What book are you reading now?

SFG75
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SFG75
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Joined: December 4th, 2006, 12:11 am

December 4th, 2006, 2:07 am #1

I'm reading Martin Edens by Jack London. The book is autobiographical in that London's character is like him in many ways. Martin is a roughneck sailor with poor manners who meets a *cultured* lady and her family. Through her, he desires to become more educated, as well as to perhaps win her over. This is one of London's lesser works, but it is very interesting to read. I'm about half way through the book and it's very worthwhile. I purchased this one from a used bookstore and did so after completing a slim Willa Cather work. I hate to be "between" books. :D
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ions
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Joined: December 3rd, 2006, 3:11 pm

December 4th, 2006, 2:44 am #2

Ulysses, James Joyce. First reading.
Currently reading: "A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Periodically reading: Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges and the Collected Works of Nietzsche
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kl0pper
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Joined: November 21st, 2006, 9:07 am

December 4th, 2006, 4:48 am #3

Rereading The Recognitions by William Gaddis

and reading for the first time: Maldoror by Comte de Latreaumont
certum est quia impossibile
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December 4th, 2006, 10:43 am #4

Rereading Merleau-Ponty: Phenomenology of Perception. Reading AtD (slowly, savouring it). Also Reading Thomas Hardy: Jude the obscure. Can't believe I've not read that before.
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ireneadler
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December 4th, 2006, 12:15 pm #5

AtD, the Sherlock Holmes-stories (for the umpteenth time). A. D. Damasio's "Decartes Error". Finnegans Wake. David Sedaris and Kurt Tucholsky (a very good German author, don't know if he's translated into English - if, try to get ahold of him!)

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ireneadler
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December 4th, 2006, 12:20 pm #6

sorry, hate to make mistakes like that: it's "DeScartes' Error" (must have been the title that confused me:-) A book worth reading if you're interested in "Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain".
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suzannahhh
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December 4th, 2006, 12:44 pm #7

AtD - which has pretty much put into hibernation these others
but not entirely

Octavio Paz - Sor Juana
W. Faulkner - Go Down Moses (reread)
Marc Seifer - Wizard - Life & Times of Nikola Tesla
Borges - Labyrinths (reread)
Amitav Ghosh - In an Antique Land: History in the Guise oof a Traveler's Tale

and now and always
finnegans wake

[irene - the Damsio books - all of them
are EXCELLENT)

oppps unintentional omitted
Robert Fagles new translation of the Aeneid
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ireneadler
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December 4th, 2006, 12:57 pm #8

if you like Damasio, you might also like Oliver Sacks' books....
how's the book about Tesla? He sure must have been an interesting person...
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suzannahhh
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December 4th, 2006, 1:08 pm #9

yeah irene
I did like Sacks' books
at a not too distant point
in my checkered professional life
I worked with some neurologists who
worked with him

and if you liked them
then you should also try
Stephen Mithen - The Prehistory of the Mind: the cognitive origins
of Art and Science
and

After the Ice: A Global Human History 20,000-5000 BC

pplus he has a new one out
The Singing Neanderthals which I have not yet read

and definitely Julian Jaynes - Origins of COnsciousness in the Bi-Cameral Mind

all highly speculative
but wonderful ideas to think about

I have a shitload of books here
on Mind and the development/evolution of consciousness
and other likeminded subjects

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ireneadler
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December 4th, 2006, 1:28 pm #10

wow, thanks Suzannah -
that is really helpful. I'm reading up on Cognitive Science right now,
trying to figure out how I can link it with literary theory- which I'm quite
certain to be possible. So, if you have any other idea upon the subject, I'd
be very grateful to hear about it. (I have also started on the metaphor-related
works by Lakoff, Turner, etc - fits in nicely with what I've done on that subject
already; but metaphors are not exactely my cup of tea.)
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