Favourite Literature: Prose

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  • Novel
  • Watership Down. Richard Adams. 1972.
  • Atlas Shrugged. Ayn Rand. 1957.
  • The Catcher in the Rye. J D Salinger. 1951.
  • Cry, The Beloved Country. Alan Paton. 1951.
  • The Stranger. Albert Camus. 1947.
  • The Fountainhead. Ayn Rand. 1943.
  • Short Stories
  • Leaving Maverley. Alice Munro. 2012.
  • A Fable. Tommy Sørbø. 2011.
  • The Case Against Alex Borge. Odd Nerdrum. 2004.
  • I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream. Harlan Ellison. 1967.
  • "For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.". Ernest Hemingway?. 1950s?.
  • The House Of Asterion. Jorge Luis Borges. 1949.
  • A Clean, Well-Lighted Place. Ernest Hemingway. 1926.
  • The Music Of Erich Zann. H P Lovecraft. 1922.
  • The Velveteen Rabbit. Margery Williams. 1922.
  • Rashomon. Ryunosuke Akutagawa. 1915.
  • The Beast In The Jungle. Henry James. 1903.
  • Altar Of The Dead. Henry James. 1895.
  • The Yellow Wallpaper. Charlotte Perkins Gilman. 1892.
  • The House Amid The Thickets. Ueda Akinari. 1776.
  • Ruth. Author Unknown/Bible. ~500BC?.
  • Judges. The Bible. ~600BC?.
  • Nonfiction- Long
  • Cassavetes On Cassavetes. John Cassavetes, Ray Carney. 2001.
  • The Orchid Thief. Susan Orlean. 1998.
  • Elements of Typographic Style. Robert Bringhurst. 1996.
  • Notes On Cinematography. Robert Bresson. 1975.
  • Val Lewton: The Reality of Terror. Joel E Siegel. 1972.
  • An Actor Prepares. Constantin Stanislavski. 1936.
  • Essais. Michel Eyquem De Montaigne. 1571-92.
  • Il Libro dell'Arte. Cennino Cennini. ~1420s.
  • The Pillow Book. Sei Shonagon. 1002.
  • On The Sublime. Longinus or Dionysius. ~100.
  • Elements. Euclid. ~300BC.
  • Nonfiction- Short
  • An Open Letter To The Next Generation of American Filmmakers. Ray Carney. 2003.
  • The Difficult Path/Kitsch Serves Life. Odd Nerdrum. 2000.
  • Enter The Dragon. Dave Hickey. 1993.
  • Beauty is the Mystery of Life. Agnes Martin. 1989.
  • Art And Moral Treason. Ayn Rand. 1965.
  • a, b, c, d.... Max Bill. 1953.
  • Advice To Young Musicians. Robert Schumann. 1860.
  • Ain't I A Woman?. Sojourner Truth. 1851.
  • A Modest Proposal. Jonathon Swift. 1729.
Author Comments: 

Genre and chronological!

OH HEY I LIKE SOME OF THIS STUFF.

Namely Watership Down, Cry, The Stranger (I think The Fountainhead is waaay better than the ridiculous Atlas Shrugged), Four Quartets, BIRCHES, WORDSWORTH, The Merchant of Venice, Acme Novelty Library ANNNNND although I like Ode to Kirihito I think Tezuka has done better work (mainly the Phoenix series).

!!!!

I NEED TO READ PHOENIX SO BAD
I NEED TO READ EVERY TEZUKA SO BAD

I just got Cassavetes on Cassavetes from the library and stupid me thought it was going to be Carney's own analysis in addition to being a biography. Crushed =(.

it contains a lot of Casssavetes's own philosophy on such and a little bit of Carney's editorializing. Cassavetes On Cassavetes + The Films Of John Cassavetes from the Cambridge Classic Film series are god-tier film books put together.

I thought that it was both film theory and analysis in addition to biography... I'm sorry if I accidentally misled you D:

I love American Splendor, particularly the Crumb drawn stories. There's a brand of honesty that's free of the usual traps that come with navel gazing, such as self-consciousness... there was real finesse to his work. The medium definitely lost a titan. Worth checking out: TCJ recently put up some great interviews with him on their website. Now I just hope they print the Fiore debates regarding his hatred for Maus.

A master of form/content.
Last friday I actually was feeling sad thinking about Pekar dying and I never got to send him a letter asking him if he ever listened to any of the free-jazz influenced rock like Soft Machine and Velvet Underground and so on. And I just stopped by a comic shop and was looking through their oldies section and ISSUE ONE, TWO, AND FIVE OF AMERICAN SPLENDOR WERE THERE. Had a bit of a crisis because I hate spending moneys and those three (plus the first issue of "Arcade Comics Revue") would set me back 100 dollars. But I got them and have read them all through twice since. Heh.
Something eerie is in the first issue, though: One of the stories has a frame that's in the future, with a prospective old-Pekar sitting on a bench in a park being Melancholy, it's called "Remembering Be-Ins" and the frame setting is labelled as being "Summer 2010". Kind of prophetic. I dunno, I thought it was kind of weird.
Also yes I would love to hear him bitch and moan about Maus.

Wait, are Notes on the Cinematographer and Notes on Cinematography different? I have the former. It's a pretty fine book, lots to disagree with but it offers a valuable perspective. Bresson is so damn dogmatic. However, I think Sculpting in Time is a lot more insightful.

Also also, I'm three books deep into Wordsworth's The Prelude. Words don't do it justice.

No they are just two different translations, as far as I know. I thought it was really neat. As I say about everybody "never think you're going to agree with anyone about everything"-- same about Bresson. Even if there's a lot of "lolwut" sort of points that pretty much only apply to him and his oeuvre, there a lot of real insight into artistic process in general in the book.
I NEED TO READ SCULPTING IN TIME SO BAD THOUGH <3 NEED FOR FORCE MY UNI-LIBRARY TO GET IT.

Would you say that WORDS don't show its WORTH?
Hurrrr.

zomg Beast in the Jungle <3333

Also, Keats?, Dickinson?, Stevens?, Neruda?, Rilke?, Camoes?, Machado?, Cavafy?, and Celan?

READ MOAR NOVELS

(I may comment on your lists too much.)

I'M TRYING

DEAR GOD I AM TRYING DON'T YOU BELIEVE ME!?

This is amazing. Completely out there, but amazing. I've had minimal exposure to abstract comics so it's still moreorless a complete enigma, but I thought you'd enjoy it too.

Most of the abstract comics sort of things I have found basically amount to artist-books (Like the Broodthaers I just added to the list (The most recent thing added to the poetry/drama list too is also actually an artist-book too)). But they're neat as fuck though! Thank you for the heads up! I'll have to read this when I am more alert.

Yoshiharu Tsuge may be the best cartoonist I've ever come across... it's a shame he hardly allows his work to be translated. I highly recommend checking those two stories.

I'm starting to realize how disgraceful it is that the English speaking world neglects some cartoonists, I hope Fabrice Neud's 800 page Journal is ultimately translated... In the mean time Émile is really fantastic.

THAT IS HIGH PRAISE.
I have only as f yet read about five pages HOWEVER I HAVE BOOKMARKED HIM THANK YOU.

The English speaking world neglects a lot of literature of a lot of kinds. It's a shame.

Whoops, that site updated, I should probably clarify that when I wrote two stories I was not referring to "The Deadly Dried Squid Technique", which is really bizarre. Just to overwhelm you, this site has a few more of his stories, including a really adorable one about mushrooms and an amazing one called Oba's Electroplate Factory.

Have you found a shifting attitude towards your comics? I've found that I can hardly sit through some of the cartoonists I used to really like, people like Jim Woodring, Chris Ware, etc. Your list has a ton I haven't checked out, though, so I'll probably look into those next!

Aaaaaaaa Thank you for these links and stuff. I take your suggestions seriously.

With Ware I find I have to REALLY REALLY WANT IT to read more than a few pages at a time. MAybe thats's because of how dense he likes to compose pages anyway. I found I enjoyed Watchmen more when flipping through it a month or so back, probably just because I noticed a lot more of the little background motifs here and there. Art Spiegelman is where I actually feel you the most there-- Maus, for one, is just kind of boring and awkwardly paced in a lot of places.
I'm actually afraid you'll look into some of the comics (and picture-books (and photo-romans)) on here and think I'm really fuckin' stupid. A few are available completely free online though (iso, Pictures For Sad Children)-- coincidentally, those are also two of the ones I thought you would think me stupid for!

I looked up that "Baby shoes" story because I found the title interesting. Err, the story was definitely just as interesting. It was somewhat predictable though, I found to my surprise that I had already read the whole story somewhere.......

Well the baby shoes story is presented in its entirety right there-- the story behind it is neat though. But it's just a great little subtle kick there-- a six-word story. Whether or not Hemingway actually wrote it is not important-- it's still a great example of literary economy, I think.

I agree, how the hell does one even come up with stuff like that? It's like an entire plot contained in just six words, somehow made even more devastating.

Considering act structures-- I'm wondering if there's a signifcant 4 or 5 act shortest-tragedy in addition to Pseudo-Hemingway's 3 and Ashbery's 2.

Have you read any Dickens novel?