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For homework I have to read "The Delicate Prey" by Bowles, "Entropy" by Pynchon and "The Lottery in Babylon" by Borges. I'm about to go on a walk and read one of these by the lake, which should I read first? I haven't read any of the authors before, college pleb here, so give me a break but I've heard wonderful things about both Pynchon and Borges, so I'm leaning towards one of those two. But WHICH?!
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hey /lit/, I need book suggestions. I'm in a fiction workshop this semester, and the professor asked us to put together our own reading list to supplement the best american short stories collection. The requirements are that it include at least one novel and one collection of short stories (not an anthology). The third book is a wild card.
The only book I have chosen already is High Rise by JG Ballard. I've read a lot of Ballard's short fiction but Concrete Island is the only novel I've read by him.
My favorite fiction writers are JG Ballard, Flannery O'Connor and Hemingway. My taste is mostly dark. I enjoy reading about sick, troubled and foolish people. Books about apocalypse are great. Anything to do with madness, mania and the crisis of modern society strikes a chord in me. To give folks another idea of what I like, I've been reading a terrifying nonfiction book about unexplained disappearances in US national parks. Before that I read W.G. Sebald's The Rings of Saturn and I thought it was flawless. I am considering reading another by him.
I would really like to branch out a bit. Can anyone think of anything I might like?
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Hey /lit/, do you think a formal writing organization would work? A similar concept to a team of marketing executives and songwriters sat round a boardroom table writing the next chart hit. This group would be aimed at the under 18 age bracket, and would churn out pulpy teen garbage, but would cover a wide range of genres and subjects. I guess similar to the Goosebumps books, but here 'Goosebumps' would be the recognised name of the publishing house, and multiple people would be involved in the creation.