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The Hysterical Realism Reading List

First Wave:

Vladimir Nabokov—Lolita (1955), Pale Fire (1962), Speak, Memory (1936-66), Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle (1969)

Thomas Pynchon—V. (1963) , Crying of Lot 49… 1,921 more words

Hysterical Realism

February book reviews (roundup)

10:04 – Ben Lerner – A really really good book, intelligent, witty, a beautiful circus of ideas as the ambiguous narrator questions the idea of what’s real and what’s fiction and how the two things warp one another, highly recommended   240 more words

Reading while sleeping

From Orfeo (2014) by Richard Powers, an amazing description of reading while on the verge of falling asleep.

  He took up the open book, and once again, for another night, he trained his mind to settle in and read.

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A Package From The USA

I’d been after a copy of a particular book for some weeks when I stumbled across it by chance on eBay one evening. I was a little put off at first however as it was located in the States and I always think that postage overseas seems to be extremely steep when compared to other sources. 353 more words


Weekend Recap: Awards!

GAMES:  Last night was the 4th Annual New York Videogame Critics Circle Awards, and it was a pretty great evening all around.  I was honored and humbled to present the Best Mobile Game award with my buddy Sara Clemens of… 869 more words

Weekend Recap

Orfeo - Richard Powers


An old composer (Els) who has turned his back against making music later in his life and goes into amateur genetics and makes his own bio-lab in his house, which at the start of the novel is raided and he’s made into a “terrorist” on the run. 703 more words

hit the C, then hit it again... and again... and listen... keep listening...

The one piece of analysis that impressed me the most during my time as a sociology student was Ulrich Oevermann’s analysis in ‘Zur Sache’ of the evening news in which he spent pages and pages on laying out the implications and contradictions of the opening line… 389 more words