Category Archives: NYRM Literary Society

NYRM Literary Society: Tolstoy and Bejar

War & Peace. Long.  Really long.  It’s not easy to find one song to go with a 1,200 page novel (not even really a novel- Tolstoy insisted it was something entirely different than a novel) about Russian aristocracy, love, and historical philosophy during the Napoleonic Wars.  My first instinct was to pick a really long [...]

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NYRM Literary Society: Pynchon and Reed

1973-5: the years in which everything stopped making sense.  Thomas Pynchon published his long, confusing, disgusting, mesmerizing, break through novel Gravity’s Rainbow in 1973.  Two years later, in July 1975, Lou Reed released his long, confusing, disgusting, mesmerizing, and potentially break through record, Metal Machine Music. This pairing couldn’t be more obvious.  To be honest, I [...]

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NYRM Literary Society: Zamyatin and Truman Peyote

Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We is a book about a future city that is made entirely of glass.  A few centuries have rolled by, a hundred-year-long war has been fought, and now everything is completely different.  Humans are called by numbers, not names.  Everyone wakes up at the same time, goes to bed at the same time, [...]

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NYRM Literary Society: Vonnegut and Joe Stummer (and the Mescaleros)

I can’t do either of these men justice in this little column.  That’s why they have to go together.  I finished Slaughterhouse Five nearly two months ago, have read multiple books since then, and have still been stuck on the proper song with which to match Vonnegut.  I usually have a few vague ideas for [...]

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NYRM Literary Society: Joyce and The XX

Drawing By Louise Zergaeng Pomeroy I did not enjoy Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.  It was tedious.  There were a lot of dark thoughts about humanity.  There was a lot of Catholicism.  There was a lot of Irish history.  There was a lot, a lot of manhood.  And unless I can get [...]

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NYRM Literary Society: Cash and Capote

How could you pair In Cold Blood with anything but “Folsom Prison Blues?”  Capote’s prose is astonishing, much in the same way Cash’s voice is singularly recognizable.  Both quickly get to the point, mercilessly straightforward, but somehow lush with description and depth.  Both have deep voices that  cut to the quick of what it means to [...]

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NYRM Literary Society: Huxley and Dirty Projectors

Somehow I missed out on Brave New World in high school English class.  In some ways, I’m very glad that I did.  Having a college history degree behind me really helped to see how astounding it is that this book was published in 1932.  Though I can’t imagine what Huxley would have made of the [...]

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NYRM Literary Society: DeLillo and The Flaming Lips

I would very much like to be at a dinner where Don DeLillo, author of White Noise, and Wayne Coyne, wacko frontman of The Flaming Lips, meet each other.  I think that they would turn out to be two of those people who seem wildly different from each other, but wouldn’t get along because of [...]

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NYRM Literary Society: Woolf and Beach House

I just finished Mrs. Dalloway on an airplane ride to Indiana (this trip was why I was sadly absent from blogging over the weekend).  I decided to read it simply because I never had before, and I knew it was supposed to be very good.  I wasn’t nearly as blown away by it as I [...]

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NYRM Literary Society: Oxford Collapse and Chabon

It’s been a light show week.  Good thing I’ve FINALLY got my next NYRM Literary Society entry ready!  I finished The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay nearly two months ago, but I’ve been really struggling to find the proper song to go along with it.  I knew it had to be a band with [...]

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