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Old 06-20-2017   #821
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Currently reading La-Bás and The Consumer. Can't read either for too long at once, as the former is really dense and the latter is really terrifying.
Yeah, The Consumer is perhaps the most unrelentingly depressing book I've read.
I have to ask, how on earth did you get your hands on a copy of The Consumer? I've been trying to find one but the cheapest paperback available is going for over $200. Is an online copy available somewhere?

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Currently reading La-Bás and The Consumer. Can't read either for too long at once, as the former is really dense and the latter is really terrifying.
Yeah, The Consumer is perhaps the most unrelentingly depressing book I've read.
I have to ask, how on earth did you get your hands on a copy of The Consumer? I've been trying to find one but the cheapest paperback available is going for over $200. Is an online copy available somewhere?
For my part I got it from Henry Rollins when it was new, so I just paid the cover price. I don't know what possessed me, since I did not own any Swans and knew virtually nothing about M. Gira.

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Re: Recent Reading

I found this article to be interesting; apologies if it has been posted previously.

The Corner of Lovecraft and Ballard

https://placesjournal.org/article/th...t-and-ballard/
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Re: Recent Reading

Just finished rereading the terribly unfashionable An Experiment in Criticism by C.S. Lewis. Thankfully, this book can be successfully disengaged from much of the rest of Lewis's writings, particularly the apologetical ones. (The Space Trilogy and Till We Have Faces can be put to one side here; those are excellent books, regardless of one's commitments.) Experiment is, quite simply, the best piece of practical criticism I've read. Nothing else has come closer, in my experience, to describing the relation between good reading and good books.

I also finished - just tonight - Grabinski's The Motion Demon. While no single story in that volume matches The Dark Domain's "The Area", the collection enjoys greater unity as a whole than does The Dark Domain.
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Re: Recent Reading

Last night I finished Michael Cisco's 'The Narrator', which on the whole I found I enjoyed.

Hopefully tomorrow morning will see the postman bring me my copy of Iain Banks' 'The Bridge', which is next up on my reading list. I've never actually read any of Banks work before, so I'm going into this one blind.
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Re: Recent Reading

Currently reading:

Calvino's Cosmicomics

Woolf's Orlando

Bataille's Literature and Evil

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Re: Recent Reading

Finished The Divine Comedy recently, which I enjoyed, and I've been at a loss as to what I should begin now.
So I've been reading some short stories here and there. "Looking Back" by Guy de Maupassant and "The Shot" by Pushkin have been my favorites.

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Re: Recent Reading

I've been reading the short fiction of Nathaniel Hawthorne. He's easily one of my top five favorite authors. Both his "Rappaccini's Daughter" and "The Artist of the Beautiful" are certainly as good as Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" or Lovecraft's "The Music of Erich Zann." I'm actually shocked his name isn't mentioned very often around here.


The Artist of the Beautiful by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Re: Recent Reading

I feel the same about Shirley Jackson, who I not only don't see discussed often here, but I remember an instance of people dismissing her amazing talent outright. Different tokes for different folks.

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I feel the same about Shirley Jackson, who I not only don't see discussed often here, but I remember an instance of people dismissing her amazing talent outright. Different tokes for different folks.
Really? I thought she was highly thought of around these parts. I reread "The Lottery" again. It still makes me sick to my stomach, but in a very good way.

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