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30 October 2008


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Stephen Dixon's "Interstate" probably fits - multiple imaginings of his daughters getting shot and killed - I love Dixon but that book remains on the shelf, possibly never to be read.

I read "The Marabou Stork Nightmares" and thought it was really weird, nothing like Trainspotting. I kind of gave up after that.

Hmm. I might have to try the Stephen Dixon. Did you get it because it sounded interesting but just couldn't read it right away?

Wow, "Marabou Stork Nightmares." I'd never even heard of that one. I tried "Glue" and "Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs," but couldn't get into either. I still want to try "If You Liked School, You'll Love Work," though, that's one of the best titles ever, in my opinion.

Good gracious, that IS as ugly as it gets. But as you say, there is a difference. Some of the earlier ugly fiction you identified seems to be a pointless wallow in depravity. Or a hectoring one like a Michael Haneke film.

No, I got it because I'd read some of his other stuff, and wanted to give it a look - I suppose I didn't think, ordering it, that I would have such a strong reaction to a piece of fiction -

Uh oh, I'm going to have to visit the IMDB to see who this Michael Haneke is--ugly film?

Hm. I may still have to look into it. I know what you mean, though, I've certainly picked up books and then thought later, why did I want to read this?

Regarding Haneke, I enjoyed Cache, but he is a huge fan of attacking his audience.

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