Interesting books (non-niche)

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  1. Kent Wang

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    There is already a misleadingly titled thread on sci-fi books. Perhaps we can discuss non-niche books here. I am currently reading Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis who also wrote American Psycho. I am interested in reading A Perfect Vacuum, a 1971 book by Polish author Stanisław Lem, an anthology of imaginary reviews of nonexistent books. It sounds delightfully whimsical to me. Has anyone else read it that can offer an opinion?
     
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    Maybe some Eric Stenbock?
     
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    There is already a misleadingly titled thread on sci-fi books. Perhaps we can discuss non-niche books here.

    I am currently reading Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis who also wrote American Psycho.

    I am interested in reading A Perfect Vacuum, a 1971 book by Polish author Stanisław Lem, an anthology of imaginary reviews of nonexistent books. It sounds delightfully whimsical to me. Has anyone else read it that can offer an opinion?


    Lem is a terrific writer.

    koji
     
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    I am currently reading Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis who also wrote American Psycho.
    You like it the Vespa? Jon.
     
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    I recently read Thomas DeQuincey's Confessions of an English Opium-Eater. The story is less about opium and more of an autobiography. The prose is witty and deliberately over-intellectual.
     
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    Fab's signature has prompted me to dig out The Great Gatsby to read again. Thanks for the inspiration.
     
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    Currently reading John James Audobon, next might be a book suggested on SF about Tennessee Williams.
     
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    The Flight Into Egypt by Philippe Julian. It concerns a Grand Duchess and her motley transvestite crew who supply pleasures to millionaires gathering in the desert of Egypt. It's Julian at his most ascetic aesthetic satirical.
     
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    The Flight Into Egypt by Philippe Julian. It concerns a Grand Duchess and her motley transvestite crew who supply pleasures to millionaires gathering in the desert of Egypt.

    It's Julian at his most ascetic aesthetic satirical.


    Sounds like something out of Interzone in Naked Lunch.
    On an unrelated topic, you familiar with Felician Ropps?
     
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    Sounds like something out of Interzone in Naked Lunch. On an unrelated topic, you familiar with Felician Ropps?
    It's actually more like the brothel in Genet's The Balcony. I'm not very familiar with Felician Rops although I do know he was a Symbolist painter.
     
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    "the garden of eden"

    hemingway's last book. i consider it his best. supposedly he died before it was finished but it reads like a complete novel to me.
     
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    I finished Glamorama and found it to be quite enjoyable. It is to models and modern celebrity culture as American Psycho is to 1980s Wall Street culture. I am currently reading The Informers, also by Ellis, while I await the arrival of A Perfect Vacuum from interlibrary loan.
     
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    I don't know if it would be considered a niche book here, but I'm reading Paul Berman's "Power and the Idealists: The Passion of Joschka Fischer" for the second time now. It's brilliant. While it's somewhat mostly about Fischer, it's really more of a first-account history of the 68ers and the changes they wrought around the globe. If it weren't for the fact that they didn't have Macs, cells, or the internet back then, I'd wish I had lived in that epoch.

    Unfortunately, I don't read many novels. I think the last one I read was The Corrections. I have trouble starting them, though no trouble getting trapped in them. My relative inexperience with the novel is, I think, by far my biggest character flaw.
     
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    I loved American Psycho, I ADORED Less Than Zero, but couldn't finish Glamorama. It just bored me...perhaps I should give it another chance.

    I was highly recommended Maldoror by LautrÃ[​IMG]amont and couldn't finish it; is just insane rambling that is mistakenly labeled 'genius' IMO. If you want insane rambling that really is genius...stick with Joyce.

    I am about to start Demons by Dostoevsky, I've been looking forward to this one since I read/heard somewhere that the character Francis Wolcott from the second season of Deadwood could have been based off this book.
     

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