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Topic: Literature we love, not necessarily to do with death
dnekm ailep
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Posted: Aug. 19 2002,1:48 am

I just realized we have no real topic for discussing what we are reading, or what we have read in the past which has effected us greatly. So here it is :smoke:

For me, it's Lord Dunsany, the old Weird Tales authers (Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard and others) and a wide variety of other authors....

I thought I'd start this out with a link to an interesting place I found....

http://www.sff.net/people/DoyleMacdonald/lit.htm

and this, which is a link on the page above....

http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/

Enjoy :read:

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"And one by one we died and were lost in the dust of accumulated time. We knew the years as a passing of shadows, and death itself as the yeilding of twilight unto night." - Clark Ashton Smith

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wraith
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Posted: Aug. 19 2002,6:49 am

Ah, Daniel, only a few minutes till I have to leave for work, isn't enough time to properly list some of the classics that left a deep impression on me. Of the Weird Tales authors certainly HPL and Clark Ashton Smith. Also Dunsany, William Hope Hodgson and some early Bradbury. He may very well have been the one, along with Poe, to make me realize my imagination was limitless and help me see the beauty in darker passages. Here's a link that might be of interest~~~

http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Corridor/5582/

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Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who only dream by night. -Edgar Allan Poe-

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Cyberhauntress
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Posted: Aug. 19 2002,7:40 am

I mentioned some of my fav books in my profie... Right now I am re-reading "1984" with boundless joy :jump:

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TalN
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Posted: Aug. 19 2002,1:01 pm

Early on I was greatly affected by some of the classics.  I was sent to detention in 6th grade for having Homer's Odyssey hidden inside my math text during class.   And only a year or two later the librarian called my father because she was shocked to find me reading Freud.  Other than reference material, I rarely read anything twice.  But there are notable exceptions.......short stories by Guy De Maupassant and Honore Balzac, and poetry by Dorothy Parker .

There was a series of novels that had a serious impact just before I graduated from highschool though - probably because I read them all in one summer......
Huxley's  Brave New World & Brave New World Revisited, Orwell's 1984, and Asimov's first "Foundation" trilogy.  They really DO need to be read together for a good range of visions of mankind "future".    Hehehehe, I think that was the first year that Brave New World was off the Banned Books list. :skullgrin:

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Isa Black
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Posted: Aug. 19 2002,7:28 pm

Hmm, good, more book topics!!! :biggrin:
There are so many books I've read that affected me in different ways that I'll probably leave a bunch of them out...

Well, I can say that my favorite books lately have been Fernando Pessoa's poetry (he's a Portuguese poet), Nietzsche's "Human, All Too Human" and "Thuz Spoke Zarathustra". I haven't read a novel lately, and I miss it...

TalN, Homer's Odissey is WONDERFUL! I can't remember when I read it though, was a pretty long while ago. Ah, and The Divine Comedy is also GREAT!!! Read it 4 years ago...

I'll post the books as I remember them, here...

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Cyberhauntress
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Posted: Aug. 19 2002,7:54 pm

And I almost forgot: "The Master And Margaritha", "Vathek" and "Stranger in a Strange Land"!!! And Steven King's " Dark Tower" scripts, however...

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Lucid Kaos
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Posted: Aug. 19 2002,8:54 pm

hmm.... :smoke: the following is a short list of authors who have  influenced me profoundly prior to my nine year occult binge:

Edgar Allan Poe
Percy Bysshe Shelly
Lord Byron
William Blake
Milton
Nietzsche
Emily Dickinson
Henry David Thoreou
Ayn Rand
Ken Wilber
Krishnamurti
The Dalai Lama
Hsing Yun
Lao Tzu
Chogyam Trungpa
Jack Kornfield
Lord Alfred Tennyson
stephen King
Clive Barker
Anne Rice
Karen Armstrong
LE Modesitt
Robert Jordan
Terry Goodkind
Terry Brooks
RA Salvatore
HPL
The I Ching
and las but not least...the almighty Uncle TOLKIEN!!!! :smoke:

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Lucid Kaos
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Posted: Aug. 19 2002,8:56 pm

Oh! almost forgot! Thank you very much Daniel! The links you shared with us in your earlier post are great! :beer:

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HOLDEN
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Posted: Aug. 20 2002,10:55 pm

first things first: IT'S H.P. LOVECRAFT'S BIRTHDAY! (insert diabolical laughter here) :rose: :beer: :rose:

now that i have that out of the way...i'd like to discuss some of my literary interests that i have not indicated before on this message board.

SOME NOT NECESSARILY "DARK" OR "DEATHY" AUTHORS I LIKE:

jorge luis borges
kurt vonnegut
anne waldman
wanda coleman
john cage
walt whitman
basho
andre breton
philip lamantia
lao tzu
yevgeni yevtushenko
vattacharja chandan
richard brautigan
j. krishnamurti
u.g. krishnamurti
etc.

"..." BOOKS "..."

the time machine by h.g. wells
the mysterious stranger by mark twain (actually that 1's pretty dark)
principia discordia by malaclypse the younger
listen little man by wilhelm reich
the book on the taboo against knowing who you are by alan watts ( i feel that these last 2 should be read in conjuction with eachother)
sabotage in the american workplace by martin sprouse (if i had kids my copy of this book would become a family heirloom)
3 books published by ReSearch Publications: Pranks, Angry Women, & Incredibly Strange Films. that last 1 has permanently influenced my cinematic preferences.
grapefruit by yoko ono
oblique strategies by brian eno & others (actually a card set but i think we can consider a card set a book with movable pages)
the new princeton encyclopedia of poetry & poetics
secret & suppressed by the late jim keith
etc.

now to be quite honest i think that even though i'm in my 40s now, my tastes are still evolving. so many worls to explore. example: i've HARDLY TOUCHED the genre of the modern epic poem as developed by pound, williams, olson, et al. some goals: familiarize myself with fernando pessoa, anna akhmatova, & john thomas.

that's all for now. i'll probably contribute more to this topic later.

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dnekm ailep
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Posted: Aug. 21 2002,3:15 am

"principia discordia by malaclypse the younger"

Damn! :beer:

I love that book :hippy:

Anyone ever read "The Hose of the Worm" by Gary Myers or "Nifft the Lean" or "In Yana: The Touch of Undying" by Michael Shea?

Any Fritz Leiber or Jack Vance fans? :read:

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