luka

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I think so too. It's the best of all that kind of thing. Better than Neuromancer or anything else. Best book of the tail end of the 20th century.
 

catalog

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yeah i got a dl of whole thing as cbr and could put it in a wetransfer folder (it's quite big tho so will do a volume at a time)
 

Mr. Tea

Shub-Niggurath, Please
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Last time I reread it I ended up taking huge amounts of blue MDMA with droid, just like blue mould.
I can't really imagine droid on ecstasy. I mean, I guess I can, if it's possible to be absolutely lovely in the most serious way possible.
 

Linebaugh

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@catalog you still reading 1000 years of nonlinear history? Im rounding out the first section, I like it. It is cutesy like Luka was saying but I appreciate De Landa's cogent style and the light theory element keeps it fun

think Im going to work in Swanns Way along side, Ive read the first couple pages a few times over the past days and theyre great.
 

catalog

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I finished it a few weeks ago. I thought it was ok, very readable, but I didn't find myself being swept away as I did with, say, 'spinal catastrophism', which I read a few months ago.

Be interested to hear your thoughts.

Around the middle section when he starts talking about viruses was good and also the language section has some good bits.

Normally, with whatever book I'm reading, if it's good there'll come a point where I start copying bits as notes, or taking photos of the pages, but I never did that with this one.

I read very little non fiction tho and the semi-academic tone put me off a bit, it felt like 'work' at times.

But overall good stuff. The concluding chapter is very satisfying and has a memorable line.

I think @vimothy is right tho, it's a good and simple way into d&g and the idea of flow, basically you understand the idea of decentering the human.

I read a chapter of 'war in the age of intelligent machines' a few months ago and that seemed more exciting.
 

HMGovt

Bamber Clatscoigne

I was initially annoyed by this, but it quickly moved onto a fascinating account of gunpowder, dynamite and anarchists lobbing bombs.
 

HMGovt

Bamber Clatscoigne

I was initially annoyed by this, but it quickly moved onto a fascinating account of gunpowder, dynamite and anarchists lobbing bombs.
The chapters on early Irish Republican and anarchist bombing campaigns and random attacks from 1866 are disturbing and, to me, surprising

1867 clerkenwell bombing
1885 London underground bombings
1885 dynamite Saturday in London
1886 Chicago Haymarket massacre
1906 royal wedding bomb in Madrid
On and on it goes

Top hats blown off and monocles dropped everywhere
 

luka

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It's amazing how you can have a full blown militia operating in a tiny military occupied corner of a tiny country like Northern Ireland.
 

version

Who loves ya, baby?
I've noticed more and more talk of anarchists being a threat these days. Reminds me of the opening of The Man Who Was Thursday.
 
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