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review 2019-01-11 18:48
Better than I remembered
X-Man (1995-2001) #1 - Mike Sellers,Steve Skroce,Jeph Loeb

Still as wordy as the older comics were.   Art is pretty typical of the time, but I remembered X-Man, this series, not being great.   It was better and more compelling than I remembered, so I'll probably continue at some point.

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review 2018-11-22 08:12
Alles zu verstehen, alles zu vergeben: "Ripley's Omnibus" by Patricia Highsmith
The Talented Mr Ripley / Ripley Under Ground / Ripley's Game / The Boy Who Followed Ripley - Patricia Highsmith



(Original Review, 1995)



I remember trying to follow a DVD of Mr. Ripley one evening many years ago. I was at the time dazed by antibiotics and kept drifting in and out of semi-consciousness, so I managed to catch only the odd isolated scene with the angelic-looking cast, a golden trio swanking around a sunny, shimmering lotion. Matt Damon looked like a bespectacled, goofy nerd who had probably began his acting career in commercials playing the Milkybar Kid.

 

 

 

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review 2018-11-21 20:15
Ones-self: "The Unconsoled" by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Unconsoled - Kazuo Ishiguro


(Original Review, 1995-12-12)



I'm pretty respectful of other people's opinions and durable literary reputations. Reading Ulysses was bliss for me, but I have no harsh words for people who don’t like it. It is obviously something that has engaged reader’s minds, hearts, and souls, and perhaps more importantly influenced and engaged writers across generations, and I wish I could figure out why the rest of the world does not like it. As a reader one needs a little humility about one's little opinion, especially if it is “I like” or "I don't like".

 

 

 

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review 2018-08-19 11:08
Leopold Bloom, A Man For All Time: "Ulysses" by James Joyce
Ulysses - James Joyce


I started off thinking Ulysses was a pile of incoherent drivel, even though I'd never got past the first page. At 20 I would sit in the uni bar getting pissed and slagging off literary types and lecturers who mentioned it (some of them were pretentious posers; some of them weren't). At 30 I decided to put up or shut up by actually reading it so that I could explain why it was incoherent drivel. The result was that I was drawn into it and have read it five times cover-to-cover. Like a lot of challenging literature, it requires a bit of life experience to get into.


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review 2018-08-18 16:50
Causabon's Key To All Mythologies with Guinness and Opera: “Finnegans Wake” by James Joyce
Finnegans Wake - James Joyce


"We'll meet again, we'll part once more. The spot I'll seek if the hour you'll find. My chart shines high where the blue milk's upset."

In “Finnegans Wake” by James Joyce


Joyce could really write. “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” is exquisite, and “Ulysses” is a masterpiece. I see Joyce as a product of his 'modernist' era, certainly, but a sincere one. He was reaching for something, a kind of synthesis of prose and poetry that came close to the true language of the mind. It's remarkable how much of Finnegans Wake is comprehensible, in spite of the fact that Joyce's words don't actually exist; we know what he means, or we can guess at it, which would be impossible if it was just gibberish. 

 

 

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