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“Johnny Got His Gun” - Dalton Trumbo 10/10
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reading Dune so I can watch Villeneuve's version in a couple weeks

I love how he throws you completely into a fully formed world that is almost didactic in being metaphorical

journeyman prose with a world-making gloss

no wonder corny fagggot weirdo loser Jodorowsky wanted to defile it

at the same time, I don't have high expectations because Villeneuve bows to the prevailing feeling

there is something deeply insightful in the book, in spite of its workmanlike, page-filling prose. probably why it sits in some ethereal literary space
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“ Wittgenstein's Mistress” - David Markson Umm/10

I can’t think of a number to rate this as it’s both brilliant and absolutely terrible. I can appreciate the concept of the conceit of the novel emerging from being buried inside all the factoids but I can also see why this was rejected 54 times before being published. Would have worked much better as a short story.
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“The Day Of The Owl” Leonardo Sciascia - 6.6/10

I had high hopes for this as the author is considered an important figure in Italian literature and history. It just didn’t resonate with me very much.
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featherboa wrote: Mon Jul 05, 2021 5:19 pm red rising - 7
The guy who recommended this to me thinks Ready Player One is better than Neuromancer so I was super skeptical going in but this was decent/fun.
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Honky Kong 64 wrote: Sun Aug 22, 2021 10:28 am
featherboa wrote: Mon Jul 05, 2021 5:19 pm red rising - 7
The guy who recommended this to me thinks Ready Player One is better than Neuromancer so I was super skeptical going in but this was decent/fun.
It's def fun. I got the rec from doad. I bet he got it from del muerte.

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Foot Foot wrote: Sun Apr 12, 2020 2:22 pm The Atrocity Exhibition by J.G. Ballard - 10
I’m reading the annotated 20 years after original publication edition right now. Some of the stories Ballard tells are crazy in a Hunter S Thompson way, not sure if they are true, I have to dig more into this guys life. He talks about creating a live version full size installation of the themes from CRASH where he hired a woman to walk around nude amongst the rubble of destroyed cars but she refused and would “only go topless” when she found out what the exhibition represented but then she ended up getting raped by unruly spectators. The way it’s written though makes it vague if this is a real annotation or if it’s just interwoven as another layer of the story itself.
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cxwx wrote: Tue Aug 24, 2021 2:27 pm I’m reading the annotated 20 years after original publication edition right now.
that's the version i have.
annotations definitely have a "jerking your chain" vibe.
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“Blinding: Volume 1” - Mircea Cărtărescu 9/10
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La Medusa” - Vanessa Place 9/10
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Reading Joan Didion’s “The Year Of Magical Thinking” and Pet Semetary simultaneously because I want to be as depressed as possible.
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“The Mystery.doc”. - Matthew McIntosh 8/10
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“This Is Not A Novel” - David Markson
I would tend to agree/10

Oddly satisfying in a self hypnotic way, reading this seems to be about the equivalent of staring at a wall for 10 hours.

I may or may not come back to the rest of his “index card” novels.

I’ve been reading “The Age Of Wire And String” by Ben Marcus off and on. One of the strangest things I’ve read. Someone described it as humanity being observed by some intelligence that is completely alien to our reality that understands our grammar but it’s context for syntax is completely wrong. Doesn’t seem to have much other value other than being some linguistic experiment
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“Nightwork” Christine Shutt - 6/10
“Well” Mathew McIntosh - 8/10
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“The Passion According To G.H.” - Clarice Lispector 7/10. Feels like reading something in between Thomas Bernhard and Sartre. I think I prefer her to either.
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“Almanac Of The Dead” - Leslie Marmon Silko 8.8/10

Would make a great miniseries.
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i cut my hand at work and just let it drip on my desk during a conference call -copstache
probably some punk broth - tvbfvs
dames are lousy now mah i gotta bop peckahs -eba
it's been hard to find the focus necessary with all the racket my wife & her boyfriend have been making -necro-meter
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I started reading “Nova” by Samuel Delaney. There are characters in it who talk like Yoda. This was published nine years before Star Wars was in theaters.

EDIT: there’s also a poison tooth, but “Dune” predates this by a few years
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“Vanishing Point” - David Markson

For some reason I enjoyed this much more than “This Is Not A Novel” even though they are virtually identical. Maybe because this one is more obviously a meditation on death.
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“A Brief History Of Seven Killings” - Marlon James 8.8/10

“Jesus’ Son” - Denis Johnson 7.7/10

I’m thinking of doing nonfiction November

I have in mind: “And The Band Played On”, “Fear And Loathing On The Campaign Trail 72” and “Fight…” ( Eugene Robinson)

Not sure if I’ll get through all three as there’s other odds and ends I’m trying to finish plus “The Recognitions”
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“And The Band Played On” - Randy Shilts 9/10
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I started Eugene Robinson’s “Fight…” book. It’s fun but kind of feels like one of TNBW’s tall tales.
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cxwx wrote: Sat Aug 14, 2021 4:51 am “Johnny Got His Gun” - Dalton Trumbo 10/10
still one of my favorite books.
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pooptastik wrote: Sun Nov 21, 2021 6:08 pm
cxwx wrote: Sat Aug 14, 2021 4:51 am “Johnny Got His Gun” - Dalton Trumbo 10/10
still one of my favorite books.
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I don’t think I’ve read anything more suffocating.
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"The Mongolian Conspiracy" - Rafeal Bernal 8/10
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