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Postby mancubz » Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:08 am

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Postby mondays » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:20 am

just finished these:
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what a ride, though there was a a bit of a lull somewhere around when the DNC takes place. i skipped a lengthy transcript of dialog between thompson and someone on the mcgovern campaign talking about how their strategy was to lose iowa or something. for the most part the book is very strong. highlights include thompson giving his rolling stone press pass to some dude he just met, who later gets into a drunken screaming fit at ed muskie and thompson having a nervous breakdown at the ketucky derby

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my first pynchon book. not much to say that hasn't already been said. it's wonderful
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Postby Kenny » Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:52 pm

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Postby bongo » Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:53 pm

really makes you not think
yeaaaaaaaaaaaa american nostalgia love it suburban living civilized families this could be my life
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Postby Kenny » Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:54 pm

I dunno, I liked it!
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Postby number none » Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:04 pm

well he's got a hundred more of 'em
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Postby winjer » Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:58 pm

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Chris Ware - Monograph

i'm not a huge reader of comics, but Jimmy Corrigan & Building Stories are two of my all time favorites of any genre. excited to dive into this.
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Postby Kenny » Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:24 am

I've never read Nietzsche, tbh. It's probably (definitely!) stupid but I guess I thought I've gotten the big thrusts of his thought through osmosis. I should change that.

I just did a trial to the Times Literary Supplement 2 weeks ago and this week there's a big article by Marilynne Robinson who I just really really liked in Gilead. Talk about synchronicity :ugeek:
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Postby bongo » Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:53 am

read tjhe gay science pottman
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Postby bongo » Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:54 am

Zawn V rated it really liked it
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If you read Nietzsche while not in the midst of some variety of emo existential crisis, Nietzsche is hilarious and insightful. If, however, you choose to read Nietzsche in high school in order to be counter-culture, odds are good Nietzsche will temporarily turn you into a horrible, pompous ass. Nietzsche is the first philosopher I ever read; I stole The Gay Science from my cousin's book shelf when I was nine because I wanted to read "what smart people read." Ever since then, Nietzsche and I have had a love affair; the problem is that I cannot stand his fans.
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Postby tawny frogmouth » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:44 am

i started reading the new john le carre, and two chapters in it's very good. but it's about events from the spy who came in from the cold, which i read a couple years ago. i thought i'd just read the wiki to get the plot details from that one down, but then decided fuck it, i'm all about rereading books in 2018 anyway. so now i'm reading the spy who came in from the cold and a legacy of spies at the same time, and it's greeaaaattt
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Postby HotFingersClub » Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:09 pm

Sorry this is a lot of books I haven’t posted since November.

Opinions available upon request but the highlights were probably Krasznahorkai, Wallace and Schweblin (which was my favourite book from 2017).

I also want to specially recommend David Rose, because although Vault wasn’t as good as Meridian, he’s totally under the radar and I think most people in this thread would love him. RIYL Evan Dara, A Naked Singularity, DFW.

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Kurt Schwitters – pppppp

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Sam Riviere – Kim Kardashian’s Marriage

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Mike McCormack – Solar Bones

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Laszlo Krasznahorkai – Seiobo There Below

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Samanta Schweblin – Fever Dream

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Ann Leckie – Ancillary Justice

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Andrew Michael Hurley – The Loney

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David Foster Wallace – Oblivion

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Clarice Lispector – The Passion According to G.H.

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David Rose – Vault
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Postby hey nathan » Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:45 pm

tawny frogmouth wrote:i started reading the new john le carre, and two chapters in it's very good. but it's about events from the spy who came in from the cold, which i read a couple years ago. i thought i'd just read the wiki to get the plot details from that one down, but then decided fuck it, i'm all about rereading books in 2018 anyway. so now i'm reading the spy who came in from the cold and a legacy of spies at the same time, and it's greeaaaattt


when you do concurrent reads with such crossover (2 novels same time bends my brain much less same author same setting) how do you switch back and forth? mood, chapter breaks, what?
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Postby Smarmy » Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:54 pm

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This was well done, yet nothing too revelatory


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This was funny at points, but not for me overall


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Finally gonna tackle this that I've had on my shelf for 12 years...
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Postby winjer » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:03 pm

would love to hear more about the Schweblin and why it was your year's fave hotfingers, and always down for more words on Seiobo

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Postby abs » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:04 pm

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Postby Dead_Wizard » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:55 pm

reading Dawn by Phil Elverum. It's pretty funny and I dig his sketches. Walking around with a digipack CD stuffed in my back pocket is kind of annoying though.
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Postby largecrow » Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:15 am

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Rereading 'Tongue Cat', by Peter Verhelst, a highly regarded Flemish writer. Absolutely wonderful book. It is a poetic and allusive novel. Narratives and characters shift -- you think you know who it's about, or what it's about, but every time you're just about sure it wriggles out of your grasp. The prose is gorgeous and would be even if it wasn't a translation. Reminds me of 2666, KJ Bishop's 'The Etched City', Borges. Sometimes feels completely surreal, sometimes feels like retold myth, and other times feels very immediate and visceral and real.

Anyway, like three other people seem to have ever even heard of it, so that's my pitch. Definitely an under-read masterpiece.
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Postby largecrow » Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:19 am

There's an extract of the first 20 pages or something up online if that piques anyone's interest.

https://s3-eu-central-1.amazonaws.com/f ... rhelst.pdf
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Postby Kenny » Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:13 am

I'm almost finished with:

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The plot is sort of smal but the characters are really great, they start off shallow and get deeper as the book goes on. The author has a habit of ending chapters with inner ruminations that is sort of nice as it becomes something to look forward to at the end of a chapter.
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Postby HotFingersClub » Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:09 am

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Rereading 'Tongue Cat', by Peter Verhelst, a highly regarded Flemish writer. Absolutely wonderful book. It is a poetic and allusive novel. Narratives and characters shift -- you think you know who it's about, or what it's about, but every time you're just about sure it wriggles out of your grasp. The prose is gorgeous and would be even if it wasn't a translation. Reminds me of 2666, KJ Bishop's 'The Etched City', Borges. Sometimes feels completely surreal, sometimes feels like retold myth, and other times feels very immediate and visceral and real.

Anyway, like three other people seem to have ever even heard of it, so that's my pitch. Definitely an under-read masterpiece.


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Postby HotFingersClub » Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:22 am

winjer wrote:would love to hear more about the Schweblin and why it was your year's fave hotfingers, and always down for more words on Seiobo


The Schweblin is clean, short, and absolutely fucking grips you by the neck until its teeth meet. Seriously unnerving literature with such a monstrous sense of unease. It reminded me a little of reading the first Southern Reach book; similar kind of uncanny/compromised ecosystem vibe, but the foreboding is much more intense.

Seiobo was only my second Krasznahorkai and I liked it a lot but slightly less than I was hoping for. Some of the stories were extraordinary. I remember completely falling into the section on repairing the goddess and a few others. At the same time, I can't help but be put-off by the way each story links back to the artwork. I might just be annoyed at this Guardian reviewer who transparently fuckboasted that Krasznahorkai "wears his erudition lightly", and I was thinking don't get me wrong, I love it, but I can't imagine a much heavier way to wear your erudition than writing this book.
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Postby hadlex » Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:33 am

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Postby tawny frogmouth » Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:56 am

hey nathan wrote:
tawny frogmouth wrote:i started reading the new john le carre, and two chapters in it's very good. but it's about events from the spy who came in from the cold, which i read a couple years ago. i thought i'd just read the wiki to get the plot details from that one down, but then decided fuck it, i'm all about rereading books in 2018 anyway. so now i'm reading the spy who came in from the cold and a legacy of spies at the same time, and it's greeaaaattt


when you do concurrent reads with such crossover (2 novels same time bends my brain much less same author same setting) how do you switch back and forth? mood, chapter breaks, what?


it's unscientific and maybe there's a better way to do it, but i read the spy who came in from the cold on the subway to and from work, and a legacy of spies at night at home

it's worked out pretty well for two books that were written over a half century apart. nothing revelatory or anything, but when the newer chapters end on a note about "poor old alec leamas," and then you pick up the earlier one and you're smack dab in the middle of leamas's story, the effect works really well.

i came to le carre later in life, but i read 10 of his books the year i discovered him. he's great, and the fact that his quality has only gotten better since the cold war ended is really something
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Postby winjer » Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:10 pm

HotFingersClub wrote:
winjer wrote:would love to hear more about the Schweblin and why it was your year's fave hotfingers, and always down for more words on Seiobo


The Schweblin is clean, short, and absolutely fucking grips you by the neck until its teeth meet. Seriously unnerving literature with such a monstrous sense of unease. It reminded me a little of reading the first Southern Reach book; similar kind of uncanny/compromised ecosystem vibe, but the foreboding is much more intense.

Seiobo was only my second Krasznahorkai and I liked it a lot but slightly less than I was hoping for. Some of the stories were extraordinary. I remember completely falling into the section on repairing the goddess and a few others. At the same time, I can't help but be put-off by the way each story links back to the artwork. I might just be annoyed at this Guardian reviewer who transparently fuckboasted that Krasznahorkai "wears his erudition lightly", and I was thinking don't get me wrong, I love it, but I can't imagine a much heavier way to wear your erudition than writing this book.


Thank you. Definitely sympathize with that take on the Krasznahorkai.
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Postby hey nathan » Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:49 pm

tawny frogmouth wrote:spy who came in from the cold on the subway to and from work, and a legacy of spies at night at home


v cool, I like that split, makes sense it would work
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Postby Barthes Starr » Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:45 pm

picked up a paperback copy of ohle's Motorman, which i'm excited to rip through again this weekend after reading it in printed out pdf form several years ago
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Postby Kenny » Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:23 pm

Finished The World My Wilderness which I really liked, but the ending was a little weak. I think it was great that the main character was so enigmatic but it was sort of a soap opera ending. Still it was a fun and quick read. Now starting:

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Postby abs » Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:26 am

Kenny wrote:I'm almost finished with:

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The plot is sort of smal but the characters are really great, they start off shallow and get deeper as the book goes on. The author has a habit of ending chapters with inner ruminations that is sort of nice as it becomes something to look forward to at the end of a chapter.


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