1. I texted a local FBI agent I know a month or two ago asking if she knew anything about all the shootings. Her reply was, “scary, I’ll look into it” like she hadn’t even heard about all of the I-10 shootings.

  2. What about Riddley Walker for some post-apocalyptic Punch and Judy narrative beauty? From the author of none other than Bread and Jam for Francis. Fuck yes.

  3. I've read Angela's Grotto and My Tango with Barbara Strozzi by Hoban and want to read more of his work, but not RW. Have any suggestions?

  4. I have only read Bread and Jam for Francis and it is really quite good.

  5. From what I've read about him he seems to have had a large following while alive, though I"d hesitate to call it a cult. Always a shame when talented writers fall out of print. I'm visiting the main branch of my parish library next week, so I'll see what they may have. The two I mentioned I got from another branch. (In case you're wondering, I'm in Louisiana where counties are called parishes.)

  6. You only need a small percentage as people for revolution or civil war, pick your poison. They say only 3% of people took part in the American revolution. My vision of the future is what happened in Sri Lanka. The next move of the government is austerity. But in any case they have crashed the country. Have you got the means of bugging out in an emergency

  7. She's a weathervane grifter and trying to make actual ideological sense of her positions is missing the entire point.

  8. Her shopping cart is eclectic. Her recipes should be regarded as highly dubious.

  9. I was listening to Larry Coryell live at Jorma Kaukonnen's Fur Peace Ranch and checked out LC's Wikipedia page. Happily I learned of the great Emily Remler. Wikipedia and YouTube are among the few blessings of my sunset years. I'll have to get back to reading Pale Fire tomorrow. Also, TIL my landlord sold the property to someone else. Precarity in old age. So it goes. Maybe I should be reading Fred Hoyle's October the First Is Too Late.

  10. How does one read Ulysses? I've started the first chapter three times, and failed to see what made it be hailed as arguably the greatest novel of the 19th century. I assumed that I was missing some allusions or something, but I found the convoluted dependence on allusions that "The Wasteland" uses unbearable. I don't have the patience to go on a goose hunt in order to "appreciate the value of a sentence."

  11. Published in 1922. About Dubliners on one day, June 16, 1904. Not 19th century. About allusions: say you were to write a novel set in Waco, TX the week Ken Starr resigned as President of Baylor University. If you are using stream of consciousness as a technique you are showing what passes through your characters minds. If they think about Ken Starr re his handling of sexual scandals of Baylor athletes they might think about an earlier President of Baylor University, "what was his name? Burleson? They wanted to tar and feather Brann over that." That's an example of allusion. A similar scandal involving the university in the 1890s caused William Cowper Brann to pillary Burleson and Baylor in his newspaper, The Iconoclast over the seduction by a BMOC of a Brazilian orphan named Antonia Texeira. The whole thing ended in a fatal confrontation from which Brann and his assailant both perished. But, since your novel is set in Waco, your characters may have thoughts of David Koresh also. There's no reason to worry about allusions in Ulysses -- "Strongbow's castle on the Nore" isn't really all that relevant to the story. It's just a feature of the milieu.

  12. To show others just how religious and pious you are while hating all those sinners. /s

  13. The ultra rich renting the bodies of women is so abhorrent to me.

  14. Why should that be your concern in a contract that doesn't involve you?

  15. Are you aware what sub youre on? Reducing human relations to monetary transactions is the endpoint of neoliberal capitalism and grotesque in the extreme.

  16. Agreed. That comment also ignores that Japan attacked the US unprovoked, actively committed mass murder of millions of Koreans and Chinese and had a culture that viewed death as preferable to surrender. The estimated death toll of an invasion of the Japanese mainland, which would have, over time, resulted in an allied victory was estimated in the millions. While we should never view the use of the nuke lightly, it was the best choice of a host of terrible options.

  17. Russia needs therapy. Russia needs to acknowledge they need regime change, the sooner the better.

  18. pretty sure that 'disturbing purposes' is just a formal synonym for 'fucked up shit'.

  19. How can someone in a temporary contingent post have the authority to order the sovereign King of Great Britain about?

  20. Are you certain you understand all the implications of Divine Right of Unitary Executives?

  21. There is no point to existence and we're all gonna die, so how do you guys deal? I know that's quite dramatic and I sound like an emo edgelord, don't worry, I'm not any danger of harming myself or anything, it's just really hard for me to not let despondency take over. My drinking habit doesn't help. How does seasonal depression start affecting me instantly?!?! It's like the only thing that actually helps to make me happy is walking in the woods.

  22. Sorry about your cat. I started reading Pale Fire awhile ago and the epigraph made me laugh.

  23. Are there John von neumann level geniuses living and working today? Why aren't they famous?

  24. The Plays of Samuel Beckett and his Trilogy as well as his short prose. Don’t bother with anything he wrote before the 50s.

  25. Why? A Dream of Fair to Middling Women may be the very thing OP's seeking. Or Mercier and Camier.

  26. The examples you give strike me as prose form transformation of long form poetry — from Spenser through to Tennyson, and the like. Long form narrative poetry can be a rewarding slog to get through. Whitman, Kerouac, Ginsburg… they’d all fit here.

  27. I would direct focus toward how American Christianity has become its own kind of separate religion, with patriotism, bigotry, and piety all linked.

  28. Remember that the Bible was almost entirely written by humans (aside from the Ten Commandments, which is still questionable since Moses was gone for three full days and nights getting them). Remember the typical education level and societal norms back then as well. It's bound to be ugly by today's standards, but that doesn't mean you can't get anything useful from it.

  29. I believe Gandhi said he liked Jesus but was wary of most people professing to be Christians, or something to that effect. Soren Kierkegaard found much of Christendom deplorable. In the Gospels it's written: God is love. Some Christians demonstrate this. Many don't. You can usually tell who is a true Christian.

  30. You can get Rushdie at 8 to 1. That seems like a good bet considering.

  31. I don't see the prize committee being willing to risk their lives for Rushdie.

  32. You think the Nobel Commission wants to make themselves targets for jihadists?

  33. Many home insurers have abandoned Florida. No joke.

  34. They were told to evacuate and got lucky. But that's not the point. What are the plans for integrating Floridians into the rest of America?

  35. Yeah I work for a local news station (no input on stories though) and even I didn’t see this at all

  36. I mean, that is the big irony isn't it. Conservatives in the 2020's dont really have any policy ideas aside from serving the ultra wealthy, so they mask it all with a clever use of identity politics.

  37. Capitalism + technology are the chief villains in the breakdown of nuclear families.

  38. Whose idea was it to replace hung with hanged? I'm a fan of English irregular verbs.

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