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Currently reading "Body of Secrets" by James Bamford

NSA official let Bamford in a hair and I'm reading the book backwards. Thankfully ran across it at the Library of Alexandria, but I've got to say it's a must purchase, my new dog-eared bible
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The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin. Really just a re-hash of Rosemary's Baby but quite funny.
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I have been reading the Quinn Colson series of mysteries by Ace Atkins.

Overall pretty good.
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I used to love to read, but now everything upsets me too much.

When I read something, I think, "Damn, he's published and I'm not."

However, I do read a lot, but not as much as I did in my youth when I would consume three hundred pages a day on top of reading matter that came my way in school or at work.

Lately, I have been re-reading old classics: Freud's "Leonardo Da Vinci and a Memory of His Childhood," (Yes, I know he is considered old hat and too much of a Dead White Man but his prose is exquisite English, he makes his points with supreme and relentless logic and every page sparkles with erudition and knowledge about a million and one things, such as languages, history and anthropology), Karl Marx's "The Communist Manifesto," and Paul Goodman's "Growing up Absurd."

My biggest impediment, with to regard to reading, is the Freaking New York Times. Sometimes, after reading their invariably verboise and predictable tomes of supposed sagacity, I am spent of intellecutal energy and watch reruns of the Beverly Hillbillies.
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Originally Posted by DoggedDavid View Post
I used to love to read, but now everything upsets me too much.



When I read something, I think, "Damn, he's published and I'm not."



However, I do read a lot, but not as much as I did in my youth when I would consume three hundred pages a day on top of reading matter that came my way in school or at work.



Lately, I have been re-reading old classics: Freud's "Leonardo Da Vinci and a Memory of His Childhood," (Yes, I know he is considered old hat and too much of a Dead White Man but his prose is exquisite English, he makes his points with supreme and relentless logic and every page sparkles with erudition and knowledge about a million and one things, such as languages, history and anthropology), Karl Marx's "The Communist Manifesto," and Paul Goodman's "Growing up Absurd."



My biggest impediment, with to regard to reading, is the Freaking New York Times. Sometimes, after reading their invariably verboise and predictable tomes of supposed sagacity, I am spent of intellecutal energy and watch reruns of the Beverly Hillbillies.


I relentlessly read James Joyceís Ulysses. It can be read as poetry without regard for the story (which isnít much). The language is just so beautiful.


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I bought an illustrated set of my namesake book Make Way for Lucia. Rereading the first book, I see it may be hard to get into for a couple of chapters, but if you love English village life, gossip, and sharp satire, you will gobble up the set of six books. The first one is called Queen Lucia, and the favorite one is called Mapp and Lucia - what a war!
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Finally got around to American Gods by Neil Gaiman, it's about as hilarious as Douglas Adams, to me at least.
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Originally Posted by Beesauce View Post
Finally got around to American Gods by Neil Gaiman, it's about as hilarious as Douglas Adams, to me at least.


I started it a couple years ago and put it down for some reason. I donít think it was the book, but me. I found it a while ago and finished it. Yeah, itís funny. Darker than Adams, but funny. I like the way he does irony with a straight face.


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I'm still not sure why I read it -- but I just finshed Robbie Robertson's autobiography. Pretty self-serving, as I expected.

Something that was unintentionally hilarious -- detailed dialog from conversations that happened decades ago -- all written in one ridiculously stilted voice.

Jimi Hendrix: Oh, hello there Robbie! Say, I sure dig the way you play! Well, I have to be going now so I can go over to England and become famous. Have a nice day!
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I'm still not sure why I read it -- but I just finshed Robbie Robertson's autobiography. Pretty self-serving, as I expected.

Something that was unintentionally hilarious -- detailed dialog from conversations that happened decades ago -- all written in one ridiculously stilted voice.

Jimi Hendrix: Oh, hello there Robbie! Say, I sure dig the way you play! Well, I have to be going now so I can go over to England and become famous. Have a nice day!


Did Robbie write his own book?


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It appears that way. No one else is credited anyway.

It ends at The Last Waltz -- so he doesn't get into his feud over royalties etc. with the other guys -- but he sneaks stuff in.

Like when he's going to the Brill Building to meet songwriters when they were backing Ronnie Hawkins.

Robbie says to Ronnie, "Isn't Levon going?"

Ronnie says, "Why no! Levon doesn't care about songwriting!"
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Originally Posted by Lockette
"There are two prices for this card, Brian. Half... and half. One half is cash. The other is a deed. Do you understand?"


Have you read The Dark Tower series he wrote? It's an interesting read, and all 1,295,000 words are worth it. an eight book epic. Best series I've ever read.
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Not yet,,,but that sounds like a recommendation.
Having read all of the I'd recommend the first three and the last, with the in between books just filler/gluck.
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I started it a couple years ago and put it down for some reason. I don’t think it was the book, but me. I found it a while ago and finished it. Yeah, it’s funny. Darker than Adams, but funny. I like the way he does irony with a straight face.
@ Brianpatrick Funny as i'm experiencing a moment in which i've read halfway and stopped, but will go back to it.

someone placed another book on my stack with a date, so now i've got to read that one.. heavy non-fic, not sure if i can handle writing and reading non-fic, but the title is: An Indigenous Peoples' History of The United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

gotta go..andget'on that.

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