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#41 ghost falseswipe haunting book thread

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 03:54 PM

Starting Absalom, Absalom! tomorrow; I am expecting great things. Few books have blown me away like As I Lay Dying and The Sound and the Fury did.

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?
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Posted 22 September 2012 - 08:28 PM

any of yall eses read Dover's fine art books? I got a copy of Albrecht Durer's complete woodcuts, and man is this book a beast. hundreds of woodcuts, a good number of them full pagers, with decent reproductions for the money ('bout $12). the artwork is awesome and to an art history buff it's like a pot o' gold blasting its nut all over my face. i've ordered Dover's book of Durer's complete etchings and engravings, as well as a book of 101 Samurai prints and Gustave Dore's complete illustrations of the bible. psyched!
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Posted 01 October 2012 - 07:09 PM

man is the old book threat really gone

going crazy trying to find this one flash fiction piece by DFW
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Posted 01 October 2012 - 07:16 PM

I AM GOING CRAZY WHERE THE FUCK IS THAT STORY
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Posted 01 October 2012 - 07:19 PM

found it
my google-fu has regained its strength :aloof:
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#46 Flawless Calculations

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 07:19 PM

lol, not taking the bait (I'm reading his bio, tho).

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).
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Posted 01 October 2012 - 07:25 PM

Bellow's Herzog and Humboldt's Gift are goddamn good books. Seize the Day is good too, but it's a shorter/lesser work imo. Bellow does the whole neurotic jewish guy thing so much better than philip roth.
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#48 Flawless Calculations

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 07:26 PM

Oh man I'm such a wannabe neurotic Jewish guy. I'm sold already.
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#49 tizzy

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 02:16 PM

just got For Whom the Bell Tolls, Agape Agape, Gravity's Rainbow, Underworld, Stoner, The Great Gatsby and Tropic of Cancer...

I'll never finish all the shit I've bought :sweat:
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Posted 11 October 2012 - 07:14 AM

Yesterday I both read the book and watched the play of The Little Prince. May not be the type of high brow literature we usually discuss in here, but it really blew me away.
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Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:32 PM

I've heard so many good things about The Little Prince, should check it out.

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:

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 01:27 PM

I really ought to read/watch Godot as well. I'm a complete virgin to Beckett's work.
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#53 bro do u even give back to the community

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 02:48 PM

I'm a complete virgin to Beckett's work.

judging by your post count in this thread, probably a virgin to a few other things :smug:
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#54 Flawless Calculations

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 03:14 PM

Godot was my first Beckett and I feel like it was a pretty good introduction. You'll read it fast. Then you might want to read it one or two more times, too, because it's pretty bizarre. Beckett does weird stuff with fiction. I'm not really sure what he's doing, but it's weird. It has a feeling.
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Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:17 PM


I'm a complete virgin to Beckett's work.

judging by your post count in this thread, probably a virgin to a few other things :smug:

Nope :smug:
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Posted 13 October 2012 - 08:29 AM

So before reading Westward you're supposed to have read Barth's 'Lost in the Funhouse.' But I didn't and I still really enjoyed it. It's apparently supposed to be like a continuation of LITF or something. It was his first big attempt to sort of get beyond metafiction as entertainment itself and to start sort of pointing out the problems with it and turn it into something more serious. The very ending of that story hit me where it counts.

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.
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 07:35 PM

interesting article on Cormac & Blood Meridian

http://www.slate.com...d_history_.html

hell yeah, motherfucker
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Posted 15 October 2012 - 04:27 PM

Finishing Absalom, Absalom! tomorrow. This book has been a serious trip, only Faulkner can toy with my mind in the way that he does.
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Posted 16 October 2012 - 04:34 AM

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
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.
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Posted 16 October 2012 - 06:18 AM

Only allowing myself to mention novels that I've 100% finished reading, and no repeated authors:

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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