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December 8, 2015
12:43 pm
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Our Lady of the Sickbed Selfies
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May 4, 2015

I thought it might be cool to have an "open forum" so we can maybe talk about stuff not totally  xo-related? It could also help stave off the boredom of xoBanality when nothing noteworthy is being posted (Ed. note: very loosely using the term "noteworthy"). Also, you guys are cool and funny and it might be fun to just talk about stuff. idontknowhugggg

December 9, 2015
10:57 am
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xoVal
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April 21, 2015

Ok. Rando shit -

 

Has anyone else ever read the Uncle Ghastly comics? I've never known anyone else who has. I read it all one night in college when I was procrastinating on a paper.

 

(it's a filthy comic dealing with hentai/anime tropes, so beware – not for the faint of heart)

Fuck that idea like the fucking Captain of the Thai Fuck Team fucking at the fucking Tour de Fuck
December 9, 2015
12:20 pm
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Our Lady of the Sickbed Selfies
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May 4, 2015

xoVal meowed
Ok. Rando shit -

 

Has anyone else ever read the Uncle Ghastly comics? I've never known anyone else who has. I read it all one night in college when I was procrastinating on a paper.

 

(it's a filthy comic dealing with hentai/anime tropes, so beware – not for the faint of heart)

I feel like my creepy former roommate from my early-20s did. I want to confirm with my girl Google, but am really scared to do so at work.

December 9, 2015
12:39 pm
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xoVal
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April 21, 2015

Abby Bernstein meowed

<snippity>

I feel like my creepy former roommate from my early-20s did. I want to confirm with my girl Google, but am really scared to do so at work.

haha yeah, that seems about right. If you've read you're probably either a weirdo (hey oh hello) or a budding serial killer. 

 

I remember one post they shared a disgruntled email from someone who had commissioned a ~sexy~ fanart Alan Moore drawing (clearly meaning using some of the characters Alan Moore had created). Instead, Ghastly trolled and drew two cartoon Alan Moores going at it. One of the funniest things I've ever f**king seen. The customer was like "what the f**k is wrong with you this is not what I ordered I demand a refund asshole."

Fuck that idea like the fucking Captain of the Thai Fuck Team fucking at the fucking Tour de Fuck
December 9, 2015
1:01 pm
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Our Lady of the Sickbed Selfies
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May 4, 2015

xoVal meowed

Abby Bernstein meowed

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I feel like my creepy former roommate from my early-20s did. I want to confirm with my girl Google, but am really scared to do so at work.

haha yeah, that seems about right. If you've read you're probably either a weirdo (hey oh hello) or a budding serial killer. 

 

I remember one post they shared a disgruntled email from someone who had commissioned a ~sexy~ fanart Alan Moore drawing (clearly meaning using some of the characters Alan Moore had created). Instead, Ghastly trolled and drew two cartoon Alan Moores going at it. One of the funniest things I've ever f**king seen. The customer was like "what the f**k is wrong with you this is not what I ordered I demand a refund asshole."

Um, maybe someone should be honored to be trolled in such a spectacular fashion?

December 10, 2015
7:00 pm
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pingity1
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May 3, 2014

Did GOMI eat my post asking for a book recommendation?

December 10, 2015
7:44 pm
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Cask of Amontillado
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October 3, 2014

pingity1 meowed
Did GOMI eat my post asking for a book recommendation?

I got recced Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun from our last book convo on GOMI and LOVED THEM.  I'd heard of Americanah in passing but probably never would have picked Adichie up if not for that thread so thanks, hams!  

Something else that was recced in that conversation a while back – I tried to read A Constellation of Vital Phenomena and couldn't get through it.  The setting was really interesting but I couldn't get in to the story and characters.  Anybody else read it?  

You live in Japan, right?  Ah man, hope you're taking advantage of your e-reader #privilege.  I lived there for a good chunk of time in 05-07 and the only way I knew to get affordable books in English was to scrounge the random shit that was left behind in my employer's apartments or trade with other Westerners.  I read soooooooooooooooooo much crap out of sheer desperation; I'm talking the Shopaholic series and multiple Clancys.  MULTIPLE CLANCYS.

December 10, 2015
9:18 pm
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pingity1
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May 3, 2014

Haha, yeah, I live in Japan! I'm downloading kindle books like it's my job. But finding them isn't SO bad–I'm always in Roppongi, right by all the embassies, so there are a few used book sellers that keep a ton of English selections toward the front. I'll grab Half of a Yellow Sun first, because I really like that title.

One thing that people have often recommended to me that hasn't worked out has been The Hitchhiker's Guide. Can anyone tell me how long I should have to keep reading before I should be finding it compelling?

I do recommend literally every Murakami I have ever read. I know he's got some kind of huge semi-religious following in the Brooklyn douchebag crowd, so I avoided his stuff for years, but he has never let me down. Also, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.

December 11, 2015
9:30 am
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Benedick c**terb***h
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May 9, 2014

pingity1 meowed
Haha, yeah, I live in Japan! I'm downloading kindle books like it's my job. But finding them isn't SO bad–I'm always in Roppongi, right by all the embassies, so there are a few used book sellers that keep a ton of English selections toward the front. I'll grab Half of a Yellow Sun first, because I really like that title.

One thing that people have often recommended to me that hasn't worked out has been The Hitchhiker's Guide. Can anyone tell me how long I should have to keep reading before I should be finding it compelling?

I do recommend literally every Murakami I have ever read. I know he's got some kind of huge semi-religious following in the Brooklyn douchebag crowd, so I avoided his stuff for years, but he has never let me down. Also, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.

The problem is that you are looking for it to be compelling. It isn't. It isn't really going to make sense. You just kind of buckle up and enjoy the ride.

 

When I first saw Napoleon Dynamite I think I sat through about half the movie waiting for it to actually "begin." I think Hitchhiker's can be like that. It's more about the language and the tangents than any sort of linear story, in my opinion.

Fondly,
Benedick Cunterbitch
December 11, 2015
10:00 am
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xoVal
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Meows: 1157
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April 21, 2015

If you're familiar with video game/fantasy/horror tropes, John Dies at the End is a fantastic read. It's a book that is both terrifying and wildly hilarious and, dare I say it, will make you ~think~ or whatever. 

 

Dark Places is a fun read. It's way better than Gone Girl. 

 

Oh – Moloka'i. It's about a little girl growing up on one of Hawaii's leper colonies.

Fuck that idea like the fucking Captain of the Thai Fuck Team fucking at the fucking Tour de Fuck
December 11, 2015
10:09 am
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Lexminster Abbey
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Meows: 1039
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March 2, 2015

Benedick c**terb***h meowed

pingity1 meowed
Haha, yeah, I live in Japan! I'm downloading kindle books like it's my job. But finding them isn't SO bad–I'm always in Roppongi, right by all the embassies, so there are a few used book sellers that keep a ton of English selections toward the front. I'll grab Half of a Yellow Sun first, because I really like that title.

One thing that people have often recommended to me that hasn't worked out has been The Hitchhiker's Guide. Can anyone tell me how long I should have to keep reading before I should be finding it compelling?

I do recommend literally every Murakami I have ever read. I know he's got some kind of huge semi-religious following in the Brooklyn douchebag crowd, so I avoided his stuff for years, but he has never let me down. Also, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.

The problem is that you are looking for it to be compelling. It isn't. It isn't really going to make sense. You just kind of buckle up and enjoy the ride.

 

When I first saw Napoleon Dynamite I think I sat through about half the movie waiting for it to actually "begin." I think Hitchhiker's can be like that. It's more about the language and the tangents than any sort of linear story, in my opinion.

I'll second the sentiment about Hitchhicker's. I got the box set for next to nothing and it took me a really long time to read them. I had to sort of let go and just not overthink it. 

As far as recommendations, I've got a stack of 10 books varying from unread to nearly finished books sitting on my night stand due to general business, but I'm really enjoying some of the autobiographies out there. Mindy Kaling's first book was hilarious, and Kitchen Confidential was also a really good read.

Doctor Kilgrave, renowned child-rearing expert.
December 11, 2015
10:13 am
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Staircase Wit
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Meows: 334
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January 21, 2015

pingity1 meowed

One thing that people have often recommended to me that hasn't worked out has been The Hitchhiker's Guide. Can anyone tell me how long I should have to keep reading before I should be finding it compelling?

Benedick beat me to it.  It's a loosely strung together series of quips and short stories.  It sounds like people were telling him he should put them in a book, and he did, and then thought up a plot.  I found it entertaining, but I like that style of wordy humour. The more books in that series you read the less sense it will make.  It gets old fast, but I have a soft spot for it.

Has anyone read the new To Kill a Mockingbird or Girl with the Dragon tattoo?  I was curious because both look like they've diverged from what made the originals in the series so popular.

December 11, 2015
10:43 am
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Benedick c**terb***h
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Meows: 1188
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May 9, 2014

Staircase Wit meowed

pingity1 meowed

One thing that people have often recommended to me that hasn't worked out has been The Hitchhiker's Guide. Can anyone tell me how long I should have to keep reading before I should be finding it compelling?

Benedick beat me to it.  It's a loosely strung together series of quips and short stories.  It sounds like people were telling him he should put them in a book, and he did, and then thought up a plot.  I found it entertaining, but I like that style of wordy humour. The more books in that series you read the less sense it will make.  It gets old fast, but I have a soft spot for it.

Has anyone read the new To Kill a Mockingbird or Girl with the Dragon tattoo?  I was curious because both look like they've diverged from what made the originals in the series so popular.

The new Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was not good. Lisbeth is barely in it, and even though the writer is Swedish, I felt like it was too Americanized. It just paled in comparison. Honestly though, I feel like it was an enterprise doomed to fail.

Fondly,
Benedick Cunterbitch


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