Sunday, May 04, 2014

Reading Week - Books Edition



As Reading Week draws to a close here on Infomaniac, we'd like to know what you're reading, what you've recently read and can recommend, and what you're looking forward to reading.


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38 comments:

  1. I'am reading :
    Hubert WOLF: Die Nonnen von Sant'Ambrogio, 1. Auflage, München 2013.

    I was reading :
    Peggy GUGGENHEIM: Ich habe alles gelebt / Out of this century, Bern und München, 3. Auflage 1980.
    I can recommend it.

    Don't know what will be next, I have no reading plan.

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    1. Oh sorry: YAY - first !

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    2. MAGO: “The Nuns of Sant'ambrogio”… A true, never-before-told story of poison, murder, and lesbian initiation rites in a nineteenth century convent-discovered by the world's leading papal scholar in a secret Vatican archive.

      Thank you! I must read this book.

      I’d also like to read “Le Vatican indiscret” by Caroline Pigozzi. I can’t find a German translation. Here’s a French link.

      It must be difficult to read that biography while you’re wearing your Peggy Guggenheim sunglasses

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    3. Interview with her.
      I only have MsScarlet's papermache version, extra large so that I can wear them over my real glasses ...

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    4. MAGO: Thank you for the interview link with Caroline Pigozzi.

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    1. It's a "Unentschieden", we were there in the same minute.

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  3. right now I'm reading The Sportwriter by Richard Ford and recently finished Under the Net by Iris Murdoch. I recommend Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie

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    1. TOPHER: You have eclectic tastes!

      I’m still hoping to read another book that you recommended, previously: “Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them.”

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    2. i sent a friend request to salman & he has ignored it. sigh.

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    3. NORMA: He hasn’t returned my calls either.

      Don’t go fishing for a reply. It’s hard to get salman on the line. Geddit?

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  4. Between reading newspapers, having sex and reading the Infomaniac who has time to read books? No, the last book I read was about a month ago- Quentin Crisp's The Naked Civil Servant- an entertaining read.

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    1. MISTRESS MADDIE: With lines like, "As soon as I stepped out of my mother's womb ... I realized that I had made a mistake."... it's a page-turner.

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    2. And with lines like " I never bought newspapers, for fear that people might think that I liked what went on in the world, and long ago given up listening to the radio the moment that I realized that it was always going to be jolly without ever being witty" Some days I agree with that.

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    3. My mantra for life: “Without knowing it, I was acquiring that haughty bearing which is characteristic of so many eccentrics. What other expression would you expect to find on the face of anyone who knows that if he turns his head too quickly, he will see on the faces of others glares of stark terror or grimaces of hatred? Aloofness is the posture of self-defence.”
      Jx

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    4. JON: We need to do a post on mantras and mottos.

      Or Quentin Crisp…actually, didn’t YOU post about him not too long ago?

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    5. Not recently - but here and here... Jx

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    6. God love Quentin.


      "An autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last installment missing."

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    7. I wish I'd been there for the Quentin Crisp look-alike contest.

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    8. mj: you weren't there?
      and here i thought you'd won.

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    9. NORMA: Just because I can rock an ascot doesn’t mean I look like Quentin Crisp.

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  5. An author friend of mine, Dale Allen, has a book out that I still haven't read. It is doing quite well both by sales and reviews. It's titled "A Prayer for the Devil", I really need to read it to save me from the social embarrassment I'll reap if I do not...!

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    1. WALLY: Speaking of the Catholic priesthood…

      Hop to it or you'll have to do penance.

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  6. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

    PS: May the 4th be with you!

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    1. LX: Are you reading it to a friend?

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  7. I've been downloading books onto my kindle for my forthcoming sojourn, The Queen And I by the recently departed Sue Townsend, mocking the royal family is always a great hoot, a couple of Beryl Bainbridges (very gossipy) some H E Bates and the works of Frances Hodgson Burnett. I hope nobody feels intimidated by my highbrow reads.

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    1. We all guessed you were "A Little Princess"... Jx

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    2. MITZI: All British authors.

      I raise my teacup.

      I don’t see why you need a Kindle for your voyage instead of packing your steam trunk full of novels. Isn’t that what your maid Carmen is for?

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    3. A Lady Of Quality, if you please, Jon.

      Not all British MJ, I have a few Brendan O'Carrolls stored in the cloud.

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    4. MITZI: Thanks to a recommendation by you previously, I’m reading my way through Brendan O’Carroll’s “Agnes Browne Trilogy.”

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  8. Don't any of these people have towels that can put down?

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    1. PEENEE: Their secret?

      Slipcovers.

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  9. i'm about done with a crappy hotel memoir, "heads in beds." another recently taught me that averell harriman founded sun valley ski resort and a david susskind bio wasn't all that bad.

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    1. NORMA: Thanks for the heads-up about the “Heads in Beds” book as I was undecided about whether or not to read it, based on mixed reviews.

      Usually I like industry tell-alls such as "Kitchen Confidential" but this one sounded iffy.

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  10. I am stuck with a Rosie Thomas book [Strangers]... the beginning was good... but now I'm wondering if I'll bother finishing it... I loathe this sort of conundrum.
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    1. MISS SCARLET: Put the book down NOW!

      My guideline is that if the book hasn’t intrigued me by the end of Chapter 2, I put it down.

      I am about to read “Look Who It Is! Alan Carr: My Story.” I am in need of a larf and who better than the “Chatty Man” to give it to me.

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  11. I think I need the Chatty Man as an antidote! This Rosie Thomas book is rather gloomsome.
    Sx

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