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Valley of the Dolls
If you haven't read this book, I suggest you quit dicking around on the internet and do absolutely whatever it takes to snag yourself a copy this inst ...more
Apr 2007
Sep 26, 2007
The Line of Beauty
I started this last night, heading home after one of the most dreadful evenings in recent memory.

So lately my life does seem like a pot of thick, scal
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May 11, 2008
Less Than Zero
This book seems boring and shallow, and reading it gives me an anesthetized, hollow, detached feeling that I would not describe as entirely pleasant.

Apr 25, 2008
Apr 07, 2008
London Fields
What a fun fucking book. I blew off everything today (and, well, most of the week) just to read this book, because it was that fucking fun. God, I lov ...more
Aug 15, 2009
Aug 10, 2009
The Slaves of Solitude
Anyone who actually listens to my opinions and bases their library picks on my star ratings (hi, mom!) deserves to know what the unusual fifth star re ...more
Dec 26, 2008
Nov 06, 2007
Inherent Vice
The only good thing this book did for me was help me remember how profoundly grateful I am to have completely missed the sixties. I think I would've k ...more
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Nov 18, 2009
The Information
I need to force myself to take a break from Martin Amis. I'm pretty sure I've never felt so thoroughly repelled by yet drawn to a man I haven't slept ...more
Jun 16, 2010
May 25, 2010
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
I read most of this one night while working the graveyard shift at a very institutional group home in the real methy part of SE Portland. I was the on ...more
Mar 2002
Sep 29, 2007
Bright Lights, Big City
Thanks to Bookface, you no longer get this book mixed up with American Psycho, and can now easily tell the difference between Bret Easton Ellis and Ja ...more
Apr 07, 2008
Dec 06, 2007
Money: A Suicide Note
I loathed this book, especially its reekingly horrid, brain-damagingly idiotic mess of an ending, which felt like watching a drug-addicted alcoholic t ...more
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Sep 19, 2009
The Patrick Melrose Novels
So far, reads like Alan Hollinghurst's excruciatingly fucked up and much richer second cousin, in the best possible way. Seems to explore the unstated ...more
Nov 25, 2012
Nov 13, 2012
The Love Machine
So I've been having a pretty spectacular summer full of excellent beach days and trips out of town, but even with all the sweating and skin-showing, s ...more
Aug 15, 2010
Aug 10, 2010
Chandler: Later Novels and Other Writings
The summer I graduated from college my boyfriend and I had an abrupt, ugly breakup, and I moved out of the apartment we'd shared and into a studio on ...more
Apr 19, 2009
Apr 03, 2009
The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry
If for some reason you need additional evidence that punk scenesters are relatively boring, this book is it! The Other Hollywood is infinitely better ...more
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Apr 26, 2008
Nobody Move
Okay, so I'll take back my fifteen-year-old pronouncement based on nothing but adolescent prejudice, and finally admit it: Denis Johnson is a really g ...more
Aug 19, 2009
Aug 05, 2009
My Struggle: Book One
I spent a lot of time, especially at the beginning of this, wondering about why I personally swear to hate memoir, but then go ahead and fall in love ...more
Nov 20, 2014
Oct 29, 2014
Lucky Jim
It took me awhile to get into this book, but once I reached the second half I blew off all responsibilities and spent my entire evening lying on a pil ...more
Sep 16, 2009
Aug 12, 2009
Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1930s & 40s
I guess I'm giving this thing three stars, because of the six novels in here three I found too dull to get through, and the other three just totally b ...more
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Apr 28, 2009
The Keep
I've had this conviction for a long time that Jennifer Egan should be one of my favorite writers. She's a SHE who writes popular-but-smart contemporar ...more
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Jan 17, 2014
The Pugilist at Rest
I hate these fucking stars. I enjoyed this book a lot, but I just get so stressed-out trying to quantify that. These stories were about boxers (men an ...more
May 17, 2011
May 11, 2011
The Sisters Antipodes
Man, I really loved this. Memoir might be another one of those things that I think I really hate, but in fact don't. I might just hate the idea of it, ...more
Jan 03, 2012
Dec 16, 2011
Chelsea Girls
I really love lesbians. I'm not sure why this is. It's not that I love them all -- there are plenty of lousy lesbians out there -- but for some reason ...more
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May 12, 2014
Pound for Pound: A Novel
Reads like it was written by that crusty Irish codger who hangs around the boxing gym talking shit with other old timers, which is what makes this boo ...more
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Jan 20, 2015
The Dain Curse
Towards the end of The Dain Curse, a female character tells the Continental Op affectionately that he is "a monster. A nice one, an especially nice on ...more
Aug 11, 2014
Aug 12, 2014
Infinite Jest
I'm adding this on here as a sort of cautionary tale, because I've been thinking a lot about endings.

Note to aspiring authors: If you're planning to w
Jan 1997
Oct 02, 2007
How to Breathe Underwater
Thick, THICK description, very tangible scenes that she puts you in and really makes you see and feel and smell, etc. Great writing. Subject matter of ...more
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Sep 11, 2010
At Last
Patrick Melrose's gothic New Age Mrs. Jellyby of a mother has finally died and in At Last we attend her funeral, presumably (and for this reader, hope ...more
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Nov 25, 2012
A Farewell to Arms
Reading this book made me want to be a man. Specifically, it made me want to be the kind of man portrayed in a Hemingway novel (NOT The Sun Also Rises ...more
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Oct 14, 2007
Voyage In The Dark
**spoiler alert** I felt like I didn't like this much, but then I couldn't stop reading until I was done, so there must've been something in it for me ...more
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Jan 05, 2014
West of Then: A Mother, a Daughter, and a Journey Past Paradise
I'm not really into memoir and really not into books about drug addiction, so it was hard for me to get too enthusiastic about this. I read it because ...more
Jan 2004
Nov 18, 2007
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