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On the Road
This is, to me, the second most over-rated book in American Literature. I don't get the appeal of this one either. As a group, all the characters were ...more
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Apr 05, 2010
The Roads to Modernity: The British, French, and American Enlightenments
A NeoConservative view of the Enlightenment. In a nutshell she argues that the British and American limited vesions of the Enlightenment are good and ...more
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Apr 13, 2012
The Gramscian Moment: Philosophy, Hegemony and Marxism
I plan to read this along with the three Volume Prison Notebooks.
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Mar 03, 2011
Life Supports: New and Collected Poems
Bronk will still be read in 150 years.
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Apr 16, 2010
From the Crooked Timber
From The Crooked Timber is a debut collection consisting of a novella and seven stories by Okla Elliott. It is a uniformly fine collection of work th ...more
May 12, 2012
Nov 19, 2011
Calendar of Regrets
Lance Olsen's Calendar of Regrets is, to quote the back of the book, "a wildly inventive and visually rich collage of twelve interconnected narrative ...more
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Oct 04, 2010
This is a hard book to review. It's very good, but it is the type of book that is difficult to find anything meaningful to say about it. By this, I me ...more
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Oct 04, 2010
This is one of the Ur-texts of my aesthetic development. I keep reading it over and over.
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Apr 14, 2010
The Intuitive Journey and Other Works
Russell Edson is,undoubtedly, the finest unknown poet in the United States today. He is a virtuoso of the prose poem; his brief pieces are are searin ...more
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Jul 04, 2011
Starfish Girl
Athena Villaverde's Starfish Girl is the the story of Ohime, a young girl with a starfish growing out of her head. Ohime lives in a post-apocalytic u ...more
Jun 25, 2011
Jun 20, 2011
Stand on Zanzibar
This is one of the best Science -fiction novels of the 1960s. Some aspects of the book are somewhat dated-names of countries, slang-terms that the cha ...more
Jun 20, 2011
Feb 09, 2011
The Friday Book
An old book ,really, but some of the essays in this book are the best simple explanations of Postmodern literature that i've ever read. Barth was layi ...more
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May 08, 2010
Cold Mountain
This book pissed me off because it was one of the books that was calculated to be a best seller. Moreover, I did not find it to be very original. This ...more
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Apr 05, 2010
The chapter Where I Lived and What I Lived For" has been an enormus influence on me. It taught me to have a completely different value-system than mos ...more
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Apr 06, 2010
I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream
Worth Reading. The stories were good,but not the greatest thing since sliced bread, which is what Harlan's legion of fans would have you believe.
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Jul 29, 2013
Prison Notebooks
I plan to spend much of the Spring and most of the summer of 2011 studying these volumes.
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Mar 03, 2011
The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works, 24 Vols
My Freshman and Sophmore years of college were spent reading and studying all 24 volumes. I learned a great deal about psychoanalysis and myself from ...more
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Jul 06, 2010
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
I thought this book sucked. In fact I hated this enough that i never read anything else by wallace. I have decided to give the Infinite Jest a shot th ...more
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Jul 25, 2010
The Divine Comedy
I have a different edition of the Mandelbaum translation, but I am sure the text is the same. This is one of the best translations available.
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Dec 29, 2010
Power and Imagination: City-States in Renaissance Italy
I thought that this was a decent book on Renaissance Italy. Since I am not a specialist in that area, I can't really assess it properly.
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Feb 12, 2012
Les Fleurs du Mal
Baudelaire was one of the greatest French poets of the nineteenth century. Do yourself a favor and read his work.
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Jun 26, 2011
The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake
I first read this when I was 18. I have re-read it several times and I still find it to be brilliant.
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Apr 16, 2010
Main Currents in Caribbean Thought: The Historical Evolution of Caribbean Society in Its Ideological Aspects, 1492-1900
I found this book to be very enlightening on Pro and Anti-slavery thought in the Caribbean. A Valuable book.
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Aug 01, 2010
Prairie Fever
One of the best first collections I've read. Biddinger is a poet to watch. She will have a great career.
Jan 2009
Apr 30, 2010
The Body Artist
DeLillo gets my vote as one of the mosr overated contemporary writers.
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Apr 14, 2011
Steelworker Alley: How Class Works in Youngstown (ILR Press books)
This is a fine study of Steelworker Culture in Youngstown in the Twentieth century
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Sep 11, 2010
World's End
I think tahat this is Boyle's magnum opus. He has written many othe great books also.
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Apr 05, 2010
Love and Death in the American Novel
I have always thought that this is crucial book to read about American literature.
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Dec 18, 2010
Four Novels of the 1960s
Philip K. Dick was the american Borges. These are four of his best books under one cover.
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Jun 19, 2011
The Territory Ahead
This is one of the best studies of American literature that I have ever read.
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Dec 18, 2010
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