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I wonder what Mike thinks of ______
« on: February 18, 2014, 06:17:36 PM »
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Re: I wonder what Mike thinks of ______
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2014, 06:35:59 PM »
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I'm pretty certain that by the end of its first season #TrueDetective will have set a new standard for incoherent storytelling.

I wonder what Mike thinks of Charles Dickens.
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Re: I wonder what Mike thinks of ______
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2014, 11:20:20 PM »
I haven't read a whole lot of Dickens. Bleak House and Great Expectations: top tier. Hard Times: 2nd tier. I want to read David Copperfield and Dombey & Son before I croak.
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Re: I wonder what Mike thinks of ______
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2014, 11:21:24 PM »
I think True Detective is pretty ridiculous, but it has inspired me. Stay tuned!
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Re: I wonder what Mike thinks of ______
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2014, 11:38:03 PM »
I haven't read a whole lot of Dickens. Bleak House and Great Expectations: top tier. Hard Times: 2nd tier. I want to read David Copperfield and Dombey & Son before I croak.

Copperfield is a must. Dombey and Son is all right. How I'd rank his oeuvre (or what I've read of it):

Great Expectations
David Copperfield
The Pickwick Papers
A Christmas Carol
Oliver Twist
Bleak House
A Tale of Two Cities
Hard Times
Martin Chuzzlewit
Dombey and Son
Nicholas Nickleby
The Old Curiosity Shop

I've never read A Mutual Friend, but I hear it's fantastic.

I'm looking forward to the wig video, Mike.
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Ever feel stupid and then know that you really are?
Ever think you're smart and then find out you aren't?
Ever play the fool and then find out that you're worse?

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Re: I wonder what Mike thinks of ______
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2014, 01:33:38 AM »
"Friday Night Lights" (the TV series) and/or "Nashville" (the TV series)

I wonder what Mike thinks of Connie Britton. 'cuz she's alright by me.
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Re: I wonder what Mike thinks of ______
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2014, 08:59:34 PM »
"Friday Night Lights" (the TV series) and/or "Nashville" (the TV series)

I wonder what Mike thinks of Connie Britton. 'cuz she's alright by me.

I liked the first couple of seasons of Friday Night Lights, but then one of the characters got involved in a murder and the show drifted toward TV Cliche Land and I stopped watching. But those first couple seasons proved that ordinary life can be very compelling.

I liked Connie Britton in Friday Night Lights. I haven't seen Nashville. Is it good?

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Re: I wonder what Mike thinks of ______
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2014, 11:55:47 PM »
Middlemarch?

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Re: I wonder what Mike thinks of ______
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2014, 12:00:14 AM »
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Re: I wonder what Mike thinks of ______
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2014, 12:12:31 AM »
The Expedition of Humphry Clinker
H.L. Mencken
The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
Timon of Athens
The Draughtsman's Contract
W.C. Fields
Robert Bresson
Ever do nothing and gain nothing from it?
Ever feel stupid and then know that you really are?
Ever think you're smart and then find out you aren't?
Ever play the fool and then find out that you're worse?

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Re: I wonder what Mike thinks of ______
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2014, 01:25:45 AM »
Middlemarch?

Haven't read it. I still have my copy from a college course I took, but the class fell behind and we never got to it. I tried to read it once but I didn't get too far. Joyce Carol Oates caught hell recently in The New York Times Book Review for suggesting that it's not all that. I did read The Mill on the Floss, though, and enjoyed it.
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Re: I wonder what Mike thinks of ______
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2014, 01:27:09 AM »
William Vollmann

I've got a couple of his books, but haven't taken the plunge yet. Where should I start?
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« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2014, 01:39:52 AM »
The Expedition of Humphry Clinker
H.L. Mencken
The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
Timon of Athens
The Draughtsman's Contract
W.C. Fields
Robert Bresson

Read Humphry Clinker and Tom Jones for the same class (even wrote a paper on Humphry Clinker). I can't remember much about Clinker, but Tom Jones was a fun read. Haven't read much Mencken, but I've recently received the The Library of America volumes. Timon of Athens isn't really a favorite. I'd rather read Hamlet or King Lear again. I don't think I've seen The Draughtsman's Contract although I saw a bunch of Greenaway's movies around the time it came out. Yes, I like W. C. Fields. Yes, I like Robert Bresson.
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Re: I wonder what Mike thinks of ______
« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2014, 11:39:30 AM »
I'm surprised that you didn't like Timon of Athens (or, rather, that it wasn't a favorite). I thought the long misanthropic speeches of Timon would be up your alley.
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Ever feel stupid and then know that you really are?
Ever think you're smart and then find out you aren't?
Ever play the fool and then find out that you're worse?

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Re: I wonder what Mike thinks of ______
« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2014, 11:58:58 AM »
And if you like Hamlet and King Lear, you should check out Kozintsev's adaptations of them. They're in Russian, but the subtitles are lines from the play (so they're not loose adaptations like Throne of Blood or Ran). King Lor, to my mind, has by far the best Lear and Fool I've seen in any Lear adaptation. There are clips available of both films on YouTube.
Ever do nothing and gain nothing from it?
Ever feel stupid and then know that you really are?
Ever think you're smart and then find out you aren't?
Ever play the fool and then find out that you're worse?