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Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) (perpetualpageturner) hello! I'm Jamie. I'm 22. I'm psyched to have found this group!

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Ryan Leone (gonzo2014) | 1 comments Is this group dead? don't see any new posts...I'm Ryan,23 from Santa Barbara,california.Reading 'Songs of the Doomed' by hunter s thompson.It's nice to come up for air after being engulfed in years of madness by the late docter. His older material is refreshing and mellow. I feel like I was out on a boat during a rocky storm for years and i've swam to shore,his older words in contrast are the calm breaking waves on the beach shore giving insight to his innocent and modest roots.

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Joey | 1 comments Yeah, whats up with this site. This girl showed it to me and i havnt heard a damn thing. You guys are the closest thing ive found to actual people i can relate to. Whats up TALK TO MEEEEEEE!

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Jo I just joined but it seems to be dead. I'm Jo from England.

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Stefani | 18 comments Dead as a doornail unfortunately.

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Jo Not good. Oh well!

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Scott | 7 comments Just joined. Seems or seemed like a neat group.

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Jo Thats what i thought

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Kimmie | 1 comments Any other groups that are similiar that are not so dead?

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Jo Maybe we could revive this one?

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Scott | 7 comments "Maybe we could revive this one"

Sure, that sounds good.

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Jo Great! So how do we do that then?

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Casey Let's revive this group! We should try and start some discussion threads about books, maybe about ones we've read or would like to read

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Jo Sounds good!

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Ashleigh | 8 comments Im up for reviving! :)

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Jo Great :)

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Stefani | 18 comments If you can explain to me what a friendly shufty is I might be willing to wager a fancy :)

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Jo Welcome, Jeff! I am English and even i didn't know what a friendly shufty was! lol

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Jo Must be!

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Stephen Trey Bastible (bastible) Is there any current book being read?

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Scott | 7 comments Sorry is still dead. Nuttin' happenin'...

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James Birch (jameswallacebirch) | 3 comments just joined. seems dead. very unfortunate - a great focus area. great authors... are there any other similar (yet active) groups out there anyone knows of?

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Casey I wish there was an active group similar, but I don't think there is. No one really posts here anymore

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James Birch (jameswallacebirch) | 3 comments yeah. really stinks. i searched but can't find anything similar. u got some good books in your list, btw

Casey wrote: "I wish there was an active group similar, but I don't think there is. No one really posts here anymore"

yeah. really stinks. i searched but can't find anything similar. u got some good books in your list, btw

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Justin Grimbol Hey guys, I'm Justin Grimbol. I'm a big fan of Bukowski and Selby and Fante. I also love Bizarro fiction. I'm the author of THE CRUD MASTERS(a Bizarro novel) and DRINKING UNTIL MORNING(dirty realism).

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Stefani | 18 comments What's bizarro?

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Justin Grimbol Its a new genre of fiction. Check out Here's the discription from the site: "1.Bizarro, simply put, is the genre of the weird.
2.Bizarro is literature’s equivalent to the cult section at the video store.
3.Like cult movies, Bizarro is sometimes surreal, sometimes avant-garde, sometimes goofy, sometimes bloody, sometimes borderline pornographic, and almost always completely out there.
4.Bizarro strives not only to be strange, but fascinating, thought-provoking, and, above all, fun to read."

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Stefani | 18 comments Anyone up for resurrecting this group from the dead again? Although I've lapsed in my perusal of bizarre fiction I could be persuaded to take another look at new and interesting books if anyone has any suggestions.

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Justin Grimbol Have you ever read Harry Crews? He wrote Feast of Snakes and Body and a bunch of other good stuff. He's real wild. And then there's Barry Hannah. And Larry Brown. Dan Fante is kinda like a mixture of Bukowski and Selby. Mark SaFranko wrote a book called Hating Olivia.

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Casey I'd love for this group to revive. I think the problem is a thread gets talked about for a few days, and then that's it group dead again. I think the only way for it to really work is if there was like new weekly threads going up, or biweekly. Maybe about a book or particular author. Then we'd all get to learn about something new we might like to read? I think it has a lot of potential, not really sure why it never catches on. A Mod would prob help too.

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Rory Patrick Feehan (roryfeehan) | 3 comments Hi - new to the group here. I run the Hunter S. Thompson site Totally Gonzo - and I am currently undertaking a PhD on the man himself. Feel free to leave a comment on my profile if you have any questions about Hunter or his work.

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Jason Chaplin (jasondanielchaplin) | 2 comments Is this group still kicking? I saw the Camus picture and "Hunter S. Thompson" - the good doctor himself - in the description and thought, "Fuck yeah, I'm joining."

Both authors have filled a huge crater in my sanity (that I damaged with drugs).

It's all good, though. I wrote a book about it. You should read it. The link is on my profile. Cheers!

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John Wilson (eumenades) | 7 comments Okay, group-revivers, is Camus's The Outsider still relevant today, or is it just a way-back vision of something that does not happen now?

Again, Is Kerouac's On the Road still worth reading? If so, why?

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Ian Barrett | 5 comments Camus is always relevant, the stranger was awesome! I have not read the outsider but will put it on my list. As for Kerouac and on the road it was a great book and a good intro into his work, but i prefer Big Sur out of all his books. On the Road should be read because it sums up a generation and because it's something we've all wanted to do but never had the opportunity or courage to just say screw it and follow the road. We all like new experiences,people,and places. This was the pinnacle of leaving everything behind and going with whatever came at you. Some people like it, some people despise it, but i think it's worth the read.

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Ian Barrett | 5 comments Any fans of Nabokov or Jean Genet???

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John Wilson (eumenades) | 7 comments Hi Ian,

My favourite Nabokov book is Lolita (read it three times). Genet's Thief's Journal - another all time favourite. I have read Camus's Outsider several times. Although he is an existentialist atheist, I always feel very relaxed when reading Camus (Is that the right reaction?)

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Ian Barrett | 5 comments Hey John,
I feel the same way when I read Camus. I don't know if I just see the world in a different way but I feel indifferent to certain situations. I have read the Enchanter and am currently half way through Ada but I have to read Lolita soon. The problem with Nabokov is that I feel i have to be fluent in French or Russian to understand half of the stuff he's writing! Have you read Our Lady of the Flowers by Genet??? I have read that Camus never thought of himself as an existentialist but an absurdist, when he cleary was a existentialist. Another book that reminds me of existentialism or nilhism is A Hero of our Time by Mikhail Lermontov, have you read anything by him?

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John Wilson (eumenades) | 7 comments Hi Ian,

Since your response contains so many queries I will answer them briefly here but send you a longer private message.

On Camus I guess its worth saying that one of the qualifications for being an existentialist writer is to vehemently deny being one (!) But Camus was a big reader of Nietzsche - enough to show more than a passing affiliation. Yes, I read Our Lady of the Flowers (in English) and remember the strong impression he gave of mourning. To my mind, it is not necessary to read French or Russian to understand Nabokov though I reckon it helps to know something of his personal history. No, I have not read any of Mikhail Lermontov, though I know most of the prominent Russians up to Solzhenitsyn. Which Lermontov book would you recommend?

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Ian Barrett | 5 comments Hey John,
I would recommend A Hero of Our Time by Lermontov, he also wrote a long poem called the Demon. A Hero of Our Time is one of my favorites. The character is fascinating. I do enjoy Russian and French authors, any good recommendations?

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John Wilson (eumenades) | 7 comments Ian,

Okay, I will look for that title in my local second-hand bookshop. Sartre's Nausea seems to be an all time favourite and typical of the genre. A sneakily disturbing kind of book. Camus's short stories vary quite a bit but I liked 'The Adulterous Woman' rather reminiscent of Mersault's experience under the stars. This is published in Exile and the Kingdom.

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Ian Barrett | 5 comments I'll have to pick up Sartre's Nausea soon. I'll also look into Camus's short stories. Thanks for the recommendations John.

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Kelson | 1 comments Im Kelson and this group is really cool

message 43: by James (new)

James | 1 comments I'm James, glad to be a part of this group. Cult, weird, strange, bizarre - anything different - feel free to send suggestions my way.


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Alisa Ingwersen | 1 comments Glad to be part of this group. I love reading anything and everything Gonzo, different, and exciting.

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Bradford Hi, I'm new here. Be kind! Bradford from Brighton, UK.

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