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Re: Ask Mike Anything
« Reply #60 on: November 15, 2015, 08:42:29 AM »
Being a Pynchon fan, I figured Mike would have liked Infinite Jest.

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Re: Ask Mike Anything
« Reply #61 on: December 01, 2015, 07:44:54 AM »
Hey Mike, are you interested in getting together for another Skype gathering?


P.S. They took my $10 credit. Did they get yours as well?
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Re: Ask Mike Anything
« Reply #62 on: December 01, 2015, 04:06:34 PM »
Hey Mike, are you interested in getting together for another Skype gathering?


P.S. They took my $10 credit. Did they get yours as well?

Sure, why not. When's a good time?

Yeah, it looks like they took mine as well, the dirty rats.
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Re: Ask Mike Anything
« Reply #63 on: December 01, 2015, 10:48:49 PM »
Hey Epic, when's a good time?
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Re: Ask Mike Anything
« Reply #64 on: December 05, 2015, 02:25:41 AM »
Hey Epic, when's a good time?

Any night except the 10th

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Re: Ask Mike Anything
« Reply #65 on: December 05, 2015, 09:51:25 AM »
Hey Epic, when's a good time?

Any night except the 10th

That's a rather vague response, but I can work with it. Mondays are good for me. Can we enlist some social media savvy Skypers to help get the gang back together?
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Re: Ask Mike Anything
« Reply #66 on: February 02, 2016, 08:56:32 PM »
Have you ever read Suttree by Cormac McCarthy Mike? It's like a weird, tragicomic semi-autobiography about a guy and the weird encounters he has in Tennessee and I figured if you ever put together a book of all the stories you've built up it'd be like the Bayonne version of that book. I don't mean that in the sense that your life is tragicomic or something, but a lot of your stories (like the porno store clown) certainly are.

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Re: Ask Mike Anything
« Reply #67 on: February 05, 2016, 01:24:53 PM »
I have read Suttree. It's great. It's right up there with Blood Meridian as my favorite Cormac McCarthy book.
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Re: Ask Mike Anything
« Reply #68 on: February 05, 2016, 11:36:16 PM »
I have read Suttree. It's great. It's right up there with Blood Meridian as my favorite Cormac McCarthy book.

Yeah it's one of my favourites too. I love the way he can describe mundane things but the way he phrases stuff makes it seem magical. Like the part in Blood Meridian where they're riding through the desert and the lightning's striking all around.

Have you got a least favourite McCarthy book?

I read Child of God about a year ago and man, I loved it but I felt like I had to take a shower after finishing it. I read it in two sittings and just being in that world for that amount of time was a little too much.

The first one I ever read was No Country, right after I saw the movie which I was just so struck with, but in retrospect I think it's one of my least favourite of his books. It's still great, and after seeing the movie again recently I was really impressed by how well the Coens adapted the feel his prose into film (if that makes any sense), but it's just not as engaging or as mythic-feeling to me.

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Re: Ask Mike Anything
« Reply #69 on: February 06, 2016, 11:15:56 AM »
It's not a book, it's a screenplay: The Counselor. You could say McCarthy went a bit off the rails with that one. But I still love it.
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Re: Ask Mike Anything
« Reply #70 on: February 08, 2016, 11:54:38 AM »
It's not a book, it's a screenplay: The Counselor. You could say McCarthy went a bit off the rails with that one. But I still love it.

How do you rate the Border Trilogy?  I love the Crossing but might put All the Pretty Horses and Cities of the Plain toward the bottom of the Cormac McCarthy canon (though they're still pretty good, generally).

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Re: Ask Mike Anything
« Reply #71 on: February 08, 2016, 08:31:55 PM »
I liked The Border Trilogy (more so because a friend helped me with all the untranslated Spanish). I'd put them above his first two where the Faulkner influence was a bit too heavy for my taste.
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Re: Ask Mike Anything
« Reply #72 on: February 09, 2016, 06:29:13 PM »
It's not a book, it's a screenplay: The Counselor. You could say McCarthy went a bit off the rails with that one. But I still love it.

I've not read the book yet, but I liked the film. I wasn't surprised that a lot of the public didn't like it, but i was surprised by how badly received it was by critics. I've not read the sunset limited either, cause my usual stance is it's a waste of time reading a play.

It's interesting with the first couple of his books to see his style come into its own. The Orchard Keeper has much more in the way of long sentences and punctuation than his later works.

I don't know what it is with McCarthy's books where they can be so miserable a lot of the time but I still want to read them. I remember putting down A Song of Stone by Iain Banks because all of the characters were just unpleasant and the way the book was going it was just going to end badly for all of them, but not in a cathartic way.

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Re: Ask Mike Anything
« Reply #73 on: February 13, 2016, 11:41:44 PM »
I know you like Intervention but have you seen My Strange Addiction? I caught an episode of it the other day being run on some junky UK channel and there was a lady addicted to eating her husband's ashes. One of the craziest things I've seen.

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Re: Ask Mike Anything
« Reply #74 on: February 14, 2016, 06:26:33 PM »
I know you like Intervention but have you seen My Strange Addiction? I caught an episode of it the other day being run on some junky UK channel and there was a lady addicted to eating her husband's ashes. One of the craziest things I've seen.

Sounds like a self-correcting problem, no?
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