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#1781 WesterMats

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 06:01 PM

i am reading 'the bell jar' for fun right now
who knew my life would come to this

but seriously, i can't put it down, great book
why is this not talked about in the same way as catcher in the rye?


cause a woman wrote it.
nah, good book.


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Posted 17 June 2008 - 06:19 PM

i am reading 'the bell jar' for fun right now
who knew my life would come to this

but seriously, i can't put it down, great book
why is this not talked about in the same way as catcher in the rye?


cause a woman wrote it.
nah, good book.


I was going to say the same thing.

Also could it have something to do with it being more explicitly autobiographical? Probably not.

I read it thinking I would be indifferent to it--during my big Plath phase, too. I was wrong--great great book.


When I finish the Barthes (I keep napping and watching bad movies instead of reading so it's taking me a very long time to read a short book that isn't difficult to read at all) I'm going to read more Murakami. I've read Windup Bird... and Norwegian Wood, which I think are at pretty opposite ends of his spectrum, and loved them both. I'm thinking next I'll read Kafka on the Shore or the one about the Sarin attacks--what's it called?


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Posted 17 June 2008 - 06:32 PM

I'm going to read more Murakami. I've read Windup Bird... and Norwegian Wood, which I think are at pretty opposite ends of his spectrum, and loved them both. I'm thinking next I'll read Kafka on the Shore or the one about the Sarin attacks--what's it called?

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Personally, I'd recommend Sputnik Sweetheart which is kind of the in-between for Norweigan and Windup. If you want to go more in the Windup direction, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is pretty damned spectacular.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 11:11 PM

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flipping through an original print of the last whole earth catalogue. this thing has everything in it. my god what a resource.
also reading the brief wondrous life of oscar wao by junot diaz.
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#1785 Magnus Malcolm

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 04:40 PM

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Picked this up today, and spent some time tearing through it. It's just superb so far, the most interesting account of Soviet Russia I've ever encountered, in literature or film. From interesting, largescale important moments to tiny, perhaps more interesting, tidbits author Christopher Andrew takes in the amazing information and life story Oleg Gordievsky puts forth, leading to a read I'm barely able to put down. Recommended for any history buff and/or espionage enthusiast.
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Posted 22 June 2008 - 02:31 AM

I don't have any pictures but I'm reading everything Chandler all at once. fuck yes.

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 08:49 PM

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Seriously, how do people go through life without reading this?

never read this, what kind of book is it?


It's an analysis/distillation of the hero archetype throughout history/mythology.

#1788 Ennui

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 12:35 AM

My AP English teacher senior year had us watch Joseph Campbell's video series based on that book and practically modeled 3/4 of the class around some of the major stories in there by reading a group of books that had related themes and then going back to Campbell's explanation of the archetype pertaining to the segment. In retrospect, that's a brilliant way to design the course and I feel kind of bad everybody in the class took the film time to goof off.
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Posted 23 June 2008 - 11:18 AM

I'm trying to make my own year-long course critical theory, etc. Slow going.

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Whatever.


#1790 Waylon

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 11:27 AM

I'm going to read more Murakami. I've read Windup Bird... and Norwegian Wood, which I think are at pretty opposite ends of his spectrum, and loved them both. I'm thinking next I'll read Kafka on the Shore or the one about the Sarin attacks--what's it called?

Not a good book to read if you take the subway to work.

Still waiting for Slackmo to delete this thread.


#1791 feisty

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 11:31 AM

I'm going to read more Murakami. I've read Windup Bird... and Norwegian Wood, which I think are at pretty opposite ends of his spectrum, and loved them both. I'm thinking next I'll read Kafka on the Shore or the one about the Sarin attacks--what's it called?

Not a good book to read if you take the subway to work.



Haha, good call.

Having not read it,

whenever I see a paper bag on the subway I just wait for people around me to start choking on themselves.


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Posted 23 June 2008 - 12:25 PM

whenever I see a paper bag on the subway I just wait for people around me to start choking on themselves.

Here's a tip for the summer time: If the train looks full except for one car, don't go into the empty car, even if it means you have to push your way into one of the other cars and stand real close like you're on your way to a concentration camp. The empty car, no matter how attractive it looks, has already been claimed by the smelliest homeless man in the city.

Still waiting for Slackmo to delete this thread.


#1793 feisty

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 01:10 PM

whenever I see a paper bag on the subway I just wait for people around me to start choking on themselves.

Here's a tip for the summer time: If the train looks full except for one car, don't go into the empty car, even if it means you have to push your way into one of the other cars and stand real close like you're on your way to a concentration camp. The empty car, no matter how attractive it looks, has already been claimed by the smelliest homeless man in the city.


Or the air conditioning is broken, I have learned.


#1794 Henrietta

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 08:20 AM

I just finished reading Suttree by Cormac McCarthy. What a spectacular book. Probably the best writing I've ever laid eyes on. His Blood Meridian is similarly magnificent.

#1795 Panzerfaust

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 06:28 PM

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (in English) and Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle (in Polish). Ice Nine, fuck yeah.
I find you humans quite interesting, even though you are a worthless, greedy lot. What fascinations there are on this planet. Strange mortals with... curious customs.

Life itself is only a vision. A dream. Nothing exists, save empty space and you. And you... are but a thought.

#1796 The Luscious Phil

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Posted 26 June 2008 - 07:21 PM

Just picked up:
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Final Crisis 2

as well as the New Avengers and Mighty Avengers.

Should be some good comics tonight.

A little pissed though that the comic store in my home town (which is uber-shitty compared to the places in Chicago) charges tax on comics. I didn't know that it was allowed.
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#1797 Henrietta

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Posted 28 June 2008 - 04:42 PM

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The Stranger is one of my favorite books and I really liked The Plague. And now Camus continues to impress me with The Fall.

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Posted 28 June 2008 - 10:09 PM

I just wanted to point out that "Final Crisis 2" is stellar. God I hated The Stranger so much. I mean the story was well told, but I hate the overall purpose so much. Such bleak, existentialism is just so "blah" to me.
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Posted 28 June 2008 - 10:43 PM

charges tax on comics. I didn't know that it was allowed.


pretty sure that's not allowed. Call the Illinois Department of Revenue on them.

#1800 Henrietta

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 01:20 AM

God I hated The Stranger so much. I mean the story was well told, but I hate the overall purpose so much. Such bleak, existentialism is just so "blah" to me.

The Plague deals with similar issues and isn't quite as bleak. In fact, it's almost uplifting. Despite so many people dying.