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« Reply #45 on: August 10, 2005, 06:00:58 PM »
Oh look, we can be Booker Prize whores.  Or not, actually.  Snore!  

The Longlist has been announced:



The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw

The Sea by John Banville

Arthur & George by Julian Barnes

A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry

Slow Man by JM Coetzee

In the Fold by Rachel Cusk

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

All For Love by Dan Jacobson

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel

Saturday by Ian McEwan

The Peopleís Act of Love by James Meek

Shalimar The Clown by Salman Rushdie

The Accidental by Ali Smith

On Beauty by Zadie Smith

This Thing Of Darkness by Harry Thompson

This Is The Country by William Wall

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« Reply #46 on: August 10, 2005, 07:00:53 PM »
Playboy... Dudes, I read it for the articles.
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« Reply #47 on: August 10, 2005, 08:16:17 PM »
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Playboy... Dudes, I read it for the articles.


To any author, that's not a joke.  Big deal to get published in Playboy.  Biiig deal.

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« Reply #48 on: August 10, 2005, 08:28:14 PM »
In fact it *does* have really good articles. Or at least the old ones did. When my grandmother died, we cleaned out her garage and found boxes and boxes of classic Playboys from the 60s and 70s. They were from my grandpa, I'm sure. I spent days reading through them.

And yes, in those days, they were primarily reading material with about 4 pages of nudes. They were nice nudes too. Natural and all that.

Interviews with Carlin! King's old work! Babes!


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« Reply #49 on: August 10, 2005, 08:36:14 PM »
No doubt.  I have a subscription and the articles are still killer.  Their interviews are always amazing too... a few months ago they interviewed James Spader, that's the best one I've read so far.
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« Reply #50 on: August 25, 2005, 05:35:06 PM »
Okay, everybody check in:

I'm reading "The House Next Door" by Anne Rivers Siddons. The story is great, but Siddons's prose makes her sound like the most self-important upper-middle class bitch I've ever come across. Of course, it was written in the self-important 70s, so . . .

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« Reply #51 on: August 25, 2005, 05:48:18 PM »
Out by Natsuo Kirino.  Assembly line girls slice up men, eat compulsively, and learn to realize their feminism in lower middle class Japan.

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« Reply #52 on: August 25, 2005, 05:49:49 PM »
Working on "Still Life with Woodpecker" by Tom Robbins. Man, I love every line. Beautiful, simply beautiful. Every line is crammed with beauty, man.

I'm reading at a snail's pace though. Too busy, etc etc.

I've got "Half Empty" by Tim Hall lined up, too.

Other than that, the usual magazines: Jesus Weekly (a.k.a. Time Magazine), Adbusters, and snot rags.

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« Reply #53 on: August 25, 2005, 09:46:34 PM »
David Francis' The Great Inland Sea. It's...it's...it's. Well just read it, it's great.
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« Reply #54 on: August 25, 2005, 11:43:15 PM »
I'm going to pick up a copy of How To Make Love: The Bruce Campbell Way I think since Campbell's going to be in Iowa City for a signing this Sunday. Anyone second this, or do you think it's a bad idea?

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« Reply #55 on: August 26, 2005, 07:13:52 AM »
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I'm going to pick up a copy of How To Make Love: The Bruce Campbell Way I think since Campbell's going to be in Iowa City for a signing this Sunday. Anyone second this, or do you think it's a bad idea?


You'd be stupid not to.

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« Reply #56 on: August 26, 2005, 07:49:39 AM »
I just finished The History of Love by Nicole Krauss.  The characters vary wildly and their interactions are subtle and fascinating, but just as I was getting attached to them, the story ended.  The book was just too short.  There was real potential for a knock-down drag-out tragedy (my favorite form,) but instead it reads as a mild romantic novelette.  The characters alone make it worth reading, but don't expect all the loose ends to be tied up.
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« Reply #57 on: August 28, 2005, 03:03:35 PM »
So I've got a copy each of Bruce Campbell's books, and I'm going to head out in 20 minutes or so to the book signing/reading.

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« Reply #58 on: August 31, 2005, 10:32:07 PM »
I picked up some copies of the Iowa Review.

Since I'm like, in Iowa.

And I've seen the trailer for the movie version of Everything Is Illuminated. Has anyone read the book? Is it decent? How about the guy I keep confusing Jonathan Safran Foer with, Jonathan Franzen. Is he good? Vernon God Little is on sale, hardback for like $6 at Prairie Lights. Should I get a copy? How about Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72?

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« Reply #59 on: August 31, 2005, 10:35:20 PM »
Vernon God Little is fun.  Worth the read.

Campaign Trail is a little tough to get through, but it's great if you want to know about that era through the sunglasses of HST.