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Discussion in 'Entertainment Forum' started by Melody Bot, Mar 13, 2015.

  1. your brain very quickly adapts to read "the fact that" as punctuation and for me it became more soothing than anything! was a lot more accessible than I expected
     
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  2. theagentcoma

    yeah good okay

    I got a library card today and felt like a boss
     
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  3. Philll

    Trusted Supporter

    I'm on it at the moment and loving it! Definitely going to be a long haul but I don't think its going to be a chore.

    Honestly it looks intimidating but its a very gentle read. Its basically just reading the narrators train of thought for a 1000 pages, so it jumps all over the place and there's no real plot as such, but there's no deep underlying messages to interpret or anything like that. If anything its the opposite, it kinda washes over you, almost becomes white noise. Kinda meditative.
     
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  4. OotyPa

    fall away

    The House in Smyrna felt all over the place. I enjoyed the exploration of Jewish intergenerational trauma but the multiple plot lines were not weaved together well by the end, and there were so many jarring tonal shifts between her dying mother, her sexually toxic ex-relationship, her grandparents’ immigration story, and her imaginary trip to their homeland that I lost interest in the final few pages. It did feel like the author wrote it in a flurry of catharsis, which is cool, but overall a bit disappointing.

    Picked up Robert Walser’s The Tanners. From the first few pages, I think it’ll be great.
     
  5. Leftandleaving

    I will be okay. everything Supporter

    Trying to read more this year. Read a bit of tales from earth sea the other night and I think the first novel I’m tackling in 2021 will be ducks newburyport
     
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  6. Just finished Neon in Daylight, my first book of the year. I became interested in this because I saw Geoff Rickly interacting with the author on twitter lol. I wasn't so sure about this one at first, but it picked up after about 75 pages. None of the central characters are very likable, especially the main character, and I think the main plot of this one is kind of ehhh for me (main character in relationship with older male writer and friendship with his younger daughter and only the main character is aware), but I did end up really liking the prose and the way Hoby describes things. Every line is stuffed with very vivid language, it's almost too much and it doesn't always land, but when it does, it really hits. it won me over by the end. will probably pick up Hoby's new book this year.
     
  7. Anyone else read Leave the World Behind? It takes some crazy, genre-bending turns in the second half that I loved.
     
  8. for my newsletter today I went through the first 20 books on my reading list from last year and did quick little reviews of each of them if ur interested/collecting your 2021 list: #2: Last Year's Books, pt. 1
     
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  9. angrycandy

    never too much Prestigious

    nice list

    had no idea you worked for Slant. very cool
     
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  10. I feel like we have a lot of DeLillo fans in here:

     
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  11. angrycandy

    never too much Prestigious

    hmmm...
     
  12. :chin::eyeglass:
     
  13. angrycandy

    never too much Prestigious

    I'm honestly a bit surprised it took this long for someone to adapt White Noise into a movie. he's a very capable filmmaker tho so I'm hoping for the best
     
  14. I feel like I'm not supposed to like Marriage Story but I just watched it again and...I really do :shrug2: I'm very interested to see how this adapts. have any of his other books been made into a movie?
     
  15. angrycandy

    never too much Prestigious

    Cosmopolis is the only one I'm aware of
     
  16. phaynes12

    playing in the band Supporter

    ? why wouldn’t you be supposed to like it lol
     
  17. phaynes12

    playing in the band Supporter

    i can’t wait for this, man. book rules.
     
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  18. Philll

    Trusted Supporter

    Hell yeah, loved White Noise when I read it a couple of years ago, my favourite of the DeLillo's I've read. Wouldn't have imagined Driver in that role but I'm here for it.
     
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  19. I feel like the general vibe on my twitter feed is pretty mean to it but take that for what you will lol

    I also love Frances Ha and The Meyerowitz Stories (but really, really didn't like While We're Young) so I'm mostly in Baumbach's corner
     
  20. Never read any DeLillo but I'm excited for anything with Baumbach and Driver.
     
  21. Philll

    Trusted Supporter

    Do yourself a favour. White Noise is a great place to start.
     
  22. Grapevine_Twine

    It's a Chunky! Supporter

    Extremely excited for a White Noise movie. Might have to reread it this year

    Falling Man is my favorite Delillo book though.
     
  23. angrycandy

    never too much Prestigious

    I wouldn't even know where to begin picking a favorite of his tbh

    still need to read Falling Man and a few others
     
  24. haven't read Falling Man, will have to check that out
     
  25. angrycandy

    never too much Prestigious

    well, y'all finally convinced me. just bought a copy of Ducks, Newburyport. very excited
     
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