What Are You Reading?

PhillyDave

“The essential doesn't change.” Beckett
Over 1000 posts
Reading and enjoying Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon. I'm sure I'll watch the movie again when I finish the book. Also picked up for 25 cents an old hardback edition from the 70's of The Portable Beat Reader just for ha ha's. I have the stuff I already like in other books but It was amusing to see the one Buk entry from Notes of a Dirty Old Man. It was the piece about having met Neal Cassady.
 

LickTheStar

Sad Flower in the Sand
Over 1000 posts
I'm digging through Patty Yumi Cottrell's Sorry to Disrupt the Peace. It isn't a hard read, but the main character is delightfully delusional. I presume there will be a larger reveal to the reasons for this behavior later on, but at the moment it's enjoyable, if a bit off-putting.

I've got a couple comics on the back burner (March Vol 3 and Snotgirl Vol 1) but I don't know when I'll get to those. Some day maybe.
 
almost finished " then we came to the end" by joshua ferris my best read so far this year,almost never bought it having spotted a blurb by nick hornby...a pet hate with me.
 
I have recently started to read erotic fiction, something that I never really enjoyed in the past. Maybe I'm just getting older and hornier... At the moment I'm reading through all those free erotica websites, some of which some good, raw stories. My current destination is noveltrove.com, which thankfully comes ads free, as I really dislike porn ads.
 

Joseph K

Over 100 posts
This probably isn't the right place but thought you might be interested in my review of a new study of Weldon Kees, the mid-century poet. If you don't know Kees, you should. He's a very good poet and storywriter. His novel doesn't really succeed, so I would suggest sticking to the poems, stories and letters. Here is the review.
 
Yes, the poems in Sick Fly 15 are:

1926
The Coming of the Plague
A Musician's Wife
Rites for Winter
No Sleep

They were previously published in The Collected Poems of Weldon Kees (1960). What this doesn't tell us is whether there are other poems that are uncollected. We do, on the other hand, have a reasonable certainty that none were edited by JM.
 

Johannes

Founding member
Over 1000 posts
51X37zKAfVL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg


Mainly about the role of Myelin in skill building and mastery through what the author calls "Deep Practice". The existence of Myelin was news to me, therefore interesting.
 

Johannes

Founding member
Over 1000 posts
Somehow Elmore Leonard was the Quentin Tarantino 1.0 ... I can't read his stuff without seeing a Tarantino movie in my mind, soundtrack inclusive.

Or rather is Tarantino the Elmore Leonard 2.0? Hard to say.
 
Rainy Day in Rio de Janeiro

I've been reading Brief Interview with Hedious Men, by David Foster Wallace (yeah) for the past two weeks, and it looks like a good book to start reading him (although it's not his masterpiece). His prose is somewhat boring, but I guess it fits on his intentions.

Trying to keep up with Methaphysics, by Aristotle (oh god...).
 
Last edited:

LickTheStar

Sad Flower in the Sand
Over 1000 posts
upload_2017-7-6_8-4-14.png


So far, a really good read. First person perspectives require an interesting character and a unique voice and Habash does a great job at making Stephen really odd. I'm not sure where it's going, or what the ultimate purpose of it is. It's about a kid who wants to be the top college wrestler (but at the same time, it's about so much more as any good novel).
 
Rainy Day in Rio de Janeiro

I've been reading Brief Interview with Hedious Men, by David Foster Wallace (yeah) for the past two weeks, and it looks like a good book to start reading him (although it's not his masterpiece). His prose is somewhat boring, but I guess it fits on his intentions.

Trying to keep up with Methaphysics, by Aristotle (oh god...).
Right on with the DFW. I love him but some of the stories in that one you're reading wore me out a bit. I hope you enjoy it though. But if you don't please don't give up on his stuff. Believe it or not for me his essays were the most fun. Whether or not you like Brief Interviews check out:
Consider the Lobster
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again
McCain's Promise

If you still like him after that then you know what's next... (the monster) Infinite Jest.
 

PhillyDave

“The essential doesn't change.” Beckett
Over 1000 posts
Besides read w the son S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders and enjoying it, I just picked up 2 while in Canada from this awesome record store/book store in Perth http://www.backbeatperth.com/ Don't Suck, Don't Die the memoir by Kristin Hersh and the memoir The Lonely City by Olivia Laing
 

LickTheStar

Sad Flower in the Sand
Over 1000 posts
upload_2017-7-12_8-15-34.png

I read Tampa a couple of years ago and it was darkly funny and disturbing in that deluded-protagonist-Lolita-way. I enjoyed it and it stuck with me for awhile after finishing it.

This is her new novel and it's a lot lighter, the first seventy or so pages in. But there's a darkness hiding just a few chapters ahead, I'm almost certain of it.

I also was just reading that Jeffrey Eugenides has a new book coming out... but it's a short story collection that I've read a lot of already... damn lazy writers...
 
Right on with the DFW. I love him but some of the stories in that one you're reading wore me out a bit. I hope you enjoy it though. But if you don't please don't give up on his stuff. Believe it or not for me his essays were the most fun.
Some of the stories in the book are really cool. He can capture those things and put them in those long-complex-full-of-footnotes narratives and it still can be very fun and really honest, imo. I'll definitely check them out.
 

Johannes

Founding member
Over 1000 posts
Tevis_Hustler.jpg


Shit, this is a good one. About young pool hustler "Fast Eddie Felson" who thinks he's the best and challenges his nemesis, "Minnesota Fats" (best name) in a 40-hour-pool showdown.

I've never seen the movie with Paul Newman but the novel is dope. It's virtually unknown in the German speaking crowd, I was only able to locate one ancient translation from 1987. A shame.

Kindle version is only a couple bucks.
 
Last edited:

PhillyDave

“The essential doesn't change.” Beckett
Over 1000 posts
The movie is dope. I'd even go so far as to say it's the jawn and there's an interesting backstory on the director Robert Rossen, blacklisted for being a Commie. And hell he also directed All The King's Men.

I've read Walter Tevis's The Queen's Gambit and enjoyed it but not that one. He also wrote The Man Who Fell to Earth that became the Bowie movie. That book is collecting dust in my "to read" bookshelves.
 
Top