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Comment Archives: stories: Books

Re: “Death and Taxes

Publishing this as David Foster Wallace's book is misleading, at best. It is a book of his work, compiled and organized by others, but not his book. The publisher calls it "an unfinished novel by David Foster Wallace," but really it is what was in his files when he died. Should it be published? Yes, if there are readers who want to read it and an estate that wishes to make it available. But it should not be called "a novel by David Foster Wallace," unfinished or otherwise. I can attest to the myriad changes of mind an author goes through on the way from "writing a novel" to having a finished novel, or having nothing at all. Intentions do not correlate to achieved art, and it is presumptuous for the publisher to assert otherwise.

Posted by Matthew Stadler on 04/13/2011 at 9:55 PM

Re: “Death and Taxes

What do we think about publishing a dead author's unfinished novel? He's dead and all, but it's hard to escape the feeling that he'd object to it's publishing, and it's entrance into his body of work with it's half-formed nature becoming more and more of a dusty footnote over time. Part of art is declaring a work finished and fit for judgment and entry into the rest of one's body of work, no?…

Posted by Commenty Colin on 04/13/2011 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Patton Oswalt: Writer

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Re: “Patton Oswalt: Writer

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Re: “Small Press, Big Reading

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Re: “Neü Sex

umlaut? srsly?

Posted by jamdox on 04/04/2011 at 11:08 PM

Re: “Neü Sex

Yep.But mind you place it on the top shelf if ya got some young'ens round.And perhaps the misses may or may not like it under the mattress.

Posted by "Hippy Dippy" on 04/01/2011 at 6:45 PM

Re: “What's a Story Worth?

The book was indeed fascinating, but the truth of the matter is... he's ruining his life for no reason other than to entertain people.

The world is full of scum-bags, & it always will be... Tokyo Vice or not. The Polaris project on the other hand is another story.

Posted by PolarisPROJECT on 03/29/2011 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Birth Control

Truly a fascinating narrative, well-told and replete with specific (but understandable by lay readers) medical facts. The characters were well-drawn and 3-dimensional. Can't wait for a sequel!

Posted by S. Turner on 03/25/2011 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Keep Portland Noir

Wowee wow! I didn't know about the Bridge City event until I just read this. Now I have to figure out how to carve some time out of my fun-filled Friday evening of changing diapers.

Posted by Zed on 03/24/2011 at 10:00 PM

Re: “Patrick Rothfuss: The Mercury Interview

Great interview. Thanks for posting this. I've just finished reading the book and it's great to see how much thought, work, and love Pat has put into it.

Posted by Sten on 03/11/2011 at 11:44 PM

Re: “Patrick Rothfuss: The Mercury Interview

Great interview. I just loved the heck out of it!

Posted by Leitmotiv on 03/09/2011 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Patrick Rothfuss: The Mercury Interview

I find it both interesting and frustrating that Book 3 is going to be the end of Kvothe's story. I've heard a lot of readers assuming that Rothfuss will 'follow up' on the initial trilogy with Kvothe's life after the Waystone, but I don't think this is the author's goal.

Another point: The detailed worldbuilding by Rothfuss that informs but doesn't obstruct the progress of the narrative is something that really makes him a special author. You know the information on the world has been thought out, but they aren't necessarily dumped on the reader immediately, which makes learning about the world when information on it is revealed a treat instead of a chore.

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Posted by Thlayli on 03/08/2011 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Patrick Rothfuss: The Mercury Interview

This is a great interview. I like how it's longer. I haven't read these books but I probably will now. It seems like the subtext of a lot of this interview is the failure of George R. R. Martin to finish Game of Thrones. It sounds like Mr. Rothfuss will finish his series.

Posted by Around on 03/02/2011 at 12:04 PM

Re: “The Rainbow Connection

I can't even say how much this comic being canceled bums me out. I suppose it doesn't have fucking Wolverine in it so Marvel can't really get behind it.

Posted by Beer Batter on 01/19/2011 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Kid Logic

I'm glad I get to say "I went to high school with this guy" in a story like this than in one about pedestrians getting hit by cars or something. Ethan rocks.

Posted by tk. on 12/16/2010 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Golden Oldies

I was going to read this book but became distracted by a game of nine pins.

Posted by Capa_Mikey on 11/24/2010 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Birth Write

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