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Mar 22, 2013 12:40AM

58827 Jim wrote: "Two ideas for themed-reads keep popping up in my thoughts. One about mental illness, and one about addiction/substances. I think they’re residual thoughts from reading Infinite Jest.

"Literature o..."


Seems like Memoirs of My Nervous Illness would fit right into this theme.
58827 I have a review here.
Feb 27, 2013 07:07PM

58827 My review is here.
58827 Again, in regards to Jim's announcement, I have a review of this here.
58827 In regards to Jim's latest announcement, I have a review over here.
58827 Really looking forward to this.
Jan 14, 2013 06:30PM

58827 Jim wrote: "Tentative plans for the Vollmann project:


2013
The Ice-Shirt April 1-28, ~400 pgs., 4 weeks

Fathers and Crows June 10 - August 18, ~1000 pgs., 10 weeks

The Royal Family Sept. 16 - Nov. 10, ~800..."


Muahahaha. Vollmanniacs. I love it.
Jan 09, 2013 09:23PM

58827 Matthew wrote: "We'll be starting with The Ice-Shirt around the beginning of April or so. It's about 400 pages, which for Vollmann counts as..."

You know, 400 pages just doesn't seem as daunting as it did a year..."


A brisk walk in the park, that one.
Nov 03, 2012 03:05PM

58827 I'd be interested in O'Brien, Eco, and Llosa, personally. As well as Nobokov's Ada and GEB:aEGB.
58827 Katy wrote: "I'm just reading it without demanding anything of myself. That is, if I get something, cool. If I don't, I don't care. I just keep reading. I have a feeling that if I finish it this way, I will be ..."

My plan exactly.
Dec 27, 2011 02:00AM

58827 Nullifidian wrote: "As implied above, I am a college student, but my major is not English. Instead, I study biology. In fact, I think that may be the difference between me and the rest of the College Students: they want comfort reading at the end of the day because most of them get their fill of difficult reading in their classes, whereas my reading—while difficult in its way—is all technical and I don't get the experience of reading and discussing experimental novels or richly detailed older works in class. "

*high fives*
Dec 21, 2011 02:11PM

58827 Katy wrote: "I think what made the book ludicrous to me was that you cannot separate the biological sex from the gender role. They are inextricably linked. That doesn't mean they are set in stone - different cu..."

If that were the case, Billy Tipton and others wouldn't have been nearly as successful in passing for the opposite gender. Their biological sex didn't matter, only the gender that society concluded from public observation did.
Dec 14, 2011 11:37PM

58827 Travis wrote: "Hey Guys! Being an Engineer and focusing on the Physics/Maths side of things i was never able to give myself a real background in literature through my schooling years so lately I've been digging i..."

You are most welcome, fellow engineer with a craving for the hardcore literary side.
Dec 05, 2011 02:23PM

58827 Bill wrote: "I don't get the resistance to eReading. And it's not like I've never seen a printing press operate or watch paper being made. Really fine papers and beautiful printing is one thing. Artist's book are something. But run of the mill books?"

I personally don't like e-readers because I'm a fan there being a physical distinction between reading a book and say, an online article or pdf textbook. Helps me focus for some reason. That and I like books ageing and developing character in their make, something an e-reader will never do, unless you get a shiny new one. Aaaand I like the book smell. Old, new, whatever.
Dec 04, 2011 09:33PM

58827 Filipe wrote: "Aubrey, wouldn't it be funny if prolific writers were only graphomaniacs trying to cope with their mental disease?! I never thought about fixation with tactile feelings of writing instruments and t..."

It's true that I've run into many quotes of writers talking about how their writing is almost an affliction, it's so compulsive. Maybe there are varying levels of graphomania, from a daily urge that can be controlled and developed as a skill, to an incessant obsession that demands so much that cohesive narrative is nigh impossible. Authors can be prolific without descending into meaningless garble reminiscent of, say,
Mein Kampf. If that isn't a prime example of graphomania at its worst, I don't know what is.
Dec 04, 2011 07:27PM

58827 Bill wrote: "Aubrey, I'm taking a wild guess here that my last English class was before you were born, so...just to keep things in perspective for you. They had just invented the alphabet and it was pretty exci..."

Well, you read slowly. That's a big plus in reading books like the ones the group is aiming at. I have a bad habit of zipping through, in comparison. A very bad habit.
58827 Haaze wrote: "Does anybody have statistics on any correlation between readers of this genre of literature and suicide rates? Just wondering in the light of Jim's previous post on depression...."

You mean writers right? Otherwise we're all potential statistics...
There's a wiki category of writers who committed suicide. It'd take some going through though to find ones within this genre, though.
Dec 04, 2011 03:13PM

58827 Jenny wrote: "(and with a thin voice and shaking knees: Jim, does this group also have initiation rites?!?) "

Oh man don't scare me like that. The rites would definitely be literature based, and my last English class was almost three years ago. I'd be booted out so fast...so fast...
58827 Haaze wrote: "I will kick this off with a dogma that I often hear/read:
"Save Proust until you are older (meaning 60+) since you will not really understand it much until then".
This presumably implies that we al..."


I personally would like try to tackle it now in my spry youth, and then reread it when I'm older. I may not get it all the first time, but I'd rather see if I like it in the first place early on rather than wait decades and find out it's not my thing. Would be a bit of a disappointment, that.
Dec 04, 2011 03:02PM

58827 Brant wrote: "House of Leaves is great, but those with e-readers would have to go old school for that one. With the multiple fonts, colors, footnotes, upside down and backwards text, text within te..."

I am a fan of this book that makes people forsake their e-readers for actual books >_>b
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