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Offlineseeker
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Been Down So Long...
    #667896 - 06/07/02 07:38 PM (15 years, 19 days ago)

Anyone want to take a stab at Farina's Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me? Lots of drug use and plenty of psychedelic imagery. I read it several times over the past three years and have enjoyed every time, but I have yet to run across any one else who has read it or even heard of it which is a shame because it really good novel. I don't think I could do it justice by trying to explain it to those who have not read it, so I not going to. It is sort of an odd work so it might be hard to find if you do want to read it (I had to order it [$12] because none of the local bookstores stocked any copies), but it is worth it. If any one is interested let me know so I can take the time to find it and reread it (short term memory loss can be a bitch, but at least it keeps things fresh and exciting) which may take a while (I lent it to a friend and the stoner went and lost it), but you may want to read it several times anyway before you try discuse or understand some of it.

BTW if anyone else is familiar with Farina's work, could you tell me where to find a copy of Long Time Coming, Long Time Gone (online and free if posible)?


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Re: Been Down So Long... [Re: seeker]
    #688419 - 06/19/02 03:50 PM (15 years, 7 days ago)

Nobody's read this book?


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InvisiblePynchon
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Re: Been Down So Long... [Re: seeker]
    #785549 - 07/30/02 05:55 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

I'm a 150 or so pages into it. Some of it's written really well but all that hipster stuff gives me the shits (petty gripe, I know). Hasn't really grabbed me yet. Maybe I'm just expecting too much, knowing Farina was a classmate of Pynchon. Musta been something in the water at Cornell that year tho



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Re: Been Down So Long... [Re: Pynchon]
    #811492 - 08/11/02 07:29 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Sorry for the delay. Have you finished the novel yet?


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Re: Been Down So Long... [Re: seeker]
    #811995 - 08/12/02 03:55 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Not yet...got sidetracked with another book I received as a birthday gift. Roughly a hundred pages left to go...unless the library nazi's get to me first...


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Re: Been Down So Long... [Re: Pynchon]
    #813406 - 08/12/02 06:52 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Though I hate to get off topic, now that there are actually people replying to this post, but that comment about the library nazis reminded me of something that happened this last school year.

I was in the school library with a English class looking for source material for some essay I never wrote, so I was in the back listening to music and reading shit that had nothing to do with what we were writing, and I came across this collection of writings by Abbie Hoffman. It contained Revelution For The Hell Of It, Woodstock Nation, Steal This Book, and a few essays and speaches made after he came out of hiding (not the usual reading material you would expect at a public highschool, right). I read the whole thing cover to cover in about two weeks and then gave it to a friend of mine who I knew would be able to apreciate this great find. One day he's sitting in class reading this book when he come across the instructional illustration for how to build a molotov-cocktail and the guy (pronounced idiot) sitting behind him gets all interested and starts asking questions and shit, which is okay except that when my friend turns his back the guy (idiot) takes the book up to the chemistry teacher and asks him why you have to add styrofoam to the liquid mixture. Needless to say the teacher became quite interested in where he got the book. After finding out the book was school property he gives my friend the book back and tells him that he's going to speak with the head librarian and the principal about it. Two days latter the teacher tells my friend that upon the return of the book students will no longer be able to check it out of the library, and then he starts harassing my friend for about two weeks until my friend having not finished reading the book gets tired of it and just turns it in. I don't know if the teacher was full of shit or what, but if I go back next week and that shits true I'm going to be so fucking pissed, that book is one of the few things I've come across in that library that is worth reading and the thought of them doing something so stupid (yet entirely concievable) makes me embarassed to say I was educated (Hahahahahah...!) there.

So, I hope both of you enjoy the book (if you can find it) and feel free if you wish to discuss anything, and remember, beware the monkey-demon.


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