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Forum: General Chat 6th Sep 2008, 23:32
Replies: 31
Views: 5,970
Posted By Abstruse Goose
Re: Writers on Writing

Here are a few from Hemingway:

"The most essential gift for a good writer is a built in, shockproof, shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have it."

"Forget your...
Forum: Palimpton Crescent 20th Aug 2008, 17:44
Replies: 98
Views: 14,002
Posted By Abstruse Goose
Re: Variations on a Theme

In the Sin of a Client - Ondaatje creates a story where the only explosions cause a little fire in the cheeks and are kept very quiet.

Thieves of Grass - Get in touch with your natural self and...
Forum: Top Tens 6th Aug 2008, 19:14
Replies: 24
Views: 6,498
Posted By Abstruse Goose
Re: Top ten Canadian songs

I haven't heard that song. Thanks for letting me know Bill, I will check it out for sure.

And The Hip are amazing. "Fiddler's Green" is great. The entire Road Apples album is. That's always a good...
Forum: Book Reviews 5th Aug 2008, 20:28
Replies: 18
Views: 1,974
Posted By Abstruse Goose
Re: Very Short Introductions

Well said Bill. Haha. If I do choose to do any reading in theory, it will be in a room with no windows and lots of padding. Or is that part of the trick?!?
Forum: Top Tens 5th Aug 2008, 19:03
Replies: 24
Views: 6,498
Posted By Abstruse Goose
Re: Top ten Canadian songs

Any Canadian top ten list for songs is not complete without "My My, Hey Hey." And then there is "The Trees" by Rush. I don't think another band could pull off a song where the trees are personified...
Forum: Book Reviews 5th Aug 2008, 18:31
Replies: 18
Views: 1,974
Posted By Abstruse Goose
Re: Very Short Introductions

Unfortunately Margaret, I think it has me roped in. I hope I don't turn into the Darth Vadar of literary criticism. Maybe they should issue A Very Short Introduction to Happy Books full of Happy...
Forum: Book Reviews 4th Aug 2008, 19:16
Replies: 18
Views: 1,974
Posted By Abstruse Goose
Re: Very Short Introductions

I just finished reading Jonathan Culler's Very Short Introduction to Literary Theory. I thought it was very well done. I am just beginning to explore literary theory and I thought this book did a...
Forum: Book Reviews 2nd Aug 2008, 4:10
Replies: 33
Views: 6,379
Posted By Abstruse Goose
Re: Books we return to

Christopher Lee, that actor who plays Saruman, reads the Lord of the Rings every year. I wish I had that kind of commitment and time. If I had the time, I would read Heart of Darkness every couple of...
Forum: Book Reviews 2nd Aug 2008, 3:57
Replies: 14
Views: 2,358
Posted By Abstruse Goose
Exclamation Re: Anton Chekhov

I hope you haven't forgotten all you read, John; it has been a few years since this thread has been touched. (Goose is fine by the way. Top Gun is secretly one of my guilty pleasures)

I have a...
Forum: Book Reviews 2nd Aug 2008, 0:56
Replies: 117
Views: 13,943
Posted By Abstruse Goose
Re: Penguin Modern Classics

Thanks for the heads up Stewart.

I am excited about Munro and Findley. Gotta support my fellow Canadians. There are actually are some good writers over here, despite what you may think, and not...
Forum: Book Reviews 1st Aug 2008, 8:33
Replies: 49
Views: 38,895
Posted By Abstruse Goose
Re: Palimplists 2008

January 1 - July 31, 2008:

01. Jane Urquhart - Away ***00
02. Mary Lawson - Crow Lake *0000
03. Yuri Olesha - Envy *00001/2
04. Mikhail Lermontov - A Hero of Our Time ****0
05. Alexander...
Forum: Book Reviews 31st Jul 2008, 21:49
Replies: 32
Views: 4,930
Posted By Abstruse Goose
Re: Michael Cunningham

I just finished reading Specimen Days. Oh man, I don't know if disappointment does it.

The first section of the book was really good stuff. I love Walt's writing and I thought Cunningham was...
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