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Stormrider666

Hell is home.
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Speaking of a Russian theme, I just finished reading The Screen Is Red: Hollywood, Communism, and The Cold War, by Bernard F. Dick.

A fantastic read that proves how influential that period of time was on pop culture.
 

Jacuzzi Billy

Watching PTI
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Mad Dog: The Maurice Vachon Story by Pat LaPrade and Bertrand Hebert.

A biography of wrestling legend Mad Dog Vachon, the Olympian who became an in-ring maniac. Plenty of fights with fans, as well as helping out young wrestlers. As an AWA child, I'm automatically drawn to stories about the wrestlers from that company.
 
Chefs, Drugs & Rock & Roll by Andrew Friedman

The story of the growth of the American restaurant scene from the early 1970s through the '90s. Alice Waters and Jeremiah Tower in the Bay Area, Wolfgang Puck in L.A., Larry Forgione and Charlie Palmer in New York, Jonathan Waxman on both coasts. They were willing to challenge French culinary elitism and promoted local ingredients and eventually became pals, their camaraderie eventually leading to today's celebrity chef culture.

I got this at a James Beard Foundation dinner, as a gift bag, signed by the author and the chefs in attendance (including Tower, Mary Sue Milliken, and Nancy Silverton, among others).
 

DiggerNick

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There's a Jeremiah Tower doc on Netflix that Bourdain is in a lot. I had no idea who Tower was but it's fascinating.
 

LiddyRules

RIP King of France. Gutted Like Fish Under R Line
If you haven't read them:

David Copperfield
Oliver Twist
Bleak House

"Sleeper" Dickens:

Our Mutual Friend
Little Dorrit
I've never read any of those. I think I tried Cop and Twist but they ended up falling by the wayside. That happens a lot to me with that era of books, where I could actually be into reading them, but because they're so long if I get distracted for a week, I'm ready to move on. Not because of the book but because if I keep getting distracted, not only won't I read that book, but I won't read any other book because I'm focused on that one.

I just started Oil! by Upton Sinclair, the book that There Will Be Blood was based on.
 

Jacuzzi Billy

Watching PTI
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I've never read any of those. I think I tried Cop and Twist but they ended up falling by the wayside. That happens a lot to me with that era of books, where I could actually be into reading them, but because they're so long if I get distracted for a week, I'm ready to move on. Not because of the book but because if I keep getting distracted, not only won't I read that book, but I won't read any other book because I'm focused on that one.

I just started Oil! by Upton Sinclair, the book that There Will Be Blood was based on.
I know that movie!
 

Falldog

Wackbag's Best Conservative
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Started listening to Senlin Ascends. I have no idea what it's about, other than it's fantasy and involves the tower of Babel (not really like the mythical Babel from what I can tell, more like High Rise big tower stuff).
 
www.amazon.com/Man-Train-Solving-Century-Old-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01M4QEECQ



n Edgar Award finalist for Best Fact Crime, this “impressive…open-eyed investigative inquiry wrapped within a cultural history of rural America” (The Wall Street Journal) shows legendary statistician and baseball writer Bill James applying his analytical acumen to crack an unsolved century-old mystery surrounding one of the deadliest serial killers in American history.

Between 1898 and 1912, families across the country were bludgeoned in their sleep with the blunt side of an axe. Some of these cases—like the infamous Villisca, Iowa, murders—received national attention. But most incidents went almost unnoticed outside the communities in which they occurred. Few people believed the crimes were related. And fewer still would realize that all of these families lived within walking distance to a train station. When celebrated true crime expert Bill James first learned about these horrors, he began to investigate others that might fit the same pattern. Applying the same know-how he brings to his legendary baseball analysis, he empirically determined which crimes were committed by the same person. Then after sifting through thousands of local newspapers, court transcripts, and public records, he and his daughter Rachel made an astonishing discovery: they learned the true identity of this monstrous criminal and uncovered one of the deadliest serial killers in America.
 

HandPanzer

Shantih Shantih Shantih
Was there a black comedy revolution? If there was, wouldn't it have started with Pryor and Murphy who came before In Living Color?
You could even go further back than that and talk about guys like Bill Cosby and Redd Foxx.
 

Voodoo Ben

The African Dream
Was there a black comedy revolution? If there was, wouldn't it have started with Pryor and Murphy who came before In Living Color?
But in the 90's you had Martin, Chris Rock, Def Comedy Jam, Arisno Hall Show, & movies like Friday.
 

Falldog

Wackbag's Best Conservative
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Senlin Ascends has great characters, great setting, but one shitty and 'couldn't care less' plot. THE FUCK DO YOU MEAN THIS BOOK IS 14 HOURS LONG
 

Guilty Spark

It's freeing and refreshing
Finished Maus which I’d never read and was awesome, continued the oppression theme w The Master & Margarita, not bad but I’m sure I missed a ton of references..then Sapien which was good not great and just finished Dauntless which I’m pretty sure was YA.

Before that did Hell House - great
Hull Zero Three - pretty good
Master & Commander - great old timely sea battlin’
My Favorite Thing Is Monsters - lame but great artwork
El Deafo - great
Scherzetto - decent
Other Earths - more bad then good anthology
Feed - Newsflesh Trilogy #1 - terrible
 

Stormrider666

Hell is home.
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I recently finished reading Still Life With Crows by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Discovering the Pendergast series was one of my favorite things about book club.

I'm currently reading Havana Nocturne: How The Mob Owned Cuba....Then Lost It To The Revolution, by T.J. English. Now this is a story that would make for a great television series.
 
I recently finished reading Still Life With Crows by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Discovering the Pendergast series was one of my favorite things about book club..
I've read almost everything they've written. A few plot holes here and there but mostly entertaining reading.
 

HandPanzer

Shantih Shantih Shantih
A World At Arms

Leo Africanus

How Proust Can Change Your Life

Really enjoyed all three. A World At Arms might be the greatest single-volume work on WWII ever written (well, at least that I've read).
 

TomC

uppity neobarb
Done dozens and dozens of audio books this year, even did the Wheel of Time again, but decided to do American Gods because of the show. Really interesting book, I really enjoyed it. Has any one else read it?
 
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