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Postby Ampersand » Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:53 pm

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Postby Dead_Wizard » Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:25 pm

I was not expecting Hyperion to be this insane. Digging it a lot tho; thought it was cute that Simmons identifies William Gass as the greatest literary mind of the 20th century.
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Postby Pris » Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:35 pm

Thomas Bernhard has a good microfiction book called The Voice Imitator.
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Postby HotFingersClub » Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:22 pm

Thanks for microfic recs thus far. I've read the Feneon, Williams and Bernhard books, and they all get cosigned from me, particularly Bernhard.

The Walser looks great. Loved the Collected Stories. The Herrera seems unpurchasable in Eng Land
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:44 pm

Because I was able to score a copy for cheap, I picked up Lincoln in the Bardo. 100+ pages in and...it's good. I was not expecting this!
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Postby walt whitman » Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:55 pm

HotFingersClub wrote:Thanks for microfic recs thus far. I've read the Feneon, Williams and Bernhard books, and they all get cosigned from me, particularly Bernhard.

The Walser looks great. Loved the Collected Stories. The Herrera seems unpurchasable in Eng Land

Amy Hempel worth a look, too
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Postby mudd » Sat Mar 25, 2017 1:54 pm

also (re-)read some Kafka parables. Some of those are perfect stories.

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Postby walt whitman » Sat Mar 25, 2017 2:06 pm

Jorge Luis Borges' collected short fictions is surely a precursor to the current microfic scene
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Postby vivian darko » Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:08 pm

Dreamtigers yeah
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Postby Hieronymus Kush » Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:36 am

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Hieronymus Kush wrote:ya boi feeling kinda existential
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Does it contain any more info than random press articles about Hitler using meth and Luftwaffe pilosts doing flights on benzedrine?


Nm, looks like it's decent. Anyone got a mobi version?


Nah it's really well researched and compulsively readable. Seems like damn near everyone in Germany was using meth Ipervitin) during that time, since the negative effects were downplayed...
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Postby fuckyoudad » Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:40 am

i need to read some more faulkner soon
Note: mildly comedic.
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Postby vivian darko » Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:52 am

Me too
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Postby Dead_Wizard » Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:28 pm

Finished up Hyperion today. i thought the detective's story was the absolute highlight, and everything after that kind of deflating. I liked that we got a big picture of what's actually happening at the end, but I wasn't expecting for a straight up "to be continued...." ending. Guess I have to read the 2nd book now??

*also I think Destiny straight up plagiarized a few sections about space battles for some of their background
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:33 pm

Eyeball Kid wrote:Because I was able to score a copy for cheap, I picked up Lincoln in the Bardo. 100+ pages in and...it's good. I was not expecting this!

And the gimmick is wearing thin. The book is a quick read, but I've been struggling with picking it up since yesterday.
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Postby kyle » Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:36 pm

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Postby number none » Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:56 pm

Eyeball Kid wrote:
Eyeball Kid wrote:Because I was able to score a copy for cheap, I picked up Lincoln in the Bardo. 100+ pages in and...it's good. I was not expecting this!

And the gimmick is wearing thin. The book is a quick read, but I've been struggling with picking it up since yesterday.


initially refreshing to read a Saunders book shorn of many of his stylistic tics. Although the questioning dialogue thing does pop up occasionally? Problem is, minus the style there's not much left. I did find some of the concepts enjoyably kooky but as a whole it's seriously slight. And the emotional effect he's going for at the end just comes off as cheesy (another thing he's regularly guilty of)
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Postby vivian darko » Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:08 pm

Saunders's version of pathos comes off as hollow as the ads that obsess him. I guess that could be an intentional play but it doesn't make for a very pleasant read.
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Postby Seamus » Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:50 pm

Can anyone recommend some good books about the occult? I'm feeling spooky

I might get this creepy book about Victorian mourning photography (spoilered because of spooky photos of dead people):

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Postby alaska » Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:13 pm

james hogg's "the private memoirs & confessions of a justified sinner" is a chill old scary book
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:26 pm

30 pages left in the Saunders; I was originally going to do a re-read of Journey to the End of the Night after this, but I have Patricia Highsmith's Strangers on a Train sitting here and that might be a better palate cleanser.
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Postby the upland trout » Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:14 am

Concerning ghosts, I read a few books by Elliott O'Donnell about a decade ago. I remember that they were pretty fun and charming. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elliott_O'Donnell

The Golem by Gustav Meyrink has some cool occult stuff going on.

And maybe The Other Side by Alfred Kubin?
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Postby cocoon man » Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:18 am

Finishing Eugene Onegin and then probably reading Viola Swamp's new book. I want to get to Ulysses or JR this year but not sure it's going to happen.

Definitely planning on reading Blitzed.
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Postby the upland trout » Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:19 am

Wisconsin Death Trip is pretty cool too if you are interested in old pictures of dead people.
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Postby scramble » Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:57 am

the upland trout wrote:What are some other good books of nature writing? I'm designing an environmental ethics course and a philosophy of nature course, but most of what I know is more academic, so I'm just now exploring this stuff.


Yeah, McPhee as others have said... You should definitely pick up his Encounters with the Archdruid, as it is basically a philosophy of nature course in book form. He profiles an environmentalist in battles with various development forces. Not polemical, a balanced and enjoyable read.
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Postby goofy's dead wife » Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:11 pm

what translation of crime and punishment do people here like the best

i read the pevear and volonkhonsky one about a decade ago and i remember enjoying it but i think i remember some people here really disliking them? is oliver ready's translation from a year or two ago better?
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Postby trigross » Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:31 pm

piggybacking off of that, which trans of don quixote should I get if just wanna read it? i'm leaning towards grossman i guess
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Postby Dead_Wizard » Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:32 pm

Decided to read Norman Cohn's "Warrant for Genocide: the Myth of the Jewish World Conspiracy and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion". It's such a bummer how bullshit all this stuff has been since before Christ died yet how easy it is to get people to hate Jews.

This part at the beginning seemed awfully prescient:
"There exists a subterranean world where pathological fantasies disguised as ideas are churned out by crooks and half educated fanatics for the benefit of the ignorant and superstitious. There are times when this underworld emerges from the depths and suddenly fascinates, captures, and dominates multitudes of usually sane and responsible people, who thereupon take leave of sanity and responsibility. And it occasionally happens that this underworld becomes a political power and changes the course of history."

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Postby Eyeball Kid » Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:34 pm

trigross wrote:piggybacking off of that, which trans of don quixote should I get if just wanna read it? i'm leaning towards grossman i guess

Grossman's is fine
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Postby cocoon man » Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:41 pm

drive that fast wrote:what translation of crime and punishment do people here like the best

i read the pevear and volonkhonsky one about a decade ago and i remember enjoying it but i think i remember some people here really disliking them? is oliver ready's translation from a year or two ago better?


P&v crime and punishment is the best of the two I've read IMO

I'm not a fan of some of their other translations but their Dostoevsky is really good

I went to a graduate seminar as a guest of my sister for Anna Karenina and the professor running it made the point that they've gotten a lot of hate because of Oprah and the money and celebrity her endorsement brought but in reality their translations are perfectly serviceable
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