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RottingCorpse:
Tyson suggested a "What are you reading" megathread some time ago.  It hit me last night that RC had one about a month ago and, well, here it is.  So all of your book reviews/communal orgasms can go right here!
--nacho



I'm about halfway through A Million Little Pieces by James Frey. The guy wakes up on a plane with no teeth, a fucked up face, and no idea where he's going or how he got there. Turns out he's been an alcoholic and addicted to crack snce he was ten. He parents put him in a detox clinic and he starts trying to figure out a way to stay sober without giving in to a "higher power."

The prose style is somthing else. No quotation marks and at times, repetitive phrases that feels poetic. It really draws you into his stream of conscioiusness.

Matt:
I'm in the middle of a big-ass Paris Review collection they put out in 2003 to celebrate their fiftieth anniversary. Some gems. Some clunkers. Mostly good though.

I'm in the middle of The New New Journalism, by Robert S. Boynton. Collection of interviews with a number of nonfiction/literary journalism authors. Really good stuff. I've been eying one of the authors, Jon Krakauer, for his book Into the Wild for a while now. This gives me a good link to read some other good nonfiction as well. I keep trying to read Wolfe and I'm not impressed. He's seems scattered and unfocused. I was thinking about it while I was walking to work, what kind of books I liked, and I think I prefer subtlety, as a rule, to loud, bang, in your face kind of writing. But I also like energetic subtlety. I want to dig for meaning.

I started The Proud Highway. I started Where I'm Calling From by Raymond Carver. I just picked up the Associated Press Stylebook. I figure if I spend the money while I have it, now, and I'm not a starving college student, I'll be better off. I also picked up Travels with Charley, because I like it and wanted a copy to carry around with me.

And if none of you have checked out the Best American Nonrequired Reading series, you have to. They're fucking fantastic.

yotoc:

--- Quote from: Matt ---I'm in the middle of a big-ass Paris Review collection they put out in 2003 to celebrate their fiftieth anniversary. Some gems. Some clunkers. Mostly good though.

I'm in the middle of The New New Journalism, by Robert S. Boynton. Collection of interviews with a number of nonfiction/literary journalism authors. Really good stuff. I've been eying one of the authors, Jon Krakauer, for his book Into the Wild for a while now. This gives me a good link to read some other good nonfiction as well. I keep trying to read Wolfe and I'm not impressed. He's seems scattered and unfocused. I was thinking about it while I was walking to work, what kind of books I liked, and I think I prefer subtlety, as a rule, to loud, bang, in your face kind of writing. But I also like energetic subtlety. I want to dig for meaning.

I started The Proud Highway. I started Where I'm Calling From by Raymond Carver. I just picked up the Associated Press Stylebook. I figure if I spend the money while I have it, now, and I'm not a starving college student, I'll be better off. I also picked up Travels with Charley, because I like it and wanted a copy to carry around with me.

And if none of you have checked out the Best American Nonrequired Reading series, you have to. They're fucking fantastic.
--- End quote ---


I'm reading everything here.  I should be done by next weekend.

Tyson:
A Million Little Pieces! Oh god! Awesome book. I read it the minute I saw it. Did you get to the oral surgery part? That's some of the most intense descriptions of pain I've ever seen in my life. Everyone go out and read it. Now. Tonight.

RottingCorpse:
I'm a bit over halfway through, but yeah, the oral surgery scene was brutal.

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