The Reading Rainbow

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  1. Clarksvegas_Dan

    Clarksvegas_Dan Registered Voter

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    I cracked myself up with that title. C'mon I know ya'll remember that show.
    Anyways, I just wanted to see what everyone else is reading. Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Comics, or whatever else. I'm just curious. Here's some stuff I've been reading lately.

    Noam Chomsky----A lot of this. Brilliant stuff. Manufacturing Consent is awesome.
    Howard Zinn---A People's History of the United States. Too True.
    The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels. If you think you're a christian, it's a must read.
    The Huey P. Newton Reader. Name says it all.
    Learn to Meditate, it's a beginners guide to meditation.
    Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman
    Death Blossoms-- Mumia

    And also fiction:
    I love Anne Rice. She's Deep.
    Stephen King is just so damn skillful.
    Chuck Palhaniuk(I think that's how it's spelled) Author of Fight club.
    Jack Kerouac, great stuff, started the beat movement.
    And other various classics like Siddhartha.

    Alright, I hope to see a lot of replies. later
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  2. nathedawg

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    im reading a gene hackman co-author i forgot who.... book

    my fav authors are as follows
    Stephen king, hes got that last name for a reason!!!
    Clive barker, hes the shit
    and a shit load of others but i just dont feel like mentioning them right now...
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  3. allnakey

    allnakey Sex is no fun by yourself

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    I dont read a lot.... just aint got the time, Beside the poetry on here, my reading is very limited to school and the newspaper
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  4. Mind~$oul

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    Right now i'm reading The Coldest Winter Ever, By Sister Souljah.
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  5. Clarksvegas_Dan

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    I heard that was good. Ima have to check it out.
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  6. Clarksvegas_Dan

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    This list is wonderful, at least most of it.
    Let me add:
    Gandhi--It's a biography.lol
    The Feminine Mystique. I think that's the title & can't remember the author. It's been so long.
    Living with the Dead. Can't recall the author, but very cool book.
    and Monster by Sanyika Shakur
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  7. nathedawg

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    i just picked up
    walt whitman-leaves of grass
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    stephen king bag of bones

    this is like the third time ive read these!! lol
    they are very good
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  8. Mind~$oul

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    It's hard to find Huey P. Newton books
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  10. Clarksvegas_Dan

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    Yeah, they are really hard to find. I'm glad you know that.
    I didn't find it in a local bookstore. I found it at Borders in Nashvegas.lol It's an excellent book. Before reading what he wrote, I totally underestimated him. I admit it. But just a page or two in and I was Impressed. I think he's really misunderstood. It seems like he spent as much time clarifying himself, in his writings, to the people who misunderstood his posistion, than he actually spent covering new ground. But he was under constant attack for what he was saying. Anyways, you could probably find plenty of books on line about him, although I rarely purchase online.
    I'm not positive they would have any, but you might checkout AK-press.com. I guess it's akpress.com.lol They've got a lot of others too. They're independent, so they can choose to sell whatever they want and you can bet that somebody working there has read them. later.
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  11. Clarksvegas_Dan

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    Walt Whitman is awesome. Such a cool, but eccentric guy. Misunderstood by almost everyone but the most open-minded intellectuals. He was a transcendentalist(sp?).

    I haven't read bag of bones yet, I just re-read IT. I love the metaphor about overcoming your fears. A good book. I've read the gunslinger and I want to go ahead and finish up the Dark Tower series. I've heard such wonderful things.lol. later.
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  12. nathedawg

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    any book by anne rice is also really good
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    I'm bad with names - so authors I don't much remember unless they're that big or the book is right in front of me...

    In the past few (two) months I've read:
    Miss Ophelia (fiction, set in the south during the 40s/50s)
    Six Easy Pieces (collection of mysteries by the same author, technically I didn't finish - I gave it away to my then friend so he could finish and tell me how the last story ended)
    Sistergirls.com (waste of publishing - another collection of stories about men meeting women on the internet - one of the stories was funny and interesting)
    Wendy's Got The Heat (good read! two thumbs up! Wendy Williams' autobiography)

    um...lots of text books and I just started Toni Morrison's Love, but I've decided to wait until I finish up classes so I can concentrate on that mutha! I always need a quiet room with no distractions to read Toni.
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  14. SkizzAFrantik

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    I've been re-reading The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy as well as various poetry books and stuff.
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    serial killers from a-z

    is a really good book

    i recommend anyone to check it out, its a really good book
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  16. Clarksvegas_Dan

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    Too Short- Yes Anne Rice is probably my favorite fiction author. The vampire series was it for me. Lestat is my hero, Merrick, and little Tarquin, hell they're all cool.
    As for the serial killers thing, I've never gotten into true crime stuff, Maybe I'll like it later but I doubt it.

    Sag Infant- Well, most of that stuff I've never heard of.lol. But I've heard of Toni. I've never read any. But I do look forward to it. later

    Skizza-- I've never read the HitchHikers guide but I've heard some great things about it. I'll check it out. What poetry books ya talkin about?

    ps I was enjoying psilocybin while writing this.lol
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  17. predicate

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    From May until today:

    Stendhal - The Red and The Black
    Burgess - A Clockwork Orange
    Asimov - I, Robot
    Austen - Pride and Prejudice
    Butler - The Way of All Flesh
    James - The Varieties of Religious Experience
    Freud - The Future of an Illusion, and Civilization and Its Discontents
    Stoker - Dracula
    Tennyson - In Memoriam
    Daimant (I think that's how you spell her name) - The Red Tent
    Hesse - Siddhartha
    Martel - Life of Pi
    Goethe - Faust Part I
    Some criticism on Joyce's Ulysses
    ...and the poetry of Keats, Shelley, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Robert Browning.

    I just started "Keats" by Andrew Motion a few minutes ago. After that I'll be reading Jung's autobiography.
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  18. Mind~$oul

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    I hate toni morrison
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  19. Clarksvegas_Dan

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    The Varieties of Religious Experience was incredible, to me. I'll pass on most of that stuff, like Freud. Dracula is awesome. Siddhartha is cool. And Jung's Autobiography sounds awesome. The poetry I'm sure is cool, but I've only read select pieces from those named.
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  20. predicate

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    This was the second time I read the Varieties, and, yeah, it is very good. It's a great initiation to the study of religion, and focuses more on people's personal experiences, rather than religious dogma. It's very open minded.

    Dracula, however, sucked. It's riddled with far too many superlatives. "She was the bravest" "It was the scariest" "She was the evillest" so on and so forth. The first section of the book in Transylvania was great, but the rest of the book was weak compared to it.

    Freud, however, was one of the most interesting things I've read in a good year or so. People are turned off from his overly sexual theory, but Civilization and Its Discontents is not so much a recapitulation of those theories as an attempt to understand society. It's really bloody interesting, and I strongly recommend it.

    If you want some good poems by those poets listed, let me know. I'll spare you their long narratives and suggest their smaller gems.
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