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  1. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    I started Dance Night by Dawn Powell. She seems to be one of those authors who was once very well known and respected but has since fallen into obscurity and can now largely be found in used book stores across America. She was born in 1896, moved to New York when she was 22, and died there in 1965 of cancer.

    Dance Night is set just before WWI in a factory town in Ohio.Report

    • Avatar aaron david says:

      There are a lot of authors like that, Rebecca West, Muriel Spark, Robert Penn Warren. I keep a mental list of which current authors I feel are going to fall down that hole. It isn’t pretty. Mainly, those poplit authors like Chabon, Franzen, Mantel and Wallace. Mailer is already there. They are good word for word, but too mired in the time they are writing, with very little vision outside of the now. It makes no difference if they write about the past, the lens is always now. DFW is already headed that way, his death has made that clear. They have to be churning out books to stay relevant.

      That said, I often really enjoy those writers, as you can get a good feel for the age they wrote in.Report

      • Avatar LeeEsq says:

        Most well-regarded authors are going to end up in this category because few people are going to be exposed to their work after they fade from view.Report

        • Avatar Stillwater says:

          I agree with Aaron. Leon Uris’ Trinity is timeless in a way DFW’s Infinite Jest isn’t. If they’re both forgotten, probably only one them deserves it.Report

          • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

            Huh. The only books of Uris’s I’ve read are Exodus and QB VII, and they’re both pretty bad. Way too much telling instead of showing and main characters that are either hero or villain.Report

            • Avatar LeeEsq says:

              I always liked David Ben-Gurion’s alleged comment about Leon Uris’ Exodus, “as literature its horrible, as propaganda its excellent.” Such a wonderful back handed comment.Report

  2. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    I remember Phule’s Company. Its an American equivalent of the Irresponsible Captain Tyler, a Japanese series of light novels and an anime about a slacker that becomes captain of an intergalactic star ship. I always wondered about the economics of the fantasy novel industry in the United States. It seems big enough but how many fantasy authors need to have day jobs.

    I’m currently reading A People Betrayed by Alfred Doblin. Its a historical novel about the November 1918 Revolution in Germany.Report

  3. Avatar Maribou says:

    I’m ridiculously well-pleased that my CW shows are (largely) back on for the season. All the superheros + Riverdale and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

    Still enjoying The Orville, and plealsed as punch to have Lucifer back too.

    I just finished reading a sff anthology from 2008 or so, edited by the Vandermeers, called Black Ships, Black Sails. Rather a lot of dulse, but a decent number of oysters, and a few truly beautiful pearls.Report

    • Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

      I’m really enjoying the Orville. It’s doing a good job of straddling the line between serious and silly. One of the things that always bugged me about Star Trek, especially STNG and later is how elitist EVERYBODY in Starfleet was. Orville hits quite a bit closer to my experiences in the Navy*.

      *Although I can’t say this enough, the CO & XO would never, ever, EVER go on away missions, unless it was a situation that explicitly required the COs/XOs experience/skills/position.Report