Brevity by Dan Thompson

Brevity

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  1. Alexikakos

    Alexikakos said, almost 2 years ago

    I didn’t like “Catcher in the Rye” in high school, and after trying to re-read it as an adult (many books later), it is still one of the most badly written books in existence.

  2. pschearer

    pschearer GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Yeah, I’ve heard not-good things about CitR too, but I will still have to read it someday just as part of my self-education. But it will have to be after I read “Canterbury Tales”, “Little Women”, “The DIvine Comedy”, “The Iliad”, and “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, so I figure it will be, oh, maybe 2016. (I’m now reading “Thus Spake Zarathustra”; I strongly recommend that nobody ever reads it ever.)

  3. JohnnyDiego

    JohnnyDiego said, almost 2 years ago

    I have read Catcher in the Rye four times and plan to read it at least four more. The third time I read it I read it in one sitting.

  4. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Wow… what can I say….
    different tastes….


    As a child, reading two or three books a week, I made time at least once or twice a year to re-read Little Women, because, mawkish sentimentality notwithstanding, I adored it so.


    And in high school, Holden Caulfield spoke to me… Catcher in the Rye was a revelation…
    I don’t know how many times I read it… but at least a dozen.


    I even loved the Canterbury Tales.


    The rest of the books pschearer mentions, though, I can pretty much live without….


    In fact, Nietzche, I’m afraid, was the undoing of my 17-year-old ambition to steep myself in existentialism…
    after falling with teen age abandon into the rather pretentious despair of more accessible proponents like Sartre,
    I just couldn’t slog through One. More. Page. of Zarathustra….
    didn’t care whether he Spake or not.
    He spake not to ME.

  5. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Al that aside…
    the “comedy” of today’s strip eludes me…
    Is it just another slam at Hollywood ethics?
    Dan?


    Hope it has nothing to do with Guy and rOdd, who work in Hollywood.

  6. vandda

    vandda said, almost 2 years ago

    @Alexikakos

    Really? One of the most badly written books in existence…?

  7. gene1969

    gene1969 said, almost 2 years ago

    I never read it just for the fact that it was the book Mark David Chapman had with him when he killed John Lennon, I guess I’m blaming the book.

  8. CoBass

    CoBass said, almost 2 years ago

    @SusanSunshine

    Re: “the comedy of today’s strip”

    Yeah, that’s the way I took it. Everybody lies in Hollywood, so someone who lies all the time would fit right in.

  9. thehag

    thehag said, almost 2 years ago

    @pschearer

    The Iliad is a pain in the reader. The Odyssey much better.

  10. bob fernandez

    bob fernandez said, almost 2 years ago

    Isn’t CITR the book that they use in movies to Activate Sleeper agents? Mel Gibson was in one with Julia Roberts that used that book as a trigger.

  11. information

    information said, almost 2 years ago

    @Alexikakos “it is still one of the most badly written books in existence.”

    And that is the most hyperbolic statement in existence.

    You are DAFT!

  12. StoicLion

    StoicLion said, almost 2 years ago

    @Alexikakos

    I couldn’t get past the first 2 chapters. I don’t see what the hype is about the book.

  13. information

    information said, almost 2 years ago

    Probably best that you stay away from any reading with multiple paragraphs and/or ideas that can’t be put into Cliff’s Notes.

  14. iced tea

    iced tea said, almost 2 years ago

    Holden Caulfield would make a good Hollywood actor. He lied just like those celebrities do. That’s also true of the writers of the articles about today’s celebrities.

  15. information

    information said, almost 2 years ago

    @Penny Robinson Fan Club

    nonsense how? An imbecile says Catcher in the Rye is among the worst written books ever. Sorry that is just not the case and anyone with the slightest bit of literary acumen would refute this ridiculous opinion. I’ll not let trolls of the other kind spout such idiocy and sit idly by in some tacit approval of this slack-jawed troglodyte. And before you defend him so quickly maybe you should take a long hard look in the mirror and to reflect on up what exactly you’re defending.

    Does the fool even understand that it was written in the voice of a teenager? Maybe it’s too sophisticated for him/her?

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