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« Reply #400 on: May 11, 2012, 06:26:33 am »
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Not true; you need to read him to get a piece of paper.
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« Reply #401 on: May 11, 2012, 10:34:44 am »
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To be honest, though, there's really no excuse for reading Fuckuyama.

I forgot my kindle before a long flight so I picked it up on a whim to see what was so horrible about him. Surprisingly it wasn't that bad. At least a few of his assertions are somewhat interesting even if they're mostly based on pseudo-history and weak arguments.
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« Reply #402 on: May 11, 2012, 05:28:02 pm »
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there's nothing wrong with Krugman, except that he is limited.  it is without argument a good thing that he and Stiglitz (among others) emerged as a neo-Keynesian counterweight during the neoliberal grand slam era of the 90s.  but he basically beats concepts into the ground, ruing the fact that policymakers don't listen... and herein lies the limitation: he has no serious understanding of why neoliberal policies persist, no functioning theory of state power is deployed in his work.  this is likely a product of the absolute taboo on Marxian thought within economics in academia.
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« Reply #403 on: May 11, 2012, 09:07:06 pm »

The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power
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« Reply #404 on: May 11, 2012, 10:07:54 pm »
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The Russian Revolution - Richard Pipes

I'm really starting to get into it - our school library had it in stock so I'm rushing to get it read before the end of the semester.
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« Reply #405 on: May 11, 2012, 10:10:46 pm »
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Naguib Mahfouz, al-Karnak
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« Reply #406 on: May 11, 2012, 10:27:29 pm »
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Romeo and Juliet
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« Reply #407 on: May 12, 2012, 12:42:04 am »
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Romeo and Juliet

School assignment?
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« Reply #408 on: May 12, 2012, 01:50:45 am »
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The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power

I'm also reading this at the moment, although I haven't gotten far yet.
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« Reply #409 on: May 13, 2012, 08:10:14 am »
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there's nothing wrong with Krugman, except that he is limited.  it is without argument a good thing that he and Stiglitz (among others) emerged as a neo-Keynesian counterweight during the neoliberal grand slam era of the 90s.  but he basically beats concepts into the ground, ruing the fact that policymakers don't listen... and herein lies the limitation: he has no serious understanding of why neoliberal policies persist, no functioning theory of state power is deployed in his work.  this is likely a product of the absolute taboo on Marxian thought within economics in academia.

Saying there's a taboo on Marxian thought in economics is like saying there is a taboo on Ptolemy thought in astronomy.
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« Reply #410 on: May 17, 2012, 06:00:27 pm »
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The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned a Network into a Propaganda Machine by staffers at Media Matters.
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« Reply #411 on: May 29, 2012, 01:47:55 am »

Fifty Shades of Grey
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« Reply #412 on: May 29, 2012, 05:47:54 am »
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Indeed it was.

I'm currently reading The Obama Nation by Jerome Corsi. Interesting read, but I don't have much time to read it as I'm juggling a sudden barrage of schoolwork and loads of band practice.
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« Reply #413 on: May 29, 2012, 01:32:39 pm »
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I just finished The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco. It was exactly as terrifying, disgusting, and evil as everybody (including Eco) told me it would be. A work of genius that I couldn't in good conscience recommend to anybody and will never read again.

I'm starting on The Violent Bear It Away, the only Flannery O'Connor book I haven't yet read. I also have to reread St Augustine's Confessions over the summer, and want to try to parse Yoshiya Nobuko's Hana monogatari and Onibi.
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« Reply #414 on: May 29, 2012, 02:11:23 pm »
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« Reply #415 on: May 29, 2012, 03:42:51 pm »
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Just finished Atlas Shrugged. Amazing book Smiley

no.  say whatever you want about the 'theme', she is a formally terrible writer.  read some real literature.
I thought her writing was "ok". Keep in mind, I am only a 9th grader who has not read anything really amazing besides a few Orwell books and a bunch of Ron Paul/Barry Goldwater books.

Seriously, my friend, read some George Eliot or Alexander Pushkin and you'll realize that Atlas Shrugged is an egregious waste of paper. Take my word for it: I've read Atlas Shrugged three times.
I will consider it Wink I just read Ayn Rands Anthem in a day, and it was pretty good. Its only 90 something pages, and of course, the rest of my English class is complaining about it. I can't wait to see them try and read Atlas Shrugged Tongue

Sanchez, you're a smart guy; you really do need to get some good literature into you. If you were able to get through Atlas Shrugged you should be able to get through at least some of the shorter Dostoevsky, for one thing, or Tanizaki. You also might like Ayako Miura, particularly Freezing Point.
Thank You Smiley I am reading a Russian book....by Ayn Rand. But I intend to read War and Peace sometime soon. But to fill the time in between, I think I will rent one of Pat Buchanans many books from the library.
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« Reply #416 on: May 29, 2012, 07:42:57 pm »
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The Persian Puzzle: The Conflict Between Iran and America by Kenneth Pollack. Pretty in-depth history of US-Iran/Persia relations.
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« Reply #417 on: May 29, 2012, 08:06:58 pm »
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But to fill the time in between, I think I will rent one of Pat Buchanans many books from the library.

Or you could, you know, read something good.
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« Reply #418 on: May 29, 2012, 09:15:32 pm »
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One of the classic, most socially conscious works of our time.

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I have Crime and Punishment and The Secret History as summer reading for AP Literature. Thoughts on these?
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« Reply #419 on: May 29, 2012, 10:13:18 pm »
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I have Crime and Punishment and The Secret History as summer reading for AP Literature. Thoughts on these?

Crime and Punishment is one of the most amazing books I've ever had the pleasure to read (though, now that I've read The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment needed a bit of a demotion).  IMO, Dostoyevsky ranks with Goethe and Shakespeare on my very short list of authors who truly understand and can vividly depict the inner workings of the human mind.
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« Reply #420 on: May 29, 2012, 10:21:37 pm »
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The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis

The European Union: A Very Short Introduction by John Pinder and Simon Usherwood
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« Reply #421 on: May 30, 2012, 08:54:55 am »
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I have Crime and Punishment and The Secret History as summer reading for AP Literature. Thoughts on these?

Crime and Punishment is one of the most amazing books I've ever had the pleasure to read (though, now that I've read The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment needed a bit of a demotion).  IMO, Dostoyevsky ranks with Goethe and Shakespeare on my very short list of authors who truly understand and can vividly depict the inner workings of the human mind.

Yes. I aim to finish my Tolstoy short stories and then move to Pynchon.
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« Reply #422 on: May 30, 2012, 09:31:48 pm »
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Stephen Fry in America.
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« Reply #423 on: June 02, 2012, 07:13:52 am »
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Rebel cities by David Harvey.
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« Reply #424 on: June 02, 2012, 12:23:05 pm »
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The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
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