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Any more of this and the thread should be split, but just for the benefit of any one reading this thread wondering, "Who is this Blish guy?", I don't want them to go away thinking that he was some transplanted hack who just wrote bad Trek novelizations.

To equalize the record, let me cite some of my favorite Blish books: The Cities in Flight tetralogy (They Shall Have Stars, A Life for the Stars, Earthman Come Home, A Clash of Cymbals); All The Stars a Stage; and a book I love very much, Jack of Eagles, which seems to get no attention whatsoever.

Yes, he wrote many other books, some more famous ones, but those are my favorites. Cities in Flight is a series I reread every few years like Stranger and the Foundation trilogy. Time to pick it up again, I think.

A Case of Conscience, Doctor Mirabillis, the Black Easter novella , and a short story, "A Work of Art." Didn't he also write "Surface Tension"? I believe that made it into the SF Hall of Fame.

For awhile in the 1970's I had a sneaking fondness for Titan's Daughter -- definitely a case of guilty pleasure.


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Somehow I just cannot picture you as a guilty pleasure kind of guy, Bill.... ;)

Books that are guilty pleasures - when does it cross the line into pure trash and maybe trash with something to recommend it?

When there is something you SHOULD read (for work or whatever, may even be interesting but not as much FUN as the good stuff) something you would LOVE to read, and something that is at least words in a row, where do you draw the line? Or at least what do you feel guilty about reading? What makes a book the literary equivalent of a doughnut?

A graduate student I teach told me the other day that she "looked at the paper but did not read it". How can anyone do that? Can you look at text in a language you are fluent in and NOT read it???

Are we really that weird around here or am I the only one?

Rambling posts like this - another guilty pleasure- sorry Jim.

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Somehow I just cannot picture you as a guilty pleasure kind of guy, Bill.... ;)


Heh, wait 'til he starts talking about cooking :D

Speaking of which, the local strawberries are out, and we grabbed a few quarts from a farm on the Saanich Peninsula. To compare the imports in the grocery store with these is like comparing cardboard with ciabatta. Grace whipped up a couple of pies with an almond cream filling and a glaze based on Grenadine and Chambord, and I made the requisite strawberry ice-cream to garnish. *burp*


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Books that are guilty pleasures - when does it cross the line into pure trash and maybe trash with something to recommend it?
When there is something you SHOULD read (for work or whatever, may even be interesting but not as much FUN as the good stuff) something you would LOVE to read, and something that is at least words in a row, where do you draw the line? Or at least what do you feel guilty about reading? What makes a book the literary equivalent of a doughnut?


Glad to see you checking in often, Audrey. I love the Star Wars and Star Trek books, but I won't pretend that they have a lasting impact on "shared experience". (The movies/TV shows are a different story.) My wife reads many romance-genre novels. The answer is that they're a pleasant diversion. Much of the newest generation will get that from video games. I won't say it's wrong, but I certainly have trouble relating. Video Games are the new Pulp. The really interesting thing will be when a video game starts to be studied and replayed for its subtext. I bet somewhere on google there's a pop culture professor that already has that syllabus!

I know, this has nothing to do with Triffids. ;)


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audrey wrote:
Somehow I just cannot picture you as a guilty pleasure kind of guy, Bill.... ;)

Books that are guilty pleasures - when does it cross the line into pure trash and maybe trash with something to recommend it?

When there is something you SHOULD read (for work or whatever, may even be interesting but not as much FUN as the good stuff) something you would LOVE to read, and something that is at least words in a row, where do you draw the line? Or at least what do you feel guilty about reading? What makes a book the literary equivalent of a doughnut?

A graduate student I teach told me the other day that she "looked at the paper but did not read it". How can anyone do that? Can you look at text in a language you are fluent in and NOT read it???

Are we really that weird around here or am I the only one?

Rambling posts like this - another guilty pleasure- sorry Jim.

Audrey

Ah, yes, another form of guilty pleasure. Actually, I bet your graduate student meant she glanced at the headlines and maybe the first paragraph of anything that piqued interest -- but, really, the quality of "journalism" going into newspapers these days doesn't rate much more than that.

Or TV news, which has always been notoriously vacuous. I turn on the Channel 5 news in the a.m. while sipping my first cup of coffee, and after about ten minutes and once through the local weather, say to myself "nope, no news at all" and turn it off because they will blather and blather for the rest of the hour saying absolutely nothing. DON'T GET ME STARTED!

But anyway I have a whole category of what I call "popcorn books" -- they keep the eyes churning through them but are mostly air (and mostly hot air at that). Though it's been awhile since I had time to put down the necessary reading... Kind of kills it for a few minutes at a time.


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Peter Scott wrote:
audrey wrote:
Somehow I just cannot picture you as a guilty pleasure kind of guy, Bill.... ;)


Heh, wait 'til he starts talking about cooking :D

Speaking of which, the local strawberries are out, and we grabbed a few quarts from a farm on the Saanich Peninsula. To compare the imports in the grocery store with these is like comparing cardboard with ciabatta. Grace whipped up a couple of pies with an almond cream filling and a glaze based on Grenadine and Chambord, and I made the requisite strawberry ice-cream to garnish. *burp*

What could possibly be "guilty" about cooking?

That sounds wonderful. I tried my summer pleasures this Memorial Day -- white peaches and Ranier cherries, but they were very disappointing (and there are few things more disapointinger than a woody Babcock peach). Will try again on July 4th.


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audrey wrote:
Video Games are the new Pulp. The really interesting thing will be when a video game starts to be studied and replayed for its subtext. I bet somewhere on google there's a pop culture professor that already has that syllabus!


If it's not Henry Jenkins, it's gotta be someone Henry Jenkins taught.

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If it's not Henry Jenkins, it's gotta be someone Henry Jenkins taught.


See, I knew someone would spring to a link! ;) Neat. Hadn't heard of him, now I have.


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I read Day of the Triffid years ago...I remember lending the book to one of the teachers who oversaw my student teaching (yep, that long ago) and never getting it back. I listened to it recently on an audio book and enjoyed it just as much. It is a book that holds up well.

And if you've ever listened to a bunch of 16--19 year old boys (with the 13 year old chiming in from time to time) analyze the characters, plot, and symbols of a video game, comparing it to others, and speaking knowledgeably about the writers, animators and voice actors, you'll know those papers will not be long in coming.

Hey, I remember having to fight to take a class in science fiction way back in the 70s. (taught by Phillip Klass who wrote under the name William Tenn and whose work I liked before I got to Penn State--and there's an unappreciated sf writer for you--he only taught the class every few years and I was taking it no matter who I had to fight to do it. Got it in as an American Lit credit--don't ask). Video games just may be the new ghetto.


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audrey wrote:
Video Games are the new Pulp. The really interesting thing will be when a video game starts to be studied and replayed for its subtext. I bet somewhere on google there's a pop culture professor that already has that syllabus!



I didn't write that...


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