Board index » Word on the Street... » Arts & Entertainment




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 8799 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1 ... 435, 436, 437, 438, 439, 440  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Re: What are you currently reading?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 3:50 pm 
Offline
User avatar
Supersonic
 Profile

Joined: Wed Oct 20, 2004 5:55 pm
Posts: 11320
Location: Brooklyn
Gender: Male
Owl_Farmer wrote:
durdencommatyler wrote:
Owl_Farmer wrote:
durdencommatyler wrote:
Blindness is devastating. Heartbreaking. Gripping. Fantastic.

Wow.

Glad you like it, man.

Have you read much by Saramago? Just wondering which of his I should try on next. I noticed there's a sequel to Blindness. But I'm not sure I want to visit this world again right away.

I think the only other Saramago I've read is Ensayo Sobre la Lucidez (I think the title in English is Seeing), which is good, but not as good as Blindness. But some people I trust when it comes to such things have said Cain is worth reading.

:thumbsup:

Thank you, friend. I'll check that one out when next I come back around to this guy.

_________________
Anita Brookner wrote:
Great writers are the saints for the godless.


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: What are you currently reading?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:00 pm 
Offline
User avatar
trying to make a career out of postwhoring
 Profile

Joined: Mon Oct 18, 2004 3:02 pm
Posts: 38119
Location: Alabama
The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen.

_________________
I Hail Randy Moss wrote:
Malice, wtf are you doing?


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: What are you currently reading?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:19 pm 
Offline
User avatar
Unthought Known
 Profile

Joined: Tue Apr 19, 2005 4:49 pm
Posts: 9495
Location: Richie-Richville, Maryland
"Where is Baby's Pumpkin?"

Image




It's a frightening tale about child about to go trick-or-treating, searching for her candy-carrying plastic pumpkin in a house filled with "smiling" bats and "friendly" ghosts. It's like American Horror Story for infants.

_________________
you get a lifetime, that's it.


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: What are you currently reading?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:18 pm 
Offline
User avatar
AnalLog
 WWW  Profile

Joined: Sun Oct 17, 2004 12:40 am
Posts: 25451
Location: 111 Archer Ave.
'trings, I need a little bit of motivation. Tell me what I need to hear. Point me in the right direction.


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: What are you currently reading?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:24 pm 
Offline
User avatar
Unthought Known
 Profile

Joined: Thu Mar 03, 2005 6:24 am
Posts: 6234
If you want really strange collections by great stylists, look at Gary Lutz's collection Stories in the Worst Way or Christine Schutt's Nightwork.

More well-known (and for good reason): Amy Hempel (collected works), Barry Hannah (Airships) or Denis Johnson (Jesus' Son). For some reason I think you recently read Hempel.

_________________
lennythetent wrote:
my boredom doesn't have a window


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: What are you currently reading?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:26 pm 
Offline
User avatar
AnalLog
 WWW  Profile

Joined: Sun Oct 17, 2004 12:40 am
Posts: 25451
Location: 111 Archer Ave.
I did not recently read Hempel, but that Denis Johnson title might be what I'm after. Second time this week that his name has come up.

Or, I could just give Libra another chance.


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: What are you currently reading?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:40 pm 
Offline
User avatar
Unthought Known
 Profile

Joined: Thu Mar 03, 2005 6:24 am
Posts: 6234
At some point you should finish Libra.

Two more things: The World Within the Word by William H. Gass. Gass might be the finest writer of the last 50 years, here is an excerpt from the first essay, "The Doomed in Their Sinking," which is on suicide.

Crane went sudden as a springboard. The Gulf gave nothing back. My mother, I remember, took her time. She held the house around her as she held her bathrobe, safely doorpinned down its floorlength, the metal threads glinting like those gay gold loops which close the coat of a grenadier, though there were gaps of course...unseemly as sometimes a door is on a chain...so that to urinate she had to hoist the whole thing like a skirt, collecting the cloth in fat pleats with her fingers, wads which soon out-oozed her fists and sprang slowly away...one consequence...so that she felt she had to hover above the hole, the seat (clouds don't care about their aim), unsteadily...necessarily...more and more so as the nighttime days drew on, so that the robe grew damp the way the sweater on a long drink grows, soggy from edge to center, until I found I cared with what success she peed when what she swallowed was herself and what streamed out of her in consequence seemed me.

Also, Mick a while ago recommended Joyelle McSweeney. Her most recent poetry collection Percussion Grenade is a little miracle.

_________________
lennythetent wrote:
my boredom doesn't have a window


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: What are you currently reading?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:55 pm 
Offline
User avatar
AnalLog
 WWW  Profile

Joined: Sun Oct 17, 2004 12:40 am
Posts: 25451
Location: 111 Archer Ave.
Thank you for sharing that, but I'm not really sure that's what I'm after right now. It's going in the ol' spiral for safekeeping, though.


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: What are you currently reading?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:00 pm 
Offline
User avatar
Unthought Known
 Profile

Joined: Thu Mar 03, 2005 6:24 am
Posts: 6234
You can't go wrong Denis Johnson. After you've read "Emergency" (a story in Jesus' Son) listen to Tobias Wolff read it: http://www.newyorker.com/online/2009/05 ... udio_wolff

_________________
lennythetent wrote:
my boredom doesn't have a window


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: What are you currently reading?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:07 pm 
Offline
User avatar
AnalLog
 WWW  Profile

Joined: Sun Oct 17, 2004 12:40 am
Posts: 25451
Location: 111 Archer Ave.
It may be Libra. It may not be, though. I often try to read novels in the winter months. I like the idea of being right in the middle of something when I'm visiting family.


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: What are you currently reading?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:18 pm 
Offline
User avatar
Stone's Bitch
 Profile

Joined: Sun Oct 17, 2004 6:41 am
Posts: 5867
Location: Providence, RI
Gender: Male
Image

_________________
"I wish that I believed in fate / I wish I didn't sleep so late"

"The real truth about it is: no one gets it right / The real truth about it is: we’re all supposed to try"


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: What are you currently reading?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 3:26 pm 
Offline
User avatar
Supersonic
 Profile

Joined: Wed Oct 20, 2004 5:55 pm
Posts: 11320
Location: Brooklyn
Gender: Male
Taking a break from the heavy lifting.

Just cracked open book two of The Wildwood Chronicles: Under Wildwood, by Colin Meloy.

_________________
Anita Brookner wrote:
Great writers are the saints for the godless.


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: What are you currently reading?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:25 pm 
Offline
User avatar
Yeah Yeah Yeah
 Profile

Joined: Sun Mar 26, 2006 8:04 pm
Posts: 5300
Location: upstate NY
Gender: Male
I'm looking for more great books about people who are living "down and out," living on the margins, or barely making it paycheck to paycheck, be they hard-drinking or not.

along the lines of:

Down and Out in Paris and London, Orwell
Tortilla Flat and Cannery Row, Steinbeck
Post Office, Bukowski
The Rum Diary, Thompson
even The Sun Also Rises or On The Road

any ideas?

_________________
, yo.


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: What are you currently reading?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:52 pm 
Offline
User avatar
AnalLog
 WWW  Profile

Joined: Sun Oct 17, 2004 12:40 am
Posts: 25451
Location: 111 Archer Ave.
This may not contain that exact theme, but I think that some Raymond Carver might do you some good.


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: What are you currently reading?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:53 pm 
Offline
User avatar
trying to make a career out of postwhoring
 Profile

Joined: Mon Oct 18, 2004 3:02 pm
Posts: 38119
Location: Alabama
The Argonaut wrote:
I'm looking for more great books about people who are living "down and out," living on the margins, or barely making it paycheck to paycheck, be they hard-drinking or not.

along the lines of:

Down and Out in Paris and London, Orwell
Tortilla Flat and Cannery Row, Steinbeck
Post Office, Bukowski
The Rum Diary, Thompson
even The Sun Also Rises or On The Road

any ideas?

Suttree - Cormac McCarthy.

_________________
I Hail Randy Moss wrote:
Malice, wtf are you doing?


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: What are you currently reading?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:59 pm 
Offline
User avatar
Stone's Bitch
 Profile

Joined: Sun Oct 17, 2004 6:41 am
Posts: 5867
Location: Providence, RI
Gender: Male
No offense, but if you're looking for literature of the "down and out" and people "living on the margins," you should look beyond white dudes. Try Nina Revoyr's "Southland," Karen Tei Yamashita's "Tropic of Orange," "Personal Days" by Ed Park (my favorite out of all of these listed here), or "The Guardians" by Ana Castillo.

_________________
"I wish that I believed in fate / I wish I didn't sleep so late"

"The real truth about it is: no one gets it right / The real truth about it is: we’re all supposed to try"


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: What are you currently reading?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:26 pm 
Offline
User avatar
Unthought Known
 Profile

Joined: Tue Apr 19, 2005 4:49 pm
Posts: 9495
Location: Richie-Richville, Maryland
Simple Torture wrote:
No offense, but if you're looking for literature of the "down and out" and people "living on the margins," you should look beyond white dudes.



_________________
you get a lifetime, that's it.


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: What are you currently reading?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:23 pm 
Offline
User avatar
Stone's Bitch
 Profile

Joined: Sun Oct 17, 2004 6:41 am
Posts: 5867
Location: Providence, RI
Gender: Male
Trust me, I would re-up, too.

_________________
"I wish that I believed in fate / I wish I didn't sleep so late"

"The real truth about it is: no one gets it right / The real truth about it is: we’re all supposed to try"


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: What are you currently reading?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:25 pm 
Offline
Unthought Known
 Profile

Joined: Sat Dec 04, 2004 7:46 am
Posts: 6099
lennytheweedwhacker wrote:
The Argonaut wrote:
I'm looking for more great books about people who are living "down and out," living on the margins, or barely making it paycheck to paycheck, be they hard-drinking or not.

along the lines of:

Down and Out in Paris and London, Orwell
Tortilla Flat and Cannery Row, Steinbeck
Post Office, Bukowski
The Rum Diary, Thompson
even The Sun Also Rises or On The Road

any ideas?

Suttree - Cormac McCarthy.


Are you trying to get on my good side, Len?

Suttree is my fav of his books.

"The Sun Also Rises" down and out? In what way? I didn't want to eat or drink anything for 24 hrs after reading that book. That's all they do!


Top
 
 Post subject: Re: What are you currently reading?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:33 pm 
Offline
User avatar
trying to make a career out of postwhoring
 Profile

Joined: Mon Oct 18, 2004 3:02 pm
Posts: 38119
Location: Alabama
I Hail Randy Moss wrote:
lennytheweedwhacker wrote:
The Argonaut wrote:
I'm looking for more great books about people who are living "down and out," living on the margins, or barely making it paycheck to paycheck, be they hard-drinking or not.

along the lines of:

Down and Out in Paris and London, Orwell
Tortilla Flat and Cannery Row, Steinbeck
Post Office, Bukowski
The Rum Diary, Thompson
even The Sun Also Rises or On The Road

any ideas?

Suttree - Cormac McCarthy.


Are you trying to get on my good side, Len?

Suttree is my fav of his books.

"The Sun Also Rises" down and out? In what way? I didn't want to eat or drink anything for 24 hrs after reading that book. That's all they do!

Get on your good side? I'm one of your RM favorites.

_________________
I Hail Randy Moss wrote:
Malice, wtf are you doing?


Top
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 8799 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1 ... 435, 436, 437, 438, 439, 440  Next

Board index » Word on the Street... » Arts & Entertainment


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
It is currently Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:51 am