what are you reading right now?

Health insurance rip off lying FDA big bankers buying
Fake computer crashes dining
Cloning while they're multiplying
Fashion shoots with Beck and Hanson
Courtney Love, and Marilyn Manson
You're all fakes
Run to your mansions
Come around
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Postby murray st. » Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:34 pm

i'm reading john farrell's new nixon biography. it's good
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Postby sadville » Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:02 pm

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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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Postby abs » Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:07 pm

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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Postby j-ol » Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:04 pm

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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Postby Conetoaster » Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:24 am

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.
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Postby Smarmy » Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:22 pm

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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
Seven Swans is still pretty fantastic though and I'm an atheist. sad.gif
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Postby Jabberwocky » Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:35 pm

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.
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:25 am

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

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Patricia Highsmith - Strangers on a Train

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William T. Vollmann (pictured) - Europe Central

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Barbara Comyns - Our Spoons Came from Woolworths
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Postby walt whitman » Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:44 am

what is the best starter Vollmann for the uninitiated?

was always curious about HPN's massive love for the fella...
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Postby j-ol » Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:26 am

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
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Postby trigross » Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:30 am

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
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:36 am

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
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:37 am

Re: Vollmann, go with The Atlas
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Postby Ampersand » Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:49 am

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.
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Postby Ersaph » Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:13 pm

Has anyone read Against Everything by Mark Greif and is it enjoyable
And I feel like this year is really about, just the year of realizing stuff.
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Postby kyle » Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:14 pm

I just caught up with "The Oddity," a serialized novel published on 3AM Magazine; It's pretty good!
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Postby walt whitman » Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:37 pm

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
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Postby walt whitman » Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:38 pm

today, continuing my art book kick, i just had to pick up

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Postby Gnarls » Sat Apr 08, 2017 5:01 pm

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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Postby walt whitman » Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:11 pm

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.
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Postby kyle » Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:55 am

I just finished The Oddity. It was amusing, insightful and reminiscent of DFW (who was mentioned twice throughout the book.)

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Postby dmitry » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:23 pm

I'm about to finish a collection of alice b sheldon shtories
she probably did nearly as much to flesh out cyberpunk as PKD in one story (girl who was plugged in). so highly recommended!!

the really good ones imo are
Slow Music
Girl Who Was Plugged in
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever
We Who Stole the Dream
The Screwfly Solution
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Postby Ampersand » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:31 pm

dmitry wrote:I'm about to finish a collection of alice b sheldon shtories
she probably did nearly as much to flesh out cyberpunk as PKD in one story (girl who was plugged in). so highly recommended!!

the really good ones imo are
Slow Music
Girl Who Was Plugged in
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever
We Who Stole the Dream
The Screwfly Solution


Nice. I actually finished re-reading this last night!
I love every single story, but want to give a particular shoutout to A Momentary Taste of Being, which hit me good this time.
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Postby vivian darko » Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:14 am

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Homer - The Iliad
I like it!

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Claude McKay - Home to Harlem
Fantastic. Impossibly entertaining, evokes a place and feeling without seeming to try. One of the best novels I've read this year. Everyone should read this.

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Claire Messud - The Woman Upstairs
Has a lot of "literary" moments that the writing isn't good enough to sustain. Comes off like Messud thought "angry female narrator" was some radical innovation, and is completely unaware of the literature that this is in conversation with.

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Wallace Thurman - Infants of the Spring
Compelling, some cool moments but nothing really heart-stopping. Thurman's mouthpiece is voice to some pretty despicable ideas that Thurman himself doesn't seem very interested in distancing himself from (although this could be argued). Kinda sad that a novel which argues against the Harlem Renaissance as an idea is most interesting now as Harlem Renaissance gossip.

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Sam Shepard - True West
I guess this is good. It's got some very good parts but it feels kinda like Shepard read half of a Beckett play and then decided to write Beckett For Men.

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Caryl Churchill - Top Girls
This is great. Brecht-worshipping takedown of Thatcher from the early 80s. Holds up astoundingly well in 2017. Structurally fascinating too.

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Homer - The Odyssey
I like it!
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Postby tanaka » Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:14 am

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King Leopold's Ghost was the tragedy, this is the farce


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only just started this, but i'm generally a fan of greene's sense of humor and reluctant christianity

Those who marry God, he thought, can become domesticated too - it's just as humdrum a marriage as all the others. The word "Love" means a formal touch of the lips as in the ceremony of the Mass, and "Ave Maria" like "dearest" is a phrase to open a letter. This marriage like the world's marriages was held together by habits and tastes shared in common between God and themselves - it was God's taste to be worshipped and their taste to worship, but only at stated hours like a suburban embrace on a Saturday night.
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Postby Dead_Wizard » Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:14 pm

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This is awesome so far and helped me contextualize the Achewood arc based on it :ugeek:
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Postby HotFingersClub » Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:23 pm

walt whitman wrote: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


I found the novels a bit imposing, but Last Stories and Other Stories is a fucking riot in relatively easy segments, and got me all the way on board
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Postby HotFingersClub » Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:39 pm

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Paul Scheerbart - Rakkox the Billionaire & The Great Race
Very crazy stuff. I liked Rakkox better than the The Great Race, which was possibly a little abstract for me

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Warren Ellis - Gun Machine
This was a blast on audiobook. Typical melange of serial killers, wearable tech and smoking, but has great energy. I feel like I'm so familiar with Ellis now that I might just as easily have closed my eyes and imagined this book

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Martin Amis - Money
My first Amis. Overall a little tedious

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Claire-Louise Bennett - Pond
Oh my god I loved this. She's such a brilliant noticer of transient thoughts, and she has such a strong voice. Big new crush.
Anyone who likes this, read Heidi Julavits' The Folded Clock as well. I feel it is underread hereabouts and it's amazing.

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Geoff Manaugh - A Burglar's Guide to the City
Yawn. This guy has a pretty annoying style
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