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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    It is worth thinking about why we have had almost 100 years without a writer of major stature.
    That's an easy one. The novel as a medium is antiquated. Peaked in the nineteenth century? Or Ulysses is the high water mark and the end?

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    I've been talking about that here for years it disgusts me. It's the ted talk phenomenon. Waterstones don't have philosophy shelves or psychology shelves they have a section called smart thinking or whatever full of dumbed down New York Times bestsellers like that.
    My wife's brother uses an app called 'blinkest' which summarises all these smart thinking books. 400 pages in 16 minutes, download it to your brain as you swing into work on the train

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corpsey View Post
    Kindle has made the big fuckers much more travel friendly. Downside is nobody can tell how clever you are for reading a big book.
    Yeah, when I finally get round to reading Ulysses, I'm going print only on it. You just wouldn't bother on the Kindle.

    No point reading a big book unless others know very clearly.

    Nothing more vainglorious apart from maybe 'im writing a book...'

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    Quote Originally Posted by catalog View Post
    That's an easy one. The novel as a medium is antiquated. Peaked in the nineteenth century? Or Ulysses is the high water mark and the end?
    But the novel is not the only form of writing.

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    As I said the other day the counter cultural energy, the avant garde energy seems to flow into theory. The French.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    But the novel is not the only form of writing.
    No, but it is the pinnacle. Most of the books mentioned so far on this thread are novels.

    The novel is the highest form.

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    I don't think of it as the pinnacle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    As I said the other day the counter cultural energy, the avant garde energy seems to flow into theory. The French.
    Post war french theory is all to do with war guilt

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    I don't think of it as the pinnacle.
    Good for you, that's fine. I disagree.

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    Well I disagree with you too

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    Quote Originally Posted by catalog View Post
    Post war french theory is all to do with war guilt
    Perhaps this is somewhat reductive this game.

    Burroughs-guilt

    All of French theory-guilt

    Beckett-guilt

    The known universe-guilt

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    After all if guilt was all it took to create great works of literature and philosophy we'd all be at it.

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    You've got me there. I don't disagree though. You could broaden it a bit if you wanted. 'guilt and having done deeds'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    After all if guilt was all it took to create great works of literature and philosophy we'd all be at it.
    Obviously it's not just guilt that matters, it's how you express it

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    I can probably explain better, don't have time for anything clear right now. Might do an effort post later

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