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May 07, 2008


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That's an interesting list of books! I've read nearly exactly the same books you've read. _Godel, Escher Bach_ was a life-changing experience, and still have my copy. Your Calvino remarks are right on. Joelle Dietrick had a really cool piece up at the faculty show at FSU recently, and I thought of Invisible Cities even before I read the label and realized she must be working through a series of her own imaginary cities. The pieces mesh nicely with my whole Calvino aesthetic. See a slide show of her stuff here: http://www.fsu.edu/~art/pages/people/faculty/dietrick.shtml.
I'd mark through _The Celestine Prophecies_: you can read it standing up in the bookstore (I did, as much of it as I could stand), but to me the awful writing obscures any wisdom that might be lurking within. Years and years ago I started _A Confederacy of Dunces_ but didn't get to finish it because it wasn't mine and I was visiting. I remember thinking it was really wonderful way back then. Last month I bought a copy, and this time around I'm just mightily irritated by the main character and his supporting cast of enablers. _Zen and the Art ..._ was a favorite.


I ditched The Fountainhead also.

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