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Saturday, July 13th, 2013
8:35 pm - 4 characters, 2 stories, 1 destiny

How Does contemporary gay Tel-Aviv connect with the dispute area of Nagorno-Karabakh at the time of the Armenian genocide in WWI??
How does a bloody encounter between Christianity and Islam connect with "getting out of the closet"??
4 characters, 2 stories, 1 destiny.
Hi, I'm Itamar S.N, the author of the debut novel "NIV". I invite you to read my novel and ask for your review. The book is available on Amazon, other websites as paperback or e-book and bookshops around the world. I wish to know what you have to say about the connection between the stories.
All the best

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Monday, April 19th, 2010
3:50 pm - Want free books?

If you like classic literature, you may want to check out this website that my wife just found.  It has downloadable electronic versions of out-of-copyright books, some of which are older than the USA & GB combined!  It looks like, for most of the books, you can choose from a wide variety of download formats, including Apple and PDF versions.


current mood: busy

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6:50 am - Suggested reading . . .

As usual, I've been doing a lot of reading.  Particularly lately, as we've gotten some good book swap opportunities recently.

Here is a list of what I've been reading:

Five Wishes: How answering one simple question can make your dreams come true
by Gay Hendricks

The Learning to Love Yourself Workbook
by Gay Hendricks

(these first two books are NOT books to just read through quickly and set aside.  they should be read, and then the exercises should be done slowly, carefully, and with thoughtful deliberation.  If done right, the results can be literally life changing)

Courageous Souls: Do we plan our life challenges before birth?
by Robert Schwartz

(now also available under the alternate title "Your Soul's Plan?")

Common Sense for the 21st Century
by Myrddin McGill

I'm pretty sure they are all available through Amazon, but if you're financially unable to buy any of these books but would still like to read them, you can go to your local library and request that they get a copy (either by buying it or through inter-library loan) so that you can check it out.

current mood: accomplished

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Saturday, June 27th, 2009
9:15 pm - Advice

Hello, I have a question. I am interested in a lot of books but I don't think I will ever have enough time to read them. And I would read them but I would get tired eventually. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can quickly read books or something? E.g., what if I wanted to read the bible or War and Peace by Leon Tolstoy?

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Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
2:24 pm - Bukowski!

If this is spam, I'll totally take it down.

I work for a movie website and as I was doing some research into what films we have buried in our archive, I discovered that we have Bukowski: Born Into This, and figured I'd try to spread the word. The movie deserves to be watched.

Trailer behind the cut.Collapse )

x-posted to as many places as humanly possible. :P

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
5:05 pm


the undiscovered self (jung) 
the glass castle (walls)
invisible man (ellison)

they're all pretty good reads. very different in comparison, but similarly expansive.

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Tuesday, March 11th, 2008
10:17 am - Recommendations?


Can anyone recommend books about the Old West and famous figures from the Old West (Jesse James, Wild Bill, Billy the Kid, Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, etc.), or anything about Deadwood, South Dakota, or Tombstone, Arizona?

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Friday, February 22nd, 2008
7:47 pm

Allusions in Catch-22?

So Catch-22 is my favorite book, and I am such a dork that I want to know the allusions made in the book because there are a ton. So far all I have:

1. Paradise Lost - John Milton
2. Twelfth Night - Shakespeare
3. The Waste Land - T.S. Eliot
4. Locksley Hall - Tennyson
5. Hamlet - Shakespeare
6. King Lear - Shakespeare
7. The Iliad - Homer
8. The Odyssey - Homer
9. Crime and Punishment - Dostoevsky
10. Ulysses - James Joyce (I think it's not a really meaningful allusion, though)
11. The Merchant of Venice - Shakespeare
12. Moby Dick
13. The Canterbury Tales (???)
14. Washington Irving
15. Gilgamesh
16. (maybe) The Good Soldier Svejk - Jaroslav Hasek

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Tuesday, November 13th, 2007
6:18 pm


so im not sure if anyone actually checks in with this site (the last log-in was a while ago) but i just felt like sharing...
my favorite book of all time is the Catcher in the Rye. and i know that almost every teenager that reads it says that, but i mean it. it really defines part of me in some way. if holden caulfield was a real person, i would marry him. no questions asked. :)

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Wednesday, October 24th, 2007
4:17 pm

Dear people,
I am not sure about the rules of the community but I beg for understanding.
If anyone happens to have the text copies of full texts of Tennessee Williams'
- Glass Menagerie
- Streetcar named Desire
- Carousel tune (verse)
- verse about wanderers and witches,
in any format, please could you send it somehow to mefuselah@mail.ru
For over here, in Moscow, it's appeared to be totally impossible to have it without a month's delay, and I need this all right now for a quotation translation in a TV episode.
Thnx in advance.

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Wednesday, June 27th, 2007
2:15 pm - Funny Book Title.


When I first read it, I thought: What? A manual telling you how to hurt people? Oh, wait..

I thought maybe you guys would find it funny.

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Wednesday, June 6th, 2007
11:08 am - book since mar. 3

i missed a couple of months of updating, so here goes the list since march 3rd:

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose
The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton by Jane Smiley
Hard Laughter by Anne Lamott
Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John LeCarre
Jackdaws by Ken Follett
Owls Well That Ends Well by Donna Andrews
Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris
The Nun's Tale by Candace Robb
Triple by Ken Follett
the Key to Rebecca by Ken Follett
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Southern Living by Ad Hudler
the Man from St. Petersburg by Ken Follett
No Nest for the Wicket by Donna Andrews
Househusband by Ad Hudler
Undue Influence by Steve Martini
the Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Pratchett

currently reading:

the Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
Schindler's List

if you want any info or opinions about any of the books, let me know.

current mood: awake

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Thursday, April 12th, 2007
12:23 am - :(

RIP Kurt Vonnegut.

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Sunday, March 18th, 2007
6:03 pm

Has anyone read Catch-22. I'm sure some of you have. I just finished it again and it's simply my favorite book of all time.

Anyway, there's a song by Phantom Planet called "Wishing Well" and I think the lyrics/music really fit with the Eternal City chapter where Yossarian is walking the streets of Rome while he's AWOL.

What do you think?Collapse )

current mood: guilty

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Saturday, March 3rd, 2007
7:14 pm - book list for february....

my list for february is shorter than normal, but i plead a lot of pages as my defense!

Above Suspicion by Helen MacInnis
Ashenden or the British Agent by W. Somerset Maugham
Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon by Donna Andrews
Here on Earth by Alice Hoffman
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
Beauty for Ashes by Grace Livingston Hill
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Currently reading: Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose
the All True Adventures of Liddie Newton by Jane Smiley

if you want details about any of the books, comment away and i'll do my best!

x-posted to a few other reading communities

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Sunday, February 18th, 2007
12:06 am

I've had a really horrible week and no longer have faith in good.

I'm looking for some books that will renew my faith. Any suggestions?

current mood: depressed

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Friday, January 26th, 2007
1:31 pm - a Dash of Czech

Milan Kundera: I love that Czech to death. I recommend "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" and "The Book of Laughter and Forgetting" by him. These books are captivating and completely unique. A good escape after being attacked by a compulsive MAC girl with mascara and blush; then, walking around the mall looking like a harlequin for 2 hours. Never happened to you? Well, read the books anyway! You will not regret it.
However, you will always regret asking a make-up artist what primer is, and then succumbing to her "creativity".

milan looking suave and eighty.

surely, a rite of passage; this one.

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Monday, December 11th, 2006
11:22 am - voilà!

i feel like i've barely had time to read anything in the past month, but then i look at my list, and i feel better! i'm just going to run down the list of titles/authors, and if you want any summaries or my opinion, leave me a comment about it. truth be told, i'm too lazy to do all of 'em right at this moment!

Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky
Sushi for Beginners  by Marian Keyes
Watermelon  by Marian Keyes
(i had a random thirst for chicklit?? i wish i could explain it)
the Magician's Assistant
the Scarlet Pimpernel
of Human Bondage
by W. Somerset Maugham
Wicked  by Gregory Maguire
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
The Frenchwoman
Murder with Puffins 
by Donna Andrews
Tess of the d'Urbervilles  by Thomas Hardy

i realize i forgot some of the authors...i try to go back and look up what they were, if anyone is interested in them.

x-posted to a couple other reading groups.

current mood: bouncy

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Thursday, November 30th, 2006
6:04 pm

Hi everyone. Just joined, and I love giving and receiving suggestions even though I have an extremely long reading list already! I'm so nerdy that I have a Word document divided into books I already own but have yet to read [I have a book-buying problem] and books I still need to find. I just took a class on Salman Rushdie, which was amazing, and another on the American 60s counterculture... Kesey, Kerouac, Thompson, Ginsberg. I'm about to graduate, so hopefully I will have even more time to stuff myself with new books, yay. I love hole-in-the-wall cheapie bookstores.

At the moment I am a bit obsessed with Zadie Smith and Tom Robbins. I just bought On Beauty this past weekend and I'm already halfway through it and loving it [I scoff at you, finals]. I also got Jitterbug Perfume and Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.

current mood: mellow

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Tuesday, November 28th, 2006
5:51 pm - American Literature

Has anyone read Sister Carrie by Theodor Dreiser??
I'm writing a major research paper on it, and i'm interested to know if anyone has written on it before, or would be willing to share some ideas for a thesis.
Also, are there any resources i should scour for info?

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