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OK. What the fuck is with all the bears?

by Anonymousreply 1604/21/2019

If you've never seen the bears in the Vienna zoo, you wouldn't get it.

by Anonymousreply 104/15/2019

I think it is like, symbolism.

by Anonymousreply 204/15/2019

He's into bears

by Anonymousreply 304/15/2019

I've always found him hot.

by Anonymousreply 404/15/2019

me too r4. I had some Rolling Stone issue with him in a wrestler's outfit (I think it was an Annie Leibowitz photo) that I liked in high school.

by Anonymousreply 504/15/2019

He used to host wresting tournaments at his home.

by Anonymousreply 604/15/2019

The Cider House Rules and A Prayer For Owen Meany gave me great pleasure back in college. I remember many scenes and lines from those books still. Irving is a very tangential and redundant and obsessive and sentimental and sexually adventurous and inelegant writer. Of a time. Hard to figure what's behind some of it but he finishes every character's story all the way to the end. His big fame is before my time but yeah he was gym teacher hot. He wisely escaped to Canada.

by Anonymousreply 704/15/2019

R5 Leibovitz photo from Vanity Fair. Yum.

by Anonymousreply 804/15/2019

Did anyone ever read The World According to Garp or The Hotel New Hampshire? (I saw the movies a long time ago)

Are they worth reading?

Owen Meany is a great book.

by Anonymousreply 904/20/2019

He moved to Canada so bears would be a natural progression.

by Anonymousreply 1004/20/2019

bump for an answer to #9

by Anonymousreply 1104/21/2019

R9 yes, The World According To Garp is worth reading. It’s a mess of a novel, but you fall in love with the characters: in the beginning with Garp and his mom, and by the time the novel ends, you love all the people they’ve gathered around them to form a ridiculous family.

by Anonymousreply 1204/21/2019

Keep passing the open windows.

by Anonymousreply 1304/21/2019

It was all a ploy to get Nastassja Kinski into a bear costume.

by Anonymousreply 1404/21/2019

I still read him faithfully but he’s been reshuffling the same elements over and over in his books since Garp... some combination of bears and Vienna and prostitutes and novelists and sex with older women and wrestling and freak accidents and death. The last couple I really had to drag myself through.

by Anonymousreply 1504/21/2019

Speaking of bears.....

"Bear" won the Governor General's award for fiction. About a librarian having actual sex with a bear. No wonder there's a meme out there called "What The Actual Fuck, Canada?"

by Anonymousreply 1604/21/2019
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