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Anand Venigalla

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    Literature, Movies, Libertarianism, Food

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  • Favorite movies
    The Searchers, Lawrence of Arabia, Oldboy, The Lord of the Rings, Blade Runner, The Godfather, Snowpiercer, Taxi Driver, Raiders of the Lost Ark, ET, Trading Places
  • Favorite music
    Leonard Cohen, Bach, Handel, Alfred Deller, Romantic, Classical, Baroque, Renaissance music
  • Favorite creative writing
    Iliad, Blood Meridian, Hamlet, King Lear, Paradise Lost, Crime and Punishment, War and Peace, The Brothers Karamazov, Hadji Murad, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra
  • Favorite visual art
    Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Peter Paul Rubens

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  1. January 2018 Antony and Cleopatra - This might be, as many critics (like Harold Bloom and Harold Goddard argue), Shakespeare's most kaleidoscopic and opulent play. And Cleopatra, as Shakespeare imagines her, might be Shakespeare's best woman character after Rosalind, Cordelia, Juliet, and a few other of Shakespeare's tragic heroines (including his most beautiful and fragile, Ophelia) Twelfth Night - my favorite Shakespeare comedy next to The Merchant of Venice. Macbeth - ever since I read this in senior year of high school I've always had a special fondness for its imaginative,
  2. Fascinating. I should take a look into this film at one point in my life. Currently the most extreme film I've seen is Park Chan-wook's great and violent film Oldboy, which has some of the best fight and sex scenes I've ever seen (David Cronenberg's A History of Violence, which I think's one of the best of the 21st century, also has great fight and sex scenes).
  3. 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 blackne
  4. 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
  5. I also consider the extended cut of RoTK to be the grandest and greatest myself, Buckeye.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. 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)
  12. ^ to be fair it's sort of a first draft of to kill a mockingbird before it became the classic we know and love
  13. Hey guys, did you know that Atticus was a racist? So saith sources around GO SET A WATCHMAN
  14. Saw it a second time last week. Still love it. 10/10
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