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Old 01-19-2021, 05:27 PM   #521
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Old 01-21-2021, 05:17 PM   #522
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What is with people numbering the books they read each year, nobody does that for movies or music or anything. It just feels like bragging. Wow you read a whole book,,,congrats
i know a guy who does tha with video games
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Old 01-21-2021, 08:27 PM   #523
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Lol true nuff but I feel like with the books it's signaling how intellectually superior you are, look at me I read this many books, which are for smart people any eejit can play video games.
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Look, I don't have a lot of other ways to signal that I am intellectually superior. Let me have this one.
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Old 01-21-2021, 08:30 PM   #526
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Old 03-01-2021, 07:06 PM   #527
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I have FINISHED Infinite Jest. It took me exactly 1 year.

I have a lot to say about this book, but also I don't know what to say. There are times when it is very brilliant or very funny or very sad. Usually a combination. There are also parts where it's extremely lucid, there would be multiple chapters where 90% of it is just some insanely detailed descriptions and observations of stuff and then something insane happens in the last few pages. I always felt like those conclusions compensated for the inanity though.

At some point though you have to be like respectful of your reader, and introducing 450 characters with weird names and details that are presented in a way that's just kind of hard to remember is like not nice. The aggressively non-linear nature of the whole thing made it so that I didn't really grasp what was happening until 700 pages in. It's incredibly difficult to read but it does feel rewarding when you're working through it, up until you realize the thing has no payoff. It's frustrating and it makes me feel stupid, like I am not "smart" enough as DFW is to understand all the different layers or some shit.

And now it's got me making up all these backwater ass stories for random people who may or may not even exist, like Kanye West starting riots outside of Wikipedia's HQ to get his Wiki page taken down, or a guy whose porn addiction gets so out of control that it ruins his family and leads his daughter to actually start acting in pornos and then the dad went to watch porn one time and saw his daughter getting screwed from the back and jerked off to it, and after he splooged he let the video keep playing, and the girl turns over for the male actor to splooge on her face, and the guy only then realizes that it was his daughter he jerked off to, and is like psychologically scarred from that, and now can not watch porn anymore, but is suffering from addiction withdrawal via kind of having his hand forced into quitting cold turkey, so he becomes like vegetative and turns to hard drugs, and now has just like totally addled himself. My brain is full of this shit now
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Old 03-06-2021, 12:48 AM   #528
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I just read a vcr manual. We cant all read the classics Mr Highbrow
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Book #??? of 2021: "El Juego Del Angel" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

667 pages in Spanish. Went a lot easier than the last one... pretty much didn't need to use the translator a lot (for grammar/sentence structure), but only the dictionary for words I didn't know/forgot.

Good story but an unsatisfying ending/resolution.... but maybe because the mysteries are being saved for the next two books in the series.

Library doesn't have the next two in Spanish, only in English though....
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Old 04-16-2021, 06:47 PM   #530
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The Grapes of Wrath. Just amazing imagery and a really wonderful snapshot of a life that so many people lived that feels impossible to me. No better postcard for working class solidarity than this right here
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Recently finished "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed" by Jared Diamond.... was pretty good... probably the most "logically" and "straight-forward" presentation in a book I have read.... every chapter felt more like a "scholarly essay" in traditional format....
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