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unnamednewbie13
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dilbert: arts are useless
also dilbert: here's a quote from a novelist, snap!
SuperJail Warden
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I read the plot summary of John Updike's Rabbit novel

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit,_Run

John Updike sounds like a fun writer. I feel like a kid who just discovered Ayn Rand.
https://i.imgur.com/xsoGn9X.jpg
uziq
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very good writer with very bad sex scenes and concept of romance.

recommend richard ford if you’re curious about updike. updike hasn’t aged entirely well. plus richard ford’s best books are set in new jersey.

read ‘the sportswriter’ or the follow-up, ‘independence day’. it’ll change your life.
unnamednewbie13
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hoooo

Two young parents, working sales. Middle class. How times have changed since then.

In a way, reminds me of that reality show meme that always goes something like "I make a living retreading rubber erasers and the hubby is a roofer for hemp tents. Our budget: $1.2 mil."

I've probably had a large portion of a lifetime fill of weird, choppy, etc. sex scenes from library-pilfered sci-fi in the 90s. The Christians were probably right about that stuff by the way, although B̷̡̨̥̳̜̗̣̘̝̙̫͈̯̜̩̣̑̂̌̃̄̇̇͗́̎̒̕ơ̴͖͉̖̤̜͕̊́̂͗̈͒͊̆̄̎͒̿̐̓̏̄͛̉̊̂͆̈́͘̕͝b̸̝͌̆̅̈́̾̂͛̏͐͗͝ assures me I was on the right path whenever I call him out of the netherworld.
Dilbert_X
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Anyone else seeing this weirdness?

https://i.imgur.com/JOpu8qh.jpg
Русский военный корабль, иди на хуй!
uziq
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he did it on purpose, b̴̭̝̦̓̏̕̚͝o̴̯̱͚̝̮̙̩̪͍̖̟̬̩̼͆͊́́͆̊͑ͅỏ̴̱͉͈͎̮̀m̸̖͎͖̖̬̻͖͎̳̳̭̳̃̉̌͘e̵̛͖͈̱͖̦͇͓̭̟̘̮͗͒͋̽͌́̑̽̽̎̀́͊r̴̛̩̭̺̩̹̣͕̿̆̀̇͌́̓̄̊

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Dilbert_X
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OK great
Русский военный корабль, иди на хуй!
uziq
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a very rare thing. the longest ever (?) interview with one of america's greatest living writers. infamously press shy.



turned up out of nowhere with not one but two new novels this year/upcoming.

turns out he's been spending all of his time away from the public eye talking to physicists and helping them edit their books and improve their writing. lmao. i didn't see that coming. half the talk is about maths and physics, prior to philosophy and literature.

Cormac McCarthy has spent the last quarter century writing his novels at the mountain top retreat of the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) in New Mexico, an institute dedicated to the formal analysis of complex systems. In this documentary filmed in December 2017 at the library at SFI, Cormac in conversation with his colleague David Krakauer, reflects on isolation, mathematics, character, and the nature of the unconscious.
some interesting stuff.

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unnamednewbie13
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News to me. That's got to be the longest break he's ever had between novels.
SuperJail Warden
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uziq wrote:

a very rare thing. the longest ever (?) interview with one of america's greatest living writers. infamously press shy.

https://youtu.be/HrUy1Vn2KdI

turned up out of nowhere with not one but two new novels this year/upcoming.

turns out he's been spending all of his time away from the public eye talking to physicists and helping them edit their books and improve their writing. lmao. i didn't see that coming. half the talk is about maths and physics, prior to philosophy and literature.

Cormac McCarthy has spent the last quarter century writing his novels at the mountain top retreat of the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) in New Mexico, an institute dedicated to the formal analysis of complex systems. In this documentary filmed in December 2017 at the library at SFI, Cormac in conversation with his colleague David Krakauer, reflects on isolation, mathematics, character, and the nature of the unconscious.
some interesting stuff.
the road sucked
https://i.imgur.com/xsoGn9X.jpg
KEN-JENNINGS
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Yeah Walking Dead is a much better version of post apocalyptic living.
SuperJail Warden
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the road is the Seinfeld of post apocalyptic living. a book about nothing.
https://i.imgur.com/xsoGn9X.jpg
uziq
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the road is literally and widely accepted to be his worst book. even great writers are allowed a few duds. the guy has written some absolute bangers.

the road is like reddit r/books tier ‘literature’. no wonder you dweebs think you’re making some incisive commentary by comparing it to an AMC schlock show. how does it compare to playing through ‘the last of us’?! that’s what i want to know! you don't get to be snooty about a novel when the only reason it ever came into your conscious awareness was because of a bad movie adaptation with aragorn.

blood meridian, suttree, all the pretty horses, cities of the plain … they’ve all earned their place.  even no country for old men is decent, in comparison to the road. and it’s nice to see in such an open interview what makes the mind behind those texts tick. he has cultivated such a grandiose, (mock) epic style, and been so reticent his entire career: it's like that part in the wizard of oz where you get to look behind the curtain, and it turns out it's just a little guy who has been pootering around at some egghead farm in sante fe.

in the era of PR campaigns and publishers trotting out their prize horses for instagram campaigns, endless book tours, and forced tiktok contributions, people like mccarthy who are press-averse are a dying breed. recently i can think of only salinger and pynchon, maybe?

don delillo’s utterly shocking bilge of a last novella won’t ever take the shine off the prologue of underworld. that’s how art works. it’s not a tv series that spoils forever because the dork writers ruin the last 2 seasons.

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No u
uziq
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blood meridian is one of the top 10 or 20 novels of the american 20th century. true facts.
uziq
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https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FgVARfdXEAAlJ8h?format=jpg&name=large

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/power-of-words--203858320607337535/

the guy wrote this in the fucking ‘80s. the epic voice, the mastery of tone, the sheer delirious madness of the entire story. there’s maybe only 10 writers alive who can carry this off for 300 straight pages.

but you’re mad because the homeless aragorn movie was a drag.

read a book folks!

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uziq
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https://twitter.com/misterminsoo/status … 9uZFTSz-cQ

haha. i actually like this guy. when he’s not trashing comic movies for hapless nerds, he’s actually quite sincere and good for advice.
unnamednewbie13
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The man's socks are inspiring.
uziq
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his fashion is off the wall. 'outsider artist' scale. it's why i laboured the point in the other thread that in no ways is he some guy, flush with royalties and hollywood money, biting the hand that feeds him.

i haven't ever read any of his stuff, i'm not that interested, but i will at least grant him the benefit of authenticity.

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unnamednewbie13
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Days old now, but gigantic turnout of cartoonists' tributes for Charles Schulz's 100th birthday. I wish he could've been around to see it.

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