Posted: Aug 7, 2006 8:09 pm
Sorry to let you down, Joe. I been in and out of town pretty frequently, so I've been missin' some shit.
Anyway, just finished "Blood Meridian" and uh, holy shit. One of the best books I've ever read. Also, read a book called "Icelander" that was a fun little piece of absurdist mystery fiction, I'm re-reading "Travels With Charley" which is amazing. "Nonconformity: Writing on Writing" by Nelson Algren was great, too- and not just for writers, but anyone who feels uncomfortable with the notion of "conformity".... a sort of call to arms for artists, radicals, thinkers, etc. Especially interesting 'cause it was written in McCarthy's 50's, and we can all recognize how similar our own world is to that one.
Still wading through "The Sound and the Fury" which is tougher than I thought... when it gets to be too much I pick up a graphic novel for respite- just finished "Epileptic" which was really good, and a few short graphic "novellas" by my favorite comics artist- Jason from Norway. Pick up "Why Are you Doing This?", "The Left Bank Gang", and "Tell Me Something" for challenging, dark, and really funny reading (and looking- his drawings are very reminiscent of Hergé- but his characters are all vaguely anthropomorphic, which lends an air of surrealism).
The end, for now.