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« Reply #1350 on: August 26, 2015, 03:19:23 pm »

It Started With Copernicus by Howard Margolis from about 2002 or 2003. It's a very good read. He destroys the argument that there was no such thing as the scientific revolution and then takes most of the book to cite examples and show how around 1600 both method and knowledge started to make sudden and quick leaps forward.

One of my heroes is Francis Bacon, who argued in Novum Organum that what's needed is an entirely new method for the creation of knowledge. With that came really a new way of thinking about and interacting with the world. To me that's why there were such sudden leaps in discovery and technology. The idea that everything was revealed in antiquity had to go.

Also the latest edition of The Ricardian has a couple of very interesting essays, one on the development and use of field guns during the Wars of the Roses, and one on the diet of Richard III. There's also some interesting insight into the "court of chivalry" where one person was offended by another person, a duel was scheduled, weapons were selected, letters exchanged, but because of Henry VI's inability to administrate (due to mental illness), the duel appears never to have taken place. The Bulletin features some beautiful pictures from the funeral back in March.
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« Reply #1351 on: September 04, 2015, 03:58:59 pm »

I finished Runaway Horses.
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« Reply #1352 on: September 07, 2015, 07:18:28 pm »

A Lesson Before Dying for English class
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« Reply #1353 on: September 09, 2015, 01:26:04 pm »

Of my own choosing: Nothing

For classes: Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, The Sound of Fury by William Faulkner, and W.J. Cash's The Mind of the South


Cash is easily the most interesting, and frankly I wish I knew such a book to describe the Northeast.
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« Reply #1354 on: September 20, 2015, 09:31:43 am »

The Radicalism of the American Revolution and Les Miserables.
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« Reply #1355 on: September 20, 2015, 09:39:14 am »

The Rise and Fall of Tender Branson by Kalwejt
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« Reply #1356 on: September 23, 2015, 03:38:57 pm »

Reading Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi as my bedtime reading right now. Very good, well written true crime story. It was of course made into Goodfellas, one of my very favorite movies of all time. It's very close to the movie, and most of Henry Hill's voiceovers in the movie are right from the book. The best adaptations are the ones that stick close to the source material, and this does.
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« Reply #1357 on: September 27, 2015, 03:52:28 pm »

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And I just finished this one:

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« Reply #1358 on: September 30, 2015, 07:03:40 pm »


wtf
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« Reply #1359 on: September 30, 2015, 07:16:48 pm »

@Miles: Why do you read that thrash?
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« Reply #1360 on: September 30, 2015, 07:31:45 pm »

^ 'Best to keep an open mind. I don't agree with everything I read.
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« Reply #1361 on: September 30, 2015, 10:19:10 pm »

Losers and Looking Forward to It
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« Reply #1362 on: October 01, 2015, 05:47:54 pm »

^ 'Best to keep an open mind. I don't agree with everything I read.

"If you're too open-minded, your brains will fall out." - Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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« Reply #1363 on: October 01, 2015, 06:02:41 pm »


Speaking of the Beats, I just read (most of) The Dharma Bums. As always, I'm not thrilled with what Kerouac has to say (it's a profoundly sexist book, among other things), but I really like how he says it.
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« Reply #1364 on: October 01, 2015, 06:04:12 pm »

So Miles is a Nazi now?
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« Reply #1365 on: October 01, 2015, 06:15:32 pm »


Yeah that's...really worrying, 'open mind' or no.
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« Reply #1366 on: October 01, 2015, 06:17:57 pm »

Open minds tend to fill up with rubbish, which probably explains your support for fascism.
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« Reply #1367 on: October 01, 2015, 07:20:56 pm »

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« Reply #1368 on: October 02, 2015, 07:51:53 am »

Reading this atm

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I don't agree with everything it suggests, but I like to keep an open mind
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« Reply #1369 on: October 02, 2015, 05:02:53 pm »


Pretty boring, yeah?

I'm underwater with readings. Here's my list:

The Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update by Dennis Meadows et al

Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter planet by Mark Lynas

After Capitalism by David Schweickart

A History of The Cuban Revolution by Aviva Chomsky

An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Power by John Gordon Steele

A Most Magnificent Machine: America Adopts the Railroad, 1825-1862 by Craig Miner

American Railroads by John F. Stover

Andrew Carnegie and the Rise of Big Business by Harold C. Livesay

Acts by Luke

Galatians by Paul

I recently finished:

The 1812 Aponte Rebellion in Cuba and the Struggle Against Atlantic Slavery by Matt Childs

Biography of a Runaway Slave by Miguel Barnet

The Gospel of Mark by John Mark
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« Reply #1370 on: October 04, 2015, 04:24:50 pm »

Does anyone have any recommendations for books about Suharto's purges in the 60s/Indonesian politics in general? I've realized recently that I know very little about Indonesia and I want to rectify that.
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« Reply #1371 on: October 04, 2015, 06:30:32 pm »

Hindu Kingship, Ethnic Revival, and the Maoist Rebellion in Nepal

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« Reply #1372 on: October 15, 2015, 10:32:48 am »


Ugh, hated, hated that.
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« Reply #1373 on: October 15, 2015, 10:33:51 am »

Latest book I read was Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

Also read East, West by Salman Rushdie.
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« Reply #1374 on: December 02, 2015, 09:34:48 pm »

I finished my Victorian Gothic feminist YA fantasy series and am now reading (parts of) Brain Dead Person by Morioka Masahiro.
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