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2005/04/30 02:55:08 (permalink)

What are you reading right now?

To take a little of the heat off of Tiki after the minor flare-up on the AI thread, I thought it might be fun to have an actual reading-related topic.

So: what are you reading right now?

As for myself, I've got four books on the go at the moment, which is about usual for me. I'm less than a hundred pages from the end of The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith, which is one of those novels that resists synopsis. Basically, it's about a young man and the various obsessions that have taken over his life, my favorite of which is a book he's writing that divides everything in the world into one of two categories: Jewish or Goyish. It's got the same sort of antic quality as her first novel, White Teeth. I'm also well into Anita and Me by Meera Syal, a very funny coming of age novel about an Indian girl in England in the '60s and '70s and the neighborhood tough girl that she idolizes. (Meera Syal is also an actress -- if you have BBC America, you might have seen her as either the grandmother on The Kumars At No. 42 or the female lead on the sketch show Goodness Gracious Me.) Then there's Back to the Miracle Factory, a book of essays by Paul Williams, the founder and editor of the pioneering music magazine Crawdaddy, and I just started Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris, which my wife has just handed off to me saying it's probably his best book yet.

Plus the new Gourmet just came today and I've got most of this week's New Yorker and a little bit at the end of last week's to get through, and the new issue of Mojo is tempting me from the bedside table as well.
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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/04/30 03:55:39 (permalink)
    Right now- Coastal Observer, newspaper from Pawleys Island SC. Crutchfield catalog in the bathroom. Amber Frey- "Witness for the prosecution of Scott Peterson" was my last book.
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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/04/30 09:55:45 (permalink)
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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/04/30 10:24:27 (permalink)
    I go for non-fiction.

    Nothing right now. The Roadfood book got me interested in Best Places Seattle -- but neither are cover-to-cover reads.

    Last couple: Tom Brokaw's bio and Jonnie Cochran's bio.

    I am always keeping an eye out for Ann Rule books -- the problem with them is they never last me very long.
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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/04/30 10:51:15 (permalink)
    I'm an H.P. Lovecraft fan.

    I also am a WWII aviation buff. ('Ya know..., reading about technical info concerning the Bf-109K-4 and similar...)





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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/04/30 11:40:59 (permalink)
    "Where Rivers Change Direction", by Mark Spragg. Great coming of age story of a young man growing up on a dude ranch just outside of Yellowstone. Check it out!
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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/04/30 11:48:04 (permalink)
    Curt Smith's Voices of the Game, It's about baseball broadcasters. American Fuji by Sara Backer, a mystery set in Japan.
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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/04/30 12:02:51 (permalink)
    Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon. I'm taking a break after book 8 in the Patrick O'Brian series (e.g. Master & Commander).
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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/04/30 12:09:52 (permalink)
    This week---Just finished Jimmy Buffet's "Where is Joe Merchant?"---Raced through "The Skeleton Man" --Tony Hillerman's latest--( i am a BIG fan!!)---and am now in the middle of the first novel ever written by a President of the US---Jimmy Carter's "The Hornets Nest"--a story of the south's--esp Georgia and North Carolina--involvemant in the Revolutionary War. I am thinking that its been a LONG time since i read the Journals Of Lewis and Clark so that may be next.
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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/04/30 13:06:26 (permalink)
    I just finished Tom Clancey's "The Teeth of the Tiger" and I'm about halfway through Harry Turtledoves "In The Presence of Mine Enemies" an alternative history where Germany won WW2, "The Haunted South" a collection of ghost stories is out in the truck and Jimmy Buffet's "A Salty Piece of Land" is on the arbor table waiting for lunchtime..
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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/04/30 13:12:55 (permalink)
    That's an easy one, the Roodfood website.
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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/04/30 13:52:45 (permalink)
    "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall," by one of the Bronte sisters, I'm not sure which one. It's kinda hard to tell them apart.
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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/04/30 22:26:24 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Adjudicator

    I'm an H.P. Lovecraft fan.

    I also am a WWII aviation buff. ('Ya know..., reading about technical info concerning the Bf-109K-4 and similar...)




    Have you ever been to the EAA Air Adventure in Oshkosh, WI? Visit www.airventure.org for information.
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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/04/30 23:32:45 (permalink)
    nausea, sartre
    juliette, sade
    the timeships, stephen baxter
    diaspora, greg egan
    great short works, dostoevsky
    ulysses, joyce
    schild's ladder, greg egan
    the furthest horizon, edited by gardner dozois



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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/05/01 15:01:04 (permalink)
    Dearfolk,
    "Last Bus To Albuquerque" by Lewis Grizzard. It's a collection of his never-published-before columns laced with remembrances (sp.?) of co-workers, old buddies, and fans.
    Lewis and I passed periodically in the halls of the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism when I was a freshman in 1966-67; from what I remember, we had a nodding acquaintance... but from what he remembered of me, he thought I was a true character, and he told someone "I'd put him in a novel, but nobody'd believe that he was still running around loose."
    I didn't always agree politically with Lewis, but he ALWAYS made me laugh, cry, and/or think... or get hungry. I cannot tell y'all how many extra-extra times I hugged my mother after his died because he couldn't hug his anymore.
    Eventually I'll go visit his grave in lovely Moreland, Georgia, on the way between thrift stores and BBQ places (it's on U. S. 29 between Newnan and LaGrange; an easy exit off I-85). I know he'd appreciate at least half of my itenerary: you can't expect to find Gucci loafers in a thrift store, not even Goodwill Industries of West Point/Lanett....
    Humbly Submitted, The Still-Running-Around-Loose Ort. Carlton in Doubtlessly Extraordinarily Tolerant Athens, Georgia.
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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/05/01 15:03:10 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by plb
    That's an easy one, the Roodfood website.


    G'NEE!!!!!!!!
    Ort.
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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/05/01 17:49:48 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Ort. Carlton.

    G'NEE!!!!!!!!
    Ort.


    Hey!!!!! is that an Italian slur!!!!

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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/05/01 20:41:03 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by tiki

    quote:
    Originally posted by Ort. Carlton.G'NEE!!!!!!!!Ort.


    Hey!!!!! is that an Italian slur!!!!



    Tiki,
    Not at all. G'nee is one of my favorite expressions: it's the phonetic version of the stifled laugh of my old friend Dennis, who hailed from Brooklyn, used to live in Athens, and now graces the shores of Hawaii (lucky dog!).
    Does this mean that guinea pigs are no longer P. C.??? Don't tell that to anybody in Peru. Or in Krebs, Oklahoma.
    Maynard-Gee-Whizzing, Ort. Carlton in 30601-land.
    P. S. I haven't forgotten the Lenny Welch record. I turned up a copy of it in my duplicates, but it sounds fuzzy. I really want to do you better than that.
    P. P. S. Dennis also said "HOONK!!!", which is untranslatable, so I can't use it. Great Scott, do I miss him....
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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/05/01 23:06:25 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Ort. Carlton.

    quote:
    Originally posted by tiki

    quote:
    Originally posted by Ort. Carlton.G'NEE!!!!!!!!Ort.


    Hey!!!!! is that an Italian slur!!!!



    Tiki,
    Not at all. G'nee is one of my favorite expressions: it's the phonetic version of the stifled laugh of my old friend Dennis, who hailed from Brooklyn, used to live in Athens, and now graces the shores of Hawaii (lucky dog!).
    Does this mean that guinea pigs are no longer P. C.??? Don't tell that to anybody in Peru. Or in Krebs, Oklahoma.

    Maynard-Gee-Whizzing, Ort. Carlton in 30601-land.
    P. S. I haven't forgotten the Lenny Welch record. I turned up a copy of it in my duplicates, but it sounds fuzzy. I really want to do you better than that.
    P. P. S. Dennis also said "HOONK!!!", which is untranslatable, so I can't use it. Great Scott, do I miss him....

    Thanks for remembering!!!!!---amd about those Guinea Pigs---arnt they where you get Italoan Pork chops!!?? I gnu you wouldn't really insult my fellow g'nees!
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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/05/01 23:37:25 (permalink)
    Jimmy Buffets "A Salty Piece of Land" and a golf improvment book by Tiger Woods which I just found in the bargain bin at Barnes and Noble for $6.99 (was about $25 when first published).
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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/05/02 10:48:35 (permalink)
    T.R. Pearson's "Cry Me A River". Any Southern lit fans out there should read all of his stuff...
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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/05/02 10:48:36 (permalink)
    I finished Richard Flanagan's book, "Gould's Book of Fish". I highly recommend this gripping tale.

    Halfway through a book called "Nickel & Dimed" about working poor in America, and about to start a novel called Balzac & the Little Chinese princess", by Dai Sijie.
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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/05/02 10:57:07 (permalink)
    "The National Enquirer" ... in which Anna Nicole say of Cracker Barrel, "Food just doesn't get much better than that!"
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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/05/02 11:21:23 (permalink)
    Just finishing up " A Perfect Heresy" about the medevial Cathars and why the church thought it was necessary to create the inquistion and start the Albigenesarian crusade to wipe them out.
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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/05/02 11:44:51 (permalink)
    "All I Did Was Ask" by Terry Gross.
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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/05/02 13:31:24 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by berndog

    Jimmy Buffets "A Salty Piece of Land" and a golf improvment book by Tiger Woods which I just found in the bargain bin at Barnes and Noble for $6.99 (was about $25 when first published).
    aaaaaaahh bargin books!! I used to pick up paper backs at the salvation army 4-5 for a buck, now they charge half the cover price!!! Of course there's always the flea market... I reluctently agreed to accompany the wife to Target the other day.. as I walked in I spotted a clearance rack of books all 4 a dollar apiece .... 7 books on painting and a dozen hardbacks later I looked up to find....HER WAITING FOR ME!! what a switch!
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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/05/02 13:54:55 (permalink)
    Today's Roadfood forums....the only thing besides the newspaper I have time to read this time of year. Great to finally have Spring!!!
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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/05/02 14:22:56 (permalink)
    “Just One Look” - Harlan Coben. Just love his books. Every one a page-turner

    “An Unfinished Life” - Mark Spragg. Wonderful story. Heard it has been made into a movie with Robert Redford

    “Peachtree Road” - Anne River Siddons. Who doesn’t love stories about crazy Southeners?

    “The Optimist’s Daughter” - Eudora Welty - revisiting a classic.

    “The Geographer’s Library” - John Fasman. Have not started it yet

    I usually have two or three going at the same time. I have four others from the library, but I cannot recall what they are sitting here at work.

    I love all kinds of books.
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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/05/02 21:46:19 (permalink)
    Originally posted by Adjudicator

    I'm an H.P. Lovecraft fan.

    I also am a WWII aviation buff. ('Ya know..., reading about technical info concerning the Bf-109K-4 and similar...)

    Your use of Bf instead of Me shows you've done your homework sir.
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    RE: What are you reading right now? 2005/05/02 21:53:14 (permalink)
    A thread on roadood...


    But as in actuall reading material, less the tech manuals and gardening / landscape catalogs at work.. Have a copy of Gureilla Gardening comming my way... Yet to read it... But being the pain in the arse it was to find it (still a few copies available at Barnes & Nobles), I hope it's worth it! (PS, forget trying to order it off Amazon)...

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