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by Shaker
Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:02 am
Forum: Literature & The Arts
Topic: Mein Kempf
Replies: 14
Views: 2495

Re: Mein Kempf

A book of quite immense historical importance, value and significance. As a book, at least in the translation I own as a not-very-good German speaker, one of the most horrendously and horrifically badly-written written books I've ever had the misfortune to encounter. This is a book which gives the w...
by Shaker
Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:38 pm
Forum: Music
Topic: The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Replies: 11
Views: 1863

Re: The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Their version of Bowie's Life on Mars is, as I believe the youngsters say these days, the "shit."

(Jonty's voice really is extraordinary, by the way. Do be sure to look out for this one).
by Shaker
Sun Dec 19, 2010 5:37 pm
Forum: Literature & The Arts
Topic: Desert Island Books
Replies: 42
Views: 5057

Re: Desert Island Books

I find it odd that so many people love "Lolita", I think it's sick.
I'm not convinced that it's sick. In any case, if nothing else it's sick in a way more beautiful than has ever been written before.
by Shaker
Sun Dec 19, 2010 5:35 pm
Forum: Literature & The Arts
Topic: Desert Island Books
Replies: 42
Views: 5057

Re: Desert Island Books

Coito ergo sum wrote: 4. The Big Book of Breasts...Image
I have a couple of the books in this series. Are you quite sure that you can consider this a book to read? ;)
by Shaker
Sun Dec 19, 2010 5:31 pm
Forum: Literature & The Arts
Topic: Classics you should read, classics you shouldn't
Replies: 63
Views: 2452

Re: Classics you should read, classics you shouldn't

Classic you shouldn't read: Ulysses, James Joyce. :gaah: I made it through the reading, albeit with guidance. At James Joyce's house in Zurich, (he wrote the thing in Zurich), there are readings with a Joyce-expert who explains the references, like, "the protagonist is standing beside a statue in f...
by Shaker
Sun Nov 21, 2010 8:58 pm
Forum: Literature & The Arts
Topic: Dickens, A Christmas Carol
Replies: 20
Views: 1605

Re: Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Dickens's A Christmas Carol is a sublime work - I re-read it every Christmas.

Dickens plus the Kermit and the rest of the Muppets, however ... now that's a work of genius.
by Shaker
Sun Nov 21, 2010 5:08 pm
Forum: Literature & The Arts
Topic: The Fry Chronicles
Replies: 7
Views: 1107

Re: The Fry Chronicles

I'm having that for Christmas. (That's the aforementioned tome, The Fry Chronicles , to which I refer, by the way, and not Miriam Margolyes, since she rides a different muffular bus. And certainly not the book's author, Mr. S. Fry of Norfolk, since we're unlikely ever to meet socially and I haven't ...
by Shaker
Sat Oct 02, 2010 8:39 pm
Forum: Music
Topic: The best heartbreak songs
Replies: 23
Views: 925

Re: The best heartbreak songs



Gets me going every time.

by Shaker
Sat Oct 02, 2010 8:25 pm
Forum: Literature & The Arts
Topic: Favourite Pomes
Replies: 183
Views: 14619

Re: Favourite Pomes

The funny thing is: actually they do :smoke:
by Shaker
Sat Oct 02, 2010 8:23 pm
Forum: Literature & The Arts
Topic: Stieg Larsson
Replies: 24
Views: 2003

Re: Stieg Larsson

I've just seen that it was 9 months ago that I contributed to this thread and I've still been too busy with other books to read the Larsson trilogy yet.

Yes, I am covered with shame. Shame and an M&S bathrobe, which is a source of shame in itself.
by Shaker
Thu May 27, 2010 4:29 pm
Forum: Music
Topic: What am I listening two?
Replies: 1008
Views: 17398

Re: What am I listening two?

Is this a tune or what? I'm on one of those obsessive-compulsive-why-can't-I-stop-playing-this-over-and-over jags with this one:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3px85ixf ... re=related[/youtube]
by Shaker
Mon May 03, 2010 1:09 pm
Forum: Literature & The Arts
Topic: Favourite Pomes
Replies: 183
Views: 14619

Re: Favourite Pomes

Genius: how to be a good writer by Charles Bukowski you've got to fuck a great many women beautiful women and write a few decent love poems. and don't worry about age and/or freshly-arrived talents. just drink more beer more and more beer and attend the racetrack at least once a week and win if poss...
by Shaker
Mon May 03, 2010 12:37 pm
Forum: Literature & The Arts
Topic: Excerpts of excellence
Replies: 89
Views: 9178

Re: Excerpts of excellence

Far, far, far too many to list. I actually keep a commonplace book (as the Victorians did) to keep note of these sorts of things - well worth doing.
by Shaker
Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:10 pm
Forum: Literature & The Arts
Topic: The Good Man Jesus and The Scoundrel Christ
Replies: 25
Views: 2068

Re: The Good Man Jesus and The Scoundrel Christ

The enlightened "age of reason" hasnt done much to stem the popularity of books about magic, gothic horror, vampires, golden compasses, avatars, tree spirits, schools of wizardry...you get the idea right? The idea would be that you can furnish us with sound evidence that more people actually believ...
by Shaker
Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:53 pm
Forum: Literature & The Arts
Topic: Favourite Pomes
Replies: 183
Views: 14619

Re: Favourite Pomes

Philip Larkin: The Mower The mower stalled, twice; kneeling, I found A hedgehog jammed up against the blades, Killed. It had been in the long grass. I had seen it before, and even fed it, once. Now I had mauled its unobtrusive world Unmendably. Burial was no help: Next morning I got up and it did no...