Started by Tenebracid, January 15, 2012, 08:40:21 PM
Quote from: Cherub on April 25, 2018, 12:40:20 PMJust finished VALIS by Phil Dick. Is there a better explanation than that of the exegesis/cosmogony/authorship trilateral? It seems frustratingly pointless. Really interesting insight into the depths of mad existentialism, however. Mind of madness beats the narrative structure into stasis. Dick's equilibrium is all off as soon as he begins to explain things. Starting Mountainhead now. Enjoying the down syndrome faggotry. Good chuckle. Should be rancid. To read: Cat's Cradle, Cyclonopedia
Quote from: Yohe on May 09, 2018, 08:14:53 PMI'm heavily into fantasy novels lately. Currently reading the third book of the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson. That man's a genius. Love his books.
Quote from: Force Neurotic on May 07, 2018, 10:56:16 PMToo Far From Home: Selected Writings of Paul Bowles, ed. Daniel Halperin (Ecco, 1993) More well-known for his music in some circles (including having some of his recordings put out under erroneous credit to Brion Gysin!), Paul Bowles was one of those expatriate authors to live a more traveled and decadent life before it was fashionable, influencing Burroughs and the Beat era - but being far superior in every way, literary and lifestyle, through and through; Burroughs couldn't do under the influence of heroin what this guy did with just a little hash. This collection contains a novella, some fiction stories, novel excerpts, some non-fiction, and an interview. So far I've only read the short stories and started the novella (published posthumously), but I really can say without hyperbole this guy's work is much better than the great majority of so-called "transgressive" authors, with a couple exceptions. Gorgeous imagery, razor-sharp subtlety and wit, a sort of magical lyricism, and of course extremely brutal and often sudden violence. You can get his reading "A Hundred Camels in the Courtyard" or his music "The Pool K III" from Dom America to accompany this fine tome or instead pair it with anything by Amph, Organum, or maybe even Randy Greif and you'll do just fine.