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#2081 raumschwein

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 12:46 PM

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I started reading this a little over three years ago and didn't quite make it to ancient Greece. I'm giving it another shot. At this rate, it should only take me the rest of my life to finish reading the 1184 pages.

#2082 Ogawa

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 04:14 PM

Read this.

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Now reading this.

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Few beings have ever been so impregnated, pierced to the core, by the conviction of the absolute futility of human aspiration. The universe is nothing but a furtive arrangement of elementary particles. A figure in transition toward chaos. That is what will finally prevail. The human race will disappear. Other races in turn will appear and disappear. And human actions are as free and as stripped of meaning as the unfettered movements of the elementary particles. Good, evil, morality, sentiments? Pure ‘Victorian fictions.’ All that exists is egotism. Cold, intact, and radiant.

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#2083 Agrimorfee

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 04:33 PM

To go into reread-for-the-1st-time since-high-school mode:
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To reread and (maybe) finish:
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To finally get under my belt:
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#2084 M_Rots

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 04:41 PM

You know that Dill in TKAM is based on Truman Capote, right?

#2085 Agrimorfee

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 05:17 PM

Ahhhh!...makes sense, but since I haven't read it since 1988, I wouldn't have known that. The movie Capote (the reason why I got me In Cold Blood now) was where I learned about Harper Lee's relationship with him.

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#2086 Tony

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 05:20 PM

You know that Dill in TKAM is based on Truman Capote, right?


There are some who believe that Capote wrote much of it.

#2087 richard

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 05:22 PM

Capote is an amazing writer; probably my favorite. It's sad that he couldn't create a great fiction novel for shit. I've read a bunch of his works, and nothing really impressed me (in terms of story plots, twists, etc.) However, In Cold Blood is his absolute best work and my favorite book of all time. Really amazing stuff.
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#2088 M_Rots

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 05:24 PM

There are some who believe the earth is flat, too, Tony, but who fucking cares?

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 05:26 PM

'Who fucking cares' could be applied to 95% of posts on a message board at any given time by anyone.

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 05:29 PM

Indeed. I certainly apply it to myself. Except when I don't.

#2091 Agrimorfee

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 05:36 PM

Capote is an amazing writer; probably my favorite. It's sad that he couldn't create a great fiction novel for shit.


Nor could he act...ever see Murder By death? :lol:

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#2092 Agrimorfee

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 05:37 PM

'Who fucking cares' could be applied to 95% of posts on a message board at any given time by anyone.


I kind of cared. Brain, you don't have to make a comment every time. <_<

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#2093 M_Rots

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 06:00 PM

Capote is an amazing writer; probably my favorite. It's sad that he couldn't create a great fiction novel for shit. I've read a bunch of his works, and nothing really impressed me (in terms of story plots, twists, etc.) However, In Cold Blood is his absolute best work and my favorite book of all time. Really amazing stuff.


Great, maybe not. But The Grass Harp, while short and not especially innovative, is certainly a good read.

#2094 Ogawa

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 03:15 PM

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Ordered. Acme Novelty Library #19, by Chris Ware. Didn't realize this was even out.
Few beings have ever been so impregnated, pierced to the core, by the conviction of the absolute futility of human aspiration. The universe is nothing but a furtive arrangement of elementary particles. A figure in transition toward chaos. That is what will finally prevail. The human race will disappear. Other races in turn will appear and disappear. And human actions are as free and as stripped of meaning as the unfettered movements of the elementary particles. Good, evil, morality, sentiments? Pure ‘Victorian fictions.’ All that exists is egotism. Cold, intact, and radiant.

Michel Houellebecq

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 11:30 PM

Just finished The Virgin Suicides and now I'm depressed. It's weird. Reading the entire book, you know they're going to kill themselves. But when it happens it still hit me hard. The entire book is just really depressing. The decaying trees, the decaying house, the characters narrating from their forties. Such an overwhelming feeling of melancholy.
Few beings have ever been so impregnated, pierced to the core, by the conviction of the absolute futility of human aspiration. The universe is nothing but a furtive arrangement of elementary particles. A figure in transition toward chaos. That is what will finally prevail. The human race will disappear. Other races in turn will appear and disappear. And human actions are as free and as stripped of meaning as the unfettered movements of the elementary particles. Good, evil, morality, sentiments? Pure ‘Victorian fictions.’ All that exists is egotism. Cold, intact, and radiant.

Michel Houellebecq

#2096 richard

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 11:13 AM

Capote is an amazing writer; probably my favorite. It's sad that he couldn't create a great fiction novel for shit.


Nor could he act...ever see Murder By death? :lol:


Haven't seen it. But I have seen both 'Capote' and 'Infamous.' I'm still debating as to who's performance was better; Hoffman or Jones.


Capote is an amazing writer; probably my favorite. It's sad that he couldn't create a great fiction novel for shit. I've read a bunch of his works, and nothing really impressed me (in terms of story plots, twists, etc.) However, In Cold Blood is his absolute best work and my favorite book of all time. Really amazing stuff.


Great, maybe not. But The Grass Harp, while short and not especially innovative, is certainly a good read.


The Grass Harp is one of the few works that I haven't read just yet. I just finished Music for Chameleons recently and, although his writing style and structure is so fluid and brilliant, the plots really let me down.

With all the hype surrounding Breakfast at Tiffany's , I was convinced it was a great book. Maybe it was the hype that killed it for me in the end, but I thought it was nothing more than just an OK read, particulary because it felt incomplete.
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#2097 richard

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 11:18 AM

I recently decided to catch up with all the 'classics' that I wasn't forced to read in High school/College..

Just finished this:

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Reading this now

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Considering this one next:
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#2098 Agrimorfee

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 11:44 AM

1984 is a must, at the very least to see how prescient it was.

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#2099 M_Rots

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 12:52 PM

Capote is an amazing writer; probably my favorite. It's sad that he couldn't create a great fiction novel for shit.


Nor could he act...ever see Murder By death? :lol:


I MUST protest! Capote's voice comes from inside the moose head in this clip - now tell me that ain't acting!



#2100 Ogawa

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Posted 14 November 2008 - 12:55 PM

Reading this now. The prose seems a little pedestrian coming off something as incredible as The Virgin Suicides, but I suspect it'll be a quick, enjoyable read none-the-less.

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Few beings have ever been so impregnated, pierced to the core, by the conviction of the absolute futility of human aspiration. The universe is nothing but a furtive arrangement of elementary particles. A figure in transition toward chaos. That is what will finally prevail. The human race will disappear. Other races in turn will appear and disappear. And human actions are as free and as stripped of meaning as the unfettered movements of the elementary particles. Good, evil, morality, sentiments? Pure ‘Victorian fictions.’ All that exists is egotism. Cold, intact, and radiant.

Michel Houellebecq