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buzzard 03-06-2019 11:07 PM

"Fuck Murakami"
-buzzard

D. 03-07-2019 12:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cork_soaker (Post 4499019)
recents:

the grapes of wrath
the heart is a lonely hunter
the sun also rises
play it as it lays

np:

light in august

I've only read Sun Also Rises and Play It As It Lays. Both v good.

redbreegull 03-07-2019 12:51 AM

sun also rises is boring af

cork_soaker 03-07-2019 01:24 AM

i certainly favored it less than the others on that list. best was grapes.

np: to the lighthouse

FoolofaTook 03-07-2019 07:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by buzzard (Post 4501538)
"Fuck Murakami"
-buzzard

"buzzard pls"
-Fulltoke

FoolofaTook 03-07-2019 07:29 AM

rbg i thought you liked murakami? why don't you put the mischievous buzzard in his place.


and yeah grapes of wrath pwns. and yeah sun also rises was boring. for whom the bells toll or for whom the bell tolls was better, if i remember correctly.

topleybird 03-08-2019 10:31 AM

Whelp, just found out a very kind and generous coworker's favorite author is Ayn Rand and I have to cut him out of my professional life forever

I'm currently reading Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann and the style reminds me a lot of Devil in the White City; very engaging for the most part but I'm also getting bored for stretches?

cork_soaker, Light in August might be my favorite book

FoolofaTook 03-08-2019 10:36 AM

man i just can't get into faulkner

i realize this is a personal failing and am ashamed of myself


ps fuck ayn rand

topleybird 03-08-2019 10:54 AM

I found his writing pretty impenetrable (don't, Took) until I took a class on him in college, and the professor's enthusiasm was infectious

queenoftheswine 03-08-2019 04:53 PM

"There were strangers in the group" by SonicJohnny

yo soy el mejor 03-08-2019 05:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wHATcOLOR (Post 4499017)
but like any sort of book where the premise is 'here's a set of information you can use to improve your own life,' how useful it is depends on the person reading it. if you're reading it because you want to, and because you're already motivated to do some things differently, it's an excellent tool. if you're reading it just because some other people said it's good and you're not that motivated to do anything differently, than it doesn't matter how good it might be.

kinda like the ten commandments or the scouts oath.

ovary 03-08-2019 08:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by redbreegull (Post 4501577)
sun also rises is boring af

that’s what someone with a broke dick would say. you, son, will never rise.

Quote:

Originally Posted by topleybird (Post 4501696)
Whelp, just found out a very kind and generous coworker's favorite author is Ayn Rand and I have to cut him out of my professional life forever

the fountainhead is great, superb, sublime

Quote:

Originally Posted by FoolofaTook (Post 4501698)
man i just can't get into faulkner

i realize this is a personal failing and am ashamed of myself


ps fuck ayn rand

the point of faulkner isnt to be enjoyable, its to make you be like “oh fuck, America!” you should slog through absalom absalom or go down moses until it grabs you by the neck and drags you into the black abyss.

ps fuck ayn rand haters, who are typically either woke posers or havent read ayn rand

ovary 03-08-2019 08:30 PM

woke posers who havent read ayn rand*

FoolofaTook 03-08-2019 09:32 PM

i've read atlas shrugged


it sucks

ovary 03-08-2019 10:25 PM

READ IT AGAIN BITCH

ovary 03-08-2019 10:25 PM

just kidding

run2pee 03-08-2019 11:54 PM

A girl named Susie Bird i met in 1999 at a church lock-in traded me some Rand (probably Shrugd) in exchange for my old school fellowship of the ring, the pre-peter jackson one, with the green cover the paperback part of that set of three with the hobbit u could get from the scholastic book club

As like a loan

Never read Shrugd, never got my book back, and Susie Bird never siamesed my dream

run2pee 03-08-2019 11:55 PM

So instead i'm reading the never-ending story

buzzard 03-09-2019 10:04 AM

Yesterday, I read Child of God by Cormac McCarthy.

It was pretty fucked, but clearly a page-turner. I've yet to find a book of his I didn't like.

FoolofaTook 03-09-2019 10:35 AM

how many of his have you read?

me just three (road, meridian, outer dark) but i plan to read more.

buzzard 03-09-2019 10:42 AM

I've now worked my way through Child of God, Blood Meridian, All the Pretty Horses, The Crossing, Cities of the Plain, No Country for Old Men and The Road.

At this point, it feels very much like a no-brainer to track down and have a go at the rest.

buzzard 03-09-2019 10:46 AM

It's definitely The Border Trilogy that stands out to me as his best, by the way.

Soon after reading the lot of them in sequence, I went on a horse trek through the mountains and desert and the combined experience now ranks as one of the most senescent of my times.

FoolofaTook 03-09-2019 11:09 AM

sounds cool as hell. how long was the trek?

yeah i think border trilogy might be my next. i just need to find them all in one volume and read them on paper because my eyes are falling out from all this staring at a screen nonsense.

i think, maybe, you were the one who recommended cormac to me in the first place?

buzzard 03-09-2019 11:21 AM

We ended up going with the full day option, though I'd love to return and do the multi-night edition in winter after our gaucho guide explained that you will sometimes loop back to find puma tracks following your trail.

Pretty sure I've already posted my favorite snap from our voyage, so here's my traveling companion's Instagram effort.


FoolofaTook 03-09-2019 11:28 AM

legendary!

buzzard 03-09-2019 11:36 AM

It might have been Byron "McCarthy Reader" Barnes that recommended doing Blood Meridian after the Trilogy, come to think of it.

run2pee 03-09-2019 06:39 PM

Whenever I read any cormac mccarthy I begin subconsciously to write like the worst version of him. The last time I read him I sat thereafter in the dark and held my pillow in my two arms and I felt more than smelled the rainsquall building and the sky oozed bruiseblue through the dusty blinds cocked just ajar and I knelt and I wrote in my dogeared sewer some not unpretty lines about what I thought was life but instead was the inability to see past myself.

Just awful, I'm the same way with DFW and footnotes

buzzard 03-09-2019 06:58 PM

Hey, now. Recycling posts has got to be against some kind of rule.

run2pee 03-09-2019 07:31 PM

Remastered / reissued

FoolofaTook 03-09-2019 07:56 PM

yeah i thought that post seemed eldritchly familiar.


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