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Posted 19 September 2012 - 03:54 PM
By the way, has anyone read the Alan Moore graphic novel Lost Girls? I just heard about it yesterday--apparently it's a highly sexually explicit (described by Moore himself as "pornography") story existing in the fairy tale universe, retelling promiscuous versions of the stories of Alice (from Carroll's books), Wendy (from Peter Pan), and Dorothy (from Baum's Oz). I'm actually reading all three of the source novels back-to-back for my Children's Literature class and Moore's novel was mentioned in lecture. Is it any good, or mostly just a smutty shock-factor-fest?
Posted 22 September 2012 - 08:28 PM
Posted 01 October 2012 - 07:19 PM
Recently finished Democracy by Didion. Didn't quite dig it as much as I was hoping. Would do well to read it again. I tried to get my friends to read it with me and everyone abandoned it. Bit of a let-down.
Also reading Hopes and Prospects by Chomsky. First Chomsky I've ever read. It's informative but also feels like he's presenting some speculation as fact in places, and he's not doing well at offering alternatives to our situation (which is maybe fair because his subject is mostly Latin America here, not the US). He's just basically saying that American foreign policy sucks and is oppressive and exploitative. Which I kind of knew, but didn't know the extent. It's also very slow reading - takes me about an hour to get through 10 pages. It's making me feel pretty shamefully uninformed.
I think next I might try some Norman Mailer, or maybe Bellow. Anyone have recommendations for either of those authors? I feel like rpmlem and Mahood have both enjoyed Bellow. Not sure I've heard mention of Mailer here (at least not for a very long time).
Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:32 PM
I read Waiting For Godot the other night. Really great... my first encounter with Beckett's work. I can see why Morton Feldman was such a fan.
Gonna watch this tonight:
Posted 11 October 2012 - 03:14 PM
Posted 13 October 2012 - 08:29 AM
I just finished the biography a few days ago. Was really good, glad I did it. For now I need to finish this Chomsky book and then catch up on some Atlantic reading and also I have a couple of issues of Believer that I'd like to at least thumb through, so I'll be taking a break from novels for a bit. When I come back, though, I'm definitely gonna get that Bellow novel that rpmlem recommended above.
Posted 16 October 2012 - 04:34 AM
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
The first four are most definitely epic masterpieces, number 5 is just a fun/weird/insightful book that I keep coming back to.
Posted 16 October 2012 - 06:18 AM
Infinite Jest (ditto, falseswipe!)
2666 (Roberto Bolano)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
The Sound & The Fury (ditto, falseswipe!)
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle (Haruki Murakami)
(^ no order)
Other things I might have mentioned:
Gravity's Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon) (haven't finished it)
Collected Fictions (J.L. Borges) (not a novel)
I have a sneaking feeling there's some big novel that I actually finished and I'm forgetting about, but this is the best I can do at the moment..
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