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Reply #90 on: November 14, 2018, 06:03:36 PM
from Gravrity's Rainbow if you want to reach into history there's The Recognitions--this keeps within the idea of running with the big-idea writers--

I've had The Recognitions on my Kindle for over a year now. One day, soon soon, I will finally get to it.
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Reply #91 on: December 12, 2018, 09:35:25 PM


Guillermo Rosales
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Born in Havana, Rosales was a lifelong misfit diagnosed with schizophrenia.
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Rosales committed suicide in Miami in 1993, at the age of 47. Before doing so, he destroyed most of his work.

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It has been hailed for its precise, lapidary style
basically it's an easy read and he heavy-metal shreds the whole way through. it's like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest but with only the cuckoos, and written by Knut Hamsun or etc great talent, also written by one of the cuckoos.

it's a short book and it's the best book recommendation i've ever offered. i found my way to the book by chance. but it's that feeling where i always belonged here. if you like tremendous books about troubled souls in troubled lives (lol who doesn't) this is a book you've been wanting to hear about.


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Reply #92 on: December 13, 2018, 05:56:39 PM
he allows me to look at heavy stories in clear ways, with even some lightness, is why i think he's a general good idea for a reader


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Reply #93 on: December 18, 2018, 03:29:33 AM


an intellectual version of The Halfway House, a sick man being taken care of, in this one it's literal sickness, tuberculosis, based on the author's own experience. sick and dying people tend to write good books. that's when they do all their best existential thinking, you know. it's a different type of reading because the writing is designed a different way. this one is like nightmare poetry prose.

i'm obsessed with this line in it
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Here in this hospital, will I end up like the pilgrim dreaming of riches who, upon waking, shows me his penniless hand, minus a finger or thumb?


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Reply #94 on: December 20, 2018, 08:25:25 PM


it’s a Japanese classic about being human feeling impossible. he downward spirals. the writing genre is: I-Novel (私小説 Shishōsetsu, Watakushi shōsetsu) used to describe a type of confessional literature where the events in the story correspond to events in the author's life.

the writer and the woman he lived with drowned themselves in a river, he was 38.

this is how I feel less alone in the world. This calms me.


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Reply #95 on: December 23, 2018, 01:20:11 AM
^he twice tries suicide, fails both times, the first time a woman successfully dies, he's sent to a mental hospital and leaves without being able to feel either happy or not happy



this book, somehow, introduced interior monologue to literature, le monologue intérieur, which had only been sampled from in larger pieces, or appeared as soliloquies, this is linked with stream of consciousness and subjective fiction, which influenced Joyce, who brought it to another level with Ulysses, he noticed what was happening, the only other person who noticed what was happening had been, of course, Mallarmé

it's fucking insane to me that interior monologue wasn't an established writing form until 1887


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Reply #96 on: December 24, 2018, 01:22:41 PM
^i really enjoyed it. it inspired a major movement but it's considered minor work, since it's a common slice-of-life narrative, though frankly i felt lucky to be in that world at that time

now i am onto


which is a larger book that will take me longer to read. i'm not sure if there's a particularly alluring detail about it, i just want to read it


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Reply #97 on: February 18, 2019, 05:37:52 PM
I am reading two different books by Roberto Bolano atm. Whores who kill (don't know the english title`?) and The Unknown University. I have cried several times during the last couple of days, he's my new favorite author, like he reminds me so much of other authors I enjoy, I have seen several things straight out lifted from this,  it's crazy that I haven't discovered this until now... i have read The Savage Detectives before btw.


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Reply #98 on: February 18, 2019, 05:41:16 PM
Wait, what is this thread about? I was trying to found a book thread. I have written about 30 pages in my notebook tonight. Bolano inspires me.


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Reply #99 on: February 18, 2019, 05:55:11 PM
No like really, Bruno K. Öijer has been my favorite author for the last 6 years... I borrowed my old teacher's  copy of Öijer's collected poems, and   carried it in my bag like a bible for three years, before he got really anxious about it and wanted it back, just so he could give me my own copy of it as a graduation present. Now I feel like I will carry Bolanos poems as a bible for at least the next three years.