Great Books to Read Before Heading to Law School

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Re: Great Books to Read Before Heading to Law School

Postby Verity » Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:21 pm

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WayBryson wrote:If you like The Fountainhead, then Atlas Shrugged is well worth reading. She basically lays out her whole political philosophy in Atlas Shrugged, which makes it the more profound book. Nonetheless, I still prefer The Fountainhead.


AR was a downright lousy writer, a lousy philosopher, a wimp, a fatty, and a nympho. Probably also a Fembot.

you forgot communist


She wasn't a communist, she was a capitalist in the most extreme sense. But she did have that kind of sadistic agenda that reminds one of communism.

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Re: Great Books to Read Before Heading to Law School

Postby vpintz » Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:21 pm

A couple more suggestions...not so much law-related but still very good. "A Problem from Hell" by Samantha Power (<3), and "The Lucifer Effect" by Phillip Zimbardo.

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Re: Great Books to Read Before Heading to Law School

Postby fatduck » Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:22 pm

Verity wrote:
fatduck wrote:
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WayBryson wrote:If you like The Fountainhead, then Atlas Shrugged is well worth reading. She basically lays out her whole political philosophy in Atlas Shrugged, which makes it the more profound book. Nonetheless, I still prefer The Fountainhead.


AR was a downright lousy writer, a lousy philosopher, a wimp, a fatty, and a nympho. Probably also a Fembot.

you forgot communist


She wasn't a communist, she was a capitalist in the most extreme sense. But she did have that kind of sadistic agenda that reminds one of communism.

there was a joke here, but...ah, fuck it.

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Re: Great Books to Read Before Heading to Law School

Postby Flips88 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:22 pm

thecilent wrote:smh at no DFW itt

Been meaning to read Infinite Jest but haven't gotten around to purchasing that monstrosity

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Re: Great Books to Read Before Heading to Law School

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Re: Great Books to Read Before Heading to Law School

Postby Flips88 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:23 pm

vpintz wrote:A couple more suggestions...not so much law-related but still very good. "A Problem from Hell" by Samantha Power (<3), and "The Lucifer Effect" by Phillip Zimbardo.

Just brought the Lucifer Effect to work because I don't have shit to do. I started reading it at the start of the summer but it kind of fell to the wayside. Only 100 pages in, but it's interesting as hell (no pun intended)

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Re: Great Books to Read Before Heading to Law School

Postby Verity » Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:25 pm

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thecilent wrote:smh at no DFW itt

Been meaning to read Infinite Jest but haven't gotten around to purchasing that monstrosity


What the f is up with all these DFW fans on TLS? I'm starting to get chary of DFW just for his association with quakeroats.

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Re: Great Books to Read Before Heading to Law School

Postby Flips88 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:30 pm

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thecilent wrote:smh at no DFW itt

Been meaning to read Infinite Jest but haven't gotten around to purchasing that monstrosity


What the f is up with all these DFW fans on TLS? I'm starting to get chary of DFW just for his association with quakeroats.

I've only read a couple of his essays, but no books. I've heard Infinite Jest is great, though an undertaking to read.

I was also particularly struck by the commencement speech he gave in 2008. It's worth a read: http://moreintelligentlife.com/story/david-foster-wallace-in-his-own-words

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Re: Great Books to Read Before Heading to Law School

Postby driftwood6 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:31 pm

Verity wrote:
fatduck wrote:
Verity wrote:
WayBryson wrote:If you like The Fountainhead, then Atlas Shrugged is well worth reading. She basically lays out her whole political philosophy in Atlas Shrugged, which makes it the more profound book. Nonetheless, I still prefer The Fountainhead.


AR was a downright lousy writer, a lousy philosopher, a wimp, a fatty, and a nympho. Probably also a Fembot.

you forgot communist


She wasn't a communist, she was a capitalist in the most extreme sense. But she did have that kind of sadistic agenda that reminds one of communism.


one can only hope you're not that obtuse.

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Re: Great Books to Read Before Heading to Law School

Postby Verity » Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:44 pm

driftwood6 wrote:one can only hope you're not that obtuse.


Still don't get why FD's post was funny to begin with.

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Re: Great Books to Read Before Heading to Law School

Postby thecilent » Thu Jun 23, 2011 3:30 pm

Dfw was an absolute genius. His essays are all amazing.

And yeah, I've been meaning to read IJ for a bout two years now lol it's very difficult

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Re: Great Books to Read Before Heading to Law School

Postby Campagnolo » Thu Jun 23, 2011 3:33 pm

TheFutureLawyer wrote:
Verity wrote:+1000. People who read Ayn Rand and like it are...I can't find the word, but it's bad. Who has time for 1000+ pages of bullshyt?


Clarence Thomas and Paul Ryan. They both make their clerks/interns read this book (or maybe it was The Fountainhead (I saw the movie of that one, and the basic idea is that the masses hold back the elite and keep them from realizing their potential)).

edit: if you wanna read something long, I just started Anna Karenina (Maude translation) and it's pretty good. I think I'll try War and Peace soon enough (definitely going to get the Maude translation)


False. Pevear and Volokhonsky translation.

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Re: Great Books to Read Before Heading to Law School

Postby TheFutureLawyer » Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:05 pm

Campagnolo wrote:
TheFutureLawyer wrote:
Verity wrote:+1000. People who read Ayn Rand and like it are...I can't find the word, but it's bad. Who has time for 1000+ pages of bullshyt?


Clarence Thomas and Paul Ryan. They both make their clerks/interns read this book (or maybe it was The Fountainhead (I saw the movie of that one, and the basic idea is that the masses hold back the elite and keep them from realizing their potential)).

edit: if you wanna read something long, I just started Anna Karenina (Maude translation) and it's pretty good. I think I'll try War and Peace soon enough (definitely going to get the Maude translation)


False. Pevear and Volokhonsky translation.


Yeah looking around it seems the Maudes and those guys made the best english translations around. I can only say that the Maude translation of Karenina reads very well.

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Re: Great Books to Read Before Heading to Law School

Postby Bildungsroman » Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:07 pm

DFW is the most overrated garbage I've ever read, ineptly used as an inaccurate signaling device between faux-intellectuals.

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Re: Great Books to Read Before Heading to Law School

Postby Verity » Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:11 pm

Bildungsroman wrote:DFW is the most overrated garbage I've ever read, ineptly used as an inaccurate signaling device between faux-intellectuals.


I'm not a head-over-heels DFW fan, but he's not that bad.

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Re: Great Books to Read Before Heading to Law School

Postby bjsesq » Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:11 pm

Bildungsroman wrote:DFW is the most overrated garbage I've ever read, ineptly used as an inaccurate signaling device between faux-intellectuals.


The footnotes in Infinite Jest are so fucking unnecessary and obviously an attempt at flaunting the ol intellect. No wonder quakeroats loves him so much.

Not all DFW's shit is bad, though.

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Re: Great Books to Read Before Heading to Law School

Postby Verity » Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:12 pm

TheFutureLawyer wrote:
Campagnolo wrote:
TheFutureLawyer wrote:
Verity wrote:+1000. People who read Ayn Rand and like it are...I can't find the word, but it's bad. Who has time for 1000+ pages of bullshyt?


Clarence Thomas and Paul Ryan. They both make their clerks/interns read this book (or maybe it was The Fountainhead (I saw the movie of that one, and the basic idea is that the masses hold back the elite and keep them from realizing their potential)).

edit: if you wanna read something long, I just started Anna Karenina (Maude translation) and it's pretty good. I think I'll try War and Peace soon enough (definitely going to get the Maude translation)


False. Pevear and Volokhonsky translation.


Yeah looking around it seems the Maudes and those guys made the best english translations around. I can only say that the Maude translation of Karenina reads very well.


The bolded is usually telling of a bad translation.

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Re: Great Books to Read Before Heading to Law School

Postby Verity » Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:13 pm

bjsesq wrote:
Bildungsroman wrote:DFW is the most overrated garbage I've ever read, ineptly used as an inaccurate signaling device between faux-intellectuals.


The footnotes in Infinite Jest are so fucking unnecessary and obviously an attempt at flaunting the ol intellect. No wonder quakeroats loves him so much.

Not all DFW's shit is bad, though.


quakeroats has a major DFW jones.

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Re: Great Books to Read Before Heading to Law School

Postby Bildungsroman » Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:13 pm

Verity wrote:
Bildungsroman wrote:DFW is the most overrated garbage I've ever read, ineptly used as an inaccurate signaling device between faux-intellectuals.


I'm not a head-over-heels DFW fan, but he's not that bad.

Not saying he's bad; he's actually a decent read. Just that the masturbatory praise heaped upon him by self-professed book snobs is painful to behold.

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Re: Great Books to Read Before Heading to Law School

Postby thecilent » Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:17 pm

Jfc. If you don't think dfw is one of the most talented writers EVER, you are an idiot. I'm sorry: I know that sounds ridiculous, but it's the truth.

And the footnotes unnecessary? That doesn't even make sense. You have to understand dfw and the way he thinks and writes to really appreciate the footnotes

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Re: Great Books to Read Before Heading to Law School

Postby Bildungsroman » Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:18 pm

thecilent wrote:Jfc. If you don't think dfw is one of the most talented writers EVER, you are an idiot. I'm sorry: I know that sounds ridiculous, but it's the truth.

And the footnotes unnecessary? That doesn't even make sense. You have to understand dfw and the way he thinks and writes to really appreciate the footnotes

You're one of the people I was talking about and this post confirms it. hth

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Re: Great Books to Read Before Heading to Law School

Postby bjsesq » Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:19 pm

thecilent wrote:And the footnotes unnecessary? That doesn't even make sense. You have to understand dfw and the way he thinks and writes to really appreciate the footnotes


Yup. I just don't "get it." How hipster.

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Re: Great Books to Read Before Heading to Law School

Postby thecilent » Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:20 pm

bjsesq wrote:
thecilent wrote:And the footnotes unnecessary? That doesn't even make sense. You have to understand dfw and the way he thinks and writes to really appreciate the footnotes


Yup. I just don't "get it." How hipster.

Well the fact you said it's an attemp to flaunt intellect really does mean you don't get it

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Re: Great Books to Read Before Heading to Law School

Postby bjsesq » Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:20 pm

thecilent wrote:
bjsesq wrote:
thecilent wrote:And the footnotes unnecessary? That doesn't even make sense. You have to understand dfw and the way he thinks and writes to really appreciate the footnotes


Yup. I just don't "get it." How hipster.

Well the fact you said it's an attemp to flaunt intellect really does mean you don't get it

Yup. Really.




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