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ps how was Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana - Medical, Recreational and Scientific by Martin A Lee???
balls i never sent that letter - my laptop has all these half-completed letters to you, i am a bad person. must try harder etcetc

EM Cioran? never heard of him!

yeah i reckon 4 books a year on average for americans seems right .. i wonder what it is for english peeps

hmm apparently reading isn't cool any more! haah!
"According to the latest study, one-in-six children admitted they were too embarrassed to read in front of their friends for fear of being labelled a geek."
yes received the letter and postcard - that walk on the postcard looks nuts. i'm not at home right now but was it in the zion park? if so, that seems to be the hunting grounds of this interesting fellow - is he a folk hero in your parts?

i have tried to write a few letters but they always stop about halfway, had some good news and some bad news recently, i'll try to send something soon. (and right now things are pretty good).

hmm yeah that gallery feature is interesting - don't really recognise many authors. and on the race/gender divisions, again interesting, but not unexpected. certainly theory is dominated by white men, often with beards. sad but true.

yeah i dont really do reviews, cannae be bothered but actually did pop in to diss a few books today. i like my reallyBAD, it's an awesome weapon to have at my disposal for future generations to puzzle over and theorise. hopefully not just white men though.

by the way, how was flaubert's parrot? i'm not keen on barnes meself. xx
hmm yes it's my turn isn't it? oh dear. no excuses. must. face. the. doctor.
hey man- cool you liked the book! i hoped you would... hmm i haven't been on here for a while .. will i have read 100 books by jan1? it's gonna be close....
should (really should) be able to get a letter written and sent off in the next week...

gadzooks im ever gonna reach 100 books this year :{

maybe not even 50. it's because i been rereading stuff and for academic work chiefly working from home and reading articles... oh dear

this doesn't help my artificial aims much -
hello sailor.

how is 2011 treating you? i moved house again, so the old address is dead.

i will send a letter "soon" - just went to the post office to send you a postcard and got quoted £1.10 ($1.78!!) to send it all the way to you. granted it's cheaper than bringing it meself but still, that's a lot of money for a postcard. modern life is rubbish indeed.

damn! i hoped to have read 100 books this year but will fall quite blatantly short of my aim.
im tired but cant sleep. that old chesnut. hmmm so we share four books. i see. i reckon we have loads more shared in the "real" world. i've kinda stopped using this to catalogue my books, which is a shame. but maybe i will come back round again. just been reading lots of stuff for my dissertation. which is going ok. will probably send it your way in due course.
did you read any sade? 120 days of sodom is hilarious in parts. have you seen salo by pasolini? its an adaptation of sodom and its really really hardcore. i had to watch it in segments and i thought i was prepared. its properly obscene.
uh enough must sleep.
looking forward to eating a christmas dinner with you! i might still have some homebrew and hopefully will have moved house again by then.

cordial greetings
Memories of My Melancholy Whores is a good title

Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters: From Dating, Shopping, and Praying to Going to War and Becoming a Billionaire-- Two Evolutionary Psychologists Explain Why We Do What We Do ... ha ha ha
How do? I'm writing you a letter which i hope to despatch soon. I used to think it was dispatch, until i got a despatch note the other day. That wasn't really very interesting was it?
pynchon made a 'trailer' for inherent vice i learnt from wikipedia
book received! thanks man, i ordered one for last week so hopefully that will reach you soon / has already reached you.

hmmm yes you are certainly right about lot 49 - i ended up not liking it that much but it is quite clever and i did enjoy the hysterical pace, quite like robbins and ellis there, but they both do it better. will be interested to see what i make of his new one. funny its his latest, looks really 80s from the cover.

i read pynchon for the 'theory in practice' course, for which i also read the purloined letter, slaughterhouse 5, ameripsycho, passing and some shit poetry. plus lots of dubious theory - marxist and psychoanalytic rubbish. but it was fun overall becuase my teacher always took the piss.

not quite sure what exactly i am going to write for my essay. i want to do it on american psycho and talk about how it works both as great fiction and also trenchant political activism, but i don't have much reading under my belt. gonna go to the library this afternoon and drink from the fount of knowledge.


maybe we can use libthing for discussing books - that would make sense!

have you read the crying of lot49 by pynchon? i have to read it for my class this week, i started off liking it but halfway through i'm kind of bored. i do enjoy the hysterical pace, but it's all a bit too clever for its own good, like substandard tom robbins...
i'm in the library at uni printing off zines - using space 4 is actually finished, i think! glad you liked complicity, i would indeed be interested to hear more about what you thought, but perhaps by oldfashioned snail mail, libthing is cool but letters rock.

i knew nothing about the blankslate in a philosophical sense .. i dont think foucault believes that... ironically (?) chomsky would certainly not argue for that, he is one of the people driving the argument which says we are born with language and merely turn on and off various syntactical functions (which is why kids can learn better than adults, who have alreayd hardwired the switches)

i got out the knowledge/power book and realised i have read at least some of it before ... i would agree some of it is tosh, but foucault on power structures is golden. i will write more about that when i have the book in front of me...

for now farewell!!
did you mean this chimpsky / fuckault exchange?

it would be funny if foucault was tripping there because he still seems to make a lot more sense than chomsky. the latter is reasonable and nice and stuck in all his societal assumptions and foucault just sweeps that all away, i don't think that it's nihilism, just a more sophisticated philosophy.

but anyway, back to house....
aha you is totally gonna end up lovin foucault mate. innit. you just gotta find a way to read him. like the way to read derrida is to skim read. lacan? skim very fast. jameson? go to the conclusion. baudrillard? give up trying to read academically and just skim slowly and enjoy the hysteria.

havent read knowledge/power but would like to. been reading sheila jeffreys lately for my amazing feminism course. jeffreys is radical and reactionary. i agree with roughly 30% of what she is saying but weirdly i enjoy reading her anyways... normally im not like that. normally i like to have my own prejudices confirmed.

read the yellow wallpaper? thats awesome.

so i have a package to send to you but i went up the post office on monday and their machines were playing up and they wanted to charge me £5 instead of the usual 2 or 3, so i said no way jose. not coz you aint worth it, you are actually, but more coz it just aint right.

it just aint right.

ok, back to house md, i seem to be wanting to watch all of season 3 tonight. im gripped! and i have a sore throat so i think i might skive uni tomorrow. like anyone cares!
dude you like totally need to read some chicklit. abraham lincoln? puhlease, that bearded bastard is so last century.

my letter to you is experiencing problems, like i just start looking at librarything instead, but it's all there, plotted and laid out. i just have to fill in the dots.

i think my aim is to appear as mad as possible tonight.

anyways, yes i have no printer ink which is annoying - perhaps i can print the letter at uni... thinking about drivign up there tonight, it's open 24 hours (not sundays). decadent and fun. wow.

having read two articles by derrida i am now an expert and can agree with you that he was a pestilent menace who should have been aborted. terrible hair also. did i spell pestilent right? doesn't look right.

heidegger is also an ignorant, pompous fascist twerp who isn't fit for my cat to piss on. my cat has a much more developed aesthetic sensibility.


"You share no books with Tigh" [sob]

Derrida may well be talking bollocks but Foucault is normally pretty straight up I find ... not that I actually read much. I just absorb, like a sponge.
Today I'm supposed to be reading Heidegger on aesthetics but I'm not really up for it. The man could bore the hind legs off a donkey. Why did he ever get famous? He is a pompous oaf who takes everything back to the 'original' Greek and then states what the meaning of a word is, in his opinion, which then somehow isn't opinion but actually the way it is. Why did i think it would be interesting to study the man who wrote 'Being and Time'? And i'm doing this course for fun! He has some cracking sentences about the world worlding and the thingly nature of things. He sets up an opposition between world and earth which might make sense for decoding visual art (earth = the painted canvas, world = the world in reality which is depicted), but don't make much sense for music (earth=an mp3? world=the thought in the brain of the songwriter?).

Nope, no starring on libthong for me ... i guess coz i would then get really anal and have to rate all my books, which would take too long. I already have big lists for rainy days.

Worry not about amazon reviews, this is anarchy in practice. Speak your brain my friend, but do not touch that child.
hola - hmm yes i must admit your maths makes more sense than mine. whoops!

i am currently writing you a letter but i ran out of steam so i thought i would pop on here and say hello then keep on going...

ok back to it. hope whatever you are reading at the mo' is awesome..
Ack ack ack. Sprightly painting of yerself you go there feller - what put the curl in your hair?

Tee hee.

Yes i am pretty good - reading Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford Chronicles and very much enjoying them thank you kindly Miss Bentwhistle. Yes I found the Roth book pretty abysmal actually, whereas the Dishwasher Pete book I lapped up like a small chirpy chihuaha. It would be cool if we liked the same books but i guess that would also get boring quite fast (think about it). Take heart mon amie, you say tomedo, i say tomartoh. But also, think about this .. if you read 14 books in two months, how the FECK will you be reading 84 books a year ... what's a mormon month nowadays?

Mad love! Bee stings and long long walks.
Hiya! Cool you got the letter.

I am tempted to say something patronising about the size of your library before you actually add more stuff!

How are you planning on using the site? For me, I don't want to create a representation of my actual physical library as such (I would love to do that with my zines, but they would take a lot of work to add to this system because almost none of them have ISBNs or ISSNs), but rather record all the books I read. More for my own benefit than anyone else's I might add.

I used to be able to remember all the books I had read (or I remember remembering, anyways) but now, well, now it's different. I got halfway through a Zoe Heller book before realising I had read it before.

Seeya around! I'm gonna go apply for a bookshop job!
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