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Trapped in the amber of the moment
Updated reading list…

This one is roughly since the start of the summer. I say roughly, because a few from the old list may have snuck in. I’m getting forgetful about when I read things in my old age. 

Recommendations: Philip Roth’s “The Counterlife” and Roberto Bolano’s “The Savage Detectives”. The Counterlife seems tedious until the ending - I believe Martin Amis referred to it as the greatest postmodern novel of all time, and the ending deserves that praise. But Bolano is a beautiful writer, and one of my favourite recent obsessions. Savage Detectives also has a beautifully postmodern ending.

Also, for the award of funniest book I’ve read in a very long time: Shalom Auslander’s “Foreskin’s Lament”. If you’re not scared away by the title, track down a copy. Or find me somewhere. I bought an extra copy for the sole purpose of forcing it upon people. 

Old obsessions: House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski, Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller, The People Look Like Flowers at Last by Charles Bukowski, Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.

As always, recommendations are much appreciated

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Peanuts

Peanuts

"…I saw our struggles and dreams all tangled up in the same failure, and that failure was called joy."
Roberto Bolano, The Savage Detectives
Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski

"The greatest source of misery in the world, the greatest cause of anguish and hatred and sadness and death, was neither disease nor race nor religion. It was hope."
Shalom Auslander, Hope: A Tragedy
Peanuts

Peanuts

Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski

Peanuts

Peanuts

"If what Billy Pilgrim learned from the Tralfamadorians is true, that we will all live forever, no matter how dead we may sometimes seem to be, I am not overjoyed. Still—if I am going to spend eternity visiting this moment and that, I’m grateful that so many of those moments are nice."
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski

Peanuts

Peanuts

Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski

"Why me?"
“That is a very Earthling question to ask, Mr. Pilgrim. Why you? Why us for that matter? Why anything? Because this moment simply is. Have you ever seen bugs trapped in amber?”
“Yes.”
“Well, here we are, Mr. Pilgrim, trapped in the amber of this moment. There is no why."

Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
Peanuts

Peanuts

"If we are not sad when we part, we must have done something lovely."
Kurt Vonnegut, in a letter to lifelong friend Loree Rackstraw