what are you reading right now?

Health insurance rip off lying FDA big bankers buying
Fake computer crashes dining
Cloning while they're multiplying
Fashion shoots with Beck and Hanson
Courtney Love, and Marilyn Manson
You're all fakes
Run to your mansions
Come around
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Postby criss elliott » Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:05 am

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every book i start feels like the wrong book based on some vague sense of the vibe i'm seeking, and whatever other book is in my vicinity or queue seems suddenly like the right book. it's like i'm never going to have a moment or allow myself to get lost in a book because i'm determined not to like or even finish each and every one i start. i feel unable to return to books, doubtful about getting "answers" from them, feeling that i am wasting time. i have also become really good at reading around books rather than the books themselves, like the intros, litcrit, biographical info about the author. i'm mining facts and avoiding the experience.

general q: how do you pick what is next when there are so many other options out there?
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Postby HotFingersClub » Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:14 am

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Thorkild Hansen – Arabia Felix
This was brilliant, thanks Seamus. Such a fucking mad story which, through its episodic structure, builds a real appreciation of the insane mythic deeds of generations of explorers, even in this relatively advanced and civilised time. The fact that this expedition was filled with such wildly clashing characters, and the records are so complete – it's too perfect.

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Eley Williams – Attrib.
This has been getting a lot of hype in UK indie circles, and it's possible I was tainted by the advance praise and from coming straight off Arabia Felix, but I found this really quite annoying. Fun little language games almost all in service to pallid love songs for a dimensionless “you,” it reads like the work of someone who's spent their whole life in books, and not in a good way. This is not Williams' fault, but I'm getting pretty sick right now of books about reading and writing.

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Jon Ronson – The Psychopath Test
Pretty dumb

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Emily St. John Mandel – Station Eleven
Unfortunately siding with the haters upthread – this was boring for me.


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Adolfo Bioy Casares – The Invention of Morel
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Postby deadbass » Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:49 am

New play by Evan Dara out now for free:

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Postby Kenny » Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:54 am

I enjoyed Station Eleven as what it was, a page turner about the apocalypse. But then again I know I'm a sucker for that. I think it'd be cool if she came back to the world and developed it more but the author seems like sort of a bestseller author so I don't know if she'd be interested in doing that
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Postby bunkbeds » Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:38 am

HotFingersClub wrote:Currently:
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Adolfo Bioy Casares – The Invention of Morel

i read this a few weeks ago and i loved it so much. would love to hear what you thought of it after you’ve finished.
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Postby winjer » Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:01 pm

ugh Denis Johnson's "Already Dead" is so so good
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Postby vivian darko » Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:02 pm

i think invention of morel is my favorite nyrb
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:22 pm

Currently reading:

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Sand - Wolfgang Herrndorf

I went into this more or less blind, so I was a bit taken aback when a new and it turns out major character is introduced about 80 pages into things, and, well, he has amnesia, and...I won't say anything more, but the novel manages to rise above thriller cliches even as the protagonist finds himself in increasingly absurd situations. Definitely the kind of novel I likely would not have read if it hadn't been published by a boutique press, but I'm glad it was and that I have.
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Postby warmhouse » Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:07 pm

criss elliott wrote:every book i start feels like the wrong book based on some vague sense of the vibe i'm seeking, and whatever other book is in my vicinity or queue seems suddenly like the right book. it's like i'm never going to have a moment or allow myself to get lost in a book because i'm determined not to like or even finish each and every one i start. i feel unable to return to books, doubtful about getting "answers" from them, feeling that i am wasting time. i have also become really good at reading around books rather than the books themselves, like the intros, litcrit, biographical info about the author. i'm mining facts and avoiding the experience.

general q: how do you pick what is next when there are so many other options out there?


http://www.openculture.com/2014/07/tsun ... guage.html

I think it's a pretty natural feeling, something similar to the "grass is always greener" -- the idea of reading something is always so much more fun or rewarding than the activity itself. every time i sit down with the dinner i just prepared, I'm no longer hungry.

but don't you find that middle period of reading a book you enjoy so much fun? that your mind is always capable of being in some other world?
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Postby chad » Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:03 pm

yes gurt!
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Postby incoherent grunting » Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:19 am

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Okay, I'm reading this now instead
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Postby Kenny » Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:55 am

Damn, that's a good title/subtitle
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Postby Dead_Wizard » Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:12 pm

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Postby j-ol » Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:34 pm

first jansson

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Postby abs » Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:00 am

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Update when you’re done!
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Postby bunkbeds » Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:56 am

j-ol wrote:first jansson

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earlier this summer i read the changeling by joy williams, this, and then the invention of morel, all of which take place on islands. i didn’t know that going into it, but now they all kind of overlap a little in my memory in a weird and cool way. i do remember loving this one. a very lovely balm book. and if anyone has any pointers where to go next with jansson, i’d love to know!
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Postby Destroid » Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:09 am

Just finished Otessa Moshfegh's Eileen and...it was okay? Really repetitive (like really, really repetitive) and she seemed to shoehorn the entire plot (or "action" really) into the last 30 pages. I liked her short story collection pretty well, but I don't think I'd recommend this one. Felt like a well-rendered character study that was artificially inflated into a novel.
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Postby theta » Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:06 am

rereading dhalgren cuz i wanna live in it
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Postby meeshpotato » Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:09 pm

Destroid wrote:Just finished Otessa Moshfegh's Eileen and...it was okay? Really repetitive (like really, really repetitive) and she seemed to shoehorn the entire plot (or "action" really) into the last 30 pages. I liked her short story collection pretty well, but I don't think I'd recommend this one. Felt like a well-rendered character study that was artificially inflated into a novel.


Yeah, it seemed very forced.
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Postby alaska » Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:47 pm

apparently moshfegh plotted eileen according to a like hollywood script-writing guide lol. i said this upthread but while i liked eileen i thought the short story collection was revelatory

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i definitely didn't like "the captive" as much as "sodom and gomorrah," which may have been my favorite of the whole thing, but "the fugitive" picked up a lot and now the last one is going totally wild in a way that's really pleasurable

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a deeply emotional and helpful read so far

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first chapter was a little repetitive for me, would probably be less so if i were a law scholar, but still really clarifying and eye-opening
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Postby scramble » Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:18 pm

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super interesting academic exploration of this “movement” by the daughter of two of its principals (not that they would have described themselves as such).

Fluxus was always explained (read: dismissed) as merely anti-establishment but Higgins here stresses the conflicts within the group to fight or support that stance, and the primacy (for many of the creators) of the affirmative aspects of the work(s), not just the negative.
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Postby trigross » Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:00 pm

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a deeply emotional and helpful read so far



this looks great, i just picked it up

just finished oracle bones, it was a nice quick book. currently reading

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Postby Sports Fan of the Year » Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:03 pm

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This book meant so much to me when I read it. Love all the asides about how jazz isn't real music, imagine someone saying that today! Mental
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Postby alaska » Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:21 pm

man i gotta read john crowley
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Postby Catullus » Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:55 pm

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winjer wrote:re: YA, Sherman Alexie's "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian"


I got a whole fucking class of kids to enjoy reading by having them read this book

too bad sherman alexie is an asshole :(


I didn’t know this. He spoke at my college after we all read Lone Ranger and Tonto, Fistfight In Heaven and he seemed interesting and his talk was good
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Postby Malcolm Money » Sun Jul 29, 2018 2:11 pm

Damn how did I miss that Crowley had a new one out?
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Postby RIXX » Sun Jul 29, 2018 2:29 pm

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halfway thru this. i like how comprehensive david france gets about everything and how extensive he details all the science, it isn't dumbed down at all

crazy how larry kramer is this revered cultural figure now versus the reviled outcast in the community he used to be. i wonder if Faggots is even worth reading nowadays

planning on reading And the Band Played On next but I heard some...not great things about it.
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