what are we reading right now?

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root_vegetable
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Dear all,
Please share what you are currently reading! Anything goes really (within reason).
I will start:
Kokoro by Natsume Koseki
Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk
Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell
And the weak suffer what they must? by Yannis Varoufakis

Alij
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The Iliad.

albertoefg
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1984 - George Orwell

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>1984 - George Orwell

My *favorite* since I first read it when I was 15. I think I've read that book 10 times. Not the *best* book though, the best is Master and Margarita.

Obviously, both are overshadowed by the greatest book of them all, the one I'm reading now, the Sdrump's one, aka "How to build a great wall on the Southern border and make Mexico pay for it".

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Maybe the Donald will ask the United Fruit Company to help make the Mexicans see sense.

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As a mexican I can say you made me laugh loool

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Mangy Dog

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Jade that's a killer!
*brilliant ;-o

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Now that's what I call art!
+1 jaded

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root_vegetable
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that is a sweet, sweet lego model.
now we just need a lego mural of stallman and a gnu.
bro

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loooool

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_1984_ is a classic. I reread it right after the Snowden revelations - made for interesting reading for sure. I also highly recommend _Animal Farm_ of course.

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Orwell ;-)..i remember reading all his books at the age 13 but i was a real bookworm at the time..and really did enjoy Hommage to Catalonia.

some good travel books here
https://trisquel.info/fr/forum/dumb-cars#comment-94339
https://trisquel.info/fr/forum/dumb-cars#comment-94340
https://trisquel.info/fr/forum/dumb-cars#comment-94341

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SuperTramp83

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This one ->

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root_vegetable
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The clam with a plan.
Don't scald the Donald.

Mangy Dog

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he must be pulling your leg !

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Moi, aussi

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I downloaded it from Library Genesis.
It sounds like it is written by a drunk person, but really we know that Trump probably was sober when it was written (or maybe he was high on his the sound of his own voice).
The book has a chapter devoted to climate change denial. This is completely mad, and Trump's self-proclaimed expertise is fatally undermined by him boasting about how he helped the Scottish ecomomy by blocking the building of wind turbines to protect his pathetic and ugly golf courses.

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A couple of books right now...
"The Geography of Nowhere" by James Kunstler
"Minifarming Bible" by Brett Markham
"C: Novice to Professional" by Ivor Horton

I especially recommend Kunstler's book-- it's a pretty eye-opening look at America's everyday environments.

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I'm not reading anything at the moment (unless you count Xkcd and Sandra & Woo), but the last major thing I was reading was Nara a couple months ago. It started to get kind of repetitive, though, so I stopped reading after somewhere between the 5th and 9th volumes, IIRC (I don't remember exactly where I stopped).

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I bought a new book.
How the world works by Noam Chomsky
This book is a collection of material based on interviews and articles by Chomsky. It is a good introduction to Chomsky's political observations and ideology.

Here is a good page for getting DRM-free ebooks: https://www.defectivebydesign.org/guide/ebooks
Highlights for me are the University of Adelaide's eBook collection, project Gutenberg, and the Internet Archive text. Library Genesis is good too (but probably best to pay it a visit via Tor, as it may be blocked).

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That is a good website. I have no idea how they "source" their ebooks though. Perhaps they find them in fields or delivered by kind old storks.
I feel kind of bad getting ebooks from such sites though. I would like to support the authors but not if it means through Amazon, which are pretty awful towards publishers and authors anyway.

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I'm on a Solzhenitsyn kick these days. Just started reading _Cancer Ward_. Before that, _One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich_ and _The Gulag Archipelago_. Makes me really ashamed of having had communist leanings when I was younger.

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Solzhenitsyn is propaganda.

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If you had left-wing leanings there is nothing to be ashamed of, but it is important to not defend Russian authoritarianism. There have always been leftwing groups that condemn Marxist-Leninism outright; figures such as Noam Chomsky give us an alternative - an ideology that promotes liberty over authoritarianism. Chomsky's website has some books that are freely available online: https://chomsky.info/books/ and here http://www.openculture.com/2014/05/read-9-books-by-noam-chomsky-free-online.html

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The problem is not communism neither liberalism. But people who abuse the power. And I think both systems bring the possibility to abuse, only that one more than the other.

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Have you read the introduction to 1984? Orwell says, don't feel too smug, people of England! The governement does not need a secret police because fringe voices and opinions are usually kept to themselves due to social expectations.
It is liberty without socialism, whereas Soviet Russia was socialism without liberty. The latter is often worse, as it tends towards petty corruption and random and coordinated acts of violence and cruelty. The former merely tends towards the great wealth being put in the hands of great business conglomerates as opposed to the Red Bureacracy. Neither are much progress towards social change.

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I finished Kokoro. I cried at the end, truly from the heart. Now I am reading another of Sōseki's books, Botchan, and later The Three-Cornered World (Kusamakura in the latest translation). I also finished Homage to Catalonia and have started The Battle For Spain by Antony Beevor. It is a very accomplished account of the Spanish Civil War, and apparently there is a good edition in Spanish.

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Listening to Brothers Karamazov on ebook.

Alij
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The bible. ;)