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Holy shit. There's an unabridged version of The Obscene Bird Of Night being published? I don't think I could handle a re-read.
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cxwx wrote: Sat Jan 06, 2024 5:48 pm Holy shit. There's an unabridged version of The Obscene Bird Of Night being published? I don't think I could handle a re-read.
preordered thanks for the heads up. sounds like its not a huge amount of new material but i could stand to reread it :cheers:
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The only Hess I've read is Siddhartha. I'm sure I'm
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"The Cement Garden" - Ian McEwen
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I'm surprised this hasn't made its way on the list of trans-hysteria "groomer" books yet. I guess it's too under that radar even though it was made into a movie and Madonna sampled it in a song.
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F O'Conner is probably the single greatest short story writer in modern history. (I mean I still have to read Chekhov. ) Who else is better? Borges? Dafuck outta here.
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Anyone read any Alice Munroe?

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I'm not like a devotee or anything but I read one or two.
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You should try some Gary/Gari Lutz. It's almost like a parody of when people complain about "post modern". They write the most unbearably navel gazing "flash fiction" imaginable. Probably my least favorite author.
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cxwx wrote: Mon Feb 12, 2024 3:05 pm F O'Conner is probably the single greatest short story writer in modern history. (I mean I still have to read Chekhov. ) Who else is better? Borges? Dafuck outta here.
https://www.dan-gittik.com/salon/media/ ... s_1957.pdf

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FVBTVS wrote: Tue Feb 13, 2024 1:13 pm
cxwx wrote: Mon Feb 12, 2024 3:05 pm F O'Conner is probably the single greatest short story writer in modern history. (I mean I still have to read Chekhov. ) Who else is better? Borges? Dafuck outta here.
https://www.dan-gittik.com/salon/media/ ... s_1957.pdf

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Yup, that's a good one. I found a complete short stories collection of hers awhile back ( at least I believe it's her full collected works )

Kind of hard to pick a favorite of any of her stuff. "A good man is hard to find" is probably the most jarring. The little kid at the lake one the most depressing and the lady with her bull problems the funniest. ( the titles escape me at the moment )
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If it wasn't for O'Conner I'd have to pick George Saunders, and then I'm going third place William Saroyan or Vonnegut for short stories.
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Literary nerds are shitting their pants over this Jon Fosse short story "A Shining" I might have to buy a copy as I can't find any on the web to steal it from.
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