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Posted - Jun 16 2017 : 6:35PM
I think that something of E.M Cioran would be a compulsory reading, I recommend the one that is perhaps his best book and the first one that he wrote with only 21 years. Condirero that is a gem. "On the summit of despair" is the name of the book.
 
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"Gone with the Wind" has gotten me reading history again.
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I've heard this is good. Is this another re-read for you, or a first time? Either way, please share your reactions.
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Posted - Jun 27 2017 : 2:02PM
^Hey Bob,
Yes, it is another reread but this book is so awesome.
Lots of great stories and insider stuff from the late 60's and all through the 70's of Hollywood filmmaking. The author talked to everyone who was still alive.
It's a great, fast paced read. I think you would really enjoy it after you read the John Ford biography. Reading those two books back to back gives a really great peek into two VERY different times in Hollywood filmmaking.
 
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Posted - Jun 28 2017 : 12:12AM
Good to know, thanks!


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Here are two books about Hollywood filmmaking that I can recommend:
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Posted - Jun 28 2017 : 9:39AM
^ Awesome Bob, thanks for the recs. I have been wanting to read filmmaking books but wasn't sure where to start. Going to check these out.
Currently reading "The Gunslinger" by Stephen King.
 
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Posted - Jun 28 2017 : 2:19PM
^^ Bob, both of those books are very good. I've read both. "The Genius Of The System" is simply fantastic. One of the top movie books I would recommend to anyone, especially anyone who loves the films of the 30's, 40's are 50's.
 
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Posted - Jun 29 2017 : 1:00PM
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Cool -- glad that you also think Schatz's book is a standout. Do you work in the film industry? Seems like you're more than just a casual reader.
 
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Posted - Jun 29 2017 : 2:39PM
^ I wish! No, I'm just a huge film fan. Especially of the 30's, 40's and 50's. Plenty of other great movies outside of those timelines but that is the era of Hollywood movie making that I like best.
 
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Posted - Jun 29 2017 : 3:41PM
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My favorite period of filmmaking as well.
 
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Posted - Jul 18 2017 : 2:19PM
^ Great book. Have you read "Mornings On Horseback" by David McCullough? I liked that one also.
 
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Posted - Jul 19 2017 : 3:26AM
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Not yet, although it's in my Amazon "save for later" list.
I enjoyed the first volume of Morris's TR bio so I thought I'd read this one next. I do find his novelistic approach (i.e., he makes a ton of unverifiable details in order to tell the story in an engaging manner) somewhat troubling from a historiographical perspective, and I'd prefer a sparer, more objective narrative. Still, the first book was incredibly well-documented and I assume this one will be too.

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Posted - Jul 19 2017 : 3:53PM
The Plot to Kill King: The Truth Behind the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. by William Pepper
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The film intrigued me with its crazy mix of tones so I picked up the stage play it is based on for a read. I feel the film lacked a certain tightly wound velocity I feel the play demands.
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Posted - Aug 22 2017 : 11:36AM
Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder.
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This is like my 10th time reading it and I think it's all the more timely today.
 
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Posted - Sep 22 2017 : 10:56AM
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I love this book. However, the cover blurb on this edition -- that it's about libertarian revolution -- is a somewhat inaccurate simplification. A lot of Heinlein's other themes, including his interest in polygamy, are also prominent. But I guess that's how books are sold these days.
It's kind of like saying that "Crime and Punishment" is a classic police procedural.
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Posted - Sep 22 2017 : 2:05PM
^ LOL Everything you said is true. I love Heinlein but sometimes he contradicts himself in his novels.
 
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Posted - Sep 23 2017 : 12:53AM
Not a fan of his 'adult' novels but really like his juveniles. Time for the Stars and Starman Jones are my favourite.
 
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Posted - Sep 28 2017 : 12:56PM
Blood Lies: The Evidence that Every Accusation against Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union in Timothy Snyder's Bloodlands Is False by Grover Furr.
 
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"Every accusation . . ."? Sounds like a Holocaust denier.
 
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Posted - Sep 29 2017 : 11:30PM
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Posted - Sep 30 2017 : 12:31AM
^ and ^^ When I was in Russia over the summer (I spent a month in Sochi and then some time visiting friends in St. Petersburg and Moscow) a friend recommended it to me when we were discussing what Snyder's had to say about Trump. Now, my friend is an intelligent guy, but I know what his biases are, so I was skeptical. In any case, I eventually reread Bloodlands, reviewed my notes and made some new ones, and then I got straight away to reading and annotating Furr's book.
 
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Amazing that there are still Marxist-Lenninsts left in the world, but then I guess there are Nazis too so...

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Posted - Oct 4 2017 : 11:23AM
Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates. Blonde is my favorite novel. I read it at least once a year.
 
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Posted - Oct 4 2017 : 10:53PM
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Are there a lot of books that you reread? What do repeated readings of this particular book do for you, if you don't mind my asking?
In a C.S. Lewis biography I read, he was quoted as saying that he constantly reread his favorite books and that he really didn't understand why people thought they knew a book until they'd read it several times -- which I'm sure is true if you're a professor of literature or are seeking that kind of depth of knowledge anyway. For me, there's so much I haven't read but want to read that going back to something is almost inconceivable. Poetry, I've gone back to. A few short stories, too. Music, of course. I'm sure that it would also be valuable and pleasurable to reread my favorite novels, but I read slowly and free, quiet time is in short supply.
Sucks. I probably shouldn't spend any time on the internet that I could spend on books. I'll have to think about that.

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Posted - Oct 5 2017 : 12:05AM
^I don't know how to make this not sound weird, but whenever I reread Blonde I feel like I'm revisiting an old friend, both in terms of the novel's protagonist (a fictional Norma Jeane Baker/Marilyn Monroe) and of the person who I was when I first read that novel. I read it at just the right time in my life for it to have maximum impact. I'm embarrassed to say this about a novel, but Blonde really did help me mature from a girl into a woman. Legally I was already an adult, but I was still clinging to a lot of girlish fantasies that Blonde made me rethink. Ever since then, whenever I reread Blonde it gives me an opportunity to stop and think critically about where I am in the various spheres of my life. Besides that I do love the book on a practical level in terms of the writing style, etc. so in that sense it's the same as returning to anything that I've enjoyed experiencing and want to experience again.
I reread a lot of books, and I guess one of the reasons why is that, when it comes to fiction (and sometimes this also applies to memoirs and autobiographies), if a book has any real depth I'm going to get something slightly different from it each time. It's not that what the books means to me in terms of its overarching theme/themes will change, but it's never quite the same experience each time. There are so many things in Blonde that I took a while to notice, or understand, or relate to. There are little details that I didn't fully appreciate. And, again, pleasure does tend to be a big part of it. If I get pleasure from something I'm probably going to return to it if possible.
Usually I reread non-fiction when I want to refresh my memory. If it's a book that I took a lot of notes on, I might review my notes one day, get really intrigued, and decide to read the book again. Maybe the subject matter is inspiring, or I find it especially relevant in light of whatever current events are taking place.
I feel the same way about my time online as you. With me that feeling especially comes up with non-fiction. I worry about spending a lot of time online acquiring a superficial understanding of multiple subjects as opposed to reading a book on one subject and gaining a deep understanding of it.
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Nothing you say sounds weird, and I'm always interested in what you think. Thanks for sharing. :)

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^It's good to know that, despite myself, I don't sound weird.
 
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+1 to all of this. I couldn't have said it better myself.
I'll reread a book I read when I was 20 and get a whole new meaning from what I got the first time.

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^^I love when that happens, especially when I'm rereading books that I enjoyed in my adolescence or early adulthood.
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Neutralized: The FBI vs. Jean Seberg by Jean Russell Larson and Garry McGee. This book compliments McGee's Jean Seberg: Breathless nicely.

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Posted - Oct 31 2017 : 9:09PM
Comrade Chiang Ch'ing by Roxane Witke
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I have recently read two entertaining novels rich in magic realism with an Indian slant (as in India, not Native American):
The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie and
The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
I think I found Rushdie's writing more satisfying, but both were wonderfully colorful reads.

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Ideologies of Forgetting: Rape in the Vietnam War by Gina Marie Weaver
 
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^ Welcome back, misspornusa!!!!
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