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Post by Jake » Wed May 24, 2006 12:00 pm

n8 wrote:yeah, great book, and i was trying to think - what is it about this book that would make them want to ban it?
I would imagine there's cursing in it. Most books/movies about Vietnam have lots of naughty words in them. Gee, I wonder why...

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Post by Tim » Wed May 24, 2006 2:25 pm

I just finished Tom Wolfe's I am Charlotte Simmons. I really enjoyed it. Its a great satire on college life. Wolfe is a genius in my opinion, especially since the guy is pushing 70+ and seems to get the world of college right on.

I just picked up Philip Caputo's Rumor of War. Its about his time spent in Vietnam as a soldier. Its a pretty powerful book and gives a great first hand account of what it was like to fight in that war.

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Post by Mixmaster Shecky » Wed May 24, 2006 3:35 pm

Tim wrote:I just picked up Philip Caputo's Rumor of War. Its about his time spent in Vietnam as a soldier. Its a pretty powerful book and gives a great first hand account of what it was like to fight in that war.
That is a damn good book - timely now since we have another Vietnam going on.

Me, I've been re-reading Paul Therioux travel novels. 'The Old Patagonia Express' is a good one - cranky, misanthropic Therioux goes all the way from Boston to Patagonia by train and rages against the machine the whole way. Good stuff.

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Post by Sven Killer Robot Spacema » Wed May 24, 2006 5:05 pm

I'm not like them
But I can pretend
The sun is gone
But I have a light
The day is done
But I'm having fun
I think I'm dumb
Or maybe just happy

I think I'm dumb
I think I'm dumb
I think I'm dumb

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Post by booker » Wed May 24, 2006 6:02 pm

I have indulged in some fantastic stuff lately:

- Camden Joy, "The Last Rock Store; or Liz Phair, A Rant" -- My favorite of all these.
- Christopher Moore, "Bloodsucking Fiends" -- His best that I've read so far.
- Neil Gaiman, "Neverwhere" -- I like the guy better than Tolkien and C.S. Lewis combined.
- Stephen King, "On Writing" -- Should be required reading for every creative writing class, especially the second half.

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Post by BeaArthur5-49 » Wed May 24, 2006 6:46 pm

miss carol wrote:BUT David Mitchell is fucking GENIUS. Pick up his latest Black Swan Green. I'm almost done, but I was in love after a mere twenty-five pages. So good...
Seconded...My little sister just sent me a copy of it, and I can't put it down. It's my first experience with Mitchell, and it's rocking my world.
n8 wrote: yeah, great book {The Things They Carried}, and i was trying to think - what is it about this book that would make them want to ban it? i recall it being a powerful and well-written, but still relatively bening book, at least on hot-button issues. or maybe I missed something?
There's a bit of drug use in it, and some ripe language, which can turn off easily scared parents. It takes a VERY hard and realistic view of war and what it does to the people in it, so I guess it's a neo-con's nightmare. That said, I just finished teaching it to my 10th grade English class (love being a New Englander) and kids who rarely -- if ever -- read couldn't put down. Thumbs up all the way around.

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Post by jaimoe0 » Wed May 24, 2006 7:45 pm

BeaArthur5-49 wrote:That said, I just finished teaching it (The Things They Carried) to my 10th grade English class (love being a New Englander) and kids who rarely -- if ever -- read couldn't put down. Thumbs up all the way around.
And that right there should trump any conceivable argument the fundies could make... the book -- a history, for cryin' out loud -- made high school sophomores WANT to read. Fuck you, preacher man!

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Post by miss carol » Wed May 24, 2006 9:54 pm

1) Camden Joy is very fun to read.
2) Lamb...just pick up Lamb. No questions, just do.
3) High school English can either turn kids on or off reading. I sold a kid Slaughterhouse Five simply based on his grade level. He had an essay due "yesterday." Vonnegaut is a decepitively fast, easy read. I remember LOVING the book, so it's a kick for me to pass it on. So good on you, BeaArthur Parents are so easy to squirm, too. Complicated Kindess would be perfect for high school: it's dark, sarcastic, and reasonably well-written (though not my taste).
4) You have it all wrong: fundies don't want people to read. They want them to do as they're told. Reading leads to ideas, and ideas lead to independent thought. *

*Quick note: did you know approximately 42% of Canadians are only semi-literate? That means these people can't read the directions on an aspirin bottle or the warnings on a bottle at work. Pathetic...

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Post by stickman45 » Thu May 25, 2006 10:15 am

They're also hosers.

Don't wanna alarm you but, look to your left, then your right. If you don't see a hoser, then the hoser is you.

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Post by booker » Thu May 25, 2006 4:37 pm

What do y'all think of David Eggers?

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