There were some surprising synergies between the three of us and the books we wanted to talk about - historical points of significant change, virtual reality and plugging into a system, and books about books!
Bryan brought three books along for discussion:
- The Proteus Paradox by Nick Yee
- Pivotal Decades: The United States, 1900-1920 by John Milton Cooper Jr.
- Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon
- The Zimmerman Telegram by Barbara W. Tuchman
- Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections and Other Obsessions by Guillermo del Toro
- What Makes This Book So Great by Jo Walton
- Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree, Jr.
- The Pale King by David Foster Wallace
- The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby (see also "Stuff I've Been Reading" on The Believer)
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Thank you for letting me in your show, you guys.ReplyDelete
I read High Fidelity a while back. It's not really much different from the movie other than having more music discussion scenes featuring UK artists and not being set in the US like the movie is. It's been a while since I read the book, but I don't remember much "Why did they remove this?" moments that I usually have in adaptions.ReplyDelete
Thanks! I didn't even think about how they'd have to adapt Hornby for American audiences, huh.Delete
I read About a Boy. Love the movie and it was a good representation of the book. The book went further with everyone's story than the movie did, for understandable reasons. I liked it well enough. But, like you Jenny, I LOVE his writing about books best.ReplyDelete
Meant to say also that I love your description of Hornby as "soul mate." I might have to make that a new shelf at Goodreads. For me Hornby is like Nigel Slater, because both come off as regular guys who are just so likable and readable on their topics, books and food respectively.ReplyDelete
It sounds like I'll need to read Nigel Slater! I once told my (former) boss that his wife was one of my reading soulmates and I'm not sure he took it the right way....Delete
Really enjoyed this. When people talk about books, I get warm fuzzies.ReplyDelete
Hornby's Fever Pitch has both British and U.S. film adaptations. I've seen the U.S. one and the lead character(played by Jimmy Fallon) is obsessed with the Red Sox rather than Arsenal FC. I liked it alright, not nearly as much as About a Boy, though. I do need to give Fever Pitch a listen on audio.ReplyDelete