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Poetry 2. 61 essential postmodern reads: an annotated list. The thing about postmodernism is it's impossible to pin down exactly what might make a book postmodern.

61 essential postmodern reads: an annotated list

In looking at the attributes of the essential postmodern reads, we found some were downright contradictory. Postmodern books have a reputation for being massive tomes, like David Foster Wallace's "Infinite Jest" -- but then there's "The Mezzanine" by Nicholson Baker, which has just 144 pages. And while postmodern books would, you'd think, have to be published after the modern period -- in the 20th or 21st centuries -- could postmodernism exist without "Tristram Shandy"? We think not. Below is our list of the 61 essential reads of postmodern literature. And now: The 61 essential postmodern reads! Kathy Acker's "In Memorium to Identity" Donald Antrim's "The Hundred Brothers" Margaret Atwood's "The Blind Assassin" Paul Auster's New York Trilogy Nicholson Baker's "The Mezzanine" J.G.

We're at a Party - Alexis Apfelbaum. We’re at a Party The trumpet player is plain but I’m sure he’s thrilling in bed.

We're at a Party - Alexis Apfelbaum

Doubled at the knees with his face panting red, he tongues the silver mouthpiece of his trumpet, runs his fingers up and down its body. The noise he makes shotguns across the night where the couples, wearing pearls and pastels for the summer heat, spin halfheartedly on the dance floor. They’re aware of everyone around them, aware they’re seen, as though without the flashing cameras they would cease to exist. Below the music their garbled gossip pours like a stream over pebbles. My grandmother and grandfather are on the dance floor and they’ve twined their hands together.

I’m at the bar. “They dance good,” I say. My uncle talks something into his scotch. “What?” Great Ideas Series Three. Chuang Tzu examines the nature of existence in these dialogues and essays, from the battle to grasp the purpose of life to the search for knowledge.

Great Ideas Series Three

A collection of some of the most absorbing and charming philosophy ever written, THE TAO OF NATURE is also about perfection, perception, the value of skills and the truth revealed by complete understanding. In this personal and practical guide to moral self-improvement and living a good life, the second-century philosopher Epictetus tackles questions of freedom and imprisonment, stubbornness and fear, family, friendship and love, and leaves an intriguing document of daily life in the classical world.

Machiavelli is one of the most famous strategists of all time. Soft Skull: Home. McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives. AbeBooks Official Site - New & Used Books, New & Used Textbooks, Rare & Out of Print Books. 30 Novels Worth Buying For the Cover Alone. 1000 novels everyone must read: the definitive list.

Selected by the Guardian's Review team and a panel of expert judges, this list includes only novels – no memoirs, no short stories, no long poems – from any decade and in any language.

1000 novels everyone must read: the definitive list

Originally published in thematic supplements – love, crime, comedy, family and self, state of the nation, science fiction and fantasy, war and travel – they appear here for the first time in a single list. Feel we've left off a crucial book? Email to us with your nomination and an explanation in no more than 150 words at, or post your submission to The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU, by 4 February. Comedy Crime. 15 Things Kurt Vonnegut Said Better Than Anyone Else Ever Has Or Will. 1.

15 Things Kurt Vonnegut Said Better Than Anyone Else Ever Has Or Will

"I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.'"The actual advice here is technically a quote from Kurt Vonnegut's "good uncle" Alex, but Vonnegut was nice enough to pass it on at speeches and in A Man Without A Country. Though he was sometimes derided as too gloomy and cynical, Vonnegut's most resonant messages have always been hopeful in the face of almost-certain doom.

And his best advice seems almost ridiculously simple: Give your own happiness a bit of brainspace. 2. 3. 1000 novels everyone must read. 100 Notable Books of 2008. Apathy and Paying Rent. The Times: Ten things you need to know about Haruki Murakami. Authors On Tour - Live! » Previous Podcasts. Feministe Feedback: Feminist/LGBT Book Recommendations. Ryan_adams: An essay by Ryan Adams I will always love, and wanted to share... Ryan Adams, New York City I used to live in hotels.

ryan_adams: An essay by Ryan Adams I will always love, and wanted to share...

Because I thought it was romantic. Or something. I have an idea of how that sounds, so spare me. I can go on here and reveal that I mean I lived “in” them, as in weeks, sometimes months, eventually for over a year, but – trust me – I know how that sounds, so, again, spare me. I would eventually see this same film from the projector room, drowning in a pool of hair and lipstick, peering through the tiny projector-room light box at my Spanish lover. Hotels have some secret code, so subtle that it can only be broken if you submit yourself to that kind of routine. There are no rules to living in hotels but one. You can’t save the world but you can save the receipt. Rubber Souls - Norwegian Wood review. Exorcising ghosts - Haruki Murakami Resources. Art Garfunkel - Official Website.