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  1. Thanks, yes, and, except for the sonnet...

    Thanks, yes, and, except for the sonnet structure, not very Shakespeare-esque!
  2. Good plan. I think I may do that too, even though...

    Good plan. I think I may do that too, even though I'm pretty sure I've found it now and it wasn't Donne.
  3. You know, I think that's it...

    You know, I think that's it! Thank you. I'll have to check though. A friend brought it up and she was sure it was Donne. But then, I was too. Pretty sure you've got it.
  4. Thanks. Been searching for it online and getting...

    Thanks. Been searching for it online and getting absolutely nowhere.
  5. Trying to find a John Donne poem describing his mistress in unsavoury terms

    Does anyone know which one I mean? It's one where he talks about her having bad breath or smelling bad or something similar.
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    JZD, I think there are a million different ways...

    JZD, I think there are a million different ways of answering your question, none definitive. Alexander III is right to mention the filter of history, but it does feel as if more than that may be at...
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    Kathy Acker, especially Blood and Guts in...

    Kathy Acker, especially Blood and Guts in Highschool and Great Expectations, is essential.

    House of Leaves is thin gruel and goes nowhere.
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    As it happens, I'm reading The Corrections at the...

    As it happens, I'm reading The Corrections at the moment. It's the first Franzen I've read. I got it for Christmas, it grabbed me instantly and, despite having a few other things on the go at the...
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    I said atheism was a touchstone for you because...

    I said atheism was a touchstone for you because you call yourself The Atheist, which suggested to me that the concept, however you define it, is key for you.

    I said 'whatever' because, however...
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    Whatever. At what point do you think its...

    Whatever.



    At what point do you think its usefulness ran out and why?



    No, I'm representing it as it stands. At the moment, the contradictory behaviour of particles at the quantum...
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    I don't know. One of the great problems for...

    I don't know. One of the great problems for physicists at the moment is that quantum mechanics and Einsteinian physics, while sound in an of themselves, appear to be completely incompatible. In fact,...
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    Lacan is absurdly hard and, from what I can...

    Lacan is absurdly hard and, from what I can gather, has been made harder for English language readers by frequently being poorly translated.

    Lionel Bailly's book, simply titled 'Lacan' provides a...
  13. Thread: Bret Easton Ellis

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    Interesting about your dad, ktr. I'd love to know...

    Interesting about your dad, ktr. I'd love to know what he thought of it. I must say, it sounds as if it's pretty inaccurate on the subject of the work Wall St. people do. Most people I've met who...
  14. Thread: Bret Easton Ellis

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    I can't deny there's an element of surprise about...

    I can't deny there's an element of surprise about the book, though I'd dispute its really having a beginning, middle and end. A lot of the surprise is realising there isn't going to be a denouement –...
  15. Thread: Bret Easton Ellis

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    Well... I want an emoticon for comme si - comme...

    Well... I want an emoticon for comme si - comme ça. The violence in the film is sort of too palatable, too cartoonish. There are a ton of things I would have done differently about that movie.
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  16. Thread: Bret Easton Ellis

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    No it's not!

    No it's not!
  17. Thread: Bret Easton Ellis

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    Are you sure you've read Ellis? There's nothing...

    Are you sure you've read Ellis? There's nothing resembling a mystery in American Psycho. We know who the killer is from the start and there's no denouement, though there are, perhaps, several teasing...
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    ##Into the Interior: a vast subdivision, antennae...

    ##Into the Interior: a vast subdivision, antennae of television to the meaningless sky. In lifeproof houses they hover over the young, sop up a little of what they shut out. Only the young bring...
  19. Thread: Russian literature

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    As I remember it, this was also Nabokov's view....

    As I remember it, this was also Nabokov's view. The greatest prose stylist of all time, but no non-Russian speaker would ever understand why. Something like that.
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    What dfloyd said.

    What dfloyd said.
  21. Thread: Kathy Kacer

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    Marketing!

    Marketing!
  22. Thread: Depth or Breadth?

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    Poll: I always think the best course I ever did was my...

    I always think the best course I ever did was my A-level art history course, which was based on Gombrich's The Story of Art. What was great about it was it gave us an overview of the whole of western...
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    This thread is timely for me. I've been thinking...

    This thread is timely for me. I've been thinking about openings as I think about my own novel.

    Blood and Guts in Highschool by Kathy Acker: 'Never having known a mother, her mother died when...
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    :D Well, I was only thirteen when I read it.

    :D

    Well, I was only thirteen when I read it.
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    Marquez certainly wins on quantity. Other than...

    Marquez certainly wins on quantity. Other than that, to be honest, I can't really give you a very definite answer because I stopped reading him after ...Cholera, which I read when it came out in...
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