Book Game

i don’t know or really care what the attraction is, but there was a time when i was ALWAYS reading. i went through my “heady” book days and the whole nine. well, for a while i used to highlight certain passages from books (don’t do it anymore). i was living in Spain and was cool with this 19 yo girl. she was a solid 8, into retro crap. now what you need to understand was Spain isn’t a huge base, after a year, you know damn near everyone… we had to keep things VERY down low.

well, me and girl used to ALWAYS talk books. we were talking about infedility and relationships and i mention Kundera’s “the unbearable lightness of being” and how a man can sleep with multiple women but still only love one.

she was hooked. so i let her borrow my copy. about a week later she saw me and gushed, “ZOMG, you highlight parts of your books?” i nodded and admitted to my “crime” (i read the book back in 2003) and couldn’t understand what she was tripping over. then she mentioned the passage about a man only sleeping (as in sleep- sleep) with a woman he truly loves, that a man cannot allow himself to be vulnerable with a woman as to sleep next to her unless he is in love with her.

for some reason that shit lit her up. we ended up getting coffee during her break (she was at work) and we discussed the book.

fast forward 2 months and she’s at my place, i’m making us lunch (cooking game) and i made my move. we were on the sofa looking at my collection of money from all over the world (pre-Euro) and i leaned in and kissed her. we ended up sleeping together, and thus began a VEEEEEERY secret affair that lasted until i left Spain. went on for about 5-6 months.

she was cool. she was very down to earth. i liked her. but i knew it was just a dream. i knew it’d never be anything more than Spain. but sometimes, that’s enough. a brief interlude of romanticism brings a man back to earth and out of his own head. i was in an odd place then, and she really pulled me back to reality, to a better place.

all this just from a book that i highlighted. i don’t practice this anymore btw. but i’ve had more than one woman borrow a book and comment on my making highlights of passages. i can only assume (since i don’t have a vagina) that women (who typically read a LOT) can’t resist a man who reads. my books are really “guy’ish” type books. poetry, philosophy, short stories, classics, and more “male” oriented fiction. i’d like to believe a man’s books give a woman an idea as to what type man she’s dealing with.

EVERY TIME i have a new woman come to the house, she will ALWAYS gravitate to my books and nose through them. never underestimate a woman’s tingles to your library (if you don’t have one….start one NOW, even if it’s only a few books…..if you want suggestions- see below for a few personal faves).

selection of short stories by thomas wolfe
meditations by marcus aurelius
the unbearable lightness of being by milan kundera
heart of darkness by joseph conrad
fight club by chuck palahniuk
love is a dog from hell by charles bukowski
the complete poems of frederick lorca/pablo neruda
siddartha by herman hesse
portable henry rollins
huck finn and tom sawyer by mark twain
wuthering heights by emily bronte (my FAVORITE classic novel)
thus spoke zarathustra friedrich nietzsche

that should get you started. and remember….ALWAYS have one book that is sexual in nature sitting in there. a woman who’s considering fucking you will ALWAYS grab said book and look through it- i use “how to give her absolute pleasure” by lou paget.

happy hunting, and stay up.

as an aside, i’m watching “my dog skip”, and i ALWAYS get close to tears at the end (just like old yeller), and girl i mentioned above watched it with me once and went absolutely ape-shit when she noticed i was choked up at the end. i’m sure Brody sitting at her feet MAY have had something to do with it. but i just don’t get why girls get so moist over guys that get mushy at “dog dying” movies. i could watch a woman get shot and die and think, “damn….that sucks.” but a dog dies….i’m a like a 5 year old girl with a skinned knee. lol.

library 1, in the foyer, the huge tome is a webster's dictionary from 1930. the rest are my "homesteading" books.

library 1, in the foyer, the huge tome is a webster’s dictionary from 1930. the rest are my “homesteading” books.

main library, living room.

main library, living room.

bedroom library. antique books are on the center shelf. countries traveled lower, various atop.

bedroom library. antique books are on the center shelf. countries traveled lower, various atop.

30 Comments on “Book Game”

  1. Shade Zero says:

    I have always been a big reader.

    For me to be reading 2 or 3 books at a time is not unheard of.
    There was the one for my car, so if I was waiting somewhere I could read it.
    There was one for the bathroom when I was making my royal decrees on the thrown.
    There was one for the rest of the house when I was sitting around and wanting to read.

    Now with the kindle app on my iPhone, I can really just focus on one book if I wanted to, no matter where I was at. But, to me there is nothing quite like having a physical book. The texture of the pages and the smell. But, as I ran out of room for them I have decided that I am only going to by paper versions of books I plan on keeping around for a while. I have also started looking for leather hardcovers of some of my favorite books to put on my shelf. I have contemplated paying to have some of the books that do not have leather bound hardcover version rebound that way. From what I can tell it shouldn’t be too much at a local bookpress.

    I seemed to stop reading so much when I got with my ex-wife. I’m not going to say it was because of her, but… I think it was more than a coincidence. Now I have recommitted to reading. I am a little behind schedule, but I am going to read 52 books this year. This is not my goal. This is what I am doing.

  2. sunshinemary says:

    i can only assume (since i don’t have a vagina) that women (who typically read a LOT) can’t resist a man who reads.

    Oh my, now you are speaking my language. I could never be attracted to a man who wasn’t a serious reader. I don’t do dumb.

    And reading to each other? Heavenly. Mmm.

  3. sunshinemary says:

    Upon reflection, my sentence above should read, “I could never have been attracted to a man who wasn’t a serious reader.” I don’t wish to give the impression that I, a married woman, might be inflamed with literary lust as I sit in a cafe full of reading people, some of whom are men. 🙂

  4. Vicomte says:

    Highlighting is fucking travesty and plebeian to boot. Make notes in a journal or some shit.

    My bookshelf contains:

    The Count of Monte Cristo–Robin Buss translation by Penguin Classics
    Infinite Jest–DFW
    The Hero With A Thousand Faces–JC
    Leaves Of Grass–WW

    Everything else is in an old box or somewhere handy until I’m done reading it.

    If you ever run into an old copy of LOG let me know.

  5. Vicomte says:

    Nothing like a bit of watersports after a day of antiquing, eh old chap?

    Perhaps you can pencil me in for pinkie pointing lessons,

    if you can find an opening.

  6. Faust says:

    This is good advice, and not just for picking up girls.

    I was at a tech company a few years ago, and we had an investor come in during a particularly trying time. I wasn’t there that day, but I had happened to leave a copy of the collected writings of Neitzche on one of the VPs desks so I could read it during particularly boring conference calls. Evidently the investor had been a little cold up to that point, but when he saw it he was very impressed. We got several hundred thousand dollars out of that guy before it was all said and done.

    The owner of the company, who was a multimillionaire, would routinely stock his bookshelves with advanced mathematical texts. I never saw him open one, but he considered them pretty important as a display item.

    Another good thing, if you speak a foreign language, is to have some texts in it out for display, or even take one with you to a coffee shop. I get tons and tons of comments when I’m reading something in Japanese. Hell, even got a job offer once.

    • dannyfrom504 says:

      Lorca and Neruda are written in Spanish. There’s another book I had, a girl borrowed it- I think it’s Becquer. GREAT Spanish poet.

    • Vicomte says:

      Nietzsche is more the mark of the hipster than the philosopher these days.

      The problem with displaying books you haven’t read or understood is eventually you meet someone who has.

      I read somewhere that aftermarket book jackets are popular in Japan, as a privacy measure.

      Is that true? I like the idea.

      • dannyfrom504 says:

        If it is true, it must be newer. I never saw it when I lived there. I just saw books with Kangi for a title.

        Sent from my iPhone

      • Faust says:

        No need. When you buy a book in Japan, at least at a new place, they’ll tape a paper protective cover to it. This not only protects the book, it rather conveniently hides what you’re reading.

        Of course, the big thing now is cellphone novels. Every cellphone in Japan has a polarized screen cover that keeps anybody even a few inches away from seeing what’s on it. So you can be on a train and reading the filthiest porn imaginable, (And there’s some unbelievably filthy porn) and no one will ever know. Much less risky.

  7. Vicomte says:

    Ah, maybe I misunderstood the jacket thing. Must have been that.

    Just as organized crime took off during Prohibition, censoring your pornography leads to tentacles.

  8. MissMarie says:

    Right on, as usual. Farmer just told me he bought me a book he wants me to rea – HOT! The fact that he reads so much is a total turn-on.

  9. Chicks dig readers 🙂 One of my prized possessions is a signed copy of Fight Club.

    Danny, I think you might appreciate this book if you haven’t read it already: The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen. He was an English soldier who fought in the trenches during WWI. I’m not a big poetry fan, but it’s a compelling read.

    • dannyfrom504 says:

      Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll research him.

      • zorroprimo says:

        Apologia Pro Poemate Meo

        I, too, saw God through mud–
        The mud that cracked on cheeks when wretches smiled.
        War brought more glory to their eyes than blood,
        And gave their laughs more glee than shakes a child.

        Merry it was to laugh there–
        Where death becomes absurd and life absurder.
        For power was on us as we slashed bones bare
        Not to feel sickness or remorse of murder.

        I, too, have dropped off fear–
        Behind the barrage, dead as my platoon,
        And sailed my spirit surging, light and clear,
        Past the entanglement where hopes lie strewn;

        And witnessed exhultation–
        Faces that used to curse me, scowl for scowl,
        Shine and lift up with passion of oblation,
        Seraphic for an hour, though they were foul.

        I have made fellowships–
        Untold of happy lovers in old song.
        For love is not the binding of fair lips
        With the soft silk of eyes that look and long.

        By joy, whose ribbon slips,–
        But wound with war’s hard wire whose stakes are strong;
        Bound with the bandage of the arm that drips;
        Knit in the welding of the rifle-thong.

        I have perceived much beauty
        In the hoarse oaths that kept our courage straight;
        Heard music in the silentness of duty;
        Found peace where shell-storms spouted reddest spate.

        Nevertheless, except you share
        With them in hell the sorrowful dark of hell,
        Whose world is but a trembling of a flare
        And heaven but a highway for a shell,

        You shall not hear their mirth:
        You shall not come to think them well content
        By any jest of mine. These men are worth
        Your tears: You are not worth their merriment.

  10. Athor Pel says:

    I’ve met very few women that read. Most that I’ve met were all typical American non-readers. They might read a magazine article or food labels or maybe even the news ticker at the bottom of the screen when watching news shows on television. But reading real books as something to do on a regular basis is dead in America. Americans are now an incurious lot, only willing to learn when they are spoon fed the information. If you don’t walk them through some new idea step by step they will not get it because they are too intellectually lazy to do otherwise. They think being physically busy somehow compensates for their lack of intellectual vigor.

    You’re something of a rarity Danny.

    When women I’ve dated find out how much I read and what I read they begin to consider their words much more carefully. I begin to get more questions and fewer assertions. Which isn’t too bad a thing really. I don’t easily volunteer that I read a lot but enough conversation will always reveal it.

    Where things get bad is when the conversations get more in-depth, more real. It isn’t the knowledge disparity but the difference in curiosity levels that can tend to doom a relationship for me. Ignorance is easy to fix. The desire to learn is not something that can be remedied in the same way, it’s intrinsic to the personality. Like I said above, Americans are generally rather incurious. They see reading as hard and/or boring.

    The other thing that I value is the ability to accept truth when presented with it. To turn away form truth is to avoid reality. Acceptance of truth is rare, more so in women than men. Women usually just want to stay in their happy place. Anyone that disturbs that is anathema.

    Rant mode off.

  11. Needs more Dave Barry.

  12. tj says:

    Glad to see I’m not the only avid reader in these parts – my bookshelves are overflowing and I’ve got a Little Free Library in my front yard to boot.

    Excellent point about a “turn on” book or two – I’ve got a couple by Anais Nin displayed for easy viewing – and reading out loud purposes.

    Always worth having books like “Death of Vishnu” by Manil Suri around too – easy topic of conversation and shows multicultural depth

  13. mindstar says:

    In addition to having a library (I have north of 3,000 books and it’s always inspected by the women I’ve brought home) I also suggest having several cookbooks in the kitchen (I’m sure Danny does). If you can only have one cookbook I’d recomend “Cooking to Hook Up: The Bachelor’s Date-Night Cookbook.” Its a great book with dozens of recipes but what’s really great is that the recipes are grouped around the type of woman you’re trying to score with ex. Girl Next Door, Party Girl, Vegetarian Girl, Indie Girl, Uptown Girl, Literary Girl, etc.In addition to full menus each chapter also recommends music, alcohol, decor keyed in to the particular woman. It even has excuses if you have to cancel keyed in to the specific woman type.

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