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Reply #1650 on: February 09, 2021, 05:08:10 PM
It starts out with some cultural history, then goes into the political history, who owned what, power struggles, etc. The last section details the story of Fontana's founding and development, which plays out like a dark noir. I think it is the strongest part of the book.

I should also note that forum subject of interest Joel Wachs is a character in this - PTA has def read this at some point


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Reply #1651 on: February 12, 2021, 11:00:27 AM


Debauched, divorced and courting death, Billy Ray Schafer is a comedian who has forgotten how to laugh. Over the course of seven spun-out days across the American Southwest, he travels from from hell gig to hell gig in search of a reason to keep living in this bleak and violent glimpse into the psyche of a thoroughly ruined man. Ex-inmate, ex-husband, ex-father - comedian is the only title Schafer has left. Trapped in the wreckage of his wasted career, Billy Ray knows the answer to the question: what happens when the opportunity doesn’t come - or worse - it comes and goes?

Read this compulsively a few months ago. Big fan of the writing style (first pages are available to preview), which the author said was largely inspired by The Dig by Cynan Jones. Think Reelist would love it.

It’s cheaper on Amazon but if you buy direct (click the cover) the author makes 3x the price or something like that.

Stanhope blurbed it

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“Brilliant writing. Astounding. One of the best books I’ve read. Ever. The best fictional representation of comedy in any medium.”


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Reply #1652 on: February 14, 2021, 02:34:04 PM
Just quickly devoured these two excellent books by the art critic Dave Hickey... his insights and ease of perception are pretty astounding. Highly recommend these for the BEE fans, and WF if you liked Hito Stereyl's book you'll dig this


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Reply #1653 on: March 18, 2021, 08:54:55 AM
Corrigenda - Yusef Komunyakaa


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Reply #1654 on: April 21, 2021, 10:34:21 AM
Currently still on Infinite Jest (gosh, I really adore the Don Gately storyline bits. And also any descriptions of J.O. or Mario Incandenza's filmmaking), and taking breaks with Warren Ellis & Darick Robertson's TRANSMETROPOLITAN.







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Reply #1655 on: October 15, 2021, 08:16:57 AM
This one, which i found in a thrift store. Is it good? Not really. Am I still happy with the find? Hell yeah!




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Reply #1656 on: October 15, 2021, 11:09:53 AM
Interesting.  I, too, am somewhat BONNIE AND CLYDE-centric at the moment.


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Reply #1657 on: October 15, 2021, 11:29:26 AM
I own that one, too. Need to watch them all before reading it though.

Trantino called it one off his favorite books on film l, recently.


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Reply #1658 on: October 15, 2021, 01:04:39 PM
Well gonna have to read it then, damn it.

Wilber, have you read The Big Goodbye yet?


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Reply #1659 on: October 15, 2021, 07:16:35 PM
Wilber, have you read The Big Goodbye yet?

I have, indeed.  The author came to our local library around the time of its release and did an interesting Q&A.  Fascinating stuff...


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Reply #1660 on: November 25, 2021, 12:02:50 AM
Revenge is sweet.

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O Muse, speak to me of the many-sided man,

of his many wanderings after his destruction

of the mighty city of Troy. Many people

and places he came to know, their ways and habits;

astray at sea he suffered much to save his life

and return home with his companions. But his men

would not be saved, but perished, for like foolish children

they ate the cattle of the sun-god Helios : so the men asea

day by day were denied their return. O goddess,

daughter of Zeus, begin where you will and speak to me. . . .           


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Reply #1661 on: November 25, 2021, 05:18:03 PM
Recently I read Kathe Koja's THE CIPHER.

Gosh, did I need that book. Entirely coated in angst, it's exactly the kinda horror novel that I like to fly through; character driven, steeped in ineffable sights and sounds that sprout from an abusive relationship. Nicholas' substance abuse at the onset rang true to me. And Shrike's acceleration toward death drive isn't pure curiosity: it's experiment. That I can relate to, too.

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Reply #1662 on: November 29, 2021, 12:16:26 AM
Been on a Stephen King bender as of late - read The Shining and Doctor Sleep, back to back. Today I read Misery over a mostly uninterrupted span of about 8 hours. Next up: Revival.