This was too good. Stop it.
See, I hadn't heard of Samuel Delany until college, when I studied him intensely, so I never didn't know he was black. I love that he was super-smokin' as a young man and now he kind of looks like Santa, though. That beard! I read one of his early books recently (The Einstein Intersection), and it...definitely read like an early book. Meandering, weak plot, all sorts of smart stuff that goes over my head. I feel a little embarrassed for liking his most commercially viable work best (Nova, Babel-17, Trouble on Triton), but I can't help it! Also never finished Dhalgren. *hangs head* I read The Mad Man, though, so that makes up for it, right?
I don't want to read this, because I don't want to be disillusioned. I want the publishing industry to be beautiful and perfect.
I am a fool.
@Br. Seamus Ugh, SAME. I enjoyed them when I was younger, before I realized just how frequently he dehumanizes women and just skeeves me out. Please save yourself, people who are interested! He is awful.
Alexander Chee! I read Edinburgh for a Korean-American literature class in college and really enjoyed it--I accidentally gave my copy away with a bunch of other books when I was moving and have regretted it ever since.
@Melissa W.@twitter Also Stieg Larsson.
I was holding out, but I finally made an Awl account so I could comment here! And I'm ashamed to say that I haven't even read The Secret History, it's all because of your one mention of Prep. I didn't even want to like it, how does she keep pulling me in and making me reread it?? Aubrey, the underwear, the haircuts! Argh. Maybe I need to read The Secret History to get over Prep.