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Topic: Literature we love, not necessarily to do with death
Mofoquer
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Posted: Aug. 21 2002,6:57 am

To name a few of those I can remember right now of my favorites are Edgar Allan Poe, all the books of R.A.Salvatore, Elainne Cunningham, Try Denning, Ed Greenwood, Tolkien :doh: , just to name a few of a really long list :biggrin:

Great link you have there Dan!:beer:

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The sun, the sister | of the moon, from the south
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Lucid Kaos
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Posted: Aug. 21 2002,8:02 am

Robert shea? That name rings a bell. Did he ever write anything with Robert Anton Wilson?

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HOLDEN
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Posted: Aug. 21 2002,2:28 pm

sho' nuff! they collaborated on the Illuminatus Trilogy. & speaking of Wilson...i really prefer Schroedinger's Cat to Illuminatus, & his nonfiction to his fiction.
before i move on i'd like to make a recommendation: a 2-volume anthology edited by Jerome Rothenberg called Poems for the Millenium: the University of California Anthology of Modern & Postmodern Poetry. this collection begins with Romantic forerunners & continues on up to the present. the scope is impressively broad, including many nonwestern writers, traditional indeginous people's poetry, the work of marginalized outsiders like Adolf Wolfli, etc. etc. etc. it has a VERY BROAD SCOPE  & will keep you buisy!

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TalN
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Posted: Aug. 22 2002,1:22 pm

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<p>Any Fritz Leiber or Jack Vance fans? :read:


Now this strange......I can remember what Fritz Leiber looks like, but not the writing.  THat is just plain warped.
Recognize the name Jack Vance, but I can't think why on that one either.

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HOLDEN
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Posted: Aug. 22 2002,5:25 pm

i'd like to provide a few links relevant to what we've been discussing or mentioning. first, this website has all of John Cages 1-minute anecdotes from his collection called Indeterminacy:
http://www.lcdf.org/indeterminacy for those who don't know, Cage was primarily known as a composer but his accomplishments ranged over various artforms & various types of writing & performance.
one of the pages that Dan provided a link to contains links to public domain literature online. for some reason i was really surprised to see that the copyright has lapsed on a lot of literature that isn't even that old! at any rate, i remembered that U. G. Krishnamurti refuses to copyright any of his books on principle. you can find them here:
http://www.well.com/user/jct finally in observance of the great George Herriman's birthday, a link to some illustrated literature:
http://retrograde.net/kat/index.html

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HOLDEN
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Posted: Aug. 23 2002,2:26 pm

2 more goals that i have
1. familiarize myself FIRST HAND with Alfred Korzybski, the founder of General Semantics.
2. familiarize myself FIRST HAND with D.A.F. de Sade, the only work of his that i've read straight through being his story Dialogue Between A Priest & A Dying Man.

i mention both of these men just now because i realize that i only know of them second hand through their interpreters...& i'm aware that their work is NOT casual reading & requires study & a time commitment. with Sade, the additional demand of emotional resiliency is placed on the reader. but yes i do intend to read both S & K directly because i'm aware that they both have been an influence on writers & thinkers that i have been exposed to directly & that i respect.

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WilliamCorey
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Posted: Aug. 23 2002,10:36 pm

Books, Books, Books, Well, many of my favorite authors have been mentioned E.A. Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, J.R.R. Tolken, George Orwell,  Lau Tzu and -- WOW Death Angel! -- didn't expect to see Ayn Rand name listed (except perhaps in my own post). Rand was brilliant in exposing the  insanity of  many liberalistic, socialistic and communistic ideas  for what they were / are. "We the Living", "Anthem", "The Fountainhead", "Atlas Shrugged", her Essays in Objectivism... incredible stuff. I know  there will probably be negative posts about this, but I feel that Rand was definitely one of the great, if not, greatest thinkers of this age.

Other  favorite books I have to include (in no particular order) ...<p>"Beowulf "-- Unknown
"Don Quixote" -- Cervantes
"Faust" -- Goethe
"Fahrenheit 451" -- Ray Bradbury
"The Chronicles of Deryni" -- Katherine Kurtz
"The Chronicles of Narnia" and "The Screwtape Letters" -- C.S. Lewis
"Letters from Earth" -- Mark Twain
"The Occult" and "Mysteries" Colin Wilson
"The Book of Virtues" -- William J Bennet
"The World Greatest Salesman" -- Og Mandino
"How to Master The Art of Selling" -- Tom Hopkins
"See You At The Top" -- Zig  Ziglar
"How to Stop Worrying and Start Living" -- Dale Carnegie
"Meditations" -- Marcus Aurelius
‚ÄúCreative Aggression‚Ä? -- Dr. George R. Bach & Dr. Herb Goldberg
"The Unseen Hand" -- A. Ralph Epperson
"The Book of the Damned" -- Charles Fort
‚ÄúLearned Pigs & Fireproof Women‚Ä? -- Ricky Jay
‚ÄúThe Great American Medicine Show‚Ä? -- ¬†Armstrong & Armstrong
"Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the madness of Crowds" -- Charles Mackay
"Power of Myth" -- Joseph Campbell<p>And, not only because no one else has, but because I believe it to be one of the most powerful and thought provoking books published in recent years, it's only right to include
"Our name Is Melancholy" -- Leliah Wendell
Unfortunately, I have not, as of yet, had the chance to acquire the newest addition but, from what I hear, it surpasses the previous editions.

Since "The Principia Discordia" by Malaclypse the Younger was mentioned previously by Holden and Dan, I'll throw in "The Book of the Subgenius" -- J. R. 'Bob' Dobbs

By the way, Dan,  Fritz Leiber, ah yes, a copy of his Swords against Death graces my collection along with Stanislaw Lem's the Cyberiad and  Kilgore Trout's Venus on the Half-Shell... remember that one?

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Lucid Kaos
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Posted: Aug. 24 2002,11:42 am

Wow! The Book of the Subgenius..didn't think that would be thrown in here.  As far as Ayn Rand goes, well I would have to agree. My favs are Anthem, The Fountainhead and For The New Intellectual.

Although this thread was originally for our OTHER reading, I feel compelled to add ONM also. I have just finished reading it this past week.(for the first time). And I must add that the collecters Hardcover is "to DIE for" it is a must :read:

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Leilah
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Posted: Aug. 24 2002,1:04 pm

Thanks for the shamelees plug :rose: Death Angel, always nice to be considered alongside the "greats" :rose:

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Lucid Kaos
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Posted: Aug. 25 2002,9:53 am

Anyone here ever get into Frank Herbert's "Dune" novels?

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