I'm still slogging through Mona Lisa Overdrive at like less than a chapter a week. I'll read like 4 paragraphs on the shitter every other morning. I'm so sick of 80s Gibson but I gotta finish it.
Then I want to re-read The Pale King. I'm really feeling that mood right now. If anyone has suggestions for similar existential white collar desperation that's not too high brow, I'd appreciate it. DFW is kind of his own thing though, isn't he.
i slogged through mona lisa overdrive as well.. so dated feeling for me.. and this was years ago. his modern spy stuff sorta bored me too. wasn't too into it.. but i loved some of his other stuff "the Peripheral" is one i liked a lot. more recent and weird and still fun. i need to re-read "pattern Recognition". enjoyed that one and it made me feel really weird. jetlagged or something. i don't know.
i haven't reread the Pale King. i have mixed feelings about that one. reread everything else by DFW though. Nicola Barker's Darkmans was really good but not really like DFW.. very different but seemed like there was something similar feeling there. can't put my finger on it but i liked it a lot.
for pure smarts and density and craft and fun and big ideas... Neal Stephenson is always good. absorbing.
but for DFW type american post modern or whatever the fuck people call it.. i don't know. people say Eggers but i read heartbreaking work of blah blah blah and after a while it's just a rant that loses its edge and i became un interested and not dazzled by the pace of it or the capturing of that moment etc and was more annoyed than i was pleased. that book is the literary equivalent of whiskey dick.
Don DeLillo is good. Whitenoise might fit for a chunk of americana modern edge but more washed out or bleached. the problems in the book seem related to DFW material to me. i've like all the DeLillo stuff i've read.
some of Paul Auster's stuff i really like. Moon Palace is particulary good if memory serves. i should re-read that one.
currently i'm reading Jerusalem by Alan Moore. only about 70ish pages into it but i like it. it's weird, the characters are good and once i got into his flow story telling and detail i find it sticking to me.