I think one of my favorite parts about this book was the absorbing style of the difficult Scottish dialects. Welsh is doing the same thing for EdinburI think one of my favorite parts about this book was the absorbing style of the difficult Scottish dialects. Welsh is doing the same thing for Edinburgh that Twain did for the deep south- establishing worthwhile and nearly tangible characters. Those well written voices are fairly haunting because they are very particular in their styles: Spud says "cat-boy," whereas Sickboy says "cunt." It's stunning how well I got to know these characters and their expinations of their incredible and tragic exploits. If someone were ever curious in the first place, he or she may still want to try heroin after reading this despite the characters' consequences, but it's not likely that anyone will binge drink ever again once they read the feasibility of unconsciously defecating on the sheets of your girlfriend's parent's guest-bed sheets.
Also, pretend Welsh never wrote Porno after this, or at least don't avoid contact at all costs. Yeesh...more
An epic of American literature, for sure, but the reactions it pulls are stunning. Family, race, self-realization, nature, freedom, etc.; everything tAn epic of American literature, for sure, but the reactions it pulls are stunning. Family, race, self-realization, nature, freedom, etc.; everything that is held as ideally American seems to show up in some way or another. It's so rich and devestating that you will react to it, which is reason enough to read anything.
There's no guarantee of who likes or dislikes this book, but reactions of some thoughtful kind are certain. For instance, I've recommended 1984 with little response, because the person I suggested it to was not that interested in British paranoia over the dangers of Socialism. But I've met people who will try to say that, overall, they are are neutral towards the Huckleberry Finn and yet, after bringing up any scene or relationship from the novel, especially between the relationship between Huck and Jim and any qualifier, such as race, opinions suddenly start flaring. It is simply a book about which everyone (who is a product or contributor of an American school system) has something to say.
Personally, I like Huck's freedom and his appreciation of being free during his travel along Twain's beautifully described Mississippi River. I almost wish that I could still appreciate being in trouble as the same joke that Huck sees it in his youth, because it seems that I've only encountered more risks as I've become older instead of remaining truly free....more
I've heard a few criticisms about Fouccault's fact-checking, and since the material is so drenched in history, some can't help but question. However,I've heard a few criticisms about Fouccault's fact-checking, and since the material is so drenched in history, some can't help but question. However, this book provides a clear discussion about how society relies on institutions and background checks to keep society obedient or under watch. I can't wait to get involved with his other writings....more
I loved this book's outrageousness of turning into a cockroach as an analogy for experiencing alienation. While no one has had such physically modifieI loved this book's outrageousness of turning into a cockroach as an analogy for experiencing alienation. While no one has had such physically modified experience, it's a universal theme that, either openly secretly, we can and sometimes do feel abandoned by even our own family. From what I understand, the book is supposedly a pre-confession outlet of Kafka's own anquish over telling his family that he was gay. I can't relate to that specific scenario, but there are times, like Gregor, where I feel like I can't make it to work or that I'm failing someone, but the difference, again, being that I'm not a giant cockroach.
I guess the initial opening lines will decide whether you should keep reading or pick up something a little more tame. It's crazy, it drags in some areas (mostly during the end), but is overall worthwhile for a)being so (sub)culturally relevant, and b)having such an overpowering message and beauty in its strangeness....more
First off, I love pop culture in the same way that junkies love heroin: It's a dependent, enlightening and depressing relationship. To that same intenFirst off, I love pop culture in the same way that junkies love heroin: It's a dependent, enlightening and depressing relationship. To that same intensity where some people can't help but rubber neck to a highway car crash and have it as the only thing they talk about all day, my life and (sadly) my conversations are interwoven with references to television shows, movies or even pop lyrics used as dialogue in some sad attempts to be funny.
I was lent this book by a friend who shares my dilemma, only he actively takes part to this day in watching VH1 pop-list shows, whereas I simply take pop culture as a very pertinent and serious aspect of daily life that just deserves to be referenced as much as high art crowds would quote Samuel Johnston instead of Gene Simmons. Chuck Klosterman address this symbiosis of pop culture and real life fully in this, his third book.
Mostly essays, he is able to fully grasp attention, whether you like his style or wish he would change his often repetitive style(he comes from a journalistic background, which may be to blame for his simplistic voice), in the brief anectdotes and relationships that he explains.
This book is for anyone who is passionate about music, television, music-television, movies, movie reviews, and the ever confounding concept of celebrity (although, this is a pre-Paris Hilton era book, so the Hollywood and stars he describes are under a different light; think Pamela-Tommy Lee sex tape era)....more
Clever is the best way that I can describe this super-society glimpse. The idea of Henry Ford being a savior and people having organization to sex andClever is the best way that I can describe this super-society glimpse. The idea of Henry Ford being a savior and people having organization to sex and drugs are just two examples why this book is a fairly good mirror of the society that could be (which is not to predict that society would ever be so dangerously cold and structured). While the initial visit to the wasteland kind of drags, the beginning and slidding slope of bringing the savage and his mother to visit the super-society are fairly stunning--the wasteland just read as a dreamy, American escape (this makes sense, considering that vast expanses of green, desert or rural areas aren't too unusual where I'm from).
I gained a respect from Aldous Huxley's writing style when I read this book, moreso than I had for Orwell's writing with the obvious super-society competitor, 1984. I loved reading this book and probably will do so again, which is rare for me....more
Most people I know have pined over their "someones" at one point or another. Usually these "someones" are friends with which these people share a tonMost people I know have pined over their "someones" at one point or another. Usually these "someones" are friends with which these people share a ton in common-- late night coffee trips, same taste in books/movies/music, similar dreams or aspirations. Often times, nothing ever comes of it except a lot of heartache, at which point pride kicks in and nothing is ever reflected about the situation ever again. These people never openly consider what could have been with their 'someone' and go back to their routines. Imagine that sort of friend-or-lover tension mixed with the noir and mystery of David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, and you have this lovely work from Japan's Haruki Murakami. Also recommended for fans of the Beat Generation....more
While his later arguments aren't that hot in retrospect, I'll never forget how reading this book made me feel like I had an aneurysm. It changes a phiWhile his later arguments aren't that hot in retrospect, I'll never forget how reading this book made me feel like I had an aneurysm. It changes a philosohphy beginner's perceptions about...well, perceptions, and helps start the questioning process. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to start reading philosophy....more