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This book would have been better if it had been a little more interested in its characters and less obsessed with its Theme: what is the difference be ...more
May 17, 2012
May 15, 2012
A Room of One's Own
What Woolf calls "the prosaic conclusion" is that women need five hundred a year and a lock on the door to write fiction. Funny how the fixed income d ...more
Oct 2007
Feb 04, 2009
English Music
Before the book starts, Ackroyd leaves us a little note, saying that 'literary readers' will notice he used material from a bunch of other English art ...more
Jun 2012
May 29, 2012
Mortal Questions
First time to my knowledge I've seen a philosopher argue that death is really bad and we should be scared of it. And it's a good point about the natur ...more
Nov 04, 2009
Oct 19, 2009
Speaking of Siva
AK Ramanujan takes the prose of four medieval Virasaiva saints and translates it into rich haunting modern poetry. Basavanna speaks often of isolation ...more
Feb 13, 2009
Jan 24, 2009
The Man with the Golden Arm
Some cats just swing that way...

The book is so good I don't know what to say about it but I can say something about that introduction because that was
Jan 04, 2013
Dec 05, 2012
The Second Sex
When I bought this book, I hadn't had access to English nonfiction for months, so I tore ravenously into The Second Sex and soon found the lesson I wa ...more
Mar 15, 2008
Jan 09, 2009
Robert Frost: Selected Poems
Drama: awesome. Form: pleasurable. Theme: Got a little fed up with all that personifying nature/alackadaying that nature can't be personified. Here's ...more
Nov 2008
Jan 24, 2009
No we can't all just love and accept one another - neither nationally nor personally. I am a sucker for Tim Parks' brand of cynicism, especially in re ...more
Aug 05, 2008
Jan 10, 2009
Narziß und Goldmund
I fell in love with this book before the first page was out - that description of the chestnut tree and the boys who walk beneath it season after seas ...more
May 18, 2014
May 09, 2014
Die Französische Revolution
Axel Kuhn asks: may a country receive freedom as a gift? This ever-timely question introduces his analysis of the two German republics formed during t ...more
Jan 17, 2009
Jan 02, 2009
The Value of Knowledge and the Pursuit of Understanding
Kvanvig argues that knowledge is not more valuable than any subset of its parts, such as true belief, or (gettiered) justified true belief. [sidenote: ...more
Jun 06, 2012
May 29, 2012
Early Poems
LOVED this. Often I can't summon the energy to devote myself to poetry, but these poems sprang out and demanded I pay attention. From the first poem o ...more
Jun 30, 2011
Jun 15, 2011
The Toughest Indian in the World
"Sexually speaking, Indian women and men are simultaneously promiscuous and modest. That's a contradiction, but it also happens to be the truth."

Dec 2012
Dec 01, 2012
Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing
Testimonial justice is a basic ethical and epistemological virtue of truth. To have the virtue, we must try and succeed in adjusting our credibility a ...more
Jul 05, 2010
Jun 30, 2010
Night Train
"We're all still walking, aren't we? We're still persisting, still keeping on, still sleeping, waking, still crouching on cans, still crouching in car ...more
Mar 11, 2014
Mar 11, 2014
The Hacienda: A Memoir

I read this while living in rural Ghana and it was fascinating to see the similarities between these rural undeveloped (insert pc term here
Dec 15, 2011
Feb 15, 2012
The Wings of the Dove
An excerpt from my tearful rant upon finishing this book:
I haven’t felt this powerless since I saw Romeo and Juliet for the first time. Oh Kate. This
Nov 2005
Feb 04, 2009
A Wild Sheep Chase (The Rat, #3)
Liked it less than I thought I would. Some nice touches (silence, chance, snow sliding off the roof, and über-individuality) - but around the time Ear ...more
May 10, 2009
May 03, 2009
I enjoyed the slang and some of the flashier, more surreal moments of this book, but I disagree with most of the other reviews up here that it works a ...more
May 05, 2012
May 07, 2012
The White Tiger
I read this book while working in rural Northern Ghana, which means I read this at a point in time when I was one of the fantastically rich and powerf ...more
Mar 06, 2013
Mar 15, 2013
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Sisterhood of Traveling Pants, #1)
I was pleasantly surprised. I haven't read a book in the teen coming of age genre since I was a teen coming of age, but lately my access to movies has ...more
Nov 2011
Nov 03, 2011
A wrenchingly strong beginning and lovely writing throughout, but the other reviewers were right to call it disjointed. It worked in some ways - Aziz' ...more
Feb 03, 2013
Feb 04, 2013
A fable about the power of words and of silence.

The Rav's first and last words:
"'Speech, he said. 'If the created world were a piece of music, speech
Dec 02, 2012
Dec 03, 2012
Not the most elegant writing in the world but skillful treatment of its themes. There were two big ones: the naivete of liberal privileged intellectua ...more
Jan 07, 2013
Jan 11, 2013
Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem
Scrumptious! One of the best treatments that I have ever read of the fearful magic involved in acting and overall the theatrical life. - To act is to ...more
Jun 04, 2012
Jun 02, 2012
Rob Roy
I will without a doubt be the only person to check this book out of the Guabuliga Public Library. After all, I could not understand a good portion of ...more
Oct 22, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
Emanzipation ist Ehrensache: Netzwerkbeziehungen, Sexualität und Partnerwahl junger Frauen türkischer Herkunft
Obwohl die Studie auf nur sechs Interviews beruht, entwerft Kondzialka ein umfassendes System der möglichen Handlungsmustern für junge Frauen türkisch ...more
May 04, 2012
Jun 04, 2012
Skinny Legs and All
No doubt fun to read; rollicks along, and for each wacky metaphor that fails, there's several delightful ones. The non-stop verbal circus is bit overl ...more
Jun 12, 2011
Jun 10, 2011
Brick Lane
I don't really like housekeeping, but I am sucker for novels about women who do. It's hard to write about any kind of work, to capture that monotony. ...more
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 08, 2013
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