(urth) What are you reading?
kierkegaurdian at gmail.com
Wed Mar 12 07:03:10 PDT 2014
"Bolano's 2666 which seems to me at its heart kind of a Twin Peaks urban
Well, now I kind of want to read it!
"McElroy has always been one of those authors I feel I should like but in
execution he seems rather boring. At least you have to pay attention when
you read him."
Have you read *Lookout Cartridge*? I also lucked out and found a copy of *Women
and Men* for $3 a few months ago, I would be willing to try that one if it
is better. I adore Pynchon, Gaddis, and Barth (with whom McElroy is so
often mentioned) so I was surprised to be so turned off right away.
"Clearly island of doctor death and other stories is Wolfe's best
"The Hero as Werewolf" and "Alien Stones" are really outstanding stories.
So far I am enjoying the collection at least as much as *Endangered
On Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 9:49 AM, Marc Aramini <marcaramini at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Mar 12, 2014, at 6:26 AM, Antonin Scriabin <kierkegaurdian at gmail.com>
> 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!
> Haven't read much lately but in the middle of Musil's Man of No Qualities,
> in about the fifth volume of Sturgeon's collected stories, Mishima's
> Forbidden Colors (Mishima's philosophy always interested me), Bolano's 2666
> which seems to me at its heart kind of a Twin Peaks urban fantasy.
> Surprised it got any literary attention. McElroy has always been one of
> those authors I feel I should like but in execution he seems rather boring.
> At least you have to pay attention when you read him.
> My Peace write up is "done" but it is missing a connection I know that is
> lurking, between the devils of hell with misplaced limbs who are one with
> their victims and the carnival people and the dog boy whom Weer's father
> will take hunting in a dream and languishes across Weer's leg as he thinks
> of his picnic with Margeret Lorn, so I am waiting on that final edit to
> post it. After that I will be on Forleson. I have not abandoned my
> project but I have to be in the right frame of mind to do quality work on
> Clearly island of doctor death and other stories is Wolfe's best
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