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"Thomas Pynchon’s AGAINST THE DAY is a book that is almost impossible to finish.  In many ways, it defeats the point of finishing it.  It’s more than a thousand pages long, and each individual scene is pretty much the size of a novella.  It’s a novel that you can dip into like an encyclopedia.  It’s set between 1893 and World War I, and it came out in 2006.  It’s in no way current.  But I’m sitting down and writing this because it’s about everything.  It might even be the defining novel of the 21st Century..."
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You make a compelling case to pick this one up and give it a go. The only other Pynchon I've tried was Gravity's Rainbow and I couldn't finish it but there was a lot of other stuff going on at the time distracting me. 
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"There’s a certain kind of cookbook that you — or at least I — can read like it’s fiction. Science fiction, even. I was talking with Janice Wang, a researcher at MIT Media Lab, about this at South By the other day. (That was a really interesting visit, by the way.) She was trying to put together a thing about food in science fiction, and having a little trouble finding too much about food culture in sf. And all I could think of was the three cookbooks I’d gotten recently, written by chefs from NOMA. NOMA is a Nordic restaurant dedicated to reinventing hyperlocal, firmly seasonal foodstuffs with Science. And science is still the best poetic fiction there is..."
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This is an excellent post. I was speaking to a friend of mine who is an archeologist about science and the resurrection of ancient recipes and beers yesterday! He recommended Dogfish Head's work on recreating ancient Viking drink.
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“I would say that one of the ethical problems we face today is how to return to silence. And one of the semiotic problems we might consider is the closer study of the function of silence in various aspects of communication, to examine a semiotics of silence: it may be a semiotics of reticence, a semiotics of silence in theater, a semiotics of silence in politics, a semiotics of silence in political debate—in other words, the long pause, silence as creation of suspense, silence as threat, silence as agreement, silence as denial, silence in music.”

-- Umberto Eco, “Inventing The Enemy.”
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+Warren Ellis I don't see how this can be an ethical problem. I can agree with Umberto's emphasis on the study of the semiotics of silence as being important but I don't see how that fits into the realm of Ethics.
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Love the fact this is an Image book too. Can't wait for this.
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Say hello.
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Hi!
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As read by +Wil Wheaton !
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No feckin' way! I can't believe +Wil Wheaton read this! Pure fantastic!
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I am moving my public act to a G+ Page.  Please circle me there.  This page will be read-only/ just talking to friends.  The Page will be where Things Happen.  We hope.
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Followed - thanks for the headsup!
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Oh I'm all for that. Just remember that a lot of us do it not because we've the right, or even permission, but because our governments are generally too incompetent to follow through with their threats against everyone all the time. ^.^
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