Monday, April 18, 2005

Thanks for the suggestions-

But-

I've read all of those except Garp and As I Lay Dying. I'm not wild about either of those, though, as The Sound and The Fury is one of my favorites, and AILD just plain old isn't going to be better that that. Also, John Irving's kind of 1989, you know?

I ended up an English Major too, and I remember in High School if you wanted to pick up a literary type girl, (and I always did) the best thing was to walk around with a copy of Prayer For Owen Meany, and you were in. These days, I'm not sure what the hot book is. For a while there it was Kavalier and Clay, and then Fast Food Nation for a while, and around these parts Motherless Brooklyn. Speaking of that last one, I think I'm the only one in the world who thinks that book sucked. Yeah, I get it. He has turrettes. Behold the mighty genius.

Fuck that.

Maybe I'll tackle Master and Margarita again.

I never got through that one the first time.

Still, thanks for the suggestions.

15 Comments:

At 10:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well if you really want to read a 'modern classic', may as well dive into the Harry Potter books. Hell, there are supposed to be werewolf-types in the series somewhere.

And no, I haven't read anything by J.K. Rowling.

:)

 
At 11:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I second the Harry Potter. Though there are not any hot werewolf girls, unfortunately...

Ah well, I guess you can't win them all.

 
At 8:13 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban has the werewolf. But I suppose you need to read the previous two books to know what the hell is goin on in the third. If you want a loooooong read, those books are thick. Could build houses with them.

Miss Hobby

 
At 8:52 AM , Anonymous Dystopia said...

If you're going down the SF route, then you might as well read something by a serious author like Feist. If you are looking for something similar, but lighter then there is always the reliable Mr. Gemmel.

 
At 9:25 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

fuck harry potter and fuck j.k. rowling.

 
At 9:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just finished Fury by Salman Rushdie. Brilliant.

 
At 9:28 AM , Blogger Charles Star said...

Master and Margarita is a great choice. I'm amazed that you couldn't get through it. (100 Years of Solitude is the book I can't make it through.)

If you want to start with something you haven't read before, (assumption coming) try Herman Hesse. I'd go with Magister Ludi for a long, satisfying read or Siddhartha if you want something quick.

 
At 9:46 AM , Blogger The Digital Daytripper said...

How about "The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon - best book I've read in years, and I've read a few!

D.D.

 
At 10:46 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never got through Master and Margarita either - but then, the only copy I have of it is one of the really, crappy English translations. I just looked it up online and found a site that recommends the translation by Diana Burgin & Katherine Tiernan O'Connor for their extensive scholarship on Bulgakov.

You might enjoy Robertson Davies for some fun, scholarly looks at academic masturbation. The Deptford Trilogy is loads of good reading.

Amy

 
At 12:29 PM , Anonymous Rhonda said...

Kirk -

Have you read anything by Umberto Eco (_The Name of the Rose_), Paul Auster (_New York Trilogy_), or Jorges Borges (_Labyrinths_)? They might be worth checking out - I really like all of these authors, and find their work to be thought-provoking.

Hah. Didn't mean to suggest something too "1989" - just offering book ideas.

There's scads and scads of good books out there...you'll find some great stuff. And when you do, pass it along - I'm always looking for good books, too!

 
At 2:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Folks! Wait a fucking second. Am I the only one who found the whole 'e-confirmation for ordering a cow' a wee bit absurd?

Kirk man, make sure you're getting good beef bro. Last thing we need is a Werewolf with mad-cow or some shit rolling around. Man, how are you gonna get the cow in your apartment?

People, let's help the guy with the logistics issues and leave the books for another day!

 
At 6:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was wondering about that too. Cows poop a lot *and* make loud sounds. How do you explain the smell and the noise to the neighbors? The only way it would really work is if the cow arrived on the day that it was also going to be dinner. And isn't some kind of authority going to cop to the rampant livestock parade going in and out of the apartment. Maybe Kirk could move to the country, and just steal livestock the old fashioned way. - or at least, fit the animals into the environment.

 
At 6:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a big fan of Orhan Pamuk's "My Name is Red." It's a pretty remarkable book.

 
At 6:37 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

(I don't feel bad about not helping you with your logistics issues because I have no idea how you would mud-wrestle a cow up a flight of stairs.)

 
At 11:53 PM , Anonymous Ken... Just Ken said...

Nick Hornby is a good read (High Fidelity, About a Boy etc...)

I also like Sarah Vowel of This American Life fame.

Dave Eggers is also good.

 

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