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This is what I've been reading.
I started this because I once had a conversation with Fletcher Donaldson about Leonard Cohen's Beautiful Losers. He decided to go look when it was that he'd read the book and discoverd it'd been 15 years ago. He was able to do this cause he kept a reading log. I thought that was such a cool idea, I started a reading log.

Book titles are linked to the books at
date(s) title/author comments
000902 to 0009-- Somewhere East of Life
Brian Aldiss
000901 to 000902 Zombie
Joyce Carol Oates
000901 to 000901 An Honorable Profession
John L'Heureux
000829 to 000901 Unlocking the Air
Ursula K Le Guin
000819 to 000827 The New Complete Joy of Home Brewing
Charlie Papazian
000812 to 000813 Of Love and Other Demons
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
000807 to 000813 The Illustrated Man
Ray Bradbury
000805 to 000806 The Shrine at Altamira
John L'Heureux
000610 to 000612 The Stars Are Also Fire
Poul Anderson
A little too heavily influenced by the writings of Frank J Tippler (see beginning of this year)
000609 to 000610 > Driftglass
Samuel R Delany
000607 to 000703 Cross Channel
Julian Barnes
000605 to 000607 Baby Cat-Face
Barry Gifford
000531 to 000601 Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human
K. W. Jeter
Good for what it' wet dream, what they'd all wished had been done with Highlander. continuation of the movie's story in the style of Dick's book, with multiple scenes which are reporductions or reflections from the original (another Deckard/Batty fight in the rain on decaying city infrastructure). Pretty good for the Geekbook mindcandy category. [000603]
000530 to 000531 Stardust
Neil Gaiman
000403 to 000530 Ulysses
James Joyce
000326 to 000403 The Counterfeiters: With Journal of the Counterfeiters
Andre Gide
000323 to 000325 Neverwhere
Neil Gaiman
000311 to 000319 Ratner's Star
Don DeLillo
000310 to 000310 the Path to the Spiders' Nests
Italo Calvino
000305 to 000310 One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
000219 to 000305 If on a winter's night a traveler
Italo Calvino
simply amazing
991128 to 000202 The Anthropic Cosmological Principle
John D Barrow
Frank J Tippler
991110 to 991123 Dhalgren
Samuel R Delany
991104 to 991109 Great Expectations
Kathy Acker
991018 to 991023 The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor
John Barth
Amazing interweaving of The Arabian Nights with modern day exploits.
991013 to 991017 In Memoriam to Identity
Kathy Acker
991011 to 991013 The Fall of the Towers
Samuel R Delany
990927 to 990927 Sandman: World's End
Neil Gaiman--------
thanks courtney
------ to 990924 The Portrait of a Lady
Henry James
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990826 to 990827 Floating Opera and the End of the Road
John Barth
damn good
990815 to 990825 The Best Short Stories of J G Ballard
J G Ballard
990812 to 990813 The Handmaid of Desire
John L'Heureux
damn good
990811 to ------ Possible Worlds, Artificial Intelligence, and Narrative Theory
Marie-Laure Ryan
990729 to 990810 The Granta Book of the American Long Story
Richard Ford (Editor)
990726 to 990726 Random Acts of Senseless Violence
Jack Womack
young girl's coming of age in near-future during-the-apocalypse. The Facts of Life during the fall of Bellona in Samuel R. Delany's Dhalgren. also a wonderful exploration of the way language evolves on the personal level.
990724 to 990726 Inventing Memory : A Novel of Mothers and Daughters
Erica Jong
naughtier than I expected
990722 to 990723 Going Native
Stephen Wright
I sorta missed that all those guys were guises of the guy from the beginning of the book. oops. have to maybe try this one again sober. even so, it was reminded me in a good way of deLilio's language
990720 to 990721 M31
Stephen Wright
screw ball family to put the Texas Chainsaw Massacre kin to shame. Mainstream American culture reflected darkly.
990717 to 990723 Leonardo's Ink Bottle : The Artist's Way of Seeing
Roberta Weir
a little too simplistic. written like poetry you don't even remember reading 5 seconds later.
990717 to 990717 Doris Kloster: Photographs
Doris Kloster
dominatrix on parade
990714 to 990717 How Late It Was, How Late
James Kelman
i could have done without the brouge
990711 to 990714 Altered States
Anita Brookner
990710 to 990711 Lost in Space : Probing Feminist Science Fiction and Beyond
Marlene Barr
990625 to 990706 Writing in Dante's Cult of Truth : From Borges to Boccaccio
Maria Rosa Menocal
990623 to 990709 Collected Fictions
Jorge Luis Borges
990621 to 990622 Kiss in the Hotel Jospeh Conrad
Howard Norman
990620 to 990621 Running Wild
J G Ballard
990619 to 990620 Tales of Ordinary Madness
Charles Bukowski
thanks brendan
990611 to 990611 Music for Mechanics (Complete Love and Rockets Series No. 1)
Los Bros Hernandez
990610 to 990619 The Best of the Nebulas
Ben Bova (editor)
  • The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth -by- Roger Zelazny
  • "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman -by- Harlan Ellison
  • He Who Shapes -by- Roger Zelazny
  • Aye, and Gomorrah... -by- Samuel R. Delany
  • Passengers -by- Robert Silverberg
  • Behold the Man -by- Michael Moorcock
  • When It Changed -by- Joanna Russ
  • Gonna Roll the Bones -by- Fritz Leiber
  • Dragonrider -by- Anne McCaffrey
  • Love Is the Plan the Plan is Death -by- James Tiptree, Jr.
  • Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones -by- Samuel R. Delany
  • A Boy and His Dog -by- Harlan Ellison
  • The Day Before the Revolution -by- Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Slow Sculpture -by- Theodore Sturgeon
  • Houston, Houston, Do You Read? -by- James Tiptree, Jr.
  • Catch That Zepplin! -by- Fritz Leiber
  • Of Mists, and Grass, and Sand -by- Vonda N. McIntyre
  • The Persistence of Vision -by- John Varley
  • The Grotto of the Dancing Deer -by- Clifford D. Simak
  • Sandkings -by- George R. R. Martin
  • Jeffty Is Five -by- Harlan Ellison
990605 to 990607 On With the Story
John Barth
still handing out the 25 copies I bought of this (see below)
990528 to 990530 Xenogenesis 3: Imago
Octavia E Butler
990521 to 990528 Meditations in Green
Stephen Wright
990519 to 990520 Woman on the Edge of Time
Marge Piercy
thanks mike g.
990517 to 990519 Heat and other Stories
Joyce Carol Oates
990515 to 990516 Unconquered Countries/Four Novellas
Geoff Ryman
intro by Samuel R. Delany
990513 to 990513 the Lathe of Heaven
Ursula K Le Guin
990509 to 990511 Likely Stories: A Postmedern Sampler
George Bowering (editor)
Linda Hutcheon (editor)
canadian pomo
990426 to 990508 The Island of the Day Before
Umberto Eco
originating somewhat like and involved in the same general time period as Mason & Dixon, but a hell of a lot more interesting
990419 to 990425 The Last Thing He Wanted
Joan Didion
990419 to 990419 "Get me a table without flies, Harry."
Bill Griffith
travel sketches
990418 to 990418 Johnny The Homocidal Maniac: The Director's Cut
Jhonen Vasquez
thanks kat n t
B&W comic for semi-depraved minds
990414 to 990418 The Power of Fantasy : Illusion and Eroticism in Everyday Life
Gini Graham Scott
fantasy in all realms of life, from childhood play to roleplaying games to historical recreations to weird game parties to BDSM.
990412 to 990413 Deadly Sins
Thomas Pynchon (editor)
  1. Thomas Pynchon on Sloth
  2. Mary Gordon on Anger
  3. John Updike on Lust
  4. William Trevor on Gluttony
  5. Gore Vidal on Pride
  6. Richard Howard on Avarice
  7. A S Byatt on Envy
  8. Joyce Carol Oates on Despair
990411 to 990413 Printmaking in America : Collaborative Prints and Presses, 1960-1990
Trudy V. Hansen
David Mickenberg
Joann Moser
Barry Walker
990411 to 990411 Logan : A Trilogy/Logan's Run/Logan's World/Logan's Search
William F. Nolan
990404 to 990410 Almayer's Folly
Joseph Conrad
990402 to 990403 King Ink II
Nick Cave
990329 to 990330 Watchmen
Alan Moore
Dave Gibbons (Illustrator)
Barry Marx(?)
see below (971022)
990328 to 990401 A Distant Episode
Paul Bowels
990318 to 990320
CH1, EX1 only
Writing Fiction Step by Step
Jsip Novakovich
these exercises look like they are a little more substantial than I was prepared for.
990318 to 990325 Pussy, King of the Pirates
Kathy Acker
990317 to 990317 Slow Learner: Early Stories
Thomas Pynchon
990316 to 990317 Breakfast of Champions
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr
thanks person who lent the book to the person who lent the book to matt greiner who lent it to brendan greiner who lent it to me
990302 Feminist Social Thought : A Reader
Diana Tietjens Meyers (editor)
  • 23. Glancing at Pornography: Recognizing Men
    by Patricia S. Mann
  • 27. A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology, and Socialist Feminism in the 1980's
    by Donna Haraway
thanks pete
990301 to 990305 New Essays on Wise Blood (The American Novel)
Michael Kreyling (editor)
990222 to 990222 Xenogenesis 2: Adulthood Rites
Octavia E Butler
990210 to 990222 After Rain
William Trevor
990208 to 990208 An ocean in Iowa
Peter Hedges
990127 to 990208 Once Upon a Number
John Allen Paulos
990126 to 990126 Xenogenesis 1: Dawn
Octavia E Butler
damn good. engaging enough that I read it in one sitting. thought a lot about coercive power after reading it.
990123 to 990124 The Einstein Intersection
Samuel R. Delany
990123 to 990123 Sandman: A Game of You
neil Gaiman
thanks finke
990120 to 990124 Scenes and Sequences: Recent Monotypes
Eric Fischl
inspiration to go make some monoprints
981224 to 990208 Mason & Dixon
Thomas Pynchon
What a waste of paper.
981220 to 981224 On With the Story
John Barth
amazing storytelling
the intricate intertwining of these short stories was so damn good that after finishing it I bought 25 copies to force on friends.[990311]
the intricate intertwining of these short stories was so damn good that after finishing I didn't just recommend it to everyone, I bought 25 copies to force on friends so they almost HAD to read it. lots of literary games going on, but not at the expense of the story in general. the main story focus of a married couple, their struggles, and exactly what's wrong with the health of one of them gives these stories a dark edge.[000427]
981216 to 981220 The First Man
Albert Camus
981216 to 981216 Images
David Lynch
981213 to 981216 Block: Getting Out of Your Own Way: The New Psychology of Counterintentional Behavior in Everyday Life
Abigail Lipson
David Perkins
my first Self Help book!
981206 to 981211 Nano: The Emerging Science of Nanotechnology: Remaking the World-Molecule by Molecule
Ed(ward) Regis
I've got to start paying attention to whether I'm getting a book with information ABOUT a topic, or a journalese discussion of the facts AROUND a topic. This is a watered-down history book for people who know nothing about the concept.
981205 to 981209 Beautiful Losers
Leonard Cohen
see below
(and it wasn't really powerful this time around, though I could see a little more of what he was trying to do with the book.)
981120 to 981124 The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
Milan Kundera
didn't like it that much (maybe I need to read it when I'm sober). the unbearable lightness of being was much better.
981114 to 981114 First Love: A Gothic Tale
Joyce Carol Oates
Barry Moser (illustrator)
981111 to 981111 The Secrets of the Camera Obscura : Novella
David Knowles
981104 to 981106 the Sex Box: Woman, Sex, Man
Anonymous (editor)
981030 to 981111 The Century of Artists' Books
Johanna Drucker
981013 to 981028 Nothing But You: Love Stories from the New Yorker
Roger Angell (editor)
981008 to 981010 The Wind From Nowhere
J G Ballard
980922 to 981008 The Best American Short Stories 1997
Annie Proulx (editor)
Katrina Kenison (series editor)
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980918 to 980921 Stranger in a Strange Land
Robert A Heinlein
the uncut version.
only difference I noticed was that Ben freaks out about out-in-the-open het-sex in this version instead of freaking out over a 'homosexual pass'. strange that he had to change it that way....
980915 to 980917 Aureole
Carol Maso
kathy acker lite
980911 to 980915 The Cabalist
Amanda Prantera
980911 Stand Alone 9809 magazine
980903 to 980911 Dust: A Creation Books Reader see below
980827 to 980827 Bloodchild: And Other Stories
Octavia E. Butler
980824 Stand Alone 9808 magazine
980823 Stand Alone 9807 magazine
980823 Stand Alone 9805 magazine
980822 to 980910 Gravity's Rainbow
Thomas Pynchon
980820 to 980821 The Prehistory of the Mind: The Cognitive Origins of Art, Religion and Science
Stephen Mithen
this was interesting, but it doesn't directly touch upon the concept of evolutionary spandrels as his letter to the NYReview of Books seemed to indicate
980818 to 980818 God Left Us Alone Here: A Book of War
John Gaps III
STAND ALONE's creator/editor is an AP photographer. He's been to lots of war zones. He got shot. Here's his photography and poetry.
980816 to 980818 Don Quixote: Which Was a Dream
Kathy Acker
980804 to 980816 Don Quixote: The Ormsby Translation, Revised Backgrounds and Sources Criticism
Miguel De Cervantes
wow. this is the father of all novels.
980802 to 980803 Cry, the Beloved Country
Alan Paton
980727 to 980729 Cocaine Nights
J G Ballard
eh. ballard may be losing his edge
980727 to 980727
last page missing
All Quiet on the Western Front
Erich Maria Remarque
980726 to 980726 As Though I Had Wings: The Lost Memoir
Chet Baker
980721 to 980724 Best American Short Stories 1988
Mark Helprin (editor)
Shannon Ravenel (series editor)
980720 to 980720 Homegoing
Frederik Pohl
980719 to 980719 A Separate Peace
John Knowles
980716 to 980716 The Crucible
Arthur Miller
980712 to 980716 When The Legends Die
Hal Borland
980711 to 980711 Johnny Got His Gun
Dalton Trumbo
980709 to 980709 Transracial Adoptees and Their Families: A Study of Identity and Commitment
Rita J Simon
Howard Altstein
980707 to 980708 Thirty-Five Years at Crown Point Press: Making Prints, Doing Art
Karin Breuer, Ruth E Fine, Steven A Nash
980628 to 980701
stopped pg 81
The Artist's Complete Health & Safety Guide
Monona Rossol
980628 to 980705 No Telephone To Heaven
Michelle Cliff
980625 Stand Alone 9806 magazine
980624 to 980625 1984
George Orwell
980622 to 980623 Animal Farm
George Orwell
980620 to 980621 The Secret Sharer / The Heart of Darkness
Joseph Conrad
980619 to 980619 Arh+
H R Giger
980613 to 980616 Care of the Self: The History of Sexuality III
Michel Foucault
980530 Stand Alone 9804 magazine
980530 Stand Alone 9803 magazine
980530 Stand Alone 9802 magazine
980526 to 980526 Mike & Doug Starn
Andy Grundberg
Robert Rosenblum
980525 to 980525 Lynch on Lynch
David Lynch
Chris Rodley (editor)
980523 to 980523 Microfiction
Jerone Stern (editor)
980521 to 980530 The Use of Pleasure: The History of Sexuality II
Michel Foucault
980581 to 980520 The History of Sexuality: An Introduction
Michel Foucault
980517 to 980518 The Master and Margarita
Mikhail Bulgakov
980513 to 980515 Stars In My Pocket Like Grains of Sand
Samuel R Delany
a delany webpage
980511 to 980511 The Drowned World
J G Ballard
retro-fitted heart of darkness?
980509 to 980509 Slaughterhouse 5
Kurt Vonnegut
980430 to 980508 Underworld
Don DeLillo
980322 Granta 61 magazine
980319 to 980430 Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings
Jorge Luis Borges
980317 aperature 133 magazine
980315 aperature landscapes magazine
980224 to 980316 The Granta Book of the American Short Story
Richard Ford (Editor)
980223 the New Yorker 980223 magazine
980218 DoubleTake 98spring magazine
980217 to 980223 Best American Essays 1997
Ian Frazier (Editor)
Robert Atwan (Editor)
980217 the New Yorker 980216 magazine
980217 Art in America 9802 magazine
980216 to 980217 Vermilion Sands
J G Ballard
980211 to 980215 Dust: A Creation Books Reader
Jack Hunter (editor)
  • Introduction | James Williamson
  • How I Became A Murderess | Kathy Acker
  • Deja Entendu | Adele Olivia Gladwell
  • (Untitled) | Pierre Guyotat
  • In and Out of Flesh / Mauve Zone | James Havoc
  • Orgasm Addict | Stewart Home
  • (Untitled) | Clint Hutzulak
  • Poems | Geraldine Monk
  • Recognition / Zaman's Hill | Alan Moore
  • Poems | Jeremy Reed
  • Xeramplinae | Simon Whitechapel
  • Performance Pieces | Aaron Williamson
The Kathy Acker bit is also the first chapter of "The Childlike Life of the Black Tarantula by the Black Tarantula" in Portrait of an Eye.
Alan Moore is the writer of Watchmen.
980207 the New Yorker 980209 magazine
980207 Newsweek 980202 magazine
980202 to 980202 A Book of Surrealist Games
Alastair Brotchie (writer/editor)
Mel Gooding (editor)
980131 the New Yorker 980202 magazine
980129 UTNE Reader 9801/02 magazine
980126 Time 980119 magazine
980125 to 980205 Voyager: A Life of Hart Crane
John Unterecker
980120 to 980120 Nova
Samuel R Delany
980111 to 980118 Fifty Great American Short Stories
Milton Crane (Editor)
  • The Adventure of the German Student | Washington Irving
  • Young Goodman Brown | Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Ms. Found in a Bottle | Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Fiddler | Herman Melville
  • What Was It? | Fitz-James O'Brien
  • Luck | Mark Twain
  • The Outcasts of Poker Flat | Francis Bret Harte
  • The Damned Thing | Ambrose Bierce
  • The Two Faces | Henry James
  • A New England Sun | Mary E Wilkins Freeman
  • The Courting of Sister Wisby | Sarah Orne Jewett
  • The Dilettante | Edith Wharton
  • Masters of Arts | O Henry
  • Effie Whittlesy | George Ade
  • Mr. Dooley on the Popularity of Firemen | Finley Peter Dunne
  • The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky | Stephen Crane
  • A Dead Issue | Charles M Flandrau
  • The Lost Phoebe | Theodore Dreiser
  • Father is Firm with His Ailments | Clarence Day
  • Death in the Woods | Sherwood Anderson
  • To Build A Fire | Jack London
  • The Use of Force | William Calrol Williams
  • Old Folks' Christmas | Ring W Lardner
  • Silent Snow, Secret Snow | Conrad Aiken
  • By the Waters of Babylon | Stephen Vincent Benet
  • Soldiers of the Republic | Dorothy Parker
  • Mr. Preble Gets Rid of His Wife | James Thurber
  • Cluney McFarrar's Hardtack | John McNulty
  • The Darkness of Night | Robert M Coates
  • The Old People | William Faukner
  • Grapes for Monsieur Cape | Ludwig Bemelmans
  • A Man of the World | Ernest Hemingway
  • The Hour of Letdown | E B White
  • The Resting Place | Oliver La Farge
  • The Touch of Nutmeg Makes It | John Collier
  • The Harness | John Steinbeck
  • Friend of the Family | Kay Boyle
  • The Rumor | Erskine Caldwell
  • There was a Young Lady of Perth | William Saroyan
  • The Downfall of Fascism in Black Ankle County | Joseph Mithell
  • The French Scarecrow | William Maxwell
  • The Blue-Winged Teal | Wallace Stegner
  • The Archimandrite's Niece | James Reid Parker
  • A Mother's Tale | James Agee
  • The National Pastime | John Cheever
  • The Girls in Their Summer Dresses | Irwin Shaw
  • The Death of Shorty | Brichard P Bissell
  • Grandma and the Hindu Monk | Seymour Freedgood
  • Madame Zilensky and the King of Finland | Carson McCullers
  • The Lucid Eye in Silver Town | John Updike
980111 to 980111 Flowers For Hitler
Leonard Cohen
980110 to 980111 Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
Gregory Maguire
980108 the New Yorker 980112 magazine
980104 the New Yorker 980105 magazine
980103 ARTnews 9801 magazine
980103 to 980103
Flowers For Hitler
Leonard Cohen
980101 to 980101 On Dhalgren | Jean Mark Gawron  &
"This You-Shaped Hole of Insight and Fire": Meditations on Delany's Dhalgren | Robert Elliot Fox
from Ash of Stars
James Sallis (Editor)
971230 "Ambiguous identity in an unambiguous sex/gender structure: The case of bisexual women."
Ault, A. (1996). The Sociological Quarterly, 37(3), 449-463.
971230 ""Coming Out" In the Age of Social Constructivism: Sexual Identity Formation Among Lesbian and Bisexual Women"
Paula C Rust, Gender & Society, March 93
971230 "Doing, Being, and the tyranny of the Label"
Edward Sagarin 1977 etcetera march77
971230 Art in America 9801 magazine
971227 Brightness, 1987
Souleymane Cisse
971223 to 971230 Dhalgren
Samuel R Delany
971218 DoubleTake 98winter magazine
971218 Nikon World 97fall magazine
971218 ULCNewsletter 97summerII magazine
971218 Stand Alone 9712 magazine
971218 Stand Alone 9711 magazine
971214 the New Yorker 971222&29 magazine
971214 Communication Arts 277 magazine
971214 Blind Spot #9 magazine
971213 the New Yorker 971215 magazine
971210 ULCNewsletter 97winter magazine
971206 the New Yorker 971208 magazine
971205 Popular Photography 9712 magazine
971204 ARTnews 9712 magazine
971204 Blind Spot #10 magazine
971202 Art in America 9712 magazine
971201 the New Yorker 971201 magazine
971125 to 971126 Photography (4th edition)
Barbara London Upton (editor)
John Upton (contributor)
damn good, thorough, complete photography book. it even has detailed things such as bellows manipulation that I've not seen elsewhere.
971122 to 971211 Selected Poems
Marilyn Hacker
971122 Communication Arts 9711 magazine
971120 the New Yorker 971124 magazine
971116 the New Yorker 971117 magazine
971116 DoubleTake 97fall magazine
971109 Nikon World 97summer magazine
981108 to 971112 The Mad Man
Samuel R Delany
971108 to 971108 The Electronic Revolution
William S Burroughs
971106 the New Yorker 971110 magazine
971105 ARTnews 9711 magazine
971102 the New Yorker 971103 magazine
971027 Art in America 9711 magazine
971024 to 971105 Dubliners | A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man | Chamber Music
James Joyce
971023 to 971024 They Fly At Circon
Samuel R Delany
971022 to 971022 Watchmen
Alan Moore
Dave Gibbons (Illustrator)
Barry Marx(?)
it's ok to call this one a graphic novel. Alan Moore looks a little bit like Napoleon on the back cover, according to him in The Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels
971019 to 971020 Hard Core: Power, Pleasure, and the Frenzy of the Visible
Linda Williams
971018 to 971018 The Female Man
Joanna Russ
971015 to 971016 What More Is There to Say but Amen: The Autobiography of Dr. Oswald C.J. Hoffmann As Told to Ronald J. Schlegel
Oswald C J Hoffmann
Ronald J Schlegel
It came free in the mail. So it's about this old Lutheran (Missouri Synod) radio guy. I read it. A sort of endurance feat? I dunno. I did learn some about the Lutheran Church (like what the hell a Synod is), and I learned how much fucking power some joker like this guy has...meeting with a president every 5 years, sitting in on Catholic hierarchy decisions, etc. It drones on a lot, but it's a good ethnographic survey of his times....some of the things that he finds shocking-funny or absurd-funny are good indicators of how far away from his point of view I am (neutral value statement).[980909]
And once there was this time when...
So, one day this book turns up in my mailbox. I decided I'd read it. I'm an atheist and I'm ordained in the Universal Life Church, so I thought I'd give this a read. Easy reading, somewhat rambling. I saw it as a sort of reality check on the totally separate cultures people living in the same general geographical locations can live in: these are things that this guy finds/found scandalous and which I find too trivial to name. I'm probably too young to have cared about many of the names dropped and i'm not really interested in the history of the Lutheran Church (whatever Synod), so there's a lot of material there that doesn't impact my life.
The most interesting part to me, personally, was the amount of political pull and power he exhibits in the book/his life. That was the sobering thought that let me get through without skipping too many pages.[980625]
971013 to 971013 Rushing to Paradise
J G Ballard
971009 to 971010 The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
Edward R Tufte
971009 the New Yorker 971013 magazine
971006 to 971008 Ash of Stars: On the Writing of Samuel R Delaney
James Sallis (Editor)
  • Introduction | James Sallis
  • The Languages of Science Fiction: Samuel R Delany's Babel-17 | Carl Malmgren
  • To See What Condition Our Condition Is In: Trial by Language in Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand | Mary Kay Bray
  • Debased and Lascivious? Samuel R Delany's Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand | Russell Blackford
  • The Politics of Desire in Delany's Triton and Tides of Lust | Robert Elliot Fox
  • On Dhalgren | Jean Mark Gawron
  • "This You-Shaped Hole of Insight and Fire": Meditations on Delany's Dhalgren | Robert Elliot Fox
  • Necessary Constraints: Samuel R Delany on Science Fiction | David N. Samuelson
  • Neveryon Deconstructed: Samuel R Delany's Tales of Neveryon and the "Modular Calculus" | Kathleen L. Spencer
  • Delany's Dirt | Ray Davis
  • Subverted Equations: G Spencer Brown's Laws of Form and Samuel R Delany's Analytics of Attention | Ken James
971006 Stand Alone 9709 magazine
971004 ARTnews 9710 magazine
971003 the New Yorker 971006 magazine
970930 Art in America 9710 magazine
970929 Communication Arts 9709/10 magazine
970929 to 970929 Gothic: Transmutations of Horror in Late Twentieth Century Art
Christoph Grunenberg (Editor)
  • Director's Foreword | Milena Kalinovska
  • Acknowledgments | Christoph Grunenberg
  • Unsolved Mysteries: Gothic Tales from Frankenstein to the Hair Eating Doll | Christoph Grunenberg
  • Transgression and Decay | Patrick McGrath
  • Edifying Narratives: The Gothic Novel, 1764-1997 | Anne Williams
  • Bela Lugosi's Dead and I Don't Feel So Good Either: Goth and the Glorification of Suffering in Rock Music | James Hannaham
  • "Like Cancer in the System": Industrial Gothic, Nine Inch Nails, and Videotape | Csaba Toth
  • Curtains | Dennis Cooper
  • Shivers | Shawn Rosenheim
  • An Inconsolable Darkness: The Reappearance and Redefinition of Gothic in Contemporary Cinema | John Gianvito
  • Reflections on the Grotesque | Joyce Carol Oates
970927 to 970927 The Waste Land: A Facsimile and Transcript of the Original Drafts Including the Annotations of Ezra Pound
T S Eliot
970922 the New Yorker 970922 magazine
970911 Art in America 9709 magazine
970911 the New Yorker 970915 magazine
970911 to 070921 Silent Interviews
Samuel R Delany
970909 the New Yorker 970908 magazine
970902 to 971014 The Errancy
Jorie Graham
970903 ARTnews 9703 magazine
970902 ARTnews 97summer magazine
970828 to 970902 Feminism and Contemporary Art: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Laughter
Jo Anna Isaak
970825 to 970826 Trouble on Triton
Samuel R Delany
970822 the New Yorker 970823 magazine
970822 to 970825 Bots: The Origin of New Species
Andrew Leonard
970819 to 970828 The Waste Land and Other Poems
T S Eliot
Nice book.No, I mean it. The book itself is a pretty nicely constructed book. My copy (purchased here) also claims to be of an edition of 350. Which is a pretty nice book to have a bunch of poems by T.S. Eliot in.[971003]
970816 to 970818 Women in Their Beds: New and Selected Stories
Gina Berriault
970815 the New Yorker 970811 magazine
970809 Stand Alone 9708 magazine
970808 Stand Alone 9707 magazine
970807 Stand Alone 9705 magazine
970807 to 070811 My Education: A Book of Dreams
William S Burroughs
970803 to 970805 The Bell Jar
Sylvia Plath
970801 the New Yorker 970804 magazine
970728 the New Yorker 970728 magazine
970728 to 970802 Lolita
Vladimir Nabokov
970727 to 970803
gave up
Anathemata: Fragments of an Attempted Writing
David Jones
970727 to 970727 Book of Mercy
Leonard Cohen
970726 the New Yorker 970721 magazine
970725 to 970725 The Bridge
Hart Crane
see below
970722 to 970723 3001: The Final Odyssey
Arthur C Clarke
970713 to 970713 Hogg
Samuel R Delany
Grotesque enough to make you squirm, yet humorous at times.
I read Hogg in two sittings at Perkins here in Ames, IA. During the first, a friend sat where she could see me as I read. I kept distracting her with my reactions: most often a look of disgust "as if maggots were crawling out of your book". But occasionally there were those incredibly funny parts...whether intentional or not, generally bits of extreme understatement ("really unhappy" indeed).
In Hogg, you are taken on a journey by another of Delany's silent-observer characters, through the life and times of a rapist-for-hire, Hogg. Hogg lives up to his name, rolling in literal filth whenever possible. In thinking about it now, I'm giving myself occasional heebie-jeebies, but it really isn't any worse than whan you can find on the usenet binaries hierarchy. In fact, I don't recall a single act of bestiality in the book, so Delany really has some more area to work with.
I enjoyed the gross-out factor, I admit. As well, it helps add some more flesh to the subjects that Delany works with. It also explores the regions that many people don't even want to admit exist, let alone think, read, or talk about. For that reason I'd recommend it to anyone with the note that it is not for those uncomfortable with sex at it's most perverse.[970727]
970702 to 970706 The Bridge
Hart Crane
not easy poetry, but worth the struggle
I'd suggest reading Samuel R Delany's essay (in Longer Views) and accidentally catching a program on PBS about Hart Crane after your first read of it. It helped me tremendously.
An epic poem which explores America, "modern" poetic imagery (the Brooklyn bridge as opposed to a tree), Columbus, Whitman, Poe, Pocahontas, and sea imagery. It also contains very bold (for the pre-Stonewall era) allusions to homosexuality, in the typical method of the period which is rooted in gender-neutrality.[970727]
970701 Art in America 9707 magazine
970630 to 970701 Blood and Guts in High School
Kathy Acker
970619 to 970628 Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction
R V Cassill (editor)
  • Barcelona | Alice Adams
  • The Kugelmass Episode | Woody Allen
  • Rape Fantasies | Margaret Atwood
  • Life-Story | John Barth
  • The Indian Uprising | Donald Barthelme
  • The Burning House | Ann Beattie
  • Decent of Man | T Coraghessan Boyle
  • Where I'm Calling From | Raymond Carver
  • The Babysitter | Robert Coover
  • Murphy's Xmas | Mark Costello
  • A Father's Story | Andre Dubus
  • Saint Marie | Louise Erdich
  • Roar Lion Roar | Irvin Faust
  • Just Like a Tree | Ernest J Gaines
  • The Poets | Eugene Garber
  • The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • An Evening Performance | George Gass
  • Horsemen | Oakley Hall
  • In the Cemetary Where Al Jolson Is Buried | Amy Hempel
  • Melinda Falling | Jincy Kornhauser
  • Follow the Eagle | William Kotzwinkle
  • The New Atlantis | Ursula K Le Guin
  • No Trace | David Madden
  • Lust | Susan Minot
  • The Beggar Maid | Alice Munro
  • City of Boys | Beth Nugent
  • How I Contemplated the World from the Detroit House of Correction and Began My Life Over Again | Joyce Carol Oates
  • Going After Cacciato | Tim O'Brien
  • Emotion Recollected in Tranquility | Jonathan Penner
  • Souvenir | Jayne Anne Phillips
  • Winter | Kit Reed
  • The Chink and the Clock People | Tom Robbins
  • Coach | Marry Robison
  • No Place to Be on Christmas | Janet Beeler Shaw
  • Learning to Swim | Graham Swift
  • Beyond the Pale | William Trevor
  • The Other | John Updike
  • Going to Russia | Guy Vanderhaeghe
  • Everyday Use | Alice Walker
  • Taking Care | Joy Williams
  • In the Garden of the North American Martyrs | Tobias Wolff
1987 version (thanks alissa)
there is a 1998 version now
970616 to 970622 Death of a Lady's Man
Leonard Cohen
970615 to 970615 Galapagos
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr
970610 to 970614 The Motion of Light in Water: Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village 1960-1965
Samuel R Delany
970603 to 970610
stopped to read The Bridge before finishing
970706 to 970711
Longer Views: Extended Essays
Samuel R Delany
this is the book I used to tape my notes into when I married Shauna and Kevin. The hardback version I have is black with gold lettering on the side, a perfect stand in for an atheist minister who's trying please parents. I removeable-taped the script in right at the beginning of "Aversion/Perversion/Diversion".
970603 Art in America 9706 magazine
970602 Women in the Arts 97summer magazine
970529 Art in America 9705 magazine
970528 to 970602 True Colors: The Real Life of the Art World
Anthony Haden-Guest
970523 to 970527 Literal Madness: Kathy Goes to Haiti/My Death My Life by Pier Paolo Pasolini/Florida: Three Novels
Kathy Acker
Kathy goes to Haiti. Every man wants her to be his wife. A man takes her home. She is his wife. She cries. Little kids laugh at her. She goes somewhere else. Different men want Kathy as their wife. She doesn't let the first one take her home. Kathy is learning.
970522 to 970524 Ports of Entry: William S Burroughs and the Arts
Robert A Sobieszek
William S Burroughs
970518 to 970521 A User's Guide to the Millennium: Essays and Reviews
J G Ballard
970512 to 970518 After the End of Art: Contemporary Art and the Pale of History
Arthur C Danto
970506 to 970511 Naked Lunch
William S Burroughs
970504 Stand Alone 9703 magazine
970502 to 970503 Concrete Island
J G Ballard
970501 to 970502 The Stranger
Albert Camus
thanks alissa
970428 to 970430 The Sheltering Sky
Paul Bowels
970422 to 970425 Empire of the Senseless
Kathy Acker
970415 to 970417 The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind
Julian Jaynes
970411 to 970413 The Atrocity Exhibition
J G Ballard
Phoebe Gloeckner (Illustrator)
William S Burroughs (Designer)
970408 Ethos 9704 ISU magazine
970408 to 070410 Myal
Erna Brodber
970404 to 970406 The Fountainhead
Ayn Rand
nice descriptions destroyed by papier mache philosophy
or, to put it into into roleplaying terms:
You are raped by a quarry worker. Make a willpower save at -6 to avoid falling helplessly in love with him.
970311 to 970403 Antonin Artaud: Selected Writings
Antonin Artaud
Susan Sontag (Designer)
970309 to 970310 Atlantis: Three Tales
Samuel R Delany
970306 to 070309 Illness As Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors
Susan Sontag
970302 to 970306 And the Ass Saw the Angel
Nick Cave
saw him reading from this in Central Park during the summer of 94. thanks alissa
970301 Blind Spot #8 magazine
970228 Blind Spot #7 magazine
970227 to 9703
didn't finish
Gods of Earth and Heaven
Joel-Peter Witkin
it's King Au's fault
970221 to 970302 Best American Essays 1991
Joyce Carol Oates (Editor)
  • Random Reflections of a Second-Rate Mind | Woody Allen
  • The Female Body | Margaret Atwood
  • The Female Body | John Updike
  • Silent Dancing | Judith Ortiz Cofer
  • Running the Table | Frank Conroy
  • Life with Daughters: Watching the Miss America Pagent | Gerald Early
  • This Autum Morning | Gretel Ehrlich
  • Wounded Chevy at Wounded Knee | Diana Hume George
  • Counters and Cable Cars | Stephen Jay Gould
  • New York City: Crash Course | Elizabeth Hardwick
  • Kubota | Garrett Hongo
  • Maintenance | Naoimi Shihab Nye
  • Late Victorians | Richard Rodriguez
  • Seeking Home | Dorien Ross
  • Mosaic on Walking | Mark Rudman
  • The Ideal Particle and the Great Unconformity | Reg Saner
  • Mother Tongue | Amy Tan
  • At the Buffalo Bill Museum | Jane Tompkins
  • On Being White, Female, and Born in Bensonhurst | Marianna De Marco Torgovnick
  • Questions of Conquest | Mario Vargas Llosa
  • The Killing Games | Joy Williams
thanks alissa
970219 to 970221 Best American Essays 1990
Justin Kaplan (editor)
Robert Atwan(series editor)
  • Armenian Journal | Michael Arlen
  • The Paradoxes of Creativity | Jaques Barzan
  • Intoxicated by Illness | Anatale Broyard
  • Shouting "Fire!" | Alan M Dershowitz
  • The Stunt Pilot | Annie Dillard
  • At the Academy Awards | Stanley Elkin
  • A Few Kind Words For Envy | Joseph Epstein
  • The Creation Myths of Cooperstown | Stephen Jay Gould
  • No Wonder They Call Me Bitch | Ann Hodgman
  • The Vicksburg Ghost | Sue Hubbell
  • The Corpse in the Mirror: The Warhol Wake | Stuart Klawans
  • Vital Signs | Natalie Kusz
  • The Fisherwoman's Daughter | Ursula K Le Guin
  • Raymond Carver, Mentor | Jay McInerney
  • To Blacks and Jews: Hab Rachmones | James McPherson
  • I'm Having Trouble With My Relationship | Leonard Michaels
  • Why Mow? The Case Against Lawns | Michael Pollan
  • Talking AIDS to Death | Randy Shilts
  • Portrait of the Artist as a Lion on Stilts | Paul West
  • Save the Whales, Screw the Shrimp | Joy Williams
  • Stalking the Billion-Footed Beast | Tom Wolfe
thanks alissa
970215 to 970218 The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Milan Kundera
thanks alissa
970124 to 970213 Radiotext(e)
Neil Strauss (editor)
Dave Mandl (Editor)
970116 to 970122 Crash
J G Ballard
970114 to 970115 The Wanting Seed
Anthony Burgess
970114 Rosalie
Deborah Candace Brown
short story
970114 Haircut
Ring Lardner
short story
970114 Indica, Indica
Ding Xiaoqi
short story
970114 What Noni Hubner Did Not Tell the Police About Jesus
Russell Banks
short story
970108 to 970114 On Photography
Susan Sontag
970104 to 970107
gave up
Mysticism and Logic
Bertrand Russell
these essays from the turn of the century were mostly outdated and if not, were about very basic philosophy questions. I figured twiddling my thumbs would be more rewarding.
970101 to 970104 Flaubert's Parrot
Julian Barnes
thanks alissa
961225 to 961228 Return to Neveryon
Samuel R Delany
961223 to 961224 Flight from Neveryon
Samuel R Delany
961220 to 961221 Neveryona
Samuel R Delany
961218 to 961219 Tales of Neveryon
Samuel R Delany
961202 to 961208 Philosophy of Religion
David Elton Trueblood
Sincere Philosophy from an educated Christian Perspective I'm an atheist. Trueblood's a Christian. And this book was the most decent, honest representation of the traditional aspects of philosophy from the Christian perspective. Some of the logic is easy to poke holes in, but some of it is pretty solid. By the end of the book, I was very sincerely doing some spiritual searching. Many Christians leave me rather wanting to throttle them with their crucifix necklaces, but Trueblood redeems a great many of them. [980911]
961128 to 961128 Nova Express
William S Burroughs
961120 to 961120 Was
Geoff Ryman
thanks matt
961115 to 961118 Exploring the Concept of Mind
Richard M. Caplan (editor)
thanks alissa
961114 to 961115 Life Between Buildings: Using Public Space
Jan Gehl
thanks alissa
961111 to 961114 Multiple Exposures: Chronicles of the Radiation Age
Catherine Caufield
thanks alissa
961025 to 961101 The Complete Stories
Flannery O'Connor
960925 to 960930 Wise Blood
Flannery O'Connor
thanks to flannery bateman
950325 to 950325 Farewell Horizontal
K W Jeter
950320 to 950324 One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
thanks tarin
950115 to 950125 Dhalgren
Samuel R Delany
941111 to 941201 Beautiful Losers
Leonard Cohen
People Are Hell
A masterwork of the themes which you glimpse in the songs of LC, here shining with the glow of the Acropolis of the Native Americans. Beautiful Losers is at times an homage to a canadian catholic saint, a history of canada, and a bizzare love triange in hell.[970306]

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