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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
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Posted - 02/23/2007 :  12:16:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Right now, I'm reading a book about baseball in Japan, "You Gotta Have Wa," by Robert Whiting. I'm also working my way through Aaron Copland's "What to Listen for in Music" (which I highly recommend) and Salman Rushdie's "Midnight's Children."

(Oh, and I'm reading about a hundred letters to the editor every day, because that's what I do for a living.)

What's everybody else reading?


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jediroller
* Dog in the Sand *

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Posted - 02/23/2007 :  12:49:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What: Roald Dahl's collected short stories.
Where: On the bus & the subway, and in bed.

(I'm assuming that's "Whare" means :) )

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Llamadance
> Teenager of the Year <

United Kingdom
2543 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2007 :  12:56:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm reading The Competitive Runner's Handbook by Bob Glover. I mostly read it on my PC chair and in bed.


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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2941 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2007 :  12:57:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
No, that's a stupid typo. Tre, would you fix that for me? It should say "What are you reading?" but I can't edit thread titles.

Still, it's an opportune typo. I think it's cool to hear where people do their reading.


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TRANSMARINE
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
2001 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2007 :  12:58:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by coastline

I'm also working my way through Aaron Copland's "What to Listen for in Music"




Copland penned an amazing score for THE HEIRESS (1948). A good recommended read is A Heart at Fire's Center...bio on Bernard Herrmann.



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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2941 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2007 :  13:17:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The Glover book is good, Llama. My wife read that before she ran her marathon. She swore by everything he said in that book. What are you training for?


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Llamadance
> Teenager of the Year <

United Kingdom
2543 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2007 :  13:28:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've got my second marathon in 8 weeks, then a few races over the year. I mostly want to improve my half marathon time over that period, and the marathon should give me a good base of fitness. Unless I suck badly at this marathon, in which case I'll run another in Sept/Oct.

The Glover book is pretty good - I never thought I could sit and read a book on training cover to cover, but that's pretty much what I'm doing. How did your wife do? Does she still run?


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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2941 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2007 :  13:49:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Llamadance

I've got my second marathon in 8 weeks, then a few races over the year. I mostly want to improve my half marathon time over that period, and the marathon should give me a good base of fitness. Unless I suck badly at this marathon, in which case I'll run another in Sept/Oct.

The Glover book is pretty good - I never thought I could sit and read a book on training cover to cover, but that's pretty much what I'm doing. How did your wife do? Does she still run?
She had a rough marathon. She held herself back in the first half, making sure to save some for the end, and then right after the halfway mark, she kicked it up a notch and then promptly stepped in a nasty little pothole and tore a bunch of muscles in her hip. (It took months for her to heal.) She was on pace for slightly under four hours, which she would have been thrilled with, but ended up limping her way across the rest of the course and finishing just under six hours. I felt awful for her, because she trained so long and then it went sour on her.

But I learned a little something about determination that day. I don't know many people who could have pushed through the kind of pain she had. Except for the two times I watched my wife give birth, I've never been more impressed by what a person can do with their body when they are determined to do it.

I'm impressed by anyone who runs a marathon. It's not just that you have to run 26 miles, but you have to train for hours and hours and hours -- and miles and miles and miles -- just to be ready.

Have you read "The Other Shulman," Llama? It's about a guy who runs the NYC Marathon. Can't remember the author, but I'm sure Amazon could tell you.


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velvety
= Cult of Ray =

Portugal
536 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2007 :  14:17:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've been reading Faulkner's 'The sound and the fury'. Some of the best stuff I've ever read.
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darwin
>> Denizen of the Citizens Band <<

USA
5383 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2007 :  14:24:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've read "You Gotta Have Wa". I remember it being good, but losing steam half way through. I just finished "Inside Pitch" which is an anthropology book about professional baseball players. I'm a baseball freak. Before starting that book I was reading American Prometheus, which is biography about Oppenheimer. I switched to Inside Pitch because I wanted lighter reading for some business trips. I'm leaving tomorrow on another trip. I think I'm going to take Satchel Page's autobiography.
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Llamadance
> Teenager of the Year <

United Kingdom
2543 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2007 :  14:31:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by coastline

She had a rough marathon. She held herself back in the first half, making sure to save some for the end, and then right after the halfway mark, she kicked it up a notch and then promptly stepped in a nasty little pothole and tore a bunch of muscles in her hip. (It took months for her to heal.) She was on pace for slightly under four hours, which she would have been thrilled with, but ended up limping her way across the rest of the course and finishing just under six hours. I felt awful for her, because she trained so long and then it went sour on her.

But I learned a little something about determination that day. I don't know many people who could have pushed through the kind of pain she had. Except for the two times I watched my wife give birth, I've never been more impressed by what a person can do with their body when they are determined to do it.

I'm impressed by anyone who runs a marathon. It's not just that you have to run 26 miles, but you have to train for hours and hours and hours -- and miles and miles and miles -- just to be ready.

Have you read "The Other Shulman," Llama? It's about a guy who runs the NYC Marathon. Can't remember the author, but I'm sure Amazon could tell you.


Please pardon me, for these my wrongs.



Man, that's bad luck. She must have been gutted, but at least she finished - sounds like she just wouldn't let it beat her. Is she going to do another?

I quite fancy doing the NYC marathon or the Boston one at some point. If I can get my half marathon time to what I want this year, I might have a shot at getting an automatic qualifying time in a year or two. It's all ifs & buts though, just got to keep trying.

Looked up 'The Other Shulman' and it looks like a good book. I'll probably order it and let Amazon take the three weeks to deliver it. It seems to be a bit scarce over here. Cheers for that.


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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2941 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2007 :  14:37:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
With Barry Bonds set to break Hank Aaron's home run record, Darwin, you might consider reading Aaron's autobiography. I was disappointed in the quality of the writing (but hey, he's an athlete, not a writer); however, his life is fascinating, and the section about when he was breaking Babe Ruth's record is compelling stuff. Definitely a huge chapter in this nation's history. (For the uninitiated, Aaron is black, Ruth was white, and racist America wasn't prepared to see whitey's record get broken in 1973-74.)

Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" is the ultimate baseball book for me. Now THAT guy could write.


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darwin
>> Denizen of the Citizens Band <<

USA
5383 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2007 :  15:02:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My wife might not agree, but my son is named after Hank Aaron. I haven't read Aaron's biography, but I should. I hate Bonds. I didn't use to. Use to defend him as a great player. This was before his home run hitting. Now I'm just hoping for a career-ending knee injury.

Have you read Babe? Creamer's biography about Ruth. That fellow was a man-child and overall a sad story.

I've read Ball Four a couple times and after reading Inside Pitch was considering reading again during Spring training.
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vilainde
>> Denizen of the Citizens Band <<

Niue
7307 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2007 :  15:34:29  Show Profile  Visit vilainde's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by coastline
What's everybody else reading?



Back of the box of cereals.


Denis

"Can you hear me? I aint got shit to say."
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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2941 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2007 :  15:36:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Have I ever mentioned this forum is a buncha goddam comedians?

(You make me laugh, Denis.)


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PixieSteve
> Teenager of the Year <

4698 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2007 :  15:54:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote



FAST_MAN  RAIDER_MAN - June 19th
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s_wrenn
* Dog in the Sand *

Ireland
1851 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2007 :  16:02:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I read the first 24 pages of The Third Policeman back in july and i kinda forgot about it after that. The majority of stuff i read is on the internet. And every sentence ends with "ZOMG!"


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shineoftheever
> Teenager of the Year <

Canada
4304 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2007 :  18:46:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
in my
The waxworks were an immensely eloquent dissertation on the wonderful ordinariness of mankind.

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martha_promise
= Cult of Ray =

USA
398 Posts

Posted - 02/23/2007 :  18:50:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm finishing up "The Walmart Effect" by Charles Fishman, and am halfway through "The Demon Haunted World, (Science as a Candle in the Dark)" by Carl Sagan.

trying to buy the hitchhikerS guidE to thE galaxY and waR and peacE... Thank you fb.net.

oh and yeah, shouldn't this thread be locked?


-Tom

"We conjure ghosts and then we feed them"
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Homers_pet_monkey
= Official forum monkey =

United Kingdom
17122 Posts

Posted - 02/24/2007 :  03:34:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes it should.

I'm currently listening to Camera Obscura, 'Let's Get Out Of This Country', the last film I saw was Capote, and I am currently reading 'Yes Man' by Danny Wallace.


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Newo
~ Abstract Brain ~

Spain
2638 Posts

Posted - 02/24/2007 :  04:02:06  Show Profile  Click to see Newo's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I'm reading Henry Miller's Tropic of Capricorn in parks and cafes, rereading on metro journeys Pynchon's collection of early stories complete with apologia, Slow Learner, and in bed The Possibility of an Island by Michel Houllebecq, who's a deeply shitty writer but I like him.

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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2941 Posts

Posted - 02/24/2007 :  07:00:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by martha_promise

oh and yeah, shouldn't this thread be locked?

Is there already a thread for this? Hope I didn't duplicate one. I haven't seen one in the year I've been around, and I couldn't find one -- though I admit I didn't try very hard.


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pixiestu
> Teenager of the Year <

United Kingdom
2520 Posts

Posted - 02/24/2007 :  07:09:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think the old 'What are you reading' thread got lost in the 'big lock-up'. Lots of stuff got locked like 'what are you listening', 'what are you eating' etc. since they were deemed 'list threads'. I think there was some decent discussion in the reading one though.


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OLDMANOTY
= Cult of Ray =

United Kingdom
442 Posts

Posted - 02/24/2007 :  07:51:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
'Cloud Atlas' by David Mitchell. Six connected stories (very basically about reincarnated souls but there's much more to it), written in totally different genres, starting in 1850 and ending in a distant post-apocalyptic world. Hard going but once you get into it it's pretty amazing.
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Skatealex1
* Dog in the Sand *

1604 Posts

Posted - 02/24/2007 :  10:36:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
john dies at the end

The Truth Is Out There
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Cheeseman1000
>> Denizen of the Citizens Band <<

Iceland
8201 Posts

Posted - 02/24/2007 :  11:16:57  Show Profile  Visit Cheeseman1000's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The Troublesome Offspring Of Cardinal Guzman, by Louis de Bernieres. I've heard him described as a middlebrow Garcia Marquez, but I really enjoy everything I've read.


Numberwang?
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martha_promise
= Cult of Ray =

USA
398 Posts

Posted - 02/24/2007 :  11:29:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yeah coastline, I was just referencing the reading thread that was previously locked in the "list thread lock up". There was some good discussion in that one as well as in this one. I always find it interesting to see what people have been reading as well as to get some ideas on what to read next.

-Tom

"We conjure ghosts and then we feed them"
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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2941 Posts

Posted - 02/24/2007 :  12:45:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Indeed, list threads can be lame. Hopefully this doesn't turn into that. This one's ripe for tons of discussion.


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Broken Face
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USA
5127 Posts

Posted - 02/24/2007 :  13:09:33  Show Profile  Visit Broken Face's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I'm switching between a chapter of FOOL THE WORLD (the Pixies book) and a chapter of BIG BANG: THE ORIGIN OF THE UNIVERSE by Simon Singh to keep my head from exploding with sciencese.

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Frog in the Sand
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France
2715 Posts

Posted - 02/25/2007 :  11:48:39  Show Profile  Visit Frog in the Sand's Homepage  Reply with Quote



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Newo
~ Abstract Brain ~

Spain
2638 Posts

Posted - 02/26/2007 :  02:50:19  Show Profile  Click to see Newo's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
quote:
PixieSteve Posted - 02/23/2007 : 15:54:27




ha me too, started it yesterday. Never read this guy before, the autobiograpy interjections remind me a little of Kurt Vonnegut.

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cassandra is
> Teenager of the Year <

France
4233 Posts

Posted - 02/26/2007 :  03:55:19  Show Profile  Visit cassandra is's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I'm re-reading The Lord Of The Rings for the third time at the moment. I'm currently reading the Two Towers. It's part of the few books I still have a lot of pleasure to read again.




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Jose Jones
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 02/26/2007 :  08:58:12  Show Profile  Visit Jose Jones's Homepage  Reply with Quote
i'm reading neal stephenson's "cryptonomicon." i've been reading it since june! it's great, but it's taking a really long time, for some reason.

at work i'm rading asimov's "foundation series." i'm on book 3 (second foundation). highly entertaining stuff!

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mr.biscuitdoughhead
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
1729 Posts

Posted - 02/27/2007 :  11:01:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm tempted to say "this forum".


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when the sun goes down into the water...?"
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kfs
= Cult of Ray =

USA
887 Posts

Posted - 03/15/2007 :  02:20:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm reading Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy and I saw Visigoths mentioned in the beginning. hmmm...
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Homers_pet_monkey
= Official forum monkey =

United Kingdom
17122 Posts

Posted - 03/15/2007 :  05:46:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I will soon begin my journey into the Dark Tower series. I can't wait.


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