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I was kind of wanting to read this but this passage 100% turned me off

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And just as a random comment, listening to random audiobook samples on Amazon and Kobo (Kobo still exists!)...man, a lot of these people really fall into a plodding, portentous sort of delivery. (Jeremy Irons does well with Lolita, mind, and Stephen Fry isn't bad with Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.)
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Eric the .5b wrote:
17 Jan 2020, 01:38
And just as a random comment, listening to random audiobook samples on Amazon and Kobo (Kobo still exists!)...man, a lot of these people really fall into a plodding, portentous sort of delivery. (Jeremy Irons does well with Lolita, mind, and Stephen Fry isn't bad with Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.)
I generally avoid any well known celebrity for narration. They usually don't understand how to dial it back and they often can't do the different voices needed for the story. Give me professional voice over people please.

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This Is How You Lose the Time War by el-Mohtar and Gladstone was actually even better than I'd been lead to believe. In the middle of a war of historic manipulation between two very different far-future societies, two opposing agents, codenamed Red and Blue, start leaving taunting letters for each other...and then they start looking more and more forward to each others' letters, all the while trying not to get caught in this little treason by their respective sides.

The book's a half-epistolary novel, alternating between the various assignments of the two immortal, superhuman, and very dangerous agents and their letters, delivered to each other by increasingly bizarre and furtive means. It's one of the more lush and mythic (tasting of folklore and fairy tale at times) SF novels I've read in a decade or two, doubly so when it's such a fast read.

Definitely recommended; a couple chapters in, I realized this would be worth a re-read, something I'm badly out of the habit of doing.
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Had to quit Woodcock’s history of anarchism. The first half was a decent survey of early anarchist theory, but the second half read like meeting minutes from the various Internationals of the 19th century. Reading a last-name-only play by play of the schism between libertarian and authoritarian socialists develop over decades is like watching a televised political debate at the Oscars during the commercials of the Super Bowl where everyone has been dead for a century.
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Mike Duncan’s podcast on the Russian Revolution where he spends an episode on the split between the Reds and the Blacks is quite good on concisely explaining this, imo. (He also spends an episode each on Marx’s and Bakunin’s backstory)
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I'm reading A Dream Deferred by Shelby Steele. I don't feel like getting into his particular arguments right now (for a book written in 1998 it sure feels contemporary) but I really love his ability to string words together.
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TCW's Self-Portrait in Black and White is very, very good.

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It is indeed good. And very much in resonance with the Shelby Steele book I'm reading. Steele opens by talking about what it means to be a Black ConservativeTM, and argues that it has nothing to do with left or right, red or blue, tax cuts or tax hikes, etc. It has to do with whether one critiques the victim lens. TCW critiques the victim lens, and so he is a Black ConservativeTM. He might like some version of Western European social democracy, he might vote Blue, he might support any number of Blue policies, but he critiques the victims lens.
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JasonL wrote:
19 Feb 2020, 11:25
TCW's Self-Portrait in Black and White is very, very good.
I'm guessing you are Patreoning the 5thC. Kemel was pimping that and Racecraft.
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You Have the Right to Remain Innocent written by James Duane and edited by his buddy Ron who got a B- in freshman comp. It’s a short primer about what you should and shouldn’t say to the cops, along with examples of people who said too much. It would have been much better without all of the weird second person asides and attempts at levity.

Still, at 60 pages it’s a pretty tight read for anyone who isn’t aware of the garbage fire that is the US legal system, especially teens getting ready to drive or strike out on their own.
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I'm re-reading Richard Hofstadter's Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, and loving every word of it.
American education can be praised, not to say defended, on many counts; but I believe ours is the only educational system in the world vital segments of which have fallen into the hands of people who joyfully and militantly proclaim their hostility to intellect and their eagerness to identify with children who show the least intellectual promise.
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I finally finished Europe Central by Vollmann. By the end, I couldn't stand the fictionalized portrayal of Shostakovich or the invented love-triangle he was in, but otherwise I thought it was great. The use of characters from both sides of the Eastern Front did a memorable job of emphasizing it was a war between nightmare States, and the winner was just a different kind of nightmare. While I won't reread the whole thing, there are certainly sections I'll reread.
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Not sure it counts as reading but lately I've been listening to audio books more and more. The last two were Anarchy and Other Essays by Emma Goldman and Roughing It by Mark Twain.

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