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Postby atomicbombshell » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:50 pm

wow sorry those are huge
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Postby sadville » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:55 pm

proust will always fuck me up

my ex-wife and i used to read proust out loud to each other before sleepytime. when we got married, our "guestbook" or whatevs was our copy of the first three volumes. i still have it. proust came up in the quiz bowl tournament this weekend, and my kids didn't know it, which made me doubly sad

but then i told them my proust story, so they'll never not know it again :/
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Postby quilty » Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:40 am

wow, those are some powerful associations. proust is so tough on love
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Postby Slamwich Artist » Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:11 am

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Haaaaa. The got me. I didn't know it was on Satire! Got it. Peeps got jokes. It's cool!
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Postby Seamus » Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:38 am

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Also Stoner + Warlock which have already been mentioned
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Postby astragal » Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:04 am

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Read these recently and they were both great
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Postby sadville » Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:01 am

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Postby santos l halper » Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:16 am

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Would also second the Adler, the Leigh Fermor, and especially Bioy Casares' 'Invention of Morel', which is one of my favourite books in existence.
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Postby Enemy Ace » Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:18 am

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Postby supersaturated » Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:27 am

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(haven't read in a while though, might be kind of gross & problematic in retrospect)
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:48 am

Won't make my hypothetical favorites list, but I liked the NYRB-reissued Making It, written by Norman "Father of John" Podhoretz. It was written and published when Podhoretz still identified as a liberal,* and is an interesting, albeit blinkered, time capsule of the NYC literary scene of the 50's and 60's. Speaking of memoirs, I also liked Really the Blues, which abs shouted out already. A very entertaining book, but the reader is asked to accept Mezzrow's self-mythologizing with the largest grain of salt.

*As I started reading it, I couldn't help but look for moments that would hint at his later neoconservative turn. Little things are scattered throughout the book, with the big "of course he became a right-wing crank" happening near the end. I won't go into specifics, but it involves an argument he gets into with James Baldwin, and its placement in the book (it's basically the climax), in retrospect, makes one wonder if Podhoretz knew where he was headed.
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:42 am

Since I've been shamed for not doing this already, here is a by-no-means-definitive list of favorite NYRB Classics releases. I've limited myself to no more than one book per author (it was a toss-up between Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim and The Old Devils; I opted to include the one that wasn't his most-famous work), and to not include anything already mentioned/doesn't need my recommendation here (The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll [which would likely top a ranked list were I to do one]; anything by John Williams; anything by Renata Adler). I'm sure I've left out worthy inclusions, but, in addition to the already mentioned self-imposed limits, I didn't want to exceed ten. Here, in no particular order, are some books I thought highly of:

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Postby vivian darko » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:51 am

Not meant as shaming! I found Zama really disappointing, but maybe if I'd approached it with different expectations I would've liked it more. Had to give up on Angel though. :twisted:
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Postby granger » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:05 pm

of the ones i didn't see mentioned, i loved cassandra at the wedding & really liked troubles
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Postby Kenny » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:06 pm

Too many books :ryan: :ryan:
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:07 pm

I promised myself I wouldn't do this, but I'm kicking myself for not including J.R. Ackerley's We Think the World of You or Hindoo Holiday. I could have slotted one of them in place of Fat City, which arguably could have fallen in the "doesn't need my recommendation" category. Oh well!

I compiled this list by browsing the NYRB Classics site. While doing so, I came across the book below, which I hadn't heard of, and the cover of which appears to be an allusion to the myth of Saturn eating his children. The image was so striking I immediately ordered the book.

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Postby speakers » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:18 pm

just finished these two, really good

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Postby reversemigraine » Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:05 pm

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Still boggles my mind that this isn't HPN canon.
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:05 pm

The Land Breakers by John Ehle is another I could have included.
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Postby walt whitman » Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:19 pm

inverted world is cool as hell, ive seen a bunch of hipinioners recc it for sci-fi readers
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Postby reversemigraine » Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:21 pm

It was an also-ran for the first year of the sci-fi club but I think I enjoyed it more than anything on the calendar save for Riddley Walker.
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Postby walt whitman » Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:29 pm

Thank you for those wonderful NYRB recommendations Eyeball kid, Supersaturated, Enemy Ace, santos, sadville, Astragal,Vivian, Atomic Bombshell, Slamwich, Seamus!!
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Postby fakename » Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:39 pm

priest rules.
have you guys read the islanders?
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Postby silverapples » Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:58 am

could anyone recommend a history of weimar germany?
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Postby foxriver » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:06 am

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I'm going to dive into Sherlock Holmes next.
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Postby Kenny » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:14 am

silverapples wrote:could anyone recommend a history of weimar germany?


It's (of course) focused on how it lead to Nazism, but the first of the Third Reich Trilogy by Richard Evans, The Coming of the Third Reich was really really good and I thought it did a gread job of talking about the Weimar Republic too, though you may want more on the cultural times
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Postby dragons69 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:12 am

still going through the hipinion best ofs from 2017 and reading the idiot by elif batuman now. I'm two drinks down alone at a bar and quite heavily laughing out loud over the Nina Russian studies text.
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Postby dragons69 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:23 am

I finally finished columbine. I wasn't that familiar with the myths of what happened so the book didn't hit as grand investigation journalism. I really hated the casual use of language which I presume was to help relate to Eric and Dylan but towards the end reading 'the killers' reminded me of the wheel of times repeativie language. I think the key selling point was the pacing but but eh. Def not head over heels with it.
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Postby Kenny » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:39 am

I'm halfway through the 5th book in the Kencyrath series by P.C. Hodgell:

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The covers are bad and the author hates them.

These books are kind of messy, constant action that you may not know always what is actually happening and there is an endless cast list but somehow I'm really charmed and love the hell out of them.
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