Re: The "Book" thread.
Anybody a fan of Gogol? First read it about 12 years ago but I still reckon he wrote the greatest short story ever written ("The Overcoat"). Also a big fan of Kafka. Another master of the short story. 20th Century stuff, I go for Bukowski, Fante and Kerouac. Also love Vonnegut (particularly "Mother Night"). Just started reading Martin Amis' "Time's Arrow" which is bizarre - the whole story is told in reverse, starting with the man's death and then working ever closer to his birth. His whole life happens in reverse; for example, people come into the clinic that he works in (he's a doctor) feeling well and leave feeling ill; pimps give money to prostitutes, who in turn give it to men that they sleep with. The guy is a Nazi War Criminal, though, and I've just reached the scene set in the concerntration camp in which 6 million people are suddenly brought to life. Interesting ideas, well told, but a bit hard to follow in places. I'd reccommend it.