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The Annotated Lolita: Revised and Updated
I think a lot of people think this book is smut about pedophilia and child porn. Yes, Humbert Humbert likes sex. Yes, he talks about it some. Yes, a l ...more
Jul 10, 2015
Aug 10, 2007
Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity
I don't know how I feel about this book. It was a math-related book, which is good (Math! Yay! Fun!), but... I just ... It wasn't as good as other mat ...more
Dec 28, 2011
Jul 03, 2007
How to Become Ridiculously Well-read in One Evening: A Collection of Literary Encapsulations
Funny synopses/alternate versions of classics everyone "should" read/know.
I had to give up on this on
May 17, 2010
Jan 11, 2008
I could not believe that the guy who wrote Bluebird Canyon wrote Triphammer. The Triphammer character in Canyon is often written in such a crass tone, ...more
Sep 17, 2010
Sep 06, 2010
Foucault's Pendulum
Well, the first 200-or-so pages were good, the last 100 pages were good, it was just the 233 in the middle that weren't as good. Not that they were Ba ...more
Sep 17, 2013
Jul 01, 2007
The Broom of the System
My first proper David Foster Wallace book. I used to have a friend who LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED Wallace, to the point of incorporating many of DFW's wri ...more
Feb 24, 2012
Aug 10, 2007
Only Revolutions
10/24/11: I'm reading Only Revolutions: not sure how i feel about the text, but the physical book is amazing -- colors, page texture, upside-down, rev ...more
Oct 25, 2011
Jul 01, 2007
Six Tales of the Jazz Age (and Other Stories)
I really, really like Fitzgerald's writing style, especially in his short stories. I think Fitzgerald could be the Great Find of my adult years (Amazi ...more
Nov 25, 2009
Jul 01, 2007
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
*sigh* Vonnegut and I were just not made for each other. I mean, his books are tolerable, but I don't love them. I wouldn't even choose to pick one up ...more
Oct 14, 2008
Aug 10, 2007
I know people often say that the book is nothing like the movie, but in my defense, I've also never seen the movie. So, with that said, let me add to ...more
May 06, 2011
Aug 10, 2007
The Love of the Last Tycoon
I never had to read any F. Scott Fitzgerald in high school, and all I knew about him was that he wrote The Great Gatsby. In an English class in colleg ...more
Jun 2008
Jul 01, 2007
The Crack-Up
This book reminded me of a Norton Critical Edition, but without the main story. It has a couple of little essays that FSF wrote, notably "The Crack-Up ...more
Sep 23, 2013
Jul 01, 2007
Ermmm.... Kurt Vonnegut and I still aren't friends. But EVERYONE says what a great (groundbreaking, influential, amazing) book this is, and it's on th ...more
Oct 09, 2011
Aug 10, 2007
This edition is a wonderfully comprehensive version. The text used here is based on Melville's original, unexpurgated version (i.e. not the version wh ...more
Apr 15, 2011
Jul 03, 2007
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Well. Ummm... Hmmm.... So....

I've noticed on Goodreads that people tend to fall into either the "Oh my God! I LOVE this book!" camp, or the "Oh my God
May 19, 2011
Jul 01, 2007
Mrs. Dalloway
The book's description says this is the story of one day in Clarissa Dalloway's life, as she's preparing to throw a party, but really, it follows not ...more
Mar 11, 2011
Aug 10, 2007
What Maisie Knew
2.5 stars.

I read this book because I liked so many of James' short stories, but... I don't know. It just wasn't as good as the other stories I've read
Nov 18, 2010
Jul 03, 2007
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Oh so long ago, I asked my now-ex-boyfriend to make a list of books I should read. On the very long list of books was "Anything David Sedaris Has Writ ...more
Apr 25, 2009
Aug 09, 2007
Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
The first half was good and interesting to me; the second half was good, I think, but not as interesting to me.

The first half really focuses on art (m
Apr 23, 2015
Jul 03, 2007
F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby: A Literary Reference
Good history of The Great Gatsby and its legacy.

- Fitzgerald's manuscript pages and proofs
- reviews from 1925
- correspondence between Fitzgerald and
Jul 23, 2011
Jul 01, 2007
The Art of the Infinite: The Pleasures of Mathematics
Man, I used to consider myself decently intelligent when it came to math, but I'm telling you, some of these mathy books I've read this year and last ...more
Jul 30, 2012
Jul 03, 2007
Postmodern Pooh
2.5 stars

Maybe I just hold Winnie the Pooh too dearly, but I couldn't completely enjoy the things that were written in this book. I do see the satire
Mar 13, 2010
Jul 03, 2007
Arts and Crafts of Mexico
This is an okay book; I feel sort of half-and-half about it. On the one hand, the text was minimal, and was more of a summary of arts and crafts in Me ...more
Jul 21, 2015
Jan 11, 2008
Fermat's Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem
Math geekiness -- yum! This was a nice history of what's been dubbed "Fermat's Last Theorem" (that x^n + y^n = z^n ONLY works for squares) and the 199 ...more
Oct 29, 2011
Jul 03, 2007
To Infinity and Beyond: A Cultural History of the Infinite
A discussion of the mathematics/discoveries of infinity, and how the concept of infinity has affected religion, art, music, and science. Being me, I e ...more
Dec 17, 2011
Jul 03, 2007
The Exploits of Arsene Lupin
This is a great book! It's a nice, quick read, but very intellectual. The stories aren't Whodunnits, but How'dhedunnits - we know (or, we can pretty w ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 24, 2007
Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea
The book begins as a history of the number zero (or the lack of it in early cultures), then moves into how zero relates to science (physics, black hol ...more
Dec 10, 2011
Jul 03, 2007
e: the Story of a Number
This book talks more about the history of math than it does specifically about the number e, but that was just fine with me. The downside, though, was ...more
Oct 25, 2011
Jul 03, 2007
The Sun Also Rises
A good book ... I don't quite get what all of the hubbub over this book is about, but maybe if I'd read it in its own era I'd get it better... Maybe t ...more
Nov 11, 2009
Jul 03, 2007
Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Godel
A decent book, even though some of the math of it went over my head. Luckily (or not), there wasn't actually that much discussion of math in the book. ...more
May 2012
Jul 03, 2007
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