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Don't know if the community still exists, but... [Jul. 27th, 2012|06:32 pm]

Has anyone ever read The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov? Would you recommend it?
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Amazon Reviews [Jun. 8th, 2008|02:17 pm]

Amazon reviews are such full of crap. At least, that what it seems to me. For instance, check out these reviews for a book on revising fiction. The only one that seems authentic at all, to me, is the one that gives the book 3/5 stars. All the others seem to have been written by mindless marketing lackeys. "I'm a multi-published author and I just LOVE this book! You have to get it!" Jeez lawheez.

Does anybody else get turned off by those reviews? Or am I the only one who thinks the whole Amazon reviewing thing is a sham?
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(no subject) [Mar. 19th, 2008|12:19 am]

 Arthur C. Clarke died today.   I loved his Rama series.

x-posted from my journal
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Card sucks [Jan. 13th, 2008|03:15 pm]

For some reason or another, I recalled Orson Scott Card's work the other day. Never has a work of fiction filled me with such revulsion. I don't understand how Card can be considered a "giant" of science fiction, not with the tripe he produces. His "big baby", Ender's Game, had an okay plot and somewhat good characterization, but Card revealed he had an obsession with harming naked children. Really, I don't know what he was smoking. The Homecoming saga was even worse; it rambled all over creation, had bland characters, and the only thing that really stood out from it was a description of a homosexual who had his dick cut off and then shoved down his throat.

Really. This guy is a great science fiction author? I don't think he could write any quality fiction if his life depended on it.
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Dumbledore is gay [Oct. 31st, 2007|05:51 pm]

So what's your feelings about JK Rowling revealing that Dumbledore is gay? Old news, sure, but commentary is always fresh. (Otherwise we wouldn't have professors teaching history.)

I personally think it was an unwise decision and in bad taste. Although one journalist states that Dumbledore's sexual orientation should have been included in the book, if it was relevant, I don't entirely agree. Yet, saying in a big crowd that Dumbledore is gay seems little more than pandering to a select audience, and in terms of the story serves no purpose.

If it doesn't advance the story, cut it. She should never have told anyone that Dumbledore was secretly gay.

EDIT: Here is the link to the column that got me thinking.
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Coilhouse [Oct. 10th, 2007|02:39 pm]

Zoetica Ebb and friends have released a new art/culture/hoopdeedoopty blog/print 'zine and you should go read it because it has interesting articles and the stuff in the photography section is lovely and it's all gathered right there in one spot for you so you can be a lazy bastard and still get your culture! Here is Zoe's exact propoganistic push for viewership, taken from her email:

"At last she is complete.

COILHOUSE is a love letter to alternative culture, written in an era when alternative culture no longer exists.

Also, it's a blog.

Also, a magazine.

It's a collaborative web and print project of photographer Nadya Lev, violinist Meredith Yayanos and myself[Zoetica]. We offer you daily brain-spew, articles, features and occasional interviews.

COILHOUSE is taking submissions.

Now go forth and spread the propaganda."

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Straight Man [Oct. 8th, 2007|10:08 pm]

I just read Straight Man by Richard Russo.

This is the funniest book in the history of mankind.

Read it.

A bit more indepth report on the book...Collapse )
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What is this, a dead community? [Sep. 21st, 2007|11:05 am]

Both a bump to see if anyone is around and a genuine question.

I'm taking East Asian Studies this year, and my class has the fortunate assignment of reading such heavy stuff as The Analects, the Chuang Tzu, the Teachings of Zen Master Lin-Chi, the Collected Poems of Du Fu, and The Carnal Prayer Mat, which looks like an erotic novel.

We're only on the second book, but I'm already starting to like it. The Analects was both stuffy and egotistical. At first I was reading it because "Dude, I'm reading The Analects! I'm sophisticated/cool!" but it started to bore me. Chuang Tzu is more entertaining.

So I was just wondering if anyone read these books, or wanted to start up a discussion about books of and by early Chinese philosophers.
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I'll be "that guy". [Jul. 22nd, 2007|01:31 am]

How are those of you that read Harry Potter finding Deathly Hallows?
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Eleven Minutes [Jul. 5th, 2007|08:11 pm]

For those who haven't heard of Paulo Coelho;

1) What kind of rock have you been living under?
2) Go buy a copy of The Alchemist right now, and, if you have a little extra cash, pick up a copy of Eleven Minutes.

For those who have heard of him and have read the book that made him world famous and may have, like me, been a little less than impressed with some of his other stabs at fiction, this one is worth checking out. There is something about the straightforward and almost matter-of-fact but still poetic style of writing that works well with a fable but falls either flat or overly florid in a more contemporary mode of storytelling. This is a book where it works for him again.

Eleven Minutes is almost an erotic fable, and what most impresses me about it, aside from the beauty and emotion of it (and the fact that it's a bit of a panty moistener), is that Coelho manages to tell a metaphysically spiritual story about prostitution without glamorizing or sugarcoating it. I'm not sure how I feel about some of the conclusions come to about S/M, but I think it's got some fascinating things to say about what role sex plays in our culture and its ideas about love and gender.

Pick it up!
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