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Re: New now reading

Postby Earl E. Eel » 01 Jul 2018, 12:45

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Flitting between this and the West Side Story book.... this is a really excellent explanation and illustration of how Graphic Design embraced the modernism culture.... it's great to see many familiar images .

I'm sure John Coan would enjoy this!


Fuck yeah! I'll have a look....thanks
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Re: New now reading

Postby The Modernist » 01 Jul 2018, 13:32

Diamond Dog wrote:Image

Flitting between this and the West Side Story book.... this is a really excellent explanation and illustration of how Graphic Design embraced the modernism culture.... it's great to see many familiar images .

I'm sure John Coan would enjoy this!


As would I. I'd like to read it, especially if it covers Raymond Loewy in depth.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 01 Jul 2018, 22:03

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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 12 Jul 2018, 21:23

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Just finished this one. Difficult to view it as an entity in its own right, give that I'm viewing it through the prism of Miller's Crossing, probably the one film I've seen more than any other, which takes this as its base. The plot's slightly different, but the dialogue, the tone, the brilliantly dark comic-noir, it's all sourced from this effortlessly cool prose. Loved it, I have to say, which is a surprise, as the last Hammett I read, The Dain Curse was really quite underwhelming.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Diamond Dog » 13 Jul 2018, 06:08

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This was written in 2002 - it's a collection of essays from 36 different sources, outlining the dissent to the Bush/Blair war in Afghanistan, following 9/11.

It's very interesting reading how so many expressed their fear that it was only the start of a pre-determined war in Iraq etc... the knowledge was there, and there certainly appears to be plenty enough evidence to suggest it was a given, no matter what happened in Afghanistan. There also seems to be pretty strong evidence that that the Pakistani Govt had brokered a deal to have Bin Laden arrested (which he had apparently agreed to) as long as he was tried in an 'impartial' court (in - not American) - a deal the USA scuppered immediately. When you think this was in 2002... it certainly makes you wonder.

There are also many contributions warning that something like IS was an inevitability of the wars. Also that there wre some pretty shady happenings leading up to 9/11 which certainly cast a shadow over the 'surprise/shock' of the Bush Administration at the time.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Geezee » 13 Jul 2018, 09:28

sounds interesting. the design choice on that front cover is a bit strange - are some names highlighted in yellow just because they are a bit more famous?!
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Re: New now reading

Postby Diamond Dog » 13 Jul 2018, 10:00

Geezee wrote:sounds interesting. the design choice on that front cover is a bit strange - are some names highlighted in yellow just because they are a bit more famous?!


I did think something along those lines myself! :lol:
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Re: New now reading

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Diamond Dog wrote: This was written in 2002 - it's a collection of essays from 36 different sources, outlining the dissent to the Bush/Blair war in Afghanistan, following 9/11.


Very good choice DD. But I notice, however, not one of the writers whose name I recognoze, as progressive as they are, ventures into the anomalies of the actual 9/11 event. I have complained on progressive fora how the critical writings of the post-9/11 world begin just prior to - i.e., when the Patriot Act was written - and just after with the ridiculous invasion of Iraq. It's like to them everything that happened on the day of 9/11 happened as the 9/11 Commission said it had. Lies here. Lies there. But 9/11 happened as the same liars said it had. Did I not send you a David Ray Griffin book as a Secret Santa gift once?

Anyway, I just began a WWII memoir of a German soldier on the Russian front.

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Re: New now reading

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Re: New now reading

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Read that one, too. Fell a bit short of expectations, tbh

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Re: New now reading

Postby Toby » 16 Jul 2018, 10:23

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I like Ned Beauman's books; they're funny, clever and nicely ambitious without straying into "serious" literary fiction. The issue for me is that I wonder whether he's ever going to go further than complicated whimsy for want of a better description. He's extraordinarily talented and this seems a little like treading water.

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Re: New now reading

Postby caramba » 16 Jul 2018, 10:35

All Out War by Tim Shipman

A very, very readable forensic examination of the clusterfuck that was (and sadly still is) 2016's EU referendum

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Re: New now reading

Postby Diamond Dog » 16 Jul 2018, 11:07

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Diamond Dog wrote: This was written in 2002 - it's a collection of essays from 36 different sources, outlining the dissent to the Bush/Blair war in Afghanistan, following 9/11.


Very good choice DD. But I notice, however, not one of the writers whose name I recognoze, as progressive as they are, ventures into the anomalies of the actual 9/11 event. I have complained on progressive fora how the critical writings of the post-9/11 world begin just prior to - i.e., when the Patriot Act was written - and just after with the ridiculous invasion of Iraq. It's like to them everything that happened on the day of 9/11 happened as the 9/11 Commission said it had. Lies here. Lies there. But 9/11 happened as the same liars said it had. Did I not send you a David Ray Griffin book as a Secret Santa gift once?


I guess the authors have a right to decide the parameters/timescales of their book.
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Re: New now reading

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Re: New now reading

Postby Snarfyguy » 19 Jul 2018, 01:14

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I'd never read R. MacDonald before, and while enjoyable to a degree, I found this Archer mystery 1) overstuffed with minutely intricately related characters and 2) unusually densely plotted, even for the genre. I'm not sure anyone with a normal attention span is really going to be able process this all as intended without resorting to taking notes or something.

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Trillin is reliably amusing, in the mode of an egghead Bill Bryson.

Next up, either JR by William Gaddis or My Struggle, Book 2 by Karl Ove Knaussgard (if I haven't already read it. Who can keep that stuff straight?)
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Re: New now reading

Postby joklend » 21 Jul 2018, 18:26

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I was reading this while actually crossing the Forth Bridge two days ago, amazing right?

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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 21 Jul 2018, 21:03

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I was reading this while actually crossing the Forth Bridge two days ago, amazing right?

That's one of Banks' more difficult books, I thought, and I seem to recall him saying it was his personal favourite of everything he wrote. Long time since I read it mind, I should really go through all of them again some time.
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Re: New now reading

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Re: New now reading

Postby Jastreb_J21 » 28 Jul 2018, 09:28

RIght now I'm pretty bummed, because when I was reading the news for during breakfast, Google recommended me this article. Turns out the apartment my brothers and I are buying in Athens is located in a terrible place and that we got, pretty much, ripped off. :roll:

Sooooo I guess I'll go back to reading Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend, it takes my mind off that crap while I'm digesting it. The antics of family relations in 50s/60s Italy puts any political thriller to shame.
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