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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by Kory » 04 Mar 2019, 2:51pm

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Related to this Mark Fisher anthology, I learned that in the 90s he was part of an electronic group called D-Generation, who released one ep, Entropy in the UK. The only digitized copy I could locate is available as a melded YouTube upload:


All in all, pretty decent. The third track makes liberal use of Lydon's closing line at the Pistols' Winterland show.
Very different from the mid-90s NY glam-punk band of the same name.
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by Dr. Medulla » 04 Mar 2019, 3:16pm

Kory wrote:
04 Mar 2019, 2:51pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
02 Mar 2019, 8:48pm
Related to this Mark Fisher anthology, I learned that in the 90s he was part of an electronic group called D-Generation, who released one ep, Entropy in the UK. The only digitized copy I could locate is available as a melded YouTube upload:


All in all, pretty decent. The third track makes liberal use of Lydon's closing line at the Pistols' Winterland show.
Very different from the mid-90s NY glam-punk band of the same name.
I thought I'd heard the name before!
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by Silent Majority » 06 Mar 2019, 10:07am

I'm not sure if I like the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen style references to Victoriana in Anno Dracula or not. Lestrade as a vampire might be a touch too cute for me and Holmes in a concentration camp wasn't well handled.
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by Silent Majority » 06 Mar 2019, 2:12pm

Silent Majority wrote:
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I'm not sure if I like the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen style references to Victoriana in Anno Dracula or not. Lestrade as a vampire might be a touch too cute for me and Holmes in a concentration camp wasn't well handled.
This one isn't for me. I'm sacking it off and popping back to the hobbits.
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by Dr. Medulla » 06 Mar 2019, 2:32pm

Silent Majority wrote:
06 Mar 2019, 2:12pm
Silent Majority wrote:
06 Mar 2019, 10:07am
I'm not sure if I like the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen style references to Victoriana in Anno Dracula or not. Lestrade as a vampire might be a touch too cute for me and Holmes in a concentration camp wasn't well handled.
This one isn't for me. I'm sacking it off and popping back to the hobbits.
I'm not too deep into it, so I haven't really formed an impression.
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Post by Flex » 06 Mar 2019, 10:59pm

Thought from another thread, but Ezra pound has to be like in the top 5 sketchiest cultural figures that you may still encounter in school/mainstream Canon, right?
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Post by Flex » 06 Mar 2019, 11:05pm

The Cantos is modernist poetry's All Skrewed Up.
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by Wolter » 06 Mar 2019, 11:20pm

Flex wrote:
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Thought from another thread, but Ezra pound has to be like in the top 5 sketchiest cultural figures that you may still encounter in school/mainstream Canon, right?
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by JennyB » 07 Mar 2019, 10:46am

Flex wrote:
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Thought from another thread, but Ezra pound has to be like in the top 5 sketchiest cultural figures that you may still encounter in school/mainstream Canon, right?
Yeah. He was a dick.
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by Dr. Medulla » 07 Mar 2019, 8:09pm

New audiobook:
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Loves me some Beaumont. Actually, he might be my favourite short story writer (him or Fitzgerald). I've read some of these in different collections, but close to half are new to me.
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by tepista » 07 Mar 2019, 11:31pm

Silent Majority wrote:
06 Mar 2019, 2:12pm
Silent Majority wrote:
06 Mar 2019, 10:07am
I'm not sure if I like the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen style references to Victoriana in Anno Dracula or not. Lestrade as a vampire might be a touch too cute for me and Holmes in a concentration camp wasn't well handled.
This one isn't for me. I'm sacking it off and popping back to the hobbits.
Eh, OK. I still love it, I'm about halfway through. I'm wondering in my head as I go along if this would work as a series, Showtime just did "Penny Dreadful" a few years ago, which was a period piece with all the classic monsters, maybe too similar.
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by tepista » 07 Mar 2019, 11:36pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:
06 Mar 2019, 2:32pm

I'm not too deep into it, so I haven't really formed an impression.
I loved it like right from page 2, the instant ripper reveal was enough for me to hit the ceiling.
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by Silent Majority » 13 Mar 2019, 6:18pm

10) The History of the Russian Revolution vol III: The Triumph of the Soviets - Leon Trotsky. At one point, Trotsky says something like "it was easier to make revolution in those days than it is now to write about it." Sympathy, Leon. I started your book in 2017 for the 100th anniversary of the bolshevik insurrection and by the time I finally finished it, you were already heavily enmeshed in the Civil War. Really great book, a triumphant and passionate work of sustained genius.
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by Dr. Medulla » 13 Mar 2019, 6:55pm

Silent Majority wrote:
13 Mar 2019, 6:18pm
At one point, Trotsky says something like "it was easiest to make revolution in those days than is now write about." Sympathy, Leon.
I've suggested before that one of the hardest things about thinking about a socialist revolution is that, despite the horror of Communism, the disappearance of the Soviet Union and the brutal state capitalism of China means that the sense of the possible is difficult to conceive. One could still play mind games and imagine how to avoid Stalinism, but when the Soviet Union imploded and China went full-on market economy, that dream became so tougher. Fukuyama was dead wrong, but I think he still nags the left even if he doesn't really reassure the right anymore.
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by Dr. Medulla » 18 Mar 2019, 8:48pm

Tub book:
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Jincy Willett, Winner of the National Book Award. How great a title is that? And, as I understand it, the NBA people were none too amused. I've read this before, when it came out around 15 years ago, but as is my way, I remember nothing of it. But the writing is so effortless and wry, it's something to savour. A story of two dissimilar twin sisters in Rhode Island in the 1980s, the narrator uninterested in the myths and illusions we—and her sister—rely upon.
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