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    Post by C-poots on Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:51 pm

    Well Paulson was super dry and boring so I quit. You win WP!

    I did pick up Yu Hua - China in 10 Words which is not similar, but interesting to read anecdotal stories about China throughout the eras of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, post-Mao era, etc.

    Close to wrapping up 100 Years of Solitude also
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    Post by Ned Braden on Sun Nov 04, 2018 3:38 pm

    ^^ nice. It’s been a while but I absolutely adored 100 years of solitude.


    I love Somerset Maugham. I’m finishing Cakes and Ale for the first time. Wouldn’t call it a personal favorite of his works (that crown goes to Razor’s Edge and Of Human Bondage) but this passage near the end has me smiling:

    “I stifled a sigh. I have noticed that when I am most serious people are apt to laugh at me, and indeed when after lapse of time I have read passages that I wrote from the fullness of my heart I have been tempted to laugh at myself. It must be that there is something naturally absurd in a sincere emotion, though why there should be I cannot imagine, unless it is that man, the ephemeral inhabitant of an insignificant planet, with all his pain and all his striving is but a jest in an eternal mind.”

    Very good read.
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    Post by Ned Braden on Sun Nov 04, 2018 4:00 pm

    Damn, last chapter of that Maugham book was great.
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    Post by undo on Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:02 pm

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    Saw this at the store and I laughed so hard I hurt myself
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    Post by reuben on Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:09 pm

    He’s so not triggered he wrote a whole book about it.
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    Post by WP64 on Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:19 pm

    C-poots wrote:Well Paulson was super dry and boring so I quit. You win WP!

    I did pick up Yu Hua - China in 10 Words which is not similar, but interesting to read anecdotal stories about China throughout the eras of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, post-Mao era, etc.

    Close to wrapping up 100 Years of Solitude also
    I am glad to hear this. Have you ever read any of Yan Lianke's novels? I had never heard of him until I read this New Yorker article. It seems interesting, but he has seventeen novels and I would not know where to start or if they would really resonate with someone who knows so little about Chinese history and society.
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    Post by C-poots on Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:30 pm

    WP64 wrote:
    C-poots wrote:Well Paulson was super dry and boring so I quit. You win WP!

    I did pick up Yu Hua - China in 10 Words which is not similar, but interesting to read anecdotal stories about China throughout the eras of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, post-Mao era, etc.

    Close to wrapping up 100 Years of Solitude also
    I am glad to hear this. Have you ever read any of Yan Lianke's novels? I had never heard of him until I read this New Yorker article. It seems interesting, but he has seventeen novels and I would not know where to start or if they would really resonate with someone who knows so little about Chinese history and society.

    I'm only passingly familiar with Lenin's Kisses but I have not actually read any of his works. Happy to have it back on my radar though, I will have to look into it more and if I do any actual reading of his I'll let you know my thoughts.

    Currently reading Catch-22 which I never actually finished when I read it in both high school and college. Also reading Wild Swans from Jung Chang.
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    Post by undo on Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:13 pm

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    Saw this at the store and I laughed so hard I hurt myself

    this rules

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    Post by chrondog on Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:52 pm

    for some reason I'm latching onto "big ransom money" because it's unbelievably shitty prose
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    Post by techno raj on Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:15 pm

    Jenny Nicholson is great. Watch her reading fanfic too. Probably just watch all her videos.
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    Post by Nick on Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:47 pm

    500 pages into Bolaños’ 2666 and it’s just otmfm
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    Post by Ned Braden on Mon Apr 01, 2019 2:58 am

    undo wrote:
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    Saw this at the store and I laughed so hard I hurt myself

    this rules


    Hahahaha got to this late, but holy hell this woman is fantastic.
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    Post by techno raj on Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:46 pm

    Jenny's point in that video about the contrast between the way the author portrays the real-life PTSD veteran and what that guy actually believed is one of her deepest takes.
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    Post by Ned Braden on Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:15 am

    So, dudes...

    I’m traveling to Ferrara, Italy (don’t know where you live WP, but hit me up and if it’s relatively close I’ll buy you a beer and we’ll chat about life n shit), and during the first flight and long layover, I read this:

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    It is staggering. It is fearless. It is, quite honestly, one of the best things I’ve ever read in my life. I know next to nothing about feminist and/or middle eastern literature and only slightly more about literature in general, but I know this is important. All of you, and everybody for that matter, should read it. I’m going to read it at least a couple more times (brief, but BIG read) and then give it to my girlfriend in Rhode Island, which is the next stop in my work related (lol) travels.
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    Post by Duff... on Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:47 pm

    Well that's an endorsement.
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    Post by undo on Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:08 pm

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    I had this one when I was a kid. In hindsight, these books were terrible!
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    Post by undo on Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:11 pm

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    The first sentence of this is killing me.

    I don't know if I ever actually read this one or not but I definitely remember reading the title as "Evil Eye En See" and this kid on the bus giving me tons of shit for not knowing that it was supposed to be "incorporated." I could tell lots of stories about him but I won't.
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    Post by undo on Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:15 pm

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    So did they drop the punk rocker disguise before book #2 was published? Or was it just a given at the time that punk rocker-types would be involved in selling weapons and other elite crimes?
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    Post by Duff... on Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:45 am

    Around 2004ish they started making graphic novels of those books that I had to proofread. They are as good as Undo is making them sound. The Nancy Drew ones were better.
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    Post by undo on Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:09 pm

    undo wrote:
    I don't know if I ever actually read this one or not but I definitely remember reading the title as "Evil Eye En See" and this kid on the bus giving me tons of shit for not knowing that it was supposed to be "incorporated." I could tell lots of stories about him but I won't.

    Screw it, I'm putting this kid on blast.

    Riding the bus home after school, listening to Vanilla Ice.

    Yo so I continued to a1a Beachfront Ave
    Girls were hot wearing less than bikinis
    Rock man lovers driving Lamborghini
    Jealous 'cause I'm out getting mine
    Shay with a gauge and Vanilla with a nine
    Ready for the chumps on the wall
    The chumps are acting ill because they're so full of eight balls
    Gunshots ranged out like a bell
    I grabbed my nine
    All I heard were shells
    Fallin' on the concrete real fast
    Jumped in my car, slammed on the gas

    Kid tries to tell me that Vanilla Ice grabbed his own penis when he heard gunshots because (*kid draws a dick and balls on the back on the bus seat in front of us with his pencil eraser*)

    I didn't even know what a "nine" was but I inferred pretty damn correctly that it was a murder weapon. Could not convince him.
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    Post by WP64 on Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:37 pm

    Nick wrote:500 pages into Bolaños’ 2666 and it’s just otmfm
    I think this was the most fun I've ever had reading a novel. I absolutely tore through it.
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    I’m traveling to Ferrara, Italy (don’t know where you live WP, but hit me up and if it’s relatively close I’ll buy you a beer and we’ll chat about life n shit)
    I never saw this post until now. At the time I was living about four hours away but now I'm like thirty minutes by car. If you are in Ferrera again, let me know.
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    Post by Nick on Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:04 am

    I’m halfway through Chaos - Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties by Tom O’Neill.

    This book is super fascinating and goes into extreme detail about all the celebrity connections Manson had and how the LAPD and FBI were monitoring the Manson Family well before the murders started.
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    Post by Duff... on Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:40 am

    Picked up Liz Phair's Horror Stories at the library. Kind of an impulse after turning my head and being surprised by an old Some Girl avatar, and I figured what the heck, I'd like to hear some stories about Wicker Park circa 1990. And, well, that's not really what the book's about. Guess she just felt like writing some nonfiction where terrible things happened either to her or someone near by? It's not bad or anything but I'm adjusting my expectations.
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    Post by Nick on Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:16 pm

    The Stand is the first Stephen King book I’ve ever read and it might be one of the greatest books I’ve ever read.
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    Post by Ned Braden on Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:41 pm

    Shit yeah. Never read that. I just read Carrie and Pet Sematery tho, and having never read King before, I can definitely now say that he’s an author I like.

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