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« on: October 01, 2011, 10:28:14 pm »


In literature, I've been trying with the russians, but  Dostoyevski was kind of grim. I'll give a chance to Tolstoi.

May I suggest Gogol.

I've always found Gogol's work rather horrifying, especially "The Nose" and "The Overcoat." Good stuff but lighthearted it's not. I don't know how much appeal it would have to someone who finds Dostoevsky too "grim."
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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2011, 10:50:54 pm »


In literature, I've been trying with the russians, but  Dostoyevski was kind of grim. I'll give a chance to Tolstoi.

May I suggest Gogol.

I've always found Gogol's work rather horrifying, especially "The Nose" and "The Overcoat." Good stuff but lighthearted it's not. I don't know how much appeal it would have to someone who finds Dostoevsky too "grim."

I think you are missing the satire. 

My point is that Gogol's satire is depressing and grotesque. (Unless you mean that your suggestion wasn't serious, and in that case, yes, I did miss it.)
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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2011, 08:32:47 am »



Madame Bovary on the other hand...talk about depressing. It makes even Dostoyevski's Demons seem lighthearted...

I hated the book when I read it for High School. So many descriptions! But 10 years after failed and successful relationships, now I can understand the character as a romantic Quixote and that very idea is great.

My problem with Dostoyesvski is that I started with Crime & Punishment....and wow, it was like several punches in my soul. My brother recommended me that I tried with Karamazov Brothers or The Idiot, but   couldn't find a good edition...

"Punch in the soul" describes The Idiot pretty well, too.

If you're interested in reading it anyway, I suggest this edition.
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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2011, 11:43:16 am »

I recommend you start with Demons. It's great and also frequently hilarious.

I usually hear Notes From Underground recommended to those beginning to read Dostoevsky. Admittedly, I've never finished Demons, but Notes is less intimidating at about 60 pages.
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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2011, 09:17:12 pm »

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Hollowing Out the Middle by Patrick Karr and Maria Kefalas
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« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2011, 09:38:13 pm »

Currently reading Walter Benn Michaels' The Trouble With Diversity and Thomas Frank's What's the Matter With Kansas?
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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2011, 05:00:14 pm »

I have a weird system in which I rotate between 2-3 books at the same time. 

I do the same thing; it's much easier to read all day by switching books each time that you've finished a chapter. It's like tabbed browsing.
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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2012, 01:18:37 pm »

Just finished Richard Florida's Rise of the Creative Classs. Moving on to James Howard Kunstler's Geography of Nowhere.
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« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2012, 01:08:15 pm »

Rebel cities by David Harvey.

Thoughts? I've read a few of Harvey's short pieces for class, and A Brief History of Neoliberalism has been on my reading list for a while.
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« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2012, 08:18:42 pm »

Leo Tolstoy - War and Peace (translated by Constance Garnett Sad)

No access to Pevear and Volokhonsky? Or are you feeling masochistic?
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« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2012, 10:00:06 pm »

Arrived today, just cracked it:

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« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2012, 07:20:44 am »

I'm about to attend one of the most difficult colleges in the country where it is mandatory to write a thorough and original thesis for you undergrad.

Are undergrad dissertations that rare in the U.S?

They're typically reserved for students in "honors" programs.
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« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2013, 03:22:53 pm »

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« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2013, 07:52:29 pm »

Vance Packard, The Status Seekers (1959)
Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1970)
R.W. Southern, Western Society & the Church in the Middle Ages (1970)
Robert Kaplan, The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate (2012)
Gabriel Garcia Marques, Love in the Time of Cholera (1988)
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« Reply #14 on: August 03, 2013, 12:57:40 pm »

Scott, I'm not sure what details of Jesus' life you're most interested in, but if you're looking for an account of how his how his divinity was interpreted over the several hundred years following the resurrection, I recommend When Jesus Became God.
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« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2014, 07:02:45 am »

I'm working through about a dozen books stowed in various shelves and crannies at my apartment. Here are a few of them:

Russia and the West under Lenin and Stalin, George Kennan
Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy, Susan Neiman (I made it about halfway through this one a few years ago... picked it up again over a recent lazy weekend)
Governing the Market: Economic Theory and the Role of Government in East Asian Industrialization, Robert Wade (surprisingly readable for economic writing)
Truman, David McCullough (too hagiographic to be interesting, but I got it last Christmas and feel obligated to finish by the end of the year)
Inside Terrorism, Bruce Hoffman
The Invisible Bridge, Rick Perlstein (I started on this one a few months ago, but I might put it down to read the entire series in order)
Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United, Zephyr Teachout (I haven't read any reviews, so I have no idea what to expect from this one)

Also re-reading Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72... not a good book to work through during finals week, but whatever.
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« Reply #16 on: February 06, 2015, 03:38:07 pm »

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1) Debt: The First 5,000 Years, David Graeber - The first three chapters have been fascinating, and the ideas integrate in some really interesting ways with the questions about trust, reciprocity, and identity that we've been discussing in the course on behavioral economics that I'm currently taking.

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2) Consider the Lobster and Other Essays, David Foster Wallace - Picked this up after reading Wallace's essay on Kafka.

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3) The Castle, Franz Kafka - Ughhhhh... fortunately for my neighbors, there have been no fits of laughter here.

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4) Wealth and Democracy, Kevin Phillips - This one was a Christmas gift. It's not particularly well written, and Phillips' cagey treatment of inflation has me questioning the reliability of his entire account. He also virtually ignores slave wealth, a glaring omission for any book that claims to provide "a political history of the American rich."
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« Reply #17 on: March 26, 2015, 08:52:57 am »

I'm reading Thinking Fast and Slow at the moment. I resent that the title sounds like something Malcolm Gladwell would write.

...and the cover art doesn't help. I can only assume that it was meant to demonstrate the power of the affect heuristic.
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« Reply #18 on: February 12, 2016, 06:40:23 pm »

Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs - Lauren A. Rivera
Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses - Richard Arum

When you've finished these, you should check out Paying for the Party, if you haven't yet.
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