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c-lando

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Re: 50 Books in 2020
« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2020, 10:00:03 AM »


I'm having a lot of trouble reading during the pandemic...


I am having this same problem. I'm not really sure what it is. Part of it is probably that work is bonkers and I don't really take a lunch break. That's when I did a lot of my reading. When I get home, I just want to unplug from my brain. But, a book can be an escape, not work. I might need to kill my tv.
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Re: 50 Books in 2020
« Reply #16 on: June 28, 2020, 06:25:00 PM »

We're definitely watching a lot more movies and TV. If I were to change something so I could read more, I'd love to reduce some "messing around on my phone" time. 
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Re: 50 Books in 2020
« Reply #17 on: July 13, 2020, 08:46:44 AM »

1. Accidental Revolution - Kyle Anderson
2. Dreaming The Beatles - Rob Sheffield
3. Child 44 - Tom Rob Smith
4. Me - Elton John
5. The Secret Speech - Tom Rob Smith
6. The Farm - Tom Rob Smith
7. Agent 6 - Tom Rob Smith
8. You - Caroline Kepnes
9. Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk - John Doe with Tom DeSavia and friends

I'll admit that I've always leaned more toward the New York and London punk rock scenes of the late 70s and didn't really appreciate what was happening out in L.A. I mean, I knew about some of the bands - X, The Go-Gos, The Bags, The Blasters, Los Lobos, The Germs - but I just wasn't as into them. This book is written by those who were there, mostly from the very beginning, and it tells how the scene came about, how it grew, and how it imploded only a few short years later. It's marked out in chapters written by different folks from the scene, from Jane Wiedlin and Charotte Caffey of The Go-Gos to Excene Cervenka of X, Mike Watt from The Minutemen and Henry Rollins of Black Flag.

If I have a complaint about the book, it's only that in the e-edition that I read, some of the pages of text were obliterated by the flyers and photographs depicted in the book. It seems as though the typeset between the physical book and the e-book didn't quite jive. But of course that could be intentional - similar to what zines were like back then. But it's still a pisser when you are trying to read the first page of each new chapter and all you can see is a flyer for a show at The Masque or whatever.

Overall, however, I really enjoyed the book, enjoyed the different writing styles of the contributors and took on a new appreciation for a scene that I had sorta written off.
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Re: 50 Books in 2020
« Reply #18 on: July 13, 2020, 12:46:24 PM »

Did you see Alice Bag when she played in Cincinnati? Once in 2016 at the Woodward, again in 2018 at the Yacht Club (if I recall the year correctly). Super lady. Leggy toured with her in 2016 and my daughter is still good friends with Alice. Alice released a new album in April called Sister Dynamite, that is, well, dynamite. Sadly no touring of course.
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Re: 50 Books in 2020
« Reply #19 on: July 13, 2020, 08:02:59 PM »

Alice was quite a trailblazer - your daughter is lucky to be in a circle with her. I have never seen her live.
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Re: 50 Books in 2020
« Reply #20 on: July 13, 2020, 10:43:02 PM »

1.  Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry--Mary Higgins Clark
2.  Brave Face--Shaun David Hutchinson
3.  Lovely War--Julie Berry
4.  Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All--Laura Ruby
5.  The Guardians--John Grisham
6.  The Inn--James Patterson
7.  I, Claudia--Mary McCoy
8.  Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me--Mariko Tamaki
9.  New Kid--Jerry Craft
10.  I Have Lost My Way--Gayle Forman
11.  Lost--James Patterson
12.  The Silence Between Us--Alison Gervais
13.  19th Christmas--James Patterson
14.  The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight--Jennifer E Smith
15.  You are a Badass--Jen Sincero
16.  Unsolved--James Patterson
17.  Thoughtless--S.C. Stephens
18.  Criss Cross--James Patterson
19.  One Day in December--Josie Silver
20.  Pushing the Limits--Katie McGarry
21.  The Divers' Game--Jesse Ball
22.  The Book of Disappearance--Ibtisam Azem
23.  The Beekeeper of Aleppo--Christy Lefteri
24.  The Crime of Being--Alice Lichtenstein
25.  The Far Field--Madhuri Vijay
26.  The Black Flamingo--Dean Atta
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Re: 50 Books in 2020
« Reply #21 on: July 19, 2020, 03:10:25 PM »

1. Accidental Revolution - Kyle Anderson
2. Dreaming The Beatles - Rob Sheffield
3. Child 44 - Tom Rob Smith
4. Me - Elton John
5. The Secret Speech - Tom Rob Smith
6. The Farm - Tom Rob Smith
7. Agent 6 - Tom Rob Smith
8. You - Caroline Kepnes
9. Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk - John Doe with Tom DeSavia and friends

10. On Cats - Charles Bukowski

Poems about kitties! Of course it was excellent.
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Re: 50 Books in 2020
« Reply #22 on: July 20, 2020, 01:01:39 PM »

1. How To Be An Anti-Racist - Ibram X. Kendi
2. Drive Your Plow Over The Bones of the Dead - Olga Tokarczuk
3. Ringworld - Larry Niven
4. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi

Interwoven short stories about two lines from the same unknown mother, starting in Africa and how their families go through time from the late 1700s to the present day. And all the horrible things that happened. It's not the most uplifting book which is sad because Gyasi's ability to tell stories about people that you've only just met is really fantastic. It was very accessible and easy to read ... without being an easy read. A neat piece of work.
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Re: 50 Books in 2020
« Reply #23 on: July 31, 2020, 03:27:11 PM »

1. "The Unhoneymooners" - Christina Lauren
2. "The Matchmaker's List" - Sonya Lalli - Meh. I gotta stop borrowing books recommended by people who also like Jasmine Guillory. None of worked out for me so far.
3. "On the Come Up" - Angie Thomas
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4. "Your House Will Pay" - Steph Cha
5. "Party of Two" - Jasmine Guillory
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