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« Reply #1650 on: February 26, 2013, 02:14:59 PM »
The Sun Also Rises is some top 5 shit for me. I'd love to read some terse manly hemingway-esque prose after trudging through Infinite Jest for what feels like the last 10 years of my life.

My girl has had it on our bed stand for the past 8 months. I've been thinking of taking over for her but am fearful.

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« Reply #1651 on: February 26, 2013, 02:35:01 PM »
The Sun Also Rises is some top 5 shit for me. I'd love to read some terse manly hemingway-esque prose after trudging through Infinite Jest for what feels like the last 10 years of my life.

My girl has had it on our bed stand for the past 8 months. I've been thinking of taking over for her but am fearful.


Infinite Jest? Honestly, I'd say don't bother.

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« Reply #1652 on: February 26, 2013, 03:53:03 PM »
ohhh damn kilgore about to go super saiyan on u fool

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« Reply #1653 on: February 26, 2013, 06:32:05 PM »


Bought and finished yesterday, seeing as it's only 90 or so pages depending on the edition.  So good.

I'll see if I can find it online, I read some criticism on it talking about all this subtext about the old ways of fishing which the old man does, and the new industrialized fisheries that were emerging at the time. There's all this stuff about Dimaggio too. I guess scholars figured out the date each day of the story takes place based on the stuff he says about the Yankee's pennant race.
Try and check a used bookstore in your area, it'll be cheap and reading a hard copy cannot be beat.  Criticism in what way though?  That how the old man fishing is not accurate to the time period?  If there are discrepancies there are discrepancies, but that in now way takes away from the story.  But anyway, definitely try and get a hold of it, printed or not.

Five chapters into 1Q84, loving it so far.  Saying Marukami's writing is easy to read would almost be discrediting it, but it's smooth and digestible without being obvious.  Does that make sense?

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« Reply #1654 on: February 26, 2013, 06:42:33 PM »
By criticism, he means analysis/discussion. Not discrediting or tearing down the book.

Your description of Murakami reminds me of how my one literature teacher described Vonnegut: he's like a good whiskey after dinner--he goes down smooth and is a good palate cleanser.

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« Reply #1655 on: February 26, 2013, 07:38:57 PM »
By criticism, he means analysis/discussion. Not discrediting or tearing down the book.
My bad, that certainly makes more sense. 

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« Reply #1656 on: February 27, 2013, 01:29:09 PM »
Probably has been posted before, but i aint sifting through 50 pages


Read this.  Wasn't my favorite Palahniuk.  It never really captivated me.  It was a decent read though.  I enjoyed Rant and Survivor alot more. 


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« Reply #1657 on: February 27, 2013, 01:32:56 PM »
Sorry for the double post.  Just read this though:



It was pretty fucking mindblowing.  It is about two dope and crack feinds in L.A. Hollywood.  It was super fucked up, yet had some powerful meaning IMO.  Interesting to see how certain addicts can live their lives.  If you like fucked up literature, I would definately recommend it.  Also, the author is a recovering crack/dope user.  Great read.


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« Reply #1658 on: March 06, 2013, 01:23:09 PM »
Today marks the beginning of my last foray into Finnegans Wake. I'm not reading another book until I finish it. After reading Ulysses as many times as I have, I don't have an excuse anymore.

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« Reply #1659 on: March 06, 2013, 06:48:24 PM »
Probably has been posted before, but i aint sifting through 50 pages


This and survivor are two of my favorites of all time. Just started reading Invisible Monsters remixed, which is the original format in which Chuck intended it to be in before the publishing house made it more "reader friendly."

Funny, no one would do that to him today ... but I'm pretty sure this was his first published novel (if not then it was second) so I'm sure they underestimated him somewhat at the time.

Also, the story about Chuck coming out of the closet is pretty damn amazing.

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« Reply #1660 on: March 06, 2013, 06:52:10 PM »
Probably has been posted before, but i aint sifting through 50 pages


This and survivor are two of my favorites of all time. Just started reading Invisible Monsters remixed, which is the original format in which Chuck intended it to be in before the publishing house made it more "reader friendly."

Funny, no one would do that to him today ... but I'm pretty sure this was his first published novel (if not then it was second) so I'm sure they underestimated him somewhat at the time.

Also, the story about Chuck coming out of the closet is pretty damn amazing.

Hey Brink,
will it be worth it to read the remix if I've already read the "reader friendly" publishing house version?
Also, have you read Stranger Than Fiction?  It briefly touches on his father's bizarre murder.

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« Reply #1661 on: March 06, 2013, 06:52:44 PM »
Rob Brink recommended this and it delivers.� If you follow brink outside of Weekend Buzz, he's got good taste.

This book is for those who love poking fun at celebrity in the meanest, yet undeniably deserved, ways.�

Spoiler- Cintra Wilson actually posts and comments on fan mail from New Kids On The Block and it's SO fucking great.




Glad you liked ... ;)


Basically the entire snarkfest that is the internet ... including the "critical" and self-proclaimed/self-published "skate journalists" in our industry's blogosphere ... are doing fairly bad versions of a style that Cintra perfected in this book.

I should also add that the so very Urban Outfitters-beloved "Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs" by Chuck Klosterman is a diet version of Cintra's A Massive Swelling the way White Zombie is a bad version of Ministry.
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« Reply #1662 on: March 06, 2013, 06:54:46 PM »
Probably has been posted before, but i aint sifting through 50 pages


This and survivor are two of my favorites of all time. Just started reading Invisible Monsters remixed, which is the original format in which Chuck intended it to be in before the publishing house made it more "reader friendly."

Funny, no one would do that to him today ... but I'm pretty sure this was his first published novel (if not then it was second) so I'm sure they underestimated him somewhat at the time.

Also, the story about Chuck coming out of the closet is pretty damn amazing.

Hey Brink,
will it be worth it to read the remix if I've already read the "reader friendly" publishing house version?
Also, have you read Stranger Than Fiction?  It briefly touches on his father's bizarre murder.

I love "Stranger" because, as more of a magazine-style writer myself, it's so rad to see how much he nails journalism in addition to fiction. The piece about Brad Pitt's lips is incredible. I remember really diging the one about high school wrestling too.

As for IM ... I would recommend ANY piece of art, music, literature that has finally surfaced in the form the artist originally intended it to be in ...

Know what I mean?

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« Reply #1663 on: March 06, 2013, 06:56:51 PM »
Probably has been posted before, but i aint sifting through 50 pages


This and survivor are two of my favorites of all time. Just started reading Invisible Monsters remixed, which is the original format in which Chuck intended it to be in before the publishing house made it more "reader friendly."

Funny, no one would do that to him today ... but I'm pretty sure this was his first published novel (if not then it was second) so I'm sure they underestimated him somewhat at the time.

Also, the story about Chuck coming out of the closet is pretty damn amazing.

Hey Brink,
will it be worth it to read the remix if I've already read the "reader friendly" publishing house version?
Also, have you read Stranger Than Fiction?  It briefly touches on his father's bizarre murder.

I love "Stranger" because, as more of a magazine-style writer myself, it's so rad to see how much he nails journalism in addition to fiction. The piece about Brad Pitt's lips is incredible. I remember really diging the one about high school wrestling too.

As for IM ... I would recommend ANY piece of art, music, literature that has finally surfaced in the form the artist originally intended it to be in ...

Know what I mean?

I think so.  Like the director's cut of "Blade Runner," right?

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« Reply #1664 on: March 06, 2013, 06:59:53 PM »
Probably has been posted before, but i aint sifting through 50 pages


This and survivor are two of my favorites of all time. Just started reading Invisible Monsters remixed, which is the original format in which Chuck intended it to be in before the publishing house made it more "reader friendly."

Funny, no one would do that to him today ... but I'm pretty sure this was his first published novel (if not then it was second) so I'm sure they underestimated him somewhat at the time.

Also, the story about Chuck coming out of the closet is pretty damn amazing.

Hey Brink,
will it be worth it to read the remix if I've already read the "reader friendly" publishing house version?
Also, have you read Stranger Than Fiction?  It briefly touches on his father's bizarre murder.

I love "Stranger" because, as more of a magazine-style writer myself, it's so rad to see how much he nails journalism in addition to fiction. The piece about Brad Pitt's lips is incredible. I remember really diging the one about high school wrestling too.

As for IM ... I would recommend ANY piece of art, music, literature that has finally surfaced in the form the artist originally intended it to be in ...

Know what I mean?

I think so.  Like the director's cut of "Blade Runner," right?

Haha. Sure. Or any director's cut for that matter.

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« Reply #1665 on: March 07, 2013, 02:16:32 AM »
Today marks the beginning of my last foray into Finnegans Wake. I'm not reading another book until I finish it. After reading Ulysses as many times as I have, I don't have an excuse anymore.

How is that going for you? I am also a Ulysses fiend but could never quite get into Finnegans Wake in the same way. Anybody here into Faulkner at all?

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« Reply #1666 on: March 07, 2013, 04:22:57 AM »
Currently reading Palahniuk's Pygmy.  So far it sucks.  Why is it written in broken English?  This is always annoying to me.  The character is a spy in USA, why would he write his reports back to his home country in broken English?  He'd write in his own language and the novel could then be in plain english as it would be a translation.  I'm not articulating this well.

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« Reply #1667 on: March 07, 2013, 04:33:08 AM »

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« Reply #1668 on: March 07, 2013, 07:14:10 AM »
Currently reading Palahniuk's Pygmy.  So far it sucks.  Why is it written in broken English?  This is always annoying to me.  The character is a spy in USA, why would he write his reports back to his home country in broken English?  He'd write in his own language and the novel could then be in plain english as it would be a translation.  I'm not articulating this well.

I couldn't get through this one either.  I just read Snuff instead.  It was okay.  Not Chuck's best work.


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« Reply #1669 on: March 07, 2013, 08:46:44 AM »
I thought it wasnt just him solo, shouldve stuck with my og thought.
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« Reply #1670 on: March 07, 2013, 08:59:31 AM »
Today marks the beginning of my last foray into Finnegans Wake. I'm not reading another book until I finish it. After reading Ulysses as many times as I have, I don't have an excuse anymore.

How is that going for you? I am also a Ulysses fiend but could never quite get into Finnegans Wake in the same way. Anybody here into Faulkner at all?

I'm just starting this time, but hopefully it'll last.  I'm already about half way through it.  I've been reading it very slowly over the past six years or so.  Luckily, it's the kind of book where a 6, 9, 12 month gap between readings doesn't really affect what you get from it.  It takes a little bit to get back in the swing of understanding it though.  But those few days don't bother me because I'm already missing a lot in the section I do understand, so 20 pages of missing stuff isn't a big deal, you know?

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« Reply #1671 on: March 07, 2013, 10:35:32 AM »


just started this one a few days ago. Quite enjoyable so far, at points reminding me of a lighter pynchon.



i really dig some of what upski writes about, in this book especially, and would love to teach some of it to a class of students between the ages of 14-20 as lessons in empowerment and self advocacy.

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« Reply #1672 on: March 07, 2013, 10:37:17 AM »


just started this one a few days ago. Quite enjoyable so far, at points reminding me of a lighter pynchon.


I thoroughly enjoyed Cloud Atlas, some stories more than others but for a big book it flew by.

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« Reply #1673 on: March 07, 2013, 10:42:43 AM »
Currently reading Palahniuk's Pygmy.  So far it sucks.  Why is it written in broken English?  This is always annoying to me.  The character is a spy in USA, why would he write his reports back to his home country in broken English?  He'd write in his own language and the novel could then be in plain english as it would be a translation.  I'm not articulating this well.

I agree.  It really pissed me off.  It's the worst of all his books I've read.

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« Reply #1674 on: March 09, 2013, 01:42:11 AM »


How is it?
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« Reply #1675 on: March 09, 2013, 02:47:44 PM »
Anything from Kurt Vonnegut is always great. - currently reading: Breakfast of Champions/Goodbye Blue Monday

The Doors of Perception and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley are both wonderful as well.

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« Reply #1676 on: March 09, 2013, 06:09:56 PM »
Currently reading Palahniuk's Pygmy.  So far it sucks.  Why is it written in broken English?  This is always annoying to me.  The character is a spy in USA, why would he write his reports back to his home country in broken English?  He'd write in his own language and the novel could then be in plain english as it would be a translation.  I'm not articulating this well.

I agree.  It really pissed me off.  It's the worst of all his books I've read.

fucking terrible book

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« Reply #1677 on: March 09, 2013, 06:14:10 PM »
The Doors of Perception and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley are both wonderful as well.


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« Reply #1678 on: March 13, 2013, 09:24:59 AM »


Don't normally read scifi. I've read the prologue and first chapter. Pretty classic premise so far, ice transport ship receives a distress signal from another ship. Seems promising though.

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« Reply #1679 on: March 13, 2013, 12:35:27 PM »
Just started this



which I think might be heavy going so I also started this