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Vineland (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
Thomas Pynchon
Tristes Tropiques
John Weightman, Doreen Weightman, Patrick Wilcken, Claude Lévi-Strauss
Richard III
William Shakespeare
The Dwarf
Alexandra Dick, Pär Lagerkvist
The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen
Wilfred Owen, Cecil Day-Lewis
Richard Wolin
Giotto to Dürer: Early Renaissance Painting in the National Gallery
Jill Dunkerton, Susan Foister, Dillian Gordon, Nicholas Penny
Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics
Hubert L. Dreyfus, Paul Rabinow
Gravity's Rainbow
Thomas Pynchon
A Gravity's Rainbow Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon's Novel
Steven Weisenburger

GR is blocking my account

From multiple computers. When I access the site from an app with no cookies, I can get the site, but it won't let me log in. Am I paranoid, or is this retribution for dissent flags? Curious...



The Savage Mind - John Weightman, Doreen Weightman, Claude Lévi-Strauss Essential reading (regardless of one's view of L.-S.) - it is Claude L.-S.'s masterpiece
Structural Anthropology - Claire Jacobson, Brooke Grundfest Schoepf, Claude Lévi-Strauss Important collection of papers
Claude Levi-Strauss - Edmund Leach I read this many, many years ago (I considered going into Anthro, instead of Classics) -- it is a good and strong critique of Levi-Strauss and structuralism (I think... if I recall aright)

The Cambridge Ritualists Reconsidered: Proceedings of the First Oldfather Conference, Held on the Campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Cha (Illinois Classical Studies Supplement)

The Cambridge Ritualists Reconsidered: Proceedings of the First Oldfather Conference, Held on the Campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Cha (Illinois Classical Studies Supplement) - Oldfather Conference 1989 (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign);William M. Calder An outstanding collection of papers for students of ancient Greece, and for those interested in the connection between classics and anthropology (Jane Harrison, early Cornford, etc.)
To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf This was not as dazzling (or as attractive) as Mrs. Dalloway, but ultimately is a far richer and more profound book -- though more difficult. It is a book, in fact, that seems better 24 hours after having finished it, than it was while reading it. An astonishing portrait of her mother and father, Leslie Stephens and Julia Duckworth. Highly recommended.
Politics of Aristotle: With an Introduction, Two Prefatory Essays and Notes Critical and Explanatory - W.L. Newman This book, in four volumes, is quite a remarkable achievement. Volume 1 is an introductory essay that is the first thing that anyone interested in this text should read. It is quite brilliant. It has been reissued by Oxford:Clarendon and seems also to be available on-line (http://archive.org/details/politicsofarist01arisuoft)

This is what the reprint looks like:
And that is the cover picture that GR should probably be using.
Shakespeare's Words: A Glossary and Language Companion - David Crystal, Ben Crystal http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/concordance/

The Dean's December - Saul  Bellow, Bellow Astonishing... by FAR Bellow's most accomplished book. Tender, intelligent, passionate, death-haunted...of course, it is Bellow! -- perfectly constructed, far richer in both plot and character than one usually expects from Bellow... coherent...even the intellectual moments are so much more throughly digested... and the poetics of the final movement.... just a masterpiece.

The Bostonians (Oxford World's Classics)

The Bostonians (Oxford World's Classics) - Henry James, R.D. Gooder Listening on audible
Stories and Early Novels - Raymond Chandler, Frank MacShane Very nice edition. Thin (not India) paper; a ribbon for bookmark; includes a detailed biographical chronology and even notes on the text.
The High Window - Raymond Chandler Just fabulous, and far beyond -- both in writing and construction...and in maturity of vision -- the first two (Big Sleep and Farewell, My Lovely).
Voices - Arnaldur Indriðason, Bernard Scudder I suppose I should finish this ... or at least skim the end to see who done it.... it is a bit 'meh', though... not nearly as good as the first two. And even those had at least a slight scent of 'stretching for effect'.

One senses that the author is aware of not wanting to offend or make mistakes.

Obviously, the bitter fruits (from the reader's perspective) of financial and 'literary' success... from the author's perspective.

Having found the 'who', I've lowered my rating. The answer is....


one of the trees..., and the one that should have been obvious from the start

Why give away the answer...? irritation, I guess...

For despite its obviousness, in retrospect, the answer really was not well prepared. Disappointing
Old Masters - Thomas Bernhard, Ewald Osers Read about half of this - it is a self-parody (as the subtitle suggests: "a comedy"), and so is less compelling. There are some fascinating passages, such as the passage on life (and art) as fragment (rather than as whole), which can serve as a set-piece for 'modernism'.

Still, not my favorite Bernhard, and I'm going to move on.

Washington Square

Washington Square - Henry James Marvelous tale..., wonderful, rich writing... the characterization quite brilliant.

(The audible is rather uneven in quality, but I got used to it in the end)