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Post Office
4.02
is it just me, or does reading bukowski make you want to listen to tom waits, too? finished post office last night and this morning listened to small ...more
Nov 2007
Aug 21, 2007
 
The Collected Poems, Vol. 1: 1909-1939
4.19
This poem was a note WCW left for his wife on his refrigerator:

This is just to say

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probabl
...more
not set
Aug 18, 2007
 
The Age of Innocence
3.92
it's like entering a 19th-century drawing room and then slowly realizing you're much closer to the 20th century than you thought you were. wharton tak ...more
not set
Aug 10, 2007
 
The Catcher in the Rye
3.77
Funny, sad, desperate, and true - Catcher shouldn't get a beating b/c we all read it in high school. Try reading it again as an adult. It captures tha ...more
not set
Aug 09, 2007
 
On Beauty
3.63
A big disappointment after White Teeth. Too ambitious, spread too thin, and the portrayal of Americans not convincing. I prefer the funnier side of Za ...more
not set
Aug 10, 2007
 
Paradise Lost
3.78
It somehow seems wrong to give Paradise Lost a star rating of any kind. oh well...
Nov 19, 2008
Nov 11, 2008
 
Brideshead Revisited
3.99
I did think this book was quite masterful, but I also wonder about the limits of enjoying and excavating snobbery. I find Brideshead useful in showing ...more
Oct 22, 2008
Oct 18, 2008
 
Palladian
3.66
Brilliant and subtle. Should be read alongside Waugh's Brideshead Revisited for any attempt to understand the postwar decline of the British upper cla ...more
Aug 16, 2009
Aug 09, 2009
 
Twilight of the Superheroes
3.57
Why did it take me so long to read Deboarh Eisenberg? She and Alice Munro are going to have a long, tough battle in the short story corner of my brain ...more
May 05, 2011
Apr 24, 2011
 
A Wreath of Roses
3.99
I'm reading all of Elizabeth Taylor this summer. Why Virago had to put ugly paintings of flowers on all of her book covers is beyond me. This novel wa ...more
not set
Aug 02, 2009
 
A Handful of Dust
3.91
4.5 stars. No one writes the end of empire, the end of British aristocracy, and the rise of a middle class aesthetic better than Waugh. This novel is ...more
Nov 13, 2009
Oct 21, 2009
 
Stoner
4.26
I've been vacillating between a four- and five-star rating for this book: a patient, careful, and moving depiction of a quietly passionate man who fin ...more
not set
Aug 21, 2007
 
Home
3.90
Delightful.
Aug 05, 2010
Jul 29, 2010
 
Beyond the Culture Wars: How Teaching the Conflicts Can Revitalize American Education
3.58
Graff makes a solid argument for teaching literature through engaging students in the debates, controversies, etc. that make the field of literary stu ...more
Sep 03, 2008
May 20, 2008
 
The Niagara River
4.04
Kay Ryan's poems, like those of Dickinson, are little gems that seem to come from nowhere and everywhere at once. How can 10 very short lines expose a ...more
not set
Sep 27, 2007
 
Saturday
3.59
Several things irritated me about this book. First, I didn't find the string of events plausible. Second, I find McEwan to be pretentious. The charact ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2007
 
The Noodle Maker
3.37
an excerpt:

"For a moment, the professional writer feels like a plastic bag caught in the high wind. It occurs to him that although the plastic bag is
...more
not set
Aug 13, 2007
 
A Long Way Down
3.40
4 narratives were too much in this book - felt like the attention was dispersed to detriment of getting to know/care about any one of the characters e ...more
not set
Aug 10, 2007
 
Anna Karenina
3.99
Edit down the several hundreds of pages about hunting expeditions, agricultural practices, elections, etc., and you have a five-star narrative that ex ...more
May 2008
Apr 24, 2008
 
Beowulf
3.39
Actually enjoyed reading Beowulf (finally!) much more than I initially thought I would. Questions of human will, divine intervention, mortality, monst ...more
not set
Sep 03, 2008
 
Opened Ground: Selected Poems, 1966-1996
4.24
I want to be in this place, at the ending of Heaney's poem, Postcript:

You are neither here nor there,
A hurry through which known and strange things pa
...more
not set
Aug 13, 2007
 
Walls Have Feelings: Architecture, Film and the City
3.80
Very exciting theoretical work. Shonfield reads architecture, film, and cities alongside one another to reveal the interrelation of space, building ma ...more
not set
Sep 19, 2009
 
Brick Lane
3.35
One of my favorite books in the last five years. Among the flood of "new immigrant" authors published in recent years, Ali has a rare ability to captu ...more
Mar 2004
Aug 10, 2007
 
My Son's Story
3.60
This novel is the first work by Gordimer that I've read. An incredibly well-crafted book about the meanings and intersections of family and activism i ...more
Oct 29, 2008
Oct 22, 2008
 
At Mrs Lippincote's
3.86
Fantastic novel. Funny, sad, nostalgic, biting, questioning... I was shocked (but secretly giddy) to learn that there hasn't been one lick of criticis ...more
not set
Oct 09, 2008
 
Background to Danger
3.80
1930s thriller, film noir-style, filled with small spaces, dark winding alleys, escapes onto rooftops, mistaken identities, stolen photographs, murder ...more
Sep 09, 2008
Sep 03, 2008
 
Moscow to the End of the Line
4.05
"We must honor the dark reaches of another's soul. We must look into them even if there's nothing there, even if there's only trash there. It's all on ...more
Jul 22, 2008
Jun 30, 2008
 
The Watch: Stories
4.18
Funny, moving, alive... the image of two guys sitting on an old sofa on the beach, at night, drinking cuba libres, watching the ocean.... it's stayed ...more
not set
Aug 13, 2007
 
The Faerie Queene
3.53
ah, the the 1590s.... actually really enjoyed the parts of fq that i had to read for the class i'm ta'ing. have been especially impressed by my studen ...more
not set
Oct 09, 2008
 
The Elephant Vanishes
3.90
Thank you, Jenni, for finally getting Murakami off of my to-read list. These stories were so unique, strange, and thoughtful. I can't wait to go out a ...more
May 20, 2008
May 06, 2008
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