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The Savage Detectives
I started this book with the highest of hopes. Energetic prose and unique characters aside, the self-important rich kid artist clique that so dominate ...more
Aug 03, 2008
Jun 25, 2008
The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man
David Maurer's The Big Con is a bona fide masterpiece of pre-WWII American criminal culture. A fascinating insider survey of the confidence game, its ...more
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May 05, 2011
Knossos and the Prophets of Modernism
A compelling critique of the 19th & 20th century archeological hucksterisms that swept the Western imagination, providing physical "evidence" for ...more
Dec 27, 2009
Jun 21, 2009
a terrifying and amazing 19th century exercise in corrective scare tactics for children. shock-headed peter and company learn all kinds of tough lesso ...more
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Mar 07, 2010
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
As exploitative and misogynist as these fundamentalist plural marriages are, I'm starting to think that legalizing them might be the best means of lim ...more
Oct 19, 2010
Sep 15, 2010
Darger: The Henry Darger Collection at the American Folk Art Museum
I'd say this is my favorite of the Darger books I've yet seen. Perfect. My favorite painter of the late 20th century by a landslide. Why is it so impo ...more
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Mar 24, 2009
The Night Gardener
Not perfect, but I liked it much more than these 3 stars seem to betray. Pelecanos' street realistic sensibilities; his uncontrived dialog, well devel ...more
Feb 26, 2009
Feb 01, 2009
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
this sort of terse, post-modern/ academic storytelling does little for me. i feel blah about lydia davis in the much same way as i feel blah about don ...more
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Jul 06, 2010
Hard Rain Falling
good stuff. who knew that the rose city had a decent hardboiled classic to its credit? its also a sincere inquiry the dual proximity of emotional viol ...more
Sep 30, 2009
Sep 16, 2009
The Sheltering Sky
This is a brilliant novel that I'll simply never read again. I would recommend The Sheltering Sky to anyone who might need to wallow in self-loathing ...more
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Aug 06, 2007
The Collected Fanzines
korine's books are good for a few scattered chuckles and that's really about it.
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Feb 12, 2009
A Crackup at the Race Riots
korine's books are good for a few scattered chuckles and that's really about it.
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Feb 12, 2009
Une Semaine de Bonté
If I had a budget, this would be my breakout experimental film. Great stuff!
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Mar 24, 2009
Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities
interesting subject, but fairly superficial as a compendium. at best, this is a fun bathroom book.
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Aug 19, 2009
Hubert's Freaks: The Rare-Book Dealer, the Times Square Talker, and the Lost Photos of Diane Arbus
Marci M. recommended this to me after I told her I'm a fan of Diane Arbus.
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Feb 15, 2009
Heavy Liquid
I have mixed feelings about Paul Pope's grimy, futuristic junkie-chic aesthetic. And his pacing.
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May 04, 2011
Portraits from North American Indian Life
Curtis' prints are beautifully rendered in this amazing oversize volume.
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Aug 26, 2009
The Razor's Edge
Larry Darrell is an unrepentant “loaf” in search of some sort of universal truth. While his abandonment of material interests in search of Far-Eastern ...more
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Aug 04, 2007
"Giant" Size
This book would totally rule if I gave a crap about Andy Warhol.
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Jun 19, 2010
Miami Blues
a solid detective novel. was a perfect read for my recent hospital stay.
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Nov 07, 2010
A Patriot's History of the United States: From Columbus's Great Discovery to the War on Terror
This book is like the last refuge of scoundrels. Garbage.
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Nov 09, 2009
Haiti:  Feeding the Spirit
I love the studio photography portion of this book.
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Sep 08, 2009
Your Friends and Mine
5 stars for the Burt Reynolds shot, alone.
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Feb 10, 2010
Abandoned Cars
The art is better than the writing.
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Oct 25, 2009
The Book of Night Women
Holy Shit, this book is a terror! And also amazing in many ways. Don't you dare even open it if you're not prepared to stomach some serious violence, ...more
Sep 02, 2009
Aug 18, 2009
Back in the Days Remix: 10th Anniversary Edition
Super dope.
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Dec 11, 2012
A Void
no thanks.
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Dec 13, 2009
Psychogeography: Disentangling the Modern Conundrum of Psyche and Place
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Aug 04, 2009
Weegee's New York: Photographs, 1935-1960
Gritty post-war urban noir meets Diane Arbus. I like the Circus pics and the infrared Theater shots most of all.
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Feb 01, 2009
A Child's Life: And Other Stories
yikes! this is great work, though not recommeded for the thin-skinned or faint of heart.
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May 21, 2009
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