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Я люблю ГУЛаг !★☭
Сибирь на всю жизнь !
I like coffee and cigarettes, I like Tom Waits and my ASLR camera.
When I read Asimov, I loved Salvor Hardin, but I vouched for The Mule.
Huxley, Orwell, Gaiman, Abnett, Pretchett, Hemingway, Pullman, Lewis, Zinn, these sorts of things.
Do you ever have a problem where you just don’t know how to reply to an argument, not because you don’t know the answer, but you just don’t know where to begin? Like, the foundation of knowledge you’d need to impart to this person before you could even begin to drag them out of their sinkhole of ignorance would cost thousands of dollars if it were coming from a university?
I know this feeling all too well.
This is a repost of an earlier instagram share, but I’d like to tell you more about these. This isn’t exactly my top ten books, but rather a selection of ten books out of my top twenty, namely, those I actually possess and were not lent at the time. An actual top 10 would include Pratt’s Ballad of the Salt Sea over Bilal’s Nikopol Trilogy for example, and among other things.
Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman Good Omens
If you haven’t read this one, try it. It’s a hilarious fantastic comedy. The book starts when the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley are tasked with watching over the antichrist to raise him in order to prepare for the upcoming apocalypse. But as the Armageddon closes and events unfold, both realise there has been a mistake at the maternity and the babies were swapped. Starts a chase for the real antichrist.
Primo Levi Se questo è un uomo
This one was a high school read but I’ve reread it many times. It’s a frightening insight of nazi extermination cap through Primo Levi’s autobiographic tale of survival.
One of the few translated books here, as I didn’t read in Italian at all then, and I still don’t well enough to do it without the help of a translation on the side.
Robert Merle Malevil
Malevil tells the tale of a groupe of grown up childhood friends who survive atomic extermination thanks to topography protecting them from the blast and shockwave, and organise their survival while settling in restaured medieval castle of Malevil. The action takes place at an unspecified time, but somewhere between mid sixties and late senventies.
Definitely not the best Merle’s novel but one very hooking and which I have reread at least twenty times in the last ten years without ever getting sick of it. Other books by Merle include the very frightening La Mort est mon Metier or the disturbing Week-End à Zuydcoote. He also takes on the survival theme in another novel: L’Île, which is inspired by the mutiny on HMS Bounty in 1789.
Georges Orwell Nineteen Eighty-Four
I’m not gonna bother introducing this one. A real classic, visionary when it was first published in the late fourties, scarily acurate 65 years laters regarding constant surveillance and which is to be regarded next to Huxley’s Brave New World and Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 for a more global picture.
Ernesto “Che” Guevara Notas de Viaje
The journal of the man who was not yet the Che, during his first trip accross Southern America in the early fifties. Although I liked the journal style, it was not very well written (which Guevara acknowledges himself) but is very interesting on a historical point of view.
Another translation, I don’t read in spanish at all.
William Shakespeare Much Ado About Nothing
An incredibly funny play by the bard, much lighter than the grim Hamlet or Macbeth, set in Messina, Italy. Almost a farce, it would now be classifie as a “romantic comedy” or a “chick flick” but I assure you men will enjoy it as well.
It was adapted twice for the screen. Once by Kenneth Branagh in 1993 and staring Emma Thompson, Branagh, Robert Sean Leonard and Demzel Washington. Another in 2012 by Joss Whedon, starring Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Clark Gregg and Reed Diamond. Both adaptations reprise shakespeare text almost verbatim (small adaptations were made) and I heartily recommend them.
Gilles Dowek Les Métamorphoses du Calcul, Une étonnante histoire des mathématiques
This is a short history of mathematics, and mostly of demonstration in mathematics, and of how it relates to philosophy. Throughout the age, the greatest mathematicians were, after all, philosophers or poets: Pythagoras, al-Khwārizmī, al-Kāshī, Descartes, Pascal…
This one is a delight to anyone who is interested by mathematics, science, and the philosophy that governs them. It won the Grand Prix de Philosphie by the Académie Française in 2007.It can get technical sometimes but is very well vulgarized and accessible even to non-scientific (it is, after all, a history and philosophy book regarding mathematics, not a mathematicc book) although it is clearly directed at people with a scientific education.
Unfortunately, as far as I know, it hasn’t been translated to English.
Howard Zinn A People’s History of the United States
This one was one of my textbooks when I was studying American Civilization through my Modern Languages cursus a couple years ago. More used to High School teachings of History, I was quite surprised by the contents of this book which tends to be very critical of the establishment and tackles issues such as the Native American’s genocide, slavery, racial segregation or the Vietnam war.
Enki Bilal La Trilogie Nikopol
A graphic novel in three volumes, the Nikopol trilogy is made up of three parts: La Foire aux Immortels (The Carnival of Immortals), La Femme Piège (The Woman Trap) and Froid Equateur (Equator Cold) and is available in English if you don’t read French.
It’s a fantastic fable taking place in a post-nuclear apocalypse Paris involving a fasict government, intervention from Egyptian Gods and centered on a guy coming back on earth after a 30 years long cryogenic emprisonment sentance and trying to get his shit together.
Rudyard Kipling Just So Stories for Little Children (illustrated by Kelek)
Just So Stories, if you don’t know them, is a collection of short stories written by Kipling for his daughter. He illustrated them himslf but in this version, beautiful pictures by French drawer Kelek were added.
This book, actually, this edition, matters a lot to me, as my father used to read them to me as bed time stories when i was a little boy. He would sit behind me, I’d cuddle up against him and he’d read while I’d gaze at Kelek’s drawings.
I don’t know that an English edition with her drawings has been ublished but if it has, or if you can otherwise get your hand on a French edition with them, do. They are quite amazing andI still read the Just So Stories every so often just to enjoy them.
These illustrations are the reason Kipling made it in this list over any other children’s book I may have enjoy in the past.
I don’t pose for just any magazine. I also wouldn’t be caught dead in my intimates without my copy of Subterranean Fire. Labor History, Radical Unionism and Fight Back? Yeah, you got it, that’s what gets me hot.
Aced my 2 hrs English test in less than 45min so I’m #NowReading Howard #Zinn People’s History of the US, the chapter regarding G.W. Bush’s presidency and war on terror.
My landlady is a crazy old hag, but she lets me use the garden at will. I’m gonna spend a cool afternoon with a drink and a smoke. Cheers. #Asimov #Gauloises
Fuck Dorkins and his stans.
Lmao I still see dudes from the science/atheist side of tumblr reblogging this mofo like he the poetic prince of logic.
I used to kind of like Dawkins.
Then I realised he was a sexist, classist, racist pig. Might kind of explain why atheists have such a bad name in the US, you know, beyond the religious extremism of some religious people.
They all think they’re better than the rest, when in fact, a lot of them are the lowest of the low.
People like Dawkins make me question my identification as an atheist although I definitely believe there is no higher power beyond the “random numbers of the universe” which are actually not random I think, only unpredictable.
'cause I'd rather masturbate with you.
I hold you in high esteem if you get this joke.
I understand this reference
Oh! Bird puns!
Alright, alright, going with the crow theme — did you know, the only real difference between crows and ravens is that crows have five pinion feathers, and that ravens only have four.
So the difference between a crow and a raven? Well, that’s a matter of…..