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The Giving Tree

Okay, this some motherfuckin' fucked-up shit right here. The Giving Tree is the stra...more
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Dec 03, 2010
Macbeth (The Arden Shakespeare)
Don't you kind of hate how we've entered the decadent phase of Goodreads wherein perhaps fifty percent (or more) of the reviews written by non-teenage...more
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Jan 05, 2010
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
After reading Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, I realized that I had absolutely nothing to say about it. And yet here, as you see, I have elected to sa...more
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Feb 27, 2010
Super Sad True Love Story
Gary Shteyngart has failed me. True, he probably wasn't aware that he had a responsibility to me, personally, but (in most cultures) ignorance of the...more
May 14, 2010
May 06, 2010
I was going to start out this review of Stoner by feigning comic incredulity that the former conductor of the Boston Pops wrote a novel about potheads...more
Jan 02, 2009
Jan 02, 2010
Me Talk Pretty One Day
I've been thinking a lot about this, and I have come to the conclusion that David Sedaris is one of the worst human beings in history, i.e., since hum...more
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Aug 16, 2010
Critique of Pure Reason (Penguin Classics)
Immanuel Kant is the kind of guy who not only sucks all of the joy out of life; he takes great pleasure in opening the spigot of your happiness-tank a...more
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Jan 05, 2010
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)
Once upon a time there lived a Golden Age gay icon, who whiled away her pre-waxing years sitting atop a split-rail fence in some dour, nondescript Ame...more
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Jan 06, 2011
The Catcher in the Rye
Okay. So it's like this. My not-just-GR-friend-but-very-real-friend brian called and told me that J.D. Salinger had died maybe about a half hour ago (...more
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Jan 05, 2010
Of all the kinds of reviews to write, the ecstatically enthusiastic ones are the worst, I think. No matter how much you try to pepper your review with...more
Apr 11, 2012
Apr 10, 2012
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale
There once was a grouchy alpha whale named Moby Dick who -- rather than being agreeably shorn of his blubber and having lumpy sperm scooped out of his...more
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Jan 18, 2010
The Melancholy of Resistance
László Krasznahorkai, I am nervous. Isn't that ridiculous? I'm actually nervous about writing a review for your novel The Melancholy of Resistance bec...more
Dec 10, 2010
Dec 10, 2010
Imperial Bedrooms
Do not read this book. It's about despicable people doing despicable things.

In other words, it's about being human in the most essential sense of the...more
Jun 20, 2010
Jun 20, 2010
True Grit
On the whole, the western genre doesn't inherently appeal to me. I'm not a modern emasculated male yearning wistfully for a time 'when men were men, a...more
Jan 19, 2011
Jan 18, 2011
Mein Kampf
Of course I didn't expect Mein Kampf to be a great book, even within the admittedly narrow antisemitic messianic homoerotic prison genre, but I did ex...more
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Aug 22, 2010
A High Wind in Jamaica
Where has this book been all my life? I've been dreamily gazing out my window all these long hot summers, yearning for just the novel to fulfill my ev...more
Jan 05, 2012
Jan 02, 2012
The Emigrants
I am usually not able to read on airplanes for various reasons, not least of which is that I need to concentrate on operating my imaginary foot pedals...more
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Jan 05, 2010
Wow. The last fifty pages or so of Skylark are pretty damn brutal. You know how there are a whole bunch of really ugly truths about life that we gener...more
Sep 07, 2011
Sep 07, 2011
The Book of Ebenezer Le Page
The Book of Ebenezer Le Page is the kind of novel you don't really know in its truest sense until you've reached the very end. It's something like loo...more
Nov 12, 2011
Nov 05, 2011
The Passion According to G.H.
The Passion According to G.H. is a difficult book to talk about—in part because it attempts to say the unsayable—so I'm going to talk about it in a ve...more
Jun 29, 2012
Jun 28, 2012
Life and Times of Michael K
~ This review dedicated to 'Ya Boy.' I'ma sip this, you do the rest. ~

The Community of Misery

'Misery loves company.' I've always kind of really hate...more
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Jan 05, 2010
How to Live with a Huge Penis
Even though this gift was ironic in nature -- and trust me, is it ever! -- that won't stop me from placing it between Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn's Gula...more
Jan 07, 2010
Jan 07, 2010
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Just in under the wire! In about three-and-a-half hours the midnight showings of The Hunger Games will begin on the east coast—and now I can officiall...more
Mar 22, 2012
Mar 22, 2012
Nana (Les Rougon-Macquart, #9)
Here's why Nana should never be made into a movie... (Too late. It already has been. Four times.) Emile Zola has created a character so preposterous t...more
Sep 06, 2012
Sep 05, 2012
Little Owl Lost
I dislike children generally. And more pointedly I dislike the schlumpy mothers hobbling around grocery stores with their large, mewling broods in tow...more
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Oct 12, 2010
Gathering Evidence & My Prizes: A Memoir
I'm an irritable person. More and more in my daily life I find myself at the mercy of blinding fits of spleen. Whether it's people who drive too slow...more
Jan 15, 2013
Jan 15, 2013
Hope: A Tragedy
The title of Hope: A Tragedy alludes to the philosophy of a radically cynical character in the novel named Professor Jove. In lieu of malice and misfo...more
Jan 21, 2012
Jan 21, 2012
Winesburg, Ohio
Winesburg, Ohio, is certainly the geographical ancestor of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, Washington, and Lumberton, North Carolina (Blue Velvet) -- not so...more
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Jan 05, 2010
Hard Rain Falling
Okay. You can go ahead and believe the hype. This thing is pretty great. Initially, based on a few hot steaming barely-legal facials this book has bee...more
Jan 18, 2010
Jan 19, 2010
A Handful of Dust
For those of you who live cloistered in a medieval turret of moral purity and use the interwebs only for researching your medical ailments (and, oh --...more
Apr 12, 2010
Apr 12, 2010
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