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you're right but I haven't even started it yet!


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I need dis. I've always thought LA punk was criminally underrepresented. Especially since it was generally much more daring than anything that came out of London and New York combined at the time.


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wow, I never realized the extent of abuse he received
what a great writer, btw


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This one's too dense for me but I can't stop reading.


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Just starting this series again


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I blew through The Wrong Place by Brecht Evens in a little over an hour. It's a dazzlingly colorful graphic novel rendered in watercolor, so wanted to absorb every detail. It really captures the pain and alienation of social interaction, I think.
After I finish Stanislaw Lem's The Star Diaries, I have the complete Gargantua and Pantagruel by Rabelais lined up. Looking forward to some old French poo jokes!
Also acquired one of the earliest-ever printed works by Italian outcast Francesco Colonna: Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, The Strife of Love in a Dream. Probably the most culturally influential work I never heard of until a few weeks ago. Has some pretty sweet woodcuts reproduced in it, too.


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I have the complete Gargantua and Pantagruel by Rabelais lined up.
I have that one sitting on the shelf as well. I found out that my copy is an old translation, so I'm trying to decide if I should get the recent one since mine was only $2 or 3. I think I'll start that one after the Divine Comedy which should take plenty of time, so it might not be till next year. Let us know how it goes!


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I have the complete Gargantua and Pantagruel by Rabelais lined up.
I have that one sitting on the shelf as well. I found out that my copy is an old translation, so I'm trying to decide if I should get the recent one since mine was only $2 or 3. I think I'll start that one after the Divine Comedy which should take plenty of time, so it might not be till next year. Let us know how it goes!
My copy is an older translation, too. Not the Urquhart/Le Motteux one, but the Cohen version. Translation reviews were somewhat subjective when I was trying to pick which one to get, but seemed the general consensus was that Cohen stayed truest to the spirit of the books (without that stilted, dry tone of the former). I've heard the newer Screech edition modernizes the language to the point of making the narrative 'choppy,' so thought I'd stay with the one that allegedly flows the best. I've never read any of them before, though, so I have no real way of knowing! Was already laughing my ass off looking over the contents page with promising chapters like "How the Lords Kissmyarse and Suckfizzle pleaded before Pantagruel without Advocates," 'To prove that the Codpiece is the principal piece in a Warrior's Armour" and "How Grandgouzier realized Gargantua's marvelous intelligence, by his invention of the Arse-wipe."
Kind of disappointed I couldn't find a copy with Gustave Doré's epic illustrations included, though.


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I have the Cohen translation as well. Guess I'll stick with it.
Took a break from The Recognitions ( :delaware: ! but good) to read The Loser and Woodcutters by Thomas Bernhard. Short, bleak, repetitive monologues by bitter aging men. Recommended if you think that could be interesting. Both books are around 150 small pages, so why not.


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40 of the Creepiest Book
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Enjoyed these very much this year after returning to fiction, short stories especially, after a long long essays binge in 2016 these are the ones I read all the way through.
Far From The Sun-some good short stories by Walter Tevis
The Queens Gambit by Walter Tevis
The Luzhin Defence- Nabokov ( for some reason i have a thing about novels about chessplayers, something about it shouldnt be possible to make it hum off the page but these two really pulled it off, theres also a short story by S Zweig set on a boat that was good too.
Read the short story collection of JG Ballard, i thought they were better than the two novels of his I read, some of the stories really get stuck in your head, people forced to stay on holiday forever, quietly going mad in postcards.. , another one i remember a man from a sort of edenic future place flies himself to a derelict city and sort of kick starts it back into activity, its like a celebration of crime or something, pretty funny, so many stories.etc. Read short stories by Peter Carey too some were excellent.
and a couple of Jim Thompson books, Savage Night, some very funny stuff in that, i have a feeling that many of his books might be the same story, man does bad thing, meets woman, goes mad, or variations thereof, the other one i read was about a bad sheriff, i forget the title, i think he went mad, though he was always mad.
Also been going through the Fantagraphics E.C collections artist by artist, which are great and enjoyed the new Clowes time travel book Patience too which seems inspired by some of that stuff.
Just finished Flowers For Algernon about a big dumb man who science makes too clever, becomes a brainkenstein or something, pretty good.
Oh yeah and i read Gateway by F Pohl, which I was excited about because it promised to be about russian roulette risk type deep space exploration in these alien pods they find, but it turned out to be endless bum sniffing and naval gazing instead from the main character, by the end i was livid hehe. If anyone knows of a book or books ( not affiliated to TV or film shows) where the characters go real far out into the Universe and actually you know see stuff and get a kick out of it then please pass it along thank you.


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