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You should read this because you are probably an insensitive patriarchy-reinforcing asshole like me. You should read this because you have made or sto ...more
Mar 10, 2013
Jul 01, 2012
Miss MacIntosh, My Darling
Really, what's with the value/rating fetish, Goodreads (and everybody else)? I give infinite unstars to everything. No superlatives please. I'm sure n ...more
May 10, 2009
Jun 07, 2007
The Warmth of the Taxidermied Animal
I guess it's been about a year since I snagged a copy off translator Niina Pollari (who I know through a (literally) distant acquaintance) in a cafe i ...more
Feb 16, 2014
Mar 28, 2013
You Private Person
The writing style occasionally gets a little ponderous but the storm-bright arrivals made it worth it. Parts had me whirring with the moment conjured ...more
Aug 23, 2014
Aug 20, 2014
Drifting House
Like the author I was whisked away to this magical land when I was 5, and when I heard her describe it in an interview, I immediately decided to get t ...more
Jun 24, 2012
Jun 24, 2012
Sonnets to Orpheus
I don't know German, but I love bilingual editions (and not because I believe the translation is inferior or some such nonsense). I've at least heard ...more
Nov 29, 2010
Nov 30, 2010
To the Lighthouse
I hate hyperbolic praise. Here are some random observations instead:

So much depends then, thought Lily Briscoe, looking at the sea which had scarcely
Jul 22, 2013
Jul 08, 2013
The Poem of a Life: A Biography of Louis Zukofsky
Brilliant. Reading "A" now, and complete shorts on the way. Also, just borrowed Bunting's complete from NYPL.
Nov 24, 2008
Jan 17, 2008
The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America
Well written for nonfiction but also suffers from some common hazards of that group. The book's been both criticized and praised for the strength of i ...more
Oct 2007
Jun 21, 2007
Fate, Time, and Language: An Essay on Free Will
My logic admittedly has a charming patina (though I practice a rudimentary form of it daily as a database manager), and I had just enough of the modal ...more
Aug 24, 2012
Jun 11, 2012
The Goldfinch
Easy, pleasing page-turner at times. Too much expository chaff (show, don't say, you know?). And the whole sly calling out of the reader seems like mo ...more
Feb 05, 2015
Feb 05, 2015
Flappers and Philosophers - The Original 1920 Edition
I didn't realize these were short stories until I was quite a ways into it, and so I spent quite a bit of time pondering how they were connected as ch ...more
Aug 30, 2014
Aug 29, 2014
Bending the Mind Around the Dream's Blown Fuse
I had a class or two with the poet at William Paterson University, and that was partially my motivation in seeking out the book. Am a little disappoin ...more
Jun 12, 2009
May 20, 2009
Tree of Song
I've experienced enough Spanish now to at least be able to hear how it's supposed to sound most of the time (even if I can't necessarily reproduce tho ...more
Dec 02, 2010
Aug 24, 2010
The Marbled Swarm
The word that kept popping into my head as I read this was "bewitching", and the first book I thought of was Lolita, although it doesn't seem as sound ...more
Nov 16, 2011
Oct 31, 2011
Einstein: His Life and Universe
Isaacson's bio is a book not particularly well written. Awkward phrasings, sentences and structure abound. His thematic repetitions successively eluci ...more
Sep 24, 2007
Sep 04, 2007
Relativity: The Special and the General Theory
I've been reading about (but not quite understanding) relativity through secondary sources for as long as I can remember, but I've never actually read ...more
Nov 17, 2012
Nov 05, 2012
The Pale King
Have I mentioned how much I loathe the whole star rating of books thing? And now Amazon is grossifying this entire enterprise so forgive me if my cyni ...more
Mar 30, 2013
Sep 05, 2012
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
I read this on the Kindle app for iPhone (where I'm typing this). It was weird not to have the heft of the pages and the physical sense of progress to ...more
Oct 05, 2010
Sep 11, 2010
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
An extraordinary life blandly written. As I understand it, the author's MO calls for story over literary artifice, but even the story is structured an ...more
Jan 19, 2015
Jan 18, 2015
Scorch Atlas
I finished this just now, as in minutes ago, so there isn't much I can say about it as whole just yet, but I will say that there are some really brill ...more
Oct 08, 2010
Oct 08, 2010
What is the What
Katelyn left this book behind, and then I saw my volunteer at work with it so we got into a conversation. I was a little disappointed at first because ...more
Jan 07, 2011
Dec 12, 2010
Meditations in an Emergency
There are exactly 115 exclamation points in this collection (114 if you don't count an epigraph). Here are all of them:

Jun 03, 2009
May 26, 2009
The Intuitionist
Some brilliant writing when Whitehead gets into a groove, but the story drags and the whole elevator thing sounds better as a thought exercise than a ...more
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 01, 2013
I Am Going to Clone Myself Then Kill the Clone and Eat It
Inventive and clever, but gets a little schticky after a while. Not sure if it really holds together as a book in terms of concept, structure, pacing, ...more
Aug 31, 2012
Aug 22, 2012
The Road
wtf Cormac McCarthy, what's with the deus ex machina ending
not set
Apr 11, 2009
War and Peace
Were there no good editors in Tolstoy's day? because maaaaaaaaaan [long whistle]...

Maybe he predates "show, don't tell"? And perhaps a little S&M
Jun 25, 2012
Jan 14, 2008
In Search of Duende
Lorca's take on duende is endlessly fascinating, which is great because his take is the only take I've taken--other than some blog-browsing that I vag ...more
Nov 29, 2011
Sep 06, 2011
The Last Samurai
Kelly made me read this. I don't remember Kurosawa's film in so much detail, and I'm kind of over the whole precocious genius main character thing (es ...more
Feb 26, 2013
Jan 19, 2013
This is Not a Novel
It had its moments, but I think this was due more to how interesting the anecdotes were than the work qua work. Certainly the juxtaposition and the re ...more
not set
Jun 07, 2007
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