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  • babycart
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    YOu should have a crack at Sir Thomas Browne´s Urn Burial on that tip, Eine.

    I can barely understand a word of it, but it´s still magnificent.

    Darkness and light divide the course of time, and oblivion shares with memory a great part even of our living beings; we slightly remember our felicities, and the smartest strokes of affliction leave but short smart upon us. Sense endureth no extremities, and sorrows destroy us or themselves. To weep into stones are fables. Afflictions induce callosities; miseries are slippery, or fall like snow upon us, which notwithstanding is no unhappy stupidity.

    My edition has a preface detailing the precise measurements of Sir Thomas´s skull.

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  • ginghamkitchen
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    Originally posted by eine View Post


    Forming Vol 1 by Jesse Moynihan

    Such a great graphic novel - a kind of mix of sci-fi, ancient myth, weird sex and wrestling. I cannot wait for Volume 2, which is online and finished, but no book yet.
    You had me at the cover, the description was a bonus.

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  • eine
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    Brilliant and recommended. Will ignite a love of history in anyone who reads - loads of stuff about bones, spiritualism, purgatory and hellfire. Tombs like this:



    Also read this:



    Which wins prizes for worst cover ever but is actually amazing. Tough read, but if you're at all into Egypt, the Land of the Dead, Victorian pomp and cultural pillage - go to it.

    And finally:



    Forming Vol 1 by Jesse Moynihan

    Such a great graphic novel - a kind of mix of sci-fi, ancient myth, weird sex and wrestling. I cannot wait for Volume 2, which is online and finished, but no book yet.

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  • double shot
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    Just finished this. Entertaining read containing some truths about being a regular in a bar.

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  • Deep Down Heavy
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    Originally posted by emperor tomato ketchup View Post
    I am intrigued by the Biker book - any good? Also is it written by John Wooley who did that Belgian garage rock tune You're Lying?
    I've really enjoyed it - There are only 40 movies contained within it and not too obscure - It is focused on Biker movies as opposed to movies with bikers in and is mostly framed between 65 (MotorPsycho) and 74 (Road of Death) but introduced with The Wild One. Nicely illustrated but not too much info on soundtracks.

    Don't think it's the same author... from the back

    "John Wooley and Michael H. Price have been writing about movies - and many other things - for the past several decades. Their previous collaborations include Forgotten Horrors 3! Dr. Turner's House of Horrors, the "forgotten horrors" column in Fangoria and the graphic novel anthology Southern-Fried Homicide."

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  • babycart
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    Originally posted by relkeel View Post
    Collective social worlds were the furthest thing from my mind the last time I ingested some of those little foul tasting critters.
    Me too. I was too busy burying my shirt to muse on utopia.

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  • relkeel
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    Originally posted by eine View Post
    A friend has just alerted me to this, which I will definitely be reading:

    "Turn on, tune in, but don't drop out: The impact of neo-liberalism on magic mushroom users' (in)ability to imagine collectivist social worlds."

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20810266
    Collective social worlds were the furthest thing from my mind the last time I ingested some of those little foul tasting critters.

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  • relkeel
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    Originally posted by Expiry2011 View Post
    As you seem to be in a mood to read about drugs, have you read Storming Heaven by Jay Stevens? Give a great overview of the rise of LSD use in the US and how it went from opening the doors of perception to being a sure way to go crazy.
    Haven't picked it up for years - must do when I get home
    Yes, I was impressed with this ,but it has been like 25 years ago since I read it.

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  • eine
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    Am always in the mood to read about drugs, saves me from doing any

    And I have that, but have only dipped in. Sounds worthwhile, will dig it out...

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  • Expiry2011
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    Originally posted by eine View Post
    A friend has just alerted me to this, which I will definitely be reading:

    "Turn on, tune in, but don't drop out: The impact of neo-liberalism on magic mushroom users' (in)ability to imagine collectivist social worlds."

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20810266
    As you seem to be in a mood to read about drugs, have you read Storming Heaven by Jay Stevens? Give a great overview of the rise of LSD use in the US and how it went from opening the doors of perception to being a sure way to go crazy.
    Haven't picked it up for years - must do when I get home

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  • eine
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    A friend has just alerted me to this, which I will definitely be reading:

    "Turn on, tune in, but don't drop out: The impact of neo-liberalism on magic mushroom users' (in)ability to imagine collectivist social worlds."

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20810266

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  • Rich Hero
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    Originally posted by emperor tomato ketchup View Post
    How about for the sake of consistency you start trolling the FB record selling group 'cos a well known record seller spelt it one l there week.
    Erm, pardon?

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  • emperor tomato ketchup
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    Originally posted by Rich Hero View Post
    Woolley.
    How about for the sake of consistency you start trolling the FB record selling group 'cos a well known record seller spelt it one l there week.

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  • emperor tomato ketchup
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    Originally posted by Rich Hero View Post
    Woolley.
    Could still be the same guy. Biker's are not always good on book learning.

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  • medlar
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    Just finished "The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica" by John Calvin Batchelor, appropriate, given the turn of weather.

    This review sums it up well:

    Editorial Review - Kirkus Reviews
    Ambitious, daunting, uneven: Batchelor has assembled a near-satiric, woefully dense forecast of doomsday chaos, blending various Norse myth-sagas with Beowulf, thoughtful attempts at a system of political ethics (cf. The Further Adventures of Halley's Comet, 1980) with sea-fiction à la Melville. In overall design, the book does have grace. It tells the story of one Grim Fiddle, born of a Swedish mother (Lamba Time-Thief) and an American draft-dodger (Peregrine Ide), who lives in late-1980s Sweden, an intriguing land of xenophobic fury--the leading edge of a world-collapse that involves cholera epidemics, a vast sea-borne class of ""the wretched"" (unable to find a land to take them in), and a precipitous moral drop into a new Dark Ages. Batchelor, employing a character named Charity Bentham, a Nobel Prize winner, pegs much of this barbarity on the steady rise of a new utilitarianism: pleasures taken, pains discounted, charities hypocritical. And when Grim Fiddle is exiled, he finds himself involved with one government after another that inevitably slides into barbarity, thanks to ""New Benthamite"" influence. From Sweden, Grim and crew go by sailing ship and finally reach the Falkland Islands, still in turmoil--with fighting between the ex-British Volunteers and the ""Patties"" (Patagonians). Driven from there, and met half-way by encroaching black ice, they make port next in Antarctica--which, by 1999, has become the dumping ground for the world's sick, poor, hopeless, and dissident. But the republic of the title, headed by Grim, is a deplorably murky affair--because Batchelor has by this time so wrapped himself in the resonances of political essay and Norse mythological parallel that he's unable to deliver anything like a clear, vivid narrative. Too pretentious and clotted for most readers, then, especially after the engaging first third; but the sea-scenes are picturesque, the futurology is provocative, and those inclined will appreciate the tart, even moving, ruminations on ethics.

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