Benjamin Rosenbaum

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Hey Ben,

Wow, that's an impressive list! I'm astounded when I can finish one book in a week. Reading 8 simultaneously is beyond me. Thought I'd add one to your list, but it's just a short story and you may have read it already anyway, but it's a favorite of mine. It's called The Black Month, and was written by Checkhov, so is in the public domain and is available at UVA's Electronic Text Center:

Posted by Levi at October 6, 2004 03:32 PM

The Time Traveller's Wife is my favorite book of last year. I bawled my eyes out for the last, oh, third of the book. So beautifully done.

Posted by Heather Shaw at October 6, 2004 06:52 PM

re TTW: I am just at the part when he meets Alba. I keep staying up way too late to read that damn book.

Will check out The Black Month... I like Chekov.

I finished Killshot, Atom Smashers, and P&P, and am now rereading The Importance of Being Earnest. So funny! :-)

Posted by Benjamin Rosenbaum at October 7, 2004 10:53 AM


Saddened to see that you're abandoning Vollman, but you're right that it's huge and intense. Vollman tends towards huge and intense as a rule. I tend to read his chapters as miniature works of literature in their own right. He has written some short stuff: The Atlas, Rainbow Stories, Whores for Gloria. If you're interested in the series of which Fathers and Crows is a part, check out The Ice-Shirt or The Rifles. I found The Rifles a little easier to read, but his whole attitude towards women can be off-putting, and The Rifles is fairly indicative of it.

Anyway, I guess this means I get my copy of F&C back :)

Posted by Matt at October 7, 2004 03:38 PM

I'll borrow it again sometime when I'm going to the beach -- or better yet, next time the family goes off to Switzerland without me...

But perhaps I'll borrow one of the simpler Vollmans tomorrow, to start...

Finished Importance of Being Earnest. Am now rereading Candide. :-) I feel the need to inject some Austen, Wilde, and Voltaire into a far-future story I'm working on...

Posted by Benjamin Rosenbaum at October 7, 2004 04:32 PM

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