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Ned
22-11-2004, 03:25 PM
Any fans? I've read four of his books (White Noise, Americana, Underworld, and Great Jones Street) and I eventually hope to get through all the rest. Best prose in the 20th century if you ask me.

Woebot
22-11-2004, 03:59 PM
Any fans? I've read four of his books (White Noise, Americana, Underworld, and Great Jones Street) and I eventually hope to get through all the rest. Best prose in the 20th century if you ask me. i read white noise. always dead impressed by the fact that brian eno designed its cover, though that he composed the microsoft start-up noise never quite tipped me over into being a windows user (http://www.coolcatdaddy.com/rand/observations-mssound.html) ;)

i liked white noise. 'bout some college professor teaching "nazi studies" driven into a sort of "paralysis of fear" by a protective society. i wonder if k-punk has read it? what did you make of it ned?

carlos
22-11-2004, 04:27 PM
i've only read "libra" (about lee harvey oswald) - i should read more of his books.

luka
22-11-2004, 05:28 PM
i don't want to be accused of intellectual bullying but i don't like de lillo. i read mao II first. i liked that.

so i read white noise. i think david toop mentions it in ocean of sound which would explain how matt came to read it. (is that a good guess matt?)

i didn't like that. it was the smart-arsery that put me off i think. it felt too contrived.

i didn't hate that nearly as much as underworld though which i think is a major acheivement of shitness.
overreaching himself. i don;t like the folksy pose/prose and i don't buy it either. straining for profundity and coming off like a smartarse is what i reckon.

plus no book can justify being that long, life is short and books should be too.

i think i'll get drunk by myself now. anyone want to come round and cook me dinner?

oh yeah, you reminded me, i read libra as well. i can't remember hardly anything about that book.

Woebot
22-11-2004, 06:29 PM
so i read white noise. i think david toop mentions it in ocean of sound which would explain how matt came to read it. (is that a good guess matt?)

i didn't like that. it was the smart-arsery that put me off i think. it felt too contrived. gurgle, yes thats exactly what lead me to it.

i'm hardly qualified to have an opinion anyway, i've read about two books in the last five years.

(back to the music forum http://www.dissensus.com/images/smilies/wink.gif )

francesco
22-11-2004, 06:57 PM
I much liked Mao II (his best for me) and White Noise, Libra also a bit, Underworld is still unopened somewhere here, but, yes, his writing is sometimes too smart for my taste, so smart that sometimes isn't very good at nothing except clear smartness. Not that i didn't like it but I wasn't (with the exception of afoermentioned Mao II) really amazed. The same happened with the most recents Pynchon books; I rate V and Gravity's Rainbow as two of the most great books ever, but the magic didn't work anymore with Vineland and Mason_Dixon, not at all bad, but genius on autopilot.

francesco

satanmcnugget
22-11-2004, 08:15 PM
he's one of those writers i always meant to check out and never did, for whatever reason...part of thge problem is that i read so much about the books in reviews and whatnot that it kinda eroded my desire to read em for myself...enough time has lapsed that i think i shld probably dig into him soon...and Paul Bowles, too


(surprises me that Woebot isnt a big reader...very well-written/concise blogwriting without being overly pretentious...that usually signals someone who is well-read)