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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by imwjl, Jan 16, 2021.

  1. 1955

    1955 Doctor of Teleocity

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    I was saying that I was nose deep in abstracts when a rutting bighorn should be circling the ewes. For the impressionable and precocious, the barrel doesn’t wrap far enough around the tree yet.
     
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    Thanks, man.
     
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    slauson slim Friend of Leo's Platinum Supporter

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    Fiction:

    Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited, The Sword of Honor Trilogy

    Le Carre - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy

    Walker Percy - The Moviegoer

    Non-Fiction, but great:

    84 Charing Cross Road
     
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  4. 1955

    1955 Doctor of Teleocity

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    I was attracted to iconoclastic writers and could’ve saved myself some existential scars if I’d worn thicker gloves.

    I found myself enticed by their seductive strands, glistening webs untenable over thistled branches, ultimately coning into dark burrows.

    Now that I’m older and have acquired the constraint of compartmentalization, I might fair better between the pages, but I hesitate to recommend those books that set my trajectory astray, as brilliant as they may have been.

    I won’t watch movies that are beautifully dark anymore for the same reasons.
     
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  5. telemnemonics

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    I'm massively under-educated but when I was a lad with little real world experience I read fiction.
    Once I got out into the world I looked to info on navigating the stranger truths.
     
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    In the seen fine ewes scene, many ewes are fine just seen.
     
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  7. 1955

    1955 Doctor of Teleocity

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    Walker Percy brings back some memories. I read The Moviegoer and The Second Coming before I was out of high school. One of my family members even corresponded with him briefly. Same one loved to watch the TV version of Brideshead Revisited.
     
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    I used to correspond with Poe, and he always replied.
    I was only five or six though so may have some facts wrong.
     
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    I am a fan of non-fiction that reads like fiction. I skimmed all posts and didn't see these by Erik Larson, but they've been mentioned, I'll second them.

    Devil in the White City
    Thunderstruck
    Isaac's Storm
     
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  10. Leonardocoate

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    City of Thieves by David Benioff
     
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  12. 1955

    1955 Doctor of Teleocity

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    Sun Tzu still holds up for me.
     
  13. adjason

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    how about a biography- Keith Richards Life is pretty good...if you have not yet read East of Eden or Three Musketeers give those a try
     
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    Might I suggest Running the Rift By Naomi Benaron.It is somewhat historical fiction.Checks some boxes some have said they prefer. Psychological drama, war and literary command .Add some Olympic sports aspiration and it reads pretty well.It won the Bellwether Prize for fiction awarded by Barbara Kingsolver and written by my wife(shameless plug).Also try her short story collection Love Letters From A Fat Man.
     
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    I just finished this and really enjoyed it. Rushdie is a GREAT writer. I wouldn't say it's a predictable story as you mentioned in your OP. It's an interesting, twisty-turny story of a fictional family set against the backdrop of real world events and people.

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    "The Perennial Philosophy" by Aldous Huxley, has helped me cultivate a sense of spirituality.
     
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    This will definitely have your butt grabbing the chair almost all the way through.

    And it's a true story. Great book.

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    I just read 'The Stranger in the Woods' by Michael Finkel

    its about a guy who drops out of the world and lives pretty much undetected for 25 years within earshot of civilization, i think he was only 30 miles from his childhood home and family.
    The only word he spoke that whole time was "hello" to a hiker who he came across one day.
    Its a true story.

    crazy
     
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    Terry Pratchett
    Vernor Vinge
     
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    I, too, was a bookworm, reading mountains of fiction and mounds of poetry, but I don’t think that it was dangerous or irresponsible.

    How was it dangerous, 1955? Was one book more dangerous than another?
     
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