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Marvin last won the day on September 15 2017

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  1. Marvin

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Sitting watching the best movie ever made again, and, idk, this seems close to right.
  2. Marvin

    Best of 2018

    What you got? What was the best movie, album, book, miniature, hamburger, flower, duck, small piece of plastic chipped off a larger piece of plastic--whatever--you encountered in 2018? By chance I decided to rewatch Altered Carbon today, and it's probably the best TV show I've seen from 2018. Immensely enjoyable, incredibly well done.
  3. Marvin

    Unreadable fiction

    Life's much too short to account for all the world's lousy books.
  4. Marvin

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Kinda laughed. Apologies if this is old news.
  5. Marvin

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Wild to think that in the greatest RPG ever played the God of all the universe lowered himself to the indignity of humanity and death just to make us heirs to the treasure hoard of his kingdom, but here we are. Merry Christmas, y'all.
  6. Marvin

    What's on TV?

    King of the Hill is on Hulu now! It's totally made my life worth living again. Was watching The Dukes of Hazzard on Prime but couldn't hack it past the replacement Dukes. Headed over to Perfect Strangers on Hulu, which has been fantastic--I'm amazed by how much that show must have helped shape my worldview as a wee lad.
  7. Lol. I haven't read for broccoli this whole year, tbh. Kinda pitiful.
  8. Justin Taylor’s Flings: Stories. Collection of stories centered mostly around young-ish people, teenagers and young adults dealing with the discomfort of trauma or sexuality and entering the post-college world. Many of these stories--particularly those like the title story and "After Ellen," which follow a group of friends and their dissolving and realigning relationships immediately after college, and "A Night Out," a (kinda messily and unnecessarily, I thought) partially second-person story cataloguing a night out amid art shows and bad parties and worse hookups--read incredibly well in that "Alec Baldwin narrating The Royal Tenenbaums" voice, which I mean as more of a compliment than it probably sounds. They're quick, snappy, reserved and understated in tone. And charmingly clever at their best--"Poets" is as fine and delicate and loving a skewering of poets, writers, lit people and their relationships and ambitions, as I've read, perhaps. Some, like "Sungold" and its restaurant mascot, begin strong and peter a bit, but Taylor largely builds solid, full-feeling stories. Other notables: "A Talking Cure" and "Adon Olam" deal with young male sexuality and "Mike's Song" a recently divorced father attending a Phish concert with his distant grown children. Michael S. Harper’s Dear John, Dear Coltrane: Poems. Fantastic collection of poems focusing on jazz and musicians, marriage and the loss of a child, and race and civil rights. At their best in pieces like "Near Colorado," The Waterbowl," "Crisis in the Midlands: St. Louis, Missouri," and "Echoes II," when Harper builds images crystalline and heart-wrenching. Aaron Burch’s Backswing. Solid collection of stories, well-crafted and earnest. Contemplative. Mostly following teenagers and young adults, the pieces seem to split between realism and surrealism. The latter had a harder time landing with me, though the careful pacing of “Prestidigitation,” relating a magician’s act of unraveling her veins, and the awkwardness-made-flesh of “Unzipped,” about a teenage boy who suddenly finds his torso zippered, stood out. At their best in stories like the opener, “Scout” which follows two coworkers to the driving range and an energetic, euphoric conclusion, and “Fair & Square,” chronicling two small-time burglars with a code of conduct who run into a problem. Also of note: "The Neighbor," a story with a bit of a Cheever feel to it, in which a man house-sits for his neighbor and examines his life. Haruki Murakami’s After The Quake. A deceptive collection of short stories--it sneaks up on you just how good these stories are--at least vaguely connected by reference to the 1995 Kobe earthquake. Precise and contained pieces, full of fantastic bits of wisdom and moments, and altogether intense and surprising. The opening “UFO In Kushiro” plods along with a recently divorced man on vacation and arrives at a moment of startling emotion both shocking and somehow inevitable, and in “Thailand” a medical researcher travelling abroad comes to terms with the need to relinquish the anger of her failed marriage. In “All God’s Children Can Dance” a fatherless child of God stalks a man who could be his father. The bizarre but very serious “Super-frog Saves Tokyo” sees the taming of supernatural threat in the human body. “Honey Pie” follows a love triangle deftly and unsentimentally and is as tremendously well-written a story-about-a-writer, that much maligned subgenre of short fiction, as I’ve ever read. Ben Hoffman’s Together, Apart. Chapbook of short fiction. A handful of flash pieces--the brief “Your Baby’s Mother” and “You Can Get Wet In Cooperstown” are particularly delightful and perhaps the highlight of the collection--bookended by two stories that felt a bit too long. Richard Pierce’s The Book Of Mankey. Chapbook of poems built around the narrative of a dentist as he navigates the world in the wake of losing his family. Moving but darkly humorous at times. These poems feel heavy, in a good way, and will bear a second reading. Dan Chaon’s Among The Missing. A well-crafted collection of stories centered around people--mainly Nebraskans, often looking back to childhoods affected by alcohol and parents’ marital strife--a bit at odds in the world, with parts or people missing, those not quite at home. These stories build piece by piece, deftly building scene and world and sentiment in relatively short bursts of scenes separated by white space. They don’t always build to entirely satisfying conclusions, sometimes hide around the reveal of a secret that makes everything fall into place (see: “Here’s a Little Something to Remember Me By”). Can feel a little manipulative at times, when the impact of the ending doesn’t quite feel earned (“I Demand To Know Where You’re Taking Me”). At their best in stories like “Big Me,” in which a man recalls the summer he chronicled the movements of a man he suspected to be his future self, and in the easy bearing of the narrator’s examination of family and home while traveling to Nebraska with his father in “Burn With Me.” Laura van den Berg’s There Will Be No More Good Nights Without Good Nights. Chapbook of flash fiction by one of the best short-story writers working right now. Highlights: A woman comes to loathe her husband’s pets in the wake of her failed marriage in “Parakeets.” A woman’s daughter obsesses over spaceflight in “To the Good People of Mars.” A widow spies on her photographer neighbor and his subject wife in “Photography.” A marriage and family hit the rocks on game night in “The Golden Dragon Express.” Kevin Brockmeier’s Things That Fall from the Sky. Collection of well-crafted stories that just didn’t hit home with me. Sometimes fantastical, always introspective. Felt slow, on the whole. Highlights include the title story, in which an aging librarian encounters a strange man at her job and deals with the disconnect with her sons’ families; “Apples,” in which a junior-high student’s first kiss coincides with tragedy at his school; and “Small Degrees,” in which a retired typesetter works to develop his own script at the expense of all else in his life.
  9. Marvin

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Had to buy a Johan Rumbleguts. My painting days are pretty much over, but this was too good to leave sitting. Pretty much perfect for one of my favorite PCs.
  10. Marvin

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    This looked the right speed.
  11. Marvin

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    tfw to discover what's been missing from your life
  12. Fellowship is close to perfect. It should've won the Oscar that year. Return was a makeup nod and not nearly as good tbh. I cried the first time I saw the Shire. And Moria. And the Balrog. And the big statues at where-you-call-it. That first fight in Moria is the most perfectly choreographed fantasy battle I've ever seen. Boromir. Gah. My heart. The battle at Helm's Deep is great for what it is. The ents made me cry. Every scene featuring Lee and McKellen is gold. They're all too long. Always thought the elves were poorly/strangely cast--especially Agent Elrond. Gollum and the hobbits get tiresome af onscreen tbh. Pretty much just see the Clerks 2 lampooning of these movies. It's pretty spot-on. Still enjoyed them tho. Still haven't watched The Hobbit.
  13. Marvin

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Oh night Diviiiiiiine Ohhh night Tyrannasaurs
  14. Marvin

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Lol. I seriously never imagined I'd somehow grow up to be a nub-tailed dog person, but I reckon that's all I'd ever had again if I had my way.