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Very interesting, though very rambling. Comes off as a transcription of verbal reminiscence. But it's certainly got me off Elvis Costello, at least temporarily, and listening to Stones and Richards's solo stuff.


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Wonderful autobiography from head Entertainment Weekly critic Gleiberman (when he got unceremoniously shitcanned from the magazine two years ago, I finally let my subscription lapse after twenty years), talking about how the Movie Bug bit when his parents brought him to wildly-inappropriate drive-in fare like The Boston Strangler and Rosemary's Baby as a kid, his discovery of Pauline Kael in the mid-70's (from her review of Carrie, a film that Gleiberman counts amongst his favorites), his tenure at The Boston Phoenix in the 80's and his eventual gig reviewing for EW beginning in 1990 (his "D" review of populist smash Pretty Woman put him of a lot of shit lists). I've always enjoyed Gleiberman's punchy, erudite reviews -- which have influenced the way I've written about films -- and this is a great read for anyone who has a real passion for movies, and more importantly trying to make a living writing about them. It's just a shame that Gleiberman is stuck reviewing one movie every two months or so at some BBC website now.

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I know it's a classic and I understand it's place in history but it was so boring.

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Very interesting, though very rambling. Comes off as a transcription of verbal reminiscence. But it's certainly got me off Elvis Costello, at least temporarily, and listening to Stones and Richards's solo stuff.


I read this right after it came out and I agree with what you say. It is rambling but I found it pretty enjoyable overall. The conversational nature of it really sucked me in and the book had the exact same effect on me. I ended up listening to Stones and solo Richards stuff for about two weeks.

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I ended up listening to Stones and solo Richards stuff for about two weeks.


He talks a lot about the music, the approach he takes in different songs. That makes you want to hear the songs. I haven't read one, but I don't believe I'd necessarily have the same reaction to a Mick Jagger biography just because Richards is the guitarist.

Did you dig up the Wingless Angels album based on this? I didn't know it existed, but his description was interesting. Haven't heard it yet.


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I looked for it but couldn't find it. I really wanted to hear that also.

Actually, after reading his part about "Start Me Up", I restrung one guitar of mine to five strings and played around with that tuning for a long time.

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Used to play "Happy" live with one of the bands I used to be in. Re-tuned, but didn't take off the string. Easy tuning to play in.

I've got the Wingless Angels album if you want it. Listened to the first few tracks since that last comment. Not bad.


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I'd love it.

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Thanks. Didn't get it before heading to Kimfairs but grabbed it last night. Will listen at work tomorrow.

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Contains:

At the Mountains of Madness
The Call of Cthulhu
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
The Color Out of Space
Darkness
The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath
The Dreams in the Witch-House
The Dunwich Horror
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I can think of a few more essential works, but that is a nice collection. One very glaring omission is Dagon, and I would definitely throw in History of the Necronomicon for the whole mythology, also Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family, just because of the way it shows his thinking.

I also like He alot, but it's not 'essential', probably.

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I can think of a few more essential works, but that is a nice collection. One very glaring omission is Dagon, and I would definitely throw in History of the Necronomicon for the whole mythology, also Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family, just because of the way it shows his thinking.

I also like He alot, but it's not 'essential', probably.


I've got a couple of other collections of his with those in them and plan to read them soon but for now I think I'll read something else for awhile.

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Was this your first time reading them, and what did you think?

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Was this your first time reading them, and what did you think?


I had previously read a few of these (Mountains and Cuthulhlu) but the first time for a lot of them. They were all good stories but I was really impressed with The Color out of Space and The Dreamquest of Kadeth. My only criticism of Lovecraft is his over reliance on certain words, you could make a drinking game of his use of the word cyclopean. Also the man has a real issue with sea life, I look forward to reading more of his stories later.

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Well, read most of it, anyways...got 240 pages in, and the narrative suddenly skipped ahead to page 305 in the middle of a sentence! What I read was pretty good, though, so I'll have to return to it at some point.

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That's too bad, I love that book. His nazi book was fascinating as well.

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At least I got my money back in the form of a gift card, so it's not all bad.

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I read this years ago in Jr. High School and have recently put it on my Nook to read again. Had you read it before? If so, does it hold up? I've had mixed reactions rereading Asimov.

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Got, I think, four Foundation paperbacks in a box set in the 90's(?). Got part way through the first and abandoned it, but I don't remember if it really wasn't good or if I was just distracted by something else. I'm also interested in an opinion.


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I read this years ago in Jr. High School and have recently put it on my Nook to read again. Had you read it before? If so, does it hold up? I've had mixed reactions rereading Asimov.


I got the Omnibus years ago when I was a member of the Science Fiction Book Club and started reading it but put it down for one reason or another. I was going through my books awhile back and spotted it and decided to finally read it. I really liked it as a non violent science fiction novel and have started the second book Foundation and Empire.

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Fair enough. I'll put it on the short list.

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Fair enough. I'll put it on the short list.

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