📚 OG Book Club - (non-Cannabis)

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OG Book Club 2020
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6/4/20 :sunglasses:

I propose we share books we’ve enjoyed & recommend to others, just like music & weed. :raised_hand:

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This was an eye opener & very interesting to me, even if the 19th cty. sailing terms were burdensome. :sailboat:

It’s a glimpse of California that hardly anyone knows about-- the period when it was territory of newly-independent Mexico.

There was almost no people & the economy was almost entirely cattle hides & wine, San Francisco was a small village & military outpost, and there was an active smuggling trade relaying from Asia via Hawaii.

A curious thing to me is the apparent absence of any gold discoveries until barely two years after the USA seized/bought California. :face_with_raised_eyebrow: hmmm :moneybag: Some how coincidence just doesn’t cut it for me. :mag_right: :poop:

The misery of a sailor’s existence is very well told; That’s no coincidence because the author’s father worked as a lawyer & campaigned for more humane & legal regulations on the seas.

I highly recommend this in the edition with the follow-ups by him & his own son to San Francisco some years later after the Gold Rush had completely transformed from <1000 to 100,000-400,000 FAST. :astonished:

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I enjoyed that book also, read it around 15 years ago.
Big recommendation as well.

Whenever I think of Two Years Before the Mast, I remember fondly this book by
Jack London:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43049.The_Sea_Wolf

The Sea Wolf

by

Jack London

4.04 · Rating details · 24,084 ratings · 1,318 reviews

The Sea-Wolf is a 1904 psychological adventure novel by Jack London about a literary critic Humphrey van Weyden.The story starts with him aboard a San Francisco ferry, called Martinez, which collides with another ship in the fog and sinks. He is set adrift in the Bay, eventually being picked up by Wolf Larsen.Larsen is the captain of a seal-hunting schooner, the Ghost. Bru …more
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The Hot Zone. Richard Preston.

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Non fiction but reads like fiction. I read the entire book in one sitting.

It’s a bit dated but appropriate for current events.

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Because of the times, and I love this idea for book recommendations!
I’m definitely reading Two Years Before the Mast. Such a great idea because I didn’t even realize I needed to start a new book to keep my mind off all the bullshit.
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I know you’re looking for book recommendations in this thread, but I just want to suggest an author. If you haven’t read Hunter S. Thompson, do yourself a favor and start now. Maybe begin with The Great Shark Hunt, which is a series of easily digestible essays written over a 25 year period.

Hunter was a fascinating character with a unique and compelling writing style - and he was a serious, professional partier!

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Covid reading. Camus last month. Finished the Stegner this morning. Now the Clark.

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That reminds me. I have almost all of his books in a Tupperware in my basement. Loved him in my 20s. Now mehhh as I got older he seemed not authentic at times. But I did enjoy reading his books. My now wife got me one for every little small gift exchange.

He was such a letter writer. I have one book where its just a collection of random letters he has sent to people over time. Some pretty funny shit

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Pretty much any Cormac McCarthy fiction.

Big earlier Steven King fan, my list of Choice Cuts:

Salem’s Lot
It
Pet Sematary
The Shining
The Dead Zone

And the first three short story collections, which I feel is actually his best work:

Different Seasons
Night Shift
Skeleton Crew

His later stuff is more hit and miss, guess him being loaded all the time really helped.

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dashes loudly downstairs, bursting noisily into the room
Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates by Tom Robbins!!!
I mean, uh… yea…Fierce Invalids is without question my favorite book of all time. Wickedly funny, blazing satire, excellent characters…Tom Robbins is a wizard.

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the best book for young country boys. where the red fern grows all kinds of moral lessons this boy learns.

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Cormac McCarthy deserves wider recognition, IMO
No Country for Old Men was so very much better than the movie.
Blood Meridian was one of the most disturbing books I have ever read.

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Ive got a rather large collection on cloud, over 1TB. Books, FOIA, leaks, historical documents, etc. I’d be happy to share them if anyone is interested. Last time I checked there’s roughly 70,000 unique pdf/epub files

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we’ve got a thread for that stuff:

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My OP/intent was more about real ones, good ones, influential ones, etc… 'chit that’ll make you :bulb: feel enlightened about heavy stuff :joy:

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Ah nice. Well in that case ive got a rare copy of the 1956 Rockefeller Panel Reports :thinking: that’s about it tho.
If anyone is interested I might just digitize it. Last time i checked it was $300 on Amazon

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What’s that?

Yes, Sir…I have yet to warm up to Ebooks, I have a couple of tablets and large libraries I built on Google Books, Kindle and ibooks. However, I still prefer real books. I have been thinking of getting a dedicated E-reader like Kindle Paperwhite in the hope that I may be able to more warmly embrace Ebooks.

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Best book I’ve read in a long time. Dense but rewarding. The history of world politics through the lens of taxation. Recommended.

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Depends on how you feel about the Rockefellers I guess. Its titled “Prosperity for America”, but seeing as how I see Rockefellers, Gates (both well documented) as psychopathic eugenicists, it may as well be titled “Authoritarian Murder for Decades in America”.
Basically its a blueprint for everything we see happening today, jusy written 60 years ago

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For anyone open to a “no spiritual authority” approach to life, Krishnamurti is a winner in my book.

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