What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Fallible » Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:41 pm

protagonist wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:47 am
I'm reading Keith Richards' autobiography, "Life". To quote:
"Then 'Since my baby left me'. That was the first rock and roll I heard. It was a totally different sound, stripped down, burnt, no bullshit, no violins and ladies' choruses and schmaltz....
The silence is your canvas, that's your frame, that's what you work on; don't try to deafen it out." ...
Just curious, but while he did say "Since My Baby Left Me," did he mean "My Baby Left Me," which is the title of Presley's song (with the great Scotty Moore on guitar)? Or, maybe the author thought "Since" was part of the song title, when Richards was really saying, "Since 'My Baby Left Me' and didn't mean "Since" as part of the title, which he certainly would've known.
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Post by Wilderness Librarian » Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:44 pm

How to change your mind: what the new science of psychedelics teaches us about consciousness, dying, addiction, depression and transcendence / by Michael Pollan (the author of several noted & popular food oriented books). First heard about this on NPR's Science Friday program as one of their recommended readings for 2018. Although a bit overly wordy and introspective well researched truly unique and provocative. I had no idea of the extent history and contemporary serious research regarding psychedelic compounds and their therapeutic potential. Even though Pollan discusses his own recent guided trials (the role of guides is compared to that of shamanism) this is not to be misinterpreted as a recreational drug advocacy book. I suspect the title is a deliberate subtle pun - this book may well change your mind.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by protagonist » Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:53 pm

Fallible wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:41 pm
protagonist wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:47 am
I'm reading Keith Richards' autobiography, "Life". To quote:
"Then 'Since my baby left me'. That was the first rock and roll I heard. It was a totally different sound, stripped down, burnt, no bullshit, no violins and ladies' choruses and schmaltz....
The silence is your canvas, that's your frame, that's what you work on; don't try to deafen it out." ...
Just curious, but while he did say "Since My Baby Left Me," did he mean "My Baby Left Me," which is the title of Presley's song (with the great Scotty Moore on guitar)? Or, maybe the author thought "Since" was part of the song title, when Richards was really saying, "Since 'My Baby Left Me' and didn't mean "Since" as part of the title, which he certainly would've known.

He was writing about Heartbreak Hotel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4euyTDhFnk

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Fallible » Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:05 pm

protagonist wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:53 pm
Fallible wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:41 pm
protagonist wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:47 am
I'm reading Keith Richards' autobiography, "Life". To quote:
"Then 'Since my baby left me'. That was the first rock and roll I heard. It was a totally different sound, stripped down, burnt, no bullshit, no violins and ladies' choruses and schmaltz....
The silence is your canvas, that's your frame, that's what you work on; don't try to deafen it out." ...
Just curious, but while he did say "Since My Baby Left Me," did he mean "My Baby Left Me," which is the title of Presley's song (with the great Scotty Moore on guitar)? Or, maybe the author thought "Since" was part of the song title, when Richards was really saying, "Since 'My Baby Left Me' and didn't mean "Since" as part of the title, which he certainly would've known.

He was writing about Heartbreak Hotel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4euyTDhFnk
You're right, Richards did refer to "Heartbreak," although it begins with "Well..." And now, after watching the great "Heartbreak" video again, I'll be humming that tune all day, probably longer. :-)
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Grantley » Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:26 pm

Just finished _Life of Samuel Johnson_ by Boswell. It was a slow read and I only read 10-15 pages a day. I try to mix in some serious stuff with the more fun reads.

Currently reading through the Patrick O'Brian Aubrey / Maturin Napoleonic Naval Warfare novels. This is my fifth time through the 20 volume series and obviously I love them. Also reading a few mysteries.

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Post by dewey » Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:40 pm

I just finished John Cleese's "Professor at Large." Delightful book. Often witty of course. But as often insightful and poignant. He's actually brilliant and very well educated (Cambridge, Law school, etc.). In brief summary, Cornell had (still has?) a program that invited accomplished people to be visiting professors--of sorts--speaking to classes, giving other lectures, etc., a few times a year. The appointments were for two years. But Cleese was so well received he kept being invited back. Many times. So many times they had to think of a new kind of appointment for him so they did. The book is his account of the experience. It covers quite a wing span of years. Extremely well written. Highly recommended.
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Post by nisiprius » Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:26 pm

Just finished reading Walden: or, Life in the Woods, by Henry David Thoreau (first time) and "Black Beauty" by Anna Sewell (re-reading).

Just finished re-reading The Persuader, a Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child.

Re-read Hotel, by Arthur Hailey, because it was a bargain Kindle book, and it wasn't half bad, so I bought another one, The Moneychangers, but I'm not sure I'm going to finish it. Not that there's any similarity in themes, but Arthur Hailey was a fairly bad writer, in exactly the same way that Dan Brown is a bad writer, and the clumsiness and clunkiness are getting to me. It's about banking in the 1970s.

Of course, I shouldn't be reading it at the same time as The Day the Bubble Burst: A Social History of the Wall Street Crash of 1929, by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan-Witts, because the latter is a much better book and it is real.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by blackfish » Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:39 pm

I usually have two books going at a time. One audiobook as I commute 50 minutes each way for work, and one on my kindle.

Currently:

The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance - Ron Chernow (Audiobook)
Citizen Soldiers - Stephen Ambrose (Kindle)

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Post by jebmke » Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:09 pm

schachtw wrote:
Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:10 pm
Currently reading:


“What Would Happen if the President of the
USA Went Stark-Raving Mad”?

subtitle: Night of Camp David

Author: Fletcher Knebel
I am reading this as well. Was originally published in 1965. Author also wrote "Seven Days in May"
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Post by Small Law Survivor » Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:15 am

Need to mention Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. I enjoyed this book immensely.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by quantAndHold » Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:19 am

Small Law Survivor wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:15 am
Need to mention Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. I enjoyed this book immensely.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008TUQ60G/re ... TF8&btkr=1
I love that book. One of my favorites.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by DanMahowny » Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:45 am

Read 2 books in last 2 days.

#1- Never Split the Difference
Fantastic book. I always felt I was an adequate negotiator. Can't wait to implement what I learned in this book.

#2- Hillbilly Elegy
I can relate to this one having grown up sorta poor in a crappy little town.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by ruralavalon » Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:55 am

DanMahowny wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:45 am
Read 2 books in last 2 days.

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#2- Hillbilly Elegy
I can relate to this one having grown up sorta poor in a crappy little town.
That's a very good book.

I could relate even though my own youth was much different.
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Post by bck63 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:22 pm

"The Epistle of James" in the Bible

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Post by ruralavalon » Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:50 pm

Magic City, by James W. Hall.

An old photograph of the Clay vs. Liston boxing match of 1964 in Miami Beach leads to the unravelling of a 40 year old murder mystery and an anti-Castro CIA plot.
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Post by trustquestioner » Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:58 pm

“Black Edge” about Steve Cohen and SAC.

Good, quick read. Pretty strong case that insider trading was/is widespread and, if the top guys are careful, very difficult to prosecute.

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Post by itsf8 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:44 pm

The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy
The Cigar Factory by Michelle Moore

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Post by Earl Lemongrab » Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:24 pm

Shadow Captain by Alastair Reynolds.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Every things free » Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:26 pm

Since Oct.2018 19 books.
Just finished The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis and Business Secrets From the Bible by Daniel Lapin.
I'm encouraged to see all the readers.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by corysold » Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:22 pm

About a 1/4 of the way through "The Count Of Monte Cristo". Really like it. Totally missed it in any previous "classics" reading I've done.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by blacklab » Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:57 pm

Just read “All quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Marie Remarque in a new 2018 translation.

For some reason never got around to reading this classic. Not quite what I expected but I believe will be unforgettable.

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Post by Fallible » Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:22 pm

Those who love flying, women especially, may enjoy A Spitfire Girl by Mary Ellis (as told to Melody Foreman), focusing on women who flew with the Air Transport Auxiliary in WWII. The ATA was formed in 1940 to fly new fighters and bombers from the factories to RAF and Fleet Air Arm airfields. Amazingly, these women, and men, flew many different types of aircraft for the first time, sometimes several different types in one day, including four-engine bombers, usually alone, in combat zones, and with mainly a compass and no radios. Ellis herself is rather amazing, going on after the war as a private pilot, airport manager, and even auto racer. She died last year at 101, just a few years after flying again in her beloved Spitfires, this time double-seaters flown by young pilots who admired her accomplishments.

I have no interest in flying an airplane, but after learning about the book in Ellis’s obit in the NYT, It reminded me of a family friend who transported new bombers and other military planes from U.S. factories to England and Europe during WWII. He often shared his experiences, including the dangers and close calls, with us kids in the ‘50s.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by FireHorse » Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:26 pm

Two third way through "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood.
I have read some of author's presentation before I decided to read this book. I knew what triggers her to write this book and at what circumstances she wrote this book.
The story gives me chill. Hope the story will never become true.

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Post by hdas » Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:52 pm

Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by heartwood » Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:57 pm

I just finished Jane Harper's "The Lost Man". It's her third novel set in Australia. I've enjoyed them all and especially the writing in this one. Its set on outback cattle ranches in Queensland. I didn't see the ending coming ...

A good read for me in a little over a day.

I finished August Snow by Stephen Mack Jones several weeks ago. His protagonist is a Detroit ex-police officer, son of a black father and Mexican mother. He returns to Detroit, and starts some unofficial detective work and general housekeeping in his old neighborhood. I enjoyed the characters and the dialog and the descriptions of Detroit.

I've just started his 2nd novel with the same protagonist, Lives Laid Away.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by ruralavalon » Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:47 pm

Nacho Unleashed, by Laurence Shames.

On Key West a retired mobster's tiny dog saves the day, thwarts a mad scientist and all ends happily.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by bearcub » Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:55 pm

UnDo It! Dr. Dean Ornish

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by mega317 » Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:01 pm

The Keith Richards book is awesome on audio too. Johnny Depp does some of it. Just picture the jack sparrow character reading to you.

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