Second Quarter Reading At XFX

Don't PanicWith my upcoming move and the radical simplification of my life (not to mention dumping most of my books and belongings that I have acquired through the years), I’m intending to simplify the ACOR website. Right now I have every intention of continuing but the loss of my bookshelves and extra room for books and my sketchy eyesight suggests that I de-emphasize the bookshelves pages and possibly drop the XFX sub-site (blending it into the regular reading).

XFX has been around for a while and I know many readers have been introduced to new and experimental literature through the site. However, if I simplify things, I will keep going with ACOR. As I said, XFX would be integrated into the basic site and, after a review of whatever books may remain after the move, the Bookshelves may move to be a sub-item under Lists.

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Experimental Titles for the Third Quarter

JEFRather than push things, the presence of what might be considered a Big Fat Book has forced me to give into some readers and only schedule three titles for the 3rd quarter at Experimental Fiction (XFX). But even the two shorter works are worthy of two or three months of reading and study so we should avoid thinking this is a period of fluff reading. The three titles are: Nervous Conditions byTsitsi Dangarembga; Three Trapped Tigers by G. Cabrera Infante; and The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke. What do you think?

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XFX: New Titles for Readers of Experimental Fiction

The titles selected for reading at the Experimental Fiction group (XFX) during the Fourth Quarter of 2013 have been selected and are now posted on the XFX section of this website. To make things easier, however, I have copied them below and added a few words of encouragement.

10-15 - The Water Thief – Nicholas Lamar Soutter

This is not a super literary novel by a great author, but it is an easy and fun read which underneath it all is a spot-on satire of the direction this country (USA) and much of the world is heading as the forces of Corporatism (Fascists) take over the world. A must read.

11-01 - The Blue Fox – Sjón

Short but powerful; evocative, enigmatic, excellent. See the fox; be the fox; read the book.

11-15 - Dubliners – James Joyce

Joyce redefined the short story with this collection. Read it over and over again.

12-01 - Dublinesque – Enrique Vila-Matas

An imaginative journey connecting the worlds of James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, and all they symbolize.

12-15 - Barfly — Charles Bukowski

The underside of life in L.A. by an author that lived it.

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[Note: 12-15 title is a correction to avoid duplicate reads.]