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Jan 27 2016 10:38
What are you reading?

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Jan 27 2016 13:22

Susan Haack 'Evidence Matters:Science, proof and truth in the law', Leval's 'Collectives', Wen 'Quantum Field Theory of Many-body Systems' and a PhD thesis on Bayesian decision theory in crime investigation.

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Jan 27 2016 13:45

'The Starday Story - The House That Country Music Built', by Nathan D. Gibson.
Interesting and well written.

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Jan 27 2016 19:01

Junya Yimprasert's work on academia edu and the LRB on Thaksin Shinawatra.
http://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n12/richard-lloydparry/the-story-of-thaksin-shi...

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Jan 27 2016 16:25

I'm reading this on the rec of a comrade

http://www.amazon.com/Something-Fierce-Memoirs-Revolutionary-Daughter/dp...

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Jan 27 2016 16:57

List on Russian Rev

Rex Wades Russian Rev
Rabinowichs Bolshies come to power and Bolshies in Power
State and Rev
Brinton and Goodey debate
Marots book on Russian Rev and agricultural issues.
Avrich Anarchists in Russian Rev (skimming for re-read).

I'm lacking books for after 1918 and I also have the PDF of red Petrograd to help sort out exactly what role factory committees played.

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Jan 27 2016 18:22

Beowulf

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Jan 27 2016 18:46

Single and Single - an ok modern John Le Carré
Freedomland - Not one of Richard PRice's best, but it's ok.
Invisible Man - IT's a shame he never managed to finish another book, I think I'll order Juneteenth for afterwards.

Edit: just started Chabrol's La Banquise, hopefully it's as good as Un homme de trop (if anyone ever finds a copy of the Costa Gavras film I would LOVE to have it!

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Jan 27 2016 18:51

trying to keep up with my nursing reading mainly, but outside of that:

Puerto Rico in the American Century by Ayala and Bernabe
The Capitalist Imperative: Territory, Technology, and Industrial Growth by Storper and Walker (really interesting, I'm curious what others think about it)
Belated Feudalism: Labor, the Law, and Liberal Development in the United States by Orren
From Manual Workers to Wage Laborers: Transformation of the Social Question by Castel

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Jan 27 2016 19:01

In Letters of Blood and Fire by Caffentzis

Seeds of the Earth, space opera by Michael Cobly.

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Jan 27 2016 19:12

George Lamming's 'The Emigrants'.. just finished 'In the Castle of My Skin', both of them brilliant..

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Jan 27 2016 19:44

I'm reading War and Peace

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Jan 28 2016 07:41

^i don't believe you lol.

Ed, i don't know him but can you see some similarites with yourself being abroad/are the themes kinda universal re migration?

Anyone read Terry Crews?

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Jan 28 2016 07:58

the Suleiman Charitra by Kalyana Malla

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Jan 28 2016 10:27

The Pilgrim's Progress John Bunyan
Demons Dostoevsky

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Jan 28 2016 18:39

About to start Jack Bragen's essays on mental illness.

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Jan 28 2016 19:23
wojtek wrote:
Ed, i don't know him but can you see some similarites with yourself being abroad/are the themes kinda universal re migration?

Nah, not really.. The Emigrants is really about the experience of black Caribbean migrants coming to London after WW2.. I think it captures a really interesting moment in British history when the country (or specifically, London.. though I guess you could generalise it to most of the urban centres) was changing drastically.. highly recommended anyway..

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Feb 5 2016 17:53

Reading "the oh really factor" a nice little fact check of all of the shit that Bill O'Reilly said. I find myself chuckling constantly because the book just shows how he literally just makes shit up.

I'm shocked he still has a show given thesexual assault fiasco (well worth the read I must say, especially the bit about falafel) and the fact that his daughter swore in court that O'Reilly dragged his ex-wife by the neck down a flight of stairs.

Anyway it's a fun read because this guy is totally mental and Adam Johnson does a good job putting it all together.

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Mar 14 2016 20:28

One of Benedict Anderson's last essays on Thailand:
https://newleftreview.org/II/97/benedict-anderson-riddles-of-yellow-and-...

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Mar 15 2016 21:31

In Search of Robert Millar, by Richard Moore. A biography of Britain's greatest cyclist, who strangely gets omitted from Channel Four's history of British professional cycling.

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Mar 17 2016 00:54

Harold Pinter complete plays vol. 3

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Mar 24 2016 20:13

Cruyff's boycott:
http://sabotagetimes.com/sport/why-cruyff-boycotted-argentina-78

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Mar 24 2016 20:46

"Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" Phillip K Dick

Next up I'm hoping to read the "Three Body Problem" by Liu Cixin -- on a sci fi tip lately

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Mar 24 2016 21:29

I just got The Three Body Problem. Looks interesting and I'm wondering why the novel is so popular in China.

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Mar 26 2016 07:03

Re-reading Anti-Dühring.

"If therefore Herr Dühring is able without more ado to let his famous two men conduct their economic relations on the basis of equality, this is so because it seems quite natural to popular prejudice. And in fact Herr Dühring calls his philosophy natural because it is derived solely from things which seem to him quite natural. But why they seem natural to him is a question which of course he does not ask."

That Engels is going on a tirade against people positing popular prejudice as natural or unquestioned suggests that he's being disciplined somehow. Nonetheless, I think it's fairly clear that the main absence in Marxism is that although it is generally accepted that Dühring is farcical (a term which incidentally seems to express quite a sharp critique of Hegel), it is left unspoken which tragedy they may have been a repetition of. This is a serious problem and one not to be overlooked. Indeed, what is it to condemn a Herr Dühring without noting their relation to the tragic form, it may be reduced to pure personal spite if it were not justifiably harsher.

Incidentally, Engels comes off in these later works as sounding quite like the early Marx, especially in polemical contexts, although the content often differs in such cases as these. What stands out about Anti-Dühring, as well, is the highly noticeable lack of enthusiasm. Engels did quite get excitable about their dusty, long books, and people seldom seem to understand such things, although it might have been used to furnish the claim that somebody bothered with reading Marx's book by themselves and completely. Which, I mean, is unfortunate, but Karl Marx's day was a harsh enough time for books that were not only 'boring,' and inaccessible, and also long, but also communist, so you sort of figure that modernity would have been a bit hellish for them. They could still be wandering around the streets and haunting houses occasionally, and nobody would pay them the least heed or think that they were worth treating as a human being. Few would seem to question their motivation, which would obviously imply something outside of and beyond the system, as they wrote. In any case, though, at the least we can rely on Kevin Moore smashing lamp-posts because they feel like they ought to, and also that Marx was a spectre of sorts that people talked about occasionally but wouldn't generally wish to read, certainly in any detail, unless it was just to write some kind of equivalent of cheap graffiti over them about how Karl Marx was inferior to every French person to put pen on paper, which is bizarre, although with their language it might well take them a few tries if they're not accustomed.

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Mar 26 2016 20:48

James Joyce - Dubliners

It looks like a lovely little book smile

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Mar 26 2016 21:37

So just read that actually this isn't true and it was actually to do with a kidnap attempt on his family, which made me really sad coz it's something I've always believed about Cruyff..

Apparently did choose Barca over Real Madrid coz he didn't want to play for a team associated with Franco though (so he can still play in my All-Star Rebel XI)..

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Mar 27 2016 01:56

Beckett - Krapp's Last Tape.

By the way, someone voted down for Joyce...?

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Mar 27 2016 02:07

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Mar 27 2016 21:06

'Marxian Science and the Colleges' by Daniel de Leon, again a re-read. De Leon was, of course, ejected by order from Columbia University, and hence annoyed about such disciplinary measures. He was known for articles with titles like 'Chase that Professor' and 'And This is a Professor,' as well as responding to Oxford University professors giving lectures with his own speeches denouncing and mocking them, as well as condemning them as "private corporations of learning," that, were, "run to suit the private and to the nation disastrous whims, caprices, and INTERESTS of their owners," which interests they were no doubt familiar with after expulsion from this circuit. He characterised their purpose in the terms of the colleges appealing to the capitalists, "you will need the blockheads whom we cultivate; if we do not addle the brains out of these youths then where would you be..." He hence viewed them in harmony with the working sphere or industries, except that their target was to subjugate the mental life of the nation to capital, or at least bother it and discipline it, which other institutions could not do. In this aspect their separation from schools, which as institutions merely prepared people for capital, would seem to be portrayed inevitably. This aspect of his writing - his writings about the topic - is often insufficiently covered in books on his writings, biographies, etc., but this is a collection of his writings on the subject, and as such recommended, especially for people interested in his writings.

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Apparently did choose Barca over Real Madrid coz he didn't want to play for a team associated with Franco though (so he can still play in my All-Star Rebel XI)..

Not sure you'd want to know who those teams are associated with, though. It's not a coincidence that the League had generally been a two-team affair.

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Mar 27 2016 21:50
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Apparently did choose Barca over Real Madrid coz he didn't want to play for a team associated with Franco though (so he can still play in my All-Star Rebel XI)..

Not sure you'd want to know who those teams are associated with, though. It's not a coincidence that the League had generally been a two-team affair.

Always thought Real were traditionally associated with Franco and the monarchy (hence 'Real') and Barca with Catalan republicans (tho did hear there's been a group of ultra-right Catalan nationalist ultras since the 1980s/90s).. no?