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The Book Club For Really Smart People Club.
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manorastroman
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i would like to remove from my chest the weight of the following statement: tom robbins is the single most masturbatory waste of time, tree, ink, and coffeeshop banter.

ever.

onto more positive things, i just finished eugene ionesco's "the bald soprano" and paul auster's "city of glass". the former is a hilarious bit of playwriting from one of beckett's contemporaries, truly the most absurd thing i've ever read, but also consistantly funny. the latter is a bizarre detective story that reads like vachss+cervantes or somesuch. flawed, but very interesting and expertly paced.

oh, and nobody REALLY likes james joyce, unless it's the dubliners, and even that's suspect. anyone who says otherwise his either attempting to violate you or get money from you.


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Weird, that's what a friend of mine says as well...


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Ya Krunk'd Floo
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I agree in part with the ol' Tom Robbins thing, but I did love 'The Jitterbug Perfume'.

As for ol' Joyce, you're wrong, dear boy. You're wrong. It's true, I can't swallow a whole Joyce in one go, but selective morsels are delicious. Anyone who says otherwise either hasn't read enough books to appreciate why he's good, or has testicles for ear-lobes. Fact.


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pierce my earlobes and call me sexually liberated...though to be fair, i did enjoy some of the stories in dubliners.


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Weird, that's what a friend of mine says as well...


which piece?


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The one about Joyce.


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pierce my earlobes and call me sexually liberated...though to be fair, i did enjoy some of the stories in dubliners.


Dubliners is definitely his most accessable novel, but his other ones are incredible if you take the time to appreciate what he's doing and what he's writing about. I was fortunate enough to have weekly lectures accompanying me the first time I read Ulysses, which helped immensely. Don't sniff at it just because it appears snooty, knowhaImean?


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Dubliners isn't really a novel, is it, you bastard?

I only really like 'An Encounter', and 'The Dead'.


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Ya Krunk'd Floo
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Well, there is an internal narrative wheel connecting all the stories, but if you want to view them as seperate entities, then fine. You are an idiot, after all.

Also, it's interesting - though not entirely surprising - to find out that you liked 'An Encounter', you dirty old shit.

As for me, 'Eveline', 'Araby', 'Two Gallants', 'Little Cloud', and 'The Dead' were my favorites, although I was able to see the importance of the collection as a whole.

*Mmmmm-wehhhhhs...*


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Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.

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Nerd.


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Ya Krunk'd Floo
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You are.


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two gallants is very good. there's quite a difference between being impressed by joyce and enjoying him, though. i imagine having some smelly old professor telling you why you should like things helped, though whistle

has anybody else read jorge borges?


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two gallants is very good. there's quite a difference between being impressed by joyce and enjoying him, though. i imagine having some smelly old professor telling you why you should like things helped, though whistle


Oh, what a silly web you weave! Do you not enjoy getting your brain massaged and urged to think and puzzle the pieces? I guess not, for that would require a brain in the first place...*toot-toot*

Indeed, I jest...I jest...

The thing with studying something like literature means that as long as you can substantiate your perspective then the need for mollycoddling is nil. Unless you are a weak-minded fool...Hello?

I haven't read any Jorge Borges...Is he incredibly shit?


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Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.

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bah! he's one of the towering giants in the south american literary canon, along with garcia-marquez and puig. fantastic (in the literal sense), mathematical, very thought provoking.


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nil


A word that describes a ridiculously little amount that is so ridiculously little that it is non existent. Yes.


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A word that describes a ridiculously little amount that is so ridiculously little that it is non existent. Yes.


(dog)


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Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.

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(dog)


A word to describe an animal. A dog to be exact. Oftenused. Maybe even in Ulysses. Though I wouldn't know.


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A word to describe an animal. A dog to be exact. Oftenused. Maybe even in Ulysses. Though I wouldn't know.


You are a man who uses his fingers to type letters that eventually form words on the computer-screen infront of your face.


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Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.

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You are a man who uses his fingers to type letters that eventually form words on the computer-screen infront of your face.
Truth


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You are a man who uses his fingers to type letters that eventually form words on the computer-screen infront of your face.


you are just SO real, ya know?


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you are just SO real, ya know?


Yes, I know I am SO real. How do I know? Well, I know because...I know because...because...BECAUSE I NEVER LOVED HIM THE WAY I LOVE YOU!

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bah! he's one of the towering giants in the south american literary canon, along with garcia-marquez and puig. fantastic (in the literal sense), mathematical, very thought provoking.


Recommend me a starter for 3 points and a dance.


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