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10 December 2012


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I doubt I will ever read Infinite Jest, but I do have A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again on my shelves. I am making a stack of 10 books that I have owned for over a year unread that I MUST read between January and April 2013…I should put it on the pile. Since you brought her up, have you read any Mary Karr CR? I read the Liars Club and thought it was pretty good. I also have Cherry, but I haven’t read it yet.

DO read ASFTINDA. I enjoyed it quite a bit. But don't expect it to be "factual"!
I've always wanted to read Infinite Jest, actually, but know I will not have the time or attention for it for probably the next 20 years at least.
I would love to hear which 10 books end up on your list.
I read Liar's Club and thought it was just okay. (I thought both Helene Stapinski's "Five-Finger Discount" and JR Moehringer's "The Tender Bar" were similar, and more enjoyable reads for me.) I think she is a talented writer but her books and subjects have largely not been for me--I couldn't say why, really. I think I find her too intense--low lows, high highs. And although I very much like people who are a bit different, unconventional, etc., those types that really live to the extremes tend to scare me a little bit. If that makes any sense. If you read "Cherry" I'd like to hear what you make of that too.

I think I liked The Liars Club more than I liked the Tender Bar. I haven’t read Five Finger Discount. Karr is intense, however. I agree. There were a couple of points where I wanted to put the book in the freezer (like Joey on Friends…dunno if you get the reference).

As best I can remember, since I am at work, the books are thus far:

The Wizard of the Crow by Ngugi wa Thiongo
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley ( I have had this one for uh, 20 years?)
Testament by Alis Hawkins
The Panopticon by Jenni Fagen
Tom All Alone’s by Lynn Shepherd
Jack Mags by Peter Carey
The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood

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