News for July 2011

24: The Picture of Dorian Gray

nothing good to read lately, we go back in time, we go back to the original, we go back to the classics

by: Oscar Wilde

His wit knows no bounds, literally!
i’m sure everyone knows the story. Dorian gray is a flawless and beautiful human being, he gets his portrait painted by Basil, and at that moment he met Lord Henry, aka, Harry, who tells him that there is nothing better than youth. Young Dorian gets swayed and prays to the painting that he will remain flawless while his painting ages.

After the death of the woman he was engaged with for one day, Sybil Vane, he realized that the painting changed for the worse while he remains as he did ever.

Dorian goes on to do worse things and he ends up stabbing the painting after he killed (or inadvertently lead to their death) several people and wants to right the wrongs that he’s done.

beautiful, a bit confusing during the middle, but still beautiful.






ordered two excellent books from amazon last week, excited to read them, and talk about them, extensively.

Posted: July 31st, 2011
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25: Nausea

to be added at a later time

Posted: July 24th, 2011
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26: The financial Lives of The poets

by Jess Walter

it’s one of the better reads that i’ve had the pleasure of this year.

it’s funny and it’s poetic, as in literally, there are poems in this book.

the poems are funny, and intriguing and i understand them ALL without having to go into a group discussion about ireland’s potato farmers.

the story is about a dude named Matt who is screwed up, he has two very adorable boys, franklin and teddy, and a wife (who’s kind of annoying) named Lisa.

Matt is screwed up because he tried to start a start up called poetfolio.com which is like a website that gives you investment news in limericks and haikus, a brilliant idea, i would so read that website but of course it went under and he’s going to lose his house in a week.

the book opens with matt going to 7-11 to buy $9 a gallon of milk, and he gets hit up by some youngsters and their weed, well basically they ask him to give them a ride to a party and he smokes weed with them.

later on, he gets caught in some nasty business and basically the entire book is about how matt got to where he got to.

but seriously? Lisa? Lisa is the type of woman that is ungrateful and selfish, i don’t know why the author meant to paint her in a positive light, but she’s the type of woman who lives in a half a million dollar house and wants a three million dollar house.

LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS!

fucking people, this is why we’re in a fucking financial crisis.

anyways, eventually things work out (but not the way you think it does) and Matt’s pretty grateful that Lisa’s still with him. I guess that’s cool of her, but i really feel like she didn’t really help the situation.

lisa’s alright, im just bitter about everything.

i like jamie, jamie was my favorite character.

page 2: For year,s recent immigrants like Rahjive have been a political Roschach: see turban, think terrorist and you’re a Red ‘Merican. Assume Indian neurosurgeon fluent in five languages, stuck serving morons at midnight for minimum wage, and you’re Blue, like me. Of course I have no more proof that Rahjiv was a doctor in Delhi than some Texas trucker does that he’s a bomber. Rahjiv may have jockeyed a 7/11 in India too for all we know – so impeccable is he with change, effortlessly plastic-bagging Hostess Sno Balls and Little debbies, Power Bars and Mountain Dews – “No wait…dude. chocolate milk! and pork rinds” – as yet another stoner reassesses the aisles – “And ooh, ooh, Cool Ranch Doritos!”

page 55: Airline Deal proposed
Butffeted by fuel costs oaring
and with labor costs surging
Delta and Northwest are exploring
the possibility of merging.

page 66: (truth by the way)

But I never disliked my job. Worse (and it’s with great shame and I admit this), I took my job for granted. Worse yet, I never believed that my job is worthy of me. I thought of myself as more than a simple newspaper reporter, somehow better than the mean of my colleagues. I offer no excuses for this arrogance, and no rationale, either; I simply felt bigger than what I did for a living, like I was slumming, like I deserved more money, more respect and more esteem than any grubby newspaper could offer.

Posted: July 17th, 2011
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27: Palo Alto

by James Franco

in one sentence: worst book that i’ve read this year, no, this life time.

i got it from the library and i always read the inside cover first, and this is what it said

Palo Alto is a fiercely vivid collection of stories about troubled California adolescents and misfits – a violent and harrowing fiction debut from multifaceted actor and artist James Franco. Written with an immediate sense of place – claustrophobic and ominous – the collection traces the lives of a group of teenagers as they experience with vices of all kinds, struggle with their families and one another, and succumb to self destructive and often heartless nihilism.

this is probably the longest sentence in this entire book, and it’s not even part of the book.

i’ve read short stories and collections of short stories. Every new story should start off with a new tune, characters should be renewed and you should always get something out of the story.
i got nothing out of any of the stories, they were all horrible DISGUSTING stories.

let’s be real here. if i am a publishing company, i will want to publish this book, people will probably buy it, especially when they read reviews like this on the back:

“Franco’s talent is unmistakable, his ambition profound. He has taken the twin subjects of suburban Palo Alto and American adolescence and made them as scary and true as they must be. This is a book to be inhaled more than once, with delight and admiration, with unease and pure enjoyment. As a writer, he’s here to stay.” Gary Shteyngart.

I’m sure he got paid out for this?

I won’t believe any review that he writes ever…again.

to be honest i didn’t finish it, it’s boring..sooo boring, even with all the booze, violence, sex and drugs it was boring.

minimalism sure, but, not like this.

some of the stuff that these kids do, are just, horrible horrible things. At least give me some character development! Okay, he ran over a woman and ran away, then what? He felt bad for like two days then he forgot about it?

he prostituted a girl and was like “meh, she changed.” okay…?

I know he took some creative writing classes but it doesnt mean that he can go and publish a book. well he can, because he’s famous. i feel sad for all the people that write and write and write and can barely see the light of day.

this was a horrible book. it was so bad and i can hardly imagine what is going on through his head while he was writing such stories.

james franco, disappointing.

not even gonna tag this post..

Posted: July 10th, 2011
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28: SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY

by Gary Shteyngart

Wow, wowowow..

okay i probably wouldn’t have finished this medium-length novel if my internet didn’t die for a good day and a half.

what can i say about it.
it’s like oryx and crake, it’s very much like oryx and crake but at the same time much more frightening because the world that we’re seeing in this novel is happening around us, and yeah it might end up like that one day. and by one day i mean sometime next year (exaggerated but nevertheless..)

so there are two real main characters, eunice park, a korean american girl in her twenties, and lenny abrahamov, a fourty year old russian-american.

both came from immigrant families

lenny falls in love with eunice in Italy, where they were both staying in the beginning of the book.

they both move back to new york city eventually but the landscape of the city is no longer what it was like, a beautiful metropolis city that’s revered upon by people all around the world.

and the entire book is laid out as diary entries by Lenny and various “globalteen” (facebook of tomorrow!) messages to her friend, mother and sister

very depressing

political unrest due to lack of funds, everyone that lives in this world survives on credits and their “apparat” which is like an iphone in a sense but there’s no privacy whatsoever and you can look up whoever you want. And everyone is ranked based on looks, credit (amount of money you have or can get ) and fuckability

also lenny’s fearful of death so he’s trying to live forever through his job which is an agency that helps selected folks live forever.

dying is not good but eventual death is good, it’s like you’ll know that all this will end someday. very optimistic thought actually.

was the book
clever? yes very
but i didn’t really connect with any of the characters, which disappointed me. i kind of wish i got around the language and really tried to understand the characters more.

i think i enjoyed the writing but at the same time when i have to think about the book in a critical sense, the overwhelming sadness that i feel from the “future” that they’ve portrayed frightens me and causes me to dislike the entire story.

but while i was reading it, and not thinking about it, i enjoyed it more than i lead on.

oryx and crake highlighted the world’s end if we try to alter or genome too much, or try to do too much cloning etc
this one is mostly about global melt down due to consumerism.

..horray

sorry these entries are poorly written and really lack any real thought :(

Posted: July 3rd, 2011
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