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Old 02.26.2013, 01:48 PM   #3081
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Blood Meridian is a brilliant book and to evollove and thingymajig it has one of my fav. endings in any book.
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Old 02.26.2013, 01:52 PM   #3082
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Me too!

We should start a book club.


It's rare for me to thoroughly dislike a book, so way to go Cormac.

lolol srsly. i didn't "thoroughly dislike it" though, i just fell asleep-- repeatedly.


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Blood Meridian is a brilliant book and to evollov and thingymajig it has one of my fav. endings in any book.

i know it's a great book and i should just persevere. when i move out of the fucking american southwest and don't feel like the book is happening just outside my window i probably will. it will be "exotic," and all. right now it's just like hearing my neighbors speak, just with a better vocabulary ha ha ha. oh...
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Old 02.26.2013, 01:52 PM   #3083
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The exact book I need right now.
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Old 02.26.2013, 02:26 PM   #3084
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It's rare for me to thoroughly dislike a book, so way to go Cormac.

What did you so thoroughly dislike about it?

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if you like the literary western check out Deadwood by Pete Dexter, even better than the series and really not at all related.


Thanks! I've been considering whether to read that. Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove is another good one and again far better than the TV series.

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Blimey! Maybe your local authority should capitalise by opening a Blood Meridian theme park for all us Europeans to come and buy our souvenir scalps and have our photo taken with 'the Judge'.
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Old 02.26.2013, 06:12 PM   #3085
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Blood Meridian is a brilliant book and to evollove and thingymajig it has one of my fav. endings in any book.

SPOILER REQUEST: Seriously, could someone PM the ending? Or tell me if the wikipedia synopsis is good enough?

I am in the minority with CM. He's generally regarded as one of America's greatest living writer. Yes, critics can be wrong. But I mean a significant number of writers and thinkers on literature who I respect and share similar tastes with starkly diverge with me when it comes to McCarthy. So maybe I'm wrong for being unable to finish any of the six books I've tried without skimming, skipping or giving up.

My beef with him is his characters are non-existent, his stories are boilerplate, his style makes me think of a guy who can't figure out if he wants to be Faulkner or Hemingway so he tries to marry the two. Ultimately I'm turned off by the relentless pessimism, only enlivened now and then by quaint, folksy voices (sheriff in No Country, family at end of Road, etc.). I think I'm supposed to (mostly) despair for humanity after reading his books, but I only despair for him.
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Old 02.26.2013, 06:48 PM   #3086
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Blimey! Maybe your local authority should capitalise by opening a Blood Meridian theme park for all us Europeans to come and buy our souvenir scalps and have our photo taken with 'the Judge'.

 


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I think I'm supposed to (mostly) despair for humanity after reading his books, but I only despair for him.

oh, snap! i don't know if you are correct or not, but that there is a great criticism regardless of its target.
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Old 03.01.2013, 06:49 PM   #3087
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Old 03.09.2013, 12:22 PM   #3088
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Old 03.09.2013, 12:58 PM   #3089
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picked up Camille Paglia's ARt and Decadence at the library in 80's style hard back. interesting untill i found out she was a muff diver.

has anyone read her critiques on modern pop stars like Kanye East and perry(not como) what ever? prince esck diane is the new nietzsche shitting out kafka. pickin rihannas nose.
Apollonian, that's a cool word.

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Old 03.13.2013, 01:17 PM   #3090
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David Hickey is very interesting....


I have read a lot of Paglia foreverasskiss, and I find her very excellent reading. don;t agree with some of what she states, but who cares right? I like a well-stated opinion anyday.
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Old 03.13.2013, 01:18 PM   #3091
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I still need to read her latest stuff though....
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Old 03.14.2013, 12:08 PM   #3092
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I have read a lot of Paglia foreverasskiss, and I find her very excellent reading. don;t agree with some of what she states, but who cares right? I like a well-stated opinion anyday.

i actually enjoy her writings very much too and believe it or not i agree a lot with what she says. out there or not.

long story about how i found out bout her just recently. so, let you know how i enjoyed that book when i'm done.
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i want a kindle. i want it bad. was gonna wait for the new generation ipad but now i have no books and i need to read somewhere.
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Old 03.15.2013, 01:02 PM   #3095
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I read in an interview with Ralph Steadman (who is my fave by the way,) that he did not see much money from the books he did with HST, but that when they signed up to do Curse of Lono, they did the royalties for it 50/50, and that Hunter never stopped giving Ralph grief about it! ha!
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Old 03.15.2013, 03:45 PM   #3096
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i want a kindle. i want it bad. was gonna wait for the new generation ipad but now i have no books and i need to read somewhere.


Then get a kindle. Get a Paperwhite or just the cheapest fucking Kindle you can find. I use my Paperwhite still because my iPad (they just came out with the fourth gen, btw.) is a little heavy for extended reading, and a little clunky besides. I still think it has the best resolution... its "night" mode kicks the Kindle Fire's white on black, and there is a much wider range of brightness levels.
But the Paperwhite almost feels like a book sometimes, and it's small and slow and shitty so you don't worry much about breaking it.

I miss books though honestly. I just found a gem at a yard sale: a first edition hardcover John Irving.... But I know I'll never read the thing. Too damn impractical.
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the world will now end.

Read the damn thing in the shitter! or in bed fr a half hour before you sleep each night.

I have one book, usually a large reference text, in the bathroom to read while shitting. I am almost finished with this one right now
 


I love etymology. Since I am fluent in Spanish and English, it allows for a wide swatch of word recognition

By my bed I have the Promethea comics I posted before. In my messenger bag I carry to work I have the art essay book I also posted earlier. I doubt you can find any of the three for reading on a Kindle, but you never know...

Just like there are MILLIONS of vinyl recordings worldwide that will never be digitized or available on itunes, there are hundreds of years worth of books that will never be available on a kindle or ipad device.
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I just read Norwegian Wood by Murakami in two days, for the most part I would say it was pretty good, but with quite a few waffles - a bit too oversentimental at times and it really drags on in parts. That said, certain things about it resonated with me on a deeply personal level, and I related to a lot of the main character's feelings and experiences. Can't help feeling that something is missing though, and that it's all a bit aimless - perhaps the point? Weirdly conflicted about it. Anyone got any experience with his other works?

Three Stigmata by PKD was excellent, tho!
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I started reading Murakami back in the mid 90's when a friend told me I had to read A Wild Sheep Chase. (awesome) Then I read Dance Dance Dance (awesome as well) and then I read The Wind Up Bird Chronicles (maybe my fave) and it was awesome. Kafka on the Shore followed, which I liked very very much. I have yet to read one of his books that did not warp my mind in some excellent way.

I have not read Norwegian wood, it is from the mid-late 80's right? I heard it was the one that caught everyone's attention, but maybe he was not quite "there" yet?
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Old 03.15.2013, 05:23 PM   #3100
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It was his first novel and certainly his straightest. Especially when you compare it to books like Wind-up bird chronicles. I really liked it.

To Gravityslips-if you liked Norwegian...check out 'Sanshiro' by Natsume Soseki. Murakami was massively influenced by him and this book especially. You'll see many similarities to Norwegian Wood certainly.
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