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Health insurance rip off lying FDA big bankers buying
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Cloning while they're multiplying
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Courtney Love, and Marilyn Manson
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Postby Kenny » Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:17 am

Just saw that Last Chronicle of Barset is 800 pages long :o

Victorian writers sure could pump it out
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Postby hadlex » Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:49 am

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Plowing through this short story collection. Never read Block, but these are a lot of fun in a Tales-From-The-Crypt dark-ironic-twist-ending way.
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Postby HotFingersClub » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:41 am

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David Foster Wallace - Girl With Curious Hair
This was the first time I've found DFW quite annoying. But have I changed or has he? Still lots of amazing parts

Now about halfway through:
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Gene Wolfe - The Urth of the New Sun
Also still good but not as enjoyable as the first four books. I feel like Wolfe's catholicism is showing a bit here in a way that makes the story less interesting
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Postby alaska » Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:34 am

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very good!!!!

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not all of this was totally for me but it was still very very good!

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Postby Mandible » Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:49 pm

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Cixin Liu - The Three-Body Problem

This was pretty fun. I'm not accustomed to reading a lot of hard science fiction, but I thought this did a good job of making its concepts fairly accessible to someone with a non-STEM brain. The only part that felt like a slog was that cluster of chapters toward the end which detailed the Trisolaran society. In addition to being a little dry, the society didn't feel particularly "alien" outside of their problems particular to the make-up of their solar system and the "dehyrdration" stuff. I was reminded of Kubrick's decision not to reveal the aliens in 2001 and wished the mystery had been prolonged at least a little longerToggle Spoiler. I'm curious what the sequels are like. I may switch gears before diving into The Dark Forest.
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Postby virile » Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:56 pm

Marza wrote:I'm usually a bit embarrassed posting in here because everyone else's books seem so rarefied, but I just finished:

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And really loved it. It was thrilling reading someone challenge the sacredness of 'hard work makes you a good person'. A lot of his deconstruction as to why this phenomenon is occurring was quite compelling, too.

I also started a new thing where I was actively taking notes and writing down quotes each chapter. It was a little tiring at times, especially because I can't type very quickly on my phone, but I think it made me engage with the content a lot more. I think I'll retain the ideas of the book a lot better, and even if I don't, I'll now have notes to check. Gonna keep doing this for fiction and non-fiction.


awesome! i loved this book. it has really helped me come to terms with my bullshit job. i bought another one of his right after (debt: the first 5000 years) but haven't started it yet. this is a good reminder!
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Postby incoherent grunting » Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:52 pm

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the spirit of science fiction
It uh.. kinda sucked, but also it kinda ruled
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Postby abs » Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:53 pm

got a few going at once for some reason

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Postby Malcolm Money » Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:28 pm

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Why do so many white people feel they have something to say artistically?
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Postby i_am_agriculture » Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:32 pm

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A must-read for Cali bros
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Postby Melville » Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:34 pm

Recently finished Annihilation, which I dug. The neurotic narrator makes it feel like a Dostoevsky character thrown into a strange alien world. Though I preferred the movie's more sublime alienness.

Now reading actual Dostoevsky: The Insulted and Humiliated. Great title.
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Postby adam sampler » Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:13 pm

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Cranked this out a few days ago. You could do a lot worse for self-help but you could also probably do The Artist's Way for 12 weeks and get better results
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Postby alaska » Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:13 pm

i had to read the forthcoming book of chuck klosterman's short stories for this weird job i just got

writers of short fiction, take heart: there are writers of short fiction out there doing a very bad job of it
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Postby David Lobster Wallets » Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:59 pm

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This is such a perfect cover. I love it.
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Postby landspeedrecord » Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:09 pm

dra sounds right up my alley. and yeah, great cover

it's a detail from "the subway" by george tooker (one of my favorite paintings)

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Postby futurist » Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:54 pm

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delany - hogg
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Postby Barthes Starr » Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:27 pm

crosspost but
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Postby variegated reality » Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:49 pm

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This is mostly great although I've kind of lost momentum. I'm hoping I'll pick up steam again now that I'm after WWII, but I'm worried that her writing style isn't varied enough to carry me to the end. It'll probably just take me 2 years to finish.

And I finished these two:

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Oh and I reread all of Harry Potter in January. :oops:
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Postby abs » Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:51 pm

I want to hear about hogg!! it's been on my "to purchase" list for forever.
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Postby mondrary » Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:52 pm

i finished dfw's broom of the system yesterday. it feels very much like a dry run for infinite jest and is ultimately a mess that probably isn't long enough to fully flesh out any of what it's trying to do, which is something of a problem given it's already like 470 pages. it's pretty entertaining in the sense that it's entirely unpredictable but it doesn't serve much of a great Function in the end. also the last line is an incomplete sentence, which is super lame here.Toggle Spoiler decent book but he'd do way better later obvs.
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Postby vivian darko » Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:15 pm

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god i just finished love's work by gillian rose which i devoured after sampling it this morning and feel...dizzy. a memoir that is pretty good until it is suddenly the best book ever. i cannot believe how quickly this ascended the ranks of my personal canon over the space of maybe twenty pages.

some other stuff i'd recommend from what i've been reading recently:

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eugenio montale - collected poems (1920-1954)

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regina ullmann - the country road
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Postby futurist » Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:26 pm

abs wrote:I want to hear about hogg!! it's been on my "to purchase" list for forever.


it's pretty graphic and slightly crass, but that's what i was looking for. but i've only barely touched it as of yet because of work reading i'm trying to get through

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Postby j-ol » Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:30 pm

reading this bc my crush wrote her thesis on it :oops:

anybody dig? it's a seemingly obscure title but rly cool. like the road written from a first nations perspective.

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Postby Eyeball Kid » Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:17 pm

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The Last Temptation of Christ - Nikos Kazantzakis

I've seen the movie a handful of times over the years, but this is my first time with the novel. Early report: I cannot shake Harvey Keitel's heavy Brooklyn accent whenever Judas speaks.
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Postby incoherent grunting » Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:52 am

just finished
Ian McEwan's Cement Garden which I really liked! I'm not sure where i heard about it - probably this thread some time ago
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Now starting the adventures and misadventures of maqroll by Alvaro Mutis
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and alternating that with King's Night Shift because I love reading his spooky stories in my tent while camping
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Postby aububs » Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:54 am

i unsubscribed from the london review of books newsletter today because they used my name in the email subject line which was creepy
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Postby Kenny » Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:01 am

Speaking of LRB this came out today and it's pretty crazy (saw offa Chargie's twitter)



8 years without one POC is kinda nuts
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Postby Sobieski » Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:04 am

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i forgot how good the sound and the fury was. Before I kinda skipped Benjy's section but it's really good and it kind of dawns on me that it's faulkner excuse to use a bunch of imagistic prose. It's really sad too even though it's charting the disintegration of uh the southern planter aristocracy :? ?. Haven't gotten to the Quentin sections yet
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