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    1. The Unnamable by Beckett - 10
    2. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin - 10
    3. Molloy by Beckett - 10
    4. First Love and Other Shorts by Beckett - 9.5
    5. Malone Dies by Beckett - 9
    6. Blue Eyes, Black Hair by Duras - 9
    7. Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier - 8.5
    8. Summer Rain by Duras - 8.5
    9. Dance of Death by Strindberg [play] - 8.5
    10. Story of the Eye by Bataille [reread] - 8.5
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    May as well make a list of comics too.

    1. Pim & Francie: the Golden Bear Days by Al Columbia - 8.5
    2. The Night Kitchen by Sendak - 8.5
    3. I Was Killing When Killing Wasn't Cool by Al Columbia - 8
    4. You Are There by Tardi & Forest - 8
    5. The Biologic Show by Al Columbia - 8
    6. Acme Novelty Library #20 by Chris Ware - 8
    7. Buddy Does Seattle by Bagge - 8
    8. The Complete Peanuts, 1973-1974 by Schulz - 7.5
    9. Misery Loves Comedy by Brunetti - 7
    10. Criminal (deluxe edition) by Brubaker & Phillips - 7
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    I am impatient of all misery in others that is not mad. Thou should'st go mad, blacksmith; say, why dost thou not go mad? How can'st thou endure without being mad? Do the heavens yet hate thee, that thou can'st not go mad?

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    2. 100 Selected Poems, E.E. Cummings
    Wow.

    Any fav.?

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    Quote Quoting kuehnepips (view post)
    Any fav.?
    Probably "anyone lived in a pretty how town":
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    But I like a lot of the little pieces, turns of phrase, more than whole poems: e.g.,

    nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands

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    —to have tasted Beautiful to have known
    Only to have smelled Happens—skip dance kids hop point at
    red blue yellow violet white orange green-
    ness

    Overall, I really like the way he breaks down language in such a sentimental, emotive fashion.
    I am impatient of all misery in others that is not mad. Thou should'st go mad, blacksmith; say, why dost thou not go mad? How can'st thou endure without being mad? Do the heavens yet hate thee, that thou can'st not go mad?

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    You can use that as "Exhibit A" as to why I hate poetry so much.
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    Quote Quoting Benny Profane (view post)
    You can use that as "Exhibit A" as to why I hate poetry so much.
    You're breaking my heart, BP. First White Teeth, now this.

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    Quote Quoting Hugh_Grant (view post)
    You're breaking my heart, BP. First White Teeth, now this.
    Vincent D'Onofrio is a lousy actor.



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    Quote Quoting Melville (view post)
    2. 100 Selected Poems, E.E. Cummings
    5. The Trouble with Being Born, Cioran
    Excellent.

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    But I like a lot of the little pieces, turns of phrase,


    ...I too, have known autumn too long.

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    1. In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
    2. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
    3. Cane by Jean Toomer
    4. Time Out of Joint by Philip K. Dick
    5. Confessions by Jacob Boehme
    6. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick
    7. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
    8. The Penultimate Truth by Philip K. Dick
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    ‎The severed arm perfectly acquitted itself, because of the simplicity of its wishes and its total lack of doubt.

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    01. The Dhammapada (Tr. Gil Fronsdal, 2005)
    02. Teatro Grottesco (Thomas Ligotti, 2006)
    03. The Walking Dead, Volumes 1 - 11 (Robert Kirkman, 2003)
    04. Fragile Things (Neil Gaiman, 2006)
    05. Jaws (Peter Benchley, 1974)
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    Made it to 10.

    Quote Quoting Melville (view post)
    1. Dance of Death, Strindberg
    2. 100 Selected Poems, E.E. Cummings
    3. The Lankavatara Sutra, Anonymous
    4. Sonnets to Orpheus, Rainer Maria Rilke
    5. The Long Goodbye, Chandler
    6. Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare
    7. The Trouble with Being Born, Cioran
    8. The Painted Bird, Kosinski
    9. Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales, Kingsland (translator)
    10. Don Pablos the Swindler, Francisco de Quevedo

    May as well make a list of comics too.

    1. Pim & Francie: the Golden Bear Days, Al Columbia
    2. The Night Kitchen, Sendak
    3. I Was Killing When Killing Wasn't Cool, Al Columbia
    4. You Are There, Tardi & Forest
    5. The Biologic Show, Al Columbia
    6. The Complete Peanuts, 1973-1974, Schulz
    7. Misery Loves Comedy, Brunetti
    8. Criminal (deluxe edition), Brubaker & Phillips
    9. Ultra Gash Inferno, Maruo
    10. Lullabies from Hell, Hino
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    I am impatient of all misery in others that is not mad. Thou should'st go mad, blacksmith; say, why dost thou not go mad? How can'st thou endure without being mad? Do the heavens yet hate thee, that thou can'st not go mad?

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    1. The Walking Dead Vol. 11: Fear the Hunters by Robert Kirkman
    2. Ripley's Game by Patricia Highsmith
    3. The Barbarous Coast by Ross MacDonald
    4. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
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    Out of ****:
    Chef- ** 1/2
    The Interview- ** 1/2
    White Bird in a Blizzard- ** 1/2
    Frank- *** 1/2
    A Walk Among the Tombstones- ***

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    Quote Quoting Duncan (view post)
    1. The Aeneid (Virgil, trans. by Robert Fagles)
    Nice. Not sure if I talked to you about this before. It's one of my favorites. I love the sense of history/destiny hurtling on, juggernaut-like, crushing romance, conscience, and peoples in its path. I was also impressed by the emotion of the sacking of Troy and the love affair with Dido, which contrasted starkly with Homer's treatments of similar things.
    I am impatient of all misery in others that is not mad. Thou should'st go mad, blacksmith; say, why dost thou not go mad? How can'st thou endure without being mad? Do the heavens yet hate thee, that thou can'st not go mad?

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    Quote Quoting Melville (view post)
    Nice. Not sure if I talked to you about this before. It's one of my favorites. I love the sense of history/destiny hurtling on, juggernaut-like, crushing romance, conscience, and peoples in its path. I was also impressed by the emotion of the sacking of Troy and the love affair with Dido, which contrasted starkly with Homer's treatments of similar things.
    I don't think we did talk about it. I loved basically everything about it. It was way more complicated than I thought it would be. I was expecting a sort of glorified account of the travels of Rome's ancestors, and even though Aeneas is a demigod, he still makes mistakes, has anxieties, some nuanced as well as powerful emotions. It's also sort of a strange book to be Rome's founding epic, especially considering the last act in the book is one of brutal vengeance, and there's really no redemption for any of it. All his descriptions of violence throughout the book are very bracing. There's some scene in The Iliad where Ulysses and Diomedes (I think) sneak into the Trojan camp and kill a bunch of people and then sneak out and the whole point of the scene is basically how awesome these two guys are. There's a similar scene in The Aeneid where the two guys get caught and killed and butchered and have their heads put on stakes for their mothers to see. There's a lot more consequence in the The Aeneid, and a lot more sympathy and compassion, at least from the author, if not from some of the characters. And, yeah, just the pace and rhythm and momentum of the whole thing. It's amazing.

    edit: Oh, I also loved how the gods stay out of it at the end. A character will throw a javelin and say stuff like, "I believe in my right arm, my only god" or something. That's really interesting to me in a book this old.
    Wishful thinking, perhaps; but that is just another possible definition of the featherless biped.

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    So far...


    2. The Autumn of the Patriarch (Marquez)
    As much as I love Marquez, this did nothing for me. I completely forgot about it a week after I read it. Use a paragraph, man.
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    Quote Quoting Benny Profane (view post)
    As much as I love Marquez, this did nothing for me. I completely forgot about it a week after I read it. Use a paragraph, man.
    How did you like Of Love? Any extended thoughts?

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    Quote Quoting Kurosawa Fan (view post)
    How did you like Of Love? Any extended thoughts?
    I liked it fine. It kinda rambles and meanders and for a 140 page book it has a ton of minor characters, but it's written very eloquently and has a nice flow. It definitely captures its time and place beautifully.
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    1. The Walking Dead Vol. 11: Fear the Hunters by Robert Kirkman
    2. Ripley's Game by Patricia Highsmith
    3. The Barbarous Coast by Ross MacDonald
    4. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
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    1. The Walking Dead Vol. 11: Fear the Hunters by Robert Kirkman
    2. Ripley's Game by Patricia Highsmith
    3. The Barbarous Coast by Ross MacDonald
    4. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
    5. The Boy Who Followed Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
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    Out of ****:
    Chef- ** 1/2
    The Interview- ** 1/2
    White Bird in a Blizzard- ** 1/2
    Frank- *** 1/2
    A Walk Among the Tombstones- ***

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    01. The Dhammapada (Tr. Gil Fronsdal, 2005)
    02. Welcome to the Monkey House (Kurt Vonnegut, 1968)
    03. Teatro Grottesco (Thomas Ligotti, 2006)
    04. The Walking Dead, Volumes 1 - 11 (Robert Kirkman, 2003)
    05. Fragile Things (Neil Gaiman, 2006)
    06. Jaws (Peter Benchley, 1974)
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    01. The Dhammapada (Tr. Gil Fronsdal, 2005)
    02. Welcome to the Monkey House (Kurt Vonnegut, 1968)
    03. Teatro Grottesco (Thomas Ligotti, 2006)
    04. The Walking Dead, Volumes 1 - 11 (Robert Kirkman, 2003)
    05. The History of the Devil (Clive Barker, 1980)
    06. Fragile Things (Neil Gaiman, 2006)
    07. Jaws (Peter Benchley, 1974)
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    Update to promulgate the greatness of We:

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    1. We, Yevgeny Zamyatin - 10
    2. Blue Eyes, Black Hair, Duras - 9
    3. Dance of Death, Strindberg - 8.5
    4. 100 Selected Poems, E.E. Cummings - 8
    5. The Malady of Death, Duras - 8
    6. The Lankavatara Sutra, Anonymous - 8
    7. Solaris, Lem - 8
    8. Sonnets to Orpheus, Rainer Maria Rilke - 8
    9. The Concept of Anxiety, Kierkegaard - 7.5
    10. The Long Goodbye, Chandler - 7
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    May as well make a list of comics too.

    1. Pim & Francie: the Golden Bear Days, Al Columbia - 8.5
    2. The Night Kitchen, Sendak - 8.5
    3. I Was Killing When Killing Wasn't Cool, Al Columbia - 8
    4. You Are There, Tardi & Forest - 8
    5. The Biologic Show, Al Columbia - 8
    6. The Complete Peanuts, 1973-1974, Schulz - 8
    7. Misery Loves Comedy, Brunetti - 7
    8. Criminal (deluxe edition), Brubaker & Phillips - 7
    9. The Golem's Mighty Swing, Sturm - 7
    10. Ultra Gash Inferno, Maruo - 6.5
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    I am impatient of all misery in others that is not mad. Thou should'st go mad, blacksmith; say, why dost thou not go mad? How can'st thou endure without being mad? Do the heavens yet hate thee, that thou can'st not go mad?

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    Hm, as far as dystopias go, I found We to be very weak. I hardly remember a thing about it.
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    Yeah, We is awesome.

    Updating to promulgate the greatness of Either/Or.

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    1. Either/Or by Søren Kierkegaard
    2. In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
    3. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
    4. Cane by Jean Toomer
    5. Time Out of Joint by Philip K. Dick
    6. Confessions by Jacob Boehme
    7. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick
    8. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
    9. The Penultimate Truth by Philip K. Dick
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    ‎The severed arm perfectly acquitted itself, because of the simplicity of its wishes and its total lack of doubt.

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