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by bennyprofane
Tue Nov 17, 2009 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0663: "Sagan-Man"
Replies: 107
Views: 23775

Re: "Sagan-Man" Discussion

Maybe it's just me, but didn't Sagan discover he was sick around 1995? I don't think he went through radiation treatment, but still, it adds an odd dimension to the comic.
by bennyprofane
Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The Modern Library's Top 100 novels of the 20th Century
Replies: 45
Views: 8298

Re: The Modern Library's Top 100 novels of the 20th Century

On the whole world literature thing: China has a had a distinct and long-lived literary tradition, Romance of the Three Kingdoms being an epic novel written in the 14th century, well before most European nations decided to start hammering out prose. The Tale of Genji , in Japan, dates back even earl...
by bennyprofane
Mon Mar 02, 2009 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: I like obscure rap/hiphop...do you?
Replies: 52
Views: 12351

Re: I like obscure rap/hiphop...do you?

Man, Busdriver is really cool indeed. As are Blue Scholars. Also of mention are Optimus Rhyme, Jesse Dangerously, and Wordburglar; they all tend to have the trappings of nerd rap, but they're still really good as musicians even without their gimmicks, though Jesse D. is a bit close in style to ol' S...
by bennyprofane
Sun Feb 15, 2009 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you wouldn't recommend to a friend
Replies: 73
Views: 9066

Re: Books you wouldn't recommend to a friend

I wouldn't recommend Thomas Pynchon books to those not already slightly mad or to those that retain some innocence. Haha, I'd agree. That's why TP is one of my favorite writers ever--I think I'm either partially mad or at the very least quite uninnocent. I'd agree with the Twilight and Wheel of Tim...
by bennyprofane
Mon Nov 10, 2008 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that make you genuinely laugh
Replies: 107
Views: 18331

Re: Books that make you genuinely laugh

Gravity's Rainbow is really funny, in a slapstick, sort of situational way.

Don Quixote, Haruki Murakami in some of his novels, a few things by Franz Kafka, and most plays by Beckett and Albee. Oh, and of course, Douglas Adams.
by bennyprofane
Mon Oct 27, 2008 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: favorite lines/quotes from books
Replies: 286
Views: 113150

Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

". . . but at the distance she, Flash, and Justin had now been brought to, it would all be done with keys on alphanumeric keyboards that stood for weightless, invisible chains of electronic presence or absence. If patterns of ones and zeroes were "like" patterns of human lives and dea...
by bennyprofane
Mon Oct 27, 2008 3:47 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 282272

Re: Worst/Overrated books.

Everything by Poe seems, to me, to be overrated crap. Oh, sure, he did develop psychoanalysis and, certainly, his stories showed a creeping surrealism mixed with cosmic horror and all, but his use of language, even for his time, is overly flowery and pedantic, he was off his rocker most of the time,...
by bennyprofane
Mon Oct 27, 2008 3:38 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 210753

Re: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand

Waiting for Godot. I hate that book with a passion. NOTHING HAPPENED IN IT! If you've read the first half, you've read the second, minus some (apparently huge) changes like the guy is blind (and apparently was all his life). Godot never even comes! Wtf!?! We had to read it aloud in class too. In th...
by bennyprofane
Thu Oct 23, 2008 2:44 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: uh, thats jacked up (disturbing books)
Replies: 162
Views: 47451

Re: uh, thats jacked up (disturbing books)

Anyone ever heard of "The Leather Funnel" by Sir Arthur Canon Doyle?

Seriously, very messed up, especially considering when it was written.

People remember Doyle for Holmes and tend to forget that he was a horror writer as well, and even dabbled in early science fiction.
by bennyprofane
Mon Sep 22, 2008 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0479: "Tones"
Replies: 239
Views: 40136

Re: "Tones" Discussion

Man, for some reason, I get this odd Softer World vibe from the comic--I think Randall's kind of playfully parodying them. Like, the whole irreverent observation kind of thing with a dire, somber look at it. Randall makes it good with the alt-text--it carries the thing. Oh, and I have "Avantcor...
by bennyprofane
Sun Sep 07, 2008 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you like that no one else has heard of
Replies: 88
Views: 20634

Re: Books you like that no one else has heard of

Just about everything by Kobo Abe, Kenzaburo Oe, and Ryunosuke Akutagawa is ignored in the west, it seems, which is quite unfortunate. Abe is sort of like Kafka, Chandler, Beckett, and Dick having an Asian love-child and setting him lose upon the world. Woman in the Dunes is the easiest book by him ...
by bennyprofane
Wed Aug 06, 2008 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Virginia Woolf
Replies: 2
Views: 1481

Virginia Woolf

What does the fora think of the works of Mrs. Woolf? Personally, I think she's right up there, if not just slightly above and beyond, Faulkner in terms of sheer beauty of prose. One of those writers where you have to read through her books two or three times in order to sort out narrative and plot, ...
by bennyprofane
Sun Aug 03, 2008 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Junior/Senior Classical League
Replies: 0
Views: 520

Junior/Senior Classical League

Anyone on the fora a member? Just curious to see how many of us nerds went to National convention this summer.
by bennyprofane
Fri Jul 18, 2008 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0451: "Impostor"
Replies: 381
Views: 119916

Re: "Impostor" Discussion

Sad face. I think the ability to deduce BS for people with more relative fields depends on the person. Some pomo people are easy to mislead, but I don't think you could, for instance, fool someone like Harold Bloom. Now, granted, he's done his grad work and all, of course, but still. I think it's ju...
by bennyprofane
Fri Jul 18, 2008 12:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions
Replies: 4059
Views: 371521

Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Misconception: When you take a class on the classics, you must be able to speak Latin and/or Greek fluently after having taken the class, even if it had a focus on history/politics/art/religion. If you can not speak the language you did not really even study in the class, then the class was a waste ...
by bennyprofane
Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Haruki Murakami
Replies: 91
Views: 80249

Re: Haruki Murakami

A similar writer to Murakami, though one whom is infinitely better imo, is Kobo Abe. Go pick up The Woman in the Dunes and you'll see what I mean. His stories have a slightly absurd bent, but retain this detailed, almost scientific portrait of the psychological, physical, and emotional state of the ...
by bennyprofane
Mon Jul 07, 2008 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Zero Punctuation - (Yahtzee)
Replies: 552
Views: 73881

Re: Zero Punctuation - (Yahtzee)

I love Yahtzee. He is a cynical, critical bum, and he's not afraid to flaunt that. Too many people are too afraid to offer any harsh or honest criticism these days. I guess that's what I like about him. Agree with him or disagree with him, he doesn't skim facts to make a game look cool, even if he l...
by bennyprofane
Thu Jul 03, 2008 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books You Believe Every Book Reader Should Read.
Replies: 189
Views: 34730

Re: Books You Believe Every Book Reader Should Read.

I find it funny how the Chinese and the Japanese have some of the world's longest, most sprawling novels attributed to them as well as some of the world's most compact, direct poetry. From Japan, you have the haiku and the waka, and then you have stuff like the Tale of Genji and Tokugawa Ieyasu. It'...
by bennyprofane
Sat Jun 21, 2008 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 478547

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

A little off-topic, but since we're on postmodernism and such, what do you guys think of Dave Eggers? Good, annoying in a pretentious way, funny in a pretentious way, anything?
by bennyprofane
Sat Jun 21, 2008 3:25 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 478547

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

I've taken on a couple of the books I've noticed Narsil praising on here, so my summer reading is essentially going to consist of three massive novels. Well, five, really, but three if you, well, look at it in terms of books and such. Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon, which is actually the easiest ...
by bennyprofane
Thu Jun 19, 2008 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3407
Views: 784339

Re: What were your dreams last night?

Here's one of my dreams from last night, in as exacting a detail I can summon to render it: One of my friends (we'll call him B) and I were hanging out, when his dad entered the room to inform us that we had to attend a Knights of the Dark meeting, something I didn't quite understand, really. So, in...
by bennyprofane
Sun Jun 15, 2008 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 210753

Re: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand

Shakespeare is really poorly taught in most schools. I've gone through Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, and Much Ado About Nothing, and all of them sucked. I later re-read them on my own and found brilliance in Shakespeare's work. It's just that...
by bennyprofane
Sat Jun 14, 2008 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 808
Views: 309269

Re: What is your favourite book?

Hm... Tough one for me, since there are SOOOOO many good books out there. Let's see... The Sea of Fertility series by Yukio Mishima Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick The Brothers Karamazov by...
by bennyprofane
Sat Jun 14, 2008 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Trends in Literature
Replies: 10
Views: 4464

Trends in Literature

Alright, I don't know how a lot of people here are on literary theory, but it's something that really interests me. Maybe I'm not an aspiring novelist but a guy who just digs the art of storytelling? Either way, any of you ever notice how, in different places around the world, different disasters pr...
by bennyprofane
Thu Jun 12, 2008 3:25 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you just bought
Replies: 120
Views: 17382

Re: Books you just bought

For me, it'd be: Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon Anthology of Japanese Literature compiled by Donald Keene Novelists and Novels by Harold Bloom (interesting read) The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima Swann's Way by Marcel Proust Three Plays by Kobo Abe Kokoro by Natsume Soseski The M...
by bennyprofane
Tue Jun 10, 2008 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite Characters?
Replies: 145
Views: 24597

Re: Favorite Characters?

Leo Bloom from Ulysses Pointsman from Gravity's Rainbow Edmund from King Lear Darl Bundren from As I Lay Dying HAL9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey Ignatius J. Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces Algernon Moncreiff from The Importance of Being Ernest Vladimir from Waiting for Godot Leo Bloom is just a...
by bennyprofane
Tue Jun 10, 2008 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon
Replies: 57
Views: 13856

Re: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon

I approve of all Pynchon related activity, if that has any weight what-so-ever. I just got the hardcover of Against the Day at a discounted seven dollars. Pretty pleased with that purchase. It looks to be some zany summer reading. I guess it takes place in a time I enjoy--America in pre-and post-WWI...
by bennyprofane
Sun Jun 08, 2008 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite Author?
Replies: 120
Views: 15799

Re: Favorite Author?

Thanks, TheAmazingRando Pynchon is, in general, awesome.
by bennyprofane
Sun Jun 08, 2008 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: 5 book that chronicle humanity
Replies: 12
Views: 2354

Re: 5 book that chronicle humanity

1. Collected Works of William Shakespeare The plays and the sonnets together, representing the height of human art, or what we, in the modern day, in terms of academic thinking, perceive as the height of human art. Hamlet should be bookmarked for them. 2. The Bible & The Koran Both religious tex...
by bennyprofane
Sun Jun 08, 2008 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite Author?
Replies: 120
Views: 15799

Re: Favorite Author?

Samuel Beckett, Thomas Pynchon, Philip K. Dick, Alan Moore, Kenzaburo Oe, Kobo Abe, William Faulkner, H. P. Lovecraft, Yukio Mishima, James Joyce, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Natsume Soseski, and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Long list, sure, but they're all about equal in greatness to me, though Beckett, Pynchon, Di...
by bennyprofane
Sun Jun 08, 2008 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Sacred Moments in Fiction
Replies: 44
Views: 6443

Re: Sacred Moments in Fiction

There are quite a few of them for me. One is the beginning of Moby Dick . The whole thing starts out with "Call me Ishmael." Now, we can't really be certain if that is even the narrator's name or not, but it does tell the entire story. If you know the story of Ahab and Ishmael from the bib...

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