7 books you will psyche on and should totally read: What Youth

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stunet started the topic in Monday, 17 Feb 2014 at 9:08am

Here's a list that gladdens. What Youth and "7 books you will psyche on and should totally read."

http://www.whatyouth.com/2014/02/14/radical-class-2/?id=16859

I often bemoan the fact that good writing is a dying art. It ain't necessarily true but it sometimes feels that way. The yoof, it always seemed to me, could buy a Canikon for a couple hunge, flood the 'net with images, and call 'emselves artists - easy! But unlike photography there's no shortcut to good writing: no autofocus, no colour correcting software - it's hard fucken work. And the first step toward it is to read lots and lots of great writers. So yeah, glad to see the yoof - What Yoof! - spruiking seven good books. Bit limited in scope and style but a good list nonetheless.

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DudeSweetDudeSweet Thursday, 26 May 2022 at 2:14pm
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Flollo…..you’re bristling too. Like I said,not all immigrants carrying the burden of the resentment but some do.
Plenty of expat surfers in Indo who resent the Indonesians. The same can be said of some people who’ve moved to Australia. It’s a psychological outcome and I don’t think it’s even based on anything said or done by the respective natives in any country.

You get the same result a certain percentage of times when any people contain feelings within themselves that they aren’t 100% included in community. It’s not too unusual for in laws to feel this way at a large gathering of blood relatives. Same deal.

This is true, I know people like this. Some very old, lived here for 40-50 years.

For sure. Often they aren’t even consciously aware of the resentment themselves and will often frame it as a dislike of “bogans” or some other euphemistic code word to disguise their intimidation/ despise of anyone who is overtly culturally Australian.

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Constance B Gibson Thursday, 26 May 2022 at 2:14pm

"Overtly culturally Australian." What the fuck does this even mean? For reals??

Pigeon chess wears real thin, real quick. Time for a counterie...with my fellow surfing natives. The good ones.

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DudeSweetDudeSweet Thursday, 26 May 2022 at 2:17pm

Be sure to mention how parochially dedicated you are to certain types of Aussie beer. Another bit of overcompensating you can’t resist.

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DudeSweetDudeSweet Thursday, 26 May 2022 at 2:19pm

"Overtly culturally Australian." What the fuck does this even mean? For reals??

It doesn’t take too much nouse to understand this concept. You might understand if you ask someone smarter than yourself. Ask the chick behind the bar. Or anyone else .

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Constance B Gibson Thursday, 26 May 2022 at 2:20pm

You?

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DudeSweetDudeSweet Thursday, 26 May 2022 at 2:24pm

Yes mate.

I even typed that slowly so you could keep up.

Anyway….you run along and get that kids serve nuggets and chips. Don’t drink too many fire engines or you’ll wet your big boy pants again.

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Constance B Gibson Thursday, 26 May 2022 at 2:32pm

Sandy vagina? Fucking vibrants? Little boy stuff? Fagto? (Un)Australiana?

Hey pattern MAN, seeing any lately?

Burp. Parp. True blue.

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Constance B Gibson Thursday, 26 May 2022 at 6:54pm

Whoah, and don't forget the 'joos' and the pedos either, you patriotic, pattern-seeking, manly man, you!

Muppet show!

Anyway, some poetry for the masses.

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goofyfoot Thursday, 26 May 2022 at 8:10pm
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I Just finished 'Out of the Forest' - the story of Geoffrey Peel Smith. Described on the cover as 'The true story of a recluse'. Some may be familiar with the story - it featured as an episode on Australian Story (ABC) sometime last year. An incredible story. Mostly how he survived the decade long self-imposed battering in the hills of Goonengerry, and to come out of that and slowly rebuild health and a meaningful connection with society. I wonder if any swellnetters in the Byron region may have encountered this man, probably wandering the roadside, drunk in a park, or sleeping on the beach. Anyway, it's a worthy read.

Thanks for recommending this greenjam, finished it a few weeks ago.
Couldn’t help myself from feeling very sorry for him for the life he endured when he was a kid. No one should have to go through that. It was pretty moving and emotional in some parts.
I know people make their own choices when they are adults but in situations like that you can’t blame them.
Anyway stoked to see how he ended up.

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Paul McD Thursday, 26 May 2022 at 8:51pm
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Just have a squiz at the Indigenous thread, Flollo.

Same old, same old.

But we're getting there DESPITE some.

Wait…you think this is about me?

Yeah, nah.

We are trying to understand the chip on your shoulder.

There’s been a few screaming instances , such as when you went on the one man crusade to show that the Oz rock scene of the 80’s was built around people from the UK.

No one , and I mean no one , gives a fuck about that stuff except a British expat with a chip on their shoulder. You kept posting examples but no one replied because no one would everthink to care except a little boy who felt he didn’t fit in amongst a nation of Australians. There’s been many examples.

Hey …maybe I’m wrong ? Maybe there’s another reason you carry resentment so proudly?

You being a creepy stalker again Blowin? Fuck you're a weirdo. There should be a registry for bottom dwellers like you.

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Constance B Gibson Thursday, 26 May 2022 at 9:24pm

Does he even fool himself these days?

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Constance B Gibson Thursday, 26 May 2022 at 10:30pm

I'm sure I've got some Baldwin kicking around in one of these boxes.

“What they see is a disastrous, continuing, present condition which menaces them, and for which they bear an inescapable responsibility. But since, in the main, they seem to lack the energy to change this condition, they would rather not be reminded of it. They are dimly, or vividly, aware that the history they have fed themselves is mainly a lie, but they do not know how to release themselves from it, and they suffer enormously from the resulting personal incoherence.” - James Baldwin

https://ideas.ted.com/why-saying-i-dont-see-race-at-all-just-makes-racis...

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blackers Friday, 21 Oct 2022 at 8:28pm
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https://www.laweekly.com/kid-congo-powers-shares-angeleno-punk-history-b...

Fun read that, interesting time. Cheers.

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seeds Friday, 21 Oct 2022 at 9:39pm

That’s wet my appetite. I’m looking for a new book.

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batfink Monday, 24 Oct 2022 at 9:57am
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Does he even fool himself these days?

Constance, he has disappeared into ever-tightening circles of braggadocio, regurgitation, self-affirmation and the absolute necessity of ‘always-rightism’.

A person more dedicated to closing his mind I have not met. An idiot’s idiot.

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DudeSweetDudeSweet Monday, 24 Oct 2022 at 12:42pm
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Constance B Gibson wrote:

Does he even fool himself these days?

Constance, he has disappeared into ever-tightening circles of braggadocio, regurgitation, self-affirmation and the absolute necessity of ‘always-rightism’.

A person more dedicated to closing his mind I have not met. An idiot’s idiot.

Any truth to the rumour that CSR are seeking mining rights to the granular mineral deposits accumulated in your big ol’ vagina Batfink?

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stunet Monday, 24 Oct 2022 at 12:43pm

Cormac McCarthy's latest comes out tomorrow, sounds good too.

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DudeSweetDudeSweet Monday, 24 Oct 2022 at 12:45pm

It’s getting good reviews. 16 years since his last!

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stunet Thursday, 27 Oct 2022 at 8:31am

While waiting for McCarthy's latest I picked up the latest Quarterly Essay, this one called 'Uncivil Wars: How Contempt Is Corroding Democracy' by Waleed Aly and Scott Stephens. Regular listeners to The Minefield will know what's in store, this is largely a written version of the recent live podcast they did.

That podcast and this book - or at least an abridged version of it - should be required reading for anyone who wants to weigh into public debate. Much as The Gruen Transfer peers behind the curtain of advertising, offering a neutral yet insightful view of the dark art of marketing, so too do Aly and Stephens impartially dissect the nature of public debate, why it seems so treacherous and how to rescue it.

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freeride76 Thursday, 27 Oct 2022 at 8:35am

Yeah, I really enjoyed that essay./

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thermalben Monday, 28 Nov 2022 at 7:36am

Finally got around to reading Batavia (Peter Fitz). What an incredible story, from an incredible time, in an incredible part of the world.

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andy-mac Monday, 28 Nov 2022 at 7:45am

Just finished Tim Baker's book Patting the Shark.
Very courageous writing and moving inspiring real life story. Grew up reading his stories in Tracks and SL, and a number of his books. We just did an Australia trip with family partly inspired by his book Safari. Well worth read. Hope you are still doing great if reading this Tim.

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Lachlan Mckenzie Monday, 28 Nov 2022 at 11:40am

What I love about reading is that I stumbled on this thread and didn't realise that it started over 6 years ago, all timeless recommendations.

Life and Fate-Vasily Grossman
100 years of solitude- Gabriel Garcia Marques
Breath- Tim Winton
The Invisible Man- HG Wells
Pilgrim- Tim Findlay

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Wilhelm Scream Wednesday, 7 Dec 2022 at 12:43pm
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