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Infinite Jest
4.34
Zzzzzzz. I was taking a 40 hour bus trip from Tucson to Brooklyn, and figured this oughta pass the time, but after about 200 or 300 pp, I opted to sta ...more
May 2001
Sep 30, 2007
 
The Tower Struck by Lightning
4.00
You can't get any weirder or better than this one. The Tower Struck just goes to show that you can make your main characters blatant symbols and have ...more
not set
Sep 30, 2007
 
The Songlines
4.01
Bruce Chatwin had more heart in his little finger than the effete Jared Diamond has in his whole body. The thesis is simple: human history is a confl ...more
Oct 1999
Sep 30, 2007
 
The Medicine Book of Solomon: A Self-Help Primer for the Aspiring Writer
5.00
This book made me wtf more than any book since Naked Lunch ... and I helped write the damn thing.
not set
Mar 03, 2014
 
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
3.97
I was pretty disappointed. There wasn't much to his thesis that went beyond the explanation of it in the reviews - something even the author seemed to ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 30, 2007
 
Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative
3.79
I liked this book a lot better than any of the other gazillion anti-Bush/anti-Right books that I've read, because of the way it gives you an understan ...more
not set
Oct 01, 2007
 
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
4.15
It's rare that a book as hyped as this one lives up to expectations, but what can I say - I'm a sucker for oral history. I can't say I'm even a huge f ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 10, 2007
 
Tropic of Cancer
3.72
Like most people who go around mooching off everyone they encounter, Henry Miller's presence was eagerly received by all those he ...

Oh, wait ... hmmm
...more
not set
Oct 26, 2007
 
On the Road
3.66
Kerouc is like Freud, in that he went from being considered super rad to being a misogynistic jerk seemingly overnight. I'm sure the truth is somewher ...more
not set
Oct 26, 2007
 
Marabou Stork Nightmares
3.80
This book was pretty good until the end. Then it just god stupid. I can't think of a book where I've gone from liking it to hating it so quickly. You ...more
not set
Oct 26, 2007
 
A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1)
4.04
I remember loving this series as a kid, but was disappointed upon rereading it. Even more blatantly moralistic than Tales of Narnia.
Aug 2008
Sep 27, 2009
 
A History of the Mind: Evolution and the Birth of Consciousness
3.78
He's got a lot of good things to say; however, I'm having a tough time buying the argument for the parallel nature of perception and sensation. I'd be ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 04, 2007
 
The New York Trilogy
3.93
I read the first book and loved it. It's a very clever idea and well done, and I was excited to see how it turned out.

Then I finally found the other t
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not set
Oct 04, 2007
 
Neuromancer (Sprawl, #1)
3.84
Well, I heard all the hype, and ...

Sure, some of the "world" he creates is pretty neat, but take away the window dressings and it's the same sci-fi/fa
...more
not set
Oct 24, 2007
 
Animal Farm
3.80
Vladimir Nabokov seemed to have a special hatred for Orwell, which puzzled me, because I thought 1984 was pretty good when I read it in 10th grade. S ...more
Mar 2007
Sep 30, 2007
 
Glory
3.67
If you want to know why Nabokov hates George Orwell, you'll find the answer here, ha, ha, ha. Not my favorite of his books; it's dry in the way his l ...more
Oct 2005
Sep 30, 2007
 
Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga
3.99
This is a must read for Hunter S. Thompson fans and wannabe's. Not necessarily because it's his best work - though it's quite good - but because of th ...more
not set
Oct 01, 2007
 
Naked Lunch
3.48
I loved this book once, but I don't think I could go back to it. It's not exactly readable. Maybe something to have on your bookshelves and read passa ...more
not set
Oct 26, 2007
 
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
3.74
One word: rad. Let's go ahead and repeat that word.

RAD

I've never seen most of the shows and movies he's talking about, but it doesn't matter. He's so
...more
Oct 2007
Oct 28, 2007
 
Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture
3.72
I don't remember disliking this book. Actually I don't really remember it much at all. It was more human and less irritating than Less Than Zero, I re ...more
not set
Oct 29, 2007
 
Baby Cat-Face
3.85
I picked this book up off a library shelf, knowing nothing about it or the author, and it completely inverted my toupee.

A fast read, funny. One of my
...more
Jan 1999
Sep 30, 2007
 
Post Office
4.03
Buk has a lot of books. This one's as good as any. I'm not a big fan of his poetry, and I don't think he has anything especially important to say; but ...more
not set
Oct 26, 2007
 
Lolita
3.85
I think a lot of people get turned off to Nabokov, because they pick this one up, hoping it'll be steamy; and instead are treated to very long descrip ...more
Jan 2000
Oct 01, 2007
 
The Unlimited Dream Company
3.73
Blech! I like some of Ballard's short fiction okay, but this is one of the most godawful things my mind had ever ingested. The worst kind of hippie cr ...more
not set
Oct 24, 2007
 
Less Than Zero
3.57
A lot of people think this one is great. I just didn't find any of the characters or the situations they were in all that interesting. I didn't really ...more
not set
Oct 26, 2007
 
The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist
4.08
A fine fine book. The notion that anyone who thinks they know the meaning of it all is crazy and/or dangerous is just as true today. Written during th ...more
not set
Oct 24, 2007
 
Gravity's Rainbow
4.03
There's some super rad stuff, and obviously Mr. Pynchon is far smarter than we are. The ending kind of disappointed in that in seemed like a non-sequi ...more
Mar 16, 2008
Oct 02, 2007
 
The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry
3.88
Oral history is like Super Golden Crisp: I just can't get enough. It's also refreshing to have a book that doesn't feature the author trying to ram hi ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 30, 2007
 
Fight Club
4.19
One of the few cases where I thought the movie was better than the book. And for the reasons the opposite is usually true. The movie was just deeper a ...more
May 2001
Sep 30, 2007
 
Steppenwolf
4.08
This book started out awesome. I was expecting it to be one of the best things I'd ever read. Then it suddenly goes off on the whole music and dncing ...more
not set
Oct 29, 2007
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