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Anand Venigalla

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    Literature, Movies, Libertarianism, Food

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  • Favorite movies
    Lord of the Rings trilogyLawrence of ArabiaBen-HurThe Dark KnightThe Passion of the Christ
  • Favorite creative writing
    Books: Blood Meridian, The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations

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  1. Best Opening Paragraphs

    From Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian: See the child. He is pale and thin, he wears a thin and ragged linen shirt. He stokes the scullery fire. Outside lie dark turned fields with rags of snow and darker wood beyond that harbor yet a few last wolves. His folks are known for hewers of wood and drawers of water water but in truth his father has been a schoolmaster. He lies in drink. He quotes from poets whose names are now lost. The boy crouches by the fire and watches him. Night of your birth. Thirty-three. The Leonids they were called. God how the stars did fall. I looked for blackness, holes in the heavens. The Dipper stove.The mother dead these fourteen years did incubate in her own bosom the creature who would carry her off. The father never speaks her name, the child does not know it. He has a sister in this world that he will not see again. He watches, pale and unwashed. He can neither read nor write and in him broods already a taste for mindless violence. All history present in that visage, the child the father of the man.
  2. 2016 Reading Journals

    As of now I'm currently reading: David Copperfield by Charles Dickens The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper Child of God by Cormac McCarthy To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (reread) Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (a long book) Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas Will read soon: Hamlet by William Shakespeare already read: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - 5/5 Pen of Iron by Robert Alter - 5/5
  3. LOTR: The Return of The King - Extended Edition

    I also consider the extended cut of RoTK to be the grandest and greatest myself, Buckeye.
  4. Cormac Mccarthy

    Speaking of McCarthy, I've enjoyed Blood Meridian, The Road, The Orchard Keeper, Outer Dark. I've loved Outer Dark for its dark primordial depiction of the Southern wasteland, The Road for its beautifully spare and biblical prose, and Blood Meridian (perhaps my favorite novel next to The Brothers Karamazov) for its lyricism, its baroque richness, and its epic quality.
  5. A Nightmare on Elm Street

    I think Steven Greydanus has convinced me that this movie is worth checking out. I was put off a little due to the grotesque violence in it, but I may check it out in time
  6. The Great American Novel

    Ok NBooth. Get to it, man. Blood Meridian is one of the great canonical achievements in literature. It's so dense, complex, apocalyptic, and beautiful.
  7. The Great American Novel

    NBooth, what do you think of Blood Meridian? It's one of my favorite novels and indeed one of the great American novels. Harold Bloom, whom I view as one of the best literary critics, considers it to be in the league of great masterworks as Moby-Dick and As I Lay Daying.
  8. The Great American Novel

    Thanks Nbooth. However, I want to read The Scarlet Letter, and many seem to hate it, particularly among the Goodreads crowd, due to its archaical prose style (a prose style I appreciate and would like to see in major modern novels), the allegorical and symbolic tone Hawthorne takes in violation of "realist" decorum, and other things. I will read the novel soon, as I believe I may enjoy it. However, would you, Nbooth, consider it one of the greatest novels of all time? And, also, is "The Custom House" thing worth reading? Or should I skip it on my first read and return to it later on?
  9. The Great American Novel

    I am going to bump up this thread and see if The Scarlet Letter is a viable candidate for Great American Novel (actually, it shares the spot as "great American novel" with great works such as Moby-Dick, Blood Meridian, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mason & Dixon, and Underworld)
  10. Harper Lee - Go Set a Watchman

    ^ to be fair it's sort of a first draft of to kill a mockingbird before it became the classic we know and love
  11. Harper Lee - Go Set a Watchman

    Hey guys, did you know that Atticus was a racist? So saith sources around GO SET A WATCHMAN
  12. Interstellar (2014)

    Saw it a second time last week. Still love it. 10/10
  13. Narnia: Silver Chair? Magician's Nephew? reboot?

    Oh yay. Let's hope it actually turns out good.
  14. RIP James Horner (Composer)

    Ah another one died
  15. Best long novels

    Ah, the long novel. Bleak House, Moby-Dick, Underworld, War and Peace, The Brothers Karamazov, Infinite Jest, Ulysses, and Les Miserables. These are some of the greatest works of literature. And they're all long. so, in honor of the big, juicy, long novel, I have decided to dedicate a thread specifically to the best long novels (not to long novels in general, which I will discuss another time). For that, I would pick all the titles I mentioned before, and I would add some other possible candidates: The Secret History, The Goldfinch, J R, The Recognitions and Anna Karenina