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January 3rd, 2006

07:57 pm - Introductory Post

I am Dan, I am from Northampton, UK and have moved to Victoria, BC via Miyazaki and Tokyo in Japan. I am currently studying for my MA in Sociology and intend to continue to PhD at some point. I used to write reviews for pitchfork, which some people had heard of.

I find it difficult to read as much as I would like to due to my course. It demands that social theory floods my mind, where I would rather let some more literary vapours seep inside. Nonetheless, I do my best. I have recently read:

1 The Roominghouse Madrigals - Charles Bukowski
2 Old Man and the Sea - Earnest Hemmingway
3 The Painted Bird - Jerzy Kosinski
4 Hocus Pocus - Kurt Vonnegut
5 The Silent Cry - Kenzaburo Oe
6 A Personal Matter - Kenzaburo Oe
7 High Rise - JG Ballard
8 Women (for the 5th or 6th time) - Charles Bukowski

I am a big fan of Bukowski and Oe in particular, but I am open-minded and always looking for recommendations from similar minded others. It was the Jerzy Kosinski link that attracted me to this site, he is startlingly under-appreciated.

Anyway, visit my journal sometime, it is new and depressingly deserted. It promises half-arsed updates of my life in Victoria and the odd ramble about music, books or sociology...

Best for '06 etc.

Current Music: Wrong Time Capsule - Deerhoof

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December 9th, 2004

02:25 pm - hey, hey you. hey.
my name is carissa.
i am originally from mission, bc but live in vancouver.
my favorites include:

life of pi - yann martell
self - yann martel
the great divorce - cs lewis
the world according to garp - john irving
how green was my valley - richard llewellyn
letters to a young poet - rainer maria rilke
a heart-breaking work of staggering genius - dave eggers
the unbearable lightness of being - milan kundera
the picture of dorian grey - oscar wilde
the man who was thursday - gk chesterton
traveling mercies - ann lamott
LOTR - jrr tolkien.

i am currently reading the little prince by antoine de saint exupery and it is in the running for a spot in my top five.

and a slight synopsis... hmm. i think i will tell you about the great divorce. it's an abstract story about how heaven and hell could/might be. beautiful imagery and cs lewis makes it all come alive in your head, as he always seems to be able to, with his descriptions and comparisons in exactly the right places. i haven't read it in a few years but i think i just might pick it up again.
Current Music: coldplay - parachutes

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August 31st, 2004

05:52 pm
So I tried to post in here five minutes ago and it didn't work, let's try this again. I am a huge Kosinski fan, just finished reading Painted Bird and have obsessively moved on to Steps. His writing fascinates me in a bizzare, I don't get it kind of way....can anyone help me here. What is it about this guy?
Anyways, I am new to this community and would like to say hello to all you book snobs. I am an obsessive reader from the cold and dreary state of Wisconsin. Going to school right now and soaking up all the info I can wrap my eyes around.

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June 22nd, 2004

02:18 am
Hello, here's my attempt at an introductory post:

I enjoy literature, and being the aspiring literary snob that I am, I joined this community. My question then is this: do you have to be a literary snob to join, or does joining only become the affirmation of your snobbiness? Or am I overthinking this? Basically, the reason this community stood out to me is because: I like the layout, it's small, and I like the word snob, and the connotations that come with it. I do believe in literary elitism, and I also, of course, believe I have excellent tastes in literature.

For the factual:

I live in Tennessee, I have no degree in English or literature, but I enjoy the study of both. Most of all, though, I just enjoy reading with the kind of eye that probes, shreds, dismembers, and questions the words I intake. I don't do this because I feel that all writing besides my own is bad (and anyone who does should be shot) but rather I just believe that there is good and bad writing, and the distinction between the two must be made. I once naively thought that all writing, if sincere, could be admirable, even good, but now I believe otherwise. Whether my thoughts will change over time as they already have greatly I'm not sure, but that's partly why I want to hear the opinions of others. I want them to agree with me, or blast me and tell me I'm being pretentious (or naive) or simply that I have no idea what I'm talking about. Any feedback, good or bad, can only lead to further shaping my ideas on literature, writing, and the art of critiquing both.
Current Mood: giddygiddy

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May 3rd, 2004

09:49 pm
sonny_salinger for you salinger freaks.

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March 9th, 2004

08:47 pm - As I welcome myself
Hi, I'm Johnmark

I'm from Lincoln, Nebraska. I'm just finishing school with a degree in English (writing and rhetoric). I'm only part time at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, and I spend the rest of my time at work. I work at a publishing company with our Editorial Review department. I'm in "critique mode" most of the day, but I think that's a good thing.

My favorite Author is Amos Oz-the postmodern Hebrew writer/political activist. I'm also a big fan of the beat poets in general. Frankly, anything with a political undertone tickles my fancy. I'm, of course, naturally inclined to like anything by Orwell, Hawthorne, or Dickens.

The last great fiction book I read was actually a book by Oz called "Panther in the Basement." It's the story of a young boy (12, I think) in British-occupied Israel. This would make it pre-1948, I think. He befriends a British officer and is punished for it (sort of excommunicated by his friends). It's a great work because it goes beyond just telling a story. The parallel of Palestine now occupied by Israel is made quite clear. He's able to make powerful political statements about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the need for a Palestinian state as well as the need for mutual understanding, cooperation, and collaboration. All this from the mouth of a 12-year-old.

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February 20th, 2004

01:02 pm - Introduction Post
Welcome to criticsbookclub

This community is for people who are interested in good books, and especially interested in sharing them. Feel free to be as snobby as you like, but keep yourself open for debate. You can use this community to talk about books you like, post reviews, ask for reccommendations, and anything else book-related you can think of.

Join if:
  1. You enjoy reading.
  2. You are overly critical of the books you like to read.
  3. You feel that you have exceptional taste in novels.
  4. You have the time and ability to read (relatively) quickly and thoroughly.
  5. You are interested in sharing great books with fellow readers.
  6. You have a fairly strong grasp on the English language.

Rules (for now):
  1. Make an introduction post. Tell us your name, where you are from, some of your favourite books/authors, the last book(s) you read, and a slight synopsis of one of your favourites.
  2. When making reviews, post the title, author, and (optionally) ISBN of the book you are reviewing.
  3. When posting reviews not written by yourself, please credit your source.
  4. Be nice; understand that we all have different opinions, and that while a certain book may not be our cup of tea, it can still be an amazing book.
  5. Keep yourself open to intelligent debate about books you like.
  6. And finally, I'm using the three-strikes system. Strike one: You get a warning. Strike two: Banned for a week. Strike three: Permanently banned.

Maintainers notes:

Hi there.

I made this community a long time ago, but now I'm considering making it active. This was originially started as an anti-Oprah's book club community, but I'm kind of over that now, and just want a nice place to talk about books. Perhaps in the future we could do a book club reading where we all try to get access to the same book. This could be made easier with the advent of electronic books, so we'll see what happens with that. Any suggestions/comments for me can be sent in the direction of my livejournal, elsabet, or you can e-mail me: elsabet@livejournal.com.

I hope you enjoy!
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: mates of state

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