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Letters to Anaïs Nin
4.14
really liked it
I would give it 5 stars if Nin's letters had also been included. It would be a much fatter book that way, but I would carry it around in a little red ...more
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Apr 19, 2012
 
Inscriptions for Headstones
4.40
it was amazing
Vollmer's ethereal voice could not be better paired for such an existence-predicated confessionally biographical summary of a life that quite likely w ...more
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Apr 10, 2013
 
Electra and Other Plays
4.02
it was amazing
Why anyone would waste time with modern TV drama when he/she could be reading Euripides is beyond my comprehension. A MASTER, a superb feminist, and a ...more
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Jul 19, 2011
 
Tropic of Capricorn
3.85
really liked it
I'm enough of a Miller fan that the one time I've been to Paris I talked my wife into staying in Clichy. And his books Tropic of Cancer and The Air-Co ...more
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Apr 19, 2012
 
Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live
4.04
really liked it
Moments of perplexity, laughter, and tears. So many of the people who have affected both my personality and my writing have their starts and stories d ...more
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May 04, 2012
 
My Strange Quest For Mensonge
4.03
it was amazing
This book does for academia what The Illuminatus! Trilogy: The Eye in the Pyramid/The Golden Apple/Leviathan did for conspiracy theories. That is, Bra ...more
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Oct 17, 2010
 
Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age
3.72
really liked it
Imagine if Hasek's good-natured leading character from The Good Soldier Švejk were not such a simpleton.... no, imagine Svejk had an older brother who ...more
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Jan 16, 2013
 
Unknown Book 8466861
5.00
it was amazing
Always an honor to have work appear in print with that of a mentor, in this case Polish Portlander Dan Raphael, one of the greatest living chefs of su ...more
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Aug 07, 2010
 
Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness
4.04
it was amazing
For anyone who has ever wondered whether their bouts of melancholia might overlap into depression, or has a friend or family member who has suffered f ...more
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Apr 01, 2014
 
Victoria
3.73
really liked it
Hamsun did well with this light-heavy story. He must've had similar influences to F. Scott Fitzgerald for crafting poetic prose, to Hermann Hesse for ...more
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Mar 01, 2012
 
The Dharma Bums
3.94
really liked it
After not reading any Kerouac for about 8 yrs, I began to wonder if I hadn't romanticized his talent and influence to unwarranted levels. Boy, was I w ...more
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Feb 26, 2013
 
Medieval Russia: A Source Book 900 - 1700
2.92
really liked it
A compendium of texts from a wide variety of authors, documenting everything from fables to historical events to legal code to, my personal favorites, ...more
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Apr 08, 2017
 
The Maimed
3.89
it was amazing
Someone already amply reviewed this as being like Kafka but with more intense ODC and sexual perversions... but it goes even deeper than that, into th ...more
Oct 24, 2010
Oct 15, 2010
 
Sole
5.00
it was amazing
Oprava's Sole takes the reader through vivid memories of youth and discovery (of, among other things, the transitional overlap from boyhood into manho ...more
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Nov 15, 2010
 
Life's Crowning Moment
4.00
really liked it
John Bennett, being both a poet and a fiction writer, knows quality when he sees it. Halfar's foray into writing (he is by 'trade' an artist) gives re ...more
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Nov 04, 2012
 
Conversations with Stalin
3.89
really liked it
So much of what we read and hear of history are distortions, or at least magnifications of particular aspects that cause us to disregard - or not even ...more
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Mar 13, 2016
 
The Imperfectionists
3.53
really liked it
If you're a journalist or if you liked Winesburg, Ohio or Dubliners, you'll probably like this book for its community-painting qualities -- only in th ...more
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Dec 06, 2012
 
The God Gene: How Faith Is Hardwired into Our Genes
3.47
really liked it
Essential reading, right along with Freud's Civilization and Its Discontents, Lawrence's Apocalypse: Cambridge Lawrence Edition, Hecht's Doubt: A Hist ...more
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Apr 02, 2011
 
Ogilvy on Advertising
4.17
really liked it
Time-tested best practices for catching fleeting attention spans. Enjoyed Ogilvy's confident approach at pointing to even his mistakes and losses as v ...more
not set
Jan 06, 2016
 
Bending Light Into Verse II
4.88
it was amazing
When Jennifer Tomaloff contacted me about this project, I knew it had some potential, but the end result flew far above my expectations. There is no g ...more
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Apr 17, 2011
 
Utz
3.64
liked it
Well-told story, yet missing something... like maybe the reason for telling it? The narrator seems too detached from it, as if he's being forced to te ...more
not set
Dec 23, 2011
 
The Zen Experience
3.62
really liked it
An enlightening history of particular ideas and practices migrating from India to China, then later retrieved by Japan, to form what we now know as Ze ...more
not set
Jun 14, 2012
 
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
3.37
liked it
Mine is perhaps not a fair review. I can imagine that Americans or even Western Europeans might enjoy this book more than those of us living in Centra ...more
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Dec 22, 2010
 
Science
4.41
it was amazing
I am not often blown away by the minds of young poets. By their raw and reckless use of language, maybe, but rarely by their mental processes, especia ...more
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Nov 25, 2012
 
Amsterdam
3.40
liked it
First book I've read by McEwan and, though the story itself was intriguing enough, long sections on (news) publishing and (music) composing encumbered ...more
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Mar 05, 2012
 
Hollywood
3.78
really liked it
Typically well-written Buk, which might out-Hem Hemingway in terms of simplicity anyone can grasp. The introduction was helpful, to know who the actua ...more
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Dec 20, 2013
 
All Employees Are Marketers
2.93
it was ok
Redeemingly short, but should've been even shorter, as it was repetitive beyond belief. If you're new to the working world, there may be some new wisd ...more
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Jun 19, 2012
 
The Heaven Antenna: A Book of Collages
4.50
it was amazing
I won't use the cliche 'picture like 1000 words' as nothing about these collages is cliche. How does one review feelings & memories evoked by a bo ...more
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Aug 07, 2010
 
Of Kids & Parents
3.66
it was amazing
It's easy to understand why someone would make a film of this book - it's funny, touching, and real. As well, it's a glimpse into the idiosyncrasies o ...more
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Oct 15, 2010
 
The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property
4.00
it was amazing
An essential document on the (dis)connectedness of creativity and commerce, that speaks not only to artists (or art historians) but as well to scienti ...more
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Apr 15, 2012
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