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Postby the upland trout » Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:05 pm

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Postby Guy Incognito » Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:06 pm

how is that? i read A Writing Life last year and was pretty put off by it, but i know people who like dillard a lot
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Postby the upland trout » Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:16 pm

I've only read the first essay, "Total Eclipse," so far. I thought it was pretty great.
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Postby atomicbombshell » Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:28 am

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ugh, this was so good
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Postby blurst of times » Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:46 am

^Whoa, that's out already? Def my most anticipated 2018 release
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Postby atomicbombshell » Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:51 am

Jan 16th -- coworker got a review copy and lent it to me
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Postby madness and chaos » Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:53 am

I posted it a few days ago in the ebook thread and also db
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Postby dragons69 » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:01 am

having a very jarring time with how casually columbine is written. b r e w s k i.
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Postby atomicbombshell » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:15 am

madness and chaos wrote:I posted it a few days ago in the ebook thread and also db


but also don't forget to support your local(ish) indie bookstore!
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Postby water, sunbeams » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:16 am

first of 2018, and very much enjoyed.

So Much Blue, Percival Everett

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starting a season of migration to the north, by tayeb salih

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Postby madness and chaos » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:18 am

atomicbombshell wrote:
madness and chaos wrote:I posted it a few days ago in the ebook thread and also db


but also don't forget to support your local(ish) indie bookstore!


true!
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Postby atomicbombshell » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:35 am

also, if anyone wants to take advantage of my 30% discount at the shop where I sometimes work, please PM me and I will ship to you (plus a small shipping fee.) your money funnels into a local economy, supports real people that I know and love, and prevents you from having to deal with Amazon, etc.
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Postby quilty » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:52 am

is "the starlight on idaho" in it

that's the one he allowed me to publish in my college lit mag :(
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Postby ahungbunny » Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:19 am

atomicbombshell wrote:also, if anyone wants to take advantage of my 30% discount at the shop where I sometimes work, please PM me and I will ship to you (plus a small shipping fee.) your money funnels into a local economy, supports real people that I know and love, and prevents you from having to deal with Amazon, etc.


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Postby warmhouse » Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:48 am

Just read SPUTNIK SWEETHEART by Murakami. Not sure how I feel about it, feels like the most autobiographical of his works. I read his running memoir recently, and he goes to Greece in it and runs a lot, and they go to Greece in this. Not sure if the timelines match up, but you can sort of see the wires come together, and the whole time I was just like 'Oh, so he got the Greece idea then!'
Maybe.
Not sure. Not sure if the big event is a rape metaphor either. Light and delicious with that undercurrent of loneliness (big surprise there) but it ranks in the lower half of his oeuvre.
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Postby HotFingersClub » Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:46 am

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HotFingersClub wrote:My annual tiered roundup of what I read:
Claire-Louise Bennett – Pond
Emma Glass – Peach


Just requested the Bennet from the library and ordered the Glass based on the descriptions and your recc - thanks! Loved Pascoe’s Animal as well


Sick. Let us know how you get on, especially with Peach. I was bowled over, but I know a couple of people who've found it mystifying and repulsive.
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Postby atomicbombshell » Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:28 pm

quilty wrote:is "the starlight on idaho" in it

that's the one he allowed me to publish in my college lit mag :(


yeah, that's in it
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Postby Kenny » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:08 am

Just stopped reading with 50 pages left:

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I had to give up on this, felt like I was rushing through just to get to the end so I could stop reading so I realized I just wasn't enjoying it. The Editor says Joseph Roth's news articles are better than his books, but (having only read The Radetzky March which is really really good), I have to disagree. Maybe something's lost in translation, but it's actually pretty boring to read Roth's bitchy takedowns of Berlin culture. Sarcasm isn't that interesting when you don't know much about the things being taken down a peg.

All of the translators little notes explaining the jokes were distracting and made me feel weird for not thinking it was funny while he must have thought it was some raconteur stuff
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Postby quaker city » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:12 am

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Postby walt whitman » Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:40 pm

HPN bibliophiles:

Did we have a thread recommending the best NRYB titles

I remember eyeball kid said something about his faves. Would be nice to know which ones are the best
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Postby mystery meat » Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:04 pm

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Postby warmhouse » Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:21 pm

i have an affinity for pictures of slept-in beds
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Postby supersaturated » Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:26 pm

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I always wondered, when the narrator went to bed early - how early we talking? My guess is 8 PM
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Postby quilty » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:02 pm

i got pretty emotional as i was finishing proust, the years i put into it and how much i’d changed while reading a novel about how everything changes. if you take to swann’s way i can’t recommend staying with it enough. take breaks as needed, but jumping back in will never disappoint. i rewarded myself reading the last one when i turned in my MFA thesis. critics and commentators who quibble about the comparitive quality of the different volumes really miss the point imo. it’s all part of the same vortex
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Postby atomicbombshell » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:14 pm

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Postby Guy Incognito » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:15 pm

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Postby vivian darko » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:38 pm

walt whitman wrote:HPN bibliophiles:

Did we have a thread recommending the best NRYB titles

I remember eyeball kid said something about his faves. Would be nice to know which ones are the best

Yeah he never sent me that list but I did recently come up w an accounting of my favorites for my own use that might be helpful:

Penelope Mortimer - The Pumpkin Eater
Adolfo Bioy Casares - The Invention of Morel
Magda Szabó - Katalin Street
Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky - The Letter Killers Club
Tayeb Salih - Season of Migration to the North

There's others I like (I know ppl will get mad at me for omitting The Summer Book, The Vet's Daughter, and The Go-Between, which are all good!) but those are the best of what I've read. NYRB has about a 2:1 hit:miss ratio for me, I discovered while making that list, which is probably the best of any publisher I know.
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Postby vivian darko » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:40 pm

I'm also reading (NYRB's) Melville by Jean Giono and it's on a steady trajectory for that list, or at least on the Good side of NYRB. Much better than Hill, which I found disappointing.
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:42 pm

Can't send a list that was never compiled :/
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Postby atomicbombshell » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:50 pm

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to name a few
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