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Postby Melville » Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:58 pm

Currently reading The Stone Book Quartet by Alan Garner and digging it. It has a tremendous sense of wonder and discovery.
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Postby No Good Advice » Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:20 pm

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Update: Jane Eyre is so good I don't mind having to read it in mass-market form.


Hell yeah. Consider checking out Villette some time .
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Postby madness and chaos » Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:06 pm

finished dancer from the dance. exquisite. reading the new denis johnson collection.

please tell me, what is the most beautiful book about love and/or heartbreak that you know? thank you.
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Postby Kenny » Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:34 pm

Finished The Great Gatsby today and it was really good, I'm glad I didn't know anything about it going in, the ending was very effective. I'm surprised that Fitzgerald was so subtle about his opinions of rich people, I thought he was a short of wannabe posh guy

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Postby moses » Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:36 pm

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For what it is worth a friend also recommended me this to start getting in to poetry. Also this http://store.doverpublications.com/048644967x.html

I've never read either though, but maybe one day
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Postby chimp » Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:58 pm

just finished reading "i'm with the bears", a collection of short stories sold in support of 350.org. it was OK though a couple of them felt a little slight. best was probably paolo bacigalupi's contribution
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Postby chimp » Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:00 pm

next up - "the genius of birds" about bird intelligence
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Postby water, sunbeams » Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:40 pm

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finished "the pederson kid", which knocked me on my ass as well

the trajectory of what i've set out to read this year has changed quite a bit! would like more similar to these two.
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Postby tawny frogmouth » Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:09 am

2018 is my year of rereads. i did snow crash and miss lonelyhearts/day of the locust earlier in january and i just finished moby dick. it's been tremendously rewarding on so many levels, i highly suggest pulling 20 books you remember loving and doing this.

also, jesus, how good is moby dick?
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Postby Melville » Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:22 am

tawny frogmouth wrote:also, jesus, how good is moby dick?

Best book. Or maybe just behind Brothers Karamazov for me. Rambling thoughts I wrote on it a few years ago: https://melvillian.wordpress.com/2012/0 ... ick-again/
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Postby Sobieski » Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:25 am

I definitely do want to reread Moby dick sometime maybe even start by reading Typee or Mardi
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Postby neely o'hara » Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:02 pm

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Postby Eyeball Kid » Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:04 pm

Sobieski wrote:I definitely do want to reread Moby dick sometime maybe even start by reading Typee or Mardi

If you haven't already, I highly recommend reading the utterly batshit Pierre; or, The Ambiguities
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Postby Seamus » Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:15 pm

madness and chaos wrote:finished dancer from the dance. exquisite. reading the new denis johnson collection.

please tell me, what is the most beautiful book about love and/or heartbreak that you know? thank you.


I don't know if it's even considered to be one of the best in the collection but The Tramp Steamer's Last Port of Call from Maqroll wrecks me every time.

Also What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
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Postby tawny frogmouth » Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:19 pm

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tawny frogmouth wrote:also, jesus, how good is moby dick?

Best book. Or maybe just behind Brothers Karamazov for me. Rambling thoughts I wrote on it a few years ago: https://melvillian.wordpress.com/2012/0 ... ick-again/


i really liked this, thanks for sharing. i remember before i read it that someone was really hard on the whaling and cetology chapters as being slogs, but i totally agree with you that they're all gold. the way melville pings back and forth between ahab's monologues, which actually feel like they reach into my guts and stir them around, and a long description of a sperm whale's tongue, and have them both be super readable...it's insane. this book is insane. it's insane how good this book is.
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Postby ripersnifle » Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:49 pm

reading Upton Sinclair's The Jungle for a class right now.
relentlessly bleak, which, i guess, is the point.

reminds me of this one time i was at a family reunion and one of my older relatives read an old family history aloud, and all it was was this litany of hardships - children dying, people having their legs amputated at home and stuff.
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Postby Melville » Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:35 pm

Eyeball Kid wrote:
Sobieski wrote:I definitely do want to reread Moby dick sometime maybe even start by reading Typee or Mardi

If you haven't already, I highly recommend reading the utterly batshit Pierre; or, The Ambiguities

Pierre is so good. Have you read/looked at the "Kraken edition"? The Maurice Sendak illustrations are perfectly insane. Though the edits actually get rid of some of the more interesting insanity of the book.
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Postby Sobieski » Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:48 pm

Eyeball Kid wrote:
Sobieski wrote:I definitely do want to reread Moby dick sometime maybe even start by reading Typee or Mardi

If you haven't already, I highly recommend reading the utterly batshit Pierre; or, The Ambiguities

I had a copy of Pierre a few years ago but never got a chance to dig into it
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Postby Sobieski » Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:50 pm

Melville wrote:
tawny frogmouth wrote:also, jesus, how good is moby dick?

Best book. Or maybe just behind Brothers Karamazov for me. Rambling thoughts I wrote on it a few years ago: https://melvillian.wordpress.com/2012/0 ... ick-again/



“Melville, as he always does, began to reason of Providence and futurity, and everything that lies beyond human ken, and informed me that he had ‘pretty much made up his mind to be annihilated’; but still he does not seem to rest in that anticipation.” —Hawthorne


That might be my favorite melville anecdote too
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Postby vivian darko » Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:52 pm

Somewhat tangential to this discussion, Jean Giono's Melville (new NYRB trans) is great
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Postby Melville » Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:53 pm

tawny frogmouth wrote:
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tawny frogmouth wrote:also, jesus, how good is moby dick?

Best book. Or maybe just behind Brothers Karamazov for me. Rambling thoughts I wrote on it a few years ago: https://melvillian.wordpress.com/2012/0 ... ick-again/


i really liked this, thanks for sharing. i remember before i read it that someone was really hard on the whaling and cetology chapters as being slogs, but i totally agree with you that they're all gold. the way melville pings back and forth between ahab's monologues, which actually feel like they reach into my guts and stir them around, and a long description of a sperm whale's tongue, and have them both be super readable...it's insane. this book is insane. it's insane how good this book is.

Hard agree. If you haven't read Pierre, definitely check that one out. The Confidence Man and some of the short stories (e.g., I and My Chimney) are also great.
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Postby quaker city » Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:37 pm

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how's this? loved Housekeeping and will be doing Gilead sometime this year but I feel like I might not gel with her essays since they're so specific to areas of thought I've spent very limited time with 18th century stuff -- read a few Susan Howe books last year that went entirely over my head


Just finished this. I read Gilead last year and Giveness felt like a great primer on the theology behind Gilead, primarily Calvinism of which I knew just about nothing beforehand. Her prose is incredibly precise and confident as always but missing that haunting charm in Housekeeping. Her theory on Divine Grace's role in Shakespeare's later works, particularly Hamlet and The Tempest was particularly engrossing. I only started reading her last year but I feel like I've been looking for a literary voice like hers for a long time. I'll be reading the rest of her trilogy and her new book of essays soon.

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Postby madness and chaos » Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:37 pm

Thanks for the recc's, Seamus. I'm going to check them out. Finished the new Denis Johnson collection... so gorgeous and gut-wrenching. Moving on to this... 3 people have recommended it to me in the last few days.

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Postby madness and chaos » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:10 pm

Seamus wrote:
madness and chaos wrote:finished dancer from the dance. exquisite. reading the new denis johnson collection.

please tell me, what is the most beautiful book about love and/or heartbreak that you know? thank you.


I don't know if it's even considered to be one of the best in the collection but The Tramp Steamer's Last Port of Call from Maqroll wrecks me every time.

Also What We Talk About When We Talk About Love


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should I read this one first if I've never read anything Maqroll? It was on my goodreads list for many years. I still don't know if I've ever read a nyrb, not even stoner
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Postby Seamus » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:16 pm

madness and chaos wrote:
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madness and chaos wrote:finished dancer from the dance. exquisite. reading the new denis johnson collection.

please tell me, what is the most beautiful book about love and/or heartbreak that you know? thank you.


I don't know if it's even considered to be one of the best in the collection but The Tramp Steamer's Last Port of Call from Maqroll wrecks me every time.

Also What We Talk About When We Talk About Love


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should I read this one first if I've never read anything Maqroll? It was on my goodreads list for many years. I still don't know if I've ever read a nyrb, not even stoner


Yeah this book is great and has all of the Maqroll stories in!
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Postby madness and chaos » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:20 pm

now to find an epub. Not on the usual sites....
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Postby freezinseason » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:28 pm

ripersnifle wrote:reading Upton Sinclair's The Jungle for a class right now.
relentlessly bleak, which, i guess, is the point.

reminds me of this one time i was at a family reunion and one of my older relatives read an old family history aloud, and all it was was this litany of hardships - children dying, people having their legs amputated at home and stuff.


read this article as a chaser

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features ... up-workers

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Postby Riverchrist » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:56 pm

Finally Read™ Gormenghast nearly 5 years after I read the first book. I love it but I don't love explaining it to people.

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