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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by JudgeRusty » Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:04 pm

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Custer's Trials
A few pages per week, but finished.

Well researched, well written.
No surprise it won the Pulitzer.
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by Skip » Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:24 pm

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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by sweetandsour » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:01 pm

JudgeRusty wrote:
Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:04 pm
JudgeRusty wrote:
Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:52 am
Custer's Trials
A few pages per week, but finished.

Well researched, well written.
No surprise it won the Pulitzer.
I've seen it but haven't bought and read it yet. Have you read The Last Stand, by Philbrick?
As thus we sat in darkness
Each one busy with his prayers,
"We are lost!" the captain shouted,
As he staggered down the stairs.

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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by JudgeRusty » Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:49 am

sweetandsour wrote:
Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:01 pm
JudgeRusty wrote:
Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:04 pm
JudgeRusty wrote:
Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:52 am
Custer's Trials
A few pages per week, but finished.

Well researched, well written.
No surprise it won the Pulitzer.
I've seen it but haven't bought and read it yet. Have you read The Last Stand, by Philbrick?
nope, this was a gift and my only read about Custer so far.
Author makes a point though, that this is about the development and history of the man and not so much about Little Big Horn.
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by wosbald » Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:30 am

+JMJ+

Manifesto of New Realism by Maurizio Ferraris




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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by sweetandsour » Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:00 am

JudgeRusty wrote:
Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:49 am
sweetandsour wrote:
Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:01 pm
JudgeRusty wrote:
Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:04 pm
JudgeRusty wrote:
Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:52 am
Custer's Trials
A few pages per week, but finished.

Well researched, well written.
No surprise it won the Pulitzer.
I've seen it but haven't bought and read it yet. Have you read The Last Stand, by Philbrick?
nope, this was a gift and my only read about Custer so far.
Author makes a point though, that this is about the development and history of the man and not so much about Little Big Horn.
Historians by and large aren't very kind to Custer. Phibrick is no exception, but he comes down pretty hard on pretty much everyone in his book. Still, it's an interesting read.
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Each one busy with his prayers,
"We are lost!" the captain shouted,
As he staggered down the stairs.

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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by UncleBob » Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:54 pm

The Mead-Hall by Pollington
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by UncleBob » Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:58 pm

sweetandsour wrote:
Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:00 am
JudgeRusty wrote:
Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:49 am
sweetandsour wrote:
Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:01 pm
JudgeRusty wrote:
Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:04 pm
JudgeRusty wrote:
Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:52 am
Custer's Trials
A few pages per week, but finished.

Well researched, well written.
No surprise it won the Pulitzer.
I've seen it but haven't bought and read it yet. Have you read The Last Stand, by Philbrick?
nope, this was a gift and my only read about Custer so far.
Author makes a point though, that this is about the development and history of the man and not so much about Little Big Horn.
Historians by and large aren't very kind to Custer. Phibrick is no exception, but he comes down pretty hard on pretty much everyone in his book. Still, it's an interesting read.
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by wosbald » Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:35 pm

+JMJ+

Introduction to New Realism by Maurizio Ferraris




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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by michigander » Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:21 pm

"Astrophysics for People in a Hurry" by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by Tatanka » Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:14 pm

JESUS, by famed Oxford N.T. Scholar, F.F. Bruce. Rich! Blessings float off the pages.
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Post by ReverendThom » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:12 pm

Tatanka wrote:JESUS, by famed Oxford N.T. Scholar, F.F. Bruce. Rich! Blessings float off the pages.
I think Bruce made an appearance in almost every one of my bibliographies in my undergrad. Love him.

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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by UncleBob » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:47 pm

michigander wrote:
Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:21 pm
"Astrophysics for People in a Hurry" by Neil deGrasse Tyson
How is that? I was thinking of adding that to the pile.
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by Al_S_ » Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:17 pm

Finally taking a stab at Infinite Jest

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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by coco » Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:43 pm

Al_S_ wrote:
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Finally taking a stab at Infinite Jest
I loved it.
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by A_Morley » Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:20 pm

ImageA fine read. I'd say this even if I wasn't directly related to the man, which I am. God, I'm impressive.
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by Al_S_ » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:25 am

coco wrote:
Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:43 pm
Al_S_ wrote:
Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:17 pm
Finally taking a stab at Infinite Jest
I loved it.
I'm really enjoying it so far (only about 100 pages in). There are some things that both amuse and annoy. Given the long paragraphs that can stretch for pages, I'll often glance ahead to see if I have time to finish a section. A couple times now he's gotten me with an endnote that spans pages (or more recently an endnote with a footnote to another endnote that spans pages) which is inevitably vitally important to the story. So much for a "quick" couple pages. It annoys because usually I only have a limited time to read & with a book that requires such careful attention I hate putting it down in the middle of something important. On the other hand, as a writer, I too enjoy playing with the reader, so I can appreciate it.

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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by coco » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:39 am

Al_S_ wrote:
Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:25 am
coco wrote:
Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:43 pm
Al_S_ wrote:
Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:17 pm
Finally taking a stab at Infinite Jest
I loved it.
I'm really enjoying it so far (only about 100 pages in). There are some things that both amuse and annoy. Given the long paragraphs that can stretch for pages, I'll often glance ahead to see if I have time to finish a section. A couple times now he's gotten me with an endnote that spans pages (or more recently an endnote with a footnote to another endnote that spans pages) which is inevitably vitally important to the story. So much for a "quick" couple pages. It annoys because usually I only have a limited time to read & with a book that requires such careful attention I hate putting it down in the middle of something important. On the other hand, as a writer, I too enjoy playing with the reader, so I can appreciate it.
I began to appreciate the deconstructive literary techniques after a while. I usually had a browser open as I read it to keep up with the obscure language. It is the best Postmodernist book I have read.
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by wosbald » Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:03 pm

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Positive Realism by Maurizio Ferraris




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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by Rusty » Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:44 pm

UncleBob wrote:
Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:47 pm
michigander wrote:
Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:21 pm
"Astrophysics for People in a Hurry" by Neil deGrasse Tyson
How is that? I was thinking of adding that to the pile.
Are you in a hurry?

This may be the first in a series.

Next: Cosmology for People on the John
Maybe that's where they were hurrying to?

After that: Quantum Theory for People Mowing Lawns
Apparently there are some enlightening lawn analogies; labs in the lawn! Sort of a play on Manet's Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe. Culture!

I think it's probably pretty light. I'm kidding about the series.

I read his (NdGT) Origins - Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution. There were parts of it that were dated already. But there were interesting and coherent explanations for why some of the exoplanet discoveries looked the way they did. Interesting insights that have a signature of the technology & time to discovery in play that enabled and biased some of the discoveries. I think this is a very useful and insightful part of the book. He talks about fairly practical science. Lots more that is interesting. I preferred Origins to Simon Singh's Big Bang - The origin of the Universe.

No equations at all! How is that possible? Well it's pretty soft. I preferred Weinberg's The First Three Minutes. There was a pretty good mathematical appendix and there was no fear of numbers in the book. Some changes in dates are apparent in current ideas vs the TFTM. But it's still quite valid. I don't know if he revisited it since the 70's.

Weinberg's Dreams of a Final Theory is probably one of the very best books concerning the vision of Physics in our age. Believe it or not it touches on topics that CPS has considered periodically. It was written in the early 90's so you might think it's really dated. But aside from grousing about the loss of the Texas Superconducting Super Collider all the rest is still current. If you read only one book on the direction of physics make it this one. This is the user guide to understanding why they're engaged in the kind of Physics that drives all the rest. No mathematics in it.
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