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Postby saranclaps » Tue Feb 25, 2020 4:15 am

Gonna try dept of speculation. It's been on my to read list.

There's a book I though I had on my list that I thought Jenny Offill wrote that I can't seem to find and might be imagining it. I think it was published sometime from 2014 to 2017 and it might have one of the NYT books the year (or national book award shortlisted) or the authors next book might have. It was either a short story collection or small book where one of the plot elements involved ufos but I don't think it was sci fi per se maybe more of a night vale type context aesthetic. Is this a real book or am I imagining it?
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Postby cooly » Tue Feb 25, 2020 11:39 am

is anyone planning to read the new piketty? we could make a thread about it if so. i am definitely gonna read it and a discussion thread might keep me going
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Postby abs » Tue Feb 25, 2020 12:56 pm

confirmed: pinker book sucked.
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Postby Kenny » Tue Feb 25, 2020 1:47 pm

I've read 53% of Wolf Hall according to my Kindle but I'm gonna skip the rest and watch the BBC series because I read that the new book is 900 pages and if I read Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies I'd be too burned out to read 900 pages lol

I'm reading 1632 by Eric Flint right now, random book about a small virgina town from 2000 being sent back to the HRE in 1632.... mostly just reading it because I guess there's a niche but hyper-into it fandom that writes stories that the author has made cannon and there's a shit ton of them and I love nothing more than things with an intense niche fandom and apparently the author's a socialist so I'm not worried about it being crypto facist.
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Postby lefthandshake » Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:11 pm

saranclaps wrote:There's a book I though I had on my list that I thought Jenny Offill wrote that I can't seem to find and might be imagining it. I think it was published sometime from 2014 to 2017 and it might have one of the NYT books the year (or national book award shortlisted) or the authors next book might have. It was either a short story collection or small book where one of the plot elements involved ufos but I don't think it was sci fi per se maybe more of a night vale type context aesthetic. Is this a real book or am I imagining it?


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Postby Sweet Gregory Pectin » Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:27 pm

barbara_h wrote:Is there a hpn consensus on Paul Auster?


i thought 4 3 2 1 was exceptionally well-written if that helps
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Postby terrific bedwetter » Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:28 pm

im reading through mo' meta blues
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Postby shizaam » Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:35 pm

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I read that a week or so ago too and am still sorting through my thoughts on it. I think "good" and "bad" are not really judgments I want to render on it -- it's clear that it did what the author wanted, and achieved that effect marvelously -- it's more just a matter of what I think of the effect intended. Which is what I'm still sorting through.


I shouldn't have said "bad" because I felt more positive than that about it probably. I just found it kind of "meh" and didn't think much of it either way. For me, as a collection of a characters' thoughts, it just seemed to lack truth. The cleverness seemed to hide an emptiness that I don't think was the intention of the writing. Here's a particular passage that bugged me:

"Funny how when you're married all you want is to be anonymous to each other again, when you're anonymous all you want is to be married and reading together in bed."

This quote just didn't resonate with me, and, while Offill positions it as a mic drop of sorts (she inserts an asterism after it), I found it kind of a clumsy thought clumsily rendered. I felt this way about a number of parts in the book. I dunno, I know all of this comes down to personal taste, which is why I could completely see someone loving it and wouldn't tell someone not to read it.


Honestly, having similar conflicted thoughts on it. I've probably only got 30 pages left, but just haven't had the desire to pick it up at all the last few days. Dwight Garner's note on it from the other day also stuck in my mind: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/19/book ... ccann.html
McCann’s shards are set apart from one another on the page by a thumb’s-width of white space. They are tiles without grout. This trending method of organizing a novel (for example, Jenny Offill) is not yet insufferable but has a trap door: It exaggerates a writer’s weaknesses. "Offill’s weakness is that, despite her comic tone, her wit can fizzle.
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Postby mudd » Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:40 pm

barbara_h wrote:Is there a hpn consensus on Paul Auster?


Probably not. I hate him but he seems like someone you should try once.

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Postby j-ol » Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:51 pm

helix krull wrote:this will make you quite sad, too.... have you read ice ?

(also love that the nyrb cover looks like a leonora carrington kin of kavan!)


i haven't but i'll prob cop it... i like the idea of her making a sci-fi turn.
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Postby gauchebag » Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:54 pm

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I'm halfway through V.

Good shit


V is great

don't know where i'm going to go next with pynchon. i'm finally down to like 60 pages in GR. i've read Inherent Vice and V so far.
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Postby Kenny » Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:57 pm

If I didn't like Crying Of Lot 49 enough to finish it should I try Gravity's or V?
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Postby mudd » Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:05 pm

Well they are a lot better but also a lot longer and more tangled up. If you didn’t like the goofiness and silly characterization of clot49 then probably stay clear, but if your issue was boredom or lack of momentum I think the longer books ironically handle that a lot better.

For the record my favorite is Mason & Dixon.

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Postby bongo » Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:07 pm

read against the day - its pynchons version of final fantasy. also my favorite of his books by a mile
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Postby speakers » Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:11 pm

reading Manhattan beach, pretty balm

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Postby Seamus » Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:03 am

February reads:

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Raise. Hell. All. Summer. Long.

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Postby lefthandshake » Sun Mar 01, 2020 4:14 pm

mudd and i are committing to reading all women authors for march. anyone else in?
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Postby dvr » Sun Mar 01, 2020 4:58 pm

Seamus wrote:February reads:

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this rules. and most of the board tends to agree
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Postby dvr » Sun Mar 01, 2020 5:00 pm

picking my way through these 3:

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okay. airport sci-fi. i wish there was more stuff happening. the middle 50-75 pages have just been meetings (like Foundation). i liked Old Man's War, didn't read the second in the series though

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only about 20 pages in. just read "The Frail Ocean" (great). have not read Silent Spring

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good.not too sensationalized/dramatized (so far)
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Postby Sports Fan of the Year » Sun Mar 01, 2020 5:26 pm

lefthandshake wrote:mudd and i are committing to reading all women authors for march. anyone else in?


I'll do this, actually surprised by how few of the books in my collection were written by women. Maybe I'll start with some Jean Rhys
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Postby bongo » Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:26 am

attention solnit heads: she’s on the newest ezra klein pod. it’s a great interview, naturally. can’t wait to read her new memoir
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Postby speakers » Mon Mar 02, 2020 1:16 pm

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lefthandshake wrote:mudd and i are committing to reading all women authors for march. anyone else in?


I'll do this, actually surprised by how few of the books in my collection were written by women. Maybe I'll start with some Jean Rhys


made a conscious effort to do this, of my 2020 reads only one has been male
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Postby saranclaps » Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:54 am

lefthandshake wrote:
saranclaps wrote:There's a book I though I had on my list that I thought Jenny Offill wrote that I can't seem to find and might be imagining it. I think it was published sometime from 2014 to 2017 and it might have one of the NYT books the year (or national book award shortlisted) or the authors next book might have. It was either a short story collection or small book where one of the plot elements involved ufos but I don't think it was sci fi per se maybe more of a night vale type context aesthetic. Is this a real book or am I imagining it?


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Btw I loved dept of speculation, and liked weather albeit a little less so. I really liked offill's ability in weather to tackle bleakness with depth while never feeling tonally burdensome. Her work is also v easy to read which makes my adhd brain happy.
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Postby adam sampler » Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:21 am

Just finished
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Postby alaska » Tue Mar 03, 2020 12:27 pm

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Postby speakers » Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:37 pm

i feel like we have an ebook (request) thread? if so i couldn't find it

does anyone have an (e) copy of this to share?

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Postby cooly » Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:46 pm

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Postby speakers » Wed Mar 04, 2020 6:02 pm

thanks cooly!
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Postby shizaam » Wed Mar 04, 2020 7:16 pm

just started
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Postby Buddy Glass » Wed Mar 04, 2020 7:48 pm

Working my way through this:

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before starting this:

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