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Old 04.11.2008, 10:15 AM   #1081
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It's more of a test of my will power. The way I see it, if I can read Ulysses, I can read anything. My major consists of reading A LOT of Latin translated to English and it drives me insane and I don't have time to learn fluent Latin right now. Latin jokes, puns, and insults do not translate well at all into English. Apuleius can kiss my golden ass.

if it's a test of athleticism then you should go after finnegan's wake. that's where i throw the towel.

and shouldn't you change your major to something you can actually read in the original? this reminds me of the professor of hitler studies who couldn't read german.
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Old 04.11.2008, 10:19 AM   #1082
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if it's a test of athleticism then you should go after finnegan's wake. that's where i throw the towel.

and shouldn't you change your major to something you can actually read in the original? this reminds me of the professor of hitler studies who couldn't read german.

Well, what I said is a half-truth. My major is History, but I haven't decided on which branch yet, so I'm in an early Roman Empire class right now because I know the professor pretty well. Ideally, my concentration will not be Roman History. I'll still take all his classes, though, along with whatever I choose to focus on.

I'm going to go back after I finish Ulysses and read Portrait of the Artist (I was about 1/4 finished with it....a year ago), then finish off the rest of Joyce.
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Old 04.11.2008, 12:52 PM   #1083
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I'm skim-reading In Search Of Lost Time again, because Proust is easily my favourite writer: the way that he describes the tones and textures of things, the subjects that he writes about (the psychological idiosyncrasies of people, his philosophies, 'society') and the long, intertwining storyline which is so full of surprises (and retrospective irony)... I just can't comprehend that there will ever be anything written that can match it. And he was gay.

I'd be grateful if anyone could help me with these questions:

1) I love New York Trilogy by Paul Auster. What is his second-best book?

2) I once tried to read Anna Karenina but stopped after 200 pages, at the point where Levin goes back to his farm and Tolstoy starts describing ancient Russian farming-techniques. I just thought 'why am I reading this?'. Should I try again, and be more patient?
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Old 04.11.2008, 01:24 PM   #1084
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Old 04.11.2008, 01:29 PM   #1085
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I'm skim-reading In Search Of Lost Time again, because Proust is easily my favourite writer: the way that he describes the tones and textures of things, the subjects that he writes about (the psychological idiosyncrasies of people, his philosophies, 'society') and the long, intertwining storyline which is so full of surprises (and retrospective irony)... I just can't comprehend that there will ever be anything written that can match it. And he was gay.

I'd be grateful if anyone could help me with these questions:

1) I love New York Trilogy by Paul Auster. What is his second-best book?

2) I once tried to read Anna Karenina but stopped after 200 pages, at the point where Levin goes back to his farm and Tolstoy starts describing ancient Russian farming-techniques. I just thought 'why am I reading this?'. Should I try again, and be more patient?

sweet choices there

about 1), i liked the music of chance, the essay about his father, and i've heard great things about the country of last things & moon palace (an ex of mine used to be a big auster fan-- in part because of his "vampire" looks).

about 2), i read the whole book but the strategy i utilized was just sticking to 1 chapter a day, much like the newspapers of the xix century where such books were published in serialized form-- they were the soap operas of the day. so yeah, just read 1 chapter a day & see how it goes. then some weekend maybe you feel inspired to do 3 or 4 or whatever. but definitely treat it like a marathon book, not a sprint one.

enjoy.
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Old 04.11.2008, 01:48 PM   #1086
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Old 04.14.2008, 11:59 PM   #1087
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Ulysses, page 260. It took me 4 hours to read 80 pages 2 days ago.

like i said, i'm waiting until nyc to start ulysses again. i'm excited and scared at the same time.

i was just reading cometbus issue number 50 and now i'm re-reading the psychic soviet.
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Old 04.15.2008, 12:05 AM   #1088
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I just started Century Rain by Alastair Reynolds, the first novel I've checked out by him that's not set in the Revelation Space universe. What's particularly odd is that I've been watching the dvds of the British intersticial tv program The Singing Detective and this book cuts back and forth between a more traditional SF future and a 1950s detective story in Paris, and the detectives are musicians!
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Old 04.15.2008, 12:18 AM   #1089
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Ulysses page 305.

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Old 04.23.2008, 12:07 AM   #1090
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Ulysses page 530. I read 100 pages today.
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Old 04.23.2008, 12:27 AM   #1091
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Just finished the Phillip K Dick short story collection Eye of the Sibyl.

I'm currently in the middle of several other things such as Michael Moorcock's Elric - Stealer of Souls (I think there are going to be an infinite number of re-releases to reflect the infinite nature of the multiverse...). It's the Conan for pessimists. Or Discworld's evil and somehow older twin.

I started Alan Dean Foster's Quozl a long time ago. It's about an advanced culture of giant space rabbits that come to earth. It's pretty good so far. But I'm pretty sure the cover is extremely inaccurate, and it's a lot less 'ha ha' than it might suggest.

Also need to finish League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vol. 1.
I hope Alan Moore comics stop being made into shitty movies.
I hope the Watchmen movie turns out at least OK, since it's based on the perfect comic.
So much to live up to.

Next might be Manson: In His Own Words
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Old 04.23.2008, 01:52 AM   #1092
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Ulysses page 530. I read 100 pages today.

there is zero merit in reading ulysses fast. honestly. you're missing out of the many tentacles each word extends into the surrounding protoplasm. just saying.
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Old 04.23.2008, 01:54 AM   #1093
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there is zero merit in reading ulysses fast. honestly. you're missing out of the many tentacles each word extends into the surrounding protoplasm. just saying.

Well, it's not really that fast. I'm reading the fantasy part where for a lot of it there's a lot of open page space, with the name of the speaker being the only thing on the line.

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Old 04.23.2008, 03:22 AM   #1094
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I can easily see how James Joyce is considered to be one of the best writers who ever lived. I've had a brief exposure to him, but what I've read I have been absolutely floored by.

right now I'm reading Nietzsche - The Genealogy of Morals. I'll finish that tomorrow, hopefully read a book on race by next Tuesday, then kick off the summer with Lolita and Discipline and Punish.
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Old 04.23.2008, 03:29 AM   #1095
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Old 04.23.2008, 09:27 PM   #1096
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Old 04.23.2008, 10:57 PM   #1097
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Old 04.24.2008, 12:42 AM   #1098
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