therumpus:

For the 65th anniversary edition of Exercises in Style (it was first published in France in 1947), New Directions has asked ten contemporary writers to create new exercises in homage to Queneau. Among these is Jonathan Lethem’s “Cyberpunk”:


He jacked the passengerbus mainframe, but some interface residue snizzled up his data stream slightly, reducing optic input to a distracting 5-D glance at an idiot avatar with a comically distorted head-to-shoulders assembly and spex-ribbon ringing his head like a doll’s bow. It more than figured that 68Gasm would parachute him into the passenger-grid unannounced; typical sense of humor for a four-hour subroutine maxed out of spare giggs. Even while observing this, Queneau detected a noisy lattice overlay just beneath the horizon of his optics, the scuffling of one infoshoe against another, vying to divvy the limited floorgrid. He took little notice. Putting aside static one avatar might offload to another, the scuffle was merely a generic output of the overlay.
Abruptly now he veered: in a segue that could have been lightyears or a pixel blink, he found himself exo-gloved into the Saint-Lazare spectrum, the brink of the matter at hand. These pitches always nauseated Queneau, no matter how inured he should be by now to the recursion-toxicity. The button! he screamed silently. Change the button!


Exercises In Style - The Rumpus.net

I will be excited to see the new stories along with the original 100 or so experiments Queneau did with the simply story line.

therumpus:

For the 65th anniversary edition of Exercises in Style (it was first published in France in 1947), New Directions has asked ten contemporary writers to create new exercises in homage to Queneau. Among these is Jonathan Lethem’s “Cyberpunk”:

He jacked the passengerbus mainframe, but some interface residue snizzled up his data stream slightly, reducing optic input to a distracting 5-D glance at an idiot avatar with a comically distorted head-to-shoulders assembly and spex-ribbon ringing his head like a doll’s bow. It more than figured that 68Gasm would parachute him into the passenger-grid unannounced; typical sense of humor for a four-hour subroutine maxed out of spare giggs. Even while observing this, Queneau detected a noisy lattice overlay just beneath the horizon of his optics, the scuffling of one infoshoe against another, vying to divvy the limited floorgrid. He took little notice. Putting aside static one avatar might offload to another, the scuffle was merely a generic output of the overlay.

Abruptly now he veered: in a segue that could have been lightyears or a pixel blink, he found himself exo-gloved into the Saint-Lazare spectrum, the brink of the matter at hand. These pitches always nauseated Queneau, no matter how inured he should be by now to the recursion-toxicity. The button! he screamed silently. Change the button!

Exercises In Style - The Rumpus.net

I will be excited to see the new stories along with the original 100 or so experiments Queneau did with the simply story line.

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writeworld:

These are recommended reading lists from the WriteWorld admins. Below, in no particular order, is a reading list compiled by Admin O. Enjoy!

  1. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. Paper Towns by John Green
  4. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  5. The

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That is my principal objection to life, I think: It’s too easy, when alive, to make perfectly horrible mistakes.
Kurt Vonnegut (via larmoyante)

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He was never without misery, and never without hope.
Joseph Heller, Catch-22 (via larmoyante)

Great book. Rereading it now

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I felt that I was not, never had been and never would be a living part of this overpoweringly solid and deeply meaningful world around me.
John Knowles, A Separate Peace (via larmoyante)

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Physics says: go to sleep. Of course
you’re tired. Every atom in you
has been dancing the shimmy in silver shoes
nonstop from mitosis to now.
Quit tapping your feet. They’ll dance
inside themselves without you. Go to sleep.

Geology says: it will be all right. Slow inch
by inch America is giving itself
to the ocean. Go to sleep. Let darkness
lap at your sides. Give darkness an inch.
You aren’t alone. All of the continents used to be
one body. You aren’t alone. Go to sleep.

Astronomy says: the sun will rise tomorrow,
Zoology says: on rainbow-fish and lithe gazelle,
Psychology says: but first it has to be night, so
Biology says: the body-clocks are stopped all over town
and
History says: here are the blankets, layer on layer, down and down.

Albert Goldbarth, “The Sciences Sing a Lullabye” (via pigmenting)

Beautiful

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writeworld:

These are recommended reading lists from the WriteWorld admins. Below, in no particular order, is a reading list compiled by Admin O. Enjoy!

  1. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. Paper Towns by John Green
  4. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  5. The

Reading list. Let’s go

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fuckyeahbruins:

Chris Bourque tweeted: Very excited to get things going in Boston!

Hell yes. Go Bruins!

fuckyeahbruins:

Chris Bourque tweeted: Very excited to get things going in Boston!

Hell yes. Go Bruins!

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Five time Academy Award nominee, two time Academy Award winner: Daniel Day Lewis.

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c86:

Taken from Alien :The Illustrated Story by Archie Goodwin and Walter Simonson
Published by Heavy Metal, 1979
See the entire comic strip HERE

c86:

Taken from Alien :The Illustrated Story by Archie Goodwin and Walter Simonson

Published by Heavy Metal, 1979

See the entire comic strip HERE

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