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[*] posted on 8-7-2014 at 11:12


I'm still on that Hiroshima book. It initially was a bit of a tedious read, primrily focussing on US intelligence (which was incredibly tight, the last the Japanese intelligence picked up was in late 1944, that it would take years until the US had a working atomic bomb), and now it's a very difficult read for a different reason. Eek eek eek eek eek eek eek eek.



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[*] posted on 8-7-2014 at 20:53


wow, it's been such a long time since I read a book, i ain't got the time anymore.:(



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[*] posted on 9-7-2014 at 01:19


Having returned to study the only books I have time to read are maths and physics books. Any spare time I get, which is not a great deal, I socialise with family or work on my music. It's mid year break at the moment and I'm working on a jigsaw puzzle of Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette by Renoir with my wife, who's pretty damn busy herself most of the time.



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[*] posted on 9-7-2014 at 10:55


Hey, Dad and I did one of that exact painting!
I recall I started with the lady in the striped dress in the middle, and that we ended with a lot of black pieces; as a joke I put on a wallpaper on my father's desktop while we were working on it. Definitely a two man's job.




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[*] posted on 12-7-2014 at 17:11


We finally finished that one yesterday afternoon. The next one is a Turner and I'll swear that entire painting is made of three shades of brown. It will be a hard one. A while back we tried doing Blue Poles - a sure recipe for a nervous breakdown - we gave up on it.



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[*] posted on 12-7-2014 at 20:40


Xa! I know that, I know that... My favourite painting is Monet's Bridge over the garden pond, and I have a jigsaw of it... but it's nigh impossible, so pixellated... so little focus points...

There's an online jigsaw game that's nothing but white, but at least all the pieces are shaped significantly different, so it's solvable.




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[*] posted on 24-5-2015 at 22:29


Just finished 1Q84 by Murakami, it's awesome!



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[*] posted on 25-5-2015 at 07:23


Currently reading Spinoza's Ethics.



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[*] posted on 25-5-2015 at 07:25


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Just finished 1Q84 by Murakami, it's awesome!
seems interesting, I'll have to read that.



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[*] posted on 30-8-2015 at 15:46


Rest in peace Oliver Sacks... :crying:



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[*] posted on 6-11-2019 at 09:06


Yesterday, I started reading Clair de Femme by Romain Gary. It starts pretty well.

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Carl Jung's Symbols of Transformation and Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self.
Marcus Aurelius' Meditations.
Michel Houellebecq's Souimission et Serotonine.
And Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem and Responsibility and Judgment.





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[*] posted on 6-11-2019 at 18:24


I see how your week’s going now. That’s some pretty hefty stuff.



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[*] posted on 6-11-2019 at 21:14


So great when you're able to finally read those books that have been on your to read list for a long time, enjoy!



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[*] posted on 7-11-2019 at 08:31


That's exactly that, Bonny. I had stopped reading, years ago, but my ex-girlfriend put me back to it a few months ago. It was a bit difficult, in the beginning, cause I had lost the habit, but now it's ok. I can't stop reading the stuff I already have, and I have to buy some more.



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[*] posted on 9-11-2019 at 08:20


Haha! I just found a verse by Annie M.G. Schmidt (who was one of the greatest Dutch children's books and TV show authors) called Literatuur, relating how her lovers introduced her to Hemingway, Ibsen and others, while bemoaning she hasn't had one yet who was into the Iliad. Moral: the more lovers one has, the more we develop intellectually!

Not that I have much experience in the field but I think I can still play all the reggae Niki once taught me. And I still listen to some of the music he gave me way back when.




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[*] posted on 9-11-2019 at 08:51


That's true. I often listen to bands my ex lovers introduced me to. Or watch movies they like. I even, sometimes, remember reflections they shared with me, and act accordingly.
For example, my recent quitting my job was directly resulting from thinking about what Sylvie told me a few months ago: "When are you gonna stop working for these people who don't know how to manage their businnes?" I finally decided she was right, so I quit.




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[*] posted on 10-7-2022 at 03:35


I'm reading "them" by Joyce Carol Oates. It won the US National Book Award in 1970 and is the third title in a series called 'The Wonderland Quartet'. Essentially a four volume series on social aspects of Americana from the 1930's thru the 1960's. I really enjoy her styles and voices. "them" is the story of a poor family raised in Detroit from the '30's to the '60's. She employs several inner voices to tell her story of a single family, begun with that of a teenage girl who becomes a mother, and then carries on with her kids who grow into adulthood.
I say it is the third in the series but the other two that come before it have nothing to do with the characters in this third title. The second one called "Expensive People" is a first person narrator, also a teenager who confesses in the first line that they are a child murderer. That is, a child who killed someone. This act of violence is typical of Oates work. She writes A LOT about crime, violence, and the criminal mind set. So, yes, a reflection of a great swath of American reality in the 20th century, and beyond. Remarkable insight she brings to that field! Well worth reading, her descriptions of everything are amazing and I envy her wide ranging skills. But yes, she does get around to some sort of violence happening, but there is so much more along side those episodes. I highly recommend her work. And she is SO PROLIFIC! Hundreds of books, short stories, poetry, essays over the last sixty years. And she is still alive!
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[*] posted on 10-7-2022 at 07:44


Been on a serious reading trip this year, read classics like Hunchback of Notre Dame, Max Havelaar, Anne Frank's Diary, The Tea Lords and Oeroeg by Hella Haasse, Val van de Vredeborgh, Oliver Sacks's autobiography...

I loved Hunchback so much I'm now also reading Les Misérables.




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[*] posted on 12-7-2022 at 09:28


that book is a serious commitment!
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[*] posted on 13-7-2022 at 16:53


Wouldnt't say that, I find Hugo to be very accessible, much more than most 19th century authors I've read.

When I was on the train to my friend for the tea party I had to interrupt reading at a very tense part, where one of the main characters, Jean Valjean, escapes in a coffin but the plan turns a rough corner when the guy who nailed him in, who was banking on his ability to get his gravedigger friend to go on a drink with him so Jean has enough time to escape - and upon arrival at the cemetary he learns that the gravedigger friend has died and is replaced by a new gravedigger who doesn't drink.




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