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    I should add that I find this style exasperating, as I would no doubt find my own 'style' on here to be exasperating, but that it certainly packs a high degree of nuance into a short space (paradoxically by greatly extending sentences).

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    I have just started the new Hoffman translation of Berlin Alexanderplatz - i'm really enjoying it - although also makes me yearn for a rerun of the Fassbinder version shown late at night on C4 back in the 80s which Ian Penman used to rave about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenks View Post
    I have just started the new Hoffman translation of Berlin Alexanderplatz - i'm really enjoying it - although also makes me yearn for a rerun of the Fassbinder version shown late at night on C4 back in the 80s which Ian Penman used to rave about.
    its on youtube. you might have to adjust the settings so the subtitles are in english

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    The White Album, Joan Didion

    I'm into it and I like the idea of stitching together a sense of the time through vague accounts of various loosely connected or wholly unconnected events.

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    Alongside Pollan's book on psychedelics, I've been reading some of Henry James's literary criticism. He was a pretty brilliant critic, especially when being withering.

    Here he is on Dickens (what he says re Dickens being 'the greatest of superficial novelists' seems to me to apply to the much inferior novelist m. amis):

    https://www.lang.nagoya-u.ac.jp/~mat...OMF-James.html

    And on Algernon Swinburne:

    http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/...swinburne.html

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    corpsey why do you want to live in the 19th century?

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    Thinks were simpler then

    NB: this was a typo but let it stand
    Last edited by Corpsey; Yesterday at 10:47 AM.

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    I do find the 19th century a particularly fascinating period - a transition between the Christian/materialist ages, the post-revolutionary disillusion, the contrast between Victorian moralism and the brutal conditions of impoverished people at home and in the colonies... etc.

    I blame you for getting me into Yeats tbh

    (I mentioned Yeats did you notice?)

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    Anyway, although I think I know what you'll say, you're reading Finnegan's Wake - WHY DO YOU WANT TO LIVE IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY?

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    And if you tell me we're still living in the 20th century, I'll tell you we're still living in the NINETEENTH CENTURY

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    Incidentally, a line can be traced from Henry James as a critic to FR Leavis as critic to YOUR PRECIOUS HUGH KENNER AS CRITIC

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    lol keep reading corpsey dont let anyone tell you what to do

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corpsey View Post
    I should add that I find this style exasperating, as I would no doubt find my own 'style' on here to be exasperating, but that it certainly packs a high degree of nuance into a short space (paradoxically by greatly extending sentences).
    i used to do this then i decided most punctuation was bourgeois.

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    youtubes algorithm just recommended terence mckenna on finnegans wake.

    i don't want to ever think of shpongle ever again.

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    im a huge mckenna fan but i dont think hes at his most convincing on the wake.

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