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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
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
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
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 Marriage Plot
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 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
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
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
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
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Mar 22, 2008
Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste
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
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Sep 14, 2009
The Art of Fielding
I wanted so desperately to hate this book. I mean, what's not to not love? The ridiculous hype? The obnoxious pedigree (Harvard, UVa, n+1, Brooklyn)? ...more
Dec 06, 2011
Nov 03, 2011
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
Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and the '90s Renegades Who Remade Fashion
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
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
Station Eleven
This book reads like an outtake from Stephen King's masterful The Stand, which is pretty much one of the highest compliments I think anyone can pay a ...more
Oct 24, 2014
Oct 21, 2014
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
Acceptance (Southern Reach, #3)
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
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 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
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Mar 21, 2010
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 Original of Laura
First things first: the price and package for this are an affront to humanity. Do not buy this book under any circumstances -- go to a chain bookstore ...more
not set
Aug 27, 2009
Very Recent History: An Entirely Factual Account of a Year (c. AD 2009) in a Large City
Though the billing of this book as nonfiction reportage seems implausible and unnecessary (did Dawn Powell's skewering of the downtown demimonde sting ...more
Sep 19, 2013
Aug 16, 2013
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
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
Beautiful You
Is it even worth reviewing Chuck Palahniuk books anymore? He's either too crass now, or not crass enough for his die-hard fans -- and then there are t ...more
Oct 30, 2014
Oct 21, 2014
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
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