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The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales
Bettelheim has totally schooled me on the phallic symbol. I have learned, in reading about how to read fairy tales, that I am woefully under-educated ...more
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Mar 30, 2009
Son of the Great River
A story of four teens who adventure together during the Bronze Age. Though the context and setting are ancient and the characters familiar, the action ...more
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Mar 24, 2009
Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World
Book lives up to its title, using current stats, empirical data, and lucid explanation as to why America is so massive. Similar to Fast Food Nation, a ...more
Jan 2005
Jul 03, 2007
Cornstarch Figurine
Ellliptical, hip, and arbitrary, and totally, totally adrenalized. Treadwell's writing is its own beam, sometimes walking the edge of the intellectual ...more
Apr 2007
Jul 02, 2007
Stars of the Night Commute

My review of Ana Bozicevic's Stars of the Night Commute is up at Jacket. One of the best poetry books of 2009, without a doubt. Check it out!

Jan 26, 2010
Oct 28, 2009
Going Rogue: An American Life
More like a 2.5. Palin's memoir is readable, as far as political memoirs go, and though the work is accessible and full of the folksy straight talk th ...more
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Feb 04, 2010
The Book of General Ignorance
Best bathroom reading there is. High-brow and pop-cultural, the book, topically, is a fun survey of trivia and oddities ranging from antiquity to oute ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 31, 2008
War Songs: Metaphors In Clay And Poetry From The Vietnam Experience
Elegantly simple and highly accessible work of collaboration. Harp's poems are concise and precise--but they are also complex puzzles. We associate wa ...more
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Apr 09, 2009
Paula Deen's My First Cookbook
Simple, but tasty recipes that kids really can follow, for the most part, on their own. Illustrations make it easy to identify ingredients, and there ...more
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Jun 16, 2009
The Montessori Method
Imperative for anyone who wants, has, or ever will be caring for or dealing with small children. This book transcends educational edict and chonologic ...more
Jul 2007
Jun 30, 2007
American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century
Interesting, and incredibly well-researched explanation for why political dynasties exist even in democratic states--the rise of biblical literalism, ...more
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Feb 14, 2008
Rules for Drinking Forties (chapbook)
I don't like malt liquor, but Rules for Drinking 40s?--heady liquid. Proof: "Indignant Puppies" is one of the best poems ever written. A few stanzas f ...more
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Aug 23, 2009
The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, #1)
Despite the number of ghost-writers working on any one of "Keene's" sixty-odd books, the writing is astonishingly fluid, and Drew is an interesting mi ...more
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Aug 22, 2009
Despite the intellectual weight and academic heft, Sidewalk is real page-turner, reading more like a great novel than sub-cultural examination. Brilli ...more
Jul 2006
Jul 03, 2007
 [ lapsed insel weary ]
Reeling, mature work that explores the shifts and torrents occurring between the states of love and love lost--the personal shifts in perspective and ...more
Feb 16, 2009
Jan 07, 2009
Music and Suicide: Poems
More like 4.5 stars, but there is no half star option...a worthy collection of well-crafted pieces that are rhythmic and melodic. Terrific prose-poems ...more
Mar 2005
Jul 03, 2007
The Chandler Apartments
Salacious, scandalous, intelligent. The romantic trysts are as twisted as the plot, and poet-detective Clay Blackburn is one slick motherfucker. Could ...more
Aug 22, 2009
Aug 19, 2009
Sleeping With the Dictionary
Mullen employs various post-modern methods, including random chance operations a la Cage, psychic automatism a la O'Hara and the French surrealists, a ...more
Mar 2006
Jul 03, 2007
Where the Weather Suits My Clothes
I used to be a fiction writer. Godfrey made me convert to poetry.
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Jun 05, 2009
Gaze is up at NewPages as a "New and Noteworthy" book

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Mar 17, 2010
The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Comprehensive investigation/criticism into the manifold factors that bear and kill cities--erudite, dense, and sprawling, Jacobs' rails against the "G ...more
Mar 2007
Jun 30, 2007
O Cidadan: Poems
Poetic and civic. A gorgeous opus about the territorializing of 'a citizen,' and the tricky, border-crossing confusions an ethnic identity must transl ...more
Feb 2006
Jul 03, 2007
Power and Terror: Post-9/11 Talks and Interviews
A must for those wishing to familiarize themselves with Chomsky, though die-hards will probably find this work too breezy and light. Contains intervie ...more
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Jul 03, 2007
Gogol in Rome
Jugular and operatic, Kapovich's tome is one of upheaval and disparity told through the metrics of song with disarming sincerity. Intentionally (and m ...more
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Jul 02, 2007
On Bullshit
An economical, wry little book as much about human deceit and motivation as spin and fluff. Frankfurt holds us accountable for our own definitions, of ...more
Jan 2006
Jul 03, 2007
Spinoza in Her Youth
Spectacular as it is demanding--the philosophical meets the psychological in fragmented, spectacular bursts, or wow, i.e "No abstracting but at dawn o ...more
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Jul 03, 2007
Silent Actor
This is good--made me want to read more of his work. Valency, Wahlgren's next book (reading ms. of now--forthcoming from BlazeVox), could be a fiver.
Jan 26, 2010
Oct 02, 2009
The Morning
My review of Roger Snell's The Morning is up at Jacket. It's a great book! Check it out!
Apr 20, 2009
Jan 07, 2009
Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds
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Jul 06, 2010
Strange Days Ahead
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Mar 11, 2009
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