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Discussion in 'The Reading Room' started by Lancealot, Aug 13, 2006.
Lizzie, I'm going to have to check one of those out.
Edit add: just checked, they ain't cheap.
Yeah, I paid about twenty for mine, and it was a deal. It's going to take a while to get the rest of them but time I've got.
I've been reading "The Stories of John Cheever" a collection of his short stories from '30s - '60s. I've probably read about ten so far and, while most are pretty straightforward - think Fitzgerald-like but focused more on lower, middle or upper-middle class (mainly) New Yorkers than Fitzgerald's canvas of the super rich - a few, surprisingly to me, slip into Rod Serling "The Twilight Zone" world.
One that could have been a perfect thirty minute "The Twilight Zone" episode had a New York City apartment-dwelling couple buy a fancy new radio that the stay-at-home wife discovers receives "broadcasts" from their neighbors' apartments. As you can imagine, this quickly impacts her view of her neighbors, then, herself and, then, her own relationship. Throw in a surprise ending and "The Twilight Zone" script is all but written.
I had only read a few of his stories many years ago, which had left the impression that he was a sort of Fitzgerald for the normal people of the world, so his occasional trip (it's happened in two stories so far) into "The Twilight Zone" surprised me. I doubt I'll read all (guessing) seventy or so stories before I pick up something else, but I will read more now and all of them eventually. I find short stories the perfect solution to the "I don't know what I want to read next and am not willing to commit to something yet" conundrum.
I've always believed that, for me anyway, MAD was one of the more educational publications ever. Topical and historical references always had me running for a dictionary or encyclopedia, and I became a daily newspaper reader at ten. I had to stay up on world events just to appreciate MAD's satire.
Pegasus runs tomorrow. A stack of data to sift through tonite.
Whom do you like?
City of Light-a prior score over Accelerate whom had lost a step since; Seeking the Soul looked good.
The Pegasus is a favorite race now, GP's track configuration aside; however, I was tied down Saturday
and missed the track entirely. Since the season is now starting, and the Pegasus handle is tapped to compensate
collective ownership entry fees, its diminished take is somewhat less a draw. Still, I grimace having the batting
line on a chaotic day and the resultant busted flush hurts like hell.
Just finished Dark Invasions by Howard Blum. The book is set in NYC in 1915. NYPD Captian Tunney is in charge of solving bombings to supply ships headed to England to support WWI. It follows a maze of German spies who conduct germ warfare, bombings, and the attempted assasination of J.P. Morgan Jr.
This non fiction book was hard to put down. I recommend this book to any history buff looking for a fast read.
After a long time I'm back.
Finished Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. Interesting, sometimes brilliant. In 1961 for sure it was fat in the fire showing everyone in war as crazy/stupid. Today I can't say so.
Welcome back Martin. How is the Law ?
Going strong - ever with a persistent insight that this world (specially at courts) are getting mad. But that's our world, so let's go ahead.
Jurassic Park, again. Thinking about listening to one of the Lincoln Lawyers...
Pulled Hamlet out this morning on the train. Shakespeare's inverted 16th C English replete with
metaphorical license, puns, and diverse spectre serve literary caffeine to commuting.
About half way through the 600+ pages of "The Stories of John Cheever" and, while I'm enjoying them, I'm going to take a break, as they are all blending together in my head. They were not written and published to be read one after another, so it probably make sense to step away. I'll be back though as they are the perfect answer to the "I don't know that I want to read next and am not ready to make a big commitment" conundrum.
Tartarin of Tarascon, by Alphonse Daudet.
At least here these novels are long forgotten, but around 1900 they were a big hit! Daudet is probably the only naturalism author with sense of humor.
Didn't know what I wanted to read before bed last night so I did what I usually do -- took my glasses off and pulled a random book off the shelf. Turned out to be Wodehouse's "Brinkley Court," the Little,Brown 1934 edition of "Right Ho, Jeeves." If you're going to read a book chosen at random you could do a lot worse than select this one, the definitive tale of fish-faced newt-fancying orange-juice addict Gussie Fink-Nottle and his romance with the "weird what-you-may-call-it" Madeline Bassett. Spink-Bottle's speech before the assembled scholars of Market Snodsbury Grammar School remains a high point of English comic fiction.
Away on temporary duty last week, I finished off Ian Rankin's latest Rebus mystery, In a House of Lies, as well as the latest Uhtred of Bebanburg novel from Bernard Cornwell, War of the Wolf.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Had never read it before.
And, in audio format, Fer-de-lance, the first Nero Wolfe book. Had read everything Wolfean a couple decades ago, and decided to enjoy it all over again.