Borges and Barthelme should be on your list, methinks.
I have nothing new to add to this thread, except that I have been listening to the song "Put A Penny In The Slot" by Fionn Regan a lot lately, simply because it contains the following lyrics:
'For the loneliness you foster
I suggest Paul Auster
And a book called Timbuktu'
"The first time I heard the new single off the Bravery album, I actually cried, and I do not even remember the name of that damn song. It reminded me of this girl I am in love with." - kroqken
I finished All Over But the Shouting a week ago and have started in on Denis Johnson's Tree of Smoke. but as i mentioned in another thread I got Michael Chabon's Gentlemen of the Road for Christmas and it's really fun and hard to put down so I guess I'm reading two novels at once and trying not to get the plots and characters confused.
Fui quod es, eris quod sum. I once was what you are, you will be what I am - epitaph carved on Roman gravestones.
I am reading Barthelmes "The Dead Father." I love it.
I just got some used copies of All the Pretty Horses, and the Crossing by McCarthy. I'll be starting those soon.
Also I really liked the one Denis Johnson book I read. I think it was called Resussication of a Hanged Man.
I have been slowly moving through Judy Budnitz's first book of short stories. I think I may quit trying soon because each time I sit down to start I fall asleep before reading a word. I like her stories but the idea of reading them is not grabbing me at this time. I think I need to switch to a novel.
Fortunately I got a couple for my birthday - Infinite Jest (DFW) and The Road (CM) and a couple for Christmas - Market Forces (RKM) and Terranesia (GE) so that's what I'm going to do.
I just read Freakonomics and will now be moving on to The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.
I have about 10 books I want to read over break and none of them are fiction. This makes me feel like a terrible person.
I do have Franny and Zooey checked out from the library though.
Keriann I like your choices of books. Those are all books that I really enjoyed reading.
I read Freakanomics recently followed by Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World. Now I am maybe starting The Omnivore's Dilemma, which I received as a Christmas present.
I'm reading The Year of Living Biblically, "One man's humble quest to follow the bible as literally as possible." It's by this guy A.J. Jacobs and he wrote a book about reading the entire encyclopedia A-Z. It's funny and interesting. He uses like 18 different versions/translations of the bible and gets advice from a plethora of religious people, Orthodox Jews, Secular Jews Creationists, Amish, Jehovah's Witnesses, Catholics, Protestants, everybody bible related. He hasn't gotten to the new testament yet. The whole thing's written with a real sense of humor but it's also pretty enlightening.
He can't touch impure women!!!!!!!!!!!!
That sounds like a great read foi. I bought The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference.
I also discovered that I cannot read through anything that is fictional, I get half way and just give up. I dont know why.
Just assign the characters the identities of real people in your life and pretend it's all really happening. Please make me the one that can fly.
In the last month I've read the complete short stories of John Cheever, Flannery O'Connor, and Ernest Hemingway. I'm a couple hundred pages into William Faulkner's short stories. Still to come: Raymond Carver and Edgar Allan Poe. Exams in approximately seven weeks.
Yay Bill Faulkner.
If you feel like writing things on Cheever and/or Carver so that I know who they are and if their works might interest me I would read these things you wrote. I will completely understand if this just makes it feel like you have another assignment and that this makes you want to slice open my liver.
Yeah I have never actually partaken of one so I don't really know. They have a few at the library though that I was thinking could potentially be cool but I doubt anyone in their 20s attends them. It is probably mostly 65 year olds. And I'm sure they have interesting things to say but I sure would like to meet some literate folk who are my age.
We did discuss starting one. I think the consensus was generally that people don't really have enough time. I really only have time this month. Then it's back to the grind.
Then somebody should pick something from somewhere like Project Gutenberg (or wherever) quick so we can get going!
Maybe I shouldn't pick because I'd pick something like The Queen of Spades by Pushkin but it is shorter than necessary and also I don't know if anyone else wants to read Pushkin as much as I do.