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[Mar. 11th, 2007|11:18 pm]
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Things consumed recently:

  • Catch-22, quite good, and surprisingly funny for, you know, classic literature.
  • The first bit of Nabokov's Pale Fire, which came up in conversation with max_ambiguity I think. I've finished the introduction and the poem itself, but I haven't gotten into the commentary much yet. I'm liking it so far.
  • The first two episodes of Heroes. The writing is pretty dang hokey, but I still want to see how it turns out

[User Picture]From: max_ambiguity
2007-03-12 03:27 am (UTC)
See, and I read it like a total academic and flipped back and forth between the main text and the notes on the first reading. Catch-22 is also excellent. I think of it more as popular literature than classic literature, but probably just because it was never assigned to me in class.
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[User Picture]From: jcreed
2007-03-12 03:30 am (UTC)
Yeah, maybe it's only classic in the sense of like Vonnegut, in that it's survived a few decades at least and people still think it's pretty worthwhile.
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[User Picture]From: whitemage
2007-03-12 03:28 am (UTC)
The first two episodes of Heroes. The writing is pretty dang hokey, but I still want to see how it turns out

The writing becomes steadily more consistent as the show progresses; it feels very rough near the beginning since they have to open so many threads at once. It begins to converge noticeably around ep 5 or 6. Stay the course; the show is delicious.
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[User Picture]From: genuinekfc
2007-03-12 06:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks for mentioning when in starts to pull together. I skipped the show when it first came out due to the writing reviews, but a friend got me hooked on episode 13 or so (whenever Claude first appeared). I've been meaning to go back & watch the beginning during the hiatus.

(I'm not sure what it is about the 5-6 ep mark, but that's when I felt Veronica Mars pulled together, also.)
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[User Picture]From: mellowcupcake
2007-03-12 03:39 am (UTC)
Heroes gets *a lot* better. The last couple episodes have been incredible.
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From: aleffert
2007-03-12 03:52 am (UTC)
Before you start reading the commentary in Pale Fire try to do a little analysis of the poem itself. I read the poem concurrent with the commentary and I think it would have been more fun to read the poem first and form some opinions about it. Also, ++Catch 22.
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[User Picture]From: extensionality
2007-03-12 07:50 am (UTC)
Heroes for teh win! I first read Catch-22 in middle school. I forget if it was assigned to the whole class, or if we got a list where we could choose to read it from. My friends and I liked it so much that we read the sequel for a history class in high school. That was a bit awkward, because the sequel had very little historical value and wasn't particularly good.
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