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« Reply #810 on: January 01, 2020, 07:06:13 PM »

Fanzine themed evenings here, as of late. Special Interests #11 arrived a few days ago, so I've been reading it along with #1 of Dungeon Synth zine Rotstock (and, for some reason I cannot explain, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a book far more hilarious and intelligent when you're 15 or so). To top things off, I've been perusing Shocktilt #2, which has inspired a few music purchases.

Additionally, my work situation has changed so that audiobooks are now essential to even exist. Along with various The Great Courses (Indian History, Christian/Islamic/Jewish Mysticism and a long course on Bach), I'm heavily into old AD&D novels now. Mindless Fantasy, with tolerable levels of woke.

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« Reply #811 on: January 02, 2020, 01:02:16 AM »

Just started the PKD Valis trilogy and excited to work my way through it. Even with all of the theological babble, I'm intrigued and enjoying the first book. I've read others say that the second title is even better.
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« Reply #812 on: January 13, 2020, 04:59:00 PM »

Art sex music / Cosey Fanni Tutti

still in the beginning, not out of her childhood years yet. writing style is a bit annoying, but i'll probably get used to it.

Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies / Geofrrey West

very interesting book, the author is trying to come up with a general theory on growth and scaling, meaning that all "complex adaptive systems" such as living organisms, cities and companies all follow similar rules when it comes to growth and lifespan. weird way of looking at the world.

Straw dogs : thoughts on humans and other animals / John Gray

pessimistic filosophy, john gray dissects modern secular humanism and christianity and shows how both are to blame for our problems with the economy and ecology. very compelling book, kind of like linkola without the naturalism.

The atrocity exhibition / J. G. Ballard ; preface by William Burroughs

classic ballard, a book i've read years and years ago and didn't really understand back then. i'm planning on reading all of his books, i've read maybe 5-6 before so i have many to look forward to. one of the most important writers of the 20th century IMO.

The Vory: Russia’s super mafia / Mark Galeotti

interesting if a bit shallow look into the weird subculture of the vory, russias sadly defunct criminal subculture. lots of fucked up crime stories if you're into that sort of thing.

Totuudenetsijät : esoteerinen henkisyys Akseli Gallen-Kallelan, Pekka Halosen ja Hugo Simbergin taiteessa / Nina Kokkinen.

finnish book about esoteric themes in the paintings of gallen-kallela, pekka halosen and hugo simberg. interesting if a bit dry, most likely aimed at art historians.
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« Reply #813 on: January 14, 2020, 05:23:35 PM »

Neil Whitehead - Hans Staden's True History: An Account of Cannibal Captivity  in Brazil

Translation of, and commentary on a German traders capture, imprisonment, and escape from a cannibalism practicing tribe in Brazil. Gruesome and harrowing stuff. Whitehead was a brilliant anthropologist deeply interested in what he called 'the poetics of violence' looking at how ritualized violence coded cultural resistance to outside groups. Sadly he passed away unexpectedly in 2012. He had an industrial band too, 'Blood Jewel', though I think their music only exists on myspace.


Highly recommend this series. Of what I have read, all are soundly researched and embody Whitehead's vision of "a need to better comprehend the role of those who actually do the work of violence - torturers, assassins, terrorists - as much as the role of those who suffer the consequences".
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