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September 13th, 2004
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Mostly here as a reminder for myself, although also useful as a snapshot of what's intrigued me lately. I haven't read nor watched nor listened to any of these, but I'm interested enough to want to.
  • Don't Think of an Elephant. A cognitive linguistics primer for progressives. How not to lose the metadebate -- so that the political debate is on favorable or level ground.
  • Annie Dillard's "Teaching a Stone to Talk". A book of essays. Cited and quoted in a blog entry at Slacktivist, given highly positive reader reviews at Amazon, and heck, I really really liked Loren Eiseley's "Star Thrower" so maybe it's time to devour another book of essays in a seemingly similar style.
  • Invisibles vol. 5: Counting to None. Graphic novel. I've read through the first four now. To be honest (PERSONAL OPINION AHEAD TOTALLY NOT REPRESENTATIVE OF FLUOROCULTURE KTHX), my opinion of the books isn't as high as I thought it would be given some of the recommendations I've heard. I'm feeling like the series is hitting its stride very slowly if at all -- it's been a little too, I don't know, triumphalist or something -- but the characters are finally becoming deep enough that this one might be better. (Then again, I might be the sort of person who needs to read "Invisibles" in an altered state to totally get it. I'm kind of blocking on the surface stuff.)
  • Moving away from Amazon now: Outfoxed. Documentary on the secret life of Fox News. (Here's a hint: They're not fair and balanced. Gasp!)
  • Some Thanks to Gravity albums/mp3s. A longtime intellectual-pop favorite of mine (have somehow scrounged up three of their albums from gods know where) -- and they're actually still around and on the web! I quoted some of their lyrics in my last post, btw.
  • "State of Synthpop 2003." I have only heard of one band on this 5-disc collection (leeched an mp3 of Aiboforcen's "Twilight World" off a friend), but I like what little I've heard. Given the cheap price tag, if I can find even just 5 good songs on the 5 packed CDs and support an indie label along the way, everyone comes out ahead.
UPDATE: ... Got any other suggestions for me? Anything that's just set your mind on fire lately or that you're really aching to explore yourself? Add ideas in comments. (And, frameacloud, what's that book again that you always instantly recommend any time I ask for something new to buy? ;))

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Date:September 13th, 2004 06:33 am (UTC)
You're fine, hon. :) Opinion on The Invisibles is pretty mixed. But trust me, the "triumphalism" is largely Morrisson baiting his readers with easy answers. (*cough* And a little bit of pressure from DC/Vertigo to pep the series up a bit... *cough*)
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Date:September 13th, 2004 01:26 pm (UTC)
...bugger, I can't remember which book that was.

Possibly Finder, since I'm madly in love with it, but that's a series, and requires more time and money than you have, though it's definately worth it if you ever have those resources. ( http://www.lightspeedpress.com )

So the book was probably something else. Dang. Um. Do you remember anything I said about it? x_o

Oh! Oh, "The Neverending Story," was that it, since I reccommend it to everyone? Um... no... dangit... I know there have been some books I read that made me think of you in particular, but I'm not dredging them up.

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Date:September 16th, 2004 02:43 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure it was "Finder," actually. Added to the list -- and no, it doesn't require more money than I've got; trade paperbacks run like $20 apiece and I can just collect them slowly like I've been doing with Invisibles.

(Also added "Powwow Highway," since I looked for it at Fry's and they don't carry it so I'll probably have to find it online.)

If you have public posts with your reviews of those items up, I'd love to edit this to point to them. And I may have to start posting reviews of these things once I do buy them, myself ... hmm. This post could be a useful hub for that.
Date:September 14th, 2004 01:05 am (UTC)
Jefferson Airplane. For reasons already discussed. ;-)
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