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Re: Recommend a book...

Postby Devotchik on Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:43 pm

shents wrote:..and a very nice hard-bound edition.



Thank you. I'm guilty of buying a copy of a book I want because of their binding, history / aura, ephemeral value (old library stamps, someones notes in the margins, that kind of thing..). I'll still read it of course but I do like a well read copy! Adds something to the experience for me..

ricv64 wrote:Dannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnni your library suffers from not having Link+ :P


Well we're not based in California, Nevada etc.. and its only an academic library situated in a further ed college so no reason to have that kind of thing really.. I'm practicing for the day I move on to an arts library, now that would be my ideal library job! :)
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Re: Recommend a book...

Postby Devotchik on Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:30 am

Despite the opinion of the Chapman brothers being abject tricksters of the art scene and Matthew Collings suggesting they just recycle theory and get out of situations with Canoniacle defences (I.e. This certain well respected artist did such and such before we did nuh nuh) well I'm reading a book written by Jake Chapman entitled Memoirs of My Writers Block in which he poses as an amateur female writer with a first draft of a story based on a news story and gets ghost writers to rewrite the story for him.. Like a sort of Chinese whispers.. Interesting concept and only really comes across because of his posing as this female writer and it is through the eyes of this 'character' that the book is written.. Not too bad so far but then I'm more interested in how the process goes and what is achieved rather than the story itself and I always read the female character like I'm party to overhearing Chapman affecting a female accent.. Maybe its that trickster prankish thing they have about them..
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Re: Recommend a book...

Postby Charlotte on Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:51 pm

I've finished a few good ones in a row recently : )

I particularly liked this one:

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And this was from a local Colorado author:

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This was surprisingly good, too:
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Re: Recommend a book...

Postby Devotchik on Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:14 am

Story of The Eye - Georges Bataille. Short fetishistic story, some 70 odd pages.. Took me about hour and a half to read and this edition also includes critical texts by Susan Sontag & Roland Barthes.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/0141185384

Read it because I had made a photomontage some while ago which unbeknownst to me at the time would have sat very well within its subject matter.. Now I have something to refer it to.
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Re: Recommend a book...

Postby Devotchik on Fri Dec 27, 2013 12:47 am

Herbert Read - To Hell With Culture

Herbert Read: art critic, poet, social theorist / educator & reformer.. Theoretical essays on his thoughts about art, culture, pornography (in relation to art, totally not what you first thought!), & Freudian psychology.. Awesome!! 8)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/0415289939
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Re: Recommend a book...

Postby Devotchik on Fri Jan 03, 2014 5:06 am

Another book of art crit by Herbert Read: The Meaning of Art. Very good it is too!
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Re: Recommend a book...

Postby shents on Tue Jan 14, 2014 2:06 am

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Not read any of his others, but recognized the name in my local library's foreign books section.

Really good. very dark. looking forward to reading the next part of the trilogy now
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Re: Recommend a book...

Postby Devotchik on Sat Mar 01, 2014 12:16 am

The Island of Doctor Moreau - HG Wells. Really enjoyed this, reminded me of my youthful readings of Jules Verne. Enjoyed it more than Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut which was good but not as enjoyable as Moreau. Now reading The Atrocity Exhibition by JG Ballard which I'm a few chapters / stories in with.
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Re: Recommend a book...

Postby ricv64 on Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:00 pm

went through a buncha Philip K Dick , Ubik , transmigration of timothy Archer , confession of a crap artist I recommend
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Re: Recommend a book...

Postby Devotchik on Thu Mar 06, 2014 1:20 pm

Just started reading High-Rise by JD Ballard.. art imitates life as life imitates art..
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Re: Recommend a book...

Postby matzerath on Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:48 am

Willy Vlautin's books are great. The Free might be the best one yet, a beautiful book about working class dignity in a society dragged backwards by coprporate greed.

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Re: Recommend a book...

Postby shents on Thu Mar 13, 2014 1:32 am

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Standing-Another-Mans-Grave-Rankin/dp/1409109402

call me a dialy mail reading middlebrow tosser if you will. I love Iain rankin tho :)
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Re: Recommend a book...

Postby El Macca on Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:23 pm

I read Morriseys biography ... some of which was very good indeed, and a game of spot the song titles going through it. Howver from the minute it hit details of the court case, and blow by blow worldwide solo gigs it nosedived quite dramatically ...

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Re: Recommend a book...

Postby Devotchik on Fri May 02, 2014 11:55 pm

Documents of Contemporary Art published by MIT Press & the Whitechapel Gallery. Each book has a theme and is basically an anthology of artists & others writings about that particular theme, these books are great & often lead to follow on reading.. (I have quite a few of these books already as when I was at uni we were situated across the road from the Whitechapel & it has a brilliant book shop which I found hard to resist during lunchtimes etc!). You can get these from Amazon or any decent bookseller.

I've been reading this one on Abstraction:

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Re: Recommend a book...

Postby WarmJets on Wed May 07, 2014 6:41 pm

Dani,

You mentioned Galapagos and finding it middling. Have you read Bluebeard, Vonnegut's next novel from the period? It's absolutely fantastic. It's set within the Art world of abstract expressionism and has one of my favorite endings of any book. It's devastatingly beautiful.

I recently finished the new Thomas Pynchon gem Bleeding Edge and, in the mood, am rereading his epic Mason & Dixon. In between was Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins and Memories of My Melancholy Whores because Garcia-Marquez passing made me incredibly sad. What a way with prose...

You have to break up your Pynchon or your mind goes wonky and you start believing your phone is tapped. Which it is here, incidentally.

Let me know what else you've been reading. I have no one to talk books with and they're such a HUGE part of my life, second only to music. All of which come after my daughter of course; I mean in the...you know what I mean :)

All recent books are read aloud to her which I hope rattles that tiny little brain of hers!
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