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01 January 2011 @ 01:53 am
34/50 books and a total of 8967 pages  [livejournal.com profile] 50bookchallenge 


Book List 2010 )

 
 
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20 March 2010 @ 10:58 am
1. REPLY TO THIS MEME BY YELLING "[MY NAME] IS THE MASTER", AND I WILL GIVE YOU FIVE WORDS THAT REMIND ME OF YOU.

2. THEN POST THEM IN YOUR JOURNAL AND EXPLAIN WHAT THEY MEAN TO YOU.


[livejournal.com profile] seratonation  gave me history vs science, books, the spanish inquisition, music stereotypes aaaand steampunk

1. History vs Science. I used to be a chemistry major but decided that having to do hardcore math all the time wasn't going to make me happy so I switched to history. LIKE A BOSS. I am still obsessed with science (in case you haven't been watching my tumblr) and still read science journals and articles when I have time.

I actually bring it up in class sometimes and freak everyone out that I can quote Heisenberg's uncertainty principle and Oppenheimer and understand string theory on an abstract level and shit. I am like come on guys history should be INTERDISCIPLINARY. Hahaha I am such an asshole. Whatever. They don't even know about Clifford Geertz's thick description anthropology method so haters to the left. 

2. Books. I looooooooooove books. Oh man. Except that for some reason the majority of books I have to read for my history classes SUCK SO HARD. I get so distracted by major organizational errors and stuff and I often complain in class about how if I wrote any of this book and turned it in as an essay my professors would tear it to shreds. Also I thinkthat if this shit AND stephanie myers gets published then when I write my own history books I better get it published or I am going to bring all these books to the publisher and be like "YOU PUBLISHED THIS SHIT. WHOSE RESPONSIBLE THIS?"

Also I really really really really am looking at all these Russian philosophy and literature books and Bukowski's work with big doe eyes going "I CAN READ NAO?" as I work on my prospectus. It's kind of pathetic. Also I am like cooing at my Kafka books in sadness. I am such a fucking nerd.

3. The Spanish Inquisition: NOOOOOOOOOBODY EXPECTS THE SPANISH INQUISITION! Actually I don't particularly do or have an interest in Spanish  OR religious history so I kind of just know the basics about the inquisition. I probably know more about the Reconquista than it. Awesome. THE MOORS! 

4.Music stereotypes? What do you mean by this? Like slutty pop girls and dirty metal heads or what? I feel that if you listen to enough music that you wouldn't feel the need to prove yourself in a certain niche using certain behavior or clothing because your life isn't just dependent on that one thing. I detest any kind of people who are like I just listen to this so I wear this and go to these kind of bars and have these kinds of friends.

Really? You can't live your own life? You have to turn it into a formula? Why? Because you are scared? Fuck that. Sartre believes that you define yourself as a person by what actions you take. So if you aren't doing what you want because you want to fit in then you have started defining yourself by other people's interesta and behavior and you are just a shell of a person.

5. Steampunk. I was into steampunk before I actually knew the term because a good majority of the literature that I like to read is 19th century and it's often science fiction or horror or mystery so it fits neatly into steampunkdom because of the alternate possibilities it offers in the text. I also have always loved anachronistic and retro music so now hearing bands SPECIFICALLY making anachronistic music thanks to the growth of steampunk is amaaaaaaazing.
 
 
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11 March 2010 @ 12:12 am
 
So I bought my ticket to see Chuck Palahniuk speak and get his new book signed and the like. The book store was supposed to start selling the tickets tomorrow but I went to the site to check the address and saw that they were on sale tonight so I bought mine. I was the 8th person to buy it so I should be getting a "VIP" meet and greet pass thing to actually meet him and get him to sign Invisible Monsters in person. I am gonna call the book store tomorrow to confirm.

This is weird because 8 is my favorite number so it's such a trip that I finally get to go see Chuck P and I get the 8th ticket. Also it's weird because Alexander Ovechkin's number is 8 so I feel even more affection for him beyond his utterly bad ass hockey playing. Oh man. Not tonight's game but monday's (?) he did this beautiful move for his second goal. I wish I could find it on youtube and watch it again and come up with a name for the move. Haha I am such a nerd about everything so why am I surprised when I get nerdy about non nerdy thing?

I also got yarn to knit myself an Avalanche hat since I am having rage blackouts over southern california's disgusting focus on baseball. When they focus on hockey it's the ducks or the kings and I want to throw up and cry at the same time. Thanks to coupons I basically got one skein free to ease my rage. And I have another Star Trek project or two in the works. Bazinga.

What is my life? Sitting in my room alone stressing out about how much my family treats me and glee facing at other people's glee faces on the interbutts. All while getting all my homework done and reading Sartre.

 
 
soundandvision
30 December 2009 @ 03:49 pm
 
I totally completed the [livejournal.com profile] 50bookchallenge for this year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here's my list!

You guys should rec me a bunch for next year!
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10 October 2009 @ 12:09 pm
 
Normally when I go to Barnes and Noble I end up going and crying over the history section and then buying a bargain cookbook but! Not last night!

Last night my friends and I went out for Indian food and then were going to see Whip It, but the movie listings LIED and we had to wait and hour and a half. Which we used to explore Barnes and Noble!

IDK if I turned on my ridiculous radar when I walked in but we managed to find every single Pride and Prejudice related fan-fiction-turned-into-a-book book. EXCEPT ZOMBIE PRIDE AND PREJUDICE!!!! What do they file it under? We found the Sea Creature Sense and Sensibility on the horror table they set up for Halloween, but where would it normally be?

Anyway. The important thing is that I found a Zombie Haiku book that made me pee my pants laughing and I would have bought it but I ended up wanting to write my own zombie haikus instead.

ZOMBIE HAIKUS!!!!!! )
I can't wait to write more ridiculous ones and then branch off and write robot haikus.

ANYWAY. I ended up having my fantasy book buying experience. First off I bought my favorite Chuck P book. Then I found a crochet robots pattern book then I bought Indiana Jones and the Army of the Dead. Indiana Jones... versus ZOMBIES. It's going to be so ridiculous and bad that I am already drooling.

Whip It ended up being really good. Mostly because I like Roller Derby. The plot and the actors were actually pretty good and I didn't end up guessing the entire plot in 10 minutes like what usually happens. And then afterward we had to give Adrian her derby name because Aley, Laura and I already have ours. Aley's is Marta McDie (1959), Laura's is Lucy Fur (665 1/5), mine is Ford Defect (42) and then Adrian's is Rim Shot.

Up next: Zombieland. Oh my god I can't wait. It looks so ridiculous and I might have to hide my face in someone's neck during the Zombie clown scene but seriously. CLOWNS.
 
 
soundandvision
08 October 2009 @ 01:58 pm
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I bring hardcore history books to read for fun. I read a book on veiling practices in Central Asia on the way to Vancouver and then Race Riot on the way to Chicago and one on Palestine on the way to San Fransisco. That's how I roll.

 
 
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08 September 2009 @ 02:07 pm
day 01 | a song
day 02 | a picture
day 03 | a book/ebook/fanfic
day 04 | a site
day 05 | a youtube clip
day 06 | a quote
day 07 | whatever tickles your fancy

All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander all lost.

JRR Tolkien's words are often poignant and comforting. Especially if they come from Gandalf.
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05 September 2009 @ 03:02 pm
day 01 | a song
day 02 | a picture
day 03 | a book/ebook/fanfic
day 04 | a site
day 05 | a youtube clip
day 06 | a quote
day 07 | whatever tickles your fancy

The World According to Garp by John Irving. Favorite book ever. Hands down. It's so well written and the storyline is so complete and compelling. It never fails to make me laugh and cry. I can't read the ending in public because I cry while reading it. It's so good.


Also I think everyone should read Camus' The Stranger at least once in their life.

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27 September 2008 @ 10:02 am
[Error: unknown template qotd] I am in the middle of three books: Queer London by Hollbrook, the Rebel by Camus, A Night of Lisbon by Remarque, I am also gearing up to read five historical articles for next week that are Feminist critiques of Foucault's work.

Reading has always been important to me. From when I was reading Golden books in preschool to Goosebumps in elementary school to Clive Cussler books in middle school to classic literature in high school to classical, existential and historical works in college. It has helped me become a critical thinker and has introduced me to many things than interactions with people over the years has not.

Read whatever will get you to read more. It disturbs me when people talk to me and are amazed at how much I read. I don't think i read as much as I should and I KNOW that other people don't read as much as they could or should. What was the question again? I got distracted by something and lost my train of thought.

READ MORE!!!!!!

 
 
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03 December 2007 @ 10:35 pm
[Error: unknown template qotd]I look at the title, the topic, the author and reviews. I also go off of reccomendations from teachers and people whose literary tastes I trust as well as bibliographies from scholarly books I enjoyed reading.
 
 
soundandvision
21 November 2007 @ 11:15 pm
Clifford Geertz, Immanual Kant, Lynn Hunt. Judith Butler. 
 
 
soundandvision
15 October 2007 @ 12:42 am
These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users (as of today). As usual, bold what you have read, italicise what you attempted, and strike through what you couldn't stand. Add an asterisk* to those you've read more than once. Underline those on your to-read list. If you haven't heard of them, just leave 'em alone.


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06 July 2007 @ 01:08 pm
In honor of Bastille Day I made this bracelet:



And I bought a France Lapel Pin for my collection:



 
 
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20 February 2007 @ 05:11 pm
I'm noticing a very distinct pattern in my readings.

In Braudel's readings he keeps making references to existential writers: Nietzsche and Sarte. Which makes sense because Braudel is french. Maybe Braudel is secretly the reason everyone hates the french? People are like "Bloody annales school! Mucking about with geography!"

In my French Revolution ♥ book, the auther keeps making references to people stabbing themselves. Which makes me shoot stuff out of my nose laughing every time I read it because I think people stabbing themselves is hilarious apparently. Cough Nero Cough. How in the world does one have the fortitude to stab themselves to death? I mean what if you didn't deal a fatal blow? then you have to stab yourself again? Oh dear.

Have I mentioned that my Palestine-Isreali conflict teacher got into Middle Eastern history because of the movie Lawrence of Arabia? It's like someone saying they got into the French Revolution because of the movie Marie Antoinette. Except I think Lawrence of Arabia is probably a better movie. Not the point. WTF?

Oh! I forgot to tell you about the fake cat I bought.




SO. Onto my point. The fake cat needs to be named because I've just been calling it the $1.50 cat. I halfheartedly looked up people's middle names because the cat reminds me of John Sheppard's hair of all things. So. I think I am calling it Mer. If only to be able to say "Cirque de mon faux chat." Unless any of you have better suggestions?

Haha! Robespierre!

I am blatently avoiding doing my last reading for my Mediterranean class because I am an asshole by the by.
 
 
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23 April 2006 @ 03:42 am
I started re-reading my Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide leatherbound book this week and in less than 7 days I have had three people ask me if I was reading the bible.
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08 January 2006 @ 10:05 pm
 

Bold those you've read. Italicise those you haven't finished. Underline those you own. Add at least 2 books to the list at the bottom you read, finished, and own.

Book Meme Thingie )

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