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Old 10.16.2017, 08:33 AM   #4761
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A Fire Upon The Deep. hmmm.
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Old 10.16.2017, 11:47 AM   #4762
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A Fire Upon The Deep. hmmm.

Vernon Vinge!

Hey man, if you’re reading SF of that caliber and breadth, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be all done with Book of the New Sun, Long Sun AND Short Sun by now.
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Old 10.16.2017, 11:55 AM   #4763
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im nt reading fire upon deep. never heard of fire upon deep.

I am currently reading DMT: The Spirit Molecule by Rick Starussman M.D.
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Old 10.16.2017, 03:01 PM   #4764
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I'm on a roll with great books atm. This is one where I think pretty much everyone on here would get something out of it. Here's the blurb to sum it up better than I can.

"he Weathermen. The Symbionese LiberationArmy. The FALN. The Black Liberation Army.The names seem quaint now, when not forgotten altogether. But there was a stretch of time in America, during the 1970s, when bombings by domestic underground groups were a daily occurrence. The FBI combated these groups and others as nodes in a single revolutionary underground, dedicated to the violent overthrow of the American government.
The FBI s response to the leftist revolutionary counterculture has not been treated kindly by history, and in hindsight many of its efforts seem almost comically ineffectual, if not criminal in themselves. But part of the extraordinary accomplishment of Bryan Burrough s Days of Rage is to temper those easy judgments with an understanding of just how deranged these times were, how charged with menace. Burrough re-creates an atmosphere that seems almost unbelievable just forty years later, conjuring a time of native-born radicals, most of them nice middle-class kids, smuggling bombs into skyscrapers and detonating them inside the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol, at a Boston courthouse and a Wall Street restaurant packed with lunchtime diners radicals robbing dozens of banks and assassinating policemen in New York, San Francisco, Atlanta. The FBI, encouraged to do everything possible to undermine the radical underground, itself broke many laws in its attempts to bring the revolutionaries to justice often with disastrous consequences. "

Hes' just talking about the Weathermen atm. I knew of the SDS already but didn't know anything about that going on to be the Weathermen. It's insane how amateurish the whole thing was. Statements that don't mean anything and are barely backed up by anything either, and yet Nixon was terrified of them. He was certain they were going to be the start of a revolution starting with him being assassinated.

Comparing those guys to what he Black Panthers were doing for a time seems almost laughable. Bring on the rest of the book.
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Old 10.16.2017, 03:22 PM   #4765
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im nt reading fire upon deep. never heard of fire upon deep.

I am currently reading DMT: The Spirit Molecule by Rick Starussman M.D.

Oh. Then I missed a previous exchange or something. Either way, finish BOTNS.
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Old 10.16.2017, 03:23 PM   #4766
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I'm reading A Fire Upon the Deep. High concept science fiction about the far future when humans have colonized the Galaxy, and omniscient super-AIs protect and destroy entire civilizations. Pretty visionary entertaining stuff, I'd recommend it.

Yes! Good stuff.
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Old 10.16.2017, 04:15 PM   #4767
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John Fante, Ask the Dust

Re-reading this, a personal fave, guaranteed to appeal to fans of Hubert Selby and Bukowski (who wrote the foreword claiming it inspired him to become a writer).
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John Fante, Ask the Dust

Re-reading this, a personal fave, guaranteed to appeal to fans of Hubert Selby and Bukowski (who wrote the foreword claiming it inspired him to become a writer).

*ear perks up*

Oh really?
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Old 10.30.2017, 04:54 PM   #4770
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Runnin’ With the Devil: A Backstage Pass Into the Wild Times, Loud Rock and the Down and Dirty Truth Behind the Making of Van Halen. Penned by Noel E. Monk.

Its ok and has some educational material but there is also a vagueness that may be explained by the single line tucked towards the end when Monk mentions his old friend Valium.
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Old 10.31.2017, 08:29 AM   #4771
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In order to breathe some life into the sub-forum and get to know people here.

Besides the given what are your hobbies. What do you like to do in your spare time that brings a lot of enjoyement to you?

Uh... working. Watching shows and movies after a long day of work. Critiquing everything I see and hear. Comic books. Stats and science shit — research. Politics — following political and social developments and subsequently freaking out about them.

Animals. Love animals.

I also have this lifelong habit of coming up with shit in my head. No matter what I’m doing, my brain seems to automatically try its hand at said thing. If I’m reading comic books, I think of comic book characters I would create if I were in that field (I probably have a whole multiverse of bad ideas saved up at this point). When I’m thinking about music a lot, I can’t help but come up with imaginary bands and artists and labels and albums... alternative histories, and so on. I do the same with books and movies. Make shit in my head. Never actually make anything though. Well... I do write all the time and I have made tons of music, but not the kind of stuff that I do in my imagination.

This is probably indicative of some kind of borderline spectrum disorder, honestly. Probably means I’m crazy or worse.
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Old 11.09.2017, 04:34 PM   #4773
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I really like finding great authors. Really dislike finding them after their deaths

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I am just plain never going to finish “Book of the New Sun,” which I started a year and a half ago, said I loved, and put down to read nine thousand pages of mushroom guides. I am also never going to respond to my good friend Severian, who introduced me to said book and also to other books I have loved like “Annihilation,” when he asks me if I’m ever going to finish “Book of the New Sun.”



Yeah tell me about it.
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I really like finding great authors. Really dislike finding them after their deaths

"Literature is the denunciation of the times in which one lives."

I don’t think I’ve ever heard of this.

What’s it like?
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Growing up poor in rural Spain. Published in 1942, so there's Franco and the church pretty much in control, brutal, but with a surprising amount of humor & so well written.
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Growing up poor in rural Spain. Published in 1942, so there's Franco and the church pretty much in control, brutal, but with a surprising amount of humor & so well written.

Nice. Thanks. I will look into it for sure.
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