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The world's most difficult books: how many have you read?

The world's most difficult books: how many have you read?
'Fantastically convoluted' … Nightwood by Djuna Barnes. Photograph: Oscar White/Corbis Two and a half. I have read two and a half of the 10 most difficult books ever written, as selected by Emily Colette Wilkinson and Garth Risk Hallberg of the Millions after three years' research. The pair started their quest to identify the toughest books out there back in 2009, looking for "books that are hard to read for their length, or their syntax and style, or their structural and generic strangeness, or their odd experimental techniques, or their abstraction". Anyway, they've now picked the most difficult of the most difficult – the 10 "literary Mount Everests waiting out there for you to climb, should you be so bold" – and have laid them out for discussion at Publishers Weekly. The titles? There are a few other books I might include in the list – Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow, David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, and if I was going to choose Woolf, I'd go for The Waves. How about you? Related:  eBooksRead, Write, ReflectRead

Unusual, Neglected and/or Lost Literature [ home ] Major update during Aug.-Oct. 2014. Major update during Nov. 2008 including reformatting (e.g. what was I thinking using all those HTML lists?) Contained herein are links and books in my personal collection (well, a few aren't...yet) in the general category of unusual literature, for which the best definition I can come up with at the moment is: stuff I like that's a little or a lot different than most of the stuff you'll find down at the local Books'R'Us. I guess the ultimate goal is to provide somewhere for myself and others of my particular bent (and I use that word very deliberately) to go to find something to read during those times when the usual fodder just isn't satisfying the need, as well as to provide a web presence for the writings of obscure/unusual authors who deserve wider recognition. Suggestions and commentary are more than welcome and will be fully credited unless otherwise desired. Enjoy. Meta, i.e. Books About BooksRich, creamery metabookage. Meta-Books Authors

Why Readers, Scientifically, Are The Best People To Fall In Love With Ever finished a book? I mean, truly finished one? Cover to cover. Closed the spine with that slow awakening that comes with reentering consciousness? You take a breath, deep from the bottom of your lungs and sit there. Book in both hands, your head staring down at the cover, back page or wall in front of you. You’re grateful, thoughtful, pensive. Like falling in love with a stranger you will never see again, you ache with the yearning and sadness of an ended affair, but at the same time, feel satisfied. This type of reading, according to TIME magazine’s Annie Murphy Paul, is called “deep reading,” a practice that is soon to be extinct now that people are skimming more and reading less. Readers, like voicemail leavers and card writers, are now a dying breed, their numbers decreasing with every GIF list and online tabloid. They can entertain other ideas, without rejecting them and still retain their own. Did you ever see your ex with a book? It’s no surprise that readers are better people.

Sonnetten van Hooft Sonnet Leitsterren van mijn hoop, planeten van mijn jeucht, Vermogen oogen schoon in hemels vuyr ontsteken Als ghy u vensters luickt soo sietmen mij ontbreken Mijns levens onderhout, een teder soete vreucht: Want ghij besluit daerin een saelighende deucht Vriendlicke vrolijckheit; de Min met al sijn treken, Jock, Lach, Bevallijckheit daerinne sijn geweken En wat ter werelt is van wellust en geneucht. Natuire die daer schijnt in droeve damp begraven, Doort missen van u glans, betruert haer rijckste gaven, Die gh'altesaem besluit in plaets soo nau bepaelt, Doch nau en is sij niet, ghelijck het schijnt van buiten, Maer wijt en woest ghenoech om alles in te sluiten, Daer sich mijn wufte siel soo ver in heeft verdwaelt. Mijn lief, mijn lief, mijn lief; soo sprack mijn lief mij toe, Dewijl mijn lippen op haer lieve lipjes weiden. Zydy van minnaers smert een onverzaedlijck vraetjen, O Min?

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Umberto Eco’s Antilibrary: Why Unread Books Are More Valuable to Our Lives than Read Ones by Maria Popova How to become an “antischolar” in a culture that treats knowledge as “an ornament that allows us to rise in the pecking order.” “It is our knowledge — the things we are sure of — that makes the world go wrong and keeps us from seeing and learning,” Lincoln Steffens wrote in his beautiful 1925 essay. And yet the contour of what we know is a mere silhouette cast by the infinite light of the unknown against the screen of the knowable. That’s what Lebanese-American scholar, statistician, and essayist Nassim Nicholas Taleb explores in a section of his modern classic The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (public library) — an illuminating inquiry into the unknowable and unpredictable outlier-events that precipitate profound change, and our tendency to manufacture facile post-factum explanations for them based on our limited knowledge. The writer Umberto Eco belongs to that small class of scholars who are encyclopedic, insightful, and nondull. HT Bobulate

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows La fin de la Flandre belge ? | Avant-Propos Nombreux sont aujourd’hui les Belges qui s’interrogent sur le futur de leur pays. Alors que la Belgique est traversée par la plus longue crise de son histoire, d’aucuns se demandent s’il existe une porte de sortie à ce qui semble être un nœud gordien. Dans ce cadre, les experts se relaient pour tenter de remonter aux origines de la crise actuelle et d’éclairer le public sur les causes du malaise communautaire. Mais, si les relations entre Flamands et Wallons sont passées au crible de l’analyse, il est une partie de la population belge qui est entièrement laissée dans l’ombre : les francophones de Flandre. Or, selon nous, le problème des langues en Belgique n’oppose pas, comme on le dit souvent, la Flandre à la Wallonie. Céline Préaux a effectué une licence en histoire contemporaine à l’Université Libre de Bruxelles. Passionnée par le sujet, elle a creusé la question dans une thèse de doctorat récemment défendue à l’ULB.