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Postby Quentin » 26 Feb 2007, 00:12

smell the glove wrote:Bakhtin's The Dialogic Imagination.

So far it's pretty dry.


He's a real hoot, a hell'n'a holler. Least compared to Fredric Jameson. Or Barthes.
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Postby enzo+ » 27 Feb 2007, 09:13

"DIY Design It Yourself" by Ellen Lupton
basically a list of things to design yourself, ok as an introduction for people without any design experience, but still a bit too vague on the practical side. You also have to read past the politically correct slant, i.e. about designing things yourself being a statement against the corporate domination of brands, and stuff like that.
BTW I bought the original version, but the Chinese translation at the Eslite is 500 NT cheaper.

"Looking Good Dead" by Peter James
tough, intense thriller set in Brighton, about girl murdered in some kind of snuff movie-porn racket
The same author also wrote "Dead Simple" about a guy left buried alive after a stag night gig goes completely wrong. I might read that one as well because Looking Good Dead is so good.
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Postby Doctor Evil » 27 Feb 2007, 10:57

John W. Dowers's Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

http://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Defeat- ... 0393046869

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"Hatred as an element of the struggle; a relentless hatred of the enemy, impelling us over and beyond the natural limitations that man is heir to and transforming him into an effective, violent, selective and cold killing machine. Our soldiers must be thus; a people without hatred cannot vanquish a brutal enemy. We must carry the war into every corner the enemy happens to carry it: to his home, to his centers of entertainment; a total war. It is necessary to prevent him from having a moment of peace, a quiet moment outside his barracks or even inside; we must attack him wherever he may be; make him feel like a cornered beast wherever he may move. Then his moral fiber shall begin to decline. He will even become more beastly, but we shall notice how the signs of decadence begin to appear." - Che Guevara, Message to the Tricontinental
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Postby Huang Guang Chen » 27 Feb 2007, 11:19

That looks like a fantastic book. I read his earlier work, War without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War, many moons ago. That was also a very goodly read. It certainly helped put some of the attitudes of the older folks in the family into context. :lol:

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Postby Quentin » 27 Feb 2007, 20:18

I read that book myself a few years ago. It stands the stereotype of mindless Japanese puppets slavishly devoted to die for their Emperor on its head. The average Japanese person seemed just as deluded as any German in Nazi Germany and having the rug pulled out from under you of everything you'd ever believed in and trusted, was a crushing blow to the psyche. The material conditions post-war were pretty shabby, too.
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Postby Quentin » 04 Apr 2007, 21:55

Michel Houellebecq, The Elementary Particles. Brilliantly sleazy, hilarious fun; deeply, deeply black humor mitigating an extremely misanthropic view of the human condition. Very French.

And you think your sexual neuroses and failures are pathetic.
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Postby djkonstable » 12 Apr 2007, 09:10

The Subterraneans

The Kite Runner

The Time Travelers Wife

The Idiot

The Stories of John Cheever - I really like this collection

supposedly only 3% of Americans have a library card. Damn I still have to pay off those late charges, well at least I have a card.
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Postby kate.lin » 12 Apr 2007, 19:16

djkonstable wrote:The Subterraneans

The Kite Runner

The Time Travelers Wife

The Idiot

The Stories of John Cheever - I really like this collection

supposedly only 3% of Americans have a library card. Damn I still have to pay off those late charges, well at least I have a card.


I listened to "The Time Traveler's Wife" long time ago. It was fun and interesting to read (listen) same life events from two protagonists's points of view.

I read a interesting Japanese story about different points of view of life events when I was a kid.
It is similar with "The Time Traveler's Wife" but far more interesting. It deals with the memories of past life events and present life events. Characters with the different personalities from past life and present life struggle to solve the mysteries of past life events and face the challenge to the present life events.

It is terrific.
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Postby jdsmith » 12 Apr 2007, 19:34

Piercing

Ryu Murakami

And just finished his In The Miso Soup recently.
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Postby Jaboney » 13 Apr 2007, 21:57

The Catholic Church: a Short History, by Hans Kung.

A very cutting dissection of the papacy by a Catholic theologian with an ax to grind against the Roman aspects of church governance. It's a political rather than theological or sociological account, but pretty entertaining.
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