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« Reply #25 on: May 03, 2011, 11:58:29 AM »

I am focussing heavily on Ezra Pound for my essays
Good luck fella!  I did a paper on Ezry's 'Pisan Cantos' for a comparative religion class in '05.  Just about fried my brain!  Grin  Wonderful stuff, but dense(thick).
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« Reply #26 on: May 03, 2011, 01:51:49 PM »

Isn't it just! Working rather heavily on 'In A Station Of The Metro', if you know that? Won't take you long to read.  Grin

Good thing about him (and other modernists) is that there's a wealth of their letters, articles, writings, etc to pick up the slack. And he's good at criticism too, so it's nice to sift through... well, relatively speaking....
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« Reply #27 on: May 15, 2011, 05:05:25 PM »

Time for a bump?

Been devouring Blake at the moment. Particularly The Marriage Of Heaven and Hell. And a ffew things I've got in an Romantic anthology. What have  you lot got on?
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« Reply #28 on: May 15, 2011, 10:50:15 PM »

Still just working my way thru Esquire.  I only really read it in the library.
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« Reply #29 on: May 16, 2011, 02:31:38 PM »

Just began my months-old, but yet-untouched (until last night) Pevear and Volokhonsky translation of War and Peace. I have loved all their Dostoevsky and Gogol translations, as well as their Anna Karenina, so I am excited for this version to be my first stab at this novel.
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« Reply #30 on: May 17, 2011, 12:28:56 AM »

Goethe on SMiLE?

"Dilettantes, when they have done their best, are wont to excuse themselves by saying the work is not yet finished. Of course, it can never be finished, because it was never begun properly. The master presents his work as finished after only a few strokes; polished or not, it is nevertheless complete. The cleverest dilettante gropes in uncertainty, and as the work grows, the original insecurity becomes ever more perceptible. At the very end, the initial failure is revealed, when it cannot be corrected, and so of course the work cannot be finished."
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« Reply #31 on: May 17, 2011, 07:24:06 PM »

I just ordered a translated copy of The Iliad by Homer. I decided it's time to broaden my influences, so to speak.
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« Reply #32 on: May 17, 2011, 09:01:32 PM »

Just finished a novel by Martin Cruz Smith "Three Stations" It's the latest in the
Arkady Renko series, about a Russian detective. You may remember William Hurt
and Lee Marvin in the movie Gorky Park.

I am beginning Ray Davies (of The Kinks) autobiography called X RAY or something
like that. I Am about to read for the tenth time. The Stranger by Albert Camus.

I have been anticipating the final postumous novel from Michael Crichton. I also have
the lost story of Brian Wilsons masterpiece SMiLE by Domenic Priore on my nightstand
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« Reply #33 on: May 20, 2011, 09:14:11 AM »

I've been reading a lot of all the print outs I've had filed away forever...I've been printing BB research/articles/lyrics/etc. out since I was in high school, around 2002, kept printing out for something to read in class in college, and still do at my work...

and I know you're thinking it's a waste, but I was aloud over 500 pages a year at HS to print out and the same goes for College and work...so it's my paper to do what I want.


As I squeezed a whole SMile file full of SMiLE FAQ's, articles, the Smile Primer, interviews, posts by Durrie Parks, etc....I've finally divided it into 2 separate files, Smile 66-67 and BWPS
Somehow everything else, from Surfin' Safari to present day printouts, has been in 1 manilla file folder...but I finally purchased more hanging file folders and a tuperware to fill hanging file folders in....I've got my Smile files done and then the first file done which consist of discography of albums, singles, unreleased albums and a couple of reviews for all the albums that were two separate articles, from Lost and Found/Surfin' Safari to Hawthorne CA...it's a really large file but it's one of my most informal and favored files to look through.
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« Reply #34 on: May 20, 2011, 09:17:41 AM »

I've been reading a lot of all the print outs I've had filed away forever...I've been printing BB research/articles/lyrics/etc. out since I was in high school, around 2002, kept printing out for something to read in class in college, and still do at my work...

and I know you're thinking it's a waste, but I was aloud over 500 pages a year at HS to print out and the same goes for College and work...so it's my paper to do what I want.


As I squeezed a whole SMile file full of SMiLE FAQ's, articles, the Smile Primer, interviews, posts by Durrie Parks, etc....I've finally divided it into 2 separate files, Smile 66-67 and BWPS
Somehow everything else, from Surfin' Safari to present day printouts, has been in 1 manilla file folder...but I finally purchased more hanging file folders and a tuperware to fill hanging file folders in....I've got my Smile files done and then the first file done which consist of discography of albums, singles, unreleased albums and a couple of reviews for all the albums that were two separate articles, from Lost and Found/Surfin' Safari to Hawthorne CA...it's a really large file but it's one of my most informal and favored files to look through.
I've also been reading the Ultimate Dallas reference book with information about EVERY episode and the reunions/tv-movies...it's really a great read if you're a DAllas fan
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« Reply #35 on: May 20, 2011, 09:42:55 AM »

Somewhat off-topic, but I think there were a few people here that were writing some novels/books as of late. Any updates?
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« Reply #36 on: May 20, 2011, 03:10:59 PM »

Somewhat off-topic, but I think there were a few people here that were writing some novels/books as of late. Any updates?
I had an idea about writing a fictional piece that's similar to the story of Almost Famous but instead of the 12 year old kid, it would be me traveling with the BB to Holland, just using the knowledge I have with research through many sources...but I never developed it.


I also wanted to write a book or something with just information that puts a lot of sources together about the Beach Boys catalog, released/unreleased. Basically, I wanna go for something like "A Hard Day's Write," anyone know what I'm talking about? I'd really like to start on it this summer...Some different things stopping me being one of the major things is copyrights towards unreleased items....can someone publicize lyrics or anything I want to write about bootlegs?  Basically, write the info about it (dates & such) then give the story behind it.
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« Reply #37 on: May 20, 2011, 03:29:30 PM »

Just finished The Lost Symbll by Dan Brown. I bought it when it was released and shelved it because of poor reviews but it was stellar.
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« Reply #38 on: May 20, 2011, 03:34:28 PM »

Just finished The Lost Symbll by Dan Brown. I bought it when it was released and shelved it because of poor reviews but it was stellar.

Did the same with Michael Crichton's Next - got sh*t reviews, but it turned out to be a great yarn.
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« Reply #39 on: May 20, 2011, 03:35:18 PM »

Somewhat off-topic, but I think there were a few people here that were writing some novels/books as of late. Any updates?
I had an idea about writing a fictional piece that's similar to the story of Almost Famous but instead of the 12 year old kid, it would be me traveling with the BB to Holland, just using the knowledge I have with research through many sources...but I never developed it.

Sounds like a good story! You should start it and see how far you can get!
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« Reply #40 on: May 20, 2011, 04:28:35 PM »

I'm just not a very good writer, which is my project ended up being abandoned. It's alright, seeing as I don't lack other artistic pursuits to keep myself busy with, and every twenty year old fancies themselves as a writer...
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« Reply #41 on: May 20, 2011, 08:27:03 PM »

I occasionally flirt around with writing. I wrote a children's book in school about a bear who thought he was human. It was made into a "proper" hardback book. I've also written two "mini novels". One was about a murderer who joined a circus as a clown to hide his identity. It was called "The Phantom of The Circus". The other one was about two inventors. The husband was a well known and love owner of a bank. The husband had a secret though. In his private life he was an evil and cruel man who was jealous of his wife because her scientific inventions were quite successful, while his work was largely ignored. The husband decides on the perfect invention, a robot. His plans go horribly wrong though, and the robot kills his creator and builds a replica of itself. One replica quickly turns into hundreds of thousands. The President of the United States of America is assassinated, and the "leader" robot takes over. All forms of Government are overthrown by the robots, and soon human civilization as it is known is in jeopardy of being turned into a society of nothing but robots.
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« Reply #42 on: May 23, 2011, 07:12:35 PM »

Checked out Bill Simmons' "The Book of Basketball." It's mildly entertaining--just like one of his (basketball-related) columns, but a lot longer. In other words, loaded with pop culture references, jokes, references to his friends, and of course, basketball. Hardly great literature, but an enjoyable reprieve from more serious reading.
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« Reply #43 on: June 05, 2011, 01:27:58 AM »

Just finished reading The Day Of The Triffids by John Wyndham, an outstanding book in my opinion and clearly a massive influence on the zombie film genre. I really should read more classic sci-fi if it's anywhere near as good as this, any recommendations?
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« Reply #44 on: June 05, 2011, 04:04:51 AM »

Oh God, I'd ask my Dad if I could - he's hugely into this stuff. Off the top of my head, you need as much Asimov as is humanly possible. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick, too. On an older note, The War Of The Worlds by H.G Wells is great. Although I made the mistake of picking up an old Penguin edition and it's so fragile I can't mistreat it as is my wont with books...

Now my degree is over for the year, I can get to reading the stuff I've been putting off for lack of time. In the past week I've got through In Cold Blood (freaked me out no end, for some reason. Such attention to detail), a book about folk ballads curated by Greil Marcus, Slaughterhouse 5, and am plowing diligently through To Kill a Mockingbird, which is wonderful.

Sadly, my lack of stuff to do has lead to me dusting off the novel I claimed I had abandoned upthread. Am going through it with a fine, fine toothcomb.
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« Reply #45 on: June 05, 2011, 01:16:36 PM »

Reading - a biography of Wilfred Owen

Writing - OK, researching and drafting (for the last five/six years) a biography of William Beldham (Google him).
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« Reply #46 on: June 05, 2011, 03:23:53 PM »

Currently reading The Hardware of The Soul by Daniel Amen, M.D.
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« Reply #47 on: June 05, 2011, 05:42:32 PM »

Just finished "Physics of the Future"  by Michio Kaku, halfway through Manning Marable's Malcolm X bio.  Think I'm going for some fiction next...
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« Reply #48 on: June 05, 2011, 08:10:09 PM »

Just finished "Physics of the Future"  by Michio Kaku, halfway through Manning Marable's Malcolm X bio.  Think I'm going for some fiction next...

How was 'Physics of the Future'? I was thinking about reading it...
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« Reply #49 on: June 05, 2011, 08:40:15 PM »

Just finished "Physics of the Future"  by Michio Kaku, halfway through Manning Marable's Malcolm X bio.  Think I'm going for some fiction next...

How was 'Physics of the Future'? I was thinking about reading it...

Brilliant and mind-bowing I couldn't recommend it more strongly.
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