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Old 11.15.2017, 01:43 PM   #4801
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Many of the Puerto Rican attackers were pardoned.
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Old 11.15.2017, 02:12 PM   #4802
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Many of the Puerto Rican attackers were pardoned.

Aye they were. But I'm relating to interviews etc. The author of the book managed to get interviews with every level of groups from the Weatherman, to the BLA, but the FALN seemed to be the hardest one to get interviews with. Pardons or not.

I do wonder if anything like the FALN will happen again. Especially with the way Trump has been with Puerto Rico. Do you reckon there will?
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Old 11.17.2017, 01:08 PM   #4803
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Old 11.17.2017, 03:32 PM   #4804
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Old 11.23.2017, 02:47 PM   #4805
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Well I've started this beast. It'd been sat on my shelf unread for far too long and needed reading. So far it's actually great, and it's certainly a lot more readable than I expected it to be. However, I already know that given the amount of characters introduced it's gonna get confusing real quick.
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Old 11.23.2017, 04:41 PM   #4806
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I finished it in about a month by reading forty pages or so a day, mostly skipping the chapters which are really essays and keeping a character list handy. This was a decade ago so I don't remember much, except I felt satisfied at the end and thought the effort was worth it, although Anna is ultimately more loveable. It's not a "difficult" book, just super fucking long.
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today i’m hating that you guys are putting up pictures of book covers instead of titles because my internet (the whole internet?) seems to be having some sort of DNS problem and nothing is loading.

what beast is this? gonna guess anna karenina.

i second the recommendation to consume it as a soap opera. which is what it is—a long, overpopulated, meandering entertainment. slow & steady is the way to do it. and more enjoyable really. i dd a chapter or two a day and it went by so fast.

wait wait no— it’s “war and peace”, is it? that i have not tackled yet.

but i enjoy tolstoi’s essays! maybe even more so than the narratives. his novels and tales are actually moral essays, i mean—they really all try to address the question of “how to live.” they aren’t just pointless yarns.
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His fiction certainly got moralistic, but the power of war and especially Anna is the neutral realism, at least for my tastes. The way he describes a wheat harvest or a dog hunt is the major reason I read at all in the first place. He loved life, at least at one point he did, and he got that love on page, which I can't say for too many other writers.
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His fiction certainly got moralistic, but the power of war and especially Anna is the neutral realism, at least for my tastes. The way he describes a wheat harvest or a dog hunt is the major reason I read at all in the first place. He loved life, at least at one point he did, and he got that love on page, which I can't say for too many other writers.

his fiction was *always* moralistic (at least everything i’ve read by him has always had a strong moral core), but in a good way. he wasn’t like angry jezebel commenters calling garbage everyone they disagree with. instead he explored the potentialities of the actions and choices we make and took them to their final consequences.

everyone in anna karenina— levin, kitty, anna, vronsky— follows certain trajectories according to their choices, but they aren’t branded as “good” and “evil” the way the american populace does with its victims. they come to you fresh and neutral and under pressure (from their desires, from their circumstances, from society) and blind to the path ahead of them.

tolstoi sees them think and vacillate and attempt and fail and commit to certain actions, but he doesn’t hate or blame or fingerpoint them— he sees and shows their humanity. he was a moralist, but he wasn’t a fucking puritan.

and you’re right that he was great at realism, but his theory of realism was expounded in a book-length essay, “what is art?”. boils down to this: the job of the artist is to make the familiar unfamiliar. to shine a new light to it. to make it strange. “otstranenie” or something. and yeah, that also explains why crazy people are good artists and squares aren’t— the squares already have fixed concepts of the world. boring fucks.

anyway, to me he was a profound thinker. and his creatures illustrate his depth of thought about vital matters. just a brilliant fucking writer, more important than most. i guess what i’m trying to say is— don’t skip his essays!

oh speaking of angry jezebel commenters, in the kreutzer sonata he does have a character that embodies moralistic rage— the prisoner who killed his wife, which the narrator interviews. but that’s just a character, not the whole work. and still— his condemnation of romanticism, while old-timey and stuck in outdated gender roles, still contains a core of truth that one can relate to today, especially in the aftermath of the sexual revolution of the 60s/70s (it’s just that XIX century aristocrats got there much earlier than the rest of the world).

oh, speaking of which— you ever read “dangerous liaisons”? fanfuckingtastic.
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he doesn’t hate or blame or fingerpoint them— he sees and shows their humanity. he was a moralist, but he wasn’t a fucking puritan.

I tend to divide Tolstoy into pre and post "Christian" conversion.

I mean, he came to renounce his earlier work and wrote stories with titles like "God Sees the Truth but Waits." I insist there are two Tolstoys, although I guess I never really thought through what the similarities might be.

Have you read War and Peace? He'll completely stop the action for twenty pages to give his theory on history. I have nothing against his essays, but it's annoying when they are crammed into a novel. That was my only criticism of his non-fiction.

I still read Anna and think, "Yeah, that's how the world works" rather than "What a good point" or "I see where he's coming from" or "Geez, he was tough on that character." Maybe I just ignored the moralism in favor of the realism.
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Les Dangeraux Liasons has been on my to-read list for awhile. I'll get to it.

The movie showed Uma's tits, so I'm not sure how the book will compare, but I might give it a go.
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ha ha ha

“cruel intentions” is that too, but it has buffy in it, and neve campbell i think? and no tits. they were just kids.

the novel though is one of the best ever. it’s just told in letters—a brilliant device. the guy who wrote it was a general of napoleon who specialized in building fortresses—and maybe you can see that in the construction of his novel. just fantastic. one of the best things i’ve ever read, and i read it translated, and it’s just genius.
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“cruel intentions” is that too, but it has buffy in it, and neve campbell i think? and no tits. they were just kids.

the novel though is one of the best ever. it’s just told in letters—a brilliant device. the guy who wrote it was a general of napoleon who specialized in building fortresses—and maybe you can see that in the construction of his novel. just fantastic. one of the best things i’ve ever read, and i read it translated, and it’s just genius.




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No Neve in it.
oh, right, in my head i got it mixed up with the poster for “wild things” (not sure why— i’ve never seen that).

and i had forgotten, buffy is the asshole in this one. reese witherspoon plays madame the tourvel or the volanges virgin or both (i barely remember her in it which is probably why i injected nieves into the cast).
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oh, right, in my head i got it mixed up with the poster for “wild things” (not sure why— i’ve never seen that).

and i had forgotten, buffy is the asshole in this one. reese witherspoon plays madame the tourvel or the volanges virgin or both (i barely remember her in it which is probably why i injected nieves into the cast).




I could see mixing Neve up with Selma Blair who is in it.
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I could see mixing Neve up with Selma Blair who is in it.

yeah Selma Blair. I like her more than Neve.

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* said more 4 hours a day a writer is producing gibberish
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