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  1. SeoulMan

    Favourite Poems

    Poetry is so under-appreciated. My favorite poems are generally ones where they're seemingly about nature, but there's a deeper meaning about humanity. (I suppose all poems are about some aspect of humanity.) I hate poems about love and death and anything that shows the poet to be obsessed...
  2. SeoulMan

    Shakespeare's Plays

    Richard III, with Ian McKellan, was quite good. The opening title sequence (6 minutes long) is 1930s Big Band music cleverly set to Christopher Marlowe's famous poem "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love." Loved the music, hate the poem. The music actually made the poem better.
  3. SeoulMan

    Where do I start with comic books or graphic novels?

    You could always sart with Maus (by Art Spiegelman), Fun Home (by Alison Bechdel), The Arrival (by Shaun Tan), and Persepolis (by Marjane Satrapi). My favorite of all time is Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth (by Chris Ware). There are a lot of good ones out there. You could simply go to...
  4. SeoulMan

    What crime/horror/thriller/mystery books have you read and found appealing?

    In spirit and attitude, I think I'll love crime novels. In practice, I gravitate toward literary novels. I read Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep and while I loved the smart-aleck noirish voice of Philip Marlowe, it got tiresome halfway in and the plot no longer interested me. This is why I lean...
  5. SeoulMan

    BOTM:Suggestions, ideas and opinions

    For the first two, they're worth some thought and consideration. It wouldn't work for me because the books that "changed my life" and "started it all" would be children's books or certain Marvel comic books that dealt with adult issues really well and made me appreciate the complex nuances of...
  6. SeoulMan

    John le Carré: The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

    I haven't read a single Le Carre novel, but I'm willing to try. I really enjoyed every film adaptation of his novels and though you can't judge a book by the film, the subject matter and the themes covered in the films were complex enough for me to conclude that the novels can't be worse. I just...
  7. SeoulMan

    BOTM:Suggestions, ideas and opinions

    I love the idea of Book of the Month. I remember that when I first joined this forum back in 2008 (?), I read three older books that I never would've picked myself. The problem is that you can't please everybody. If someone recommends a book for me to read (and this is the format of BOTM), I...
  8. SeoulMan

    Ambrose Bierce: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

    I don't know why I never read this short story. His epistolary short story, "Jupiter Doke, Brigadier-General," is great. Parts had me laughing silly.
  9. SeoulMan

    absorbing the arts

    At my peak, I read a novel every 2 days. But this was usually during long vacations or when I had the time. It's a very frantic pace. I'm most efficient when I'm lying on my stomach on a cot with the book on the floor. Usually, I read a novel once every month or two. It's a very slow pace. I...
  10. SeoulMan

    F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby

    Where can I get me some of that "emptiness of wealth"?
  11. SeoulMan

    J.R.R. Tolkien: The Lord Of The Rings

    I never quite got The Lord of the Rings. I tried The Hobbit when I was in high school and it didn't take. Even then, I leaned toward more realistic literature than fantasy. Although, I loved a particular sci-fi book (can't remember the name) where a guy made clones of himself and he explored the...
  12. SeoulMan

    What are you listening to Right now?

    I can listen to Pink Floyd at any hour. Right now, I'm kind of hooked on Miles Davis's Kind of Blue album. I'm listening to it in a perpetual loop.
  13. SeoulMan

    March 2012: Arthur Conan Doyle: The Hound of the Baskervilles

    If you want to read a book that parallels (and almost pays homage to) The Hound of the Baskervilles, check out Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Great book!
  14. SeoulMan

    What crime/horror/thriller/mystery books have you read and found appealing?

    I actually enjoy British crime TV shows (e.g., Foyle's War, Prime Suspect, Inspector Lynley) more than reading crime novels. But this is unfair because I haven't read much lately. The last crime novels I read were Anne Perry's The Cater Street Hangman and The Face of a Stranger -- and that was...
  15. SeoulMan

    Shakespeare's Plays

    I always thought the assassination plan in Macbeth was somewhat stupid and amateurish. Also, I couldn't stomach the many scenes showing Macbeth and Lady Macbeth suffering from guilt/mental illness. Romeo & Juliet = nit-wit teenagers, per Meadow337 is right. But man, Olivia Hussey was hot...
  16. SeoulMan

    Shakespeare's Plays

    I think you have a better ear than I do.
  17. SeoulMan

    Gabriel García Márquez: One Hundred Years of Solitude

    "you" as in, do I want many friends? Or "you" as in the general population "you"?
  18. SeoulMan

    Scarlett O'Hara

    This is what I do. Make snap associations of actors and the characters they portray. I'm not sure I'll ever get to the book. I have a long list of books I must read.
  19. SeoulMan

    Shakespeare's Plays

    In the past month, I've been watching DVDs of Shakespeare adaptations. So far, I've seen two Hamlets, three Macbeths, two Romeo and Juliets, and one Richard III. I have to turn on the subtitles to watch these, otherwise they're no different from a foreign film. They've gotten me into the spirit...
  20. SeoulMan

    Welcome To The New Book & Reader

    Wow, this place looks a lot different from what I was used to back in 2009. I like the Facebook-like little red notifications/alerts that light up over your Inbox and Alerts and such. I'm not sure what to call those things.