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Postby vivian darko » Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:34 pm

bazooka wrote:what are some good "page turners"? i used to do this thing where i'd read some lite fiction to switch my brain into reading mode, before moving onto whatever. my best reading was done during this period, and i want to get back into it. but yeah any tips for books that are easy to burn through where you want to know what happens next?

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Postby scramble » Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:36 pm

currently:

- new Baffler
- Jane Jacobs, Vital Little Plans
- John Dewey, Child and Curriculum / School and Society
- Terry Eagleton, Culture

I don't know why I am juggling these... two are from the library so I should read those first

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Postby Seamus » Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:09 pm

Not sure if this was widely read here, but I got through this over the last few days. I thought it was really great for the most part and full of raw honesty and beautiful sentences. Occasionally it was bad. Or at least I found a lot of my most hated literature tropes buried between the great stuff. Anyway, good read, recommended.

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This is not your mother's memoir. In The Chronology of Water, Lidia Yuknavitch expertly moves the reader through issues of gender, sexuality, violence, and the family from the point of view of a lifelong swimmer turned artist. In writing that explores the nature of memoir itself, her story traces the effect of extreme grief on a young woman's developing sexuality that some define as untraditional because of her attraction to both men and women. Her emergence as a writer evolves at the same time and takes the narrator on a journey of addiction, self-destruction, and ultimately survival that finally comes in the shape of love and motherhood.
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Postby Seamus » Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:14 pm

bazooka wrote:what are some good "page turners"? i used to do this thing where i'd read some lite fiction to switch my brain into reading mode, before moving onto whatever. my best reading was done during this period, and i want to get back into it. but yeah any tips for books that are easy to burn through where you want to know what happens next?


Wolfe - The Bonfire of the Vanities (long but def. a page turner)
Vesaas - The Ice Palace
Simenon - Red Lights

In fact, probably any NYRB Simenon book
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Postby Ampersand » Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:28 pm

bazooka wrote:what are some good "page turners"? i used to do this thing where i'd read some lite fiction to switch my brain into reading mode, before moving onto whatever. my best reading was done during this period, and i want to get back into it. but yeah any tips for books that are easy to burn through where you want to know what happens next?


Octavia Butler's Kindred
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Postby mudd » Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:51 pm

With the mention of simenon, I just read a maigret mystery in like 3 hours and it was good page-turning fun. No nyrb but still.

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Postby atomicbombshell » Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:55 pm

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this was a 24 hour read.
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Postby Kwisatz Haderach » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:16 am

fakename wrote:can someone explain universal harvester to me? I think I missed a few things
are the videos supposed to be footage of deprogrammings of church members and surveillance from the detectives hired to find lisa's mom?Toggle Spoiler

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The dad says this when watching the tape but with the way he is talked down I assumed he was mistaken. Honestly it would be a more interesting novel if this we're the case. Like, what if she died in a car accident after running away from the deprogramming? But Jeremy and the dad were never involved in that group searching for lost loved ones, but she could have been a recent church participant who hadn't totally absconded yet. I think the answer is just No.Toggle Spoiler

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Postby Seamus » Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:14 am

atomicbombshell wrote:Image

this was a 24 hour read.


I finished this a couple of weeks ago but it took me a little while to read, I think mainly because I was finding the subject matter difficult (but also because I still hate reading on tablets). I love Didion though, she's one of my favourites.

Finished this today:
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It was good! It's basically a collection of snapshots of people's lives and their search for religion & spirituality in modern India and the subcontinent. Their stories are blended with descriptions of their beliefs and traditions (some of which are FASCINATING - hell yeah skull drinkers living in the cremation ground worshipping the badass demonic female mother goddess whilst taking drugs, having ritualistic tantric sex and listening to cricket on the radio), how they clash with - and often are being lost to - the modern world, and anthropology. Disclaimer though; I'm very infatuated with India so the subject matter is probably more appealing to me from the get go.

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Postby oomphull » Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:31 pm

im going back and forth between Kerouac's Visions of Cody and Burrough's Cities of the Red Night
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Postby atomicbombshell » Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:20 pm

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Postby pablito » Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:32 pm

Seamus wrote:Not sure if this was widely read here, but I got through this over the last few days. I thought it was really great for the most part and full of raw honesty and beautiful sentences. Occasionally it was bad. Or at least I found a lot of my most hated literature tropes buried between the great stuff. Anyway, good read, recommended.

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Postby vivian darko » Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:33 pm

I couldn't get through that Yuknavitch, super overwrought prose
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Postby number none » Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:41 pm

bazooka wrote:what are some good "page turners"? i used to do this thing where i'd read some lite fiction to switch my brain into reading mode, before moving onto whatever. my best reading was done during this period, and i want to get back into it. but yeah any tips for books that are easy to burn through where you want to know what happens next?


Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad series. I burned through all six books in like a two-week period a couple of months ago

Kindred is also a good rec
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Postby Seamus » Sun Mar 19, 2017 5:36 pm

pablito wrote:
Seamus wrote:Not sure if this was widely read here, but I got through this over the last few days. I thought it was really great for the most part and full of raw honesty and beautiful sentences. Occasionally it was bad. Or at least I found a lot of my most hated literature tropes buried between the great stuff. Anyway, good read, recommended.

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This is not your mother's memoir. In The Chronology of Water, Lidia Yuknavitch expertly moves the reader through issues of gender, sexuality, violence, and the family from the point of view of a lifelong swimmer turned artist. In writing that explores the nature of memoir itself, her story traces the effect of extreme grief on a young woman's developing sexuality that some define as untraditional because of her attraction to both men and women. Her emergence as a writer evolves at the same time and takes the narrator on a journey of addiction, self-destruction, and ultimately survival that finally comes in the shape of love and motherhood.

Heh, you ol horndog you! This ain't a thread for Tijuana Bibles! Now SCRAM!


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Postby Smarmy » Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:39 pm

Enjoyed

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Postby incoherent grunting » Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:46 pm

I am blasssting through 2666 because it's v.good.
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Postby goofjan grievens » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:52 pm

halfway through the Todd Barry book. It's really great.
plz if u get a chanse put some flowrs on algernons grave kthxbye
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Postby alaska » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:53 pm

incoherent grunting wrote:I am blasssting through 2666 because it's v.good.


Yeah it's honestly wild how good it is
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Postby incoherent grunting » Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:11 pm

yeah, i'm in total awe of certain passages - they just stick with you
and i've read a lot of Bolaño before this, so it's that much more surprising
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Postby walt whitman » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:51 pm

yeah i wish everything bolano did was good/rewarding as 2666.
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Postby walt whitman » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:54 pm

currently reading these things
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Postby number none » Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:23 am

don't neglect the transcript of Warhol and Burroughs first meeting in the appendices of the Bockris book. It's a scream
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Postby sadville » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:25 am

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Postby walt whitman » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:08 am

number none wrote:don't neglect the transcript of Warhol and Burroughs first meeting in the appendices of the Bockris book. It's a scream

oh my goodness, yes
the book is a treasure trove of unbelievable anecdotes and delicious quotations by factory denizens. i started out of order, going straight to the middle section of the book, in the mid sixties when warhol started making films which is when warhol got v evil, and literally every page is andy sucked this or that dick off, a horse kicked a dude in the head, everyone is on amphetamines making fun of brigid polk's weight problems, warhol is lamenting the LSD-induced death of a friend because they weren't there to film his suicide...

somebody upthread was asking about "page-turners"; the nihilistic soap opera that was warhol's life makes for p addictive reading !
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Postby bazooka » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:56 am

^^that was me... i'll just repeat my request for another page. really loving all the ideas so far! thanks everyone :)

what are some good "page turners"? i used to do this thing where i'd read some lite fiction to switch my brain into reading mode, before moving onto whatever. my best reading was done during this period, and i want to get back into it. but yeah any tips for books that are easy to burn through where you want to know what happens next?
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Postby Seamus » Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:04 pm

i'll add to what i put previously with lost city of z, devil in the white city, people who eat darkness, all hpn certified
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Postby trigross » Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:09 pm

I have before and will always recc Lonesome Dove because I love that dang book

anyway, I'm reading Master and Margarita for the first time since college. It's great, obv
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:22 pm

Lonesome Dove is terrific and fits the page-turner bill, but also has 800 pages in need of turning. (If that matters to you, bazooka.)
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:22 pm

It's a very breezy 800 pages, anyway.
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