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    I haven't read anything for pleasure (yet) this...

    I haven't read anything for pleasure (yet) this year...Still, I'm hoping to get through:

    Moby-Dick by Herman Meville
    In Search of Lost Time (the last 3 volumes) by Marcel Proust
    The Man Without...
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    Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon

    Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon
  3. The writers that come closest to your personal...

    The writers that come closest to your personal aesthetic sensibilities - and the ones that are farthest from your personal aesthetic sensibilities. And the writer that fall in some gray area between...
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    12 Books: Ulysses by James Joyce Gravity's...

    12 Books:
    Ulysses by James Joyce
    Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
    Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
    Leaves of Grass ("Deathbed" Edition) by Walt Whitman
    The Complete Works by Arthur...
  5. 1. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William...

    1. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (7/10)
    2. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare (8/10)
    3. Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon (10/10)
    4. Twelfth Night by William...
  6. Thread: Surrealism

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    Of course Nadja is a surrealist novel...Even THE...

    Of course Nadja is a surrealist novel...Even THE surrealist novel. The problem is, Breton's surrealism (as I gather from his Manifesto) is of a different nature than what we usually mean in...
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    Thanks for sharing all that...I really dig the...

    Thanks for sharing all that...I really dig the way you write.

    The author's list here is just for works that are in the public domain and available freely online...Miller won't be there for quite a...
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    A sort of soft Californian beach bum accent, with...

    A sort of soft Californian beach bum accent, with a rasp cultivated from chain smoking and binge drinking bourbon.
  9. Because of recent events in my life, I'm inclined...

    Because of recent events in my life, I'm inclined to say "No." But, that wouldn't really be too accurate. Some find it, some don't. Some get it for a little while and then lose it...I can't say if...
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    If sex or some manner of sensuality disqualifies...

    If sex or some manner of sensuality disqualifies literature from being "serious"...well, then there goes pretty much every major work of the last 100 years.
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    Proust is one of those huge "Jesus Christ, how...

    Proust is one of those huge "Jesus Christ, how the **** did he just do that?" writers. He can be an overwhelming experience, sometimes.

    I've only made it through the second volume, and I'm...
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    The Melancholy of Resistance by László Krasznahorkai
    Life: A User's Manual by Georges Perec

    Bought on the recommendation of a fellow litnet user...Also as a reward to myself for getting straight...
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    I just watched - 8 1/2 Breathless The Seventh...

    I just watched -
    8 1/2
    Breathless
    The Seventh Seal

    All amazing, perhaps even perfect, movies. Damn.
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    It's funny, I disagree with literally everything...

    It's funny, I disagree with literally everything you said here (as it relates to my personal viewing habits, and what makes a movie enjoyable for me; I'm not disagreeing with your subjective criteria...
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    If I was trying to be objective, then Shakespeare, of course.

    But, objectivity is boring. So, James Joyce.
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    The last hour: Raining. Sunny, kind of hot....

    The last hour: Raining. Sunny, kind of hot. Raining. Hailing. Sunny. Snowing. Raining. Sunny. Windy. Raining. Sunny.

    ****ing Portland.
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    I have nothing but respect for "conscious hip...

    I have nothing but respect for "conscious hip hop." There are some really profound, revolutionary rappers out there, if you look past the mainstream ****. Judging the entire genre based on that stuff...
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    I think that the best best film adaptations (A...

    I think that the best best film adaptations (A Clockwork Orange, Fight Club, Apocalypse Now) are the ones that aren't afraid to deviate from the source material. There are plenty of things that work...
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    The same reason anyone engages in disreputable,...

    The same reason anyone engages in disreputable, questionable behavior - it's probably fun.

    There also, probably, some psychological issues at play. They live dull, mundane lives, and they're...
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    I don't know...There were years, before I felt...

    I don't know...There were years, before I felt ready to read the novel in its entirety, when I would just read the first 3 episodes of Ulysses over and over again. If they were enough to convince me...
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    I'll start with the standard...

    I'll start with the standard I-don't-know-anything-about-art favorites Picasso, Bosch, and Dali. Especially Picasso. And I can appreciate what Jackson Pollock does.

    My girlfriend also turned me on...
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    Best dismissal of a classic book ever.

    Best dismissal of a classic book ever.
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    I've never worked up the courage or stamina to...

    I've never worked up the courage or stamina to sit down and try to read the Wake as a whole, so I can't really defend it to fervently...However, I really like to pull it off the shelf every few days...
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    I've read (or rather tried to read) three...

    I've read (or rather tried to read) three different translations of The Castle, two of The Trial, three of his collected stories, and some of his diaries...I really, really want to like Kafka. I love...
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    "Worst," of course, is a silly word. Rather, here...

    "Worst," of course, is a silly word. Rather, here are some undeniably great works that I personally did not enjoy:

    War and Peace (first half had me hooked, second half was a slog)
    The Grapes of...
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