Started by Tenebracid, January 15, 2012, 08:40:21 PM
Quote from: host body on January 13, 2020, 04:59:00 PMThe atrocity exhibition / J. G. Ballard ; preface by William Burroughsclassic ballard, a book i've read years and years ago and didn't really understand back then. i'm planning on reading all of his books, i've read maybe 5-6 before so i have many to look forward to. one of the most important writers of the 20th century IMO.
Quote from: holy ghost on March 04, 2020, 04:00:51 AMQuote from: host body on January 13, 2020, 04:59:00 PMThe atrocity exhibition / J. G. Ballard ; preface by William Burroughsclassic ballard, a book i've read years and years ago and didn't really understand back then. i'm planning on reading all of his books, i've read maybe 5-6 before so i have many to look forward to. one of the most important writers of the 20th century IMO.I've read Crash & High Rise years ago, just started The Crystal World and planning on making a real effort to read his major works this year. Looking for other authors who evoke this sort of "dystopian / post apocalyptic/ isolationist / weird / hallucinatory" feel as Ballard. Does not need to be "sci-fi" per say. I'm trying to identify the essence I'm trying to describe, somewhere between A Scanner Darkly by PKD and The Wasp Factory by Banks. Any suggestions welcome as well as Ballard books maybe off my radar?
Quote from: cantle on March 04, 2020, 04:25:14 AMRead Concrete Island to go with Crash and High Rise- they make for a loose thematic trilogy
Quote from: Yrjö-Koskinen on March 12, 2020, 11:25:52 PMReliving my early twenties the last couple of weeks, with an all-American read fest:Charles Bukowski - WomenCharles Bukowski - Tales of Ordinary Madness William S. Burroughs - JunkyJack Kerouac - On the RoadJames Mason - SiegeI'm literally offending both the American 50's Establishment, and the American 2020's Establishment. That is I would be if I lived in America and anyone cared about my reading habits. Nevertheless, I'm fucking edgy and it feels good to be off the Fantasy/Sci-Fi dreck and back to somewhat real stuff. I will burn through the rest of Bukowski's prose bibliography (he loved alcohol in a similar way as I do, except I'm nowhere near as addicted, and don't really care for his sexual exploits), and then possibly start mucking about with Burroughs' cut up BS. There may be some other beat generation writer I should revisit/discover, but I'm not sure. Even while not being one for PC, I am still very much uncomfortable with the whole gay child rape stuff going on with Burroughs and Ginsberg both in life and in their output. The latter also writes like a turd - James Mason is unironically a more clever and entertaining writer than Ginsberg.
Quote from: host body on March 14, 2020, 11:50:26 AMA compilation of Gary Snyder's essays have been translated to Finnish. He was a poet and an essayist and has deep ecology themes in his writings that really resonate with me. A less dark Linkola wouldn't be far off. He wasn't a central character in the beat movement but he was friends with kerouac and the gang and is considered a member of the movement.