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The New York Times has their 100 Notable Books of 2005 up. Out of the entire list, I've read one book, Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore, and I own a second, which is Salman Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown. I also saw Jared Diamond speak about his new book, but I didn't buy it; still, I suppose that counts as a third. So: out of the 100 Notable Books that the New York Times have noticed and deemed worthy, I have read one, own a second, and saw another author speak.

Excellent.

The New York Times and their notable lists are just useless. I'd hate to have my yearly reading represented as anything but a minority on it.

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chrisbarnes
Nov. 25th, 2005 01:03 am (UTC)
I haven't read a single one of those books. A handful of them sound interesting though, mainly in the non-fiction. And I'd like to read Never Let Me Go sometime.
benpeek
Nov. 25th, 2005 01:14 am (UTC)
there's a couple of books that have a vague interest for me, i guess. the new mccarthy book, and never let me go, like you. but it's only a vague interest. i've plenty of other books i'd rather read beforehand, y'know? life might not be long enough.

it's definately not long enough for the banville book.
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benpeek
Nov. 25th, 2005 01:16 am (UTC)
i don't know how you read trilogies, man. those three books (or more) are often too much time for me. there are a couple of authors i still read who do it, but i buy and read as they go, so it's stretched out.
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benpeek
Nov. 25th, 2005 03:24 am (UTC)
that's pretty funny, man. i will now forever thing of fantasy trilogies as one big ham.
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benpeek
Nov. 25th, 2005 06:09 am (UTC)
ho ho!

we shall make some sort of post out of this, yes, and lay the blame at your feet.
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benpeek
Nov. 25th, 2005 06:46 am (UTC)
no, don't hide. be proud. be the Ham Man. heh. have a t-shirt made of a dirty big leg of ham, and underneath it the words, I Like Fantasy Trilogies.

...my god, i could make a fortune selling that.
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benpeek
Nov. 25th, 2005 06:56 am (UTC)
after the first million.
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benpeek
Nov. 25th, 2005 07:05 am (UTC)
give it time, give it time. those fantasy readers are probably eating ham right now ;)

i can delete it if you want, y'know.
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benpeek
Nov. 25th, 2005 10:26 am (UTC)
just embrace the ham. show no shame!

(one day, livejournal will start sending me all my comments. sigh.)
ataxi
Nov. 25th, 2005 01:13 am (UTC)
Last page has a lot of titles like
"WITHOUT APOLOGY: Girls, Women, and the Desire to Fight. By Leah Hager Cohen. (Random House, $24.95.) Cohen thoughtfully tracks girls' boxing till she herself is converted to pugilism."
- titles which make me think this list is more about the "sellable" than the "notable". 'Journalist Writes Publishable Book About Chicks Fighting'.
benpeek
Nov. 25th, 2005 01:17 am (UTC)
i've always considered lists like this from the new york times and salon and such are really just about selling books to you, rather than there being anything interesting in the books. why i'm glad to be so poorly represented.
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benpeek
Nov. 25th, 2005 03:26 am (UTC)
True, but that doesn't mean that there's anything wrong with the books they represents.

that's true. i'm sure the books have a professional level to them. i just enjoy kicking round the new york times and such for fun. reading and taste are, as you say, subjective. it comes from people, after all, and you can never pick what people going to like/want/do.
ataxi
Nov. 25th, 2005 03:41 am (UTC)
If sellable equalled crap, wanting to be writer would be a peculiar masochism (as opposed to the workaday masochism I guess it to be).

The Quintessentially Sellable Book that didn't become that way by chance is still infuriating. Just like the Enjoyable Ad That Makes You Want To Buy The Product, or The Tear-Jerking Scene In The Miramax Oscar Contender.
bodhichitta0
Nov. 25th, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC)
I've read three and I want to read the Kathryn Harrison. I like her.
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