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Hey guys. Sorry I haven't been around much. I've been a little busy lately, getting laid 'n shit, and I've had a tight schedule of staying out too late and then trying to recover from it all the next day. It's rough, here in Paris.

Anyway, with this post, we officially kick off the WTC bookclub. The following people have declared their intention to participate:

Baal Glyttr
Dierdre, too
Buttercup (?)

That's a good crew. You guys are total rockstars. I can't wait until we get it underway. If I have missed your name somehow, or you're interested, but not listed here, let me know, and I will add you to the list. Also, if each one of you would send me an e-mail with "wtc_bookclub" in the title, that would be great.

Here are the books that have been mentioned thus far:

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things by J.T. Leroy
The Disappointment Artist by Jason Lethem
The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker
Valis by Philip K. Dick
Why Girls Are Weird by Pamela Ribon
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitgerald
A Fractured Mind by Robert B. Oxnam
Flowers In The Attic by V.C. Andrews
Long, Difficult Philosophical Tomes, as suggested by Jane
(I'm all for it. Anything more specific, Jane?)
Something by Bret Easton Ellis
The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
Go Ask Ogre by Jolene Siana

Being that I currently reside in a foreign country where the procurement of specific books in English can be difficult, and since Baal has already sent me The Left Hand of Darkness, I'm going to move that we begin with that book. It's a classic in its genre, so it should be easy enough to get. Meanwhile, I will set about trying to get these others, and hopefully, will have one or two of them by the time we finish. If any of you have other book suggestions, please post them here, and I will keep a running list.

I don't know what you guys's schedules are like, or how quickly you all plow through books, but it would be great if you could let me know how much it would be comfortable to cover per week. I read books really quickly, so I think we need to set an amount of the book to get through each week, and make a rule that no one can post anything that spoils anything beyond that for the others. Then, I suggest that we make one day per week, say, Wednesday, "WTC_bookclub day," and I'll post a discussion thread about that week's portion of the book. Sound cool?

Finally, I think Baal is right -- whatever we read, we need to somehow relate it back to the collected works of our raison d'etre, Trent Reznor. Shouldn't be too difficult, since, as we all know, everything is all about Trent. Obviously.

And, finally, for reals this time, sometimes I cannot thank my kind readers enough for the good shit they send my way. I'll leave you with more utterly scrumptious Trent's teeth porn. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


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I'm ready to rumble on The Left Hand of Darkness, and will leave it to others how quickly to go through it -- I'm like you Dierdre, I plow through a good book in two days.

As for a philosophical tome, I suggest The Myth Of Sisyphus by Albert Camus. It's neither long, nor difficult, but it fucking rules. I read it once a long, long time ago, but I would love to have another go, with a big crew of people to discuss it with...

Posted by: Jane | Jan 22, 2006 2:52:01 AM

Oh, and everyone who wants to watch Trent with a mullet and a tuxedo jacket over a t-shirt singing some shit in the early 80's -- in other words, anyone who want to totally laugh his or her ass off -- should click here now.

Posted by: Jane | Jan 22, 2006 9:46:06 AM

I think starting with LeGuin's book was a good choice. I just read a summary of it and it sounds like it's gonna be the kind of book that I won't be able to put down. I can't wait to start ;o)

Posted by: Kimberly | Jan 22, 2006 9:49:01 AM

AAAAAhhhh! ROTFLMFAO! Jane that shit is funny as FUCK! Hooray for bad 80s dancing! And Christ that hair. So Gabe did you ever do that do?

And that other vid that's up there. It's hard to believe that's Trent singing too. Sounds so different from when he sings his own stuff. Holy shit I've still got tears running down my face. Thanks Jane!

Posted by: Iris | Jan 22, 2006 10:31:25 AM

I can read a book really quickly, but it's a matter of finding time. I'm cool with whatever you guys come up with for a weekly total. When are we starting? I might need a day or two to pick up the book...

Maybe we can add Go Ask Ogre to the list?

I'll have to check out the Trent Blackmail video a little later on...can't wait!

Posted by: maise | Jan 22, 2006 10:45:22 AM


Oh, the 80s were so cruel to Trent. At the time he had a mullet and tuxedo tails and was singing in that really strange voice, I was cute as a button with my Mary Lou Retton-esque haircut and Health Tex outfits because according to some quick internet research, I was probably around seven years old when that monstrous performance was recorded. Not that Trent is *old* or anything.

Posted by: maise | Jan 22, 2006 12:48:21 PM

i am sooo excited to start the book club.
that video is so hilarious i have to keep watching 'cause i'm too embaressed and way too tickled that i keep missing parts.

Posted by: Tori | Jan 22, 2006 2:57:45 PM

Oh man. That shit is hilarious. Is it me, or does little Trent almost have blond hair? It's like looking at those adorable pictures of Trent as a schoolboy; I mean, who knew THAT GUY would grow up to be the fist fuck king?

That Trent. Always the showman. I love him to pieces.

Posted by: Dierdre | Jan 22, 2006 4:16:29 PM

Tee hee, I was supposed to be working on work all day, but I had to make a quick stop to my local Borders to pick up the book (and I endured the aggressively quirky cashier to get it). So we can start whenever, as far as I'm concerned.

Posted by: maise | Jan 22, 2006 4:31:24 PM

I have a new favorite "Young Showman Trent" pic.

I should point out that I have no room to talk...you should have seen the humiliations I endured as a castmember of "Godspell."

Posted by: maise | Jan 22, 2006 4:37:44 PM

OMFG, I love Trent. How can one man be so fucking lame, and so fucking cool at the same time? Not to mention HOTT. Did I mention that Trent is hott?

Well, he is.

Posted by: Dierdre | Jan 22, 2006 4:44:54 PM

Seriously, revisiting Trent's dorky youth is the only thing that has made me laugh all day. It's been a dreary Sunday.

Can we get a marching band pic? Oh yes.

Posted by: maise | Jan 22, 2006 4:50:57 PM

Oh, and I love him, by the way.

Posted by: maise | Jan 22, 2006 4:53:10 PM

Ah, gotta love the "Pretty Sax Machine". I'll pick up my copy of chosen book tomorrow. That video footage was priceless! I'm still wiping away the tears!

Posted by: Rachel | Jan 22, 2006 7:32:28 PM

I used to carry a pic of him in his marching band uniform in the inner jacket pocket of my marching band uniform. We geeks need to stick together, y'know.

Posted by: emerald527 | Jan 22, 2006 8:31:06 PM

Well as I said to D, I've got my book ordered so hopefully in the next few days I'll have it. Not much in the way of book stores around here. I don't want to hold things up and, with the much anticipation of getting this club off the ground, I'm sure those of you who already have this book are under way in reading it. So if you could hold out before posting for a few days...I'll let you know as soon as it arrives.

Posted by: Iris | Jan 22, 2006 8:56:00 PM

Iris, we'll start our first discussion next Wednesday, I think. If you haven't got the book by then, just let me know. I want everyone to feel like they are included.

Emerald, that is so sweet about the marching band pic. I'll bet that even Trent's cold, hard heart would be touched by that.

...not that I think he has a cold, hard heart. I'm just sayin'.

Dear old Trent.

Posted by: Dierdre | Jan 22, 2006 9:30:46 PM

Meaning the 25th or the 1st?

And if a person in marching band can turn into a sexy beast like Trent is today then he has definitely turned my heart towards "band geeks". I solemnly swear that I will no longer have the desire to beat the crap out of someone in band uniform. (unless they really deserve it of course). :P

Posted by: Iris | Jan 22, 2006 10:07:12 PM

Oh dammit all to hell...I miss Saul Williams again as NIN's opening act. Oh well, if I were Saul, I wouldn't go to central Illinois either.

Posted by: maise | Jan 22, 2006 10:41:06 PM

I'm sorry you'll miss that, Maise. Saul Williams is the shiznit. I had chills. Trent is AWESOME to put that guy in front of his audiences.

Posted by: Dierdre | Jan 23, 2006 2:05:37 AM

Maise: At least we know Trent has danced before. I still think he should have discoed to Only.

Posted by: Kim | Jan 23, 2006 3:42:27 AM

er what sor of book is left hand of darkness. Am i the only one who doesn't know how this is trent related? Please excuse my ignorance there. Am well up for a book club cos love books and trent so seems like an ace idea but not so sure about loong difficult philosophical tombes as i read dead slowly, doh.

Posted by: Mel | Jan 23, 2006 4:01:48 AM

The Left Hand of Darkness is a science fiction novel by Ursula Le Guin, the author who also wrote The Lathe of Heaven, known to Trent fans the world over as that book he once quoted on his website back when [With_Teeth] was still being called Bleedthrough. Reportedly, it's about a planet called Winter, on which there lives a race called the Genthenians who can become male or female as they please during each mating cycle.

Personally, I have never read the book, but I hear it's great from an extremely reliable source (Baal "the brain" Glyttr), and I can already think of millions of ways this is so going to relate to the way Trent used to be a bit of a girl, and now he's all man.

Whoo hoo! Let's get ready to rumble!

Posted by: Dierdre | Jan 23, 2006 4:20:14 AM

Maise where do you see who the opening acts are. Since my show is so close to yours in date and in states I'll probably end up with the same opener as you. Although you'll see it first and you'll have to let me know how he/she/they are. The excitment is starting to build again! :)

Posted by: Iris | Jan 23, 2006 4:25:45 AM

Here's more info about the book. Don't be scared, Mel. It's not a long, difficult, philosophical tome.

Posted by: Dierdre | Jan 23, 2006 4:26:27 AM

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