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You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine
3.23
Abandoned at page 46. My patience for these self-fellating, aggressively pointless, over-workshopped, look-I-have-an-MFA exercises in pretentious tedi ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2015
 
God Help the Child
3.70
it was ok
Unfortunately, this felt more like a parody of a Toni Morrison novel rather than an actual Toni Morrison novel. (In truth, it felt like a parody of a ...more
Apr 29, 2015
Apr 27, 2015
 
We the Animals
3.61
did not like it
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
 
I Was Told There'd Be Cake
3.45
did not like it
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
 
Myra Breckinridge
3.54
liked it
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
 
White Girls
3.85
did not like it
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
3.54
did not like it
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
 
The Sense of an Ending
3.70
did not like it
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
 
Gay Men Don't Get Fat
3.56
really liked it
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
 
Let the Great World Spin
3.93
did not like it
Look ma, no hands! Look ma, no talent! This terrible (and terribly overhyped) book is as dull, obvious, and subtle as a lead pipe to the head. A monke ...more
not set
Jan 10, 2010
 
A Little Life
4.27
it was amazing
The most fulfilling reading experience I have ever had in my entire life. This book utterly consumed and depleted me, like it did pretty much everyone ...more
May 05, 2015
Jan 11, 2015
 
Epileptic
3.89
did not like it
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
 
Beauty Is a Wound
3.93
liked it
3.5 stars. Impressively ambitious in its scope, especially considering Kurniawan was just 26 when this was originally published (in early 2002). By co ...more
Sep 21, 2015
Aug 25, 2015
 
The Marriage Plot
3.42
it was ok
A spectacularly dull Eat Pray Love for the McSweeney's crowd. Are you an adult and enjoying your life too much? Pick up this book and be reminded of h ...more
Oct 22, 2011
Oct 15, 2011
 
The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Spotlight and Made History
3.71
liked it
Givhan is a beautiful writer, so the actual act of reading was relatively painless. Unfortunately, it wasn't clear who she wrote this book for -- a to ...more
Apr 05, 2015
Mar 18, 2015
 
Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and the '90s Renegades Who Remade Fashion
3.51
really liked it
I adored the endless (and endlessly entertaining) stream of bitchy gossip that spewed forth from the interviewees in this book, but I seriously wanted ...more
Oct 14, 2014
Sep 17, 2014
 
Duplex
3.28
it was ok
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
 
Faces in the Crowd
3.75
it was ok
Horray! All along I thought that these sorts of pretentious, overhyped, numb, intellectually empty, stylistically overwrought novels that tout conserv ...more
Oct 17, 2014
Sep 30, 2014
 
The People in the Trees
3.64
it was ok
Pretty unpleasant character to spend 500 pages with, and not in "a so evil they're good way." I'm Very confused by the reviews praising this book for ...more
Jul 22, 2014
Jul 17, 2014
 
The Pixies' Doolittle
3.79
really liked it
FINALLY. I'm sorry, but anyone who has ever read any of the books in the Continuum 33 1/3 series knows they are almost without fail major, major disap ...more
Dec 07, 2009
Dec 03, 2009
 
Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste
4.12
did not like it
I'm sorry, but no. Please please please leave this book on the shelf and instead seek out the 33-1/3 volume on ABBA Gold, one of my all-time favorite ...more
not set
Sep 14, 2009
 
Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity
4.13
liked it
Muñoz is a brilliant close reader and I wished the scope of this academic project allowed for more of that. I mean the chapter connecting vogueing to ...more
Sep 04, 2014
Aug 29, 2014
 
The Prize
3.43
really liked it
So refreshing to read a truly adult novel -- written by, for, and about adults, and interrogating their adult problems. Yes, on paper, this book has b ...more
Dec 22, 2015
Dec 03, 2015
 
The Last Bohemia: Scenes from the Life of Williamsburg, Brooklyn
3.01
did not like it
No thanks. Disorganized, meandering, pointless, and insipid. There's a great book about the life and death of Williamsburg waiting to be written, but ...more
Aug 31, 2012
Aug 10, 2012
 
In the Drink
3.20
really liked it
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
 
Oreo
3.65
really liked it
Another lady-book to convince the fanboys of Helen Dewitt's The Last Samurai (and, by extension, Ulysses) that women not only make great authors, too, ...more
Aug 07, 2015
Jul 15, 2015
 
Chronic City
3.51
it was ok
Dazzlingly ambitious! Breathtakingly insightful! Flawlessly, flawlessly written!....And an absolutely unbearable slog to read. This book made me so an ...more
Nov 2009
Jul 31, 2009
 
Los enamoramientos
3.49
it was ok
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
 
Eileen
3.39
it was ok
This was a clever short story idea that someone felt deserved a droning, actively boring novel-length treatment (and not one of those "novels" we see ...more
Aug 29, 2015
Aug 29, 2015
 
Acceptance (Southern Reach, #3)
3.58
it was ok
2 stars for this specific book and the series overall. For me the trilogy did not at all live up to the promise of its taut, troubling first installme ...more
Sep 11, 2014
Sep 07, 2014
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