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« Reply #1275 on: April 14, 2015, 09:08:55 am »

I'm still scratching my head about the last Zizek volume I read, but I decided to read another one, because even though the last one was kind of confused rambling, I still feel like I got something (though I'm not sure what) out of the last one.

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« Reply #1276 on: April 17, 2015, 02:40:17 pm »

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« Reply #1277 on: April 17, 2015, 06:18:56 pm »

I'm still scratching my head about the last Zizek volume I read, but I decided to read another one, because even though the last one was kind of confused rambling, I still feel like I got something (though I'm not sure what) out of the last one.

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I think it's hilarious that Zizek has his face next to Lenin, plastered repeatedly across the book's cover.
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« Reply #1278 on: April 17, 2015, 07:21:08 pm »

A rather old version of Maurice Druon's The Poisoned Crown. I have become very interested in The Accursed Kings as of now, so I'm planning to acquire all seven as I find them.
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« Reply #1279 on: April 22, 2015, 11:26:19 pm »

I just read The Kronstadt Rebellion by Alexander Berkman, great read that I very much recommend to my Bolshevist friends TNF and Snowstalker.


And the link:
https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/berkman/1922/kronstadt-rebellion/index.htm
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« Reply #1280 on: April 23, 2015, 08:25:10 am »
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I'll definitely look into it. At the same time, I would recommend Trotsky's Hue and Cry over Krondstadt, which explains that the rebellion was not a move to save the revolution from Bolshevik overreach, but actually a reactionary peasant uprising backed by the White Army.
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« Reply #1281 on: April 23, 2015, 09:24:49 am »

I'll definitely look into it. At the same time, I would recommend Trotsky's Hue and Cry over Krondstadt, which explains that the rebellion was not a move to save the revolution from Bolshevik overreach, but actually a reactionary peasant uprising backed by the White Army.
I'll definitely read it, but it sounds hilarious.
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« Reply #1282 on: April 23, 2015, 09:43:21 am »

I was right, it was pure propaganda against the the sailors of Kronstadt with out an actual argument other then the typical Bolshevik "Their Petty bourgeois Counter-revolutionaries!" and "If we let the Soviets be free, then they'll destroy themselves!".
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« Reply #1283 on: April 28, 2015, 10:03:24 pm »

Luis Francia's A History of the Philippines
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« Reply #1284 on: April 29, 2015, 02:29:18 am »
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Next I am going to read Ted Kennedy's autobiography True Compass. After that I intend on starting the Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) novels, but I might read Jack Kerouac's On the Road first. My friend also suggested to me I should read a play called The History Boys by Alan Bennett. I may look into that as well before I start Game of Thrones.
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« Reply #1285 on: April 29, 2015, 07:18:53 pm »

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Rereading this in honor of National Poetry Month.  Which, thanks to spring's late start this year, has been less cruel than usual.  The lilacs haven't bloomed yet, and they are of course the cruelest part.

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Which, among its many virtues, did a pretty great job of making me feel nostalgia for all the tennis I watched and played (very, very badly) in my youth.
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« Reply #1286 on: May 03, 2015, 01:09:02 pm »

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Started this one yesterday, after finishing Michael Parenti's Make Believe Media, which was pretty good. So far, this one is a pretty phenomenal work, breaking down the usual narrative of World War II as the sole battle between the Axis and the Allies and concentrating on the contradictions within each of the major powers and the ways that minor powers and movements within occupied territories responded to occupation and fought fascism in their own way. The author proposes that World War II was really two conflicts that intersected with one another, an imperialist war fought for imperialist aims (Allies v. Axis) and a 'people's war' fought by ordinary people against fascism who were seeking more than just a return to the 1930s and business as usual after the destruction of the Axis.
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« Reply #1287 on: May 04, 2015, 09:11:48 am »

Which, among its many virtues, did a pretty great job of making me feel nostalgia for all the tennis I watched and played (very, very badly) in my youth.

It's a lovely book isn't it? As someone who also grew up in the country but not to a farming family the essay on the Illinois State Fair spoke so truly to me...
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« Reply #1288 on: May 04, 2015, 10:37:20 pm »

Michael Parenti's Make Believe Media, which was pretty good.

Parenti sure is a fun read for those with left-wing sympathies.  he doesn't hold back.  a liberal professor all but refused to let me cite him in a paper, calling him a "loaded source".  I could hardly object.
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« Reply #1289 on: May 04, 2015, 10:48:42 pm »

I just read The Kronstadt Rebellion by Alexander Berkman, great read that I very much recommend to my Bolshevist friends TNF and Snowstalker.


And the link:
https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/berkman/1922/kronstadt-rebellion/index.htm

hah.  Kronsradt is the white-knuckle issue within the revolutionary left.  everyone has a life-or-death opinion on it.  anyone who criticizes the Bolsheviks is an "infantile leftist", as Our Father Lenin tagged them ca. 1919.
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« Reply #1290 on: May 05, 2015, 09:22:42 am »

Michael Parenti's Make Believe Media, which was pretty good.

Parenti sure is a fun read for those with left-wing sympathies.  he doesn't hold back.  a liberal professor all but refused to let me cite him in a paper, calling him a "loaded source".  I could hardly object.

He's one of my favorites. He also has a sense of humor about him, which is more than you can say for other popular left-writers, like Chomsky, for instance. Speaking of Parenti, I just started reading this by him, and am enjoying it as well.

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« Reply #1291 on: May 05, 2015, 02:08:15 pm »

Chomsky has a dry sense of humor, occasionally you'll pick it up.  he doesn't tell overt jokes.
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« Reply #1292 on: May 05, 2015, 02:42:40 pm »

Finished The Assassination of Julius Caesar a few hours ago. Next up:

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« Reply #1293 on: May 06, 2015, 03:10:06 pm »

The Socialist Party of America: A Complete History by Jack Ross. It is indeed complete, weighing in at 753 pages, the book chronicles the history of the Socialist Party of America, from its antecedents in the populist and trade unionist movements of the nineteenth centuries, to the fragmented landscape of successor parties which populate the modern socialist landscape.
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« Reply #1294 on: May 08, 2015, 03:24:19 pm »

Michael Hicks' The Wars of the Roses.

Interesting, if sprawling coverage. I've always preferred a more limited definition of what constituted the Wars of the Roses - i.e., the conflict between Queen Margaret/Henry VI and the Duke of York/Earl of Warwick. Warwick flipped sides and was killed along with Henry VI's son in 1471 at Barnet and Tewkesbury. Henry VI was killed/died shortly thereafter. And that ended it. There were residual effects, but I'm not sure that's still the Wars of the Roses.

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« Reply #1295 on: May 08, 2015, 07:01:49 pm »

I'm working my way through The Wind from Vulture Peak: The Buddhification of Japanese Waka in the Heian Period by Stephen D. Miller (the poetry translations in the book are by Miller and Patrick Donnelly). Miller, who teaches at UMass Amherst, was my professor for several classes a couple years back and one of the best teachers I've ever had. The book is an epic, astoundingly detailed and thorough coverage of the introduction and development of Buddhist themes in the imperial poetry anthologies through the end of the twelfth century. I'm just starting the section on the Shikashū (Collection of Verbal Flowers) anthology of the early 1150s (the exact year is unknown).

Within the past week I've finished two books about women in pre-Reformation English Christianity, Empress and Handmaid: On Nature and Gender in the Cult of the Virgin Mary by Sarah Jane Boss and Margery Kempe: Genius and Mystic by Katherine Cholmeley. Empress and Handmaid relies heavily on interpretive frameworks of which I'm a little suspicious--psychoanalytic theory and Frankfurt School critical theory--but I think the specific arguments that it makes are sound. Margery Kempe is hagiographic, occasionally tedious in its author's need to make clear her own piety, but a refreshing antidote to the misogynistic 'hysterical woman' way its subject is sometimes understood.

I've also read My Year of Meats, the first novel by Ruth Ozeki, author of the dark-horse highlight of my 2014 reading list, A Tale for the Time Being. You can tell My Year of Meats is a first novel--themes, conceits, narrative structures, and occasionally plot points and characterizations from A Tale for the Time Being are already present in it but in clearly larval form--but I'm still glad I read it.
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« Reply #1296 on: May 10, 2015, 02:10:06 am »

Some goodies I've finished reading:
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« Reply #1297 on: May 13, 2015, 11:15:47 am »

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« Reply #1298 on: May 13, 2015, 01:06:47 pm »

Re-reading All the Wrong Questions in Lemony Snicket's newest series while I wait to get the chance to get the next two books.

Also re-read Skin Game from The Dresden Files series.

Hopefully once I get back to my hometown, I'll be able to check out something new.
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« Reply #1299 on: May 15, 2015, 06:47:24 pm »

Thomas, the Other Gospel by Nicolas Perrin

Reading John by Christopher Skinner


the latter is more or less aimed at undergrads, but it's still something worth picking up, IMO.
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