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We the Animals
Here's a review in keeping with the half-baked animal theme supposedly running through this "novel": this book is horseshit. As both a homosexual and...more
Oct 15, 2011
Oct 14, 2011
White Girls
Probably the most insufferably pretentious book I've ever read -- and this is coming from a big Wayne Koestenbaum fan.

I love Hilton Als's writing in T...more
Nov 12, 2013
Aug 30, 2013
The Marbled Swarm
I love Dennis Cooper more than his characters love underage rough trade psycopath nymphet boytoys with daddy issues. But one thing Dennis Cooper is no...more
Nov 27, 2011
Oct 11, 2011
I Was Told There'd Be Cake
Sloane Crosley is similar to me and my friends in education, background, life experience, career trajectory, and the like. The big difference is she h...more
May 22, 2008
May 20, 2008
Gay Men Don't Get Fat
On finishing this book, I spent a good 5min. trying to figure out what the point of it was (title aside). I then spent another 5min. thinking about th...more
Dec 29, 2011
Dec 28, 2011
The Sense of an Ending
Oh. Em. GEE, you guys! Memory is, like, really unreliable! Crazy shit can happen and you didn't even know about it or remember it, dawg! There, I save...more
Jan 14, 2012
Nov 13, 2011
Myra Breckinridge
I'm a bit baffled by all the people who are offended by the retrograde gender politics of this book. Is it transphobic? Sure, at times. It's also (at...more
Dec 26, 2012
Dec 25, 2012
2.5 stars. Too willfully, lazily oblique to be enjoyable. I can appreciate a book that defies comprehension, refuses to connect the dots, or otherwise...more
Jan 02, 2014
Dec 30, 2013
Things I have learned in my life so far
Sagmeister is a pretentious a**, and this book bangs you over the head with that realization repeatedly and frequently. Thankfully the way it does tha...more
Feb 08, 2009
Aug 20, 2008
Quarantine: Stories
Alright, alright, I get it, I get it! You're an overeducated, severely entitled East Coast homosexual who is so distracted by the work of dumping all...more
Jul 06, 2012
Jul 05, 2012
The Circle
3.5 stars. Quick and enjoyable read, breezy and light despite its seemingly dire and urgent message. Agree with many of the other reviews commenting o...more
Feb 25, 2014
Feb 19, 2014
In the Drink
Your likelihood of enjoying this book seems fully predicated on whether it happens to be the right book at the right time for you. A good test is to s...more
Jan 29, 2012
Dec 29, 2009
The Blazing World
Virtuosic, exhausting, brilliant, risky, captivating, difficult, and full of exquisite, exquisite rage. This is an incredibly smart and sophisticated...more
Mar 24, 2014
Jan 06, 2014
My theory about Dennis Cooper is also the one I have about Chuck Palahniuk: the first book you read by him becomes your favorite. (I have also heard t...more
Jun 23, 2012
Jun 20, 2012
The Story of the Night
WTF?!?!?!?! I thought this would be like gay Joan Didion, twisting together a sordid coming out tale and the shadowy political intrigue of Argentina's...more
not set
Mar 21, 2010
The Interestings
Beautifully, utterly engrossing. I cherish my Akashic and New Directions and Dennis Cooper and all that, I cuddle them every night before I go to bed...more
Jan 09, 2014
Jan 06, 2014
Pretentious, ill-conceived, misogynistic, boring, flat, and insufferable. The author is a journalist who fancies himself a novelist but here's hoping...more
Mar 10, 2014
Dec 11, 2013
Los enamoramientos
THE INFATUATIONS - This book had an intriguing premise: what if a generic Lifetime movie-style romantic thriller was actually a neurotic existential c...more
Jun 26, 2014
Jun 27, 2014
Tenth of December
Eh, whatever. Saunders is sort of a one-trick pony. Nothing wrong with that, especially when that one trick is quite lovely, but reading 10 iterations...more
Dec 14, 2013
Dec 11, 2013
Johnny Got His Gun
I had a really difficult time with this book at first. I can't explain why, it just didn't grab me. I think I kept expecting something super postmoder...more
Dec 16, 2013
Dec 14, 2013
The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History
This ethically questionable take on the history of "The Simpsons" gets high marks ONLY because it's about "The Simpsons," and ONLY because it's a quic...more
not set
Oct 18, 2009
Leaving the Atocha Station
On paper, this book seems insufferably pretentious: a poet on a Fulbright scholarship rambles on about how hard it is being a privileged, overeducated...more
Apr 16, 2012
Dec 05, 2011
Unquestionably the worst comic book I have ever read, and among the worst books (period) that I have ever had the displeasure of having suffered throu...more
not set
Mar 22, 2008
Mira Corpora
3.5. With the artfagsploitation cover art (complete with soft touch matte finish on the cover stock) and a big blurb from Big Daddy Dennis himself, I...more
Jan 11, 2014
Jan 11, 2014
Gone Girl
Impossible to put down but gratingly unenjoyable. I loathed the main characters Nick and Amy completely, from first word to last. A review below by so...more
Dec 22, 2012
Dec 21, 2012
The Secret of Chanel No. 5: The Intimate History of the World's Most Famous Perfume
Should really be 2.5 stars. A fascinating concept -- the biography of a scent, arguing that Chanel No. 5 is quite literally the distillation of the li...more
Mar 05, 2011
Jan 18, 2011
An absolutely harrowing read that is nevertheless nearly impossible to put down. I don't know any 5 year-olds that were raised in captivity so I can't...more
Oct 15, 2010
Jul 28, 2010
On Such a Full Sea
Totally unengaging. The central character Fan was completely flat and affectless. All these ridiculous but quite rich scenarios kept presenting themse...more
Feb 18, 2014
Feb 15, 2014
The Sea
I don't recall ever actually asking this question, but apparently now I know the answer to "how long can an insufferable windbag suffer from fatal ove...more
May 07, 2014
May 04, 2014
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Insanely fun and clever, I read it in about a day and was totally swept up in it all in that "almost missed my subway stop" kind of way. THIS is the c...more
Feb 14, 2014
Feb 14, 2014
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