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06 May 2009 @ 07:41 pm
[books] writing inspiration  
I'm reading Pronoia is the Antidote for Paranoia by Rob Brezsny. I'm not really clicking with it, but there are pieces of it I like, fragments of sentences, words strewn together.

I want to be dangerously alive every day.
Pyrokleptomania - the compulsion to steal fire.
Everyone who believes in the devil is the devil.

So even when I don't click with a book, there's something to get out of it, some writing inspiration.
 
 
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Rebeccanikitangel on May 7th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)
Did I tell you to read that? I really love the use of language in that book. He says he tries to speak with "sonorous precision." I'm not a fan of his other book, Televisionary Oracle. But this one, I can pick up and open at any point and find something interesting to think about.
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Rebeccanikitangel on May 7th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was especially disappointed, after building up hopes with Pronoia.
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Carla M. Leecarlamlee on May 7th, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
I don't really read his predictions much, but I'm highly entertained with the one I just read (based on you calling him your favorite astrologer, I went looking for more information).

According to polls, more than half the population believes they are fantastic kissers. How did they get that way? Some people say they have rehearsed extensively by smooching the backs of their own hands or rubbing their lips up against posters of celebrities. Whether you've tried these techniques or have developed other strategies, Aquarius, I advise you to bone up on your skills. Not this week, but soon, you will be entering a prime romantic phase of your astrological cycle -- a time when you will have the potential to accomplish wonders and marvels with your mouth.

Apparently I am going to kiss my way across the Midwest as I head to my summer home. Fabulous.
Carla M. Leecarlamlee on May 7th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
I've now looked at a synopsis for Televisionary Oracle as well as a brief review of it, and it looks like the premise has potential. Is the execution why you didn't like it, or does the premise fail?
Carla M. Leecarlamlee on May 7th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
I've now looked at a synopsis for Televisionary Oracle as well as a brief review of it, and it looks like the premise has potential. Is the execution why you didn't like it, or does the premise fail?
Carla M. Leecarlamlee on May 7th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
I don't think you specifically told me to read it, but I think I probably added it to my To Read list based on something you said about it. So yes and no.

I want to like it a lot more than I do; there is some nice language to it and some interesting ideas, but a lot of what is said either reads to me as - trying too hard? Maybe? I'm not sure exactly how to phrase it (which is fairly funny, when talking about a book where the language is what is making me not like it and is what I do like at times), but there's something about it that seems just a little too - something. See? No language to explain why.

Part of it might be that some of the things that seem to be presented as these gorgeous fresh ideas are things that me and mine have been doing for years. This may be more a statement to the creativity and depth of my siblings than anything wrong with the book itself.

For that matter, some of the things remind me so much of two of my siblings and that may be why I'm not getting the same joy that I expected out of it.

Maybe I should try it your way and just open it at random points and try to parse it like that.

I'm glad I'm reading it, though, and I'm really glad you seem to enjoy it so much.