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comment by ladymidnight Feb 12, 2005Take this Marmite from my tongue....
comment by Ice Cold Astro Feb 12, 2005Well felching, as far as I understand it, is sucking [your own] manjuice from your partner's rear pot-holing activity centre, following [your own] deposition. I guess a straw would be useful, but you could use application of lips to rim, too.
As for 20th Century Americanan ... meditations on what makes small people tick, get out of bed, keep on going in a wide country struggling to form a cohesive national identity. It's fascinating from outside-in and inside-out perspectives. The thoughts and homilies are equally applicable elsewhere, for any small culture, sub-sect, family, group of friends living day-to-day and trying to find out who they are in the context of a larger more complex society. And there's something of the defiant nature of human spirit - 'so I drove over the border to piss in a sink in another State. So I'm not President, so what? For me, it meant something. For me, it was important. For me, it gave colour and meaning to my life. And for me, that's just as important as agreeing multi-lateral talks on species conservation. It keeps me going. It makes me sociable. It knits me into my friends and family and society. It adds a golden, chaotic sparkle to an otherwise unremarkable life.'
That's what's in those books. It's the voice of people being a thread in a vast blanket that someone else is knitting.
(Lord, do i read anything normal? I should be doing normal 14 year old things...heh)
comment by Ice Cold Astro Feb 12, 2005Hello darknazab. Have you read American Psycho? I think you would enjoy it. If you haven't read it, but have seen the film, don't judge one by the other (although the film is quite amusing).
comment by liquidindian Feb 12, 2005If you're anywhere near a branch of Fopp, you should check there first, should be cheaper if they have it.
comment by LastYearsMan Feb 13, 2005dj - liked your answer, but still don't like post Kerouac Kerouac. As a matter of interest I don't think you CAN apply it to people who don't have that peculiar American experience, (it doesn't inform my world view because I am not a thread in someone else's blanket - I just don't read society that way) but if you have an outside-in fascination then read Kerouac himself, Hemingway, Whitman, Faulkner, Steinbeck, why do they have to keep churning out retro-introspections? American angst is like a teenager with ADHD who just won't bloody listen and won't bloody learn. Listen to Springsteen or Dylan instead - it's quicker and you get all the pissy sinks you could ever need. I'm not yank-bashing. Brit novels that bang on about the hangover from empire are the same: there's been enough of them.
comment by Ice Cold Astro Feb 13, 2005I've read Kerouac, Steinbeck, ...
DeLillo isn't angst. He writes celebrations of the ordinary. That's not anything to do with America, as such. It's a universal. 'What is my place in the Universe? - It's the place that I create and accept for myself.'
comment by rowan Feb 14, 2005I'm reading The Fortress Of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem (A2198126), weirdly DeLilo-esque in its writinig style.
comment by LastYearsMan Feb 14, 2005sorry, is it a celebration or a struggle to be noticed? make your mind up. either way, there's been enough of it, hasn't there?
comment by Ice Cold Astro Feb 15, 2005I didn't contradict myself (for once). Read more carefully, youth!
I'm reading Animal Man, an early graphic novel (alright, comic book) by Grant Morrison. It's about a lazy, 3rd-rate superhero who can temporarily absorb the power of animals around him.
comment by The Exploding Boy Feb 17, 2005I'm reading Dean Koontz 'From the Corner of His Eye', which is shaping up nicely.
The last three books I read were:
Once - James Herbert - it was ok, if a little..over egged.
On the Road - Jack Kerouac - loved it. Totally. Made me want to pack in my job, stick my thumb out and take a road trip to...well...erm...Cardiff???!!!
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman - fabulous! The best series of fantasy novels I've read since 'Lord of the Rings'. I was impressed by the characterisation and the originality, and it was so nice to see another childrens author give boring old ham Harry Potter a kick in the eye.
comment by Rock Fish Feb 17, 2005I finally did it. I'm reading Chasm City, and I'm not disappointed in the least. It's everything I've come to expect from Alastair Reynolds.
comment by mono hebdono Feb 18, 2005has anyone read "If Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things". i need to buy a gift for someone i was close to (as a belated apology/thankyou for buying healing without prozac...) Friends are refusing to let me give "perfume" (suskind not chanel) is it good/suitable?
comment by flyingtwinkle Feb 20, 2005just finished The da vinci code -by dan brown do read
comment by The Exploding Boy Feb 21, 2005I thought the Da Vinci Code was overhyped, badly written tripe.
comment by fingerchimp Feb 21, 2005the alchemist? that was appalling dog poo...like steppenwolfs inbred country cousin..weak wishy washy crap..i prefer jonathan livingstone seagull..less preachy..jesus, ive nothing against people finding happiness and veronika decides to die was a corking book but coelho is treading the dangerous ground of believing he is right..i thought the alchemist was the literary equivalent of ready brek, pasty, insipid and bland with a warm milkiness...not unpleasant but certainly not worth the money or time involved.
as always though i have little faith in my opinions, being as they are based on my limited experiences and knowledge, so i would love to know what you got out of it and why i should read it again with open eyes
comment by microclimate Feb 21, 2005ready brek's lovely!
comment by microclimate Feb 21, 2005ready brek's lovely!
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