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Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
With its excessive hyperbole, convenient omissions, misleading statistics, logical inconsistencies and plain old errors, I stopped thinking about this ...more
Aug 17, 2011
Feb 10, 2011
Bel Canto
A novel about a hostage crisis that goes wrong -- with very sexy results, Bel Canto might have been a better read if at some point Patchett did anythi ...more
Mar 2003
Jul 29, 2007
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West
I don't get people's love affair with this book. It's like if Kill Bill, Vol. 1 was consistently trumpeted as the greatest movie of all time. They bot ...more
Aug 2006
Jul 29, 2007
The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University
Ten years ago Rob Suskind's A Hope in the Unseen followed a poor, religious inner-city kid's struggles at Brown University. Now Brown U. is back with ...more
Apr 23, 2009
Apr 09, 2009
Through My Eyes
Picking up this book from the library, I noticed that it seemed more slight than its page count would suggest -- it had the big font I had last seen i ...more
Jun 05, 2011
Jun 03, 2011
Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-time Eater
Former New York Times food critic Frank Bruni just published this book on his lifelong destructive and complex relationship towards food. Given my lif ...more
Sep 24, 2009
Aug 26, 2009
Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction
This book was my first in the "Very Short Introduction" series, and I picked one in a field where I had a little bit of background. Where I went to co ...more
Feb 19, 2009
Feb 18, 2009
Monday Night Jihad
The thing that is remarkable about this story of a football superstar turned covert operative fighting terrorists is that it's somehow even worse than ...more
Jun 20, 2010
Dec 29, 2009
The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
Hoop Dreams detailed the machine built around taking poor black athletes from the inner city and sticking them into primarily white school systems tha ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 12, 2007
The Truth About Diamonds
What I learned from this book:
1. Nicole Richie wrote a book. Who knew?
2. Despite the title "The Truth About Diamonds," this book is not actually a sca
Apr 09, 2008
Apr 08, 2008
Wishful Drinking
Do you have a friend, who no matter how much you like her, you have to acknowledge is a horrible story teller? She tells them with too much back story ...more
Nov 17, 2010
Dec 15, 2008
Planet X (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
What something named Star Trek: The Next Generation -- X-Men:Planet X might be, in increasing levels of amazingness:
1. A three-page comic drawn on lin
Jan 28, 2011
Jan 26, 2011
The New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
This is probably not the most substantive insight into a book, but I'm going to say that if you're the spokesperson for an evil cult that is trying to ...more
Oct 14, 2009
Oct 16, 2009
Path of Destruction (Star Wars: Darth Bane, #1)
This book seemed like a good choice for something to read on a plane. On my previous trip I was confronted with a new peril of trying to read somethin ...more
Jan 03, 2010
Jan 04, 2010
Kafka Was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir
Maybe it's because I just finished reading Incognegro, a thin graphic novel that leverages the idea of "passing" into a lot of interesting narrative t ...more
Jun 11, 2009
Apr 29, 2009
Asterios Polyp
Allow me to steal from Pete Holmes and say what would I have done if this book came out in the 90s, before we had "Really?!?"? When I got to the end, ...more
Mar 11, 2010
Jan 31, 2010
The Red Tent
At first the degree I hated this book was interesting to me; I had to grapple with a lot of issues with male privilege and the way my normative status ...more
Aug 09, 2009
Jun 23, 2009
Postmodern Belief: American Literature and Religion Since 1960
Hungerford proposes that since the 1960s there is a strain of religious belief in the American novel. This belief, however, is apart from religion its ...more
Sep 28, 2010
Jul 11, 2010
The Linguistics Wars
A great history of war in academia, with emotional betrayals, highly abstract argumentation and many nasty words. And as a truly great academic clash, ...more
Jan 2002
Jul 29, 2007
George, Being George: George Plimpton's Life as Told, Admired, Deplored, and Envied by 200 Friends, Relatives, Lovers, Acquaintances, Rivals--and a Few Unappreciative ...
In this oral history/hagiography of George Plimpton, we are treated to over-the-top antics of the patron saint of Upper East Side privilege. At times ...more
Dec 23, 2008
Dec 24, 2008
Lucifer, Vol. 11: Evensong
I was given this series as a (perhaps questionable) Christmas gift, and I read the whole thing over the following two days. It doesn't do as much with ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 28, 2007
Heartbreak House
This play starts out as a traditional British class comedy, then the twist happen. The twist is that [SPOILER ALERT:] the rest of the book is awful. J ...more
Sep 19, 2009
Aug 04, 2009
And Here's the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers on their Craft and the Industry
A book like this is pretty much going to only be as strong as its interview subjects. While there wasn't any particular subject that I could claim sho ...more
Aug 13, 2010
Jul 21, 2010
Literary Essays and Reviews of the 1920s & 30s
Writing a Goodreads-style review for such an intellectual critique as Edmund Wilson conjures the image of what exactly Wilson would make of this conte ...more
Mar 31, 2009
Mar 05, 2009
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
One of the strengths of The Name of the Wind became a weakness here. While I enjoyed Rothfuss's unforced modern tone early on, here he goes too far. A ...more
May 17, 2011
May 09, 2011
Then We Came to the End
At times this book felt more like an anthropological study of early 2000s American office work. Many of the details were well observed and they helped ...more
Mar 17, 2009
Mar 17, 2009
Looking for Alaska
Well executed in terms of writing, but I couldn't fully appreciate this book. I suppose YA by default has to take teenagers *very seriously*, but I ca ...more
Oct 31, 2010
Jun 23, 2010
Break it Down
The structural features of these short stories, their eschewing of New Yorker formalism, hasn't aged particularly well. They aren't bad, they just no ...more
Jan 06, 2011
Feb 08, 2008
Batman: The Black Glove
This collection is the sort I normally don't bother posting on goodreads. It's short (just like four comics glued together) and not good. It's the sor ...more
Nov 07, 2009
Nov 11, 2009
Very Recent History: An Entirely Factual Account of a Year (c. AD 2009) in a Large City
The basic idea of the book is intriguing: New York's recent history as told from the perspective of big-picture statistics and up-close personal stori ...more
Sep 23, 2013
Sep 23, 2013
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