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  • #726
    vile bastard
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    Jimbo, whilst I appreciate that you have your own needs (Infinite Jest- in this case), were I you I would have gone for “A Pet For Mrs Arbuckle” which you would only have to read about a thousand times to your two year old and (eventually) his sister……. In fact, and I speak from experience, by about the twentieth time you will be able simply to recite the whole story whilst simply flipping the pages so that your kids can look at the pictures.

    #739
    armsaroundthestereo
    armsaroundthestereo
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    I’ve been very interested in starting Infinite Jest also, but it’s so daunting.

    Over this past Summer I read House Of Leaves, which contains tons of footnotes and appendices. I had no trouble reading it, and actually it became one of the best books I’ve read. It’s still much shorter than Infinite Jest though. I recently bought Danielewski’s (author of House of Leaves) follow up to HoL,called Only Revolutions. This one is also quite daunting, but I’m getting into it. It takes some time, but once you get used to the way it’s structured, it’s very interesting.

    #740
    driverdarlingdriver
    driverdarlingdriver
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    Thanks for the feedback guys.  Yesterday I went out and got a paper copy of Infinite Jest mostly because of the end-notes.  I’ve heard there are 200 pages of end notes and from what I’ve experienced with footnotes/endnotes on my Kindle, I’m sure I would be in hell trying to efficiently flip back and forth.  Had I known about Kobo I may have reconsidered.  Oh well, maybe I’ll eventually lose a pound or two due to my “old school” style with this book.

    Use three bookmarks: one for where you left off in the footnotes, one for where you left off in the main text — you put two in whichever you were reading last.

     

    Almost caught up to the day on the 365 short stories project. I’ll post the running list at the end of the month.

    #744
    driverdarlingdriver
    driverdarlingdriver
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    I don’t know how many of you are into comics, but Kyle Baker is super talented, and he just posted most of his long-form stuff for free on his website. Have a look: http://t.co/SohXSuMP

    #745
    another uninnocent
    another uninnocent
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    Jimbo, there’s no need to rush it. I have very little time to read nowadays (and almost none to write), but if the book is good, I’m almost feel like delaying the end. It took me 5-6 months to read IJ. English not being my native language, I need to re-read often and check many words, but as you know I enjoyed very much.

    The bookmark advice is excellent. My other advice is not getting discouraged by the Ederdy binge section, it’s very early in the book and gosh! I remember being so confused when I read it. Keep going, things will make sense eventually.

    You make me feel like re-reading it now…

    #793
    Jimbo
    Jimbo
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    I’ve got my three bookmarks and have been trying to make daily time (so far so good).  I got through the first Ederdy section (while he was very anxiously awaiting the arrival of his special visitor) was absolutely brilliant.  Although not a lot happens, the way he gets into the head of someone who is so absolutely fixated on something he hates is excellent.

    #798

    Rosemary
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    I’ve just been on a binge of rereading Stuart MacBride’s mystery series with detective Logan McRae – I read the newest one and realized I’d missed a couple, so then I went back to the beginning (after getting the first three for .99 each on Kobo) and reread them all. They’re pretty dark, but also hilarious and they have great characters.

    I’ve been off work this week so I read a lot more than I usually have time to do.  Just read a great novel that’s coming out later this year called The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker – it’s part magical realism and part historical fiction about the immigrant experience in New York in the early 20th Century. Now I’m reading The Dude and the Zen Master, which is conversations between Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman, very enjoyable (and I’ve never seen The Big Lebowski).  Next up will probably be the new Ian Rankin, Standing in Another Man’s Grave.

    #858

    comeunfantasma
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    Loving all things Greenblatt:

    It’s like Davinci’s Code, but true and actually written well, where a bunch of civil servants save civilization.

    Got a New Yorker subscripition on the Ipad, so that’s probably it for books for me this year.

    #1062
    LogicalHarm
    LogicalHarm
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    A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian…
    half way through and it’s beginning to draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaag.

    #1075

    Rosemary
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    LogicalHarm wrote:A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian…
    half way through and it’s beginning to draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaag.

    I tried to read that but I couldn’t get into it.

    #1109
    LogicalHarm
    LogicalHarm
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    #1113

    Rosemary
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    If you want “smutty but classy” there’s The Joy of Sexus, about sex in classical times.

    #1114
    LogicalHarm
    LogicalHarm
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    Fuck Class.

    #1139
    Jimbo
    Jimbo
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    LogicalHarm wrote:
    Fuck Class.

    Real Classy LH…

    #1143

    Rosemary
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    LogicalHarm wrote:Fuck Class.

    Band name?

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