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Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters

To be honest, I had never noticed how prominently books feature in Marilyn Monroe iconography, but now that it’s been pointed out, it’s almost impossi...more
Jan 12, 2011
Jan 13, 2011
In many ways the antithesis of Dracula, and if Stoker's novel disappointed me with its clean-cut, heterosexual male-influenced dichotomies, than le Fa...more
Feb 15, 2009
Apr 10, 2009
The Sea, the Sea
I found this both repelling and compulsive, and the more repulsed I became the less capable I seemed of putting it down. I was hooked just several pag...more
Dec 31, 2011
Dec 26, 2011
Mrs. Dalloway
After spending about a year or so devoting most of my intellectual energy to reading and studying Virginia Woolf in preparation for writing a thesis,...more
Dec 23, 2009
Sep 20, 2008
Our Lady Of The Flowers
It's been weeks now, and I've been trying to figure out something, anything to say about this novel. Oh, I liked it—very much so, as my rating surely...more
Jan 02, 2010
Feb 12, 2010
Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America
Entertaining, informative, and endlessly readable, which compensates for a perhaps inevitable thinness. As a survey/overview it likely won't yield a w...more
Jun 2012
Aug 14, 2012
So this has to be one of the oddest, most oddly enthralling things I've come across in a while. Taken on it's own, Wilde's play isn't much: ponderous,...more
Jan 02, 2010
Nov 18, 2009
The Birds
So credit where credit is due: by sadistically characterizing the terrorized schoolchildren as "little snacks" for the birds, Paglia has offhandedly o...more
Feb 26, 2010
Mar 01, 2010
Down and Out in Paris and London
Much like Hemingway's A Moveable Feast, Orwell's heavily autobiographical journalistic novel makes me vaguely uncomfortable—I just can never quite bri...more
Feb 05, 2011
Jan 27, 2011
The Big Sleep
Looking back now, The Big Sleep looks like a crucial point of transition from being an voracious but indiscriminate reader to, well, a more discrimina...more
Jan 15, 2010
Feb 19, 2010
The Pilgrim Hawk
After finishing The Pilgrim Hawk I couldn't help but feel as if this sparkling novel(la) was structured like an iceberg, its crystalline prose and the...more
Aug 05, 2012
Aug 08, 2012
Lady Chatterley's Lover
It's my impression that D.H. Lawrence is rather out of fashion these days, and it's not particularly hard to see why: the "priest of love" shtick come...more
Feb 02, 2010
Jan 20, 2010
Even just a cursory glance over various analyses of Wedekind's short novella shows that interpretations tend to be just as conflicted and baffled as m...more
Jan 06, 2011
Jan 29, 2010
Film Noir Reader
Pages of Noir - The Books that Became Film Noir

Sketchbook and I recently got into a discussion about film noir and the books that inspired them, and...more
not set
Aug 11, 2011
Utopia Parkway: The Life and Work of Joseph Cornell
Biography is something I very rarely take up in my reading (I much prefer memoirs, or personal diaries and journals whenever possible), and it's even...more
Jul 2011
Jul 01, 2011
The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War
I finished reading this book almost exactly a year ago. And in the year that has since passed, I have attempted to wrap my head around everything meti...more
Jan 30, 2009
Feb 02, 2010
The Enchanted April
April is apparently the cruelest month, but my nomination would probably be those four weeks or so spanning the middle of October on up to Thanksgivin...more
Nov 28, 2011
Sep 02, 2011
Little Bear
This book provided one of my most memorable and most treasured moments in the classroom this last summer.

Me: "So how would you get to the moon?"

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Sep 10, 2010
Another Country
Wow. Just... wow. Kind of weird—my reaction is not declare Another Country a new favorite, I just didn't love it in that way. And yet, and yet, it pen...more
Nov 09, 2009
Oct 27, 2009
An Experiment in Criticism (Canto)
Another good example as to why it's a shame C.S. Lewis has been largely abandoned to the realm of religious studies--I can't imagine many non-religiou...more
Apr 21, 2009
Apr 21, 2009
After a second reading had to include the missing fifth star. Full reassessment soon.


So I'm not used to this kind of reaction with a book--finishe...more
Apr 25, 2009
Apr 25, 2009
Women of the Left Bank
As I said in my initial status update on this book, "I had intended to skim, but that quickly proved to be an impossibility," as almost instantly I wa...more
Jan 11, 2011
Dec 28, 2010
Billy Budd, Sailor
I had hoped that during the time that has lapsed between having had to read this and Moby-Dick or, The Whale as an undergraduate and now I would have...more
Mar 12, 2011
Mar 12, 2011
Vertigo (NFT/BFI Film Classics)
For any good cinephile the standard line is that on its way to the screen Vertigo (1958) radically transformed its original source material, the (rela...more
Jun 15, 2013
Oct 16, 2009
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
As I am not an aspiring novelist or creative writer of any kind it seems only fair to admit upfront that I might not exactly be Lamott's ideal audienc...more
Jul 04, 2011
Jul 04, 2011
The Princess of Clèves: Contemporary Reactions, Criticism
The first half is rough going--every sentence seems to namedrop at least two members of the French aristocracy, and it is impossible to keep track of...more
Sep 18, 2009
Sep 19, 2009
One Hundred Years of Solitude
From one page to the next I can't say I liked it all that much; at the same time I can't dismiss it out of hand. Ultimately it all comes down to the f...more
Feb 24, 2010
Feb 05, 2010
Spillway and Other Stories
As anybody familiar with the singular artistic vision of Djuna Barnes is aware, reading anything she wrote is like entering a type of parallel univers...more
Jan 2013
Jun 08, 2013
The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies
Reread this as it was the main textbook of a Queer Film undergrad class I helped out with last semester, and my initial reaction was more or less conf...more
Feb 2011
Jul 21, 2009
An Acceptable Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #5)
Okay, so how many times have I read the four books that proceeds this and still managed to be completely unaware of the existence of this one? Picked...more
Dec 26, 2008
Jan 09, 2009
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