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Currently reading: Infinite Jest | David Foster Wallace 

Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov 

The Trial | Kafka

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men | DFW

Brave New World | Aldous Huxley

June Book Club

Currently: Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov), Brave New World (Aldous Huxley), A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again (David Foster Wallace). 

First Impressions:

Lolita-A couple dozen pages in. Prose like a greased watermelon (can’t unsee D.D. in It’s Always Sunny)

Brave New World- Jarring. People have a lot of sex with a lot of people. SOMA seems pretty cool. 

A Supposedly Fun Thing..- David Foster Wallace is not someone I would go to a party with. But anybody who digs D. Lynch is cool with me. Also, E Unibus Pluram. 

June Book Club

Thoughts post-Gone Girl: Angry and disturbed, but in the best way. 

"It’s not that students don’t ‘get’ Kafka’s humor but that we’ve taught them to see humor and something you get - the same way we’ve taught them that a self is something you just have. No wonder they cannot appreciate the really central Kafka joke: that the horrific struggle to establish a human self results in a self whose humanity is inseparable from that horrific struggle. That our endless and impossible journey toward home is in fact our home. It’s hard to put into words, up at the blackboard, believe me. You can tell them that maybe it’s good they don’t ‘get’ Kafka. You can ask them to imagine his stories as all about a kind of door. To envision us approaching and pounding on this door, increasingly hard, pounding and pounding, not just wanting admission but needing it; we don’t know what it is but we can feel it, this total desperation to enter, pounding and ramming and kicking. That, finally, the door opens…and it opens outward- we’ve been inside what we wanted all along. Das ist komisch.”

David Foster Wallace, Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays

Audio of full essay

The once plentiful herds of magazine writers would continue to be culled—by the Internet, by the recession, by the American public, who would rather watch TV or play video games or electronically inform friends that, like, rain sucks! But there’s no app for a bourbon buzz on a warm day in a cool, dark bar. The world will always want a drink.

—Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

"Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled as morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them - if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you.  It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry. “

J. D. Salinger

Greetings from the mountains in PA.

Greetings from the mountains in PA.

She looked nice, smoking. She inhaled and all, but she didn’t wolf the smoke down, the way most women around her age do. She had a lot of charm. She had quite a lot of sex appeal, too, if you really want to know.

—J. D. Salinger

DFW and good vibes with @austenpitprincess #notabully

DFW and good vibes with @austenpitprincess #notabully