Reading / Literature Club


#153

Update: I’m still on page 67…


#154

dude ive tried with that book 3x now. have yet to get past 250…you’re not alone. perseverance, i will conquer it one day. it infitinitely jests at me on the daily from my bookshelf…teasing me…

http://infinitesummer.org/

that’s a website by people breaking it into 75 pages a week to be read over the course of a summer. may be helpful…


#155

I think breaking it up is probably the best way to tackle it! I read about someone who literally broke it up by sawing it into three parts. I’ve read at least ten books since buying it, one of them was Crime and Punishment, which was a breeze after those first 67 pages of Infinite Jest.


#156

I haven’t seen it – it’s been a long time since I’ve really had the set up to watch movies. Free trial months on the laptop, lol. There are so many things to see I don’t know where to start. Is the movie great?

Edit: actually I now have my brother’s password to a lot of streaming sites, so I have the resources to watch as long as I can tolerate the small screen and occasionally spotty wifi.


#157

Last fantastic book I read was “Swing Time” by Zadie Smith.

I was totally and utterly absorbed. Dance and the body, friendships between black girls, the contrasts between the diaspora and contemporary africa, conspiracy theories, grassroots leftism, celebrity narcissism, NGOs, white cultural colonialism: it covers so much while focusing on really deep investigations of just a few characters. It’s a bit of a slow burn (the protagonist isn’t super active) but it never lets you out of its world.

Highly recommended!


#158

Yes it’s amazing. Pirate Bay and Torrent clients work great too.


#159

Been meaning to read her but hadn’t quite found the book that pulled me in. Have U read anything else of hers?


#160

@nickecks bro you would love White Teeth


#161

a small book full of information on this musician and actress who has an alluring beauty and the perfect look for the types of cult films she was cast in. yet to watch any of her films in full yet (have flicked through a few) but will start with the female prisoner boxset.



#162

Well, so far this one’s a novel about a young man in France who feels psychologically sick and can’t really explain why. It’s Sartre’s first attempt at explaining his philosophy, which later became known as existentialism. I live in a similar situation and picked it up after reading an old interview with Paul Schrader explaining that he read it before he wrote Taxi Driver.


#163

I loved the hell out of NW. It’s a bit weirder cause you’re in the fragmented thoughts of different narrators (the first one is high and absent minded a lot), but by the end you have a rich perspective of their lives in impoverished London. I would read it just for the Felix part, which is about a day in the life of a dude struggling to lead a respectable life, drop drugs, and manage the friends and family he’s still connected to.


#164

Just started reading Michel Houellebecq, and started at the beginning with Whatever. Halfway through it now and although not hooked I enjoy it a lot, and I’ve already bought the next ones so the plan is to read all of them chronologically.


#165

Ok this sounds like top contender @criminiminal what’s dope about White Teeth and why is it my jam??


#166

Ya he’s been on my radar but honestly these days trying to read less white male academic duders and diversify my literary voices n storytelling lineages. What would u say is hooking u about his stuff?


#167

I mean, I read it like 17 years ago so there’s no possible way I can do it any justice. it’s just got too much going on to summarize it in a few words. sorry bruv!


#168

He’s fairly easy to read so you run through them quickly. I recommend you just try one, and get a feel of his writing to see if you like it. His books are mostly about the same themes of life being sad, bleak, and quite meaningless. Sounds great right? It’s dark, but with a dry sense of humor, and I happen to like Writers/books like that. Give me a good dose of despair to brighten up my day!


#169

Let’s restart this thread. Just copped this and am excited to read


#170

Finally finished Kafka on the Shore, took me more than a year lol. At times, it felt irredeemably horny which was a major turn-off for me. I definitely loved the Hoshino/Nakata arc a lot better, I loved their duo dynamic and it felt like a really fun adventure of an old gramps and his grandson going on a cross-country trip. With so many philosophical musings, I can see how it relates to a lot of people (including myself).


#171

I have been slowly reading Mason & Dixon for the holidays, it’s my third Thomas Pynchon novel and really liking it so far, about halfway through now.


#172

Just finished Republic Commando: Hard Contact by Karen Traviss. Really really great Star Wars book, and it’s great regardless if you’re a fan of the franchise or not. Sci-fi special ops military with a side of humanity and morality in the mix, and lovable characters.

EDIT: Really wished this could be adapted to a movie / short miniseries cos’ it is so freakin’ good.