Author Topic: Special Topics in Literature and Books and Things of that Nature  (Read 14413 times)

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Re: Special Topics in Literature and Books and Things of that Nature
« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2010, 03:48:45 PM »
Not sure where to put this, but it's a Guardian video interview with A. S. Byatt (her novel Possession will probably be in my top 20 books) - and she's wonderful. Here, she talks about such things as her new novel, the fate of the real children of children's authors, her reading habits as a child, the loss of religion, Facebook as the new mirror god, the new novel she will never write, and her belief in the human imagination.

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Why do people want to Twitter? Why can't they just be quiet? Nobody is quiet anymore; you don't go through the streets and see anybody silently walking along thinking. . . . I'm sure it's a religious matter. You only exist if you tell people you're there.
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Re: Special Topics in Literature and Books and Things of that Nature
« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2010, 04:05:35 PM »
Heh, that quote... I like her already :)

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Re: Special Topics in Literature and Books and Things of that Nature
« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2010, 04:19:18 PM »
I read a short story collect of hers that I really liked. The Children's Book interests me quite a bit as well.
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Re: Special Topics in Literature and Books and Things of that Nature
« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2010, 07:33:30 PM »
Heh, that quote... I like her already :)
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The Children's Book interests me quite a bit as well.
Me, too! I haven't, to be honest, been keeping up with any of her recent stuff. Now I'm inspired to seek it out.

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Re: Special Topics in Literature and Books and Things of that Nature
« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2011, 05:49:51 AM »
I started reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle today, and when I came across the following on the second or third page, I had to stop:

“Can you write poetry?” she asked.

“Poetry!?” Poetry? Did she mean ... poetry?


I'm assuming this is the fault of Jay Rubin, the translator, because I'm sure Murakami would never write something so odious, but if that's the quality of the translation, I don't know if I can go on.

Would someone who has read the novel care to weigh in on either the quality of the translation or the prose, and whether it is worth persevering?
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Re: Special Topics in Literature and Books and Things of that Nature
« Reply #15 on: May 02, 2011, 06:33:40 AM »
Duly noted, and apologies.

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Re: Special Topics in Literature and Books and Things of that Nature
« Reply #16 on: May 02, 2011, 08:02:46 AM »
Some of us have class.

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Re: Special Topics in Literature and Books and Things of that Nature
« Reply #17 on: May 02, 2011, 08:05:48 AM »
I on the other hand am like school in summer.

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Re: Special Topics in Literature and Books and Things of that Nature
« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2011, 02:11:28 PM »
Cool AV Club interview with Norton Juster, author of my favorite book of all time: The Phantom Tollbooth.
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