Ok this sounds like top contender @criminiminal what’s dope about White Teeth and why is it my jam??
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?
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!
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!
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).
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.
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.
Fisher was excellent! Really recommend checking out his book ‘Capitalist Realism’. His K-punk blog is still up too and is well worth a deep dive!
I’ve always had the feeling Rand’s stuff was kind of satirical myself.