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EvenBob
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August 4th, 2019 at 11:42:24 AM permalink
For pure escapism is there anything better
than the Travis McGee series by John D
McDonald?

"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
Mosca
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August 4th, 2019 at 1:01:47 PM permalink
Quote: Rigondeaux

Her and Borges are my short story Mount Rushmore. It only has two people for whatever reason.



I'd add Raymond Carver and Edgar Allen Poe.
NO KILL I
lilredrooster
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August 4th, 2019 at 1:38:07 PM permalink
I love T.S. Eliot's long poem - "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" - I used to have most of it memorized

Prufrock is an old, nerdy guy looking at what little remains of his life - some might consider it depressing - but it's amazing the way Eliot makes the words crash together

Eliot was a master poet

this is the first stanza:

"Let us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a table;
Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
The muttering retreats
Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels
And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:
Streets that follow like a tedious argument
Of insidious intent
To lead you to an overwhelming question ...
Oh, do not ask, “What is it?”
Let us go and make our visit."


https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/44212/the-love-song-of-j-alfred-prufrock



at first you think it's a poem about beautiful nature - then he hits you with this - boom : "like a patient etherized upon a table"
it's not the size of the dog in the fight that matters........................it's the size of the fight in the dog
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August 4th, 2019 at 6:21:26 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

For pure escapism is there anything better
than the Travis McGee series by John D
McDonald?



That would be a no.

Nothing better.
If the House lost every hand, they wouldn't deal the game.
EvenBob
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August 4th, 2019 at 8:23:33 PM permalink
As a reader there is something that really
irritates me. I was dating a woman in the
late 70's in Santa Barbara, who read all
the time. She was 5 years older than
me, and had a horrible W Texas drawl.
I kept seeing her because the sex was
good, she wanted to do it 4-5 times
a week. Which is flattering at first
but shortly becomes irritating as hell.

Anyway, she read all the time. In the car,
when we watched TV, even is a restaurant
at dinner. She took a box of books to the
used book store and traded them for
another box and some cash. She was a
book addict.

The thing that bugged me was, she couldn't
remember any of what she read. She would
finish a book in front of me and when I
asked what it was about, she couldn't say
exactly. If I pushed it she got furious so
I would drop it.

Wtf. What's the purpose of reading if you
can't remember it. The whole point is to
learn and compare and contemplate. If
she picked up a book and realized a third
of the way in that she'd read it before, she
would be so angry at herself. She never
ever read a book twice. One of life's joys
is rereading good books over and over.
But not for her.

In the sounds thread, somebody said
a woman you're with having an orgasm
is a good sound. I said sometimes it's
not, depends on the woman. I was
thinking about this person. She would
always get off 2-3 times during sex, and it
was great for about 2 months. Then it
became more and more irritating, I
came to resent it. I finally broke it off
when I realized I was too young for her
and she was only using me for sex
because I was young and could keep
up with her.

But her reading habits, never seen anything
like it. Was just like a drug for her. She
was very bright which had a lot to do with
it, had a lot of higher education.
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
terapined
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August 5th, 2019 at 11:20:54 AM permalink
Nomadland Surviving America in the Twenty-First century
About elderly RV travelers struggling to make ends meet and still working
"Everybody's bragging and drinking that wine, I can tell the Queen of Diamonds by the way she shines, Come to Daddy on an inside straight, I got no chance of losing this time" -Grateful Dead- "Loser"
Rigondeaux
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August 5th, 2019 at 7:18:45 PM permalink
Ezra Pounds take on Confucious, and the commentaries, is really great. I'm flying, which is the only time I really plunk down and read for hours these days.

"The humane man uses his wealth as a means to distinction, the inhumane becomes a mere harness, an accessory to his takings."

"The real man has to look his heart in the eye when he is alone."
lilredrooster
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August 6th, 2019 at 2:05:27 AM permalink
Rabbit Run by John Updike was another book which really got to me
the main character, Rabbit, was a former high school basketball star
I played high school basketball
Rabbit is now in his 30s - all that he and his friends want to talk about is what happened in high school basketball games
it's most of what he thinks about and talks about
it's as if nothing in his life could ever be as important as high school basketball - of course there are other big events in the book
what a trip that book was for me
it's not the size of the dog in the fight that matters........................it's the size of the fight in the dog
EvenBob
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August 6th, 2019 at 2:23:20 AM permalink
Quote: lilredrooster

Rabbit Run by John Updike



An oldie but a goodie. That book
is 60 years old..
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
lilredrooster
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August 6th, 2019 at 3:22:15 AM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

An oldie but a goodie. That book
is 60 years old..




IMHO the truly great books don't really age or become irrelevant
it's not the size of the dog in the fight that matters........................it's the size of the fight in the dog

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