Post by Friendly Destroyer on Mar 20, 2011 13:55:27 GMT -8
I'm sure there are many of us on here who frequent thrift stores and the like in the search of untold treasures or for the general comfort of perusing for something you don't even know you want yet. For a long time I had (possibly have is still the appropriate term) an obsession of stalking the aisles of a handful of stores, sadly I reffered to them as my circuit, in the certain knowledge that the uncannily tailored to my tastes and wants crate of discarded wonders would soon be dropped off at any moment. Only a fool would give up the circuit with this certain knowledge at hand was (maybe still is) my thinking. All in all it was a very healthy time I'm sure. The crate is still on its destined journey, of course, but in the meantime I have amassed a collection of sci-fi books, the kind I read in junior high, that to this day still strike an awe in me for there unabashed sci-finess and complete sci-fi sincerity. They are masterpieces of Titles, Dramatics, and Cover Art.
This is a small fraction of them. The master plan has always been to make a giant tapestry with all the covers.
If anyone has ever seen Gentleman Broncos there is a homage to these "works of art" featured in the opening title sequence, it's pretty cool. The movie also centers around these wonders and the people who create them.
Post by Horned Gramma on Mar 21, 2011 9:33:12 GMT -8
As much as I enjoy David Sedaris writing, I can't read it anymore. I was kind of his unofficial assistant at an appearance he made at a bookstore I worked in one time; dude is one of the biggest assholes I've ever met.
It sounds like several cliches at once, but dude? Don't ask some twenty year old Mormon wage ape to bring you some highly complicated coffee order and expect it to be perfect. Also, don't completely lose your shit over coffee, it is unbecoming.
Post by Catherine Sun Chips on Mar 21, 2011 9:49:54 GMT -8
That's a bummer to hear he's a royal asshole. I suspected he might've been. And how cliche is the coffee request?! Com'on Sedaris!
Much like I've heard Morgan Freeman is an absolute dick head. No way can someone that humorous and seemingly-friendly or can a rich-voiced, brilliant actor be a nice person in reality. It'd be too easy and accessible.
I was an avid fan of his before the hype rose to it being "cool" to like him and I've since eased off on my favoritism to him. Sometimes, though, when I'm in the mood for a quick laugh and easy reading, I'll find myself grabbing for one of his publications. I (not so) secretly wish he would write about my life in the way he does his to make my life more interesting.
No doubt he's witty. Too bad as a person, he's shitty.
Post by Horned Gramma on Mar 22, 2011 8:19:47 GMT -8
I used to love Douglas Coupland. His first four or five novels were really wonderful and unique, especially 'Microserfs' and 'Girlfriend in a Coma', but for a lot of years after that he was kind of re-treading the same ground.