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Minima Moralia
My thoughts on this from the bottom up are a bit scattered, but the short summary is that if you are reading this and are at all curious about trying ...more
Apr 02, 2011
Aug 08, 2010
Light Years
Utterly shattering. Even better than Salter's A Sport And A Pastime, which I adored. So rich in words, ideas, emotion and images that it almost hurts ...more
Apr 23, 2011
Feb 18, 2011
Officers and Gentlemen
A grimmer, less slap-sticky continuation of Men at Arms, this second book of the Sword of Honour trilogy is heavy on military strategy (or lack thereo ...more
Apr 30, 2011
Apr 23, 2011
This is every bit as good as the hype, and frankly it has left me at a loss as to any sort of "review." 2666 is breathtaking, haunting, shocking, all- ...more
Dec 31, 2008
Oct 28, 2008
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
A fascinating view inside North Korea in the late 20th and early 21st century, told through the lens of six defectors of varying age and station in li ...more
Apr 27, 2010
Apr 19, 2010
The Big Sleep (Philip Marlowe #1)
Here's where I reveal myself as the philistine I truly am. I picked up a collection of Chandler novels on impulse as a palate cleaner from the suppose ...more
Dec 14, 2008
Dec 14, 2008
The Art of Fielding
I keep thinking I'm getting tired of realism in fiction, but this was pretty strong. Maybe it was the fact that the narrative was anchored in baseball ...more
Apr 07, 2012
Apr 16, 2012
Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth
Probably the first book I ever read solely due to Goodreads, Jimmy Corrigan boasts one of the highest total scores on this site, which I'm not ashamed ...more
Apr 05, 2012
Apr 16, 2012
Why Read Moby-Dick?
Nathaniel Philbrick's stated mission is to get the reader excited enough about Moby Dick that he or she will want to read it, either for the first tim ...more
Apr 03, 2012
Apr 16, 2012
The Ask
Did not love it and at times didn't like it. It's satire, sure, but everything is strained with ironic distance and studied disdain, including the nar ...more
Jul 05, 2010
Jul 04, 2010
On Boxing
The first half of this book is outstanding. In a lengthy essay, Oates ruminates on boxing from a number of fascinating angles, discussing issues inclu ...more
Dec 28, 2008
Dec 26, 2008
**spoiler alert** Too much reliance on girl here
Behind every shell-actor
Snobbier Snobbier
Too much romantic here
I destroy romantics, actors
Kill it!
Jan 07, 2009
Jan 05, 2009
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
A quick read; interesting, but not indispensible. Martin writes that he hadn't reflected upon the 20 or so years of his stand up career until he began ...more
May 11, 2009
May 06, 2009
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
I read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in an effort to understand the phenomenon of this series of books. Sadly, I didn't connect to it in the way mil ...more
Jan 09, 2011
Jan 04, 2011
Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991
Our Band Could Be Your Life is the most absorbing book about music I have ever read. While it's not perfect, it's essential reading for anyone interes ...more
Dec 06, 2009
Nov 29, 2009
I don't know... I decided to try Watchmen because of its reputation and the hype surrounding the upcoming movie and also because I figured it would be ...more
Jan 18, 2009
Jan 12, 2009
Skippy Dies
I thoroughly enjoyed Skippy Dies and read it compulsively, as I was totally absorbed into the world it described. This is about as good as it gets whe ...more
Dec 31, 2010
Dec 27, 2010
Let it Come Down
I bought this book, absurdly, based upon the title and the cover, in an airport on the way back from an alienating overseas work trip and it fit the m ...more
Feb 20, 2012
Mar 05, 2012
The Pale King
I am in the same boat as several other reviewers on here, as I was torn on whether to give four or five stars to this unfinished, but undoubtedly impo ...more
Apr 16, 2011
Apr 03, 2011
The Brothers Bulger: How They Terrorized and Corrupted Boston for a Quarter Century
Very poorly written, but fascinating true story nonetheless. Tells the story of two of Boston's most infamous figures, and is good background for anyo ...more
Aug 30, 2009
Aug 29, 2009
The Stories of John Cheever
Goodbye, My Brother may well be the best short story I have ever read. It's close to perfect and leaves me wanting to just tear through this entire co ...more
Mar 29, 2009
Mar 08, 2009
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again:  Essays and Arguments
This one grew on me. A very funny and diverse collection of articles (previously published in various magazines) concerning tennis, David Lynch, telev ...more
Dec 30, 2009
Dec 07, 2009
A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories
Fantastically dark, creepy and moody stories, though not without some flashing moments of humor, set in the American South in the middle of the 20th C ...more
Jan 23, 2011
Jan 15, 2011
Men at Arms
After having been somewhat underwhelmed with Waugh's Decline and Fall, I had modest expectations for Men at Arms, but I ended up really enjoying it, a ...more
Apr 17, 2011
Apr 03, 2011
Farewell, My Lovely (Philip Marlowe #2)
A bit more unconventional than The Big Sleep, with forays into dreams and unconsciousness, Farewell, My Lovely is every bit as enjoyable as the former ...more
Dec 25, 2008
Dec 15, 2008
Indian Summer
I've never read Henry James, and while I probably should be somewhat bashful about admitting that, I'm typically too busy discovering still more autho ...more
Mar 03, 2011
Jan 25, 2011
The High Window (Philip Marlowe #3)
My third Chandler book in less than a month, and I think I've reached the saturation point. The High Window feels a bit formulaic after The Big Sleep ...more
Jan 03, 2009
Dec 29, 2008
As They See 'Em: A Fan's Travels in the Land of Umpires
As They Seem 'Em provides some level of insight into an aspect of sport that is often overlooked -- the development, life, history and challenges of ...more
Aug 22, 2009
Jul 14, 2009
Strong Opinions
Snobbish, outrageous, self-aware, brilliantly nuanced, and probably painfully boring for anyone who doesn't already know and love at least some of Nab ...more
May 10, 2009
May 06, 2009
A Sport and a Pastime
Close to perfect. Like a 180 page prose poem. Spare, gorgeous writing that enraptured me from the first page. A tale of a love affair in the French co ...more
Apr 02, 2011
Feb 18, 2011
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