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Gonna start Naked Lunch by William S. Burrows tonight.


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Gonna start Naked Lunch by William S. Burrows tonight.


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Jesus Christ! Huckleberry Finn sure goes off the rails once Tom Sawyer shows up. My Gawd.


Yeah, when I read it in college my professor just had us stop at that point.

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Simple Torture wrote:
bada wrote:
Jesus Christ! Huckleberry Finn sure goes off the rails once Tom Sawyer shows up. My Gawd.


Yeah, when I read it in college my professor just had us stop at that point.

there's a whole louis ck bit on this


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doug rr wrote:
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Gonna start Naked Lunch by William S. Burrows tonight.


lee the agent is dpup

I’ll keep that in mind!


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bada wrote:
Jesus Christ! Huckleberry Finn sure goes off the rails once Tom Sawyer shows up. My Gawd.


Yeah, when I read it in college my professor just had us stop at that point.

there's a whole louis ck bit on this


That's a great bit (RIP Louis CK), but it's actually the about almost the opposite, i.e. how Tom Sawyer is harmless but Huck is a dirty little racist.

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Louis is wrong. Tom Sawyer is a little shit

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damn louis is an idiot


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damn louis is an idiot


omg I forgot that bit includes a Cosby impression.

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bada wrote:
Jesus Christ! Huckleberry Finn sure goes off the rails once Tom Sawyer shows up. My Gawd.


Think about this: what happened to the raft?

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HAHAHAHA, Louis talks in that clip about showing his penis to a girl with down syndrome when he was a kid. what a fuck

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Roth fans--is there an essential Roth that's worth reading? I've done American Pastoral and Goodbye Columbus (both just kinda okay) and have started Portnoy's Complaint multiple times to no avail.

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Roth fans--is there an essential Roth that's worth reading? I've done American Pastoral and Goodbye Columbus (both just kinda okay) and have started Portnoy's Complaint multiple times to no avail.

My two favorites are The Plot Against America and The Human Stain. Very different but both outstanding.

FWIW I also thought American Pastoral was just okay.


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Roth fans--is there an essential Roth that's worth reading? I've done American Pastoral and Goodbye Columbus (both just kinda okay) and have started Portnoy's Complaint multiple times to no avail.

My two favorites are The Plot Against America and The Human Stain. Very different but both outstanding.

FWIW I also thought American Pastoral was just okay.


Do you have to read I Married A Communist to get The Human Stain? Isn't it technically part of a trilogy, or is it more a thematic trilogy?

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Gonna start Naked Lunch by William S. Burrows tonight.


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I’ll keep that in mind!

Jesus Christ this isn’t going very well. I’ve decided that one would have to be higher than bejeezus belt to understand any of what’s going on in this book. It seems to be just character descriptions cobbled together forming no real narrative or plot at all. I’m gonna give it a little longer, but if something doesn’t happen soon, I’m out.


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Mickey wrote:
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Mickey wrote:
Roth fans--is there an essential Roth that's worth reading? I've done American Pastoral and Goodbye Columbus (both just kinda okay) and have started Portnoy's Complaint multiple times to no avail.

My two favorites are The Plot Against America and The Human Stain. Very different but both outstanding.

FWIW I also thought American Pastoral was just okay.


Do you have to read I Married A Communist to get The Human Stain? Isn't it technically part of a trilogy, or is it more a thematic trilogy?

It was the first Roth book I ever read and I was fascinated by it. So, I feel like you do not need to read the others to appreciate it.


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durdencommatyler wrote:
Mickey wrote:
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Mickey wrote:
Roth fans--is there an essential Roth that's worth reading? I've done American Pastoral and Goodbye Columbus (both just kinda okay) and have started Portnoy's Complaint multiple times to no avail.

My two favorites are The Plot Against America and The Human Stain. Very different but both outstanding.

FWIW I also thought American Pastoral was just okay.


Do you have to read I Married A Communist to get The Human Stain? Isn't it technically part of a trilogy, or is it more a thematic trilogy?

It was the first Roth book I ever read and I was fascinated by it. So, I feel like you do not need to read the others to appreciate it.


Okay awesome, I'll put it on the list. Really interested in Plot Against America too.

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Read the short story "Laurie" by Stephen King. It's only 32 pages and it's a pretty good read. Got a little worried near the end he would do his usual SK thing but he didn't kill anyone you were close to.

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Gillian Flynn is a horrible writer, but she correctly says in the foreward that McNamara's gift is in finding the humanity in her subjects. It's true. This one is creepy as hell, but it transcends the lurid crime novel tropes by virtue of the victims' lives being so colorfully fleshed out.


You know what was weird about that intro? Her references to the text all happened in like the first 50 pages. It's like she didn't even finish it.


This was really good, though the last stretch, about the advances to forensic DNA and the legalities of access for criminal investigations, felt sort of tedious because it was rendered outdated once they caught the guy. If anyone is seriously insterested in I'll Be Gone In the Dark (Michelle McNamara, for the search), i'd suggest waiting for the next edition they have already announced with an updated ending on the Golden State Killer's capture.

Now on to The Devil's Candy on Jorge's recommendation:

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