There’s a tea you can drink for that.
Leaves is afraid of tea bags.
Bags is afraid of tea leaves.
I love you people.
EDIT: You people love I.
I love the Happy Tree Friends
I love it when we get to discuss sexism on Mubi! It’s my second-favorite topic, right after mubis.
it’s not my favorite topic but i can’t seem to stay out of it, probably because we’re still vastly outnumbered here :\
I try to stay far away from those topics because I really don’t know anything about political stuff. I figure if I have to go to wikipedia to formulate an argument, I have no business discussing it.
I don’t think I have any business discussing anything, but that doesn’t stop me! :P
Actually, it does in real life, but thanks to the GIFT I’m comfortable spouting off whatever insanity I want!
I’m happy we’ll always have STL to come to and healthily make fun of ourselves and each other. I love all of you guys! :)
@dffoo: Love you too, Drunken Father :P
Is there really sexism in Mubi? I think it’s more of a gender balance issue than sexism.
But then again there’s Vanselow…
doofu, i don’t get angry with u because i know u just like to be provocative. joks is a different story. i just have to avoid him
@the dude: there is far less sexism than i’ve seen on other boards, given the gender balance
Aside: Over halfway through with Falling Man at the moment and hope to finish it before the weekend. Thinking of getting another DeLillo after this, though not sure which. Anyone have any particular recommendations?
Figured on checking out a local used bookstore which I remembered having a few, though it’s been awhile since I’ve been there, and then B&N if necessary.
^ Mao II is fantastic.
Since FM was my first, would that be a good follow up?
I read half of Falling Man, but really hated it. But everybody says I should still give White Noise a try, so I will some day. I thought Falling Man was too serious (although I guess it is about 9/11, so…), but everybody says White Noise is pretty darkly hilarious.
It’s from a different phase of DeLillo’s, but a 9/11 connection is there, in terms of how prophetic Mao ll is.
Drunken: So far, I’ve actually liked it quite a bit, find the construction and his prose very interesting. The way it’s fragmented and detached, how it moves back-and-forth from extremely vague to very specific in certain ways. Admitted I feel a bit confused at times, but after my Faulkner binge I learned it’s easier not to get to bogged down in trying to ‘GET’ a book while reading it (Haha.)
Not having read any of his other books, you should still give WN a try if only because FM is considered one of his ‘lesser’ works anyway.
Girlfriend: Sounds good, I’ll keep it in mind, think the used store had a copy but that was a couple years back. Whatever I end up getting, I’ll certainly be looking forward to it.
Have you read alot of his work?
I’ve read quite a few, White Noise is definitely a must-read. If you want DeLillo gone epic, Underworld is definitely worth a read. Libra i have a problem with since it helped restore the Oswald as the single gunman theory, which I do not believe.
Yeah, I think I’ll give WN a try, since I’ve heard nothing but great things about it. And I’ve known several DeLillo fans who didn’t really like FM.
Girlfriend: Underworld I definitely intend to take a shot at one of these days, but figured it’d be best to hold off until I’m more familiar with his work. One of those gargantuan novels, like Finnegans Wake or Gravity’s Rainbow, that I’d probably need an oxygen tank to help get through it.
And yeah, WN is definitely one I want to read. If the used place turns out to be a bust, only going there ‘cause they’ve got hardcover editions, I know there was a copy of WN at a B&N nearby.
Drunken: Yeah, it’s a divider. Goes to show how weak my tastes are in literature by the fact I’m enjoying it. (glughk.)
^ Yeah, I’ve tried Gravity’s Rainbow twice now, and I regret having given up when I was more than halfway through… I loved the Crying of Lot 49 though.
Pynchon is my Everest, at the moment. Have attempted four novels and only completed one [which was Lot 49, not suprisingly.] However, I did get a good way through Vineland before I suddenly stopped reading it. At any rate, won’t even touch GR until I feel I’m ready.
I finished almost all of V a couple years ago, but then summer ended, so I didn’t finish the last two or three chapters. But I feel like that still counts as having finished it. I liked it, but not as much as Lot 49. I think maybe I should try Inherent Vice sometime, since that one is shorter and seems less intimidating than the rest of Pynchon.
Has anybody read his short stories? Are those worth checking out?
Inherent Vice is very enjoyable.
You know, I think I might start carrying around a marker so I can start graffiti-ing
in public bathrooms.
Sorry, a book’s not finished until it’s finished. ;) I’ve been wanting to read Inherent Vice as well and remember that Odilon recommended V., probably will check either of them out from the library first, though it’ll have to be one of those damn inter-library loans. There are enough unfinished Pynchon books around here for the time being . . .
EDIT: I tried Slow Learner a long time ago but didn’t get beyond the first story, which I can’t even recall, but I did end up reading Entropy for an English course a long while back. Don’t know if I really understood it that well, but it was interesting to say the least.
Oedipa Maas rocks!
Any ideas on why Pynchon later rejected Lot 49?
’Cause it can be read within a week?
lol I guess so… I feel like there would be something more to it, though. Mostly I’m asking if there are significant differences between Lot 49 and Pynchon’s other works (aside from their length).