Thursday, July 30, 2020
Thursday, July 09, 2020
Too long a slog. Compelling but grotesque.
My sister gave it to me with a note that it was "pain porn." That's exactly right. Makes me feel dirty but can’t stop reading.
The problem seems to be that Judes afflictions are the main character. Even Jude is minor compared to them. His course of affliction is also most of the plot. Only Wilhelm's death is an action that changes people. And not much and too late for a “twist.”
Yanagihara can certainly write. But the preciousness of how precocious all the central characters are- the Manhattan gilded class - smacks of Tom Wolfe and worse. The four friends start as scrounging clueless college freshmen - and in no time are at the pinnacle of their careers: litigation lawyer, movie star, painter. Jude is memorialized in enough paintings by his painting buddy to fill a Museum of Jude.
It's an ahistorical narrative that touches up nothing that's happened in the past 30 years -- even its NYC locale seems stodgy.
I’m ANGRY at the book!
Monday, July 06, 2020
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
I suppose at heart I am a daylight atheist, for I would not like to die without a priest.
I would not go within an ass's roar of her.
narrator gets in trouble for reading the following to his sick sister, from an olden book, not realizing that the s's looked lik f's ... remarkable for steeling eggs and fucking them ...
Lord Waterford is dead and the devil make his bed,
With an oven for his head, say the Shan Van Vocht.
[snuggling in an armchair with a girl] ... no two people ever slept in each other's arms ... I was as cramped as the crucified
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
...and the irritation of thinking about all this and knowing that since it was always easier to think than to be, that in my case the ergo of the expression was no ergo or anything at all like it...
La Maga did not know that my kisses were like eyes which began up beyond her, and that I went along outside as I saw a different concept of the world, the dizzy pilot of a black prow which cut the water of time and negated it.
Wong summing up Morelli's passage: "The novel that interests us is not one that places character in a situation, but rather one that puts the situation in the characters."
voyant vs voyeur - a seer vs. a spectator of others' pleasure
genius lies in choosing to be a genius and in being right
instead of obstinately connecting with a non-existent tunnel, as is the case with so many poets leaning halfway out the living-room window late at night
In some corner, a vestige of the forgotten kingdom. In some violent death, the punishment for having remembered the kingdom. In some laugh, in some tear, the survival of the kingdom. Beneath it all, one does not feel that man will end up killing man. He will escape from it, he will grasp the rudder of the electronic machine, the astral rocket, he will trip up and then they can set a dog on him. Everything can be killed except nostalgia for the kingdom, we carry it in the color of our eyes, in every love affair, in everything that deeply torments and unties and tricks. Wishful thinking, perhaps; but that is just another possible definition of the featherless biped.