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#20278 - 02/12/09 06:20 PM What are you reading right now?
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I am always curious as to what people are reading, even if, like ceruleansteel currently, you're mainly reading textbooks. So let this be a thread where you can simply announce what you're reading, say a few words about it if you wish, learn what others are reading and post comments thereof. Also on topic will be announcing any books you have on order but haven't received yet.

I'm reading "My Rise and Fall" by Benito Mussolini. There are noticeable similarities to Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf," which I had previously read. Both men depict themselves as virile, decisive, and insightful, to a heroic degree. Both depict themselves as utterly altruistic, humble servants of the fatherland. Both demonize the Socialists. Both paint the prior political regime as hopelessly corrupt and incompetent. Both wax reverent toward soldiers in general and dead soldiers in particular. There is definitely a formula here.

I have the following on order and will comment on them as I delve into them:

Kurt Saxon: "The Poor Man's James Bond" (a recommendation from ceruleansteel)

Robert Green: "The 48 Laws of Power"

Robert Green: "The 33 Strategies of War"

Raymond B. Cattell: "Beyondism: Religion from Science" (a recommendation from Fist)

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#20281 - 02/12/09 06:45 PM Re: What are you reading right now? [Re: Zoid]
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I am reading several books at the moment:

The Demon Haunted World - Carl Sagan
Skepticism and Humanism: The New Paradigm - Paul Kurtz
The Occult - Colin Wilson
Burning Rainbow Farm - Dean Kuipers
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#20286 - 02/12/09 09:53 PM Re: What are you reading right now? [Re: Zoid]
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Currently I am reading a couple books on music. The first book is called Musical Form and Musical Performance by Edward T. Cone. I won't go into details, but it is, as its title suggests, centered on the formal structure of music and how musicians can shape a musical performance around it. Cone is very astute in his observations. For instance, he likens a musical composition to a piece of visual art, specifically a painting, and observes that much like the frame that delimits the space of a painting (though the subject of the picture, conceivably, can encompass far more than the artist chose to depict) our musical frame is silence, that which precedes and follows a performance.

The other book is called Music, Science, and Natural Magic in Seventeenth-Century England by Penelope Gouk. It is a look at how the English viewed science and music, which was, at the time, within the sphere of the sciences rather than the arts as it is today. Indeed, Gouk points out that most of the writers on the theory of music of the period (theory here differing from modern concept of music theory as chord progressions, counterpoint, melody, harmony, etc.) where those like Newton. I'm not very far in the book yet, but it seems to be a fairly interesting read.

I am also reading the highly controversial and highly contested "autobiography" of great Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich as related to Solomon Volkov. There is much debate in the music community amongst scholars with regard to the authenticity of this book, due to some of the things that are said "by" Shostakovich, for one thing. However, as my music history professor pointed out several years ago, if it was an inauthentic document, then surely Shostakovich's son would have contested it (which he has not).

Those of a more general readership probably won't find the first two interesting, but Shostakovich was a fascinating person and a masterful composer (ref. Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 [Bernstein's recording], his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and any one of his string quartets, which contain some of his most introspective and personal music, particularly his "autobiographical" Quartet no. 8) so I would recommend it to even a general reader; it does not, as far as I know, contain an overabundance of musical terminology.

I also just finished rereading a book on Vlad Ţepeş (1435 - 1476) titled Dracula: The Prince of Many Faces - His Life and Times by Raymond T. McNally and Radu R. Florescu. This man is the real life figure whose acts of justified cruelty gave way to a tradition of horror stories which eventually culminated in Bram Stoker's famous novel. It focuses on the socio-political climate of the Austro-Hungarian Empire as well as Romanian territories (Wallachia, for one) which the Turks were trying to use as a beachhead for their campaigns to secure a foothold in Europe, and how this affected Dracula's accession to power. I highly recommend this book to anyone, but specifically those who are interested in this period and Turkish expansionism, as well as this fascinating historical figure.
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#20304 - 02/13/09 05:27 AM Re: What are you reading right now? [Re: Draculesti]
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 Originally Posted By: Draculesti
I also just finished rereading a book on Vlad Ţepeş (1435 - 1476) titled Dracula: The Prince of Many Faces - His Life and Times by Raymond T. McNally and Radu R. Florescu.


I own this book and have read it with interest and pleasure. I may re-read it as part of my current study of sovereignty and warfare.

With regard to books on music, I found a well written one to be "The Clarinet and Clarinet Playing" by David Pino, which I took up in response to my elder daughter's interest in the titular instrument.

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#20305 - 02/13/09 05:48 AM Re: What are you reading right now? [Re: Zoid]
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Last books I recently read :

"The Prince" N. Machiavelli
"Why we can't be good" J. Needleman

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#20314 - 02/13/09 11:16 AM Re: What are you reading right now? [Re: Fabiano]
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I'm currently reading...

Philosophy in the Boudoir by Marquis de Sade.
I find it to be a more philosophy, political, and Anti-Xitian book than a sex book. The books about 170 pages, and maybe 15-20 at most were devoted to sexplay.

Stranger Than Fiction by Chuck Palahniuk.
Short stories he wrote based upon his personal experiences.
Nice to know other people have bizarre experiences too.

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley an autohagiography, edited by symonds & grant.
So far it covers stuff I already knew, but I have a lot more to read. The book is over 900 pages.

Generation of Swine by Hunter S. Thompson.
Just really still in the beginning. Looking to see how his version of the 1980's matches my memory of them.

I read more than one book at the same time depending on my moods, and where the current one captures me.

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#20317 - 02/13/09 12:30 PM Re: What are you reading right now? [Re: Morgan]
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I find "Confessions..." a bit rough to get through. Crowley is quite verbose, and he goes on an awful lot about mountain climbing, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but after 400+ pages with little else (a few episodes with regard to his dealings with Mathers and the Golden Dawn, and his work with the book of Abra-melin )to break the monotony, it starts to get rough. Definitely a labor of love, in my opinion. I have yet to finish it, though, so I will keep plodding along.

I have yet to finish "Philosophy in the Boudoir." Unfortunately, it is in storage right now... \:\(
I have read "120 Days in Sodom" and while it is certainly a book about sexual depravity, one could also see it as a study in amorality and cruelty and criminal behavior, especially of the sexual variety. In addition to Vlad the Impaler, Sade is a personal hero of mine.
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#20320 - 02/13/09 01:47 PM Re: What are you reading right now? [Re: Draculesti]
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I think I'm reading or rereading at least ten books at the moment. I switch from one to the other according my mood. I'm weird when it comes to reading. If it isn't fiction or non-fiction I can finish in one session I probably start reading something else before finishing.
Around my sleep-spot on the floor -I prefer the floor or occasionally the couch to sleep when alone- you'll find two or three works by Dennett, The Ancestor's tale by Dawkins, something on the rise of intellect by W.H. Calvin, a book called On Science by B.K. Ridley, Nausea from Sartre, erotic art by Poulton and a collection upon modern Belgian art and something from a Belgian writer/poet. They're all good or interesting.

The last interesting thing I finished was -oh the unsatanicness- the Harry Potter cycle. The partner's kids had them and I wanted to know what the fuzz was all about. I actually enjoyed reading it. T'was nice escapism for a bit.

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#20325 - 02/13/09 05:42 PM Re: What are you reading right now? [Re: Fabiano]
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 Originally Posted By: Fabiano
"The Prince" N. Machiavelli


When I was quite a bit younger, there used to be a perfume sold in the USA named "Prince Matchabelli" (yes, spelled like that) and I still remember the day I realized what prince the perfume was named after. \:\)

I'll be interested in your reactions to the book.

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#20326 - 02/13/09 05:50 PM Re: What are you reading right now? [Re: Draculesti]
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 Originally Posted By: Draculesti
I have read "120 Days in Sodom" and while it is certainly a book about sexual depravity, one could also see it as a study in amorality and cruelty and criminal behavior, especially of the sexual variety.


So few writers are willing to come out in favor of amorality. Because he was one of the few, I appreciate the Marquis de Sade.

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#20353 - 02/14/09 05:39 AM Re: What are you reading right now? [Re: Zoid]
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"Letters from Prison" is an interesting read when one wants to explore the man behind de Sade. The guy went through some shit in his time, what he wrote or said wasn't accepted that good by the society he lived in. It is revealing at times to check out the man behind the works but it can also disrupt some romantic ideas one has about them. I had it with Nietzsche. I like his work but after reading his letters, I had to conclude that the dude was one big cry baby and that much of his venom against females simply was caused because the guy could get no pussy. No pussy blues indeed.

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#20362 - 02/14/09 12:04 PM Re: What are you reading right now? [Re: Zoid]
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You can find a more comprehensive list of my recommended reading list here Books of the Left Hand Path.

Currently, I am studying Pashto language and tribal dynamics for a trip I will be taking soon.
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#20364 - 02/14/09 12:17 PM Re: What are you reading right now? [Re: Fist]
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As-salam-aleikum! Ze-ma num Fist dai. Ze tushnab ta tlal ghua-ram. Tassa da tarjoma ka-wo-lay shei?

"Good morning! My name is Fist. I must go to the toilet. Can you translate this?"

I used a cheat sheet... but good luck with Pashto, Fist.
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#20367 - 02/14/09 12:24 PM Re: What are you reading right now? [Re: Fist]
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 Originally Posted By: Fist
You can find a more comprehensive list of my recommended reading list here Books of the Left Hand Path.


These two are completely new to me:

Yamamoto Tsunetomo
"Hagakure"

Bertrand de Jouvenel
"On Power: The Natural History of Its Growth"

I'm looking them up on Amazon.

 Originally Posted By: Fist

Currently, I am studying Pashto language and tribal dynamics for a trip I will be taking soon.


I wish you the fulfillment of your intent.

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#20397 - 02/14/09 07:24 PM Re: What are you reading right now? [Re: Zoid]
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Aside from textbooks for escuela, I'm reading, "War as I knew it" by Patton and wrapping up "Out of Range: Why the constitution can't end the battle over guns". Stacked up nearby, awaiting their turns, is a mess of Tom Brown books.
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