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View Diary: Books that Changed My Life: Dhalgren, Samuel Delaney and a Refreshing breath of Fresh Anarchism (61 comments)

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  •  I have come to . . . (15+ / 0-)

    This brilliant, maddening, dense work is one of my all-time favorite pieces of literature.  I have read it at least a dozen times, and every time I read it i get something new out of it -- some thread I'd never noticed before, some turn of phrase that resonates in a new and shiny way, some insight into the creative process.  Indeed, my interpretation of the book is that it is, fundamentally, a long soliloquy on the creative process.  This is an amazing book, and well worth the effort -- because it takes real effort -- to read.

    •  Also one of my all-time favorites (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      jolux, Oh Mary Oh, old wobbly, Sark Svemes

      And about so many things that I can't pick one above another. If you threatened me with a gun (or maybe with an orchid) I'd say it's about the place where madness and creativity intersect.

      And it is a delight for the senses, to read. I mentioned it in a diary a month or so back that dealt with synesthesia.

      I haven't read it in a decade or so (but did many times before) and probably should now, after years, experience, and change in outlook.

      I rank Triton as #2 in Delaney's oeuvre.

      Sometimes a .sig is just a .sig.

      by rhubarb on Fri May 27, 2011 at 04:36:36 PM PDT

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