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Postby madness and chaos » Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:38 pm

I HATE STONER

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Postby Ersaph » Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:49 pm

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Is this good? I've been picking it up and putting it down for what feels like years. It just seems like a very offputting book, but also seems like something I would like, if that makes sense.

Anyway I'm reading McGlue by Otessa Moshfegh and Querelle by Genet. They are very complimentary and good! Strong recommend on this pairing.

In between I've been reading Hotel Theory by Wayne Koestenbaum and Sexografias by Gabriela Wiener. The latter is lighter but both are really refreshing summer reading. Hotel Theory is definitely the best Koestenbaum I've read so far.

Moshfegh is one of my favorite writers and I am so excited for My Year of Rest and Relaxation to arrive tomorrow.
And I feel like this year is really about, just the year of realizing stuff.
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Postby meeshpotato » Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:57 pm

Good to hear. I have Eileen coming tomorrow. Also ordered the The Overstory, which should be here in a couple of weeks.

I read The Idiot (Batuman) over the past couple of weeks thanks to this thread. Really great.
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Postby nautical hyperblast » Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:59 pm

finished the Bhagavad Gita and loved it... this is next (should finish in a day really, super short):
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Postby morris buttermaker » Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:47 pm

madness and chaos wrote:I HATE STONER

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it's constant buzz of depression and disappointment
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Postby madness and chaos » Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:53 pm

it's very amazing but I kind of can't handle it at this exact point in life. Regardless, I'll be done in an hour.
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Postby wolfie » Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:30 pm

I never read All Quiet on the Western Front. Until this week.

Jesus Christ what a soul destroying punch to the gut. A couple of times I felt physically ill. I’m glad it was short. Excellent, but what a horror.
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Postby Kenny » Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:53 pm

beautiful book
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Postby ratbags » Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:53 pm

this is very good so far

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Postby alaska » Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:45 pm

so psyched for that moshfegh book
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Postby walt whitman » Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:58 pm

attn bibliophiles - INSANE half-price books sale going on this week

picked up a stack of art books, working on this first

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Postby dvr » Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:08 pm

Where is this INSANE sale?
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Postby walt whitman » Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:10 pm

u need 2 b on that mailing list homie
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Postby walt whitman » Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:10 pm

they hook u up when u walk in
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Postby madness and chaos » Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:29 am

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It's phenomenal. Definitely going on a gigantic Harrison kick right now and not looking back.
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Postby mercenaries of slime » Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:27 am

Ersaph wrote:
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Is this good? I've been picking it up and putting it down for what feels like years. It just seems like a very offputting book, but also seems like something I would like, if that makes sense.


i'm really enjoying how grotesque the characters are, personally

my only issue is that their private language and general dialogue feels more australian than american sometimes

i read that she only set the novel in washington dc her publisher felt it would sell better

overall it's definitely worth reading though!
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Postby r m » Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:52 am

madness and chaos wrote:Image

It's phenomenal. Definitely going on a gigantic Harrison kick right now and not looking back.


I keep expecting for this to get an NYRB edition and become everyone's new fave.

I always figured this would end up being a Casey Affleck or James Franco project and am glad that it probably won't be at this point.
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Postby madness and chaos » Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:23 am

r m wrote:
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It's phenomenal. Definitely going on a gigantic Harrison kick right now and not looking back.


I keep expecting for this to get an NYRB edition and become everyone's new fave.

I always figured this would end up being a Casey Affleck or James Franco project and am glad that it probably won't be at this point.


They don't consider this a popular fiction of his, really, but yeah, for sure is the best and I definitely see it as something that would be canon
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Postby Kenny » Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:25 am

Kenny wrote:I'm only 50 pages in but this is exactly what I want:

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Most of the best books I've read this year have been written by women (The Corners That Held Them, The Towers of Trebizond, Left Hand of Darkness, Gilead, The Hearing Trumpet, Downbelow Station)


This was really really nice!
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Postby Dead_Wizard » Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:50 pm

Almost done with Evan Dara's "Flee". I loved how he manages to touch on fears of social contagion, disease, "economic anxiety", gentrification, the collapse of the family all through this almost Greek chorus style rush of dialogue, but never explicitly spelling out what exactly the folks of Anderburg are fleeing from. Section "X" towards the end almost reads like a short sci-fi novel. Stunning stuff!

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Postby madness and chaos » Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:13 am

A Good Day To Die was so what I needed. Beautiful prose, drugs, impulsivity, suicide talk, the longing of love mostly gone wrong. What even is life?
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Postby Kenny » Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:01 pm

I'm reading this version of the Anabasis:
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It's nuts how readable this 2000 year old story is, I'm really enjoying it.
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Postby abs » Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:09 pm

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It's phenomenal. Definitely going on a gigantic Harrison kick right now and not looking back.



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Postby bro tones » Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:15 pm

abs, i know i asked you before where to start with harrison, but i neglected to make a note of it so asking again. also pm's seem to be broke and i was gonna ask for maybe a surprise harrison bundle. advise me.
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Postby silverapples » Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:06 am

what are people's favourite proust translations?
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Postby abs » Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:10 am

bro tones wrote:abs, i know i asked you before where to start with harrison, but i neglected to make a note of it so asking again. also pm's seem to be broke and i was gonna ask for maybe a surprise harrison bundle. advise me.



Oh heck yes! Probably “The Farmer’s Daughter,” though I could argue a few others as starting points.

If you want a bundle, I’m more than happy to help there as well. Would you be open to non-fiction/poems too? I think he’s a fantastic writer across all genres.

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Postby alaska » Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:39 am

silverapples wrote:what are people's favourite proust translations?


i'm in the middle of the moncrieff/kilmartin -- mostly the modern library ones revised by enright, although i read swann's way & within a budding grove in the pleiade edition. i've read all three versions of swann's way (davis; moncrieff without revisions; moncrieff revised by enright) but i don't read french & couldn't honestly tell you the difference (which is not to say there's not one! just to say i'm a doof)

the problem with the recent davis/prendergast/etc. translations isn't that they're bad (i liked the davis one fine) but it's just that they're all done by different people, each of whom apparently takes a pretty different methodological approach to the problem of translation -- apparently penguin was trying to rush a complete in search of lost time out right after the copyright or whatever expired

but yeah the only complete translation is moncrieff/kilmartin. i haven't really studied enright's revisions enough to know what precisely they add but i enjoyed the revised guermantes way/sodom and gomorrah a lot
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Postby mini » Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:43 am

ratbags wrote:this is very good so far

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this kept getting better and better. lovely final two chapters. significantly better than eileen.
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