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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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Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:23 pm
by dmitry
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

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:31 pm
by Ampersand
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.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:14 am
by vivian darko
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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!

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:14 am
by tanaka
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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.

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:14 pm
by Dead_Wizard
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This is awesome so far and helped me contextualize the Achewood arc based on it :ugeek:

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:23 pm
by HotFingersClub
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

Re: what are you reading right now?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:39 pm
by HotFingersClub
Recently:

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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