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Post by cuppie » Sun Sep 30, 2007 9:40 pm

i have this silly thing on my google home page that gives me a shakespearean insult every few hours. this one made me laugh.
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Post by DefenderOfPants » Wed Oct 03, 2007 7:12 am

hey, i want one of those!

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Post by alongwalkhome » Mon Nov 12, 2007 1:02 pm

Norman Mailer died over the weekend: Mailer obit.

I think Executioner's Song is my favorite literary non-fiction after Capote's In Cold Blood.

I loved that he was on "Gilmore Girls"--I'm a sad geek.

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Post by humblebee » Mon Nov 12, 2007 2:08 pm

DefenderOfPants wrote:hey, i want one of those!
I've got Shakespearean insult fridge magnets! Verily, they rocketh my worlde.

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Post by toffle » Mon Nov 12, 2007 7:05 pm

I have a set of just standard Shakespearean magnets, though unfortunately this flat has a normal cupboard door over the fridge :(

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Post by Elvistears » Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:07 am

There's a shakespearian insult generator on facebook. Its fun the first few times, then it becomes one of those things you remove.

There's a random one here: http://www.pangloss.com/seidel/Shaker/index.html
and a create-your-own one here: http://petelevin.com/shakespeare.htm

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Post by aorta » Tue Nov 13, 2007 4:17 pm

alongwalkhome wrote:Norman Mailer died over the weekend: Mailer obit.

I think Executioner's Song is my favorite literary non-fiction after Capote's In Cold Blood.

I loved that he was on "Gilmore Girls"--I'm a sad geek.
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Post by Elvistears » Tue Nov 13, 2007 5:08 pm

Which is the lyric that made me read Norman Mailer. Never really loved either the author or that particular song, though. Give me "Brand New Friend" and Herman Hesse any day.

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Post by alongwalkhome » Tue Jan 08, 2008 6:34 pm

I just stumbled on this book--the synopsis sounds horrendous, but I think it may be among my favorite titles ever: The Dewey Decimal System of Love

It gives me ideas about a follow up to that Flava Flav dating show; it would star asthmatic scholarly types wanting to date Janine Garofolo (or me, but I don't think I'd have the public draw of Ms. Garofolo).[/i]

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Post by Jeezy Creezy » Wed Jan 09, 2008 3:35 pm

I had to laugh when I saw a book entitled "Women who love men, who hate women". I think I should write the sequel "Women who love men, who hate women that love them but love women who hate men". I already did the research.
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Post by humblebee » Wed Jan 09, 2008 3:54 pm

Jeezy Creezy wrote:I had to laugh when I saw a book entitled "Women who love men, who hate women". I think I should write the sequel "Women who love men, who hate women that love them but love women who hate men". I already did the research.
I think the sequel should be self-referential. 'Women who love men who hate Women who love men, who hate women'.

The merchandising possibilities would literally be endless.

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Post by Jeezy Creezy » Wed Jan 09, 2008 4:03 pm

If you google it you can find a lot of piss takes of the title. Don;t think it will be one I add to my reading list.

I once read a book entitled "Driven To Distraction : Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood" about ADHD. I really enjoyed it even though I don't think I have ADHD at least I...shit what was I saying. Anyhoo it had lots of amusing stories of other peoples problems. Pity I could only get half way through. Anyone else enjoy this genre or self-help books?
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Post by round bits of plastic » Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:22 am

errrmmm.. i didn't know where to post this...

but if anyone can read italian I have an enrico brizzi book that i bought under the impression it'd been translated.

if anyone wants it??

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Post by humblebee » Mon Jan 28, 2008 1:15 pm

Mrs humblebee says she'll have it, Ray. If you can send it to us I'll pay you for the postage next time I see you, if that's OK?

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Post by round bits of plastic » Mon Jan 28, 2008 1:18 pm

humblebee wrote:Mrs humblebee says she'll have it, Ray. If you can send it to us I'll pay you for the postage next time I see you, if that's OK?
sure beans, just pm yr addy and i'll post it tomorrow

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Post by Jeezy Creezy » Wed Mar 19, 2008 11:16 am

Sniff. RIP Arthur C Clarke.
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Post by humblebee » Wed May 21, 2008 8:32 am

Is anyone familiar with BS Johnson?

Modernist prose tends to bore my face off and I run a mile when I see the word 'experimental', so I've never checked out Johnson despite my beloved Jonathan Coe having written his biography. But a book I started reading yesterday begins by talking about him, and this morning I stumbled across a blog entry about him, so I wonder if the gods of literature are guiding me Johnsonwards.

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Post by crystalball » Wed May 21, 2008 8:45 am

He's great. He's an amazing storyteller that just happened to be experimental. His writing is not at all show-offy as far as I can telll; it is interesting and emotional and all sorts of things you don't expect from experimental fiction. You can borrow The Unfortunates off me, if you want!

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Post by humblebee » Wed May 21, 2008 8:59 am

Oh, that'd be brilliant - thanks! That's the book mentioned at the start of this Clough biog.

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Post by SophieC » Wed May 21, 2008 9:39 am

humblebee wrote:Oh, that'd be brilliant - thanks! That's the book mentioned at the start of this Clough biog.
Is it? In what context?

I can guarantee you'll go fucking mental for BS Johnson Pete. that book is an odd one to start with though, it's a collection of chapters in a box that can be read in any order. also it's incredibly autobiographical / self indulgent as it describes him walking around a strange city (it's unnamed but it's nottingham) to report on a football match thinking about his mate who died of cancer. it does have a positive architecural assessment of nottingham station though.

get 'christie malorys own double entry'. it's not about man having sex with his mouth and arse at the same time it's a very dark satire about the misery of work and why the working class vote conservative and alienatation and stuff.

by the way that coe biography is easily the best biography i've ever read. it's as much about the art of biography as it is about johnson.
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