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    I thought we might start a discussion thread on these books. I know Borges has been discussed in depth, so if anyone gets bored and wants to link up those threads here that would be great.

    Mark Amerika, The Kafka Chronicles
    J.G. Ballard, Atrocity Exhibition
    Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths; Selected Short Stories and Other Writings
    William Burroughs, Naked Lunch
    Julio Cortazar, Hopscotch
    e.e. cummings, Complete Poems, 1904-1962
    Mark Z. Danielewski, The Whalestoe Letters
    Dante, The Inferno
    Richard Davenport-Hines, Gothic: Four Hundred Years of Excess, Horror, Evil and Ruin
    Jacques Derrida, Memoirs of the Blind: The Self-Portrait and Other Ruins
    Jean Genet, Our Lady of the Flowers
    Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill
    James Joyce, Finnegan’s Wake
    H. P. Lovecraft, At the Mountains of Madness
    Tom Phillip, A Humument
    Edgar Allen Poe, The Fall of the of Usher
    Charles Seife, Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea
    Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
    Edward Tufte, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
    David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
    Last edited by heartbreak; 04-23-2010, 08:18 AM.

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    Last night I started reading The Haunting of Hill . Only a few pages in but I can already see a couple oddities. On page one it says that Hill has stood for eighty years. Which brings to my mind Zampano and his cats. Also, four people are the central characters that go to stay in Hill . Unrelated to of Leaves, I see where King ripped off a few ideas for Rose Red, so far namely the two sisters and how their was pelted by rocks.

    From the list I've read Cryptonomicon, which was an excellent book, Zero, which I need to read again, some of Finnegan's Wake, a chunk of Infinite Jest, and most of Labyrinths.

    I wonder if Atrocity Exhibition has anything to do with the Atrocity in of Leaves.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by heartbreak
      I wonder if Atrocity Exhibition has anything to do with the Atrocity in of Leaves.
      Not really. HOL is more connected with "War Fever".

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      • #4
        I really want to say something about The Haunting of Hill , but I cannot until you finish it.

        Anyway, for those who are completely confused by this thread... see this:

        http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/1972/leaves1kq0.jpg or here.

        Having said that, Great Thread!

        Also, I am going to use this post to keep track, struck means I have read it, * means in possession, but unread:

        Mark Amerika, The Kafka Chronicles
        J.G. Ballard, Atrocity Exhibition
        Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths; Selected Short Stories and Other Writings
        William Burroughs, Naked Lunch
        *Julio Cortazar, Hopscotch
        e.e. cummings, Complete Poems, 1904-1962
        Mark Z. Danielewski, The Whalestoe Letters
        Dante, The Inferno
        Richard Davenport-Hines, Gothic: Four Hundred Years of Excess, Horror, Evil and Ruin
        Jacques Derrida, Memoirs of the Blind: The Self-Portrait and Other Ruins
        Jean Genet, Our Lady of the Flowers
        Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill
        *James Joyce, Finnegans Wake
        H. P. Lovecraft, At the Mountains of Madness
        Tom Phillips, A Humument
        Edgar Allan Poe, The Fall of the of Usher
        Charles Seife, Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea
        Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
        Edward Tufte, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
        David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
        Last edited by Ellimist; 04-01-2010, 05:55 PM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Ellimist
          Having said that, Great Thread!
          Wasn't it your idea?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Nash
            Not really. HOL is more connected with "War Fever".
            Perhaps, I shall read both then.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by heartbreak
              Perhaps, I shall read both then.
              I prefered "War Fever". "Atrocity exhibition" is a kind of abstruse prefiguration of "Crash" and is far more violent.
              Last edited by Nash; 08-22-2008, 07:30 AM.

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              • #8
                I have not read Crash, but I have seen the movie. Extremely weird.

                Note: This is not the 2004 Crash, but one that was released in 1996 with James Spader. Completely unrelated movies.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by heartbreak
                  Wasn't it your idea?
                  Oh, yeah.

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                  • #10
                    I just got back from raiding the KSU library. I now have all but four of the books on the list. How befitting.

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                    • #11
                      The Haunting of Hill (Reading in progress)

                      Bloody hell! They are all meeting at the on June 21!!!

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                      • #12


                        Great fun.

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                        • #13
                          Cryptonomicon, p. 229 (small paperback)
                          Many of the whiteboards are, in turn, covered with cryptical incantations, written in primary colors. Some of them are enclosed in irregular borders and labeled DO NOT ERASE! or simply DNE or NO! ... there is a grocery list, a half-erased fragment of a flowchart, a fax number in Russia, a couple of dotted quads - Internet addresses - and a few words in German...

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by heartbreak
                            Last night I started reading The Haunting of Hill . Only a few pages in but I can already see a couple oddities. On page one it says that Hill has stood for eighty years. Which brings to my mind Zampano and his cats. Also, four people are the central characters that go to stay in Hill . Unrelated to of Leaves, I see where King ripped off a few ideas for Rose Red, so far namely the two sisters and how their was pelted by rocks.

                            From the list I've read Cryptonomicon, which was an excellent book, Zero, which I need to read again, some of Finnegan's Wake, a chunk of Infinite Jest, and most of Labyrinths.

                            I wonder if Atrocity Exhibition has anything to do with the Atrocity in of Leaves.
                            I'm about to start reading that in a few days,
                            it's good, yes?

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                            • #15
                              The Haunting of Hill is good so far.

                              Cryptonomicon and Zero were both excellent, as well as what I've read of Labyrinths and Infinite Jest.

                              Finnegan's Wake is difficult.

                              And I have not read any of the Atrocity Exhibition.

                              Wasn't really sure which book you were referring to, so I hope this is helpful.

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