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"I want to make a poem of my life" - Yukio Mishima


About my libraryCurrently Reading

50 Book Challenge 2014: 37/50 books (7,795/10,000 pages)
50 Book Challenge 2013: 50/50 books (12,584/10,000 pages)

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Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues - James Fearnley
The New Testament - Jericho Brown
The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry - Ilya Kaminsky and Susan Harris (ed.)
New Selected Poems - Philip Levine
Lost Memory of Skin - Russell Banks
Miracle of the Rose - Jean Genet
MFA vs. NYC - Chad Harbach (ed.)
Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl
Comfort and Critique - Peter Sotos
Insatiable - Asa Akira

"J'ai fait la magique étude
Du Bonheur, que nul n'élude."

- Arthur Rimbaud

"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly."

- Richard Bach

"I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning."

- Aleister Crowley

"One should always be drunk. That’s all that matters … With wine, poetry, or virtue as you choose. But get drunk."

- Charles Baudelaire

"Most men will not swim before they are able to. Is not that witty? Naturally, they won’t swim! They are born for the solid earth, not for the water. And naturally they won’t think. They are made for life, not for thought. Yes, and he who thinks, what’s more, he who makes thought his business, he may go far in it, but he has bartered the solid earth for the water all the same, and one day he will drown."

- Hermann Hesse

"...human beings possess the weapon of knowledge in order to make life bearable. For animals such things aren't necessary. Animals don't need knowledge or anything of the sort to make life bearable. But human beings do need something, and with knowledge they can make the very intolerableness of life a weapon, though at the same time that intolerableness is not reduced in the slightest. That's all there is to it."

- Yukio Mishima

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Favorite authorsKathy Acker, Georges Bataille, Charles Baudelaire, Jorge Luis Borges, Charles Bukowski, Dennis Cooper, Aleister Crowley, Jonathan Evison, Jean Genet, Jim Harrison, Hermann Hesse, Harold Jaffe, Comte de Lautréamont, Henry Miller, Yukio Mishima, Dale Pendell, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Rimbaud, William Shakespeare, Peter Sotos, Junichiro Tanizaki, Hunter S. Thompson, Saul Williams, William Butler Yeats (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresAdams Avenue Book Store, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Grossmont Ctr, Bluestocking Books, BOOKOFF San Diego, Books Kinokuniya - San Francisco, City Lights Books, Controversial Bookstore, Fifth Avenue Books, Maxwell's House of Books, Moe's Books, Powell's City of Books (Portland), The Last Bookstore

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Currently readingKitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.) by Anthony Bourdain
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Times Square Red, Times Square Blue by Samuel R. Delany
Glass, Irony and God (New Directions Paperbook) by Anne Carson

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His strong anti-Catholic stance in Portrait sickened me. Dubliners was at least entertaining in parts!

Nightmare Culture was great, I mean :D
wow, sorry this took so long to reply to... I dont see I have messages here. It was great!! So little writing on Lautremont!
Ah, the Pendell only made it on to my wishlist, but that's the first step.
I am indeed going to discuss 13 Girls. I also realized I have another Brottman book - I don't have the title in front of me but it's a Creation title (boo!hiss!) discussing cannibalism in cinema. Brottman's fascinating. I need to look into more of her work.

Chip from Nine Banded Books is good people.

I have not had a look at Home yet. I have a strange relationship with how I approach Sotos. I love him and he repels me and I skulk about, taking my emotional temperature, peeking around moral corners, until I can read him again. I just now looked up Home and saw the cover and my stomach clenched. But like Show Adult, I suspect I will never get my hands on a copy of Home. The Sotos book I want the most is Predicate and all the copies on Amazon are either slightly better than a pulped novel or are being sold by drop shippers. I am still hopeful, however.

I will definitely check out your review of Selfish, Little!

I have been told many times to read Delany and haven't yet. Let me know what you think of Hogg.
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