What are you reading right now?

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Postby RollickHooper » Sat Aug 20, 2005 1:57 pm

I love that you're calling this the "Parlour."<br><br>Have you read any Thomas Ligotti? <p></p><i></i>
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Qutb » Sat Aug 20, 2005 2:09 pm

Carroll Quigley, "Tragedy and Hope". Which has been something of a bible for American conspiracy theorists. Quigley was an insider in the Anglo-American financial etablishment, and as such he offers some valuable insights. <br><br>Joscelyn Godwin, "The Theosophical Enlightenment". Highly recommended. Covers the occult revival in England in the 19th century. Should be up your alley, Jeff. Did you know about Blavatsky's association with "al-Afghani", the founder of salafi Islamism?<br><br>Bernard Connolly, "The Rotten Heart of Europe. The Dirty War for Europe's Money". From the perspective of an English Tory. He has convinced me that monetary union is a bad idea.<br><br>Niall Ferguson, "Empire. How Britain Made the Modern World". A history of <!--EZCODE ITALIC START--><em>Anglobalization</em><!--EZCODE ITALIC END-->.<br><br>And I've bought "The Last Crusade. Religion and the Politics of Misdirection" by Babara Victor, which I hope to read if I have the time soon.<br><br>And I'm going to re-read "1984" and "Heart of Darkness" soon.<br><br>Finally, I'm halfway through Céline's "Voyage au bout de la nuit", which I'll finish one of these days.<br><br><br><br> <p><!--EZCODE FONT START--><span style="color:black;font-family:century gothic;font-size:x-small;"><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>Qutb means "axis," "pole," "the center," which contains the periphery or is present in it. The qutb is a spiritual being, or function, which can reside in a human being or several human beings or a moment. It is the elusive mystery of how the divine gets delegated into the manifest world and obviously cannot be defined.</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--></span><!--EZCODE FONT END--><br><br></p><i></i>
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Postby albion » Sat Aug 20, 2005 2:39 pm

peter dale scott's "minding the darkness." it turns out scott's a pretty damn good poet too! plus the eye in the pyramid cover was irresistible.<br><br>qutb mentioned joscelyn godwin, i just finished his "arktos: the polar myth in science, symbolism and nazi survival" which has a lot of interesting stuff about hollow earthers, lost worlds, the pole shift, and the myth of an undeground 'black order' that often seems to accompany the idea of a fascist revival. he charts some of these weird nether-regions in a refreshingly sane manner. <p></p><i></i>
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Postby mother » Sat Aug 20, 2005 5:03 pm

I am reading my Grandfather's very old and crumbly 1929 copy of Booth Tarkington's Penrod Jasper aloud to my boys. And cereal boxes and church bullitins, naturally. <p></p><i></i>
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VALIS

Postby vurtualife » Mon Aug 22, 2005 12:43 am

<br><br> VALIS, by Phillip K. Dick<br><br>Highly recommended<br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phillip_K._Dick">en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phillip_K._Dick</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br>..on February 20, 1974 he [Phillip K. Dick] was recovering from the effects of sodium pentothal administered after the extraction of an impacted wisdom tooth. Answering the door to receive a delivery of additional painkillers, he noticed the woman delivering the package was wearing a pendant with what he called the "vesicle pisces". (He probably was referring to the intersecting arcs of the vesica piscis.) After her departure, Dick began experiencing strange visions. Although this may have initially been attributed to the painkillers, after weeks of these visions, such a rationale becomes less probable. Throughout February and March of 1974 he received a series of visions which he collectively referred to as 2-3-74, shorthand for February/March of 1974. He described his initial visions as laser beams and geometric patterns, and occasionally brief pictures of Jesus and ancient Rome, which he would glimpse periodically. As the pictures increased in length and frequency, Dick claimed that he began to live a double life, one as himself and one as Thomas, a Christian persecuted by Romans in the 1st century C.E. Despite his current and past drug use, Dick accepted these visions as reality, believing that he had been contacted by a god-entity of some kind, which he referred to as Zebra, God, and most often VALIS.<br>[edit]<br><br>VALIS<br><br>VALIS is an acronym for Vast Active Living Intelligence System; he used this term as the title of one of his novels (and continued the theme in at least three more books) and later theorized that VALIS was both a "reality generator" and a means of extraterrestrial communication. VALIS has been described as one node of an artificial satellite network originating from the star Formalhaut in the Pisces constellation. According to Dick, the Earth satellite used "pink laser beams" to transfer information and project holograms on Earth and to facilitate communication between an extraterrestrial species and humanity. Dick claimed that VALIS used "disinhibiting stimuli" to prep the subjects for communication, in one case the symbol of the vesicle pisces. He wrote about this experience and his beliefs that the Roman empire never ended in detail in his essay, "How To Build A Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later".<br><br>At one point, during an encounter with the VALIS, Dick learned that his infant son was in danger of perishing from an unnamed malady. Routine checkups on the child had shown no trouble or illness; however, Dick insisted that thorough tests be run to ensure his son's health. The doctor eventually complied, despite the fact that there were no apparent symptoms. During the examination doctors discovered an inguinal hernia, which would have killed the child if an operation was not quickly performed. The child survived thanks to the operation, which Dick accredited to the "intervention" of VALIS.<br><br>Another event was an episode of glossolalia. Dick's wife transcribed the sounds she heard him speak, and discovered that he was speaking Koiné Greek, an ancient dialect which he had never studied. As Dick was to later discover, Koiné Greek was originally used to write the New Testament and the Septuagint. However, this was not the first time Dick had experienced glossolalia. A decade earlier, Dick claimed he was able to think, speak, and read fluent Latin under the influence of Sandoz LSD-25. <p></p><i></i>
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby petron » Mon Aug 22, 2005 11:31 am

"Crossing the Rubicon" by Micheal Ruppert<br>"* (A Short History of Nearly Everything)" by Bill Bryson<br>"Sex and Rockets: The Occult World of Jack Parsons" by John Carter, Robert Anton Wilson<br><br>_____________________________________<br><br>And sitting in my "will read pile":<br>"Confessions of an Economic Hitman" by John Perkins<br>"Excession" by Iain M. Banks <br>"Ender's Shadow" by Orson Scott Card<br><br>I fuckin love to read. <!--EZCODE EMOTICON START :D --><img src=http://www.ezboard.com/images/emoticons/happy.gif ALT=":D"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON END--> <p></p><i></i>
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reading.

Postby jenz » Mon Aug 22, 2005 5:37 pm

bedside pile :- Le grand livre des glaces:vol 2 spurling's biog of Matisse; A place of greater safety ,hilary mantel; Blood relations, knight: 3 martial arts books: 1st draft of someone's investigative reportage on one of Europe's biggest paedophile ring cover -ups; assorted downloads not yet ploughed through. eclectic what? <p></p><i></i>
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Re: reading.

Postby robertdreed » Wed Aug 24, 2005 12:12 am

I've been reading a lot, lately...the book I'd most like to recommend is <!--EZCODE ITALIC START--><em>A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and Vietnam</em><!--EZCODE ITALIC END-->, by Neil Sheehan.<br><br>This book is outstanding. It's a model of how to write a history book that's simultaneously comprehensive, nuanced, fearless, and riveting to read. <br><br>And in terms of relevance to the present day situation in Iraq...I plan to pull some quotes, and feature them on my blog. Not a word need be changed. <br><br>I wouldn't be surprised if Sen. Chuck Hagel has read that book. Anyone who's read it can find the ominous parallels to what's happening today in Iraq. <br><br>The book also provides a lot of insight into the way the U.S. military was called to do the dirty work for the Cold War politicians and think-tankers, who wouldn't take good advice from the field to save their souls. <br><br>Not that it's exculpatory of everyone in an American uniform- the general-staff level leadership of the era receive some very unsparing assessments from Sheehan. Of course, at that level generals tend to morph from soldiers into "politicians" anyhow, a process that still goes on to this day. <br><br>At least these days, there are indications of at least a few high-ranking US military officers unwilling to go along with the program just to save their commissions and preserve their ambitions. <br><br>Maybe they've read <!--EZCODE ITALIC START--><em>A Bright Shining Lie</em><!--EZCODE ITALIC END-->, as well. <br><br><br> <p></p><i>Edited by: <A HREF=http://p097.ezboard.com/brigorousintuition.showUserPublicProfile?gid=robertdreed>robertdreed</A> at: 8/23/05 10:13 pm<br></i>
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby manxkat » Fri Aug 26, 2005 2:54 am

"The Real Frank Zappa Book"<br>by Frank Zappa, Peter Occhiogrosso <br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0671705725/">www.amazon.com/exec/obido...671705725/</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br> <p></p><i></i>
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Zombie Crack Addict » Fri Sep 02, 2005 5:04 pm

When you think about all of the elite groups vying for power, it helps to get a good look at the financial world that meshes with empire and the agenda of the business party.<br><br>to see how territories and politics must be detached from purely economic exploitation in order to be considered 'capitalist,' i highly recommend Empire of Capital by Ellen Meiksins Wood. she argues that Globalization is an economic order that must be sustained by a multi-state system of difference and disparity. this is the perfect follow-up to EHM.<br><br>to appreciate why IMF/WB destroys foreign economies so that monies flood Wall St., to understand Gulf War '91, the post-Soviet capitalist transition, and the manufacture of the '97 Asian Financial Crisis, read Global Gamble, by Peter Gowan. no other book has shed so much light on the concrete history of recent economic warfare. it's invaluable!<br><br>and now i'm reading Wall Street ( <!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://www.leftbusinessobserver.com/WSDownload.html">www.leftbusinessobserver....nload.html</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--> ) by Doug Henwood, which promises to complement Gowan with a detailed look at how the Dollar Wall Street Regime functions, aimed at the layman. no understanding of black ops and psyops can be complete without appreciating how bond-holders and interest rates shape global economic priorities!<br><br>to round out this treasure trove of lucid analysis, my next items will be The Boom and the Bubble, as well as The Economics of Global Turbulence, both by Robert Brenner, followed by Why They Don't Hate Us, by Mark LeVine.<br>cheers! <p></p><i></i>
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby RollickHooper » Tue Sep 06, 2005 6:42 pm

Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross <p></p><i></i>
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Current Books

Postby chilllin » Wed Sep 14, 2005 9:29 am

Just finished Slant by Greg Bear, I'm sure that many of the themes in it would be familiar to veteran RI'ers. Bear's one of the considered masters of modern speculative fiction / hard sci-fi with good reason.<br><br>Before that I read the Historical Illuminatti series by Robert Anton Wilson. I'm hoping he gets around to finishing volume 4 soon.<br><br>Been reading my old copy of VALIS lately too, been a fan of PDK for a while but I don't think I've been able to it all way through VALIS and the other books in the series. A Scanner Darkly should be in the theaters sometime soon... why does Keanu Reeves get so many cool roles anyway?<br><br> <p></p><i></i>
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Postby Rigorous Intuition » Wed Sep 14, 2005 12:02 pm

when I have a moment I'm reading <!--EZCODE ITALIC START--><em>The Stargate Conspiracy</em><!--EZCODE ITALIC END--> by Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince. I'd put it off due to its sensationalist title and seeming hype of the millenium, but that was a rush to judgement. It's actually quite a sober book, critical of less rigorous thinking, and its subject matter should be of interest to all who recognize the occult aspects of the National Security State. (I picked up the updated edition, published after 2000.)<br><br>Also beginning to pick through Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke's <!--EZCODE ITALIC START--><em>Black Sun: Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism and the Politics of Identity</em><!--EZCODE ITALIC END-->. <p></p><i></i>
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light diversionary reading

Postby robertdreed » Tue Sep 20, 2005 11:40 am

I just read my first fiction book in quite a while- <!--EZCODE ITALIC START--><em>The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time</em><!--EZCODE ITALIC END-->. <br><br>I liked it. Good writing. <br><br>The temptation to make a film out of it should be resisted.<br><br> <p></p><i></i>
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Re: light diversionary reading

Postby Project Willow » Wed Sep 21, 2005 2:28 am

<!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>Also beginning to pick through Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke's Black Sun: Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism and the Politics of Identity.<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--><br><br>Can't wait to hear what you think of that one. He concocts some odd theories in order to avoid what should be the heart of his subject matter.<br><br>Oddly, I have not been able to read since I moved into my new place 3 months ago! If you scroll back to my first post, the very same books are sitting around. Hmmmm.<br><br>Oh, except one of neighbors, after hearing my take on various issues got a book for me called "Conspiracy Files". He figured it would be entertaining at least. Well, his heart was in the right place. I was relieved that trauma-based mind control was not in it. I've actually read about quite a number of things I had never heard of before. My task now is to correct facts in places, and add evidence to the important subjects, and circulate it back around the building. Odd that a picture book compendium containing markers of the downfall of our society could be thought of as "entertaining". <p></p><i></i>
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