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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
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
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
God Help the Child
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
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
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 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
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
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
A Little Life
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
Lucky Us
Bloom's writing is just too fucking twee to care about. I finished reading this book barely 20min. ago and remember not a thing it had to say, despite ...more
Oct 12, 2014
Jul 30, 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
The Locusts Have No King
"Jay McInerney meets Carrie Bradshaw for the Mad Men era" would surely be the publicist's pitch if Dawn Powell's weighty novel about the Greenwich Vil ...more
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Jan 14, 2010
The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Spotlight and Made History
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
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
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Aug 27, 2009
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
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
I don't know about this one. I loved Leaving the Atocha Station, where Lerner's rambling, stream-of-subconsciousness style (seemingly transcribed verb ...more
Sep 25, 2014
Aug 06, 2014
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
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