>>7556040 not OP here its by far his best (though thats not saying much) if you want a gimmicky piece of shit check out Only Revolutions. Almost made me vomit. He's a pleb man's Barth.
my personal choice is Life of Johnson by Boswell (laugh out loud funny on nearly ever page) or Although of course you end up becoming yourself by David Lipsky (imagine having a comfy convo with DFW at Denny's, McDonalds, and then seeing Broken Arrow with him (he loved shitty action movies))
let's never make an info graphic of our favorite books again. This reddit shit is out of hand. Next year our favorite books are going to be Sonic the Hedgehog adult coloring books and Terry Pratchett novels, with Ender's Shadow occupying the #2 spot.
>>7556040 Why does "gimmicky" always go hand-in-hand with "shitty" on 4chan? Let alone /lit/ of all fucking places. Gimmicks aren't inherently bad even if House of Leaves could have been done much, much better.
Can we get back on topic? I'm not OP but I really need some comfy books right now. I've been reading to much philosophy and I'm just getting so tired of everything. I don't want to think about Evola or Nietzsche or Bookchin or Marx. I need a break, a palette cleanser. I want to read something comfy.
>>7556002 >book about a guy becoming obsessed with a critical essay on a fake documentary, to the point of losing everything and nearly dying from self-neglect as he's reduced to a paranoid-delusional wreck >comfy
I have a list of comfy books. The one I always turn to though is Rabbit is Rich. I have read all four Rabbit novels to tatters but Rich I have actually had to buy a new one because it has started to fall apart. My other comfy books:
IT Winter's Tale Plainsong Motel Life Atlas Shrugged (I know, fuck off) Wind Up Bird Chronicle (I listen to this book pretty often)
I also have comfy poems:
Orientale by Cummings almost anything by Neruda certain passages from Paterson by William Carlos Williams
Anna Karenina. Specifically the Levin chapters. When I'm reading by the woodstove, with an old, wolly afgan draped over my legs, intermittently pausing to sip on some tea, and contemplate what I had just read while watching snow fall outside onto my large country property.
I read HoL as a horror novel and it succeeded in scaring the shit out of me. I don't see your (wannabe)patrician 'gimmick' name calling as a negative at all considering /lit/'s always on king's dick, and his shit couldn't make an 11 year old squirm if it tried let alone put fear In a grown man. It's genre fiction with a bit of fun reader participation thrown in, it did it's job and it did it well. Instead of rattling out your usual /lit/core and essential slavs why don't you have some fucking fun for once, Christ. You don't realise it, but you edge lords are worse than the influx of reddit-queers, you just comes across pretentious, lads.
one time someone on /lit/ recommended this to me and i am forever cursed to carry on in his stead recommending it until it finally becomes beloved memecore because it is comfy as living heck and you should all read it
>>7559121 yeah same i read it a long time ago before hearing anything about it except a solid reccomendation and i thought i twas a pretty good horror novel. the morphing house is just such a deep well of possibilities and i felt like the author did a really excellent job of exploring some of the possible implications including what various real life celebrities/experts had to say on the tapes. the whole framing device part was largely forgettable though i feel like the whole book could have just been about the Navidsons
>>7559121 how retarded/new/reddit are you to think that reccing House of Leaves is in any way is a unique, refreshing and original recommendation? the only reason i still come to this board is because it enforces some quality standards that make defensive redditors like you squeamish. It's good to be challenged in terms of what you read. Pretension is better than willfull ignorance. You want a "fun" board--i.e circlejerking about how fun to read and refreshingly simplistic and purely enjoyable etc etc a predictable collection of recently-released mediocre genre fiction books are--then absolutely nobody is stopping you from going to r/books instead.
>>7559167 Except I'm not reccing it shitlord. I'm pointing out, very clearly if you reread the post, that the argument that it's 'gimmicky' isn't a comment at all on the quality of the work or the enjoyment you'll get out of it. >unique, refreshing and original Honestly, what the fuck are you on about. What part of the sea of dfw and daily chart threads is original you fucking monkey. You're looking at /lit/ through some fucking rosy glasses (Also I never suggested it was unique or any of that shit in your splerg post, why you so salty)
>>7559121 Oh mate, you havent been here long. You don't know what you're saying. I get so frustrated when transparent newfags dictate how the board should act, as if they've been around longer than a year (or since the summer).
>>7559945 thats right, out-edge the edgelords, you must be the most contrarian at all costs!! doesnt matter that you're actively worsening the board you're posting on, for the reward of looking cool by rejecting any kind of community standards.
>>7559991 He's discussed a fair bit and his best works are recommended quite often, esp in horror threads. I would say the general consensus is that he's good rather than shit (considering he's the internationally famous household name and we're a bunch of smegma sacks)
>>7556514 Weirdly, I really feel comfy reading 19th century horror/gothic. I recommend Wieland (1799 but is pretty much Porto-gothic), Turn of the Screw, along with the rest of the normally recommended Gothic stuff (All of Poe, Frankenstein, etc...)
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