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by nevskey1
Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Rattle my worldview - Has a book ever changed your life?
Replies: 85
Views: 15577

Re: I need a book to rattle my worldview

Gravity's Fucking Rainbow!

(Oh, and second on Illuminatus.)
by nevskey1
Thu Oct 30, 2008 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend a book
Replies: 466
Views: 203710

Re: Recommend a book

Richard Yates. I know, he's not a book, he's an author. But he's a great author who is sadly underappreciated. I've read his book The Easter Parade , and recommend it. But his masterpiece is Revolutionary Road , which my library doesn't even have, so I can't read it yet. He writes in this relentless...
by nevskey1
Thu Oct 30, 2008 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 807
Views: 266244

Re: What is your favourite book?

I have to be able to get on that Pynchon frequency. There are numerous ways to do this, but not many of them are legal. If you're thinking GR, I highly recommend Weisenburgers's Companion to GR. Also, it is worth checking out his introduction to 1984. Here it is. It'll just give you some idea of wh...
by nevskey1
Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Camus
Replies: 16
Views: 4107

Re: Camus

Kierkegaard is good, but very, very difficult. He is responding to the system building of Hegel, but his writing is very little easier to read, which isn't saying much. Either/Or was very tedious and not worth it, I think. But Sickness was terrific. If you're a fan of Kafka, you'll notice a lot of i...
by nevskey1
Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1805
Views: 404243

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

existential_elevator wrote:Nevsky, you are my new hero. Thankyou.
No problem. Glad to help. Feel free to PM me if you have any more questions or just want to discuss this stuff. Best of luck getting through it.
by nevskey1
Sun Oct 19, 2008 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1805
Views: 404243

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

@existential_elivator: (Spoilered to spare the innocent) Deleuze does have some interesting things to say about psychology if you accept a Freudian/Lacanian point of departure. (They are very strongly anti-Freud (hence the title). They see Freudian psychoanalysis as a mechanism (in F...
by nevskey1
Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1805
Views: 404243

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

along with some Lacan, a book of commentary on Lacan by Lorenzo Chiesa, a random assortment of Deleuze [mainly from Desert Islands, and Difference and Repetition] and still trying to plough through some Freud. Ah, memories. I'm getting a philosophy degree, and I remember my infatuation with this st...
by nevskey1
Tue Oct 07, 2008 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: House of omgwhyamIturningmybook Leaves.
Replies: 239
Views: 54220

Re: House of omgwhyamIturningmybook Leaves.

You know how Douglas Hofstadter appears in a cameo role in the book (I mean film, I mean...)? Well I think that that is indicative of his influence (ditto Harold Bloom and his Anxiety of Influence (and the same probably goes for the others)). Anyway, one of the central thing...
by nevskey1
Mon Sep 22, 2008 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Camus
Replies: 16
Views: 4107

Re: Camus

I have to say, my favorite Camus is The Fall, I thought it was the most experimental and original of his works. After that it would be either The Plague or Myth of Sysiphus. If you're looking for similar stuff, the main thing is this dude Michel Houellebecq. He's a contemporary French writer, seemin...
by nevskey1
Sun Sep 21, 2008 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend a book
Replies: 466
Views: 203710

Re: Recommend a book

Ooh, big time shout out to The Assassins by Joyce Carol Oates. Last I saw, it was out of print so I had to get it used off Amazon, but I've since seen several libraries carry it. Basically, a WASP politician is killed, and approximately the same time period after his death is seen through three diff...
by nevskey1
Sun Sep 21, 2008 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: David Foster Wallace
Replies: 18
Views: 2607

Re: David Foster Wallace

Just thought I'd share this. It's a speech he gave. I think it's very telling, although it covers much the same ground as IJ, and probably other things he's written, too. I just found out he died today (no TV, graduate work, etc.) and I'm shocked. I don't know anything about Wallace, but this is tr...
by nevskey1
Wed Aug 27, 2008 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Godel and Geometry
Replies: 12
Views: 1522

Re: Godel and Geometry

All I mean by "contain" is the same as what Wikipedia discusses when it says that "Euclidian geometry cannot describe a sufficient amount of geometry for the theorem to apply." I was under the impression that the opposite was true, that it could "contain geometry," i.e....
by nevskey1
Wed Aug 27, 2008 12:56 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Godel and Geometry
Replies: 12
Views: 1522

Godel and Geometry

I couldn't find any topics on this so here's a question that occurred to me earlier today. Just as the title implies. Geometry is a formal axiomatic system. (If it's not, then I don't know what is.) So, assuming it's consistent, wouldn't Godel's Theorem (GT) apply to render it incomplete? Or is that...
by nevskey1
Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I want a Shirt that says....
Replies: 76
Views: 4804

Re: I want a Shirt that says....

@^: It should have just said "repressant them."
by nevskey1
Mon Jun 23, 2008 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I want a Shirt that says....
Replies: 76
Views: 4804

Re: I want a Shirt that says....

1) "This would look great on a shirt."

2) "Crappy Diem." -- this one was inspired by some of the earlier posts.
by nevskey1
Sat Jun 21, 2008 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1805
Views: 404243

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

So is George playing the role of Dante here, being led in an opposite route from Catholicism and structure to Discordianism and finally, free thought? Hagbard would be his Virgil, then, and Eris his Beatrice. I suppose that could work. Hint: the full name of Dante's immortal beloved is Bice (Beatri...
by nevskey1
Sat Jun 21, 2008 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1805
Views: 404243

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Ah, thanks. Looks like I'll be starting Infinite Jest shortly. Looking forward. R.E. Illuminatus!: Then again, there would have been no Leviathan, and that was kinda the point of the book. True, but I could've done without it by that point. Oh, and... Did you notice how the whole thing was kind of a...
by nevskey1
Sat Jun 21, 2008 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon
Replies: 57
Views: 12163

Re: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I think he becomes a much, much better writer in the near-decade between Lot 49 and his next book, Gravity's Rainbow. The former is like a warm-up exercise for the latter, which is a genuine masterpiece if anything ever was. Having said that, he's not an e...
by nevskey1
Sat Jun 21, 2008 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1805
Views: 404243

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

I've asked elsewhere , but I'll ask here, too. Do you guys think Infinite Jest is good to bring on a three week trip to visit family? (It's not sitting around at the beach; lot's of distractions.) Or does it require more careful attention? I mean, I certainly wouldn't take Gravity's Rainbow, and thi...
by nevskey1
Wed Jun 18, 2008 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Pick my next book
Replies: 29
Views: 3527

Re: Pick my next book

Since the original intent of this thread seems to have run it's course, I hope no one minds if I usurp it to resolve my own dilemma. The thing is this. I'm due to be starting Infinite Jest right about now. But in a little over a week I'm leaving on a three week trip to visit family in Russia and Isr...
by nevskey1
Tue Jun 17, 2008 2:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ...
Replies: 38
Views: 3478

Re: This is for Randall.

As Randall said, jokes are like frogs, you can dissect them, but it'll kill them. Mark Twain, actually. Someone certainly may have said it before him, but I'm not aware of it. No, you're wrong. Randall invented funny in 1998, right before he cured the Millennium bug And I think Oscar Wilde said it ...
by nevskey1
Tue Jun 17, 2008 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: favorite lines/quotes from books
Replies: 286
Views: 80985

Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

I've read this paragraph so many times over the past week, that everyone in the house is screaming for me to shut the hell up already. So I just have to post its sheer brilliance here. He is the father you will never quite manage to kill. The Oedipal situation in the Zone these days is terrible. The...
by nevskey1
Tue Jun 17, 2008 1:20 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that made you cry
Replies: 296
Views: 40214

Re: Books that made you cry

Rowsdower wrote:But throughout the book I felt as if I was him, and it was happening to me rather than someone else.

That's what made it so devastating for me.
by nevskey1
Tue Jun 17, 2008 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon
Replies: 57
Views: 12163

Re: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon

Your confusion is perfectly understandable. Keep in mind that Pynchon, IMHO, becomes a much, much better writer with his next book, Gravity's Rainbow , which is sheer brilliance. I actually found that one more easily readable, in terms of style, though certainly not length and breadth. One thing you...
by nevskey1
Mon Jun 16, 2008 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that made you cry
Replies: 296
Views: 40214

Re: Books that made you cry

No, it's before they've even spoken. That definitely does make it different. But one more possibility is that maybe Orwell was try9ing to show the sort of instinctive sexual response that Big Bro.'s culture cultivates and conditions to the point that it seems natural? (For more on this idea, check ...
by nevskey1
Mon Jun 16, 2008 3:07 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that made you cry
Replies: 296
Views: 40214

Re: Books that made you cry

I honestly don't remember that part, but I'll take your word for it and try to look for it on my next read. But I thought the idea was to paint him as just a regular dude, and not as any sort of hero. All he wants is a little human dignity, just the freedom to love the girl he loves, not any massive...
by nevskey1
Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:39 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that made you cry
Replies: 296
Views: 40214

Re: Books that made you cry

Rowsdower wrote:It's not that I liked Winston (I didn't)


Why?
by nevskey1
Fri Jun 13, 2008 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon
Replies: 57
Views: 12163

Re: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon

Ahh, much obliged. The sheer amount of knowledge and research that went into this book is...mind-blowing. Indeed! Oddly enough, I happened to read through Manly Palmer Hall's Sacred Teachings of all Ages not long before GR, and that was a helpful reference tool -- but not helpful enough for all the ...
by nevskey1
Fri Jun 13, 2008 1:56 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon
Replies: 57
Views: 12163

Re: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon

W. :o T. :shock: F. :?: I just finished it and that's the most intelligent response I can muster. Now the digestion begins. With books like these, I always learn stuff over time that puts things in place retroactively. For example, thanks to my recent reading of Gravity's Rainbow I learned that the ...
by nevskey1
Wed Jun 11, 2008 12:53 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Book suggestions for being in a wasteland
Replies: 11
Views: 1774

Re: Book suggestions for being in a wasteland

@screwjack: Yeah, Cormnac Mccarthy is pure win. Blood Meridian is awesome. It's very much in the tradition of Faulkner and Melville. I think you might be thinking of the book succeeding NCOM: The Road, which 'll soon read. It was popular and sounds very good. Before NCOM was a trilogy, unless that's...
by nevskey1
Tue Jun 10, 2008 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Book suggestions for being in a wasteland
Replies: 11
Views: 1774

Re: Book suggestions for being in a wasteland

Vonnegut (Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse 5, Galapagos, Welcome to the Monkey House) I didn't notice Breakfast of Champions on this list, which grave negligence should be rectified ASAP. One of my favorite Vonneguts is actually the first one I read by him, called Deadeye Dick . It's a much later work ...
by nevskey1
Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1805
Views: 404243

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Zeroing in on the win: I'm starting Part 4 of Gravity's Rainbow: "The Counterforce." Seriously, what a hell of a book! I'm compulsively unable to put it down. I haven't been this enthralled by a plot since 1984 -- the book, not the year I was conceived.
by nevskey1
Sun Jun 08, 2008 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite Author?
Replies: 120
Views: 12279

Re: Favorite Author?

In no particular order, as that would be impossible: Herman Melville, Fyodor Dostoevsky, William Faulkner.
by nevskey1
Fri Jun 06, 2008 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1805
Views: 404243

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

1. Mien Kampf, Adolph Hitler While I don't want to promote National Socialism in any way, shape, or form, I do think it's interesting to learn what the hell all the insanity was about. There's also an unpublished follow up to it, called Hitler's Secret Book, available here . I'm a big conspiracy bu...
by nevskey1
Fri Jun 06, 2008 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon
Replies: 57
Views: 12163

Re: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon

*Gently wipes up Pavlovian drool and gets back to eagerly reading for the win.* (In this context, that "drool" makes for a fitting pun (hence the "gently"). ::tongue-in-cheek smiley::) Will report back soon. Oh, wait, speaking of parentheses, did you notice that the parenthesis o...
by nevskey1
Fri Jun 06, 2008 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon
Replies: 57
Views: 12163

Re: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon

In Against the Day, he starts in America and reaches Inner Asia. So you might have something there. I'll definitely be reading ATD relatively soon. How do you think it compares to GR overall? (keep an eye on the Tarot motif however) Yeah, I'm trying. Obviously there's the wheel of fortune. I tried ...
by nevskey1
Fri Jun 06, 2008 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite Characters?
Replies: 145
Views: 21627

Re: Favorite Characters?

Cheating a little, George Orwell, from Down And Out In Paris And London. Everyone would love to meet a vagrant who has really lived at the bottom of society, but who has the brains to comment on it insightfully. For the exact same reason, I would say Henry Miller ( whom, incidentally, Orwell was th...
by nevskey1
Fri Jun 06, 2008 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favourite poem(s)?
Replies: 115
Views: 17555

Re: Favourite poem(s)?

I just discovered my new favorite poet: Robinson Jeffers. I've been doing research in the library, and I frequently distract myself with some poems or short stories. I came across him, and have devoured nearly everything of his in the mean time. He was quite controversial, for much the same reason a...
by nevskey1
Fri Jun 06, 2008 3:51 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon
Replies: 57
Views: 12163

Re: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon

OK, I'm really sorry for the double post, but this is important. I just finished reading the very long chapter about Pökler in the middle of Part 3, and I nearly died at the end. Really, no human should be this good of a writer. Just WOW. That is all. He did, then, let everything go, every control. ...
by nevskey1
Wed Jun 04, 2008 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: XKCD Book Club -- Suggestions
Replies: 79
Views: 8631

Re: XKCD Book Club -- Suggestions

I'm pretty sure it's something that a mod would have to do, but I'm also pretty sure they'd have no problem doing it if need be. Oops, I've been rummaging around and it looks like we might need an Admin or maybe a Prelate if it comes to this, not simply a regular mod. This place sure is organized. ...

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