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Aug. 21st, 2009 | 08:05 am

Mike at Nannygoat Hill tagged me for this meme: three true things you’ve read recently, from fiction.

I've been quite horrendously busy recently, but I have managed to read a book here and there. According to my little list the last three things I actually finished were The Brooklyn Follies, Perfume, and The Worm Ourobouros.

What good is knowledge if you don't use it to stop your friends from being destroyed?

The Brooklyn Follies, Paul Auster


Everywhere, in every direction, humanity lay equally remote from him, and a step in any direction would have meant closer proximity to human beings. The compass spun about. It no longer provided orientation. Grenouille was at his goal. And at the same time he was taken captive.

Perfume, Patrick Suskind


Do not defile mine ears with their excuses. They have shamefully abused us; and the guilt of their black deed planteth them day by day more firmlier in my deeper-settled hate ...

Wait a second. I don't think there's anything true in The Worm Ourobouros. Fortunately, I've also been reading a collection of essays by Martin Heidegger:
The relation to the world that pervades all the sciences as such lets them -- each according to its particular content and mode of being -- seek beings themselves in order to make them objects of investigation and to determine their grounds. According to the idea behind them, in the sciences we approach what is essential in all things. This distinctive relation to the world in which we turn toward beings themselves is supported and guided by a freely chosen attitude of human existence. To be sure, man's prescientific and extrascientific activities also are related to beings. But science is exceptional in that, in a way peculiar to it, it gives the matter itself explicitly and solely the first and last word. In such impartiality of inquiring, determining, and grounding, a peculiarly delineated submission to beings themselves obtains, in order that they may reveal themselves. This position of service in research and theory evolves in such a way as to become the ground of the possibility of a proper though limited leadership in the whole of human existence.

"What is Metaphysics?", Martin Heidegger

It might not be fiction, and Heidegger would deny it was even metaphysics, but there it is.

Tagging exp_err, capnoblivious, and jack_ryder.

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Captain Oblivious

from: capnoblivious
date: Aug. 21st, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)

Would you settle for a true tale of truth and fiction in the halls of government?

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Tom

from: ataxi
date: Aug. 21st, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)

So long as it's a little bit salacious!

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Captain Oblivious

from: capnoblivious
date: Aug. 21st, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)

Aw, man! It has booze, Godwin Grech and the tabloid press - plus a passing reference to lesbian romance!

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mojave_wolf

from: mojave_wolf
date: Aug. 21st, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)

I always wanted to read The Worm Ouroborus. This line reminds me of why. =)

Fuckin A go you for reading it!!!

And true enough it is, and aye, the parts about Manticores on Mountains, too!

Good quotes all round.

Also, I had time to be in a bookstore today, if not to buy any books. Amongst things that I have not yet previously mentioned or recommended, "The Magicians" by Lev Grossman looks to be a winner. =)

(that said, only 50 pages in, so dunno for sure)

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Tom

from: ataxi
date: Aug. 24th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)

Ta - I have been looking for a recommendation for the past few days to take away on my next work trip. Will be sure to try to find Grossman at the local sf/f specialty bookshop.

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mojave_wolf

from: mojave_wolf
date: Aug. 24th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)

I would totally have bought it if I had the money, I put a library hold on it as soon as I got home, but I'm #20 in line so I may have finished it in bits and pieces over a month or two before my turn comes around. For anyone who was ever the smartest kid in their class or at least close to it, competitive, alienated or able to emphathize w/the alienated, good at test-taking . . . yeah. You should like.

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exp_err

from: exp_err
date: Aug. 23rd, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)

Nice meme. I will do it, but I'll have to think.

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Tom

from: ataxi
date: Aug. 24th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)

Cool. I look forward to your response.

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