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Re: New now reading

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Re: New now reading

Postby Snarfyguy » 16 May 2018, 14:23

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The looks, styles and products of the world’s first-ever consumer boom (1955-65). It covers architecture, interior design, cars, labour-saving appliances, nuclear fallout shelters etc. It’s fascinating, if you like this kind of thing.

The illustrations are great – ...........

.....I want a formica-topped blob table now!


Just ordered a copy - cheers Echo ! :)!

Yeah, that write-up sold me as well. Looking forward to it!
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Re: New now reading

Postby echolalia » 16 May 2018, 23:04

Snarfyguy wrote:
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.....I want a formica-topped blob table


Just ordered a copy - cheers Echo ! :)!

Yeah, that write-up sold me as well. Looking forward to it!

I made up that comment by the English visitor :oops: But everything else is in the book. I hope you both enjoy it as much as I did, anyway.

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Re: New now reading

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Re: New now reading

Postby toomanyhatz » 26 May 2018, 05:23

Yes, I'm reading it:

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(For the detractors - via a free PDF from an academic site, so I'm not giving him my money.)

And yes, I like it! Yes, some of his conclusions are BS, and his mythic references are pretty much western (with a bit of eastern thrown in) rather than the wide-screen comparative approach of Joseph Campbell, but it does show that he at least was an original thinker at one point. And I like how he blends spirituality with science, and the personal with the academic. It's an entertaining read if you don't picture his smug face. :D
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Re: New now reading

Postby Toby » 29 May 2018, 13:55

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Delightfully readable - by turns gossipy and extraordinarily insightful. A truly wonderful writer.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Diamond Dog » 29 May 2018, 15:24

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Just started this - seems to be a good, open, detailed read thus far. He's certainly an interesting read - the neuroses/paranioa started early!


Finished it and, to be fair, the author appears to be quite neutral regarding Simon's 'idiosyncrasies'. Clearly he has a major issue with his height (Garfunkel's "I'll always be taller than you Paul" putdown, at about 16 years old, stuck with him enough to bring it up 60 years later for this book) and could be incredibly abrupt when critiquing the performance/talent of others - but you do get the feeling that he's a much better person then the commonly held view (by many, including myself) of him being an arrogant, smug git.

The book does way overplay the importance of his work post Simon & Garfunkel though - it gives a feel that the author felt the need to allot the same time for all parts of his career, when clearly some of it doesn't warrant it. It's also interesting than when he strayed from solely music (into film & theatre) he refused to cede control to the professionals in that field, and insisted on trying to 'do the job' himself (which probably reinforces the arrogant stereotype).

But I think it was an enjoyable and insightful book and one that, if you have any love for the subject, you may well wish to invest in.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Insouciant Western People » 29 May 2018, 15:41

Diamond Dog wrote:Finished it and, to be fair, the author appears to be quite neutral regarding Simon's 'idiosyncrasies'. Clearly he has a major issue with his height (Garfunkel's "I'll always be taller than you Paul" putdown, at about 16 years old, stuck with him enough to bring it up 60 years later for this book) and could be incredibly abrupt when critiquing the performance/talent of others - but you do get the feeling that he's a much better person then the commonly held view (by many, including myself) of him being an arrogant, smug git.

The book does way overplay the importance of his work post Simon & Garfunkel though - it gives a feel that the author felt the need to allot the same time for all parts of his career, when clearly some of it doesn't warrant it. It's also interesting than when he strayed from solely music (into film & theatre) he refused to cede control to the professionals in that field, and insisted on trying to 'do the job' himself (which probably reinforces the arrogant stereotype).

But I think it was an enjoyable and insightful book and one that, if you have any love for the subject, you may well wish to invest in.


https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/05/the-sound-of-silence-that-echoes-round-paul-simon/
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Re: New now reading

Postby Insouciant Western People » 29 May 2018, 15:45

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I once organised and hosted a couple of reading and signing events with him, one of them at the Morden Tower in Newcastle. It was around 1996, when he'd just brought out D'Alembert's Principle. I liked that one, and its predecessor Pfitz a great deal. I keep meaning to get around to reading more of his books, I have a couple more at home in the to-read pile.

Nice bloke too. He has a PhD in Physics if I remember rightly, specialising in non-linear dynamics.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 29 May 2018, 20:51

Insouciant Western People wrote:I once organised and hosted a couple of reading and signing events with him, one of them at the Morden Tower in Newcastle. It was around 1996, when he'd just brought out D'Alembert's Principle. I liked that one, and its predecessor Pfitz a great deal. I keep meaning to get around to reading more of his books, I have a couple more at home in the to-read pile.

Nice bloke too. He has a PhD in Physics if I remember rightly, specialising in non-linear dynamics.

I was a bit nonplussed by it, to be honest. It might seem a strange criticism, but I just thought it was a bit gimmicky, which given the theme it was always going to be a struggle to avoid. It was a pleasant enough read, but I expected more of a wow factor, something more unexpected, something with a bit more depth. I've also got a nagging feeling it's not the first time I've read it - which could very well be a case of life imitating art.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 29 May 2018, 20:56

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Only just started this, but every time I pick up a novel by Galgut, I'm surprised by how little I see his work mentioned or discussed anywhere. The man can seriously write, the beauty of his prose is up there with anyone, and the slightly dislocated, dreamlike atmosphere he conjures up is really, really distinctive.
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"Indeed, asked to explain any controversy in his life ....... re-recording an entire Simon and Garfunkel reunion project as a solo Paul Simon album (Hearts and Bones) — Simon is as slippery as an eel and as self-justifying as an O.J. Simpson juror. "

That's patently untrue.

We had grown apart 11 years. We don’t think the same way musically, we don’t agree, we don’t think the same way. We’d had 11 years of making our own records...no one had to agree with you and you just did what you wanted...Artie would write a harmony that he really liked...I would say ‘I don’t like that harmony’…’ He'd say 'Well it's the right harmony' And I'd say "You can't just write the wrong harmony for my song' 'We’re stuck, we’re at an impasse. We shouldn’t be making a record together if we disagree about what’s the right and what’s the wrong harmony.’"

That's a direct quote from the book (page 242).

So I'd politely suggest Clinton Heylin either has a bad memory, an agenda against Simon, or never read the book in the first place.

Or a combination of all three.

In fact that's a part of a web page I found here : https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/725 ... and-Bones/

Where there is also this :

Some of the songs in my private rehearsal time, I took into a wonderful place and saw that it’s just like Bridge Over Troubled Water. Again I’m going to enhance these things and make them very palatable and very appealing cause of what I can do with a harmony and how I can rearrange things and how I can take a good song and add a whole other thing called ‘very interesting performance to good song’... So I was about to do that to all the songs and Paul...Paul called me one day...he said ‘Artie I’m wiping all your tapes. I’m wiping your harmonies off the album’...’and I’m marrying Carrie Fisher on Tuesday, wanna come to the wedding"’” - Art Garfunkel

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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 31 May 2018, 20:51

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The previous Michael Connelly books I've read have definitely been a cut above your average crime fiction pot-boiler, and I'm hoping this one is no exception.
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Just ordered this.
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Postby joklend » 13 Jun 2018, 22:10

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Making slow work of this due to work and life bothering me.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Diamond Dog » 13 Jun 2018, 22:27

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I've started this and, so far, it's one of the better reads regarding that crazy 12 weeks from the announcement of his candidacy to his assassination.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 14 Jun 2018, 08:57

Just finished David Szalay's All That Man Is. And apparently man is a collection of 9 weakly written, ineffectual and unconnected short stories.

Now back to the crime fiction:

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Re: New now reading

Postby Toby » 14 Jun 2018, 09:20

I've just finished that Szalay book too and I'd agree with you.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Deebank » 14 Jun 2018, 11:17

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Entertaining and elegantly-written biog with Damon the unmentioned mockney elephant in the room.

Recommended.

I'm not sure it's a 'work of 'staggering genius' mind you, but great nonetheless.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Diamond Dog » 14 Jun 2018, 12:15

A few of you on here may be interested in this crowdfunded book, entitled "A Guide To Modernism In Metro-Land" by Joshua Abbott.
It's halfway to being fully funded so please take a look and sign up if you fancy a copy of the book.

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Modernism in Metro-Land started as a website in 2011 and has grown to explore modernist buildings throughout suburban London. Inspired by John Betjeman’s Metro-Land (1973) television programme and the architectural books by Ian Nairn, the website examines the growth of the suburbs from the 1920s to the present day through its modernist designs. Featuring architects such as Charles Holden, Erno Goldfinger and Norman Foster, Modernism in Metro-Land also shows the development of modernist architecture in Britain from its introduction in the 1920s right up to the brink of the 21st century. As well as the website, Modernism in Metro-Land also hosts tours of the modernist stations of the Piccadilly and Central Lines, as well as being a fixture of the annual Open House London weekend with its Stanmore Art Deco house walking tour.

And, no, I'm not on commission.
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