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Posted by PeacefulWarrior on Feb-15-2003 22:00:

All Americans should read this book:

Silencing Political Dissent by Nancy Chang

It discusses how post-september 11 anti-terrorism measures threaten our civil liberties.


Posted by Trancer-X on Feb-21-2003 22:37:

quote:
Originally posted by CortexBomb
Essential stories about future "negative" utopias...with all too many shades of our current world in them.



Look into the "Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion" if you want something sketchy to ruminate over.

Hegel was also an interesting cat. Thesis ~ Anti-Thesis/Synthesis...

How about American industrialists funding Communism. There's much that the public doesn't know! How could we? We're kept in the dark.


Posted by OLi_A on Feb-23-2003 14:12:

we had to read this book in social ecology last year that i thought was pretty mind blowing

ishmael by daniel quinn

has anyone read it? if so what did you think cause im not much into philosophy and what not but this book was pretty good


Posted by Konijn on Feb-23-2003 20:00:

All of the following have been published in the last 10 yrs:

Best Fiction:
Jamaica Kincaid "Autobiography of my Mother"
Philip Roth "American Pastoral"
Peter Taylor "Summons to Memphis"
Jeffrey Eugenides "The Virgin Suicides

Literary Biography:
Philip Roth "Patrimony"

Collection of Short Stories:
A.S. Byatt "The Matisse Stories"

Books of 'Dissent,' broadly construed:
Naomi Klein "No Logo"
Robert McChesney "Rich Media, Poor Democracy"
Nancy Snow "Propaganda Inc." (a 60 pp. pamphlet)
Christopher Hitchens "The Missionary Position"
anything by Chomsky (it's just not fair how smart he is)

Cartoon/Satire:
Anything by Tom Tomorrow

Books to name-drop at cocktail parties (and whose good ideas get lost in impenetrably esoteric lingo):
Gyatri Spivak "A Critique of Postcolonial Reason"
Homi Bhabha "The Location of Culture"

American History (it's what I study)
Thomas Sugrue "Origins of the Urban Crisis" (a book everyone at Fox news should be beaten over the head with)
Glenda Gilmore "Gender and Jim Crow"
Matthew Jacobson "Whiteness of a Different Color"
Mike Wallace and Ted Burroughs "Gotham" a sentimental fave
Alan Brinkley "End of Reform"

P.S. Ayn Rand's writing is as awful as her politics
P.P.S. There's a reason the independent press voted Tom Friedman the journalist who has traveled the most yet learned the least...


Posted by biznology on Feb-25-2003 17:08:

okay, this is fiction, but it spans the 'lifetime of civilization' and is a great read:

Tom Robbins 'Jitterbug Perfume' and connects history and religion in ways never thot poss

few more:

Richard Preston 'The Cobra Event' and 'The Hot Zone' both go along somewhat with the Aids discussion. very interesting, very engaging. Cobra is mostly ficticious while Zone recounts the short history of Ebola, but is better than that damn Dustin Hoffman movie with the monkey|


Posted by Trancer-X on Feb-25-2003 19:14:

Oh yeah, books.

Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
Art of War - Sun Tsu

Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace - Gore Vidal (not that I agree with it)

The Death of Common Sense - Philip K. Howard


The Book of Thoth - Haha


Posted by Trancer-X on Feb-25-2003 19:47:

Perfume - Patrick Suskind


Posted by Mental Exodus on Mar-10-2003 00:46:

quote:
Originally posted by Trancer-X
Oh yeah, books.
The Book of Thoth - Haha


Is this a real book? I once saw a thing that delt with Thoth and was wondering. Somthing to do with ligh and darkness and stuff.


Posted by Trancer-X on Mar-11-2003 22:59:

Emerald Tablets of Thoth


Posted by Floorfiller on Mar-11-2003 23:42:

quote:
Originally posted by Trancer-X
Emerald Tablets of Thoth


heheheh i got you beat here is a link to lots of FREE hostorical texts including the Emerald Tablets...

www.ancienttexts.org

they got lots of different cultures...at the moment i'm reading the book of the dead...just cause i like all that stuff...


Posted by Mental Exodus on Mar-12-2003 03:21:

Be Cool!

http://www.crystalinks.com/emerald.html
BOOYAA found it.
Not a bad read at all


Posted by occrider on Mar-12-2003 03:39:

quote:
Originally posted by Trancer-X
How about American industrialists funding Communism. There's much that the public doesn't know! How could we? We're kept in the dark.


Wow that's got to have an interesting tie in, especially since it would appear to be counter-productive for industrialists to sponsor communism!

Anyway if you like astronomy at all read:

The Whole Shebang A State of the Universe(s) by Timothy Ferris: It's a little more in-depth than carl sagan and stephen hawking but not over your head.

And my current history read:

Carnage and Culture by Victor Davis Hanson: I disagree with some of his premises but he presents an interesting argument as to why some cultures are are inherentely successful in war.


Posted by Trancer-X on Mar-12-2003 17:36:

Hegelian Philosophy dominates the Rockefeller clan as well as the Knights of Malta, the top 3 degrees of Freemasonry, the Priory of Scion, et cetera.


quote:
Originally posted by occrider
Wow that's got to have an interesting tie in, especially since it would appear to be counter-productive for industrialists to sponsor communism!


Posted by Trancer-X on Mar-19-2003 22:49:

http://reformed-theology.org/html/b...tion/index.html

quote:
Originally posted by occrider
Wow that's got to have an interesting tie in, especially since it would appear to be counter-productive for industrialists to sponsor communism!


Posted by klingklang77 on Mar-21-2003 04:07:

-'catcher in the rye' by salinger is my all time favourite...
-'in cold blood' by truman capote excellent issues dealing with the death penalty.
-'junky' william burroughs...his writing style is unique to say the least.
-'don't let's go to the dogs tonight' alexandra fuller- i can not recomend this book more- an excellent story about a briton growing up in Rhodesia as it turned to zimbabwe (i have a slight african obsession)
-'a good man is hard to find'- flannery o'conner- great short story
-'on the road'- jack kerouac. great story about being yourself and growing into yourself...if you like catcher in the rye you will like this book as long as you are over the age of 22.
-'all quiet on the western front'- read it NOW it is war time....i leave my thoughts at that....

i like a lot of poetry and plays but does that count as a book? i see it as literature- i just read a play by lessing 'emilia galotti' i really liked it.

and my favourite poem at the moment- 'der Erlkönig' by goethe. but it must be read in german.


Posted by JohnSmith on Mar-26-2003 19:51:

I know it's already been said, but damn George Orwell - 1984 is a good book! I've picked it up last week, and it's so engaging.

War is peace. Eurasia is afghanistan. Eastasia is Iraq.


Posted by PeacefulWarrior on Mar-26-2003 21:33:

The following site contains several free ebooks including Orwell's "1984," Huxley's "Brave New World" and de Jasay's "The State."

http://freedomlaw.com/ReadSect.html#Patriot

Johnsmith, I would have posted it earlier if I'd known you'd needed it.


Posted by JohnSmith on Mar-26-2003 22:59:

cool man, thanks! i didn't find the book, but i saw the review of 1984, and couldn't help read the summary! it's a trap! go back wilson!


Posted by PeacefulWarrior on Mar-27-2003 01:14:

quote:
Originally posted by JohnSmith
cool man, thanks! i didn't find the book, but i saw the review of 1984, and couldn't help read the summary! it's a trap! go back wilson!


http://www.online-literature.com/orwell/1984/

It should be on the left side of the screen as you scroll down--it's divided into individual chapters as opposed to a big file.


Posted by Gourhellyea on Apr-01-2003 04:35:

wow i read through this entire post and nobody has mentioned any works by shakespeare. once you get past the old english and start reading it you will be amazed by how he uses language. i was fortunate enough to take a class on it last semester and my prof opened my eyes to all of the symbolism and deeper themes within his plays. if you read closely you will appreciate why he is the greatest western writer of all time.

kurt vonnegut is also amazing, i would highly recommend slaughterhouse five.

i hated catch-22, what did you guys see in it?


Posted by JudgeJulez on Apr-02-2003 19:47:

Be Cool!

Question: According to survey's, Ayn Rand's 'Atlas Shrugged' is second on the list of books that have most influenced college students (The Bible's #1). What's it about, and what makes it have that sort of effect on college students?

oh and two quickies:

'Common Ground' by J. Anthony Lukas-wow, wonderful history, written in a biographical style told from multiple angles, that dissects the events that made up the years of de-segregating public schools in Boston. Must read for anyone interested in social history (or actually, anyone who enjoys a good read; I couldn't put it down, over 600 pages and I finished it in under two wks)

'Ways of Seeing' by John Berger. Excellent introduction to approaching art from an ideological perspective. Very short, but the points come across crystal clear.


Posted by JohnSmith on Apr-07-2003 03:28:

quote:
Originally posted by JohnSmith
cool man, thanks! i didn't find the book, but i saw the review of 1984, and couldn't help read the summary! it's a trap! go back wilson!


well, i finished the book, the ending is kinda.. depressing. then i rented the movie, and it's even worse. :/


Posted by AnotherWay83 on Apr-07-2003 05:54:

quote:
Originally posted by Gourhellyea
kurt vonnegut is also amazing, i would highly recommend slaughterhouse five.

i hated catch-22, what did you guys see in it?


catch-22 was hilarious!! i remember how much i kept on laughing when reading that book...my fave character==Milo

slaughterhouse 5 is a good book, yes.


Posted by TranceGiant on Apr-10-2003 17:11:

So I'm about to buy the famous "Godel, Escher, Bach" book. Any1 here ready it yet?


Posted by Renegade on Apr-10-2003 17:31:

How did you go with Nausea?


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