(urth) What are you reading?
Daniel Otto Jack Petersen
danielottojackpetersen at gmail.com
Wed Mar 12 06:58:57 PDT 2014
Just finished R. A. Lafferty's late novel *Serpent's Egg* (1987) last week
- mad brilliance as always. (Read John Williams's *Butcher's Crossing* just
before that - existential buffalo hunting, ya can't beat that.) Reading
the stories in the new Centipede Press volume 1 of Lafferty's complete
short stories - whenever I have the chance to sit down and carefully handle
the book (as I usually have books thrust in a backpack getting bent up as I
read them all over the place in between everything). Have already read all
those stories, but hugely enjoying revisiting them, especially in a quality
physical format worthy of them.
Realised I hadn't finished the last 30 or so pages of King's *Salem's Lot*,
so gonna round that out.
Recently read a 200 page poem from the Middle Ages called *Piers
Plowman*(14th c.) - it was for a course I'm in. *Paradise
Lost* is one of my all time fave long poems and *Piers *has probably shot
right up there with it. The latter actually makes a very interesting
contrast to the former in just about every respect. (And to be reductively
categorical, I'd say Wolfe is more Milton while Lafferty is more *Piers* -
the former 'high' and the latter 'low', both genius and both
all-encompassing and stretching imagination to its limits, each in its
Really torn about what novel to get into next. Thinking of another King
just for simple fun. Maybe Wolfe's *The Sorcerer's House* - that's the
next one up for me in the post-2000 novels I haven't read. Maybe McCarthy,
maybe Michael Bishop, maybe Dan Simmons... I dunno.
On Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 1:26 PM, Antonin Scriabin
<kierkegaurdian at gmail.com>wrote:
> Hello, Urthlings. What are you reading these days? I haven't been reading
> much Wolfe lately, so nothing is fresh enough in my mind to participate in
> some of the other ongoing discussions.
> I am working my way through the Harvard Classics. I just finished the
> fourth volume, the complete poems in English by John Milton. *Paradise
> Lost *was a treat, as was Franklin's autobiography in the first volume
> and the *New Atlantis *by Bacon in the third, which is an old favorite of
> mine from my philosophy major days.
> I've also recently read *The Sea, the Sea *by Iris Murdoch, which was
> excellent, and *The City of Dreaming Books *by Moers, which was great,
> silly fun*.* I also read the first 50 pages of *Lookout Cartridge* by
> McElroy and decided to put it back on the shelf for the time being. It
> wasn't particularly *bad, *it was just entirely unsuccessful in grabbing
> my attention within a reasonable amount of time, together with being
> written in a very disjointed, unique style. I will probably get back to it
> in the near future.
> Anyway, I am getting back on a Wolfe kick today by finishing the latter
> half of *The Island of Doctor Death, and Other Stories, and Other Stories*.
> Looking forward to it!
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