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Old 02-05-2017   #551
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I am reading and very much enjoying E.F. Schumacher's A Guide for the Perplexed. I can't think it would be everyone's cup of tea, but I am significantly more than half in sympathy with it.

He seems to have been an interesting person. When I hear that someone was Chief Economic Advisor to the British Coal Board for twenty years, I don't immediately imagine that they would write a book that leans heavily on Scholastic philosophy, quoting Aquinas, Plotinus, Dante, Viktor Frankl, and many others, and talking about the likes of Edgar Cayce and Emanuel Swedenborg.

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I'm currently dipping into Scarred for Life, a fat and hugely enjoyable survey of the darker side of popular culture in the UK in the 1970s. For anyone who was a kid (or in their teens as I was) during that period this will ring a lot of bells. Obviously many of the items (especially the TV series and films) have been written about before but there is some obscure stuff (especially in the comics, games and, er, snacks sections) and it's a treat to have it all in one handy, enthusiastic and fact-packed volume.
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This could be fun ...

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Quote Originally Posted by xylokopos View Post

Trevanian, Shibumi

This might appear to be an idiosynchratic choice, but I honestly think that it is a work of genius. Managing to write a popular adventure story, a best-seller, which is at the same time a parody, a critique and an exemplar of an entire genre is an awe-inspiring accomplishment. I have never read anything else that is simultaneously so utterly ludicrous and so uniquely sublime.
I would like to second this recommendation!

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Through the Woods by Emily Carroll.

A fine book.

"Discover a terrifying world in the woods in this collection of five hauntingly beautiful graphic stories."

I commend it to the House
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The three-volume hardcover edition of Trakl's works in English in a translation by James Reidel:






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