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What we are reading and the CLR book club 20th June 2017 June 20, 2017

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Fire ahead! I’m leafing through Robert Christgau’s autobiography. Always liked Christgau, but had kind of mixed feelings about some of his reviews – they’re great at times but the sheer brevity of them makes them somewhat unreliable – there’s a loss of nuance.

Other than that forging through the book on Official Sinn Féin by Swan. Anyone else doing likewise now that YourCousin has finished it?

 

 

 

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1. Gearóid - June 20, 2017

On Swan’s book: am I correct in saying that the person who Swan pseudonymously refers to towards the end of the book as being the most recent leader of Group B is actually named in Hanley & Millar’s book? I have neither to hand, so open to correction there.

Also, to interrupt your suggestions slightly, WBS (apologies), has anybody yet got their hands on Matt Treacy’s latest book? I read it two weeks ago. Interesting and occasionally insightful, but unstructured and very subjective.

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Nyarlathotep - June 20, 2017

Interesting but unstructured and very subjective would be a fair summary of his CPI book, so it sounds similar in that regard.

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2. Liberius - June 20, 2017

I’m not much of an ‘autobiography’ sort of person but anyway I’ve found myself reading Jonathan Meades’ book an encyclopaedia of myself. Entertaining in the sort of way Meades’ television work is, albeit that’s something of an acquired taste; enlightening about 1950’s Salisbury and the surrounding area (not something I’d ordinarily be reading about), particularly about the various characters working at Porton Down. Difficult to work out how true to life some of it is as Meades’ descriptions of some people are so lurid as to be slightly dubious.

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3. Nyarlathotep - June 20, 2017

Reading some of Ursula K. Le Guin’s early Hainish Cycle stories. Was thinking of reading Richard Seymour’s book on Corbyn or Angela Nagle’s book on the alt-right, has anyone any thoughts on them?

(I used to post here as Gearóid but changed name to avoid confusion with the more recent poster using that handle).

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Michael Carley - June 20, 2017

Seymour’s book is excellent as analysis of politics and a movement rather than the narrowly parliamentary thinking of most journalism.

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internationalfrontdisco - June 20, 2017

Agree. I had my knife and fork out for the section on the inherent contradictions of JC’s social democratic project, but felt that Seymour got a bit uncharacteristically murky at the crucial point.

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WorldbyStorm - June 20, 2017

Love ULeG, great books. Snap … I’m very tempted to read Nagle, was kind of thinking of getting it this week actually.

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WorldbyStorm - June 20, 2017

EamonnCork put Cork in his name to distinguish himself from Eamonn from Dublin, you could be GearoídOne!

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Róisín - June 21, 2017

Just finished Kill All Normies and would definitely recommend it. In the first place, it’s really short – it’s almost as if the author actually thought about the people who might read the book rather than just writing something to fill their own ego. There’s the explanation of where the Alt-Right came from and how to understand it, mockery of Tumblr liberals, and the destruction of the assumption that transgressive, counterculture cool and leaderlessness are inherently progressive styles. If it’s not quiet laugh out loud territory it’s definitely snort out loud/choke on your corn flakes.

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WorldbyStorm - June 21, 2017

Cheers, I’ll get it immediately – definitely worth a discussion

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4. RosencrantzisDead - June 21, 2017

I recently finished William Gibson’s The Peripheral, which I highly recommend. Prescient as ever, Gibson has moved his cyberpunk dystopia from the coffin-apartments in slums of a Japanese city to the southern U.S. states. Futuristic Georgia here is a narco-state with a thinly disguised Walmart being the only significant, legitimate business. Amidst this, the local community band together to take on a megacorporation/crime cartel (there is no real distinction Gibson makes clear).

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