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03-08-2017, 07:10 AM
RE: What Are You Currently Reading?
Done with Fight Club, now onto:

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04-08-2017, 02:10 AM
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So You've Been Publicly Shamed, by Jon Ronson, of The Men Who Stare at Goats fame. [Wonderful film. Haven't read the book that preceded it.]

The highs [You're famous! People follow you on Twitter and pay big bucks to attend your lectures!] and the lows [You're infamous. People have found out you plagiarised the stuff in your lectures and that you're an egomaniac fantasist] of the Age of Narcissism. As one great thinker recently said, if your aim is to please the public, you have to live with the risk that you'll instead displease the public. So many of us are now, in a small way, digital publishers. Sadly, the unwritten rules that once applied, say, to small town newspapers - the acceptance that if you said something, you'd say it with reference to facts and in a manner befitting an educated and grown-up person - have been abolished. It's a free-for-all. Clowns and sages and everyone in between are mixing it up virally and the new absence of any civilised features of objective discourse means it's really more like cage-fighting. The book's a warning to anyone wanting to take part to first get the digital equivalent of an athletic supporter and a mouthguard and, best of all, a rhino-thick hide.
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04-08-2017, 07:59 AM
RE: What Are You Currently Reading?
(04-08-2017 02:10 AM)Gert Heide Wrote:  So You've Been Publicly Shamed, by Jon Ronson, of The Men Who Stare at Goats fame. [Wonderful film. Haven't read the book that preceded it.]

The highs [You're famous! People follow you on Twitter and pay big bucks to attend your lectures!] and the lows [You're infamous. People have found out you plagiarised the stuff in your lectures and that you're an egomaniac fantasist] of the Age of Narcissism. As one great thinker recently said, if your aim is to please the public, you have to live with the risk that you'll instead displease the public. So many of us are now, in a small way, digital publishers. Sadly, the unwritten rules that once applied, say, to small town newspapers - the acceptance that if you said something, you'd say it with reference to facts and in a manner befitting an educated and grown-up person - have been abolished. It's a free-for-all. Clowns and sages and everyone in between are mixing it up virally and the new absence of any civilised features of objective discourse means it's really more like cage-fighting. The book's a warning to anyone wanting to take part to first get the digital equivalent of an athletic supporter and a mouthguard and, best of all, a rhino-thick hide.

That was a fantastic book!
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04-08-2017, 08:33 AM
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I'm currently reading: Doubt: A History by Jennifer Hecht. It talks about doubt about gods from the ancients to the modern day.

https://www.amazon.com/Doubt-Doubters-In...hael+hecht

Also reading Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age, by Steve Knopper

https://www.amazon.com/Appetite-Self-Des...ve+knopper

Both great reads in their unique way.
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04-08-2017, 08:35 AM
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(04-08-2017 02:10 AM)Gert Heide Wrote:  So You've Been Publicly Shamed, by Jon Ronson, of The Men Who Stare at Goats fame. [Wonderful film. Haven't read the book that preceded it.]

The highs [You're famous! People follow you on Twitter and pay big bucks to attend your lectures!] and the lows [You're infamous. People have found out you plagiarised the stuff in your lectures and that you're an egomaniac fantasist] of the Age of Narcissism. As one great thinker recently said, if your aim is to please the public, you have to live with the risk that you'll instead displease the public. So many of us are now, in a small way, digital publishers. Sadly, the unwritten rules that once applied, say, to small town newspapers - the acceptance that if you said something, you'd say it with reference to facts and in a manner befitting an educated and grown-up person - have been abolished. It's a free-for-all. Clowns and sages and everyone in between are mixing it up virally and the new absence of any civilised features of objective discourse means it's really more like cage-fighting. The book's a warning to anyone wanting to take part to first get the digital equivalent of an athletic supporter and a mouthguard and, best of all, a rhino-thick hide.

Adding this one to my wish list. I've read The Psychopath Test.
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06-08-2017, 04:14 AM
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Nearly finished Why? Explaining the Holocaust by Peter Hayes and I must say that it is a book worth reading - concise and informative with good points about Hilberg and Arendt thesis about Jews lack of resistance and Browning "ordinary people".

It requires some prior knowledge but it is not unaprochable.

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14-08-2017, 12:27 AM
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I am currently reading:

A Feast for Crows, book 4 of the Game of Thrones series.
Dune: The Machine Crusade by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
On Basilisk Station by David Weber
The Divine Comedy by Dante because I am a glutton for punishment apparently.

"What sort of God would promise us a land like this?" - Zensunni lament
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14-08-2017, 02:11 AM
What Are You Currently Reading?
KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps by Nikolaus Wachsmann and Contesting Democracy: Political Ideas in Twentieth- Century Europe by Jan-Werner Müller.

The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth.

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15-08-2017, 05:12 PM
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The Delirium Brief. 4.5/5 It's Charles Stross's latest "Laundry Files" book and...wow. Sometimes he's accused of not moving fast enough with the plot in these books, but this was nonstop "oh crap" moments one after another. My major issue with it was some characters changed a bit too much 'offscreen' between novels and one "external asset" is now basically one of the people in charge of the organization, and there was a bit of retconning. Still awesome though. Something's going on with the Laundry's American counterpart (and not in a good way), an American megachurch televangelist -whose Jesus is actually an eldritch elder god in a pyramid on a world outside our conception of space and time - is trying to take over the UK government through subversion and mind control, oh and our narrator is still having marital issues which aren't easily resolved because the part of him that eats souls keeps trying to kill his wife while they sleep.

For those who haven't heard of the series before, TV Tropes describes it better than I:

Quote:A series of Cosmic Horror Story novels and novellas by author Charles Stross. According to Word of God, the idea for the series originated from a realization that Lovecraftian horror and the Cold War are actually pretty darn similar, and if there really were elder, tentacled horrors lurking around the edges of reality, the government would get involved and the departments they'd set up to do so would look very much like Stale Beer flavored Spy Fiction.

The main protagonist of the series calls himself Bob Howard (not his real name), a Desk Jockey who was forcibly recruited into "The Laundry" after his graduate computer science work nearly summoned Nyarlathotep. Now he's charged with protecting Earth from incursions by the many-angled ones, who can be summoned all too easily with modern computer technology. Most of the job is attending meetings and filling out paperwork, but every so often there's a major incident that results in Laundry agents trying to fight off Cthulhu and his cronies with their Palm Pilots (their note here: Hey, the first novel was published in 2004 before smart phones were big; later novels depict Bob suitably upgrading to an iPhone) , Monkey's Paw wards, and the occasional briefcase nuke, while Bob has the misfortune to land right in the middle of it.

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22-08-2017, 02:47 AM
RE: What Are You Currently Reading?
Onto:

American Psycho by Brent Easton Ellis

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