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Postby abs » Fri May 11, 2018 10:09 pm

report back on the lispector bio! I have it but keep putting it off for one reason or another
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Postby bunkbeds » Sat May 12, 2018 8:37 am

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the overstory by richard powers

reading this based on the praise in this thread and i'm loving it so much. i'm like just over 1/3 of the way in, but if it continues to be as good as it has been, i think this will be one of my very favorite books. this is my first powers, might have to check out some of his other work.

really excited to check out that new de la pava, i really enjoyed naked singularity.
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Mon May 14, 2018 5:42 pm

About to start:

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Stanley Elkin - The Rabbi of Lud

following it with:

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Curzio Malaparte - The Kremlin Ball
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Postby warmhouse » Mon May 14, 2018 8:55 pm

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Damn. This is really buttering my toast.
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Postby astragal » Mon May 14, 2018 10:01 pm

Really looking forward to starting on these two

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Postby walt whitman » Mon May 14, 2018 10:04 pm

love yvonne
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Postby kirito » Mon May 14, 2018 11:41 pm

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this was wonderful. thanks abs! got some real recognitions party-scene vibes at times. really fun, funny read!



huzzah! lad you enjoyed.

i actually read this years ago when i got an ereader because it was in a huge ebook collection that was posted here and i picked it out at random when i'd never heard of it. good book!
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Postby Sobieski » Mon May 14, 2018 11:46 pm

hadlex wrote:I got Anatomy of Melancholy last year but it sits unread on my shelf, intimidating me. Do you like it?

Yeah definitely, I really like the style of how he was writing but I also don't need to read a lot of the like encyclopedia stuff in there
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Postby joebagel » Tue May 15, 2018 12:06 am

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hot take: the movie was better. chabon's prose is pretty chunky at points, but Professor Tripp/James Leer are superb characters. really hated the seder dinner scene tho, the screenwriter was right to cut it.

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montreal writer, originally from mexico city. i ran into a proofreader at a mexican publishing house who recommended him. great book, the author would probably hate a bolaño comparison but it's apt.

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same proofreader guy recommended this. another mexico city book. SUPER short, like 150 pages. very spooky and weird. i'm not sure if i liked it but i think i did

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not quite done this bad boy, but langewiesche is one of my favourite working non-fiction writers. he spent a few months at ground zero right after 9/11. i'm reading a lot about pre-9/11 NYC history and am enjoying this a lot. his descriptions of the desolation and bleakness is v poetic.

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another nyc book, writing seems pretty average but the pictures of all the old brooklyn DIY scenes are DOPE. as someone who's not from the city (or the era, really), being able to soak in the 2000s pre-hyper-gentrification vibes is fun and highly inspiring.

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sadly, still not wrapped up with this beast. i've been reading it for literal months. loving the prose, but pages 200-400 were a genuine slog. it's picking up again tho.
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Postby HotFingersClub » Tue May 15, 2018 4:41 am

Samanta Schweblin has a book of stories coming out

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Postby tanaka » Tue May 15, 2018 9:06 am

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The book apparently contrasts the way people from the east and west deal with heartbreak. One of the main characters, an American woman, is called Miss West.

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During a time of famine the narrator discovers a corpse in his barracks and yells to others "come quick, another person has died" ... :shock: "what do you mean another person, what are you suggesting?" *cue curb theme*

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The part about dissidents in Singapore being tortured by being stripped naked and left in a room with the air conditioning turned all the way up is the most Singaporean thing imaginable... also Lee Kuan Yew imprisoning someone in an amusement park for two years

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intervention = bad
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Postby son of chucky » Tue May 15, 2018 11:30 pm

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really great
I am going to buy more books about elderly dogs in the future. Thank you.
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Postby ripersnifle » Tue May 15, 2018 11:44 pm

finished
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today

amazing. (thanks thread.)

(really love that old cover)
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Postby mancubz » Wed May 16, 2018 6:23 am

i'm reading
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and i don't know if it's the demon bat thing on the back cover or the four of pentacles card i use as a bookmark, but when i was reading it on the bus yesterday this older woman looked at the book, the card, me in all black, and crossed herself TWICE !
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Postby HotFingersClub » Wed May 16, 2018 7:15 am

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Tara Westover – Educated
Maybe I just don’t read enough memoirs but this was INSANE seeming to me, especially having met her in person briefly, to imagine that this mad Mormon survivalist shit actually goes on in peoples’ lives – it seems very far away from my own experience, but also has this intense horror movie vibe where you’re just begging her not to go back to her family and seek shelter under the melted mangled wing of that terrible father. Really chilling and intense examination on how the combination of mental illness and a patriarchal structure can send a family to hell, and an incredible advert for education as salvation. Holy shit.

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Masatsugu Ono – At the Edge of the Wood
This had some creepy parts but didn’t leave much of an impression.

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Malcolm Gladwell – Outliers
This is a pleasant audiobook experience although p unpersuasive or at least I’m not really sure I care if he’s right or not, like the point he’s making seems meaningless to me. Interesting to read beside Tara Westover’s book and wonder what bearing the 10,000 hours have on her experience.

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David Seabrook – All the Devils are Here
Shout out to the Backlisted podcast for recommending this; I really recommend listening to that episode. What an incredible, sinister experience. The personal encounters that pass through these essays are so peculiar and unnerving, but even just on a factual level, the stories are fascinating. Literally wish it was ten times longer.
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Postby joebagel » Wed May 16, 2018 3:57 pm

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reading this on the recommendation of lizzie goodman, who wrote meet me in the bathroom (2001-2011 nyc music scene book).

AMAZING SO FAR. i fugkin love oral histories
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Postby abs » Wed May 16, 2018 10:42 pm

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a reread and one that I'm doing for class, but really pleasantly surprised by how much I'm enjoying this
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Postby HotFingersClub » Thu May 17, 2018 9:30 am

joebagel wrote:reading this on the recommendation of lizzie goodman, who wrote meet me in the bathroom (2001-2011 nyc music scene book).

AMAZING SO FAR. i fugkin love oral histories


I love this. The first and still the best oral history I've read
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Postby ahungbunny » Thu May 17, 2018 10:54 am

same. we got the neutron bomb, about the la punk scene, is also good
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Postby goofjan » Thu May 17, 2018 1:54 pm

woah - dont know if this is the right thread for this, but Elisabeth Moss is gonna play Shirley Jackson in a biopic directed by Josephine Decker.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/elisabeth-moss-michael-stuhlbarg-star-shirley-literary-thriller-1112810
plz if u get a chanse put some flowrs on algernons grave kthxbye
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Postby Sobieski » Thu May 17, 2018 1:57 pm

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Postby santos l halper » Thu May 17, 2018 2:15 pm

abs wrote:report back on the lispector bio! I have it but keep putting it off for one reason or another


it's definitely a must-read if you're interested in her or her work, even simply because of the excerpts he quotes from her letters. and some of the details of her life do bring out autobiographical elements of her writing that i would otherwise have missed. but i had some issues with it as a biography on a stylistic level - it feels overlong and repetitious in places, and his critical readings of the various novels are not particularly interesting regardless of whether or not you've read the book in question, so those chapters felt like a drag.
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Postby adam sampler » Thu May 17, 2018 2:33 pm

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loving it so far
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Postby Dead_Wizard » Fri May 18, 2018 3:09 pm

I am greatly enjoying Lost Empress. I found the slapstick stuff with Nina early on to be kind of a chore and not particularly funny, but I dig how the subplots are rolling into each other now that I am at the midpoint. The overlying tone of cosmic pessimism is done well, reminds me of DFW at points with the long scientific/philosophical digressions snapping back into the plot. Only real sticking point is the whole medical resident subplot - it's just so inaccurate in a way that takes me out. Granted, I used to coordinate M&M conferences and administer a residency program so uh, I have some "insight", but what happens in the book just never happens at these things, and the reality is way more interesting. The dialogue formatting is kind of confounding and I am curious if there's going to be a reveal later on or if he just decided to drop the play writing style that dominated the first hundred or so pages.
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Postby walt whitman » Fri May 18, 2018 7:21 pm

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god i love this book so much
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Postby bongo » Sat May 19, 2018 2:16 pm

jesus the lost empress is very disappointing. going to be a chore to finish. reads like smarmy early dfw aping and has some weird takes that are so militantly dumb that i’ve almost bailed a couple times
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Postby ahungbunny » Sun May 20, 2018 1:30 am

singularity also started with some cringey dfw-ism, like the whole side plot of Entertainment or Television or whatever (i lost my copy and am going on memory) before settling in to a really moving, extremely readable novel. some of lost empress annoys me (the too-cute sitcomness of the Nina stuff, though it's getting better) but the high points are pretty dang high (the de cervantes and larry brown stuff, for the most part). as it goes on the pieces start fitting together and i'm a sucker for that asymptotic method of storytelling so color me invested ~240pp in

re: medical resident details putting off earlier poster - the football sections do the same for me. de la pava seemed like a huge fan and proponent of boxing in his first nove and i loooooved that whole subplot but he's way too general (or i just know too much) about football for it to be convincing in this
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Postby abs » Sun May 20, 2018 10:27 am

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this rules
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Postby bongo » Sun May 20, 2018 11:36 am

ahungbunny wrote:singularity also started with some cringey dfw-ism, like the whole side plot of Entertainment or Television or whatever (i lost my copy and am going on memory) before settling in to a really moving, extremely readable novel. some of lost empress annoys me (the too-cute sitcomness of the Nina stuff, though it's getting better) but the high points are pretty dang high (the de cervantes and larry brown stuff, for the most part). as it goes on the pieces start fitting together and i'm a sucker for that asymptotic method of storytelling so color me invested ~240pp in

re: medical resident details putting off earlier poster - the football sections do the same for me. de la pava seemed like a huge fan and proponent of boxing in his first nove and i loooooved that whole subplot but he's way too general (or i just know too much) about football for it to be convincing in this


glad youre digging it at least. i agree re singularity. this one isnt doing anything for me at all.
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