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    Dfw could not ever go through infinite jest but liked broom of the system

    Haven't had the balls to start infinite jest yet. Have read his essays and loved them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gosai View Post
    Haven't had the balls to start infinite jest yet. Have read his essays and loved them.
    He has a book on the history of infinity (mathematics). I'd say it's a level (or more) above a recreational math book, but not so technical that you can't follow it. Obviously an incredibly brilliant man. I enjoyed it.


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    never plowed all the way through but have glanced at it many times over the years. if any of y'all have been in an elevator and noticed the "thyssen-krupp" name (they are a multinational conglomerate of the steel industry) just know that the krupp part of that company was the single largest driving force behind the nazi military industrial complex during the third reich and for quite a while before then. always seems crazy to me.
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    This is an absolutely terrific book. I highly recommend.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Future Man View Post


    never plowed all the way through but have glanced at it many times over the years. if any of y'all have been in an elevator and noticed the "thyssen-krupp" name (they are a multinational conglomerate of the steel industry) just know that the krupp part of that company was the single largest driving force behind the nazi military industrial complex during the third reich and for quite a while before then. always seems crazy to me.
    WWI also. They made a $#@!ton of artillery.

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    well, yeah. "quite a while before then" was a broad reference. arndt krupp moved to essen in 1587. they started building weapons for the thirty years war in the early 17th century and continued to do so until the reich fell in 1945. and they're still in the steel business, doing tons of $#@! all over the world including making lots of elevators that are ubiquitous across the USA. thyssen-krupp headquarters is still in essen today. it's all pretty crazy. crazy story. good reading. manchester is a very readable historian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retread View Post
    He has a book on the history of infinity (mathematics). I'd say it's a level (or more) above a recreational math book, but not so technical that you can't follow it. Obviously an incredibly brilliant man. I enjoyed it.

    Thanks, will add to the reading list.

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    The Arms of Krupp is a very good read.

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    Just finished Gaiman's Norse Mythology, and now moving on to another Peter Clines book, since I enjoyed "14" so much (Very H.P. Lovecraftish) . Reading "The Fold" now, takes place in the same Universe as "14".

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    Quote Originally Posted by MillerEP View Post
    Just finished Gaiman's Norse Mythology, and now moving on to another Peter Clines book, since I enjoyed "14" so much (Very H.P. Lovecraftish) . Reading "The Fold" now, takes place in the same Universe as "14".
    read his Ex-Heroes series if you haven't yet

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    Finished this. Pretty interesting theory/argument about why and how the U.S. established its alliances in Asia, using Taiwan, S. Korea and Japan as specific examples. If you don't have a basic understanding of IR theory, the first couple of chapters might be a little confusing but after that it's pretty straightforward.

    Also just finished these:





    And now on to the next books.
    How was Dereliction of Duty? I haven't read it, but a relative of mine features in it, apparently.

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    That might be a good alternative if Caro never finishes his LBJ series. I'm still holding out hope he gets to complete it though.

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    Just picked these up so they're next on my list

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    Burned through The Fold, and started "We are legion (We are Bob)". It's gotten great reviews for SciFi:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Escriva View Post
    How was Dereliction of Duty? I haven't read it, but a relative of mine features in it, apparently.
    I thought it was pretty good. Definitely pulls back the veil on some of the decision making.

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    Before writing Dereliction of Duty Captain McMaster figured in an important battle in the first Gulf War- as depicted in Crusade by Rick Atkinson and the History Channel show on big tank battles: "The Battle of 73 Easting."

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    The equivalent of Martin Luther's 99 Theses. There's even a few scholars who have been killed over this work, actually. They come from a line of Islamic scholars called "Quranists" because they believe in only following the Quran, not the hadith/sunnah tradition of sayings that were written starting 200 years after Mohammed died, and which basically contradict a lot of what is in the Quran.

    Fascinating stuff, really, because every word in classical Arabic can mean 10-12 different things (which is not all that different from English). For example, there's a verse just shortly after the Quran says it is forbidden to intentionally kill even an insect if you have a choice not to harm it, where it says if your wife disobeys you, you may (classical interpretation here) "beat her." Only, turns out, the verb used for "beat" actually has dozens of other meanings in the Quran, the most common of which is "leave". And in the context, it turns out, that is the more likely meaning -- if your wife disobeys, first you admonish her, then you stop sleeping with her, and if that doesn't work, you leave her.

    Also, "virgins" was a change of meaning brought on by slave traders in the 11th century; the word Mohammed actually used meant something closer to "foremost" which, in context, referred to those who woke up first. Which meant (in the verse explaining who you could take as an additional wife), you could marry your relative's widow, provided she is someone who gets up for morning prayers.

    Easy to see why the Wahhabists worked so hard to prevent this "Reformed Quran" from being printed. There's a fatwa that stopped several publishing houses from putting it out. But the cat is now out of the bag; this is the text used by the mosques led by gay imams, feminist imams, Westernized Sufis, etc.


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    i'd like to hear more about luther's 4 new theses. hopefully something about beer in church. just in time for the quincentennial!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The University View Post
    i'd like to hear more about luther's 4 new theses. hopefully something about beer in church. just in time for the quincentennial!
    Well, "Beer Yoga" is now a thing, so I'm pretty sure a good German denomination like the Lutherans ought to be able to reach some sort of accommodation.

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    Bit of an odd request but does anyone have a good recommendation on a book about the history of the NY subway system? After taking a trip there and all the talk about troubles with the aging lines, I'd like to see more about just how much heaven and earth was moved to give NYers their present system.

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    Not a book, but there is an American Experience episode about the building of the first lines that would be a pretty good primer. I can't find it streaming anywhere, but here's the dvd on the PBS website so you have the title.
    http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index...ductId=3399855
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    Thanks for the recommendation. Poking around on the PBS site gave way to this book that I'm going to pick up. It's more about Boston vs NYC in a race to build the first subway.

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