, 05:46:32 PM
Gilles Deleuze: Essential Guides for Literary Studies by Claire Colebrook

and I just ordered and therefore will be starting soon:
Fatal Deception: The Terrifying True Story of How Asbestos Is Killing America by Michael Bowker

I just had to remove asbestos from my new house, so I'm excited to get pissed and terrified about it.
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Post by: thetrashisright on March 02, 2019, 09:10:40 PM
because i am hopelessly lonely and feel more feelings to this dead board than anything else online i will post here

this has been a bangup year for me reading. it's been hard for me to concentrate but i've been determined to finish some books and learn to not fixate on the internet, as much at least. i finished The Three-Body Problem, a Chinese sci fi novel set through the Cultural Revolution up to now. The summary I got when I asked what it was about was "science stops working," which I think tells you very little in reality but is also accurate.

As Black As Resistance was a great primer read. I had already thought/read a lot about what it wrote about but I would absolutely recommend it to more liberal types (not meaning to knock) who may want some outside perspectives.

Finally finished The Dispossessed after fits and starts of reading it for many years. I wish it was a little more sci/spec fic than it actually was but still, I can see how it was such a revolutionary book.

James C. Scott's Against The Grain is really hard to get through. He's an anarchist anthropologist who basically makes me feel like everything is hopeless and it's all been bad for so long. This isn't his point, it's often to point out the opposite, sites of resistance and how 'modern civilization' can manifest differently. But it can be hard to stomach all the bad over such a long period of time, it gets overwhelming. Very, very informative though.

The Vegetarian by Han Kang was really interesting and resonated a lot with me. A decade and a half of veganism and engagement with ecology made me feel a lot of what the primary protagonist/subject of the book goes through and have felt the same impulses and desires. It's not a political or polemnical book to be clear, just a novel that doesn't really touch much on the ins and outs of vegetarianism.