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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zenagain Friday, 26 Nov 2021 at 9:01pm

Forgot to add- haven't read 50 shades of grey and I can pretty much guarantee I wouldn't.

I didn't even know who E.L. James is.

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velocityjohnno Friday, 26 Nov 2021 at 9:14pm

"that romance is appealing because humans are at their most interesting in intimate situations."

what if they are not completely human?

https://www.amazon.com/Seduced-Doctor-Bigfoot-Attorney-Large-ebook/dp/B0...

https://www.amazon.com/Chuck-Tingle/e/B00SF2MTYK/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_...

If the internet could write romance...

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Constance B Gibson Wednesday, 8 Dec 2021 at 5:03pm
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blindboy Thursday, 9 Dec 2021 at 4:51pm

Just started "The Dawn of Everything" by Davod Graeber and David Wengrow. There has been a real buzz about this book which takes a very different view of the long history of humans on the planet based on the accumulated research of the last few decades. Not so much a critique of western civilisation as a demolition of its intellectual roots.

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Constance B Gibson Thursday, 9 Dec 2021 at 5:34pm

Yeah, BB...it's on my Xmas list.

Vale Graeber!

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Constance B Gibson Friday, 10 Dec 2021 at 12:24pm

A personal and wide-ranging review of the book in question...sort of.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/12/08/marxism-anarchism-and-the-dawn-o...

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Constance B Gibson Friday, 10 Dec 2021 at 7:42pm

'Execution Days: The Life and Times of Spencer P. Jones' is a new book by Patrick Emery which traces Spencer’s life, from his childhood in New Zealand through his evolution as a musician in Australia to his profound impact on those around him.
Based on over 150 interviews with Spencer and more than 150 family members, friends and bandmates, the book is also packed with a treasure trove of previously unseen photos."

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mattlock Friday, 10 Dec 2021 at 10:26pm

Looking forward to reading that one Constance.
I think it may be in my Christmas stocking already.
Spencer with the Nothing has been known to blow my mind.

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blindboy Saturday, 18 Dec 2021 at 8:29am

I just finished The Dawn Of Everything, so a few comments. First, it is a good read for anyone with an interest in prehistory or pre-european American cultures. It summarises decades of research that provide a more detailed and nuanced view than previously available to non-specialists. Second, it is not an unbiased interpretation of this material. As an activist for anarchist causes Graeber is clearly looking for evidence to support the view that humans, even in large numbers, do not need top down governance to live well.

The book starts with the claim that we are trapped in rigid top down states which depend on violence to maintain their authority. This violence is both internal through the police and judiciary and external through involvement in war. The point it then tries to make is that this was not inevitable and that we are capable of other kinds of arrangements. You can judge for yourself how successful these arguments are.

One of the book’s strongest points for me, is that it undermines the idea that humans were driven into agriculture by necessity. The research they quote demonstrates that the principles of agriculture and the knowledge necessary to implement it on a broad scale existed for thousands of years during which it was a supplement to foraging and hunting. Huge densely populated cities were built during this time. A further strong point is the wealth of cultural detail they include. The degree of human creativity revealed by this is inspirational and if it does not lead to anarchism, it should at least encourage deep thought about why the world is currently dominated by such powerful destructive cultures. It was not always so.

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Blowin Saturday, 18 Dec 2021 at 1:06pm

The premise was a dead give away of a bullshit book. I can’t believe you paid that grifter to promote his divisive hate speech rubbish.

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blindboy Saturday, 18 Dec 2021 at 1:27pm

Ha ha the literary critic who doesn't bother to read the book!

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Blowin Saturday, 18 Dec 2021 at 1:53pm

Sometimes you just know.

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Roystein Sunday, 2 Jan 2022 at 6:25pm

On a bit of a roll at the moment with holiday vibes providing some more time and space.
Dave Grohl’s The Storyteller - some interesting insight into one of the best musicians I believe of the last 20 years, pretty simply written but worth a look just for the anecdotes of who this bloke has crossed paths with during his life and the Kurt Cobain section was interesting. He also genuinely shares his gratitude for how music has allowed him to live his dream. P
Eddie Jaku - The Happiest Man on Earth. Please read this book. A remarkable story of a beautiful human and a reminder of love, humanity and friendships weaved against the backdrop of atrocity after atrocity. A stark reminder to be happy and have love in your heart. A book I am so grateful to have been gifted and one I will recommend to many.

I am also re-reading one of the key books from my childhood, The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay. Love this book so much.

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mikehunt207 Monday, 3 Jan 2022 at 10:04am

Have a look for 'A Pirate Of Exquisite Mind' by Diana and Michael Preston
The life of William Dampier - Explorer, Naturalist and Bucaneer
Amazing what this guy did and where he went , first person to circumnavigate the world multiple times, landed in WA 80years before Cook .
Total Hellman
Another one I just finished 'the Ghost & The Bounty Hunter' by Adam Courtenay (Bryce Courtenay,s son)
About William Buckley an escaped convict who lived with the Aboriginals of the Kulin nation around Geelong circa 1800 and John Batman who came to establish Melbourne circa 1835, very interesting.

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mattlock Friday, 7 Jan 2022 at 6:29pm

I concur on the Dampier book mike. A great read.
I especially loved the 17th century advice for treatment of constipation which involved the use of a well oiled spoon.

Have you read any Simon Winchester?