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Have had looooootts of time to read since I've been in rehab.

Finished up "Middle Men" by Jim Gavin the other day. It was a really good little collection of stories, documenting just the everyday grind and the daily sorrows we deal with.

Currently reading "Steppenwolf" by Hermann Hesse, and "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman. Both are really awesome so far!
 
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francoise sagan by bert hardy, 1955
 
Just some authors I stan (obviously NO author has ALL good books, even the best of the best write the occasional stinker):

Richard Laymon
James Herbert
Stephen King
Dean Koontz
Irvine Welsh
Joe Hill
Matt Shaw
Jon Athan
Tess Gerritsen
Lee Child
Brett Easton Ellis
William S Burroughs
Hunter S Thompson
Hubert Selby Jr
Cassandra Clare
The Barns Brothers
Bentley Little
Ian McEwan
John Lindqvist
Edgar Cantero
David Wong
Sebastien de Castell
J.G. Ballard
Poppy Z Brite
William Peter Blatty
Wrath James White
Brian Keene
Edward Lee
Jack Ketchum
Bryan Smith
S.E. Hinton
Tim Miller
Graham Masterton
Shaun Hutson
Marya Hornbacher
Grady Hendrix
Elizabeth Wurtzel
Clive Barker
Jon Ronson
Carlton Mellick III
J.T. Leroy
If you like those authors you will probably enjoy Peter Straub, Jack Kerouac, and Whitley Strieber. I am reading Koko by Peter Straub and I had read the Talisman he wrote with Stephen King but have not read the sequel to it they both wrote. I like Strieber's early novels but I am not really sure if he was abducted by aliens? Wouldn't he have went with them?

I remember the JT leroy hoax. I knew she was not a teenage boy or abused, as Laura Albert AKA J.T. leroy was writing in a zine about bisexuality in the early 1990s, but the writing was not bad, however I knew it was fiction, but the books were at the time heavily marketed and promoted and she would do or use anyone for fame/attention.
 
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If you like those authors you will probably enjoy Peter Straub, Jack Kerouac, and Whitley Strieber. I am reading Koko by Peter Straub and I had read the Talisman he wrote with Stephen King but have not read the sequel to it they both wrote. I like Strieber's early novels but I am not really sure if he was abducted by aliens? Wouldn't he have went with them?

I remember the JT leroy hoax. I knew she was not a teenage boy or abused, as Laura Albert AKA J.T. leroy was writing in a zine about bisexuality in the early 1990s, but the writing was not bad, however I knew it was fiction, but the books were at the time heavily marketed and promoted and she would do or use anyone for fame/attention.

The sequel Black House - I actually enjoyed it even more than Talisman.

I recently read On the Road and loved it!

Yes, "J.T. Leroy" was actually a husband-and-wife writer team. That doesn't take away from how good Sarah and particularly The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things are, but obviously people weren't happy that they were a) actual fiction and b) not written by a homeless, transsexual* 17 year old prostitute with almost no schooling.

*transsexual was the accepted term at the time. Obviously we'd now say "transgender".
 
Maybe I'll write a more elaborate list of my favorite authors, but currently, I've been focused on write short narrative stories of fantasy,so I'm mesmerized with Edgar Allan Poe (I love the Morgue street story and Eleanor. I also love "The raven" and Annabel Lee). Kafka is also an author I've read a lot lately, "The process" is my favorite story.
There is a brazilian writer that I wish that people could learn more about her,that is Clarice Lispector: she writes beautifully her tales. Machado de Assis is another braziliam author that I've wish people could learn about him, I love his "fancy irony".
These days,I've read a very nice tale of Nathaniel Hawthorne named " The young Goodman Brown" ( I think this is the title in English) and I was hooked up. I'm looking for more fantastical tales to help on my research to write.
 
I ❤️ Margaret Atwood




A specially commissioned, unburnable edition of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale has been auctioned for $130,000, Sotheby’s announced on Tuesday.

Proceeds will be donated to PEN America, which advocates for free expression worldwide. The 384-page book consists mainly of Cinefoil, a specially treated aluminum product, and was announced last month at PEN’s annual fundraising gala.



 
Anyone else love chapter 6 of Tropic of Capricorn by H Miller. I was just rereading him yesterday and was reminded of how absolutely amazing Miller is. Given todays society, of open free porn.. ya you sisterfuckers, his sexual content is no longer even stimulating, this dates his works.. but only the generic and asexual are immune to dating.
 
Lolita from Nabokov, its about a pedophile but the genius is that he devolops this protagonist in such a way that you really have sympathy for him and understand him, fe it covers his struggle of fighting the temptation while suffrering from it and he even takes on an expedition to the north pole to escape temptation, it also is Nabokovs first book while having moved to the US and the first in english, to make his now primary audience relate to the book he sketches a road trip tru america with stays in motels and he very detailed describes typical american things, its full of americana and it is geniusly written..

The post office by Charles Bukowski, not an actual auto-biography but based on his life it is, Charles Bukowski brings about beauty in the most obscene, dirty and depressing events...

Either/either by Kierkegaard, originally in danish called Enten/Elter, so a better translation would have been either the one or the other... Kierkegaard published it under the name Viktor Heremitus (from the Heremit crab and the Heremit priests who are both beings that live solitary, and he sais in the intro that he didnt write this book but that he purchased an old table and found these writings in it, it are two parts, first is the esthetic, the one who seduces women, drinks and parties a lot and so on, and he writes lettres back and forward with the protagonist of the second part, judge Wilhelm, who is highly ethical and preaches to the esthetic...
 
i'm (re-)reading Lolita right now as well! completely disagree with how you interpret nabokov's presentation of hh. he is bumbling idiot with the morals of patrick bateman. he attempts to explain himself to the reader, but it is a quilt full of holes. he doesn't kill (quite) everyone who gets in his way, but he wishes he could. he is violent to lo, both through emotional torture and actual physical violence. as he was abusive to his ex-wife, twisting her injured wrist whenever she wouldn't do as he wants. that woman would not break up with him by herself. when she does with her new partner present, he contemplates killing or torturing her -- saying if he could have only gotten a moment alone with her. his polar expedition is revealing of social and emotional detachment, not a real effort to not harm others. despite his professed attempts at restraint, he has no control beyond light self-preservation. he has lo jerk him off under the desk at school while he ogles her classmate. which isn't a one off thing. he often parks outside of school with her for the same purpose. he rapes her several times a day for years. and tells the reader she cries herself to sleep every night because he doesn't buy her enough sweets. the extent and duration that he keeps her in isolation is as stomach turning as the molestation. his moment of realization -- looking down on on the children playing and understanding the childhood he stole -- is a joke; the entire book is written by him in retrospect and is a pathetic appeal, not an earnest acknowledgment. much of that appeal is slandering lo as "vile and a beloved slut." he isn't a multidimensional character -- dolores haze is -- he's a flat psychopath.
 
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i'm (re-)reading Lolita right now as well! completely disagree with how you interpret nabokov's presentation of hh. he is bumbling idiot with the morals of patrick bateman. he attempts to explain himself to the reader, but it is a quilt full of holes. he doesn't kill (quite) everyone who gets in his way, but he wishes he could. he is violent to lo, both through emotional torture and actual physical violence. as he was abusive to his ex-wife, twisting her injured wrist whenever she wouldn't do as he wants. that woman would not break up with him by herself. when she does with her new partner present, he contemplates killing or torturing her -- saying if he could have only gotten a moment alone with her. his polar expedition is revealing of social and emotional detachment, not a real effort to not harm others. despite his professed attempts at restraint, he has no control beyond light self-preservation. he has lo jerk him off under the desk at school while he ogles her classmate. which isn't a one off thing. he often parks outside of school with her for the same purpose. he rapes her several times a day for years. and tells the reader she cries herself to sleep every night because he doesn't buy her enough sweets. the extent and duration that he keeps her in isolation is as stomach turning as the molestation. his moment of realization -- looking down on on the children playing and understanding the childhood he stole -- is a joke; the entire book is written by him in retrospect and is a pathetic appeal, not an earnest acknowledgment. much of that appeal is slandering lo as "vile and a beloved slut." he isn't a multidimensional character -- dolores haze is -- he's a flat psychopath.
I agree as the story develops he degenerates into these things, and I agree with you on what kind of document this text is supposed to represent namely written in retrospect in jail, but simply where it all originates out of is his love for his girlfriend lets call her as a child who died and he never able to forget her and spirals out of control out of the pursuit of the perfect girl to substitute for the girl he lost, I find this notion to be very powerfull that its even not completely forgotten by the time you reach the end...
 
Books I need to read soon, starting with ‘How To Kill Your Family’ - super black comedy haha.

Probably should have moved the games away but it’s only 2.

 
you know, my last book was
The Soft Machine written by

William S. Burroughs​

So maybe you would like it too))
 
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