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danx

danx

Joined December 2016

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Long time, no post. I‘ve read a whole bunch in the last year and over Xmas which I haven‘t mentioned. Just finished this one this morning. Really good to read some of his post prison shenanigans which couldn‘t be talked about until he was dying. I‘d read Ecstacy by Irvine Welsh immediately before and this followed well. RIP Howard! Toke up in the afterlife for us.

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Mail day. Loved Steven Pressfield‘s first couple of books and been meaning to read Deep Work for a couple years now. If I knew artistic tendencies we‘re so much werk when I was younger maybe I‘d have stayed in school :o

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The Eye of the Heron | Ursula K. Le Guin
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Loving this one, one of those “oh yes please” $2 thrift books. The Eye of the Heron is classic Le Guin and thoroughly rewarding, also very much enjoyed the lovely ‘Phoenix in the Ashes‘ by Joan D. Binge.

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Under the Net | Iris Murdoch
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First Iris I‘ve read, her first book. Curious to read more. Anxious adventures in London and Paris, not many books have created such anxious feelings. Enjoyable, ended well but also sometimes felt a little like I just didn‘t like any of the characters.

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Panpan

SNOOZE FEST.

The whole book crawls up to one of the characters writing a manuscript, a couple of pages of which we get to read, which details the ‘events in question‘.

Random op shop book find didn‘t win this time.

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I kinda wish I had the time and motivation to add all the books and comics I‘ve been reading, but I do not. Anyhow, started reading this recently. So far been all too much talk about his business startup ideas, but we‘re starting to get into some history now and it‘s been great learning more of his history and personal story.

MStew 🤘 hes a classic 🎶🎶 10mo
danx He is a classic, and amazing. Maybe not the best book writer as his stories kind of ramble a bit between time and place, so it‘s taken a while to crack into it, but I think he‘s found his pace now. Main problem for me is a read a page and then need to go play guitar! 10mo
MStew @danx I seen it recently at a book sale, and yes I would u complety understand that😂🎸 9mo
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Snow Crash | Neal Stephenson
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Just picked this up in a book sale. I read it approximately 15 years ago, and loved it. Very curious to see how it‘s aged, but it‘s first stop will be with a young friend who‘d loved Ready Player One, which he lent to me and I felt like it was Snow Crash fan fiction :P

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Pet Sematary | Stephen King
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It‘s been years since I‘ve tried to read Stephen King. I find him a long winded, but I pushed through and am (morbidly) glad I did, the story and the feelings and situation linger after closing this book.

So much more depth than the movie could ever achieve, which as a kid TERRIFIED me, & as an adult I‘d yell things to the screen like WHY?! The pull of that cursed place is understood and expressed. Still, looking forward to the new movie!

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I usually have at least two books on the go, something non-fiction and a novel or comic. I finished a dry finance book and am so glad to be reading this now, it‘s extremely relevant and motivational and above all relatable and reassuring. Success is not superstardom, it is paying bills from your creative endeavours, it takes a lot of work but is possible. And here‘s a whole bunch of insight to help along the path.

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The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
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Finished The Bell Jar this morning & am left wondering why I‘d left it so long. A stereotype is 15yo girls clutching this book, but I wonder if maybe the world would be a better place if young boys were given it to read, and discuss.

A glimpse into white American society & mental health system of the 50s, fascinating, lovely and oh so gloomy. I love her disdain for the expectations placed upon women, and the piercing sentences and observations.

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Man-Eaters Volume 1 | Chelsea Cain
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I‘m loving this comic series. Taking this piss out of the patriarchy in a very entertaining way. Keep your boys safe, and at all costs prevent the girls from turning into big man eating cats.

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This is a ‘pick‘ even though I found all characters dull and I wasn‘t left with any desire to find any more of their work. So maybe really only for the prose styling and the shortness of it, with some flickers of great scenes and moments. I read it in two sittings. I enjoyed the flow, disliked the story. But I‘d still recommend it, like trying a new liquor, the experience was sweet and memorable but the taste didn‘t excite.

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The Scarlet Gospels | Clive Barker
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Lazy New Years Day reading of haunted New York in the rain while enjoying a hot Melbourne day from a hammock.

Enjoyable read so far, not amazing but fun and descriptive, haunted and hellish. Enjoying reading of the Cenobites again.

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The Hellbound Heart | Clive Barker
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Boxing Day read. The book which became Hellraiser, opening the gates to the Cenobites entry to the world. Short and easy to read, vivid and gross. The movie was very close to the book.

MStew I really enjoyed this book! 11mo
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About to start on this. The last book I read was Tribes (we need you to lead us) which was pretty average actually.

danx This book is awesome, I hope for EVERYONE to read it! 13mo
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Coldheart Canyon | Clive Barker
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Love it when I get time for some Saturday morning reading. As a younger lad I used to claim to be super into Clive Barker but really I‘d only read one of his books and was a fan of the Hellraiser movie. But I‘ve cracked into this and am feeling reassured of my Clive Barker praise.

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I feel like if I were to go back and chose a different path for my life I‘d become a historian. So much of what I read is history or biography, and books like this are so brutal but I feel that the history is so important and I am very attracted to the path of other people‘s memory.

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How Music Works | David Byrne
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"By encouraging the creativity of amateurs, rather than telling them that they should passively accept the creativity of designated masters, we help build a social and cultural network that will have profound repercussions."

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How Music Works | David Byrne
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'rumoured that the length of the CD was determined by Beethoven's Ninth Symphony'

Lots of great insight from this excellent book.

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Oryx and Crake | Margaret Atwood
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One of my loves favourite books, which I've never read, and have now found in an opportunity shop. A few chapters in and I wonder if she may be a little confused in claiming that she doesn't like any sci-fi books. So far this is my kind of book, but being Margaret Atwood I'm not surprised.

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After reading the entirety of the 33 1/3 'Rid of Me' on a flight out I found myself in the airport needing a book for my return flight. While I sometimes struggle with Peter Singer I do like other people's reasoned opinion. And for a flight a book of 2-3 page essays was appealing.

I enjoyed it. Some opinion I disagreed with but it got the brain going. I found learning about various events in the debates on Euthenasia especially interesting.

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I bought this after Tim Ferris raved about it being amazing. I didn't get much out of it and ended up skipping through. I think it'd be good for someone stuck in a rigid frame of mind, who really needs to break out our who is terrified of travel. But for myself, nothing amazing here.

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Work secret Santa did a good job. Taking a flight to Gold Coast today which is a perfect opportunity to get into this.

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The Dispossessed | Ursula K. LeGuin
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This book is fantastic! An exploration of Kropotkin's Mutual Aid, intricacies of trying to establish an anarchist society, the pervasiveness of power and societal expectations, while also an engaging story and visually rich.

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After getting through a bunch of excellent books over the Xmas/NY period I've been compelled to return to Litsy.

This was a Xmas present, and I was so very happy. I'm now extremely curious to practice transcendental meditation, which the book promotes heavily. However outside of this there is great insight into his process, history and sources of inspiration and I think any creator would come away from reading this with a positive adjustment.

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Man Crazy: A Novel | Joyce Carol Oates
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Fine and Devastating.

This book is keeping me up at night.

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Opshop book haul. Favourite find of the day is the Anais Nin Journal for $2.

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I'm very lucky to have friends who lend me awesome comics. I've never known many good comics and that world is quite foreign to me, so having my experience widened is great :)

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Brave New World | Aldous Huxley
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"Perfectibility breaks on the rock of dissent". Margaret Atwood, in her introduction to Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.

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Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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Pulling down makeshift shelves and finding treasure.

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Quick read to fill a days commute. Never been a Gaiman fan, although I don't hate his stuff either. This little book didn't change that position, good to read some light fluff for a day though.

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Prince | Niccol Machiavelli
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Finished reading The Prince today. Had gradually fallen apart during our time together. I'm glad I finally read it but it didn't rock my world.

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Hallucinations | Oliver Sacks
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I found this book abandoned on the side of the road. Started it on the way back up from Wellington during our NZ trip and made for good flight reading (I also watched the movie Captain Fantastic which was amazeballs).

I now want to deprive all of my senses, wear blindfolds for days and experience vivid visions.

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Fight Club | Chuck Palahnuik
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FINALLY read Fight Club, great book to read while on the road. More perverse than I imagined, and I wasn't immediately hooked but it did get me and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Junction True | Ray Fawkes, Vince Locke
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I came back to Junction True a couple of hours after my original post on it and read it through, I was hooked. Excellent concept and execution. Cyberpunk neugothic dark scifi excellence.

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Prince | Niccol Machiavelli
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Picked up The Prince again after diverting my attention to other material for a while. If Trump could hold attention long enough to read a book he'd probably learn a few things (although there's also a lot of talk of a prince being best to rule via fear and arms).

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Junction True | Ray Fawkes, Vince Locke
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Just finished chapter one. Awesome concept and story this far, such a great birthday present.

#comic #graphicnovel

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Just found a great little bookshop on Little Collins St and picked this up for $5. SCORE. I have the hardcover back in NZ but am super happy to have found a cheap copy here.

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And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks | Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs
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Lent this to a friend, but was overprotective of the dustcover. I read this on a plane to China, really engaging story, Jack and Bill taking alternate chapters. Early work too, written in 1945, and I love Junky and Queer and this fit in really well, although not released for decades, I think mostly to protect people who feature. Followed drink fueled adventures and the death of David Kammerer who was obsessed with Lucien Carr. Enjoyed!

danx This book came back to me yesterday, with a comment "the story didn't really go anywhere". Turns out I should've given some background of it being largely autobiographical, would've been a completely different context to read it in. 3y
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Justine | marquis de Sade
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$1 finds today. Love bios and these two will be interesting for sure.

#trotsky #biography #marquisdesade

gentlepet I love all the fake stories about the Marquis as well as the real ones. Even after a thesis on the topic he'll always be Geoffrey Rush in Quills to me. 3y
danx Yes so true re Quills. Biographies of famous people are a funny thing, there's a business in it and every author has some new angle or info in an attempt to sell their book. 3y
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The Call of Cthulhu | H.P. Lovecraft
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Excellent xmas present combo from great friends. I've never actually read this and am looking forward to getting into it.

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Beautiful Losers | Leonard Cohen
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I picked up this book in Autumn from a yard sale, as well as a few others. Started reading it a few days after his death. I also found myself in a hotel bed reading this while a documentary was playing. A Tower of Leonard.

This is the combined 1st person narrative of 2 unlikable guys as they each degenerate into complete madness, featuring indigenous Canadian history, ramblings and a lot of sex between all.

danx This is the combined 1st person narrative of 2 unlikable guys as they each degenerate into complete madness, featuring native Canadian history, a fictional historic character (I think), a trio of lovers, lots of sex between all. I really love his way with words, I liked to say of this book while I was reading it 'he has great paragraphs' which is also not giving it enough credit. 3y
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Its a book which drags a fair bit, if I was to do it again I would stop halfway through. It did get me interested in reading some of the native Canadian history mentioned in the book, which at first I wasn't sure would be very historically accurate, some fascinating and brutal history!
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danx Wow the character limit sucks! 3y
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gentlepet I love Canadian history, do you think I'd like it? What kind of Canadian history? 3y
gentlepet When you say native do you mean it like indigenous cos I am all aboard that train. 3y
danx Ah yes, indigenous. Poor choice of wording. Throughout the book he uses the term 'Indian'. I think you'd enjoy parts of it but I suspect you'd come to a similar point re dragging. Its quite experimental I think. The indigenous history aspects are due to one of the characters being a historian, he mentions certain healing and violent acts which I read up on during the read. Likely many other better reads which deal with these. 3y
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The prince | Niccol Machiavelli
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hello world. Almost all my books are opp shop finds, no idea where this came from. Train reading.

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