Orion Reads
a diary of books etc.

Thursday, December 30, 2004

I am rather pointed, bub.

Now with anonymous comments!

you can insult my taste and pretend it's not you!
just be sure to translate it to norwegian and back
to disguise your voice because i'm pretty sharp, bub.

(english -> german -> french -> english)

They cannot humiliate my taste and to pretend to him are you!
you are simply sure to translate it for the Norwegia
and of return to a coating your voice,
because I am rather pointed, bub.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

true confessions

wow - this is really bad.
and abandoned.
the crassness would be tolerable if there were anything at all.
forty pages about the irish catholic mafia/clergy in LA
where it's nothing but introductions of cousins and blah blah
really nixes it, and i've spent too many word on this book already.

first post - bit longer than most i imagine, as i'm stretching back in time a bit here.

nick hornsby - The Polysyllabic Spree

this is pretty much excellent, in the first two sevenths of which of it i've read.

am pages away from finishing Hemingway's Across the River and into the Trees,
which is decent hemingway but not my favorite.

I've abandoned nabokov's Bend Sinister for reasons i can't recall.

I picked up my first Umberto Eco; it's Baudolino, because Pegasus Books doesn't have a copy of Foucault's Pendulum (sp?). Looking forward.

Going to reread the oxbow incident.

Taking with me right now to the pizza joint 'true confessions', by John Dunne, a 1977 or so hardboiled detective novel which will hopefully have lots of tits in.

Recently finished DF Wallace's 'The Broom of the System', which is good, but not fantastic and i definitely skipped passages here and there which i haven't done with any other DFW books. It seems like a study for Infinite Jest.

I should probably bold all the book and author names.. .. wow, blogspot is pretty cool.

Have abandoned As I Lay Dying by Faulkner. It's just no good. Along with The Sound and the Fury. His short stories are pretty much straight-up good, tho.

Fup by Jim Dodge was really good. I liked it a lot more than Stone Junction, which was too psychedelia-loving for my tastes. I pretty much lump it in with Tom Robbins's stuff. Stone junction, that is. Being lumped in.



This is where i will, hopefully regularly, blah blah about stuff i've read recently.
Mostly a list for myself.
This is inspired by Nick Hornby's 'the polysyllabic spree', of which this is basically a crude knock-off.