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  • @Ocaml I would be interested in hearing your take on that. After my impassioned defense of +/- "contemporary" work I have to admit not liking that particular book much at all. I didn't like it in the same way I didn't like Camus' The Stranger....just too much distasteful people doing distasteful things for bad reasons.
  • edited February 2016
    The Stranger is a parody of that type of that train of thought!! Camus wrote it to satirize people who take existentialism to a nihilistic conclusion
  • @toon_malk That doesn't automatically make it fun to read, though, does it?

    Poe's Law:
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe's_law
  • no it doesn't, and honestly i don't even like it that much but The Myth of Sisyphus is super important to me and I think a lot of people write off Camus as a whole because they assume that Mersault was written to represent his philosophy when his philosophy is actually about finding happiness in the face of existential dread
  • Oh man I love the stranger so much but camus was the first philosopher i ever got into so i guess im biased
  • And yeah the stranger is just a giant philisophical joke building up to the cosmic punch line that is the last few paragraphs
  • I feel like it must be one of the most profoundly misunderstood stories of all time, seeing as it took camus an entire treatise to explain the same idea he tries to cover with the stranger in the form of novella
  • Also the details are what sold it for me, the fact that that the narrator isnt even paying attention when he hears his verdict, or when he decided seeing his lawyer's different tie choices each day give him the same amount of pleasure he used to get from seeing his loved ones... theres so much in such a small book
  • edited February 2016
    ive always meant to read Pynchon after loving PTA's Inherent Vice so much but i got 50 pages into Crying of Lot 49 and had no clue what was happening
  • @boobert From my experience, Inherent Vice is easier to comprehend than Crying of Lot 49. I'm reading it at the moment and would definitely recommend it.
  • RIP Harper Lee
  • Amen to that.
  • @billy I interpreted ignatious and myrna as proto gg'er vs cyber femenist which really made the story click
  • ignatious as a bombastic internet troll before the internet. the description of what he does in his room is totally just hermetic social-internet without a computer
  • @Ocaml I get it, I did have to think about the gg for a hot second I'll admit. Thanks for the clarifying remark ;). I think I read this pre-internet (not to date myself or anything)...
  • What's a gg'er?
  • gamer gate -er.
  • Anyone read any J.M. coetzee? Just bought the life & times of Michael k, as it was the only English language book they had which I hadn't read and was at a reasonable price. I've heard good things about coetzee so hopefully he delivers.
  • edited March 2016
    yeah dog im reading waiting for the barbarians rn. i like how the whole thing is written in present tense. it has some pretty symbolic power.
  • you read a lot @Ocaml. you read multiple books at once?
  • edited March 2016
    yeah i've always tried to, now more than ever tbh
  • Speaking of reading multiple books, the secret book club book is cool I'm about half way thru, but I just read the first few chapters of Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille... lol
    I read it because Of Montreal references it in The Past is a Grotesque Animal, would recommend to anyone super duper fucked up
  • About two pages in the two main characters murder someone and find themselves aroused by the corpse's severed head, and it all goes downhill from there
  • This book may make up the entirety of my forray into artsy erotic writing fuck that sarte shit anyways if its anything like this lol
  • edited March 2016
    I've been starting to read David Foster Wallace's essays, "The Depressed Person" is particularly...is uncomfortable the right word? I've never seen a writer expose and wring out his psyche in such a naked, violent way
  • edited March 2016
    yeah DFW is depressive suicidal introspection in the guise of post modernist analytic fiction.
  • sounds hard to stomach. like reading someone's suicide note and admiring their sentence structure and imagination.
  • I finished discipline and punish by foucault today prisons suck
  • really should have suggested "Phonogram" as reading.
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