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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Anchoret, Oct 11, 2011.
GK Chesterton - The Ballad of the White Horse
Rereading the Harry Potter series. Just finished Goblet of Fire. I may put a pause on this and read the screw tape letters by CS Lewis.
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Just finished Killing Jesus and just started Greg Allman's book. Not a big fan of Greg but it's pretty interesting so far, different from other musicians books because he is so Southern.
Good for you, my friend, and thanks for your post.
I've been reading Joyce's works for nearly twenty years now, and Finnegans Wake is the last item on the list. I've been reading large chunks of it for many years, but this is my first readthrough from start to finish in sequence. I'm three chapters from the end, and one of these days I'm going to finish it.
For the most part I've found it hard work, lightened by the recurrent flashes of humour, enchanting writing and encyclopaedic genius. I haven't enjoyed it nearly as much as Ulysses, which is still the best (and funniest) book I've read.
I'm looking forward to being able to pick it up and look at any page and locate myself in the text and enjoy brief readings like I do with Ulysses now.
I'm not quite the "ideal reader suffering from an ideal insomnia" that Joyce was looking for, and in sum I don't think anybody really has the time available that this book demands in order to get the best out of it.
I'm reading Laurent Fignon's autobiography. One of my favourite sportsmen.
Yeah, it'd be the ideal "desert island for a lifetime" book---between recursiveness and one's own accumulation of experience (and detritus), once you've finally finished it and began it again, you'd see enough new stuff that you'd be reading anew a different Wake.
Reading "Escape from Berlin" by Irene N. Watts and re-reading "Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards", all while listening to Satriani's "Unstoppable Momentum".
+1. Fabulous read. The movie isn't bad, but the protaganist should've been someone like Leslie Howard, not Peter Lorre.
Pete Townshend - Who am I
Needed something to read for a lengthy business flight, pretty interesting
Melville's Moby Dick
From a previous post here I requested that our local library get "Satan is Real, the ballad of the Louvin Brothers". Great, great read.
I'm having one of my many breaks from Finnegans Wake to read Morrissey's Autobiography. It's very enjoyable so far. He has some particularly vengeful things to say about his schooldays. I wish he wouldn't use present tense narration so much, though. I thought the man was a lover of literature...
I think the cover is hilarious:
Halfway through. Very interesting so far, if you're from my generation and grew up with Johnny Carson each night. The author, Henry Bushkin, Johnny's lawyer and confidant ("Bombastic Bushkin" from many a monologue) paints himself as a saint, so I'm taking some of it with a grain of salt.
Kindle ebook from Amazon, a little pricey but entertaining
"the teachings of Don Juan..A Yaqui way of Knowledge" I reread this series every so often....
Kaputt, Curzio Malaparte
It has something to offend anyone!
About a quarter of the way through this, which has been on my list for a few decades.