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Reading "Knockemstiff" by Donald Ray Pollock. Very depressing and fucked up short stories that read like something between Dennis Johnson's "Jesus Son" and that Harry Crews novel I just finished all set in a seedy Ohio town that makes Gummo's Xenia look wholesome. Makes me curious to read "Devil All The Time". I haven't seen the movie.
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Ironweed by William Kennedy - whatever/10

American novels in the 20th century are so goddamn tedious. you can lose all respect for these perspectives before you read the first word. the very being of these people is laid bare before they set pen to paper

utterly self-worship...to such a degree that you begin to appreciate the perennialism and cyclical nature of all cultures before this vomit, in pure contrast

the time when words became disgusted with their "new" meanings , and we were left with novelists writing about nothing else than their cowardly self-hatred
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Hi Chad. I’m moving “Dune” to the top of my pile but I’m still limping my way through “The Recognitions” and don’t want to read two massive books at once.
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reading as a list-meeting chore is so wrong...but I will say, I recently forced myself through all 900+ pages of JB Bury's History of Greece with massive, detailed note-taking...and it was very worth it

if you force yourself to take notes of every meaningful point, re phrasing along the way so you have to assimilate the information...it really sticks

I'm 38 years old and I did this completely for my own purposes

if I have a point I suppose it is that everything meaningful takes work...including reading. If you read passively you are no different than one standing under a waterfall. you have to engage and you have to push something forward so that it connects
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keep having to suppress the urge to ask random people i know in real life if they've read gene wolfe
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does something bad happens if you ask someone that?
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cxwx wrote: Fri Feb 04, 2022 11:19 am Reading "Knockemstiff" by Donald Ray Pollock. Very depressing and fucked up short stories that read like something between Dennis Johnson's "Jesus Son" and that Harry Crews novel I just finished all set in a seedy Ohio town that makes Gummo's Xenia look wholesome. Makes me curious to read "Devil All The Time". I haven't seen the movie.
Read Devil All the Time.
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Glub wrote: Tue Feb 08, 2022 4:54 pm
cxwx wrote: Fri Feb 04, 2022 11:19 am Reading "Knockemstiff" by Donald Ray Pollock. Very depressing and fucked up short stories that read like something between Dennis Johnson's "Jesus Son" and that Harry Crews novel I just finished all set in a seedy Ohio town that makes Gummo's Xenia look wholesome. Makes me curious to read "Devil All The Time". I haven't seen the movie.
Read Devil All the Time.
3/10.
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That bad huh? That’s disappointing. I really enjoyed his short stories. I’ve already read all of McCarthy’s novels. Speaking of which I really hope “The Passenger” doesn’t end up being a posthumous release.
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Reading "Dune" and "Among The Thugs" at the same time. They both have characters in them named Gurney that are described as being ugly although one is a work of nonfiction published about 25 years apart.
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“The Tiding Of The Trees” - Wolfgang Hilbig
“The Females” - Wolfgang Hilbig
“Old Rendering Plant” - Wolfgang Hilbig
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Considering we will all be dead soon should I invest my last month on this planet reading The Book Of The New Sun cycle?
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am i in some kind of danger?
i cut my hand at work and just let it drip on my desk during a conference call -copstache
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featherboa wrote: Mon Feb 28, 2022 10:02 am am i in some kind of danger?
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cxwx wrote: Sun Feb 27, 2022 5:54 pm Considering we will all be dead soon should I invest my last month on this planet reading The Book Of The New Sun cycle?
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Reading "The Royal Family" by Vollmann. One of the characters is a pedophile named Smooth but he doesn't do interpretative dance.
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is he a holocaust denier?
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probably some punk broth - tvbfvs
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featherboa wrote: Sun Mar 06, 2022 2:14 pm is he a holocaust denier?
No but he’s an FBI informant so that’s almost as bad.
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“The Wendigo” - Algernon Blackwood
“With Folded Hands” - Jack Williamson

About halfway through The Shadow Of The Torturer
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Belisarius Cawl - The Great Work - 7,5/10
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“Irene’s Cunt” - Louis Aragon
“Jean-Fuck The Cock” - Louis Aragon
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“The Claw Of The Conciliator” - Gene Wolfe
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featherboa wrote: Sat Apr 09, 2022 10:22 amddddd
It’s windy where I am and there was a horrible creaking sound outside my window like the neighbors gate swinging or something metal dragged on the concrete at exactly at the same time I read your post.
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“The Sunset Limited” - Cormac McCarthy
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