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Currently reading my first Norman mailer. I’m like four pages in and I already love his voice. Like a mix of Kerouac and bellow he sounds jazzed and angry. The book is an American dream
 
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this short story from 2016 has it all:
contagious lung disease, face masks, corona (beer), and a poor raccoon...
t.c.boyle - the fugitive
includes a link to the audio (30 mins) read by the author, in case you are one of those wimpy short-of-breath readers.
 
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My mailer novel is changing from the intellectual and emotive voices of bellow and Kerouac and is taking a turn towards the paranoia fever dream of Pynchons inherent vice and I love it
 
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That was a crazy angry book. I feel like it hasn’t left me yet altogether. Had a few great nights while reading where the air got warm and I could crack the windows. Loved it to say the least. Such a suffocating horrible atmosphere

Uhh reading before she met me by Julian Barnes now I guess
 
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found this in a thrift shop years ago and never read it. now i do.
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enjoy the clarity of thought and language. some of his explanations i find a bit overdone.
 
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To: Chancellor Angela Merkel and her federal government
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Thank you!
 
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My first oats choice was a splendid one. Almost stabbed my eyes out around page sixty it was so boring, perhaps intentionally so, and then an event occurred and it was great from that moment to conclusion. I’m still digesting it all. It was nice in that it was very direct and open in its prose but subtle and complex with its emotional plotting. I was impressed and will probably read I’ll take you there next when I get around to reading another of her novels

now reading the locals by Jonathan dee which continues his exploration of inequality wealth guilt etc. I can relate to the guilt associated with gentrification that I think this novel revolves around. The idea that you’ve somehow betrayed the spirit of the town you were born to. The takeover of the rural area and changing it into an affluent satellite town
 

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found this in a thrift shop years ago and never read it. now i do.
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enjoy the clarity of thought and language. some of his explanations i find a bit overdone.
It must be terrible to lose the only reason to feel miserable. That's why some people need to go back to it over and over again, at least in their minds. What is a life without a cross on our backs to make it meaningful? Sometimes people choose to be martyrs rather than common. That's why I love common people. They battled their egos and won. They are the true heroes. Like my father ?

Sorry for this digression Lanterns. Those printed words made me think about it.
 
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It must be terrible to lose the only reason to feel miserable. That's why some people need to go back to it over and over again, at least in their minds. What is a life without a cross on our backs to make it meaningful? Sometimes people choose to be martyrs rather than common. That's why I love common people. They battled their egos and won. They are the true heroes. Like my father ?

Sorry for this digression Lanterns. Those printed words made me think about it.
thanks for reading it. i see your point. with regard to baldwin, i think he had at least two crosses to carry, probably even more, and these different "ego-states" of his personality dominated his perception of life in a negative way. not sure if going back to the states was really a choice he had.
now i am curious of course. why is your dad a true hero? not sure, if you want to answer it here though... (personally, i wouldnt... ;-) )
oh, and btw, i couldnt finish reading the book.
 

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thanks for reading it. i see your point. with regard to baldwin, i think he had at least two crosses to carry, probably even more, and these different "ego-states" of his personality dominated his perception of life in a negative way. not sure if going back to the states was really a choice he had.
now i am curious of course. why is your dad a true hero? not sure, if you want to answer it here though... (personally, i wouldnt... ;-) )
oh, and btw, i couldnt finish reading the book.
Well, he was a good father. Good fathers are heroes, especially when they didn't have one.

Re Baldwin crosses, I understand what you said. But his biggest cross was in his mind. Not not even Jesus Christ remained too long next to his cross. He made a statement, flew to another continent and had a life. But how can you escape from your mind?
 
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Well, he was a good father. Good fathers are heroes, especially when they didn't have one.

Re Baldwin crosses, I understand what you said. But his biggest cross was in his mind. Not not even Jesus Christ remained too long next to his cross. He made a statement, flew to another continent and had a life. But how can you escape from your mind?
i guess your father chose a different role model then. good for him - and for you too.

Re Jesus and his crosses, sorry cant comment on that, as i have almost no experience with bible issues and was never forced to occupy my mind with biblical stories for too long. i dont know any women who made a show of their crosses. i think it's a men's thing to shove these inner conflicts under other people's noses constantly. maybe i should do that too to make myself look more importanat, but certainly not here.
 
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Finished reading tender is the night again original version which should be the only version. Probably my favorite of his novels but now I’m slightly depressed so I’ve started Hollywood by gore Vidal a cheery book about America on the eve of entering ww1
 
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Just stumbled across this short story in the LA Review of Books, which some of you might enjoy:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/renegades-maybe/

It's called "renegades, Maybe" by Francisco McCurry and has some Smiths/Morrissey content. First paragraph:

"When Manny was 19, he existed with no goals except to smoke weed, party, get laid, and drop acid. He had a dog paw tatted on his right bicep, and wore green contacts. His hair was short and full of gel, and the Smiths were his favorite band."

(There's more after that - including one character reacting to "How Soon Is Now?" like this: “What are you fools listening to? This shit is gay. Sounds like music my sister plays when she’s on her period.”)
 

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