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Old 31st Aug 2006, 20:07   #1
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I'm not normally very political but I just had to share this

http://www.wonkette.com/politics/geo...ead-197686.php

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Old 31st Aug 2006, 20:52   #2
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Oh my, oh my '... my reading is epileptic .....'
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Old 31st Aug 2006, 21:27   #3
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I think he said 'ecilectic' - which is a little better, but not much. And I can well believe there would have been a Camus or two knocking about the ranch in Crawford, as Laura Bush is said to be pretty literate, isn't she?

Here's your next reading group assignment, George: Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.
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When I was doing my creative writing class I was reading The Outsider (or The Stranger; whatever!) and one guy commented that it was one of his favourite books of all time. Of course, from what I can tell, it would seem to be the favourite book of many young men. But I'm a young man, at a spritely twenty-seven (perhaps even a year less at the time of reading), and I didn't find it all that interesting. Is there something wrong with me? Or do I just expect more from life?
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I read it many moons ago and can't remember anything about it, which must suggest at least that I didn't absolutely adore it. It did come out top in some Guardian poll or survey for men's favourite books a while back, though I don't think there was any kind of scientific weighting to it. Perhaps the fact that it's foreign and short makes people say they like it as at least they can say they've read it.
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No Way In Hell President Bush Has Read 60 Books

Doesn't "The Stranger" include a scene in which the protagonist kills an Arab? Personally, I don't find it strange that GWB would want to read that.
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He's probably been working his way through Roger Hargreaves' back catalogue.

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Yes, but you'd be quicker just listening to The Cure's Killing An Arab rather than reading the book.
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Can't remember much about L'Etranger, as it's many moons since i read it, except that it's full of existential angst. I think pimply pubescent boys like posing with it to suggest they're 'deep' and thereby attract girls who are looking for a 'meaningful relationship'. Isn't Camus what boys graduate to after their reading Catcher in the Rye/watching James Dean phase? I remember a particularly posey boy at uni who was a big fan of Camus, Kafka, etc. He flaunted his Bauhaus (band not architecture) razor-sharp cheekbones and floppy effete hair, scruffy clothes, big coat, squishy pack of Galouis(e?) fags in his pocket, dangerously skinny, droned on about 'the burden of being middle class'. Ah - diddums - I'm sure people in war-torm countries around the world would have sympathised...
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Can't remember much about L'Etranger, as it's many moons since i read it, except that it's full of existential angst. I think pimply pubescent boys like posing with it to suggest they're 'deep' and thereby attract girls who are looking for a 'meaningful relationship'. Isn't Camus what boys graduate to after their reading Catcher in the Rye/watching James Dean phase? I remember a particularly posey boy at uni who was a big fan of Camus, Kafka, etc. He flaunted his Bauhaus (band not architecture) razor-sharp cheekbones and floppy effete hair, scruffy clothes, big coat, squishy pack of Galouis(e?) fags in his pocket, dangerously skinny, droned on about 'the burden of being middle class'. Ah - diddums - I'm sure people in war-torm countries around the world would have sympathised...
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Nah, I was no where near as cool as that.
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