Friday, October 07, 2005

at a loss

i've been trying and cant find anything to read. for a while i kept picking good things up: King Lear, a book of Burroughs interviews, the World According to Garp, the Wayward Bus; but now i'm stuck trying to get into either Cry, the Beloved Country (apparently everyone else read this in school) or Everything is Illuminated and it isnt working. tomorrow i might see how the Good Earth does for me but if anyone has suggestions...i have a library card...


Blogger ariel said...

cry the beloved country is very hard to get into. something about it's short sentences? the way everything is supposed to be so meaningful? meh. i'm one who read it in school. b-o-r-i-n-g. also, seems like the minister had kind of a sanctimonious thing going for him.
i suggest 'you're an animal voskovitz' by alessandro boffa which is light, short, and charming. a mainstay set of characters demonstrate the humour in tragedy through the perspective of various things, from a snail to a dog. but it really is funny.

7:42 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

i totally second that suggestion. it's unexpectedly brilliant.
i don't have anything i've read to pass along, but both vonnegut and tom robbins have new books out; one a memoir-ish short kind of thing (Man Without a Country) and the other collected short writings (Wild Ducks Flying Backwards). the book Snow by Orhan Pamuk looks kind of good. Chuck Palahunik(sp?) has a fairly new book called Haunted which has a cool plot. it is by him, though, so it might drive you crazy (or maybe that's just me).if you want anymore bookstore suggestions, just ask.

1:58 PM  
Blogger duck said...

Ok Those guys have wonderful suggestions. But I'm reading Moby Dick right now, which has always kind of scared me, and it is instantly gratifying and um thought provoking. Its good, and it begins with a few pages of whale-related quotes, which is always a clever way to start a novel or guide to cetology. If you haven't read it, you could. Then we could get coffee and compose whaling songs to accompany my new mandolin. Vonneguts book is always gone wherever I go.

1:49 AM  
Blogger Josh said...

The Vonnegut book has been in reprint for weeks, I think the publisher thought no one was going to want it, so did a small first run. Turns out everybody wants it and this run is huge. I put it on hold a couple weeks ago from the library and got it today, passed it on to Ariel. I read two of the pieces when they were first published and they are complete genius (well, I guess I'm just assuming that the one's I'm thinking of are in there). Oct. 21st is the day it's supposed to hit the streets again.

12:46 AM  

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