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Johannes

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Considered the first "Beat novel" ever, even before "On the Road", if I understand it correctly. Kerouac, Ginsberg, Cassady, Burroughs are all in there, under different aliases.

Find it only mildly interesting, so far. Also not too well written. Everybody running around looking for marihuana all the time and screwing each other, horrible. This youth in search of "kicks", the world will end very soon.
 

Johannes

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I learned that Norman Mailer drank a lot, smoked a lot of dope, was mentally unstable, liked to beat up people and to indulge in orgies together with his wife.

Interesting and reads easy. I liked it more than anything I've ever read by Norman Mailer.
 

Johannes

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First of Bolaño I've ever read and rather disappointing so far.

All about writers talking about writing to other writers who talk about writing, running around, writing each other letters about writing, teaching creative writing.
Reminds me of Bukowskis "THE POET" bit where all the poet ever writes about is THE POET!

Only a couple of stories in yet, maybe some good ones coming. I hope so.

What I like is that everybody seems very lonely in this book. Otherwise I don't get it, no humor, nor irony, seems terribly flat. Such a big name, Bolaño, and such dry stuff. Maybe I don't get something you should get, maybe the German translation?

Any Bolaño fans around here?
 
I'm a huge fan of 2666, and I liked the Savage Detectives. His short stories can feel tedious and repetitive, though. He was also a fairly prolific poet, which I haven't read much of.
 

Black Swan

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I bought 2666, they sent me the skating rink instead by Bolano. Then, they sent me the right book free, which was nice. I started the skating rink twice and couldn't get into it. I'll try again.

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BUKFAN78

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E.M. Forster's Where Angels Fear to Tread, also rereading Sons and Lovers by DH and The Gambler by Dostoevsky (very cool read)
 

Johannes

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Read this one as a teenager once, didn't understand much then. Now rereading. Some very powerful passages in this book. Sometimes an almost unbearable loneliness. Reminds me a lot of Kafka in many ways, also the lifes were somewhat similar.

Pessoa was a little anonymous clerk all his life who published one book during his lifetime and was virtually unknown to everybody. He left a huge wooden trunk of unpublished work after his death, over 25.000 pages. The Book of Disquiet comes out of this trunk.
 

hoochmonkey9

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Our 13 year old dog Joe has liver cancer and is on his way out, so I've been spending a lot of time in the house trying to make him as comfortable as possible. It helps that I'm currently unemployed.

So, I have a bunch of books on the go...

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I may give up on The Master, but I'm enjoying the others.
 

BukFan Brad

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Tried 'Dubliners' by Joyce (finally after wanting to read it for years), the stories are hit & miss but when the hits do occur, they are a little interesting.

Currently reading The Shining by Stephen King.
I saw the film adaptation of this and felt it was a letdown. I thought the story idea a good one, except for the Shining aspect of it.

I learned that Norman Mailer drank a lot, smoked a lot of dope, was mentally unstable, liked to beat up people and to indulge in orgies together with his wife.
Didn't Mailer stab his wife?

Our 13 year old dog Joe has liver cancer and is on his way out, so I've been spending a lot of time in the house trying to make him as comfortable as possible. It helps that I'm currently unemployed.

So, I have a bunch of books on the go...

I may give up on The Master, but I'm enjoying the others.
Sorry to hear about your dog. Saw the cover of a book with Chet Baker on it. I love his music on this album.
 

Hosh

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Just finished The Dog of The South -- really great!
Just in to Love With a Few Hairs -- so far so good.
Will probably re-read The Milagro Beanfield War next, as I've wanted to for years and finally dug out the copy.
 

PhillyDave

“The essential doesn't change.” Beckett
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After Visiting Friends, Michael Hainey's memoir about the mysterious death of his father, famed Chicago newspaperman of the 60's. Michael was 6 and his father's heatrattack occured neither near his home, nor his work and in the middle of the night. The descrepancies in the different obits haunted Michael and sent him on a lifelong journey requiring all his investigative skills as a journalist and deputy editor of GQ. Good stuff.
 

PhillyDave

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Just finished The Grifters by Jim Thompson. a classic. It's been so long since I've seen the movie that I forgot the ending. I'm now about to finish an awesome collection of letters by Cunningham/McCreesh sunlight at midnight, darkness at noon. That McCreesh guy's pretty good, whoever he is. ;)
 

BukFan Brad

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Did Steve Richmond know Jim Morrison? In the Howard Sounes biography of Bukowski, Sounes mentioned some connection.
 

BUKFAN78

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According to the Wikis : One of his proposed prose books was about his relationship with Jim Morrison (Richmond's style influenced the poetry written by the front man of The Doors), but the publisher backed out.

Yes, does seem to be some connection.
 

bospress.net

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Morrison hung out at Steve Richmond's bookstore. They were friends. Remember, Jim Morrison saw himself as a poet first.

The poet and musician D.R. Wagner know Morrison too and read with him. I would direct you to my book by D.R., but it just sold out. Great poet, great guy.

Bill
 

BUKFAN78

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Thanks for the clarity Bill. I couldn't remember the bookstore connection for the life of me.

Also thanks for the heads up about D.R.
 
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