Author Topic: books to read  (Read 246802 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

oyolar

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 9044
  • Rep: 198
Re: books to read
« Reply #1920 on: November 11, 2013, 07:58:40 AM »
Just a heads up to people I was talking to about Invisible Cities--I'm in the last chapter now and the city descriptions are harder to get through.  The language is the same, but it's requiring more effort to get through them.  After 45-50 descriptions, you get burnt out on them.

oyolar

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 9044
  • Rep: 198
Re: books to read
« Reply #1921 on: November 15, 2013, 09:53:40 AM »
I'm reading King, Queen, Knave by Vladimir Nabokov now.  It feels like it is going very quickly or smoothly.  Definitely as easy of a read as possible for Nabokov.

Big Baby Jesus

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 49
  • Rep: -4
Re: books to read
« Reply #1922 on: November 15, 2013, 12:07:11 PM »


some pdfs of it online

Merked

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 1389
  • Rep: -157
  • Strong Island Rippin, Guidos and Shit.
Re: books to read
« Reply #1923 on: November 15, 2013, 12:27:38 PM »
Read this:



Corny ass fucking title, but it was recommended by an associate of mine and it was pretty damn entertaining.  Deals with Al Queda and portrays how absolutely dangerous some terrorists affilates can be.  It was an easy read, sometimes cliche, nothing really profound, but good nonetheless.


I suck at SLAP.

Greg Ostertag

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 245
  • Rep: 47
  • Trabajo sucio
Re: books to read
« Reply #1924 on: November 15, 2013, 01:34:20 PM »
Last few months -



Loved this. Probably the most refreshing thing I've read in quite some time. Totally reminds me of the movie Synedoche, New York. Highly recommended.
whattt.... love that movie.


I just finished this:

which was a short but good read. The main character pretty much goes from being an upstanding academic to not giving a shit about anything.


Just started this:

Seems good so far. Any scandinavians got insight on this one?



Not a Norwegian, but a 'Merican who happens to have read Knausgaard... Can't remember why or how I even came across Mein Kampf 1?
It's like the Harry Potter of Norway; everyone in Norwegian Oprah's studio audience got a free copy, etc...

The few reviews I've read describe Knausgarrd's stuff as "Proustian," which means, I guess, that the book is really long and unrelenting in it's banal descriptions of life.

The payoff for virtually living in tandem with the author through the everyday putting around, aspiring to be someone, and the smoking of thousands of Norwegian cigarettes (Knausgaard is at his best, stylistically, when writing about the act of smoking.), is that you are allowed to be there for the most excruciating events of his personal life. He has essentially written down his entire life on paper without excluding any of the embarrassing private stuff, hence the struggle.

My Struggle 1 is largely about the author's strained relationship with his father and said father's alcoholism and eventual death. Apparently Knausgaard's literary honesty has taken a toll on his family relationships, which to me seems like a strong factor in the book's popularity in Norway. That and the title.

500 pages books aren't typically my thing, but I liked it. Don't know If I have time to devote to 6 more My Struggles. Part 2 was released in the English not too long ago.
Cold Ghengis

Jares

  • Guest
Re: books to read
« Reply #1925 on: November 16, 2013, 03:01:45 AM »


The descriptions of what it was like to fly the SR-71 are so gnarly.

Ollie Ringwald

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 566
  • Rep: -3
Re: books to read
« Reply #1926 on: November 16, 2013, 04:19:49 AM »
Just a heads up to people I was talking to about Invisible Cities--I'm in the last chapter now and the city descriptions are harder to get through.?  The language is the same, but it's requiring more effort to get through them.?  After 45-50 descriptions, you get burnt out on them.

I'm about 60% through this (Kindle) and although I'm sure I'll finish it I'm pretty underwhelmed by it at the moment, I enjoyed OAWNATC way more.

oyolar

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 9044
  • Rep: 198
Re: books to read
« Reply #1927 on: November 16, 2013, 09:20:32 AM »
Yeah, I agree with you.  Those are the only two books of his I've read, and Invisible Cities was the worse of the two.  I enjoyed some of te city descriptions though.

ÜterZörker

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 115
  • Rep: 4
  • Welcome to the wildwest, did you bring yer pistol?
Re: books to read
« Reply #1928 on: December 16, 2013, 07:14:53 PM »


Just finished this, definitely worth a read.

Rusty Shackleford

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 1023
  • Rep: 106
  • you know about goretex?
Re: books to read
« Reply #1929 on: December 16, 2013, 07:21:17 PM »

jack burton

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 2282
  • Rep: 150
Re: books to read
« Reply #1930 on: December 17, 2013, 10:33:38 AM »
Came in here to post that ^. Been reading this on the toilet for awhile now and really enjoy it.

oyolar

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 9044
  • Rep: 198
Re: books to read
« Reply #1931 on: December 17, 2013, 10:44:31 AM »
Just finished Naked Economics by Wheelan.  A good intro, but nothing too too crazy or illuminating.  I have a lot of Econ fronds, so I picked up some degree of the concepts through my conversations with them.  I'm going to try and buy the expanded edition that includes comments on 2008 (I think) versus my super old version. 

Currently reading Powderhouse by Jens Bjoerneboe.  I read the first book of his The History of Bestiality trilogy, Moment of Freedom, earlier this year.  But I took a big gap in between since they're only loosely tied together.  It's fairly short and I'm trying to get as many books in in the last few weeks of the year.   This will be my 28th actual book read this year.

BRIX SKWIKZ

  • Guest
Re: books to read
« Reply #1932 on: December 21, 2013, 07:57:27 PM »

AnotherHardDayAtTheOffice

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 853
  • Rep: -21
Re: books to read
« Reply #1933 on: December 22, 2013, 05:01:44 AM »
Just finished The Name of the Rose and liked it.



Just started reading Safe Area Gorazde by Joe Sacco this morning. Thanks to christmas holidays and a train ride coming later today, I expect to be done with it rather quickly.



After that I'm going to give Nabokov a go and read his Lolita. I haven't ever read any Nabokov, so I'm excited to see what the novel has to offer.


Merked

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 1389
  • Rep: -157
  • Strong Island Rippin, Guidos and Shit.
Re: books to read
« Reply #1934 on: December 23, 2013, 07:03:12 AM »
Just finished The Name of the Rose and liked it.



Just started reading Safe Area Gorazde by Joe Sacco this morning. Thanks to christmas holidays and a train ride coming later today, I expect to be done with it rather quickly.



After that I'm going to give Nabokov a go and read his Lolita. I haven't ever read any Nabokov, so I'm excited to see what the novel has to offer.



I couldn't get into Lolita for some reason.  I enjoyed the writing and his prose was on point, but I couldn't into the pedoness.  Wasn't feelin it.  Might pick up a lesser known work of his and check it out.  Anyone have recommendations?


I suck at SLAP.

oyolar

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 9044
  • Rep: 198
Re: books to read
« Reply #1935 on: December 23, 2013, 08:43:25 AM »
You are one of the first people I have heard say that they couldn't get into Lolita.  I mean, yeah the subject matter is kid of heavy but it's not graphic at all.  And you're not supposed to "get into" the pedophilic desires of Humbert.  The point is to experience the disconnect and discomfort of a cruel man and the artistic prose.  It's supposed to be jarring and off-putting.

Nabokov is a fan of creating that discomfort and being "cruel" through his literature.  If you want to try him, you could probably try The Defense or King, Queen, Knave.

UgolinoTheSignificant

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 385
  • Rep: 15
  • fuck your ottoman.
Re: books to read
« Reply #1936 on: December 23, 2013, 08:56:54 AM »
anyone pick up the new pynchon?
You should never trust a man who claims he doesn't know about free internet porn.

Merked

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 1389
  • Rep: -157
  • Strong Island Rippin, Guidos and Shit.
Re: books to read
« Reply #1937 on: December 23, 2013, 10:20:17 AM »
You are one of the first people I have heard say that they couldn't get into Lolita.  I mean, yeah the subject matter is kid of heavy but it's not graphic at all.  And you're not supposed to "get into" the pedophilic desires of Humbert.  The point is to experience the disconnect and discomfort of a cruel man and the artistic prose.  It's supposed to be jarring and off-putting.

Nabokov is a fan of creating that discomfort and being "cruel" through his literature.  If you want to try him, you could probably try The Defense or King, Queen, Knave.

Thanks for the recommendations.  I'll have at Lolita again if I like his other work.


I suck at SLAP.

oyolar

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 9044
  • Rep: 198
Re: books to read
« Reply #1938 on: December 23, 2013, 10:55:07 AM »
anyone pick up the new pynchon?

Yeah, I got it right when it first came out.  It's pretty good.  I liked it.  It's a lot more straightforward than typical Pynchon and, aside from the huge cast of characters, it's a lot easier to keep track of than some of his other works.  If you're a Pynchon fan, you'll definitely like it.  I could say some more, but I don't want to spoil it or seem too critical.  It's definitely worth a read.

Merked--that could be it.  Like most people, I got into Nabokov through Lolita, but he's one of my favorite authors, if not my favorite.  I'm working my way through his Russian novels now to finish off his entire body of work.  You might also like The Real Life of Sebastian Knight.

cringe.

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 1412
  • Rep: 413
Re: books to read
« Reply #1939 on: December 23, 2013, 11:44:33 AM »
Last few months -



Loved this. Probably the most refreshing thing I've read in quite some time. Totally reminds me of the movie Synedoche, New York. Highly recommended.
nice, cool book eh? he came in to talk to my experimental fiction class about that book last week, interesting dude

also, here's an ebook download link for it (and another book i cant remember) if anyone wants http://www.solidfiles.com/d/5c697603ae/


some other tite books iv read recently are:
ollinger stories - john updike
pale fire - nabokov
the golden apples - eudora welty
molloy - beckett
the unfortunates - bs johnson (each section of the novel is a selfcontained pamphlet and u shuffle the like 30 different sections so that u read it in a random order)
and all of james baldwins novels, not sure which is my fav, maybe go tell it on the mountain , another country or just above my head
« Last Edit: December 23, 2013, 11:53:39 AM by cringe. »

UgolinoTheSignificant

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 385
  • Rep: 15
  • fuck your ottoman.
Re: books to read
« Reply #1940 on: December 30, 2013, 08:06:42 PM »
@oyolar I picked it up (usually I try to avoid topical stuff {9/11}) am about 55 pages in and am really liking it. usually I like more cerebral stuff but I haven't read more than bits and pieces of his older stuff (and some analysis of them) but I am psyched to start out with this and move back more thoroughly.
« Last Edit: December 30, 2013, 08:08:52 PM by UgolinoTheSignificant »
You should never trust a man who claims he doesn't know about free internet porn.

shark tits

  • Guest
Re: books to read
« Reply #1941 on: December 30, 2013, 08:14:47 PM »
i borrowed keith richards biography but i haven't started it yet. i will say that mick jagger's biography was through the roof, nonstop, balls and dick to the walls! that dude fucked every hot broad from his era through angelina jolie and most men too [clapton, bowie, brian jones, a bunch i don't remember]. wilt chamberlain's numbers ain't got shit on mick. carly simon wrote 'you're so vain' about him and some of his songs were about dudes [angie, i believe] dude was the most fucking-est man in show business. hopefully the keith richards book is better cause i feel like he's the more relatable stone.

Yung_Thrust

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 29
  • Rep: 3
Re: books to read
« Reply #1942 on: January 01, 2014, 05:17:58 PM »
The Miles Davis autobiography. It was pretty dry, in my opinion, and took forever to finish but definitely worth the read. Just bought Permenant Darkness off of Amazon so I'm pretty excited for that to come.
« Last Edit: January 01, 2014, 05:20:30 PM by Yung_Thrust »

Lenny the Fatface

  • Guest
Re: books to read
« Reply #1943 on: January 01, 2014, 06:53:34 PM »
Back on my grind.

The 2nd edition of this book recently and it sooooooo much better than the first.


poorlatino

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 681
  • Rep: 37
Re: books to read
« Reply #1944 on: January 01, 2014, 07:56:36 PM »

AnotherHardDayAtTheOffice

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 853
  • Rep: -21
Re: books to read
« Reply #1945 on: January 02, 2014, 04:16:16 AM »

HATE!

  • Administrator
  • SLAP Pal
  • *****
  • Posts: 12864
  • Rep: 1158
Re: books to read
« Reply #1946 on: January 02, 2014, 06:32:43 AM »
Rereading The Shining to be fresh for Dr. Sleep.  Somehow forgot what a piece of shit Jack was even in the beginning.

Mr. Fink

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 1025
  • Rep: 161
Re: books to read
« Reply #1947 on: January 02, 2014, 08:47:34 PM »
I've been reading a lot of Cormac McCarthy. So far my favorite of his is Outer Dark. That may change because I'm only half way through Blood Meridian.

ChronicBluntSlider

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 1433
  • Rep: 32
Re: books to read
« Reply #1948 on: January 05, 2014, 01:01:09 PM »
I've been reading a lot of Cormac McCarthy. So far my favorite of his is Outer Dark. That may change because I'm only half way through Blood Meridian.

Haven't read that but I fuckin loved Blood Meridian. Will check that out.

I think Sarte was being discussed a few pages back, but I've been meaning to read him. Got a copy of the Wall with a few other short stories and really enjoyed it. Also read some Flannery O'conner short stories that were real good. Read the Stranger by Camus years ago and didn't really like it/ get it. Got a copy of the Fall and will try him again. Just started reading Paradise Lost for the first time.
« Last Edit: January 05, 2014, 01:12:05 PM by ChronicBluntSlider »

dickthreats

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 37
  • Rep: -4
Re: books to read
« Reply #1949 on: January 05, 2014, 04:29:22 PM »
so many lies in this thead