>Buy book on a whim and it instantly becomes a favorite.
What's his name, /lit/?
Old British short essay author
111 short fiction essays all beginning with "on"
I heard it advertised on the drabblecast
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He has this absurdist setting where people have crazy names and maybe zeppelins, but that's all at the edge because he has to tell you really important things about bottomless viper pits or boring people or groovy bongos
I bought this because of the title, thinking it was some novel about alienation. It was actually about 'outsider' characters in literature, and is a fascinating read.
You should love this board then. You see this rather frequently: Nabokov. Vladimir. Dislike intensely. And I imagine the form is one of jest but it's hard to tell what the exact feeling of a post is sometimes.
I also bought this exact essay collection and it really is based. The one about Don Quijote is amazing and I learned a lot from the ones about China and Chinese art. Also the one where he destroys Christopher Hitchens is just pure gold.
You really can't go wrong with New York Review Book Classics, most of them are just really good, the introductions are usually also very nice.
>eveyone always talks about Borges and this is dirtt cheap.
>my god! where have you been all my life?
Bought it because the blurb sounded interesting and it was short. Didn't expect it to become one of my favourites.
well its a longer essay about Hitchens's book about Mother Theresa. Just pirate the book and read the essay.
He basically claims that Hitchens doesn't understand Mother Theresa's doings because he doesn't understand how faith and Christianity work if I remember correctly.
from the wikipedia article about Hitchens's book:
Literary critic and sinologist Simon Leys wrote that "the attacks which are being directed at Mother Teresa all boil down to one single crime: she endeavors to be a Christian, in the most literal sense of the word". He compared her accepting "the hospitality of crooks, millionaires, and criminals" to Christ's relations with unsavory individuals, said that on his deathbed he would prefer the comfort Mother Teresa's order provides to the services of "a modern social worker". He defended secretly baptizing the dying as "a generous mark of sincere concern and affection". He concluded by comparing journalists' treatment of Mother Teresa to Christ being spat upon.
In reply to Leys, Hitchens noted that in April 1996 Mother Teresa welcomed Princess Diana's divorce after advising the Irish to oppose the right of civil divorce and remarriage in a November 1995 national referendum. He thought this buttressed his case that Mother Teresa preached different gospels to the rich and the poor. He disputed whether Christ ever praised someone like the Duvaliers or accepted funds "stolen from small and humble savers" by the likes of Charles Keating. He identified Leys with religious leaders who "claim that all criticism is abusive, blasphemous, and defamatory by definition". Leys replied in turn, writing that Hitchens' book "contain[ed] a remarkable number of howlers on elementary aspects of Christianity" and accusing Hitchens of "a complete ignorance of the position of the Catholic Church on the issues of marriage, divorce, and remarriage" and a "strong and vehement distaste for Mother Teresa."
For anyone who was ever interested in Science Fiction at any time.
Picked this up on a whim while visiting New York City a few years ago. Had no idea who DFW was, but the line on the back cover sounded so different than what I was reading at the time.
I impulsively dropped $30 on this and did not regret it. I was single, jobless, and in between semesters with little money and little things to do at the time, and this novel was like an antidote to all of my loneliness and boredom. I bought War and Peace shortly after and the magic all came back.
Tolstoy novels are best read when you have copious amounts of time to waste.