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What are we reading?

Discussion in 'Resonance' started by Lara, Apr 24, 2006.

  1. Lara

    Lara alllgood

    I am reading all about the Open Source and free software movement for an essay for college: looking at the gift economy at work in open source alongside the political economy of that pesky porno-writing philosopher Georges Bataille.

    Here are some interesting PDFs online I have been looking at:

    Open Source - Weber (not Max)
    New Hacker Class - Wark
    The Multitudes - Virno
    Political Economies based on Gift Exchange - Bataille
    Free Software Movement - Richard Stallman

    What is everybody else reading? Highbrow of lowbrow, skool or home or even podcasts that you're listening to etc.
  2. Lara

    Lara alllgood

    I'm also reading McSweeney's 18 quarterly journal of American short story writers writing strange and brilliant fiction and watching their new DVD 'magazine' offering the Wholpin.
  3. bridd

    bridd :)

    Lately, I've been reading The Corporation by Joel Bakan, and reading Pratchett/Gaimen's Good Omens for the first time (kicking myself I hadn't read it sooner). Also a whole load of comicbooks, the latest issues of X-Factor written by Peter David being my favourite reading from that particular publisher at the moment.

    I'm slowly working my way through some Cinema4D tutorials as well :)

    The comicbooks are making me want to design and animate some giant robots :D
  4. vjair

    vjair Making Shapes

    ahhh.... robots.... im curently working my way back through Isaac Asimovs foundation novels, plenty of quality robots in there. Read them all loads of times, but just cant get enough of Asimov's writing, he rules :D
  5. karl

    karl Sex, Drugs and Videogames

    I just finished most of Asimovs "Foundation" series, he rules but I can get enough of his writing after the last Foundation novels.

    I'm also reading "The Right To Be Hostile" by Aaron McGruder and Howard Zinn's "A People's History Of The United States"
  6. ToxicOrange

    ToxicOrange theLAB

    I've just finished Dan Simmons ~ Ilium (SUPERB!!), with China Mieville ~ Iron Council (none too shoddy) and am currently engrossed in Peter F. Hamiltons ~ Pandora Star. So it's been a bit sci-fi recently ...
  7. KillingFrenzy

    KillingFrenzy KillingFrenzy Visuals


    I just read Stanislaw Lem's "Solaris" and am ready to pick up some more of his work. The math/desciptive stuff about the planet really stuck in my head, so I'm going to try and figure out how to relate that to some sort of visuals experiment. But I think it might be getting a bit "mathy" for my understanding of Jitter.

    I'm reading "Keep the Aspidistra Flying" by George Orwell, but finding myself unmotivated because the weather has been getting nice. I haven't really latched onto anything about the characters. If it gets much worse, I might have to jump to a collection of short stories I have by Paul Bowles. But that sounds like perfect summer/lounging on the veranda reading, so I don't want to get ahead of myself.
  8. spaceman

    spaceman Member

    currently reading "Siva Sutras-The yoga of supreme identity" by Jaideva Singh.

    which basicaly says that the first distortion in perception in when you separate the self from the non-self and then goes on to explain how to get rid of all distortion in perseption to attain enlightment....
    I might not attain enlightment but it sure is enlightning reading
  9. hamageddon

    hamageddon Motion Mapping Looper

    Edward N. Luttwak:
    Turbo-Capitalism : Winners and Losers in the Global Ecomony

    Joe Kelly / Christopher Priest
    Deadpool No.01-67

    Magdalena Holzhey

    Christopher Vogler
    The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Storytellers and Screenwriters
  10. Anyone

    Anyone New Member

    "Take Off in Japanese " Oxford University Press

    sorry practical non-philosophical reading ATM
  11. InsideUsAll

    InsideUsAll immersive

    read kpax II lately which was great, apparently theres a third too which i must get hold of..

    also reading the elegant universe by brian greene which is pretty heavy going but really interesting.

    read the 2nd book of the 'number one ladies detective agency' series 'tears of a giraffe' recently that ones real heart warming down to earth lovelyness about life in botswana.

    also read 'brave new world' recently which was wicked [aldous huxley]

    'High Society' by Ben Elton I read a while ago too and thats phenomenal, such a great point of view on the fact that governments all over the world have already lost the war on drugs - so why don't we just legalise and tax them?

    I got half way through corporation and it seemed great, but I got into something else and lost the book..

    Paulo Coelho - The Zahir - more spiritual malarky from the love meister

    and Holy Cow - a book about an ozzy womans travels around india. Really good for me as she lived in some of the places I lived so it was nostalgic, would be interesting for anyone who has never been to india who wonders what its like too.
  12. MrJustin

    MrJustin I've given money to VJForums

    ...Being a language study book as opposed to a Japanese flight manual?

    Poe's collected anthology and essay on the rationale of verse... (exams on their way!)

    London Fields by Martin Amis (for pleasure)

    Slowly working my way through an After effects tutorial book, too.

    BIOPTIX User#7

    'Dead Air' by Ian Banks. (Just getting started, it's a slow beginning but Ian Banks always seems to gather a steady momentum as he goes, by the end of the book I'm sure I'll be gripped).

    'The Process' by Brion Gysin. (Feels like I've been reading this book for months now! It's very hard to 'latch into' which is ironic when the review by William S. Burroughs reads "start to read it and you will find that it reads itself" I wish it would get a bloody move on! Inspiring wilderness walk none the less).
  14. famouswhendead

    famouswhendead VFX Generalist

    速成汉语初级教程, Intensive Chinese Comprehensive Text
  15. PilotX

    PilotX Tom syzygy, not Dan ;)

    just finished The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell (again).. possibly the semi-fictional book ever.. possibly the best explanation of why capitalism is so shite.
    and am probably going to strart on of the three Philip K Dick books I got given for my birthday shortly.. although the final part of Neil Stephensons mosr recent trilogy is available to me at the moment.. the first two books (and his one before that) are probably the best things Ive read in the last couple of years..
    nothing too serious atm though..
  16. dansmachine

    dansmachine Video. Performance. Art.

    Leni Riefenstahl - Memoiren

    Fascinating woman!
  17. USE

    USE Primal Visions

    buddhada by anne donovan. about a glaswegian painter and decorator trying to find enlightenment. not as good as it should be, but worth a read.

    my fave book recommendation: "the electric kool-aid acid test" by tom wolfe
  18. deepvisual

    deepvisual visually challenged

    The great war for civilisation - the conquest of the middle east
    Robert Fisk.

    not for the faint hearted.
  19. signal55

    signal55 robotfridge

    henry miller - sexus
  20. evomedia

    evomedia Control Freaks

    I've been reading in the last month, I have 4 hours on the train each day so a fair few;

    'The unbearable lightness of being in aberystwyth' by Malcom Price
    Also 'The Restraint of Beasts' by Magnus Mills
    and 'The curious incident of the dog in the nightime' by Mark Haddon

    Must have a thing for authors begining with M this month
  21. Grim

    Grim Visually Grim

    Hell's Angels - Hunter S Thompson. He spent a year with Hell's Angels. Very interesting read.
  22. krapolaux

    krapolaux New Member

    got in loved!

    Last time that I read the triologi of "foundation" I got in loved with one of the main characters.....she was such a nice woman, coming from a "gaia" world where the houses didnt have doors, everything was just a collective flow, she said.
    Does any body know the name of dat gurl. She was together with one old wised man...

  23. krapolaux

    krapolaux New Member


    Coelho I thought that I got the last one: 11 minutes? I never heard about Zahir? is it good? :Smoking:
  24. Nema

    Nema New Member

    All books from Terry Pratchett (Discworld Novels!)
  25. krapolaux

    krapolaux New Member

    Life of PI by Yann Martel really deep book!...
  26. VGA

    VGA ...

    I just read my council tax bill, it had an unhappy ending.
  27. revjrbobdodds

    revjrbobdodds New Member

    Rubicon Beach - Steve Erickson
  28. InsideUsAll

    InsideUsAll immersive

    yeah its an interesting read, pretty personal for the author - but so are many of his books... its about his wife vanishing whilst doing some news report in the middle east, and his quest to discover whether she was abducted or she chose to teach him a lesson in love... to be honest it was a bit fanciful but if ur into that its cool :)
  29. Grim

    Grim Visually Grim

    I, Lucifer - Glen Duncan. Just bought it, only forty pages in and shaping up to be a classic....:up:
  30. chumpnunkey

    chumpnunkey Hoof tapper

    just read this post in its entirety as it stood when I sat but I should be reading "Deleuze: Cinema 2" which is very good, and I am wanting to be reading the "electric cool aid acid test" after being reminded of it by USE at the top of the page.

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