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Letters to Anaïs Nin
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
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
Tropic of Capricorn
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
Electra and Other Plays
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
My Strange Quest for Mensonge
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
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
Chuckle chuckle, yawn. Oooh, brilliant what he did there (in a few places). Yawn again.

I think I like the idea of Chuck Palahniuk -- and his talent --
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Apr 08, 2014
Unknown Book 8466861
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
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
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
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
The Maimed
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
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
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
The Imperfectionists
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
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
Bending Light Into Verse II
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
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
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Dec 23, 2011
The Zen Experience
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
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Jun 14, 2012
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
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
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
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
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
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
Of Kids & Parents
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 Heaven Antenna: A Book of Collages
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
The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property
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
How to Succeed; Stepping-Stones to Fame and Fortune
Outdated, for sure, with a bit too much moral compass built in, but worth reading just for the great quotes. Also, it's always great to go back to bas ...more
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Sep 24, 2012
A book that, no matter how it speaks to you, is set up to go 'viral'. That's right - read it, sign your name in the back, and pass it on. As for conte ...more
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Jul 10, 2011
The Beautiful and Damned
Of two major types of inspiration for me as a writer, one being reading something and saying to myself "I can do better than that," and the second bei ...more
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Jan 03, 2011
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