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Postby bunkbeds » Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:31 pm

oh damn, can’t wait to read that

edit: god dammit, my first toop. replying to abs regarding the book on john williams
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Postby Malcolm Money » Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:38 pm

Kenny wrote:Gonna start this tomorrow:

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Literally finished this yesterday, I liked this even more than Rings of Saturn
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Postby Mr Spaceship » Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:47 pm

damn, I loved Eileen
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Postby Ampersand » Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:54 pm

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William Gass - In the Heart of the Heart of the Country

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V. C. Andrews - My Sweet Audrina
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Postby abs » Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:09 pm

SSDGM?
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Postby Ampersand » Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:17 pm

abs wrote:SSDGM?


Nah, a different pod, Teen Creeps, which I've been told MFM made reference to, turned me on to it.

And I also love the '87 Flowers in the Attic movie, so I reckoned it's time to enjoy some gonzo V. C. prose.
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Postby abs » Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:26 pm

Nice! Cool all thI same. I keep meaning to pick up a copy.
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Postby Seamus » Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:30 pm

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Which is good so far (only 20 pages in) but maybe consider skipping the Colin Thubron introduction? He tells you who comes back and who doesn't, and maybe it would be more exciting not to know? A question for Seamus perhaps


Been a while since I read it, but *I think* I read the introduction, so sorry for not giving a heads up. I don't remember it ruining too much for me to be honest, especially as the synopsis lets you know how many of them make it home. Hope it hasn't put a dampener on it anyway.
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Postby Kenny » Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:55 pm

I never read the introductions, they always ruin everything. I always think I'll read them after a book but by that point I'm ready to read the next one
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Postby walt whitman » Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:11 pm

love Introductions
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Postby Sobieski » Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:13 pm

There's a few introductions I liked better than the book they came with
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Postby r m » Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:21 pm

Was taught early and often not to read any intros that weren't a part of the first edition until after completing a first read-through. Has served me well.
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Postby the upland trout » Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:52 pm

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Postby Eyeball Kid » Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:02 pm

The one reason (outside of cost) I've been reluctant to trade in my Saul Bellow paperbacks for the Library of America collection is I'd miss the introductions to the Penguin editions of those books. Christopher Hitchens on The Adventures of Augie March and Jeffrey Eugenides on Humboldt's Gift were the best of the lot, and J. M. Coetzee and Norman Rush's intros were *better* than the novels they were introducing. (Dangling Man and The Victim, respectively.)
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Postby madness and chaos » Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:20 am

Venusia sounds absolutely insane, but I can't handle something so dense right now

I need the most beautiful, sad, amazing prose ever, something so beautiful it will make me die
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Postby forest design » Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:23 am

abs wrote:Yesss just scored this galley. Out in October.

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At some point in this thread someone wrote out a screed against Stoner which I remember reading and finding interesting, despite loving the book. Never have gone back to search it out but at some point I want to do a reread and look it up to read alongside.
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Postby little lulu » Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:51 am

What's a good Steve Erickson book to read besides Zeroville? I really liked Zeroville btw.
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Postby Seamus » Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:52 am

I liked These Dreams of You a lot. I remember The Sea Came in at Midnight being pretty decent as well.
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Postby Man From Laramie » Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:39 am

Tours of the Black Clock is great.
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Postby supersaturated » Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:55 am

Reading the Lydia Davis translation of Madame Bovary

Rodolphe is such a disney villain

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Postby walt whitman » Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:32 pm

reading gravity’s rainbow in a beautiful, plant filled sun room rn
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Postby alaska » Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:06 pm

walt that rules
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:11 pm

Growing any bananas?
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Postby Bananafish » Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:30 pm

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Postby walt whitman » Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:07 pm

Eyeball Kid wrote:Growing any bananas?

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Postby Kenny » Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:35 pm

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Literally finished this yesterday, I liked this even more than Rings of Saturn


I didn't really love it... I thought the first half was really twee and it only got interesting to me in the second half. There were really powerful moments, like when he first gets to Prague and meets his old nanny, riding the train through Germany and feeling disassociated by how nice and orderly it is, and the really long sentence about Theresienstadt was great and urgent, but I didn't like how the book ended on a sort of nothing note.

I didn't hate it but I wanted to love it more

There's a funny bit in the book where they go to Tower Hamlets cemetary, which I walk through every day on the way to work, and the character Austerlitz describes walking through it when he was in a mental care facility and how he "Memorized the names and dates of everybody buried there" and while Tower Hamlets cemetary is fairly small it's the cemetary in London with the most people buried in it. 350,000 people are buried in it.
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To copy Sebald's style, here is a picture of part of it:
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Postby madness and chaos » Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:52 am

I'm reading Stoner, finally
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Postby Arturo » Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:19 am

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Anyone else read this? Was really looking forward to it as I love her other books. Left me a bit cold though
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