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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

Mals Marola 03-09-2019 08:10 PM

some posts do slip thru the cracks first time around you know

and there's also that new generation of netphorians (ovary) who may have missed it for other reasons entirely!

Fun! Nice! Life! Youths! Beautiful!
I'm all for it

FoolofaTook 03-09-2019 08:48 PM

are you quoting from "fuckin in the bushes" off the seminal oasis album, "standing on the shoulder (sic) of giants"?

ovary 03-09-2019 11:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Run To Me (Post 4501788)
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

post of the year

cork_soaker 03-14-2019 07:50 PM

My Book Review
......of
To the Lighthouse
by Virginia Woolf


if your being entertained by a novel requires an active and thrilling plot, this is probably not the best choice for you

on a macro level, this to me read as a study on the nature of thought, explored through a minor cast of characters — its turbulent, inexplicable manner, how easily it can be lulled into reverie or lured down infinite pathways, its inexorable link to memory and sensation, its absolute solitude, and so on.

most writing on the book tends to i n c l u d e the phrase "stream of consciousness." well, yeah. most of the story, or “content” (perhaps a better word) consists of the characters’ immense and endlessly cascading inner worlds. setting, personalities, and relationships are all developed through our witnessing of interiority, as it pounces from one character’s mind to the next.

my favorite bit was the middle and shortest of the three sections "time passes," wherein woolf departs from the day-to-day narrative and veers into a kind of time-warpy and at times hypothetical realm full of poignant, untethered lyricism (exploited to its fullest in her later novel, The Waves, one of my favorite books of all time).

SO JUST TO SUM UP: slow and even dull in its plotline, but rich and pretty frikkin astounding in its exploration of the nature of our minds, life, art, human relations, memory, time, all as pondered through the consciousness of a few fictional people.

oh yeah and also some stuff about power dynamics between the sexes

cork_soaker 03-14-2019 08:10 PM

not to mention a sick cover:


cork_soaker 03-14-2019 08:18 PM

ok, well i had this in my notes but accidentally omitted it; please work it in somewhere tasteful:
being separate, being embodied, the vast gulfs between us, the mystery of the minds of others, of perception

cork_soaker 03-14-2019 08:19 PM

now off to wikipedia (finally!) to see if i was right

ovary 03-14-2019 09:09 PM

you were right

ovary 03-14-2019 09:12 PM

maybe this board should all read anna karinina together.

FoolofaTook 03-14-2019 09:42 PM

or... MADAME OVARY



LOLOLOLOL

buzzard 03-16-2019 04:21 PM

"How come they call you Billy instead of William?"
"Business reasons," said Billy. That was true. His father-in-law, who owned the Ilium School of Optometry, who had set Billy up in practice, was a genius in his field. He told Billy to encourage people to call him Billy—because it would stick in their memories. It would also make him seem slightly magical, since there weren't any other grown Billys around. It also compelled people to think of him as a friend right away.

FoolofaTook 03-16-2019 04:36 PM



have you read cat's cradle? if not you should read cat's cradle.


everyone should read cat's cradle.

buzzard 03-16-2019 04:41 PM

I have and agree.

yo soy el mejor 03-17-2019 08:16 AM

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Originally Posted by cork_soaker (Post 4502845)
ok, well i had this in my notes but accidentally omitted it; please work it in somewhere tasteful:
being separate, being embodied, the vast gulfs between us, the mystery of the minds of others, of perception

married life.

D. 03-17-2019 03:31 PM

Saw Laura Jane Grace play last night. Bought her book at the merch booth and have been devouring it since. :cry:

D. 03-17-2019 03:33 PM

I have no idea why my last post has an angry emoticon, prolly cuz my phone is a pos

duovamp 03-17-2019 10:13 PM

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Originally Posted by ovary (Post 4501774)
that’s what someone with a broke dick would say. you, son, will never rise.



the fountainhead is great, superb, sublime



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

Ayn Rand's greatest works are only valuable as literature in that they provide perspective and insight into a very specific time in the world. Beyond that they're sorely lacking any literary value, and they're very poorly written. She's not a great writer. She rightfully earned her fame by saying things women weren't saying, which is great. But otherwise she's just Ann Coulter an era sooner.

yo soy el mejor 03-18-2019 10:08 AM

ayn rand SUCKS

FoolofaTook 04-07-2019 09:37 PM















Alice 04-07-2019 10:19 PM

So no one's started anything new lately huh?


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