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PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:43 pm 
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Have just begun Pynchon's AGAINST THE DAY. If the first 5 pages are any indication, the next 1080 should be a fair clam bake.

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So far, so good. Quite different from the Byzantine V and GRAVITY'S RAINBOW [one of the best titles ever imho].

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THE WORLD ACCORDING TO STAR WARS
Cass R. Sunstein
2016
Cass Robert Sunstein FBA (born September 21, 1954) is an American legal scholar, particularly in the fields of constitutional law, administrative law, environmental law, and law and behavioral economics, who was the Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2012. For 27 years, Sunstein taught at the University of Chicago Law School. Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School.

I recently finished Sunstein's 2005 "RADICALS IN ROBES : WHY EXTREME RIGHT-WING COURTS ARE WRONG FOR AMERICA". Smart cookie. The above book is available as an e-book through my local library. Maybe through yours too. Anything by Sunstein will stretch your stuff fareal.

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Neil_Leach wrote:
Have just begun Pynchon's AGAINST THE DAY. If the first 5 pages are any indication, the next 1080 should be a fair clam bake.

Niiice. First section is such a joyous intro to the world.

Just finished JR by William Gaddis which was genius, hilarious, difficult in one way and breezy in another. Still think I prefer The Recognitions tho. Reading Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro which is v solid. Some highlights from what I've read this year; Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Housekeeping, Call it Sleep, Cosmos by Gombrowicz. On the nonfiction side; Reconstruction by Eric Foner, City of Quartz, The Power Broker. On deck I got The General of the Dead Army, which I think will be the first Albanian book I've read. As well as A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution which I'm real excited to dive into.

I realized I haven't read any comics in awhile, although I'll pick up the new Chris Ware at some point natch.


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i have a growing impatience with Pynchon's prima donna style which makes it obvious that he is only partially concerned with narrative. at least as much emphasis seems to be upon a theatrical display of his various skills for the expected adulation. if i wanted megalomania i would read Hunter Thompson.

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Listening to Andy Weir's new book ARTEMIS, read by the incomparable Rosario Dawson. The story is pretty good. She's incredible, as always.


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A curious thing about the reviews for Against the Day when the book first came out. The reviewers for the dailies, no doubt annoyed at having to slodge through 1,100+ pages for a single column, and with their knives at the ready, went to work vivisecting the novel with glee. The monthly publications were a bit more circumspect. For the most part, even those who disliked the novel (about half) found something to admire and even respect about it. The critics who wrote for quarterlies on the other hand, people who actually had time to think about what they had read in terms of the novel as a whole, its scope, the deadly serious nature beneath the humor, and how the novel fit into the entire Pynchon canon, were almost unanimous in their opinion of it being a tour de force. None of which means that anyone who succeeds in reading the book is required to like it. In fact, none of this means anything at all.

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None of which means that anyone who succeeds in reading the book is required to like it. In fact, none of this means anything at all.

Wrong, it means a lot to me, and I sincerely appreciate you taking time and investing the mental energy to frame your thoughts. Believe it or not, I don't take anything for granted.

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THE BIG SLEEP screenplay
William Freaking Faulkner
Leigh Brackett
Jules Furthman
from
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novel
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Raymond Freaking Chandler

Most killer one liners in a movie script EVAHRR.

Philip Marlowe :
I don't mind if you don't like my manners. They're pretty bad.
I grieve over them on the long winter evenings.

Sternwood : How do you like your brandy, sir?
Marlowe : With brandy.

BTW, some of the best lines did not make it into the movie/film.

I'll bet Duane could play a sterling Philip Marlowe.

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Has anyone else read La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman, the first in a new trilogy of books, The Book of Dust set in the same world(s) as His Dark Materials? I finished last night. It's wonderful. The prose is so... clean. Deceptively simple. Utterly readable. The characters feel real. The world is, well, a wonder to return to, with its odd deviations from our own English (oilskin, anbaric, coal-silk) and its unique fantastical quirks (dæmons, night-ghasts, the alethiometer). Its subtext feels very timely - I don't recall much direct political commentary in HDM, so I shall have to return to them soon and see if I pick up something new from it.


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THE MAN WHO WANTED TO KNOW EVERYTHING
Dror A. Mishani
originally published as HA-ISH SHERATSAH LEDA'AT HAKOL
in Israel by Achuzat Bayit 2015
translation copyright by Todd Hasak-Lowy 2016
Harper Perennial paperback published 2016
To say that this book is a detective novel would be like saying La Gioconda is a painting. Mishani's novel is a psychological portrait as well crafted and incisive as little I can recall outside William Faulkner. Mishani's prose reads like chained haiku. While finishing the last pages I retrieved my lunch leftovers from the microwave and ate them cold. Didn't notice.

note :
In a recent seminar session about classical detective fiction at Dortmund Univer­sity, a student spoke up and complained about having to read the original Sher­ lock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. In his opinion, reading these stories could only frustrate the modern reader, since all the cases could be solved much more easily in our modern world where we can resort to mobile phones, surveil­lance cameras, the Internet or other technological gadgets.
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"Crime Scenes : Modern Crime Fiction in an International Context"
GDAŃSK TRANSATLANTIC STUDIES
IN NORTH AMERICAN AND BRITISH CULTURE
faculty of Department of Philology University of Gdańsk
edited by Urszula Elias, and Agnieszka Sienkiewicz-Charlish
Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, 2014

why for?
This bitter observation from current academia reminded my of another reason I enjoyed Mishani's book; although CCTV and cell phones are a part of the recorded procedure, they have no real influence on the character of the narrative. In other words, it's old school.

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Neil_Leach wrote:
While finishing the last pages I retrieved my lunch leftovers from the microwave and ate them cold. Didn't notice.


This is such a glowing review. If I were a writer I'd kill for this sentiment.


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Books I enjoyed this past year included:

Cosmopolis - Don DeLillo
Universal Harvester - John Darnielle
God Bless You, Mrs Rosewater - Kurt Vonnegut
Away & Beyond - A.E. can Vogt
Attempting Normal - Marc Maron
Joyland - Stephen King
Turtles All the Way Down - John Green

I've also been rereading the Harry Potter series, at my girlfriends request. Plenty of stuff I didn't catch the first time around (when I was about 9) but plenty that hasn't aged as well as I hoped (Quidditch is ridiculous, each book could be 200 pages shorter, etc)

Looking forward to book recommendations for 2018. Space, satire, YA, weirdness, etc etc. Bring it on.

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