#17321
reading an article by filc called The medical text: between biomedicine and hegemony, which is a fantastic description and analysis of the power bloc of the medical industry (with particular focus on i$sraeli hegemony). nothing really novel in the article from a political point of view, but its quite a good read.
#17322
Reading Molotov Remembers, a collection of interviews from a guy who defined Stalin-era foreign policy. A good primary source with some laughs.


#17323
From my limited knowledge Molotov probably should've succeeded Stalin imo tbqh omg my bff jill.
#17324
well he managed to get owned by khruschev cant imagine him not getting owned by y*nks lol
#17325
That book was so fun to read. The editor for the book sucks so if you read it just skip his introduction and chapter openings.
#17326

dimashq posted:

That book was so fun to read. The editor for the book sucks so if you read it just skip his introduction and chapter openings.


I read this somewhere, makes the editor seem even worse: Apparently the Russian version is a whole 800 pages and the English version was cut down substantially to around 400.

#17327

tears posted:

"black metal: evolution of the cult" by dAyal patterson


ok i finished this, it was good but i got bored around page 500 and skimmed the pages on industrial black metal and post-black, they felt tacked on anyway

#17328
Felix chuev also had a similar collection of interviews with Kaganovich that sadly haven't been translated, besides some very brief excerpts here
#17329

serafiym posted:

dimashq posted:

That book was so fun to read. The editor for the book sucks so if you read it just skip his introduction and chapter openings.

I read this somewhere, makes the editor seem even worse: Apparently the Russian version is a whole 800 pages and the English version was cut down substantially to around 400.



Interesting. If that’s true, then I wonder what got cut. Thinking about the book again, I wonder how much of the translation itself was dishonest. Like that quote above about how hitler never understood marxists, how much did the anticommunist translator really understand the subtleties and nuances of a Russian speaking Marxist statesman... different universes honestly. The book is fun regardless.

#17330

tears posted:

tears posted:


"black metal: evolution of the cult" by dAyal patterson


ok i finished this, it was good but i got bored around page 500 and skimmed the pages on industrial black metal and post-black, they felt tacked on anyway


those are essentially tacked on developments of black metal so you made the correct decision

#17331


https://clinton.presidentiallibraries.us/items/show/57568
#17332
reading braudel's the mediterranean and the mediterranean world in the age of philip II. also fermenting some kimchi and my kitchen smells like sulphur
#17333

88888 posted:

reading braudel's the mediterranean and the mediterranean world in the age of philip II. also fermenting some kimchi and my kitchen smells like sulphur



I've started reading that book before. I love the riff at the beginning about how settlements up in the mountains always used to escape state authority and cultural change. I should pick it up again sometime, the last time I read it my French was pretty weak.

#17334
I found that Braudel book at a used bookstore and decided against it at the time cus it was like $15. I checked for it again a week later and it was gone
#17335
https://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sr7aj2
https://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sr8b1a
Read these from the MCG, having fun imagining a Kirbyian Watcher who has memorized every letter lenin ever wrote writing them.

Reading Being&Nothingness now, not much of a background in philosophy so tip toeing through it. Seems on one hand a little speculative and self-help-y. But then I think of all the people I know who very clearly don't believe in their own free will and are losers for it and think maybe an important intervention.
#17336

dimashq posted:

I found that Braudel book at a used bookstore and decided against it at the time cus it was like $15. I checked for it again a week later and it was gone


not buying a book when you see it for some dumb reason and then regretting it later is a real emotional rollercoaster

#17337
im reading "choosing death: the improbable history of death metal and grindcore" by albert mudrin (2004). it was described as the death & grind equivalent to black metal: evolution of the cult, but it is not, its half as long, tries to cover twice as much, is confusing and poorly structured in comparison, theres very little about grindcore, and to top it all the photo labels are at 90 degrees to the picture orientation (clown design), all in all just way less interesting (insert death metal joke here)
#17338
Read a memoir from a Vietnamese communist revolutionary and plantation worker, short but really powerful

http://www.ohioswallow.com/book/The+Red+Earth
#17339

Populares posted:

From my limited knowledge Molotov probably should've succeeded Stalin imo tbqh omg my bff jill.


I thought about this once and picked Mikhail Suslov but it also kinda felt like playing with Magic cards except with Soviet officials.

#17340
Starting a Zettelkasten note system using zettlr for my future reading because all my attempts at note taking have been pretty futile and I lose so much information being that my brain cells go the way of all flesh, very quickly,
#17341
read zettlrs
#17342

tears posted:

im reading "choosing death: the improbable history of death metal and grindcore" by albert mudrin (2004). it was described as the death & grind equivalent to black metal: evolution of the cult, but it is not, its half as long, tries to cover twice as much, is confusing and poorly structured in comparison, theres very little about grindcore, and to top it all the photo labels are at 90 degrees to the picture orientation (clown design), all in all just way less interesting (insert death metal joke here)



i have that book. havent read it in probably 15+ years though. i think i got it near when it came out

#17343
I started studying Gregg Shorthand so I can take notes on books and speech faster. Old school phonetic method used by court reporters before the digital era. The best were able to achieve 240 words per minute. Lost art, imo
#17344
writing very small can be very fast, because the fingers and pen tip need to cover less distance to make the letter
#17345
Yes, but I think ergonomically there is a limit to the size since extended periods of tiny writing tend to be hard on the hands. I've also been trying to fix my 'longhand' writing through this old standard American text "The Palmer Method of Business Writing". Apparently millions of children and clerical workers went through this training. It's all very Henry Ford and John Rockefeller. They suggest that the common 'minimum' height letters be one-sixteenth of an inch high (o, n, m, e, a, i), which is a lower limit for comfort and legibility for me. The first words of cursive they taught to a whole generation of Americans were:
- mine
- uses
- sell
#17346

tears posted:

im reading "choosing death: the improbable history of death metal and grindcore" by albert mudrin (2004). it was described as the death & grind equivalent to black metal: evolution of the cult, but it is not, its half as long, tries to cover twice as much, is confusing and poorly structured in comparison, theres very little about grindcore, and to top it all the photo labels are at 90 degrees to the picture orientation (clown design), all in all just way less interesting (insert death metal joke here)


iirc the swedish death metal book is supposed to be good and insanely comprehensive(like even documenting bands that never even released a demo tape and similar things) but i've not read it myself

#17347

Chthonic_Goat_666 posted:

tears posted:

im reading "choosing death: the improbable history of death metal and grindcore" by albert mudrin (2004). it was described as the death & grind equivalent to black metal: evolution of the cult, but it is not, its half as long, tries to cover twice as much, is confusing and poorly structured in comparison, theres very little about grindcore, and to top it all the photo labels are at 90 degrees to the picture orientation (clown design), all in all just way less interesting (insert death metal joke here)

i have that book. havent read it in probably 15+ years though. i think i got it near when it came out



this is the best bit of the book:

White the united states and the united kingdom clearly had running starts in the death metal and grindcore sweepstakes, the rest of Europe, particularly Sweden, wasn’t far behind. Of course, Sweden’s socialist government



io are you talking about Swedish Death Metal by daniel dkeroth? id seen it and will probably pick it up.

also read sarah kitteringhams masters thesis "Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses: The Treatment of Women in Black Metal, Death Metal, Doom Metal, and Grindcore" (2014) and im part way through "Running With The Devil: Power Gender and Madness in Heavy Metal Music" by Robert Walser (1993) but havent read enough to form an opinion

#17348
i think that's the one yeah. what does that master's thesis talk about i'm curious
#17349

Tom O'Neill's "Chaos" is a.. 20? 30? maybe more? year deep investigation of the people who were ancillary to Charlie Manson, just published in mid 2019. I suppose we could debate the merits of someone who only publishes a book long after those interviewed in it are dead. But the suggestion that most people in government, law enforcement, and well-paid entertainment have as their primary traits horny and fraudulent is plausible to me.
#17350
ive been reading "the man without qualities"
#17351

lo posted:

i think that's the one yeah. what does that master's thesis talk about i'm curious



Here's her rational:

my goal with this project is to sum up what it means to be a female extreme metal musician in 2013. Has the treatment of women in the scene improved? How might we explain the increase in the number of female musicians in extreme metal? Why is the presence of women in extreme metal important in an overall analysis of women in metal, in general?



its focused specifically musicians as opposed to fans and hinges around a series of interviews of female musicians in canadian extreme metal bands and their experiences, mostly around calgary/edmonton - id say its very interesting, in her obvious knowledge, the uniqueness of the research, and the interview quotes themselves - though your mileage may vary if you were wanting detailed marxist-feminist analysis - i think it is definitely interesting if you are involved in the scene. also she says problematic a bazillion times

#17352

tears posted:

2013 ... calgary/edmonton ... says problematic a bazillion times



I remember those days fondly