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Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:04 am
by Seamus
moby dick rules

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:17 am
by Ampersand
Elizabeth and Baxter (aka Hell Hound), two long out-of-print and much talked-up-in-this-thread literary horror novels by Ken Greenhall (aka Jessica Hamilton) are finally available again, in paperback and ebook formats (with attractive new cover designs!), after publisher Valancourt Books got sick of me requesting them every other day.

BUY THEM.

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Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:47 am
by scramble
walt whitman wrote:currently readingImage


this is such a great overview. still have it in my collection even though i normally recycle books.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:50 am
by scramble
oh, and myself currently:

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Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:08 pm
by mancubz
just started
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it's so cute and weird. i really needed some levity after that nagasaki book and i think an opening page that has a polar bear opening up his b-hole to the night sky is just the thing.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:58 am
by the upland trout
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Also still plugging away at Lanark, which is still great. Might pick up Moby Dick next. I haven't read it in ages and yes, it does rock.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:33 pm
by j-ol
+1 for moby dick

weed strain I have rn is called moby dick lol

https://www.leafly.com/sativa/moby-dick

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:34 pm
by murray st.
i'm reading john farrell's new nixon biography. it's good

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:02 pm
by sadville
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i'm teaching the above. my kids love the alexie, so rad to see them genuinely enjoying something on their own rather than appreciating it because i teach the shit out of it

fixin to launch into this bad boy, highly recommended by my surprisingly well-read assistant soccer coach:

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Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:07 pm
by abs
finished

this was gorgeous 4/5
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loved these, but needed lots of space between essays. essentially just commentaries on NYC life from the early 60s. good book to read in the city (which I did a bit of), very intrigued by her actual life (she ended up a homeless vagrant -- which is odd since she even writes essays about how "those women" end up as they are.) 3/5
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Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:04 pm
by j-ol
finally finished up this celine. took a painfully long time to read because i can be ADD with too many books on the go, so i struggled somewhat to connect dots and lost the plot a bit. however, i found it really comical in its misanthropy and darkness, but i had to be in a certain mood to pick it up. would have been quite the trip in the 30s.

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just stumbled on this and it looked interesting, wanting to read many more female authors this year. anybody have an experience/opinion of it?

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Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:24 am
by Conetoaster
I am still making my way through Future sex, enjoying it quite a lot. Its pretty easy going which is nice to drift in and out of between other things.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:22 pm
by Smarmy
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A lovely book, as long as you aren't expecting a biography of Vic or something

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^This made me feel awful all day, but I loved it

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:35 pm
by Jabberwocky
moses wrote:finally finished this...

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the majority of my reading time over the last year has been spent reading this trilogy. Pretty great, but not really sure if worth the investment

Congratulations! I really want to tackle this and also his two books on the Mediterranean someday.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:21 am
by aububs
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Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:25 am
by Eyeball Kid
j-ol wrote:finally finished up this celine. took a painfully long time to read because i can be ADD with too many books on the go, so i struggled somewhat to connect dots and lost the plot a bit. however, i found it really comical in its misanthropy and darkness, but i had to be in a certain mood to pick it up. would have been quite the trip in the 30s.

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I just finished rereading this. I'd forgotten—I previously read the book in 2007—just how tender it got toward the end, and how that it came about so naturally and believably. Those first 400 pages are crazy misanthropic.

Anyway

Now:

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Patricia Highsmith - Strangers on a Train

Next:

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William T. Vollmann (pictured) - Europe Central

Then:

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Barbara Comyns - Our Spoons Came from Woolworths

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:44 am
by walt whitman
what is the best starter Vollmann for the uninitiated?

was always curious about HPN's massive love for the fella...

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:26 am
by j-ol
Eyeball Kid wrote:
j-ol wrote:finally finished up this celine. took a painfully long time to read because i can be ADD with too many books on the go, so i struggled somewhat to connect dots and lost the plot a bit. however, i found it really comical in its misanthropy and darkness, but i had to be in a certain mood to pick it up. would have been quite the trip in the 30s.

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I just finished rereading this. I'd forgotten—I previously read the book in 2007—just how tender it got toward the end, and how that it came about so naturally and believably. Those first 400 pages are crazy misanthropic.


maybe, aside from the whole punching out his friend's lover who he had previously been having an affair with bit

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:30 am
by trigross
walt whitman wrote:what is the best starter Vollmann for the uninitiated?

was always curious about HPN's massive love for the fella...


europe central or the rifles

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:36 am
by Eyeball Kid
j-ol wrote:
Eyeball Kid wrote:
I just finished rereading this. I'd forgotten—I previously read the book in 2007—just how tender it got toward the end, and how that it came about so naturally and believably. Those first 400 pages are crazy misanthropic.


maybe, aside from the whole punching out his friend's lover who he had previously been having an affair with bit

Everything is relative

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:37 am
by Eyeball Kid
Re: Vollmann, go with The Atlas

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:49 am
by Ampersand
walt whitman wrote:what is the best starter Vollmann for the uninitiated?

was always curious about HPN's massive love for the fella...


Rainbow Stories was my intro and it feels like a swell cross-section of his work.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:13 pm
by Ersaph
Has anyone read Against Everything by Mark Greif and is it enjoyable

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:14 pm
by kyle
I just caught up with "The Oddity," a serialized novel published on 3AM Magazine; It's pretty good!

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:37 pm
by walt whitman
thanks for the Vollmann recc everyone, i just hope ill stumble onto 1 of the 3 titles mentioned here next time im in a bookstore

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:38 pm
by walt whitman
today, continuing my art book kick, i just had to pick up

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Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 5:01 pm
by Gnarls
Joy Williams - The Quick and The Dead
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Andrew Cockburn - Kill Chain
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Frank Stanford - The Battlefield Where The Moon Says I Love You
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Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:11 pm
by walt whitman
reading this as background for an art history lecture im giving next week.

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its well written and entertaining, and David W led a cool life, but like, writing a biography must be the most miserable thing to do. people just arent that interesting 99% of the time. this thing can be shortened to a 40 page text. the worst is the first section, where every biography discusses family life etc before the subject was born or doing things. but, reading about peoples parents isnt very interesting unless you have big dramatic anecdotes or a cool profession. i just really dont know what to do with the bio genre.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:55 am
by kyle
I just finished The Oddity. It was amusing, insightful and reminiscent of DFW (who was mentioned twice throughout the book.)

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Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:18 pm
by abs
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