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Stumbling on Happiness
clearly and colloquially written (although sometimes the punning gets overwhelmingly obnoxious). gilbert has loads of interesting theories about how w ...more
Sep 20, 2008
Sep 14, 2008
i have a push-pull relationship with surrealism. some of it grabs me and some of it i find unbearably dull. breton tends to be on the better end of th ...more
Mar 21, 2011
Dec 21, 2007
The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry
although this purports to be a general theory of poetry, i find it extremely limited in its scope. bloom has insightful things to say, but they aren't ...more
Mar 15, 2013
Mar 14, 2013
"The Survivor" and Other Poems
a selected works (not selected by the author but by the translators). the phrasings in some of these translations are tidier than in faces of anxiety ...more
Apr 18, 2008
Apr 17, 2008
Alice in Sunderland
delightfully trippy history mashing. really a 3.5.
Jan 29, 2015
Jan 22, 2015
Maps Of Englishness: Writing Identity In The Culture Of Colonialism
really well written and thoughtful scholarship on english identity in colonial and post-colonial contexts. gikandi is extremely good at separating som ...more
Nov 28, 2010
Nov 30, 2010
Meanwhile Take My Hand
a nice enough book, but it didn't completely come together for me. still, there's a lot of joy in this. and a lot of attention. i don't know any basqu ...more
Feb 22, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
Never Give In!: The Best of Winston Churchill's Speeches
highly recommended reading. churchill's genius was not only in his intelligence and his thoughtfulness (which allowed him to accurately assess the int ...more
Jan 25, 2009
Jan 15, 2009
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 9: Motherland (Y: The Last Man, #9)
there were a handful of nice panels in this one. but really, whatever interesting stuff might be going on completely collapses under the weight of unn ...more
Dec 20, 2012
Dec 21, 2012
Beyond Translation: Essays toward a Modern Philology
there are some brilliant and fascinating moments in here, but the collection suffers from being a collection. too repetitive and often felt like a was ...more
Jan 17, 2010
Jan 11, 2010
Antipoems, New And Selected
beautiful, surprising, funny, quirky, dense, witty poems that do not flinch at history.
Jan 24, 2009
Jan 08, 2009
Columbus: For Gold, God and Glory
interesting photo-heavy documentation of a 1990 voyage in a replica of the Nina. the authors build a very convincing argument for the falsification of ...more
Feb 02, 2011
Feb 02, 2011
The Heights of Macchu Picchu
5/1: read only the spanish today, straight through, no dictionary, no notes. i will be rereading this as a translation project. next pass will be my o ...more
May 2011
May 01, 2011
Chile, Pinochet, and the Caravan of Death
journalistic overview of the "Caravan of Death" killings in Fall of 1973, mostly in the northern provinces of Chile. verdugo makes no bones about her ...more
May 10, 2010
May 09, 2010
it's hard not to love thompson's amazing artwork. the story itself is equal parts intricate and simplistic. ultimately, i'm not sure this book is succ ...more
May 25, 2012
May 25, 2012
At the Crossroads of the Earth and the Sky: An Andean Cosmology
excellent book on quechua/incan cosmology. urton writes accessible prose and gives highly detailed explanations of the stars and how they relate to re ...more
May 15, 2012
May 15, 2012
Poet-Chief: The Native American Poetics of Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda
hard to talk about this book, because i will need to dig into it pretty extensively for my thesis work. i'll keep my commentary here to just a couple ...more
Nov 22, 2011
Nov 19, 2011
From Tribal Village to Global Village: Indian Rights and International Relations in Latin America
the writing is sort of uneven, sometimes too colloquial, sometimes too pedantic. sometimes just a boring laundry list. when brysk has a point, it can ...more
Aug 02, 2010
Jul 28, 2010
The Intended
it's not quite accurate to call a book that includes a suicide torching, frank sexual language, alcoholism, domestic violence, and racial violence lov ...more
Oct 05, 2010
Sep 29, 2010
Spoken Here : Travels among Threatened Languagues
this book would get a 5 for content and a 2 for writing. the style is journalistic in a bad sense of the word and includes a few factual errors that i ...more
Jan 28, 2009
Nov 23, 2008
It Takes More Than Balls: The Savvy Girls' Guide to Understanding and Enjoying Baseball
this book is written in a cutesy conversational tone. one thing that really bothered me is that the authors kept defending the idea that everyone can ...more
Jun 27, 2009
Jul 09, 2008
Bone and Dream: Into the World's Driest Desert
i have no idea how to classify this book. the back cover says "history/travel" but i strongly disagree with both labels. the history is largely fed th ...more
Jun 28, 2010
Jun 26, 2010
Cartographies: Meditations on Travel
i would really give this 3.5 stars. i like a lot of the imagery and language, but sometimes it seems to get lost in itself and forget to have an audie ...more
Aug 14, 2012
Aug 12, 2012
Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus: The Original Two-Volume Novel of 1816-1817 from the Bodleian Library Manuscripts
as that rarest of rarities, a novel of ideas, frankenstein succeeds spectacularly. as a plot- or character-driven thrill-fest, not so much. throw out ...more
May 15, 2012
May 11, 2012
Sacred Spaces and Religious Traditions of Oriente Cuba
this book should have been really interesting, instead it is terrible. i would give it zero stars, except that then it won't register as a rating. vag ...more
Oct 28, 2009
Dec 04, 2008
Miracle Fruit
i like the voice and i especially like the concreteness of place and event in these poems. most of them felt too short, somehow incomplete, like they ...more
Oct 31, 2011
Oct 31, 2011
Turner: New and Selected Poems
very mixed feelings about this collection. i like dabydeen's use of language and his imagery and his characters. but this doesn't feel like poetry to ...more
Nov 30, 2011
Nov 29, 2011
La familia de Pascual Duarte
i can't say i liked this book - it's chock-full of terrible things happening. but the writing is interesting, and it's interesting to think of this in ...more
Oct 2012
Sep 25, 2012
Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas
useful collection of articles related to Machu Picchu that spans the entire last century, beginning with Bingham's account of his explorations of the ...more
Dec 04, 2011
Dec 05, 2011
New Poems
some extremely beautiful poems and beautiful moments in this book. but overall it just felt a little uneven to me. i also don't think i was in the moo ...more
Mar 28, 2008
Feb 07, 2008
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