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« Reply #2310 on: April 08, 2015, 08:27:36 PM »
Nice.  Where is he getting interviewed?  I've watched a few interviews with him online.  He has a very calming voice.

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« Reply #2311 on: April 09, 2015, 01:36:10 AM »
What did you guys make of the New York Times Magazine travel feature he did? The toilet clogging scene had me in tears.

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« Reply #2312 on: April 09, 2015, 12:50:39 PM »
knausgaard is new to me, haven't read him, but read a good Guardian article on him a couple weeks ago

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/feb/26/dancing-in-the-dark-fourth-volume-my-struggle-karl-ove-knausgaard

not sure it would be my cup of tea, thinking maybe this guy is rather self-absorbed? like I said, I speak whereof I know not...


different tack, Terry Pratchett just died, I liked him. Reading the one he coauthored with Neil Gaiman right now, it's quick and good.


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« Reply #2313 on: April 09, 2015, 01:23:01 PM »
Reading a confederacy of dunces right now too. Hilarious from page 1.

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« Reply #2314 on: April 09, 2015, 05:37:44 PM »
knausgaard is new to me, haven't read him, but read a good Guardian article on him a couple weeks ago

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/feb/26/dancing-in-the-dark-fourth-volume-my-struggle-karl-ove-knausgaard

not sure it would be my cup of tea, thinking maybe this guy is rather self-absorbed? like I said, I speak whereof I know not...


He's surprisingly not self-absorbed.  Not anymore than anyone else who writes an autobiography or memoir is anyways.  He's pretty open about his self-doubt and personal shortcomings in My Struggle.


What did you guys make of the New York Times Magazine travel feature he did? The toilet clogging scene had me in tears.

I haven't read it yet.  I have it up on my phone to read though.  I see it's called "My Saga: Part 1."  I assume that was the editor's title.  I hope he doesn't get stuck with variations on that title for the rest of his career now.

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« Reply #2315 on: April 11, 2015, 03:34:06 PM »
Reading a confederacy of dunces right now too. Hilarious from page 1.
I've tried reading that book 3 times now, and for whatever reason I can never finish it. No fault of the author's. I should try again, because I never hear anything but good reviews about it.

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« Reply #2316 on: April 17, 2015, 07:34:41 PM »
Just read american psycho and damn if its not 50000000 times better than the movie. I really like the good earth and women by bukowski.

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« Reply #2317 on: April 18, 2015, 02:18:01 PM »
The Little Prince
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« Reply #2318 on: April 18, 2015, 05:08:41 PM »
The Little Prince

This book is so good.

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« Reply #2319 on: April 19, 2015, 02:50:48 PM »
Just started this...


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« Reply #2320 on: April 20, 2015, 04:46:46 PM »
Been forcing myself to read beyond my usual areas of interest. Kids books, romantic novels, you name it. Currently reading 'Atonement' by Ian McEwan. Christ Almighty the first sex passage was incredibly moving. I nearly shed a tear. I'll need some Cormac McCarthy or Bukowski after this though...

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« Reply #2321 on: April 20, 2015, 07:53:09 PM »
knausgaard is new to me, haven't read him, but read a good Guardian article on him a couple weeks ago

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/feb/26/dancing-in-the-dark-fourth-volume-my-struggle-karl-ove-knausgaard

not sure it would be my cup of tea, thinking maybe this guy is rather self-absorbed? like I said, I speak whereof I know not...


He's surprisingly not self-absorbed.  Not anymore than anyone else who writes an autobiography or memoir is anyways.  He's pretty open about his self-doubt and personal shortcomings in My Struggle.


What did you guys make of the New York Times Magazine travel feature he did? The toilet clogging scene had me in tears.

I haven't read it yet.  I have it up on my phone to read though.  I see it's called "My Saga: Part 1."  I assume that was the editor's title.  I hope he doesn't get stuck with variations on that title for the rest of his career now.

I'm seeing him in San Francisco at the Norse Theater. I think the toilet clogging scene was the best part of the travel article. I did enjoy it altogether though, even while I was telling myself it was stupid at times while reading it. He really has that "je ne sais quoi" thing down.


I don't blame you for putting down confederacy 3 times bryce. I think it's overhyped, although I kind of love it too. Ignatius is really tiring but also so lovable.
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« Reply #2322 on: April 29, 2015, 09:00:32 PM »
Bringing this thread back from the dead... Currently reading Sebald's The Emigrants. It's a good read and you gotta appreciate the excellent craftmanship. All 4 stories that the book is made up of are really dense and include detailed descriptions and a lot of motifs.

I'll probably pick up Knausgard very soon. He just sounds too interesting.

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« Reply #2323 on: April 30, 2015, 09:50:37 AM »
What did you guys make of the New York Times Magazine travel feature he did? The toilet clogging scene had me in tears.

I really liked it.  I haven't read My Struggle but will now.  I liked the awkward scene of him drinking in the hotel room with the photographer.

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« Reply #2324 on: April 30, 2015, 11:47:10 AM »
just read 'the friends of eddie coyle' cause raylan givens recommended it on the last episode of justified. it's a neat period piece about tough guys in 60s massachusetts. if you're into those crime sorta novels, i don't know if it's the best one but it is the one that changed elmore leonard's life and got him to stop writing westerns.

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« Reply #2325 on: April 30, 2015, 03:05:31 PM »
After having finished The Emigrants last night, I started reading this book:



Rankine's book is prose poetry on racist micro-aggressions in particular and racism and life as a black person in America in general. It's shocking and provocative and just super interesting in general. Really important book, especially these days!

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« Reply #2326 on: April 30, 2015, 09:12:41 PM »


I read Virgin Suicides years ago and really enjoyed it but this just seems on a whole other level. It reminds me of Tin Drum as far as the narrator, the bizarre plot (for those who don't know Middlesex is about a hermaphrodite), and kind of tracing back the family history. Only a little over half way through it but it's great.
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« Reply #2327 on: May 19, 2015, 05:00:47 AM »

Dances in and out of poetry and thermodynamics while delving into heavy Kant, Nietzsche, and Hegel.  Even if you don't/can't agree with the point, the presentation alone is worth it.  Never have I read something so intelligently perverse.  Give it a look if you are into any of those things and have a month or more to burn.  Or tomorrow we come back and we cut off your chonson.

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« Reply #2328 on: May 19, 2015, 06:44:04 AM »
How is his discussion of Bataille's work specifically?  I've probably mentioned his name too much in this thread, but I'm always interested to see analysis of his work since he's not the easiest to understand if you're reading him alone and not having a lot of in-depth discussion on him or reading criticism on him.

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« Reply #2329 on: May 19, 2015, 03:15:46 PM »
I'll give you the back cover blurb, which sums it up pretty well.

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When I say it isn't "about" Bataille, I don't mean that literally, for it says more about him in a good sense than anything else I've read on the subject.  It's just that it's not merely analyzing or criticizing Bataille, but engaging with him, and to a stunning effect ... I think this is a remarkable and powerful book - a work of literature - a rare thing indeed.

Sadie Plant, Birmingham University

Sadie Plant is the co-founder of her and Land's Cybernetic Culture Research Unit.
(this painfully 90's style rip off of the 2600 website)
https://web.archive.org/web/20030606042959/http://ccru.net/index.htm

Thirst' was printed in 1992, and recently Land started the "Dark Enlightenment" movement.  Dude's really into technology, as are most nihilists.

http://www.vocativ.com/culture/uncategorized/dark-enlightenment-creepy-internet-movement-youd-better-take-seriously/?

The book is just as much of a beating as you might expect (to the reader, not Bataille), intellectually and psychologically.  Land is very intelligent, but borders on anti-humanist a lot of the time.
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My abnormal devotion to Bataille stems from the fact that nobody has done more than he to obstruct the passage of violent blanks into a pacified oblivion, and thus to awaken the monster in the basement of reason.

He isn't criticizing Bataille in any real way, just examining.

I honestly didn't understand a great deal of the book.  I'm not a buff, so if you want an in depth discussion on its topics... sorry.  Feel free to check it out though.

http://cnqzu.com/library/Philosophy/neoreaction/Nick%20Land/The%20Thirst%20for%20Annihilation.pdf

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« Reply #2330 on: May 19, 2015, 04:04:30 PM »
Thank for the blurb man.  That definitely helps and piqued my interest.  I had a feeling it was more analytical/examination versus criticizing, which is what I meant when I said "criticism."  But a lot of people like to harp on Bataille's flaws as an academic (of which there are plenty!) in favor of ignoring tacklign his real work so good to know Land doesn't fall into that trap.

I did some googling on Land after seeing your post and it seems interesting and like something I'd be into, but the little I looked into Dark Enlightenment is somewhat off-putting.  I'll have to do more, but it looks like it can veer easily into fascism, which is a threat for nihilist and anti-humanist thought.  You can be anti-democracy without being fascist.  That said, I am hoping to be wrong about that aspect of Dark Enlightenment, definitely am not saying Land is a fascist, and even if he is, can still be worthwhile to read him.

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« Reply #2331 on: May 19, 2015, 06:35:24 PM »


It's an excellent book.  I was supposed to read it in high school but I hated my teacher so I didn't read it to spite him.  Just picked it up five years later and it did not disappoint. 

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« Reply #2332 on: May 26, 2015, 09:50:20 AM »
Just finished Kanusgaard's book 2.  I had a decent gap between books 1 and 2, but this one felt a little more tedious than I remember book 1 being.  I think part of it is that you can only read so much about how happy and in love he is (even though those sections are still very downplayed and don't really make up too much of the book) or him wrestle with the pressure he feels to be masculine while being a stay-at-home dad.  It was really interesting to see the genesis of My Struggle come up at the end of the work especially as this volume was thematically about his love for and relationship with his second wife.  I feel like it says some interesting things about how intertwined his work (he also describes writing his second novel for a lot of the book as well) and the issues he tackles in his writing intertwine with his family and emotional worlds.  I'm definitely in for the long haul and plan on reading the rest of the work and already have copies of books 3 and 4 on my shelf.  After I finished last night, I found myself almost reflexively picking the book up and expecting to just continue on with a short segment about him being sick.  Like, it didn't register that I had finished the book.

Currently reading the new book by Mark Z. Danielewski (the House of Leaves author): The Familiar Volume 1: One Rainy Day in May.  I'm only a little in it yet and he wastes no time screwing with you.  It's supposed to total 27 volumes over 13.5 years so it will be crazy to see how it adapts and evolves.

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« Reply #2333 on: May 27, 2015, 09:22:59 AM »
sf peeps probably know him, I just picked up a couple of his zines at a bookfair. Aaron Cometbus, always enjoyable


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« Reply #2334 on: May 27, 2015, 09:42:49 AM »
sf peeps probably know him, I just picked up a couple of his zines at a bookfair. Aaron Cometbus, always enjoyable


haven't seen one in forever [no indie bookstore around here] but i always dug his stories. read the KC one and assorted others at people's houses and that crazy bookstore in portland. forget the name, powells? think that's it.

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« Reply #2335 on: May 28, 2015, 07:26:57 AM »


Amazing short stories. I read 10 pages every night before I go to bed: that's about 1-4 mini-tales. There's a certain melancholy in the tone; the narrators are often directionless women. It sounds like a downer, but it's somehow really funny. My friend read one of the stores in class, and my uncontrollable laughing made it difficult for her to read it:

The Good Taste Contest

The husband and wife were competing in a Good Taste Contest judged by a jury of their peers, men and women of good taste, including a fabric designer, a rare-book dealer, a pastry cook, and a librarian. The wife was judged to have better taste in furniture, especially antique furniture. The husband was judged to have overall poor taste in lighting fixtures, tableware, and glassware. The wife was judged to have indifferent taste in window treatments, but the husband and wife both were judged to have good taste in floor coverings, bed linen, bath linen, large appliances, and small appliances. The husband was felt to have good taste in carpets, but only fair taste in upholstery fabrics. The husband was felt to have very good taste in both food and alcoholic beverages, while the wife had inconsistently good to poor taste in food. The husband had better taste in clothes than the wife though inconsistent taste in perfumes and colognes. While both husband and wife were judged to have no more than fair taste in garden design, they were judged to have good taste in number and variety of evergreens. The husband was felt to have excellent taste in roses but poor taste in bulbs. The wife was felt to have better taste in bulbs and generally good taste in shade plantings with the exception of hostas. The husbandís taste was felt to be good in garden furniture but only fair in ornamental planters. The wifeís taste was judged consistently poor in garden statuary. After a brief discussion, the judges gave the decision to the husband for his higher overall points score.

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« Reply #2336 on: May 28, 2015, 08:14:06 AM »
really enjoying this at the moment:

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« Reply #2337 on: May 28, 2015, 10:27:08 AM »
haven't seen one in forever [no indie bookstore around here] but i always dug his stories. read the KC one and assorted others at people's houses and that crazy bookstore in portland. forget the name, powells? think that's it.

that place is incredible. Also, one of the most highly-controlled spanging spots ever, the front door is like shift work with a 1-hour turnover.

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« Reply #2338 on: May 28, 2015, 07:51:54 PM »
Well over the halfway mark in Ellroy's Cold Six Thousand, but couldn't resist cracking this bad boy open




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« Reply #2339 on: May 29, 2015, 10:04:09 PM »
how do you guys become interested in current authors? book reviews?
im curious because all the books i want to read are pretty old (usually mid 60s at the latest).