might read a few books that were later made into movies. plan is to start with unbroken, it has excellent reviews and i remember the trailer for the movie was intriguing. been having a lot of difficulty creating images in my mind while reading as of late, my hope is that the movies will help out in this respect.
i think i can safely attribute part of my problems to anxiety and the meds i have been taking but more so to the fact that my real life situation is akin to imprisonment. (long story)
at some point i need to edit my last post in this thread regarding Never Let Me Go. The book is very good, it reads like a long fictional essay and can be open to many interpretations. the more i think about it i would read the book without watching any of the movie or reading any reviews.
praise worthy post! its so long im just going to bump the thread..
Originally Posted by blahblahblah
Jesus' son is really great. Dennis Johnson is a real good author, 'Tree of Smoke' is really good by him too. 'Jesus' Son' was a great because it was a lot different from other books about drug addiction- which often sort of read like some type of exploitation/shock piece, which is good sometimes, but I also like it when authors leave somethings to the imagination, which Johnson is good at. Sort of like painting a picture by leaving parts of it blank I guess you could say.
I also love the two books by Brett Easton Ellis that I read, American Psycho and Less than Zero. I'll tell you, 'Less than Zero' was an experience of existential misery lol. One of those masterpieces that leave you feeling so shitty that you just want to put a gun in your mouth and end it. A perfect portrayal of a culture that's become distorted and perverted by it's own superficial values. It's a shame the movie tried to turn it into some warm fuzzy story about tragic friendships in the end. I don't know why they even gave it the same name honestly, the only thing the two really had in common were characters that had the same names and the use of freebase cocaine.
Another good book that deals with drug addiction and 'outsider' lifestyles would be 'Last Exit to Brooklyn'- some great tales of depravity in there.
i enjoyed the fanciful, magniloquent, qualities of the book. In its time the content must have been groundbreaking but reading it now it seems frivolous and lame. I still think this quote; especially the ending, is an accurate description of what it is like for a person enduring opioid withdrawal.
Originally Posted by opiateman23
“The opium-eater loses none of his moral sensibilities or aspirations. He wishes and longs as earnestly as ever to realize what he believes possible, and feels to be exacted by duty; but his intellectual apprehension of what is possible infinitely outruns his power, not of execution only, but even of power to attempt. He lies under the weight of incubus and nightmare; he lies in sight of all that he would fain perform, just as a man forcibly confined to his bed by the mortal languor of a relaxing disease, who is compelled to witness injury or outrage offered to some object of his tenderest love: he curses the spells which chain him down from motion; he would lay down his life if he might but get up and walk; but he is powerless as an infant, and cannot even attempt to rise."
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I have my goodreads account open at the moment and here are some non-fiction books i ranked highly:
Originally Posted by Pretty_Diamonds
Das Kapital - Marx
The Prince - Machiavelli
The Wretched of the Earth - Frantz Fanon
Dr. Snow - Carole Saline (A great book revolving around drugs)
Freedom From the Known - J. Krishnamurti
The Essential Writings of Emerson - Ralph Waldo Emerson
My Age of Anxiety - Scott Stossel
Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman
The Wisdom of Life - Arthur Schopenhauer
Meditations - Marcus Aurelius
The Dhammapada & Tao Te Ching
Collected Essays - Aldous Huxley
Pensees- Blaise Pascal
Essays - Montaigne
Zen and the Art of Archery - Herrigel
The Great Transformation - Karl Polanyi
The Bhagavad Gita
The Myth of Sisyphus - Camus
Into the Wild - Krakauer
Incognito - Eagleman?
i usually read fiction..
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Thanks for the merge. Wrecked my post.
If anyone is interested in non-fiction travel books, non American, then I'll post again. If not, no worries. We all have different tastes.
so the merge interrupted and deleted your post? please post again if you don't mind, i had no idea that could happen..
a few books i've enjoyed recently:
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
The World According to Garp by John Irving
11/22/63 by Stephen King
Yeah, as I hit send it said "you have stated an unknown destination" or something like that. Just bad timing on my part.
Originally Posted by sigmond
On the trail of Genghis Khan - mad Australian 24 year old spends four years riding a horse from Mongolia to Hungary. He'd never really ridden a horse before.
The places in between - mad Englishman walks across Afghanistan right after the Taliban have been kicked out. Amazing insight into Afghanistan. How they live. Another world.
Three Cups of Tea - book about Greg Mortenson, ex-climber, setting up schools for females in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Only slightly spoils when you google it to find there is some controversy over some of the details of the book (just like James Frey's, A Million Little Pieces)
Down to the sea in ships - author takes on the world of (and two voyages around the world into) the world of container shipping. More interesting than it sounds and full of stuff you're unlikely to know unless you've been a merchant seaman.
Attention all shipping - one for UK readers who know/have heard of the shipping forecast. Author decides to travel to each forecast area. More of a fun book, but readable.
The Time Travellers guide to medieval England - fancy learning some history? Written in a way that 'puts you there'. More than I ever learned about the Middle Ages at school where they tried to force it down your throat.
Wild - absolute shit. By Jay Griffiths. Me, me, me, me etc. Got to page 40 before I threw up/gave up.
Meadowland - John Lewis-Stempel. Brilliant. He's a farmer and one of the best writers Britain has today. Read anything you can find by him. You will learn a lot.
The Meaning of Things - A C Grayling. Does what it says on the tin. 2-3 page synopses on everyday 'things' and why they are important or how we have come to think the way we do.
Book I am taking on my holidays.
One man and his bike - a journey by bicycle around Britain. Author was off to work one day, bored, and wondered what would happen if he turned left instead of right. The result is the book.
Jupiters Travels - four years on one motorbike around the world. The book that inspired Ewan McGregor's and Charlie Boorman's motorbike travel books.
The Emperor Far Away - Travels around the edge of China
Shadow of the Silk Road - Asia today, via the Silk Road.
If anyone chooses any one...happy reading. There's a whole world out there. I'm off to discover some more of it in a couple of weeks.
Thank you very much for that post (re-post) SHM. Apologize for messing up the last one. I went on a merging spree and that was one of the threads i wish i had bumped rather than merged.
i intended to read "Gang Leader for a Day" but was so put-off by the authors other book "Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York's Underground Economy" that i decided to move it to the back of my to-read list.
Originally Posted by quiet roar
"Down and out in Paris and London" is still one of my favorite "tramping" books.
I am surprised that people ignore the prejudicial parts of the book pertaining to Jews and Albanians. For instance:
“I will tell you what Jews are like. Once, in the early months of the war, we were on the march, and we had halted at a village for the night. A horrible old Jew, with a red beard like Judas Iscariot, came sneaking up to my billet. I asked him what he wanted. ‘Your honour,’ he said, ‘I have brought a girl for you, a beautiful young girl only seventeen. It will only be fifty francs.’ ‘Thank you,’ I said, ‘you can take her away again. I don’t want to catch any diseases.’ ‘Diseases!’ cried the Jew, ‘mais, monsieur le capitaine, there’s no fear of that. It’s my own daughter!’ That is the Jewish national character for you.” -- Down and out in Paris and London
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I just re-read every novel that Louise Erdrich wrote about the cataclysmic culture clash of the Ojibway and (mostly) Scandinavian and German settlers and their descendents in North Dakota. Her books weave in and out of the lives of both native and European settlers and the Americans all inevitably become in a mere one hundred years. The reservation she writes about is her construction but is based on reservation life from her own experience (Erdrich is of half native American, half European descent). Her books are full of tragedy,hopelessness and the ongoing despair of a genocide, but they are infused with some of the most hilarious passages of human escapades and the transcendent humanity that can exist even in apocalyptic times as well.The same characters weave through most of her books, spanning centuries, defining family histories and obscure forces from the past that continue to manifest through time but there is no need to read them in any kind of order because she did not write them in any kind of order. If you have never read her books, start with A Plague of Doves or Love Medicine. One of my favorites is The Last Report on Miracles at Little No Horse.
One of my other favorite authors, Micheal Dougherty (Cloud Chamber and Yellow Raft on Blue Water) was married to Erdrich for a while. They wrote a book together (The Crown of Columbus) so I was very excited to read it. Let's just say that they each do better on their own....
Yellow Raft on Blue Water is an exquisite book.
Restoration of Rome: Barbarian Popes and Imperial Pretenders, Peter Heather
Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy, John Julius Norwich
The former gives an overview of the fall of Rome. Then details the events and actions of kings and popes that led up to the restoration of the Roman Empire, in the institution of the Catholic Church, mostly from the perspective of kings such as the Ostrogoth Theoderic.
The latter is a history of the papacy from beginning to end, with details given at the authors' discretion--who has known many popes over the last fifty years, and was allowed access to the Vatican library and archives.
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