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The Tin Drum is so good. Was recommended to me by my high school teacher. One of the few good recommendations I received in high school!

Love how bizarre it felt, reading something, which, to me at the time, had no analogue. Gleefully grotesque and unpleasant at times, but striking and haunting as well.

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If you haven't you should try Grass' 'other novel' The Flounder, which while less celebrated I think is the more universal in terms of its themes and also just downright hilarious in ways I've never found the Tin Drum to be.

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> A life update on Monday.

OMG the suspense. I hope it’s good news. ❤️❤️❤️

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May 27, 2023·edited May 27, 2023

"These Dreams," like "Manic Monday," "Don't Dream It's Over," "Summer of '69," and the great early Cyndi Lauper singles, is one of those songs that immediately sends me back to kindergarten and just about the last point in my life where I had zero control over what music I was listening to. All I had were the songs in the air, whether it was music my mom was using for her exercise classes, stuff my slightly older cousins were playing, or whatever was coming out of the speakers at the grocery store or the mall or wherever. I rediscovered this stuff in college (thanks, Napster) and I think it really holds up.

That video is really bad, though!

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May 27, 2023Liked by Freddie deBoer

Signed up for the Bookclub. Your encouragement worked. Looking forward.

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May 27, 2023·edited May 27, 2023

My song of the week (since I saw them in Beantown)-- next week. Sisters of Mercy! Goth is suddenly back in a big way.

https://youtu.be/XoooX3OVGoI

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I bet life update is one of the three. He proposed, he's moving or his GF got pregnant. I'm betting on #2.

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Grass was 17 when the war ended. So figure the morals

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Unfortunately, ACX has slowly but surely become garbage over the past half-year or so. His original blog was much better.

I will always respect the damage Siskind did to the NYT, but he has slowly yet surely become a loser like the rest of the rationalist cult. He has lost sight of life. His ravings about prediction markets are especially pathetic.

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