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(Legend of a Licentious Logophile)

1. Libidinous linguist lusts after landlady's lass.
2. Lecherous lodger weds lovelorn landlady.
Jan 1991
Aug 10, 2007
Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell, #2)
The normally flinty James Wood recently wrote what can only be characterized as an extended mash note to Hilary Mantel in the New Yorker, based on thi ...more
May 20, 2012
May 18, 2012
Skippy Dies
I'm the product of an Irish Catholic boarding school for boys. In September 1968, at the tender age of 11, I left the warm (over-)protective bosom of ...more
Sep 18, 2010
Sep 10, 2010
Nine Stories
If I can get serious for a moment, and cast aside the brittle, smartassed, persona that the social networking aspect of goodreads tends to bring out, ...more
Jan 1974
Jul 03, 2007
Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt, #1)
But the worst offender of the last twenty years has to be the uniquely meretricious drivel that constitutes "Angela's Ashes". Dishonest at every level ...more
not set
Jul 15, 2007
Consider the Lobster and Other Essays
Full disclosure: I have a major intellectual crush on David Foster Wallace. Yes, yes, I know all about his weaknesses - the digressions, the rampant f ...more
not set
Jan 31, 2008
White Noise
Ooh look! It's a can. Looks like it might have worms inside. Let's open it up again.

Updated (i.e. "final") review: March 30th, 2008

So. I had read th
not set
Feb 26, 2008
The Abstinence Teacher

Tommy, Tommy, Tommy! How did such a promising young literary stud like yourself turn out to be such an emasc
Feb 25, 2009
Feb 24, 2009
Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America
I always feel slightly guilty about my reaction to Barbara Ehrenreich's writing. I do admire her - she is ideologically committed, writes with passion ...more
Aug 21, 2010
Aug 10, 2010
Reading "Stoner" gave me another one of those parallel universe experiences. In the goodreads universe, where everyone else lives, this is apparently ...more
Jul 12, 2010
Jul 14, 2009
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Initial review: 12/11/2008 -

I may revisit the 5-star rating in a week or two, but after reading this book through all last night in a single sitting,
Dec 11, 2008
Dec 11, 2008
The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

(If you loved "Future Shock", and "The Celestine Prophecy" changed your life, this is the book for you)

But, wait! All those 5-star revi
Jan 21, 2009
Jan 02, 2009
The New York Trilogy: City of Glass/ Ghosts/ the Locked Room
Further update, June 19th 2012.

In response to several thoughtful comments that take issue with the nastiness of my initial review, I have come to the
May 30, 2008
May 29, 2008
Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel
So many books .... so little time. Last year I read over a hundred books, yet I still feel I barely scratched the surface. There’s always the sense of ...more
not set
Jul 05, 2007
Arguably: Selected Essays
OK, so if (like me) you start this collection with the notion that there was something iffy about this Hitchens bloke -- I mean how can one dude's stu ...more
Feb 14, 2012
Feb 07, 2012
The Giving Tree
Sorry, Mr Silverstein. This kind of tripe is inexcusable. And exposing children to it? I'm no child psychologist, but what would be the point? I'd haz ...more
not set
Mar 14, 2009
Franny and Zooey
I swore to myself that I would write a review of this book before the end of 2010, so here goes. I should issue a warning - I'm totally stoked up on h ...more
Jan 1975
Jul 02, 2007
Don Quixote de La Mancha, Vol 1
Quijote lookalike

First, an organizational note. I actually read this in parallel, in the original Spanish, and in the Penguin Classics English translation by J.M. Cohe
Apr 08, 2009
Apr 08, 2009
Infinite Jest
Hmm. I'm not sorry that I took the time to read this - parts of it were terrific. But other parts - huge, seemingly interminable, turgid undisciplined ...more
Feb 15, 2010
Jul 05, 2007
Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error
I am not a particularly violent person. But there were so many places in this book where I wanted to sit the author down, smack her briskly and scream ...more
Jul 07, 2010
Jun 30, 2010
The Infinities
I've read somewhere that the main thing a novelist needs to accomplish in the first 10% of a story is to convince the reader to keep reading. John Ban ...more
Apr 30, 2010
Apr 10, 2010
Letter to a Christian Nation
This seems like a completely unhelpful, pointless book. Sam Harris knows full well that the likelihood the people he purportedly addresses in his 'let ...more
not set
Feb 26, 2008
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
Well, yes, Mr Postman. You're undoubtedly right in much of your analysis. And I suppose it was prescient of you to be so right way back in 1985 when y ...more
Jan 1995
Jul 19, 2007
High Fidelity
Nick Hornby writes about losers and makes them lovable. But not this time. I couldn't stand the self-pitying little git, his loser wanker record store ...more
not set
Jul 14, 2007
She's Come Undone
She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)

A week after finishing this book, I still have conflicting opinions. It’s hard to synthesize them into a coherent review
Feb 04, 2008
Jan 23, 2008
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
This seems like a stunning misstep by the normally brilliant Steven Pinker. His ability to write with extraordinary force and clarity has been demonst ...more
Feb 13, 2012
Feb 07, 2012
The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
Mercury Rising : One Reviewer's Feverish Reaction to Annoying Trends in Non-fiction Book Titles

Through our secret researches, we were able to discove
Aug 24, 2011
Aug 24, 2011
I is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How it Shapes the Way We See the World
Thank you, James Geary! By writing this elegant, concise, clear account of the central role that metaphor plays, not just in how we speak and communic ...more
Feb 19, 2011
Feb 18, 2011
Behind the Scenes at the Museum
God, I can't even begin to express my depth of loathing for this book. I forced myself through to within about 60 pages of the end, but then I just co ...more
Jan 2006
Jul 05, 2007
Mr. Peanut
Adam Ross has got some fierce writing skills. The man can write, no two ways about it. There's a point fairly early on in Mr Peanut where he hits his ...more
Jul 27, 2010
Jul 21, 2010
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