Post by Dave Maynar on Feb 1, 2012 21:54:42 GMT -5
I just don't seem to find the time/energy. I rented Drive from the redbox on Tuesday and have yet to watch it. I am gonna take it back in the morning and wait until I am sure I will be able to watch it before I rent it again.
Post by ziggyandthemonkeys on Feb 1, 2012 22:00:29 GMT -5
Finishes Naked Lunch. Like I said earlier, it was hard to get a handle on. Once I did though it had an awesome, if nonsensical, flow to it and made me laugh out loud on the regular. Benway was easily my favorite character.
Edit: Excited to move onto Blood Meridian. It will be my first McCarthy.
Post by billypilgrim on Feb 10, 2012 14:38:10 GMT -5
I just finished the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. I chose it because David Foster Wallace described it in an interview as one of his favorites.
It's a series of letters from a senior demon (Screwtape) to his nephew, a junior demon (Wormwood). Wormwood has his first assignment as a "tempter" assigned to lead an individual "the patient" down the path of sin to temptation. Basically, it's a vehicle for Lewis to describe through satire how to be a good Christian. That being the case, it's probably unfair to criticize it as "preachy."
Post by theshining on Feb 11, 2012 11:22:03 GMT -5
Just finished up Affliction by Russell Banks and quite enjoyed it. Overall its nothing special but I find when Banks hits it, it's quite easy to sink into the small town world and characters he creates. Worth checking out.
Post by hakunaMATTata on Feb 11, 2012 11:43:01 GMT -5
Really glad I just found this thread. Fellow reader and mostly stopped watching TV myself. NoD, would love to hear how The Marriage Plot is when you finish, It been on my list for sometime now. Its going to sound horribly cliche, but is really a total coincidence but I'm currently working on Parke Puterbaugh's Phish: The Biography
Post by billypilgrim on Feb 16, 2012 9:43:12 GMT -5
Ah yes, the footnotes. I read it in paperback and found it useful to have 2 bookmarks. 1 for the main text and 1 for the notes. Sometimes the footnotes had footnotes, but that's mercifully rare. Not sure how you'd do it with an e-reader.
Have you ever read Carver? It's gorgeous spare writing you could get through in a day or two to get back in the habit of reading.
Carver is amazing! If you're into the short story genre, you will really like him. I was a creative writing major so I read a lot of short story compilations in college. I'm a short story junkie now.
I was going through my bookshelf last night trying to Find Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for a co-worker and I saw "Where I'm Calling From" and thought "I should read that again", but I digress...
If you're in to non-fiction humor (think Klosterman, Eggers) and/or wish you were making a living as a writer and/or went to Miami University (Ohio) you should read Stephen Markley's "Publish This Book". I just started it yesterday and I've literally laughed out loud a dozen times already. Maybe I'm partial because he went to my Alma mater, but it's pretty wonderful so far.
Edit: Just read complaints about footnotes. If you hate footnotes, avoid "Publish This Book" I personally love footnotes, but I know that's kind of an acquired taste.
I'm also really excited to have found this thread! I'm always searching for new books to read
p.s. e-reader footnotes (at least on the Droid Kindle app) are really easy. The footnotes are numbered (obviously) and the numbers are links. You hit the number/ link once to get to the footnote and you hit the footnote's number/link to get back to your original spot. I think I did a terrible job describing this, and for that, I apologize. My degree is CREATIVE writing, not technical writing.