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Epiphany #2

OK, so no, I'm not all that unique. Only moderately. Mostly.

Image of A Box of Matches Image of The FermataImage of The Mezzanine

Nicholson Baker. Born in 1957, a great year for people. The first book came as a Christmas present. Now I have to read them all. Very ultra-detailed, nit-picky without being annoying, funny stuff. Reminds me of Robert Walser's highly detailed stories of nothing much at all, but funny...

Mezzanine starts with a footnote riff on how plastic straws float out of drink cans for example. He also riffs on things like the perforations in toilet paper asking if the inventor won a prize, which sounds dreadfully familiar to me...

And of course....

Image of Portnoy's Complaint

"A disorder in which strongly felt ethical and altrusitic impulses are perpetually warring with extreme sexual longins."

We are not alone.



Posted by: expat@large on Feb 06, 07 | 8:57 am | Profile


this monkey has been reading...and writing, too

Posted by: savannah on Feb 06, 07 | 9:52 am

Gonna pick up Absurdistan today, fret not...

"writing"? wot's that?

And shit, my early posts were good... I laugh and laugh. Am crying. They just get older as they get better, or is it the other way around? Everyone should read my stuff from the beginning of this blog (version 3 - much old irreplacable stuff lost due to lycos.com being total bastards)... then send me money.

Posted by: expat@large on Feb 06, 07 | 11:20 am

lol...your posts are good, sugar! but as you say on your sidebar...stuff on the net is free

Posted by: savannah on Feb 06, 07 | 11:56 am

it IS? Damn, I knew there was a problem with my business model...

Absurdistan was not on the shelves in my local bookstore, but The Omnivore's Dilemma was, so i bought that instead.

Posted by: expat@large on Feb 06, 07 | 3:24 pm

he also wrote the russian debutante's handbook

just looked at your recent purchase...sounds intriguing...thanks...btw, did you read the places in between by rory stewart?

now i need to answer your questions on my blog...*w*

Posted by: savannah on Feb 06, 07 | 7:37 pm


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