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Story of the Eye
3.75
Every once in a while I have to read something dirty, lusty and depraved--I don't know what it is about me, but it's necessary. And I don't really min...more
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Sep 29, 2007
 
Women
3.93
I read the first 9 pages of Bukowski's Women and realized I wasn't going to learn anything new about women from this alcoholic egotist. I read the ne...more
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Feb 28, 2008
 
Tristessa
3.70
I'll admit I wrote my college entrance essay on "On The Road" and at that time in my life I was, like everyone else, inspired by the wild, wide-eyed,...more
Apr 2007
Sep 26, 2007
 
Never Let Me Go
3.78
I was really looking forward to this novel when it was recommended to me by a coworker who so far has had pretty a practically flawless record of reco...more
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Jun 24, 2008
 
In Dreams Begin Responsibilities and Other Stories
4.07
I got this book of short stories by Depression Era writer Delmore Schwartz specifically to read the title story "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities" bec...more
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Jun 15, 2008
 
How We are Hungry
3.74
Why can't I get into Dave Eggers? I tried to read a Heartbreaking Work of yada yada yada (but only found that frisbee scene with his little brother sa...more
Sep 2007
Sep 26, 2007
 
The Complete Stories
4.46
Although I wouldn't give this collection 5 stars reading it from cover to cover (the stories get a little repetitive) Flannery O'Connor is one of the...more
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Sep 29, 2007
 
Without Stopping
3.78
I first came across Paul Bowles' writing in the liner notes of that Bonnie 'Prince' Billy/Matt Sweeney record "Superwolf", wherein Bowles wrote of the...more
Aug 2006
Sep 25, 2007
 
Pure Slaughter Value: Stories
3.77
Fuck. This book haunted me for a long while after I read it. I hated it at first, absolutely hated it. My girlfriend lent it to me and it seemed like...more
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Jul 15, 2010
 
In Me Own Words: The Autobiography of Bigfoot
4.23
I got this book gifted to me by my old roommate in San Diego and while it's right up his humor alley, i found it a little dumb and predictable. What a...more
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Dec 25, 2007
 
Bellies and Buffalos
4.00
Taking a quick break from zines to mention Tomas Moniz’s novella Bellies and Buffalos. I read this around Christmas on a flight to NY and as we descen...more
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Mar 30, 2014
 
Against Nature: A Rebours
3.93
Sadly, there is little to steal from this novel. "Stealing" ideas is usually my main motivation for reading. I bought this book when I had an overwhel...more
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Oct 15, 2007
 
Mother Courage and Her Children: A Chronicle of the 30 Years' War
3.66
Bertolt Brecht is a mutherfucking G! and I don't mean Gangsta, I'm talking straight German! While Baal remains my favorite Brecht play, Mother Courag...more
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Apr 14, 2008
 
All of Us: The Collected Poems
4.26
I read one Raymond Carver story called Cathedral recommended by my friend Jason and it kicked ass. It was about an aloof alcoholic whose wife invites...more
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Jun 24, 2008
 
The System of Dante's Hell
4.28
Amiri Baraka published [book; The System of Dante's Hell] in 1965, but it was written about the previous few years which proved very turbulent for wri...more
Feb 2007
Sep 25, 2007
 
The White Album
4.22
It must say something that even though I'm shit-stuffed full after two and a half rounds of Thanksgiving plates of turkey and sides I feel compelled t...more
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Sep 29, 2007
 
My Favorite Summer 1956
3.75
Do you know how hard it is to hit the Triple Crown in major league baseball? Do you care? If you do, you will love My Favorite Summer 1956 because it...more
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Oct 19, 2007
 
Jealousy
3.66
This book by experimental rebel writer Allain Robbe-Grillet accomplished exactly what it set out to do, but it was too contrary to my spirit to inspir...more
Aug 2006
Sep 26, 2007
 
Literary Companion to Contemporary Authors - Tom Clancy (hardcover edition) (Literary Companion to Contemporary Authors)
0.00
I hate Tom Clancy. I wrote this book, or rather edited it, and get an email whenever it gets reprinted in another language or something. Now it's in J...more
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Feb 07, 2008
 
Hope for the Flowers
4.34
where did this book come from? One day I sat down for a hearty bowel movement and flipped through Sports Illustrated, and the next day...This little y...more
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Oct 24, 2007
 
Equus
3.94
Is it even possible to discuss Equus anymore without considering Harry Potter's wang? Were there conversations that existed about this strange, psycho...more
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Nov 23, 2008
 
And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks
3.70
This was actually not as bad as I thought it would be, and certainly not as bad as some English Prof friends who have never read it but heard poor thi...more
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Jan 10, 2010
 
Exiles
3.33
Do you have to read Ulysses? No. But you shouldn't be scared of it either. Just jump right in and quit being a pussy. Joyce was an Aquarius and if the...more
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Apr 04, 2009
 
Eat When You Feel Sad
3.63
This book has way too many words in it. I thought I'd read it in a few hours but it took like...3 days. I like Zach's radio show on his blog so I figu...more
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Jul 20, 2010
 
The Nimrod Flipout: Stories
4.00
I know I'm naive and American (but I'm not ignorant) but Israel's got some funny writers going on. Etgar Keret isn't as hard-hitting and poignant as,...more
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Dec 10, 2009
 
Reading Rilke: Reflections on the Problems of Translation
3.95
more Gass. What can I say? For a while the only thing I could think of when I heard Rilke was Igby saying "Every year some asshole gives me a copy of...more
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Jun 10, 2013
 
Landscape of the Body
3.86
If you happen to watch the movie Six Degrees of Separation you may notice one standout quality--it is very well-written. Thank You John Guare. Clever,...more
Nov 30, 2008
Nov 23, 2008
 
An American Dream
3.49
Hmm...four stars. Not sure if that will hold up in court but I have to admit this book had all the odors of an awful pop-murder noir novel but Mailer'...more
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Sep 26, 2009
 
The Magic Lantern
4.05
I tapped out of this book a few chapters in because I found myself either skipping pages at a time or sleeping. I had higher hopes of this because it...more
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Oct 28, 2008
 
The Complete Stories
4.34
my brother re-enrolled in some community college and for his english class this semester had to read The Metamorphosis and some Gabriel Garcia Marquez...more
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Jun 10, 2013
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