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What's everyone reading these days?
« on: January 29, 2007, 10:51:50 PM »
Besides porn, I mean.  ;D

I tried this thread once before with spectacular unsuccess. Maybe second time round will be better.

Me: Some Faulkner novels for a class, a history of psychiatry, and the late Shakespeare plays.

Jay
Her finely-touched spirit had still its fine issues, though they were not widely visible. Her full nature, like that river of which Cyrus broke the strength, spent itself in channels which had no great name on the earth. But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.

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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2007, 10:53:11 PM »
"World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War" by Max Brooks.
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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2007, 10:53:56 PM »
Mutliple threads all pushing the same tired point about another forum member.


Oooh...which Shakespeare plays are you reading?  (I've performed gobs of Shakespeare)


EDITED TO ADD:  Oh!  And poetry by Win.  Still have some of it to finish.  Very good stuff.  And a "How to Play Guitar" book.
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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2007, 10:57:33 PM »
Mutliple threads all pushing the same tired point about another forum member.

I heard that one wasn't so good.  "Thematically stagnant" and "puerile" is what I believe the review said.
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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2007, 10:59:18 PM »
I'm re-reading the late "romances." The Winter's Tale is still my fave among them, but also Cymbeline and Pericles (don't like that one at all) and The Tempest. I think I'll "do" Troilus and Cressida next, maybe Coriolanus after.

What was your favorite Shakespeare role?
Her finely-touched spirit had still its fine issues, though they were not widely visible. Her full nature, like that river of which Cyrus broke the strength, spent itself in channels which had no great name on the earth. But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.

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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2007, 11:03:03 PM »
I just finished a novel called Angel's Rest, by Charles Davis that I thought was pretty good.....narrated in the voice of a child, and very believably so.

Just started one by Wendy Wasserstein called Elements of Style......it's turning out to be one of those that has WAY TOO MANY characters for my old tired
AIDS-fogged brain to try to keep up with.....

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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2007, 11:03:26 PM »
Benj:  unfortunately, the bad reviews are true.


Hmm...my two favorite roles in that area have been:  Malvolio from Twelfth Night  and  Casca from Julius Caesar.


I'm a HUGE Macbeth fan, though!  Would love to be in another production of that one.  Sadly, I didn't get cast in the role of Macbeth before.  I played Ross (which I did enjoy...I just had some great passion and ideas for Macbeth that I didn't get to work through.  I'll play him someday, I believe.)
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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2007, 11:09:33 PM »
Those are great frickin' roles! And Macbeth is my favorite play of all time, beating even Lear and Hamlet. The part of Ross is an honorable one. Hey Tim, if you ever play Lady Macbeth, I will travel just to see that.  :)

I always feel bad for poor Malvolio though.

I played Cinna in one high-school production.
Her finely-touched spirit had still its fine issues, though they were not widely visible. Her full nature, like that river of which Cyrus broke the strength, spent itself in channels which had no great name on the earth. But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.

George Eliot, Middlemarch, final paragraph

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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2007, 11:11:58 PM »
Alan, I think Wendy Wasserstein has an over-inflated reputation. Just my opinion. Don't know the other book, but I'm always fascinated with the technical problem, in fiction, of first-person narration through a child's voice. Difficult to pull off, but sounds like it worked in this case. Jay
Her finely-touched spirit had still its fine issues, though they were not widely visible. Her full nature, like that river of which Cyrus broke the strength, spent itself in channels which had no great name on the earth. But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.

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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2007, 11:12:41 PM »
Quote from: thunter34
Mutliple threads all pushing the same tired point about another forum member.

Sounds familiar!  Can you tell me the name of the author?
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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2007, 11:16:36 PM »
ps:  can I list expensive coffee table books?  I like photos.

Ok... not.  I'm reading "The Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World & Himself" -- a VERY Eldon-ish book title but I assure you it's strictly historically grounded survey of the saga of human discovery.  Highly recommended.  I generally shun non-fiction and read history.  Surprising, I know, for someone so quintessentially vapid and shallow as I am.
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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2007, 11:22:25 PM »
I have recently been revisiting some works by Allen Ginsberg, in particular, "America".  His writing never seems stale to me.
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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2007, 11:25:04 PM »
Jay, I think you may be right about W.W.    This book is about some high-society rich New York ladies, and she definitely knows her designers and labels and such.....but when you have to have 15 or 20 characters, I have trouble keeping them in my memory.
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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2007, 11:28:05 PM »
Sounds familiar!  Can you tell me the name of the author?

That's the subject of some controversy right now.  Whispers of ghost writing.  I'll keep you, er...posted.


Jay-  YES!  They were some great roles!  I actually played in Twelfth Night twice...once as Malvolio and once as two minor roles (Sea Captain or Priest).  The second time was when I was also doing Casca.  That production of Caesar KICKED EVER LOVIN' ASS !!  OMG.  Just OMG.  Also done 'As You Like It' (directed by Linda Lavin), the Messenger in Henry 5 (sounds small, but a good part and larger than one might at first think) and others.

Oh, shoot!  Another role I adored:  I played Roderigo in Othello.

I know this is a bit of a tangient to the reading question, but you asked about the Shakespeare...and the truth is that I mostly read playscripts even now.  (It's been a few years since I did stage work...5 or 6 years, maybe?)
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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2007, 11:29:39 PM »
seems we have a lil' Drama Daisyô here
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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2007, 11:36:05 PM »
::would love to know how everyone prints out those little TM's::
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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2007, 12:06:00 AM »
Brooks, every time I read "Kaddish" (for Naomi Ginsberg) I'm blown away.

Sorry to go on about the Shakespeare for a bit: As You Like It is my fave among the comedies. I cannot praise Rosalind highly enough. And I've always thought Orlando was the hunkiest Shakespearean hero.

Another tangent: opera lovers here? Verdi's Otello (which drops the whole first act of the Sahkespeare, smart of Boito, the librettist) rawks.

Philly, picture books totally count. I like pretty pictures too. Hell, I even wrote one (a history) with 1,500+ pics.

Tim, do you know the work of Dare Clubb? His re-working of the Oedipus plays was a big success off-broadway (with Billy Crudup as Oedipus and Frances McDormand as Jocasta). He's here, a great guy, I'm getting to know him. And speaking of plays, I admired recently The History Boys; but even more Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia trilogy (I'm a bit obsessed with Stoppard).

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Her finely-touched spirit had still its fine issues, though they were not widely visible. Her full nature, like that river of which Cyrus broke the strength, spent itself in channels which had no great name on the earth. But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.

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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2007, 12:19:01 AM »
I also played Bernard in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia.  Another favorite.  Stoppard is work, but so worth it. 


And no, I don't know Dare Clubb, but I am going to look into him right now.  I have also done Aristophanes (The Frogs, Lysistrata).  Love the ancients.  Superb.  Cinesias was a howl to play....had little cannons strapped out in front.

Always wanted to do The Birds as well, but haven't yet.
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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2007, 12:22:23 AM »
::would love to know how everyone prints out those little TM's::

If you used a Mac it would be quite easy!  The "special characters" function is built into Apple's browser Safari. :)  Simple keystroke and a drag/drop.
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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2007, 12:30:06 AM »
i feel like such a techno dud.
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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2007, 12:34:24 AM »
Arcadia is second on my Stoppard list, after The Invention of Love. That one is an out-and-out masterpiece.

One of favorite theatrical memories is seeing Helen Mirren play Lysistrata on the West End. Terrific production, performance.

I like the Heinrich Heine quote: "There is a god, and his name is Aristophanes." Don't get me wrong, I like the ancient tragedians too, but Aristophanes is someone I would have liked to know. Can you imagine inviting Aeschylus to a dinner party? I'd lose my appetite.

On a lighter note, dipping into Alternatives To Sex by Stephen McCauley (the guy who wrote The Object of my Affection). Reasonably light, entertaining gay fiction. It's about real estate, of all things.

Tim, use the "sup" and sub" buttons above the emoticons.

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Her finely-touched spirit had still its fine issues, though they were not widely visible. Her full nature, like that river of which Cyrus broke the strength, spent itself in channels which had no great name on the earth. But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.

George Eliot, Middlemarch, final paragraph

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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #21 on: January 30, 2007, 02:24:22 AM »
::gasp!::  The Invention of Love!  Oh, that is a wonderful work!  Have not been in that one, but I have read it.  A masterpiece.

Another beautiful work (to me) is Angels In America.  Got to play Prior in that one.  My first ex husband was also cast...as Louis (Prior's BF turned ex within the play).  We were just starting to fall apart in our real lives at the same time. Talk about art imitating life imitating art.

Another recent read:  Not About Nightingales by Tennessee Williams.  NOT your typical Williams read.  Extremely intense.  Highly recommended. 

Oh...and Pericles was actually a lot better when I saw it staged than the read was.  Of course, it was in the hands of a gifted director (the same guy that played Louis above- my first ex husband.  He was/is extraordinarily talented.)
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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #22 on: January 30, 2007, 02:32:53 AM »
I need to pick up a book. Last time I tried to read something, I couldn't stay focused and my mind started wondering. I have a few books around here I need to read.
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« Reply #23 on: January 30, 2007, 07:05:08 AM »
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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #24 on: January 30, 2007, 08:14:45 AM »
Just finished "without fail", a trashy Jack Reacher novel, "Americas Secret war" by George Friedman, maybe the best book I have read about how we got where we are today, it is not written by right or left but from reality,and "trading in the zone" and "shadowdivers".  I am now reading "against the gods" by Peter Bernstein, and "gaijin" by Clavell. I bought my daughter "shogun" for Cmas, so as payback she bought me this. Fuck,1200 pages. I like to read a nonfiction and fiction at the same time. I have books stacked everywhere.
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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #25 on: January 30, 2007, 09:56:42 AM »
Preston Bailey's coffee table book on Entertaining and Floral arrangements....... what can I say I am gay florist. Oh wait, that is one and the same.

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« Reply #26 on: January 30, 2007, 09:59:16 AM »




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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #27 on: January 30, 2007, 11:47:59 AM »
Polar Shift.  Clive Cussler

I am a spy novel kind of guy.  I dont get into the deep shit.  Some true stories.  Cell by Stephen King was WHACKED but good.
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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #28 on: January 30, 2007, 12:03:08 PM »
A truly great work that I am not currently reading, but have:

Shikasta, by Doris Lessing.

Science Fiction from an anthropological perspective. 

A link for more info is below.

http://www.dorislessing.org/shikasta.html

Just found out there is an online role playing game based on the work.  Interesting.
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« Reply #29 on: January 30, 2007, 12:11:25 PM »
Ah, the books on one's shelves one has but has not read...

The list can be long and sadly oppressive. 

They all seem to cry out, in voices pathetic or strident, "Read me next! Read me next!"
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« Reply #30 on: January 30, 2007, 12:25:58 PM »
Hey KC.

I got Cell for Christmas.  Couldn't quite understand why as I've never been a great Stephen King fan.  But it was a fun read.  WHACKED is right!.  I liked it.

Now I'm reading Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides.  A story about the American West, Manifest Destiny, the Indian Wars, the mountain men, the Spanish and the "New Mexicans".  It all centers around Santa Fe and Kit Carson.   It's a good read.

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« Reply #31 on: January 31, 2007, 12:44:06 PM »
I just finished the Chronicles of Riddick, which was total tripe, for the most part. I am also working on Lies, and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, which is great. Also finishing up Dress Your Family in Denim & Corduroy, by David Sedaris. If you've ever read his stuff, you'll know how funny he is
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« Reply #32 on: February 01, 2007, 10:32:22 PM »
Rupert Everett's new autobiography "RED CARPET AND OTHER BANANA SKINS"

Interesting read too....... :o :o
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« Reply #33 on: February 01, 2007, 10:44:53 PM »
Michelle, you need to get back into reading honey.   It's good for the soul (even if it's murder on my poor old eyes -- I've resorted to reading glasses in bed now)

Get you a trashy old Jackie Collins novel.....always good for a rainy day.

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« Reply #34 on: February 02, 2007, 12:19:13 AM »
"...Also finishing up Dress Your Family in Denim & Corduroy, by David Sedaris. If you've ever read his stuff, you'll know how funny he is"

I love him.   I first heard him on NPR about 12 years ago talking about his life as a Santa's elf over the Christmas holidays.  I've been following him ever since.

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« Reply #35 on: February 02, 2007, 01:00:18 AM »
I'm just finishing "Hannibal Rising"....just in time too - the movie's coming out soon.

Ah, Hannibal.....that's a hero. OK so I'm twisted. I'm off to get some fava beans and chianti....."Do you see?"

I'm waiting patiently for Anne Rice to churn me out another homo-erotic vampire sequal..or maybe a Taltos or red haired witch sequal....whatever, I'll read it.

I love the Cornwell Scarpetta books too.......

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« Reply #36 on: February 02, 2007, 04:10:22 AM »
Two Lives by Vikram Seth.
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« Reply #37 on: February 02, 2007, 04:28:41 AM »
one guess as to my favorite role.... hehe

i am reading 'the world is flat'
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« Reply #38 on: February 02, 2007, 05:22:27 PM »
Robert, I also had the pleasure of seeing David Sedaris about two years ago. It was awesome to hear him sing in the voice of Billie Holiday live!!
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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #39 on: February 02, 2007, 05:32:07 PM »
New HARRY POTTER COMES OUT IN JULY!!!!

Im sorry but I am SO addicted to those books.  They are INCREDIBLY well written and thought out.  Just LOVE her style.  If you havent read them I would strongly suggest you do.  They are a TON of fun.
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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #40 on: February 02, 2007, 05:36:02 PM »
I'm reading Mae West's Autobiography.

Cause I'm a good fag.

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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #41 on: February 02, 2007, 05:36:35 PM »
1491 - A History of the Americas before Columbus    and   A Field Guide to the Birds of China

Here's the "Blue Happy Bird" - supposedly common in cities and just about everywhere:


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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #42 on: February 02, 2007, 05:37:21 PM »
I personally "read" one book a month or so.  But mine is an expensive habit as I use itunes and do them audio style.  It helps me go to sleep.  Just pop in the little itty bitty ear buds and set the timer for 30 minutes and someone reads me to sleep.  ITS SO NICE!  I used to buy them on CD's but that was a pain in the ass as the CD player doesnt have the handy dandy timer the ipod does.

LIFE is not a race to the grave with the intention of arriving safely
in a pretty and well-preserved body, but, rather to skid in broadside,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming--WOW! WHAT A
RIDE!!!

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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #43 on: February 02, 2007, 06:26:40 PM »
blogs. WTF is going on. Soon everyone in the world will have a blog. Should the government limit the number of blogs? I am being bloggified.

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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #44 on: February 02, 2007, 07:14:00 PM »
The Road to Wellville

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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #45 on: February 02, 2007, 07:16:35 PM »
I just went out and bought a book on the sexual habits of ....SAILORS

isn't That special!!!  I should have written it!!!
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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #46 on: February 02, 2007, 07:34:00 PM »
I just went out and bought a book on the sexual habits of ....SAILORS

isn't That special!!!  I should have written it!!!

Rum, sodomy, and the lash? 

Good times!
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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #47 on: February 02, 2007, 08:01:25 PM »
1491 - A History of the Americas before Columbus 

Excellent book, I read it last year.
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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #48 on: February 02, 2007, 09:18:25 PM »
If you liked that one Philly, Ive read a bit of this one and it's my next book:

The Island in the Center of the World - Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America - Russell Shorto

I read the first 40 pages on a particularly dull superintendant's conference day and it's excellent.  I put it aside to finish 1491, but I can't wait to get back to it.

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Re: What's everyone reading these days?
« Reply #49 on: February 02, 2007, 09:33:40 PM »
Wow, how odd.  I'd put that on a list to buy at one point... I think I saw someone speak about it a year ago or so on PBS or CSPAN.  Let me know how it goes as I must have lost whatever list I'd put it on.  Glad you reminded me about it.

I may even just go ahead and order it.
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