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 Post subject: Re: Books
PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:53 am 
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YES. A friend bought me that book for Christmas one year. I think the larger-than-life (literally) Ignatius is one of the most bizarrely comic-tragic characterisations in history.

Looking forward to getting stuck into Andre Breton's Nadja. "Beauty must be convulsive or not at all."


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LL, have you ever read the Neon Bible by JKT? I've not had the opportunity


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I need to get that one, although I am trying to avoid a movie tie-in cover edition (I hate that! One of the worst things ever is picking up a book with the film poster on the cover, in my opinion).
To think that JKT's books were rejected in his lifetime is appalling to me. If only he had stuck around to see what would happen next: publication, admiration, the Pulitzer, and yes, movie tie-ins.


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(I hate that! One of the worst things ever is picking up a book with the film poster on the cover, in my opinion).
Agreed! :lol:


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An illustrious source suggested A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Has anyone here read that? If so, please give your thoughts!


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An illustrious source suggested A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Has anyone here read that? If so, please give your thoughts!
I have read it, App. It has its moments of brilliance but I found the characters a bit samey, all seemingly sharing the same dysfunctions. It does also tend to go off on tangential histories of even its most minor characters from birth to death, which is a bit odd and very distracting from the main point, I thought. It is most notable for its over 50 page chapter entirely in power point presentation form (which I found the best, most insightful part of the entire book). I thought it would be more about the music when I first picked it up, so if you are looking for a story about a rocketing punk scene you are going to be disappointed.


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I will note that!


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Anyone into morbid poetry? This is possibly my favorite book of all time:

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And I got it for 50p at a charity shop!


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ganzergrey wrote:
Also, 100 pages into Infinite Jest.....what a fucking brilliant book. DFW was the man, sad he chose the rope over hope. Assuming I ever finish this I'm going to start Gravity's Rainbow and maybe a Don DeLillo...
I am intimidated by Gravity's Rainbow but would still like to read it. Infinite Jest looks boss as well


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Currently reading The Revolution of Everyday Life by Raoul Vaneigem. Good introduction to the ideas of the Situationist International, and an easier read than Debord's Society of the Spectacle, which I haven't managed to wrap my head around yet.
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The millions of human beings who were shot, tortured, starved, treated like animals and made the object of a conspiracy of ridicule, can sleep in peace in their communal graves, for at least the struggle in which they died has enabled their descendants, isolated in their air-conditioned apartments, to believe, on the strength of their daily dose of television, that they are happy and free. The Communards went down, fighting to the last, so that you too could qualify for a Caribbean cruise.


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I have a literary society meeting tomorrow...and I need some ideas for another American author. Any suggestions friends? :sherlock:


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Tried any Joyce Carol Oates, App? Wonderland in particular is a very uncomfortable (yet very rewarding) read.


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I believe I read a short story collection of hers back in college, but I'll surely investigate! Any good dystopian books you guys can think of?


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Reading this massive beef book at the moment. Always knew these guys were weird but... :shock: :delaware: :delaware: :shock:


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