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A little less than a happy high
komos
komos
Diversions for a troubled mind.
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transcribe From: transcribe Date: November 19th, 2004 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

Part 2...

i'm back-logged on books so i don't know why i'm asking, i guess because i'm back-logged with people who wrote before 1950. i tend to find that in modern fiction the "I"-ness of it, the self-indulgence and self-validation parading behind self-deprecation and self-obsession is nauseating. it's what i hate about modern art and what i happily see slowly changing because of recent and present political strife; it's harder (and therefore a generally more refined process) to study yourself when things aren't going well in your country. i loved Clinton, but he made us 'lazy' as lj user burkean said. for awhile there, Eggers, et.al. it was all just how much more clever and flippant each person could be. fabulous. how... typical. if i wanted to read about the inner neurological workings of person X,Y, and Z, i'd just read psychological case studies. i can think of many movies which embody what i disdain in modern art: America Psycho, Fight Club, and EVERYTHING Kaufman... if you have to tell me you are crazy by painting it in technicolor, i'm bored already. So, I'm looking for something refined, quiet, unassuming, humble, and effective. good *storytelling* as well as character study. something that dares to be gentle and delicate, knowing that in doing so it can be potent and lasting. you know? people with faith in their ability and tools, rather than employing clubs and over-sized hammers...
tigermilkdrunk From: tigermilkdrunk Date: November 19th, 2004 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Oh, I overall quite agree with you, especially about Eggers, who pisses me off more than anyone since John Barth.
But still, there's Alice Munro and A.L. Kennedy (you really must read 'Original Bliss' if I haven't forced it on you already) to keep me sane.
But this is why I want to write my thesis on Wendell Berry and George Mackay Brown, small, quiet little writers.
Also, not modern, but have you read much MFK Fisher? 50's food writer, best prose stylist we've ever had. "I was really very hungry" (in 'As They Were') is probably the best essay I've ever read (it's about eating a truite au bleu in Burgundy).
transcribe From: transcribe Date: November 19th, 2004 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Part 2...

thank you!!! you understand perfectly of course...
i love wendell berry.
i will take all of your recommendations and run with them. how wonderful!!!
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