Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner

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read abt half of 10:04 on a plane yesterday and one of my first reactions while reading was i bet treeship likes or would like this

johnny crunch, Thursday, 28 July 2016 13:07 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

the new novel -- the topeka school -- is excellent until the last section, when it devolves into moral pedantry. the failure is more pronounced given how good the climax was -- and how complex the characters were. it shouldn't all resolve into a bite size/social media ready comment about masculinity

treeship., Friday, 10 January 2020 21:22 (one month ago) link

I have only been peripherally aware of this dude, but seeing Topeka School on best of 2019 lists piqued my interest. Where should I start?

jaymc, Friday, 10 January 2020 21:31 (one month ago) link

Leaving the atocha station and then the short monograph, the hatred of poetry, which follows up on themes from the novel about negative capability

treeship., Friday, 10 January 2020 21:38 (one month ago) link

If you like those then the topeka school next.

His poems are kind of cool too. I like the first collection best—the lichtenberg figures.

treeship., Friday, 10 January 2020 21:38 (one month ago) link

I liked 10:04 better than either Atocha or Topeka, haven't read the poems.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Sunday, 12 January 2020 18:54 (one month ago) link


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