What are you reading right now?

This could go in a couple off-topic areas but thought it might work best here. It’s a passage from Andre Aciman’s Find Me, his follow-up to Call Me by Your Name. A couple of the lines could use context from the novel, and I’m not sure I necessarily agree with it 100%, but I think it’s a generally interesting thought on its own.

Music doesn’t give answers to questions I don’t know how to ask. It doesn’t tell me what I want. It reminds me that I may still be in love, though I’m no longer sure I know what that means, being in love. I think about people all the time, yet I’ve hurt many more than I’ve cared for. I can’t even tell what I feel, though feel something I still do, even if it’s more like a sense of absence and loss, maybe even failure, numbness, or total unknowing. I was sure of myself once, I thought I knew things, knew myself, and people loved that I reached out to touch them when I blustered into their lives and didn’t even ask or doubt that I mightn’t be welcome. Music reminds me of what my life should have been. But it doesn’t change me.

Perhaps, says the genius, music doesn’t change us that much, nor does great art change us. Instead, it reminds us of who, despite all our claims or denials, we’ve always known we were and are destined to remain. It reminds us of the mileposts we’ve buried and hidden and then lost, of the people and things that mattered despite our lies, despite the years. Music is no more than the sound of our regrets put to a cadence that stirs the illusion of pleasure and hope. It’s the surest reminder that we’re here for a very short while and that we’ve neglected or cheated or, worse yet, failed to live our lives. Music is the unlived life. You’ve lived the wrong life, my friend, and almost defaced the one you were given to live.

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I’m fairly far through my first read of the year, Sins of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder 1).

Got to admit Mad Ben Styke is one crazy fellow. Bloody impressive too, he shot up my favourite Powder Mage universe characters pretty fast.
I don’t know where he is, but he’s certainly up there with Taniel, Bo, Tamas, Vlora and Ka-poel.

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Parallel reading Christopher Hitchens’ God is not great

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So i had $15 of credit for the Amazon Kindle book store and decided to get something (since the credits would have expired in 2 days). I ended up getting IT by Stephen King and The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker.

I had the first Harry Potter book, but didnt know that it was only available as long as I had Prime :man_shrugging:

so i’ll start reading one in the coming days

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Book 1 is done. Moving onto Wrath of Empire tomorrow (or maybe tonight when I get home).

Next up:

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With a cover compliment from Warren Ellis to boot. Assuming it doesn’t suffer from the removal of its context that is some high praise.

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A little grim, but quite well-written.

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1984 by George Orwell. The book opens your eyes to the modern world. It is necessary to read it. George Orwell is my idol. I also want to become a writer, so I read and write a lot. I also order essays online in this site. This helps me a lot.

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It’s compulsive, and I’m sorry, but any mention of Orwell’s 1984 requires I ask if you are aware of We by Yevgeny Zamyatin. It predates 1984 by a significant amount of time and has many of the same concepts in place that Orwell used.

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