Read Post Office by Bukowski this summer- pretty funny.
Just finished Spring Snow by Mishima and getting started on Bend Sinister (Nabokov).
Haven’t read an awful lot of books, but anyway these are my favorites:
The Stranger (Camus), Confessions of a Mask (Mishima), Crime and Punishment (Dostoyevski) and The Trial, I guess.
“The Rum Diary” is floating around somewhere in my bedroom btw, been looking forward to it.
I’m on a Raymond Chandler jag. I’m curious to see the two semi-obscure film versions of The High Window.
“Spring Snow” is indeed wonderful, and the sequence in which Kiyoaki and Satoko kiss for the first time is described with such metaphorical beauty only the great novelists are capable of. He might not be quite in the same league as Kawabata, but this has rather to do with his prolific output, while Kawabata´s novels have been refined and brought to perfection in the course of years. Mishima is definitely a genius whose books deserve more attention not just for his description of homosexuality like in “Confessions of a Mask”, but for his ability to capture scenes of simply beauty and joy, and I´m looking forward to read the remaining three books of his “Sea of Fertility” tetralogy.
BANNED BOOK WEEK:September 26−October 3, 2009!!!
García Márquez (Crónica de una muerte anunciada)
Mario Benedetti (La tregua)
Margaret George (Cleopatra)
Jostein Gaarder (Sophie’s world)
“La Tregua” is wonderful, the adaptation by Sergio Renán is one of the most impressive films ever made in Argentina.
EÇA DE QUEIROS, THE MOST IMPORTANT AND MODERN AUTHOR FROM PORTUGAL IN XIX CENTURY. I`M READING TWO NOVELS: THE MAIAS AND ILLUSTRIOUS HOUSE OF RAMIREZ.
DON MANOEL DE OLIVEIRA ADAPTED HIS SHORT STORY ECCENTRICICITIES OF A BLOND HAIR GIRL.
OTHER OF HIS NOVEL: MEXICAN MOVIE, THE CRIME OF FATHER AMARO WITH GAEL GARCIA BERNAL
roberto bolano – 2666
Ngugi wa Thiong’o
recently: The Stranger, all the Mikhail Bulgakov I can get my hands on, Notes From Underground, Too Loud a Solitude, The Coxon Fund, Slowness, after the Quake, Tales of Belkin, and currently Philosophy in the Boudoir.
As well as some various film texts and mags.
I’ve been reading a lot latey.
Anyone here like James Ellroy? I’m about to start Blood’s A Rover. I read The Cold 6000 a few years ago and remember thinking it was rat-at-tat brilliance.
Herman Hesse >
William Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy, Philip K. Dick, Jim Thompson, Ondaatje, Herman Hesse, Robert Anton Wilson, Flannery O’Conner, Sam Shepard, Marquez
Sartre & Nabokov- Everything I have read so far
Dostoyevsky- Notes from the Underground, The Idiot, The Double,The Gambler, White Nights
Bulgakov- Master & Margarita
John Kennedy Toole- A Confederacy of Dunces
Knut Hamsun- Hunger, Growth of the Soil
Gogol- Dead Souls
Gabriel Garcia Marquez- 100 Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera
Michael Chabon- the Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Jose Saramago- the Double, Death at Intervals
Oscar Wilde- The Picture of Dorian Gray, Salome
Heinrich Boll- The Clown
Jeannette Winterson- The Passion, Sexing the Cherry
Isabel Allende- Eva Luna
Albert Camus- the Stranger, a Happy Death
Stendhal- the Read and the Black
Marcel Proust- In Search of Lost Time (still in the middle of reading but its incredible so far)
also does anyone read movie scripts?
I download some of my favourite film scripts from http://www.dailyscript.com but im not sure how legit they are
Mordlock99, how do you like 2666 so far?
bret easton ellis’ less than zero and rules of attraction, marquis de sade’s philosophy in the boudoir, thomas pynchon’s gravity’s rainbow, vladimir nabokov’s lolita, william s. burroughs’ junky and naked lunch, jack kerouac’s on the road, chuck klosterman’s killing yourself to live, chuck palahniuk’s lullaby, charless r. cross’ heavier than heaven, and isaac adamson’s billy chaka series.
Kerouac – The Town and the City, Maggie Cassidy, The Dharma Bums etc
Keith Waterhouse – Billy Liar
John Kennedy Toole – A Confederacy of Dunces
Hunter S Thompson – Hell’s Angels
Maurice Leblanc – Arsene Lupin stories
Primo Levi – If Not Now, When?
Salinger – Catcher in the Rye
Cheesy crime stuff like Lee Child and Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Jed Rubenfeld
Jerome K Jerome
Michael Chabon — Wonder Boys
The Third Policeman
my all time favorites, Salinger’s CATCHER IN THE RYE and Nabokov’s LOLITA
Currently Hemingway, “The Garden of Eden”. It’s excellent.
And yes, I guess I could see a co-relation between my enjoyment of Hemingway’s writing and the films I enjoy.
Mark Fisher, Capitalist Realism: Is there No Alternative?
there is always an alternative.
Aaron: I’ve wanted to read The Garden of Eden, and a few of his other posthumous works, but I’ve been hesitant ’cause I read it had been re-edited by his wife after his death. :S