January 16, 2013 at 6:50 pm #439January 16, 2013 at 7:24 pm #442
I wish I could homebrew, unfortunately there’s not enough room where I live, but I hobby I want to try the day we move to a bigger place.
Since we’ve lost the All The Wine moniker, perhaps we should have a thread for Beer, Wine & Liquors, Matt would get some pointers there.
Oh, I’m forgetting this is books: I’m currently reading “Yellow Bird”, finished Luke Haine’s “Bad Vibes…”, funny, a good read. Best book I read this year was Franzen’s “Freedom”, by large.January 16, 2013 at 7:33 pm #443
Best book I read this year was Franzen’s “Freedom”, by large.
Does this mean in the last 16 days, or in the last 381 days? It makes a difference to me especially considering your usual material.January 16, 2013 at 9:23 pm #453
Does this mean in the last 16 days, or in the last 381 days? It makes a difference to me especially considering your usual material.
Good point. I was thinking on 2012, but I can add those 16 days. It’s actually one of the best novels I’ve read in a while.January 17, 2013 at 5:58 am #490
Nice to hear your interested in homebrewing. If you’ve been into it a while the Designing Great Beers is an excellent one, but if you are a beginner I would highly recommend either How to Brew or The Complete Joy of Homebrewing.
I’ll stick with the novice stuff for now, then. I’m new to craft beer in general, but I’m having a good time discovering stuff.
I decided instead of doing the 52 books a year thing that some people do, I’m doing 365 short stories. Slightly behind right now, but I’ll catch up.January 17, 2013 at 5:04 pm #517
Rosemary are you the one who once upon a time recommended Ten Thousand Saints? I recently read it and thought it was amazing.January 17, 2013 at 6:44 pm #526
^Glad you liked it!
LH, what do you think of Yellow Birds? He’s a great writer, but it’s so grim.January 17, 2013 at 7:44 pm #532
LH, what do you think of Yellow Birds? He’s a great writer, but it’s so grim.
Not sure about LH, I am halfway and liking it. But it’s true that Powers’ writing is like being punched in the guts with poetry.January 18, 2013 at 12:59 am #542
Oh sorry, AI! New avatar recognition fail. I could read people’s names, but what fun is that? (Embarrassed face)January 18, 2013 at 3:56 pm #561
Nothing to be embarrassed. It’s funny how we give identity to the avatar, more than the name sometimes.January 20, 2013 at 7:27 am #613
try to finish The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann. It’s looking like infinite tv-series, but I like it.January 22, 2013 at 12:33 am #699
I’ve been giving some serious thought lately to starting Infinite Jest. It usually takes me months to read a normal book and with a 2-year old at home the only time I have to read each day is the 30-60 minutes before I go to bed, but I’m still not feeling dissuaded. Any advise from someone who is smarter than I am?January 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm #718
Jimbo, if you can find the time for book every day, just start it)
I dont like audio-books, but my ex-girlfrend always combined the papper books and audio. She used headphone when she couldnt hold the book.
and no, Im not smarter))January 22, 2013 at 6:27 pm #721
I’ve only recently started using Kobo e-books. The two big advantages are that you can access the books from any device (app on phone or ipad, Adobe Reader edition can be downloaded to desktop). So if you have a smartphone or other e-reading device, you can read a bit whenever you have down time, without having to always have your book with you. I thought of this because my friend Jerry read Infinite Jest on his iPod touch…January 22, 2013 at 8:19 pm #725
Thanks for the feedback guys. Yesterday I went out and got a paper copy of Infinite Jest mostly because of the end-notes. I’ve heard there are 200 pages of end notes and from what I’ve experienced with footnotes/endnotes on my Kindle, I’m sure I would be in hell trying to efficiently flip back and forth. Had I known about Kobo I may have reconsidered. Oh well, maybe I’ll eventually lose a pound or two due to my “old school” style with this book.
Rosemary, your friend Jerry sounds pretty disciplined. I think staring at that little electronic screen for many many hours would eventually drive me insane.
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