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The Death & Life of Great American Cities - torn between "Jane Jacobs has some real interesting ideas regarding dynamic structure which could be applied to many different areas of life" and "Jane Jacobs admires the hustle & bustle of urban landscapes in a way that feels dated but I can't quite put my finger on it"

Capital as Power - good shit, very dense. Makes me want to read Veblen next in my economic research

Creative Evolution (in french, just started)

Che Guevara's Guerilla Warfare (this shit is tight) ((on a purely academic level of course))

Sanity, Madness & The Family by R D Laing (they should put a trigger warning on this shit yo)

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top books of 2020, in no particular order:

deleuze & guattari - anti-oedipus

oswald spengler - decline of the west (probably the only thing from my "absorb the alt right's reading list so i can better critique them" project that was actually interesting)

karl marx - capital 1/2/3 (a real slog to get through but i'm glad i did)

che guevara - guerilla warfare (do i get the t-shirt now?)

90s nick land/ccru/accelerationist shit (nothing in particular, just the overall vibe)

the world as will & representation (strong disagree with his conclusions but it's beautifully written)

jacques ellul - propaganda (scary shit)

hp lovecraft (again more just the overall vibe)

 

i read close to 100 books this year though so i'm probably fogetting a lot of really big ones

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worst book: xenofeminist manifesto. early 2010s was truly a garbage aesthetic now that we have some distance from it

 

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recently:

an audiobook of thorstein veblen's theory of the leisure class

kenneth waltz's theory of international politics

jacques ellul's the technological society

rereading a thousand plateaus (opening to completely random pages each time, as suggested)

randomly flipping thru marx's grundrisse, various works of aristotle, lacan, heidegger in similar fashion

also a bunch of pdfs on evolutionary biology, systems theory, the history of the mp3 file format

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i'd like to read the three body problem at some point. in general i want to expose myself to more chinese media to get a better sense of the country. it feels weird that they make up like 1/5th of the global population & yet the only exposure i get to the culture is through propaganda (both kinds).

also it'd be nice to read some fiction. not counting the hp lovecraft story collection, i think the last fiction book i read was neuromancer back in 2019

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2 minutes ago, Alcofribas said:

@Cryptowen nice to see someone digging Ellul, he’s underrated imo. absolutely love his crotchety vibe. 

i've really enjoyed what i've read of his so far! "crotchety" is definitely a fitting word (there's this prevalent feeling of "oh right this was the shit that had ted kaczynski trippin" throughout), but at the same time it all feels very insightful. i remember when i was reading propaganda last spring there were several points where i had to take breaks, it was making me so uncomfortable.

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5 minutes ago, Cryptowen said:

i've really enjoyed what i've read of his so far! "crotchety" is definitely a fitting word (there's this prevalent feeling of "oh right this was the shit that had ted kaczynski trippin" throughout), but at the same time it all feels very insightful. i remember when i was reading propaganda last spring there were several points where i had to take breaks, it was making me so uncomfortable.

yeah he's incredibly ahead of his time in many ways. he has some tedious works (he loves to complain about marxism) but his books on technology are so good. i hadn't read his stuff in a long time but last year i picked up "the political illusion" which i'd had on my shelf for years and i was like "damn this mf could see into the future."

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*book has pattern, system, or organization in the title*

my brain: bru u should go talk to her

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i've started in on Jean Gebser's The Ever-Present Origin. Liking it so far. Reminds me a lot of Spengler, but with a stronger emphasis on the systematizing potentials revealed by aesthetic development, and less emphasis on the inevitable decline of large societies

 

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Just finished Curzio Malaparte's "Kaputt" , in which the author alternates descriptions of lavish dinners with ambassadors, noblemen and high ranking Nazis with stories about atrocities he witnessed as a war correspondent on the Eastern front.

Not a fun read, but very good.

The sequel (sort of), "The Skin", about the American invasion of Italy in 1943, is also very good and a bit less heavy.

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22 hours ago, Cryptowen said:

just cracked open some pareto, gettin real computerbrain vibes from him so far

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i mean just look at those machineman eyes of his

Vilfredo_Pareto_1870s2.jpg

 

Pareto is a super interesting dude who would definitely be on /b/ a lot these days.

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