Books to read before Fall (distraction from the waiting)

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Re: Books to read before Fall (distraction from the waiting)

Postby rw2264 » Thu Jan 07, 2010 2:38 am

Genki wrote:These are the books I plan on reading:

Bear and the Dragon by Tom Clancy
Shogun by James Clavel
The Entire Harry Potter Series (wife has been bugging me to to read them)
The Law of Nines by Terry Goodkind
and
The Gunslinger by Stephen King

I figure I won't have a chance to read these once law school starts so I better read them now while I do have time. There will be plenty of time to study come September.


you won't regret it.

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Re: Books to read before Fall (distraction from the waiting)

Postby Baylan » Thu Jan 07, 2010 2:44 am

rw2264 wrote:
Baylan wrote:
sckon wrote:
rw2264 wrote:i thought this was going to be a thread on novels. you can imagine my disappointment.

just read crime and punishment. is that pertinent?



I am also just finishing up with Crime and Punishment so I vote yes.


My junior/senior year of HS Brit Lit/AP English teacher said, and I quote about this book, "The first chapter is the crime, and the rest is the punishment."

Just sayin'.

I was not a fan.


i was always so mad they made us read the classics in high school. it ruined them for so many people. luckily not me. i can't bear to read anything written after 1900


I enjoyed some of the classics. Just not C&P, nor Jane Eyre, or Pride & Prejudice.

Beowulf was good, Fountainhead was good. I liked the portions of The Canterbury Tales we read. But there was something about the women and the Russians that I never liked.

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Re: Books to read before Fall (distraction from the waiting)

Postby psychomohel » Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:14 am

Baylan wrote:Beowulf was good, Fountainhead was good. I liked the portions of The Canterbury Tales we read. But there was something about the women and the Russians that I never liked.


The Fountainhead is not really a classic.

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Re: Books to read before Fall (distraction from the waiting)

Postby IHaveDietMoxie » Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:26 am

psychomohel wrote:
Baylan wrote:Beowulf was good, Fountainhead was good. I liked the portions of The Canterbury Tales we read. But there was something about the women and the Russians that I never liked.


The Fountainhead is not really a classic.

what, do you have a problem with consensual rape?

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Postby wpc1532 » Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:22 pm

LSAT! Nooooooooo! wrote:Got a subscription to the New York times a month ago. Best decision ever. I live in San Antonio Texas, and the writing is sooooooo noticeably better (duh...). Easy way to pass the time. Really cheap also!

At my Ugrad they had a "collegiate readership program" that provided a free copy of the USA Today and/or The NY Times for free with the swipe of your school ID. I must have saved thousands of dollars by grabbing a free copy of the Times every morning.

As for me, i'm into Slaughterhouse Five and "Let The Great World Spin." Finished The Crying of Lot 49, 1984, and Animal Farm recently.

I'm a fan of the classics, what can I say.
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Re: Books to read before Fall (distraction from the waiting)

Postby rw2264 » Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:25 pm

Baylan wrote:
I enjoyed some of the classics. Just not C&P, nor Jane Eyre, or Pride & Prejudice.

Beowulf was good, Fountainhead was good. I liked the portions of The Canterbury Tales we read. But there was something about the women and the Russians that I never liked.


...but you liked the fountainhead, written by a Russian woman.

i love jane austen... her books are like soap operas, only they make you feel smart instead of dumb

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Re: Books to read before Fall (distraction from the waiting)

Postby FunkyJD » Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:49 pm

vanwinkle wrote:Enjoy your free time. God, I wish I had the last year of my life before law school back.


TITCR ... one which I plan to implement.

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Re: Books to read before Fall (distraction from the waiting)

Postby vanwinkle » Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:01 pm

Since things like Freakonomics got recommended, I'll recommend something by Malcolm Gladwell like Outliers or Blink. Those kind of books can be a bit eye-opening.

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Re: Books to read before Fall (distraction from the waiting)

Postby bloodonthetracks » Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:05 pm

don't fucking read ayn rand. just don't. please.

read good novels (i'm enjoying don delillo right now), history (robert caro's biographies are fantastic), and philosophy (maybe some sartre or rousseau).

just not ayn rand.

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Re: Books to read before Fall (distraction from the waiting)

Postby Helmholtz » Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:07 pm

bloodonthetracks wrote:don't fucking read ayn rand. just don't. please.


-1

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Re: Books to read before Fall (distraction from the waiting)

Postby H. E. Pennypacker » Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:33 pm

rw2264 wrote:
Genki wrote:The Entire Harry Potter Series (wife has been bugging me to to read them)
.


you won't regret it.


+1

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Re: Books to read before Fall (distraction from the waiting)

Postby wpc1532 » Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:28 pm

vanwinkle wrote:Since things like Freakonomics got recommended, I'll recommend something by Malcolm Gladwell like Outliers or Blink. Those kind of books can be a bit eye-opening.

Speaking of eye-opening, I'd encourage one to read this on Gladwell first: http://gawker.com/5432233/malcolm-gladw ... ss-problem

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Re: Books to read before Fall (distraction from the waiting)

Postby musketeerlady » Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:32 pm

wpc1532 wrote:
vanwinkle wrote:Since things like Freakonomics got recommended, I'll recommend something by Malcolm Gladwell like Outliers or Blink. Those kind of books can be a bit eye-opening.

Speaking of eye-opening, I'd encourage one to read this on Gladwell first: http://gawker.com/5432233/malcolm-gladw ... ss-problem


+1

I visited an MBA class at Stanford, and Blink was on the reading list and made a case study. I have only read The Tipping Point, and like it a lot. My boyfriend has cruised through everything Gladwell wrote and loves them all. Outlier even prompts him to volunteer as a teacher at KIPP.

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Re: Books to read before Fall (distraction from the waiting)

Postby rw2264 » Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:38 pm

bloodonthetracks wrote:don't fucking read ayn rand. just don't. please.


+1

not because i hate her, but because i found the fountainhead to be horribly disappointing.

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Re: Books to read before Fall (distraction from the waiting)

Postby sckon » Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:27 pm

Helmholtz wrote:
bloodonthetracks wrote:don't fucking read ayn rand. just don't. please.


-1



Ideology aside, she writes like a 12 year old.

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Re: Books to read before Fall (distraction from the waiting)

Postby sckon » Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:31 pm

I am also going to watch a good chunk of movies while I can. I will start with revisiting "Brick" staring Joseph Gordon Levitt.

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Re: Books to read before Fall (distraction from the waiting)

Postby Baylan » Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:23 pm

rw2264 wrote:
bloodonthetracks wrote:don't fucking read ayn rand. just don't. please.


+1

not because i hate her, but because i found the fountainhead to be horribly disappointing.


I found Atlas Shrugged to be pretty interesting, particularly if you relate it to today's economic realities. Though I politically fall as a libertarian, and believe in the free-market.

The only think that sucked about Atlas Shrugged, is she spent about 950 pages showing you what she thought, then she spent 75 pages literally TELLING you what she thought, and then another 25-50 pages wrapping it up.

edit: I should say I found Atlas Shrugged *more* interesting. It was my bathroom book for the better part of 6 months though. 10 minutes a day, man.

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Re: Books to read before Fall (distraction from the waiting)

Postby faceman9000 » Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:34 am

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Re: Books to read before Fall (distraction from the waiting)

Postby kalvano » Fri Jan 08, 2010 1:14 am

bloodonthetracks wrote:don't fucking read ayn rand. just don't. please.



-1, and + yo momma.

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Re: Books to read before Fall (distraction from the waiting)

Postby Luis Gomez » Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:26 am

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Postby Cupidity » Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:28 am

Peter Irons history of the Supreme Court. It's a slightly liberal biased story-telling kind of account, but if you don't have one it gives you a pretty decent foundational understanding of constitutional law and the evolution of American jurisprudence, and it is a fun read.

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Re: Books to read before Fall (distraction from the waiting)

Postby mayosmith » Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:30 am

bloodonthetracks wrote:history (robert caro's biographies are fantastic)

This. If anyone is at all interested in someday working in a legal or legislative capacity on the Hill, or in politics at all, really, read Caro's LBJ trilogy. Yes: LBJ. Utterly fascinating. You have time before August.

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Re: Books to read before Fall (distraction from the waiting)

Postby 0 and 16 » Wed Jan 13, 2010 2:52 pm

bloodonthetracks wrote:don't fucking read ayn rand. just don't. please.

read good novels (i'm enjoying don delillo right now), history (robert caro's biographies are fantastic), and philosophy (maybe some sartre or rousseau).

just not ayn rand.



you act like you know alot. But youre probably full of shit.

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Re: Books to read before Fall (distraction from the waiting)

Postby bilbobaggins » Wed Jan 13, 2010 2:57 pm

0 and 16 wrote:
bloodonthetracks wrote:don't fucking read ayn rand. just don't. please.

read good novels (i'm enjoying don delillo right now), history (robert caro's biographies are fantastic), and philosophy (maybe some sartre or rousseau).

just not ayn rand.



you act like you know alot. But youre probably full of shit.


Nope. Not reading Ayn Rand is definitely TCR.

If you want to read philosophy you could do much, much better. The books are poorly written and Objectivism might be interesting if you're a 17 year old white guy from the suburbs.

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Re: Books to read before Fall (distraction from the waiting)

Postby psychomohel » Wed Jan 13, 2010 2:59 pm

bilbobaggins wrote:
0 and 16 wrote:
bloodonthetracks wrote:don't fucking read ayn rand. just don't. please.

read good novels (i'm enjoying don delillo right now), history (robert caro's biographies are fantastic), and philosophy (maybe some sartre or rousseau).

just not ayn rand.



you act like you know alot. But youre probably full of shit.


Nope. Not reading Ayn Rand is definitely TCR.

If you want to read philosophy you could do much, much better. The books are poorly written and Objectivism might be interesting if you're a 17 year old white guy from the suburbs.


I take offense at that. I outgrew objectivism by the time I was a 17 year old white kid form the suburbs.




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