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A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
Quit after reading 20%. I knew I was in trouble when I read the first two sentences:

"The morning had dawned clear and cold, with a crispness that hint
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Jul 02, 2007
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Teen melodrama set against the backdrop of an evil, fascist state in which children are tortured and forced to kill for the entertainment of the masse ...more
Mar 03, 2012
Mar 12, 2011
Aspects of the Novel
Like many exponents of "literary" fiction, Forster has no appreciation for the craft, difficulty, or art of story. Consider this ridiculous observatio ...more
Aug 23, 2012
Aug 21, 2012
You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself
This might be one of the most important books I've ever read.
Apr 05, 2012
Mar 21, 2012
Bad Boy
Thompson earned money to go to college by selling bootleg whiskey for Al Capone's network.

Take THAT, Don Fucking DeLillo.
Mar 12, 2014
Mar 13, 2014
The Big Butt Book
The, uh, essays -- yeah, the ESSAYS -- were excellent.
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Nov 20, 2010
The Ultimate Resource 2
The magnum opus of one of the great contrarians.
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Feb 14, 2007
The Wire: Truth Be Told
The Wire is over. Long live The Wire.
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Feb 15, 2007
Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars
Reading this book brought home how terrible visual arts education is in our public school system. I'm guessing that due to our Protestant heritage -- ...more
Nov 03, 2012
Oct 16, 2012
The Legal Analyst: A Toolkit for Thinking about the Law
Most lists of "What to Read the Summer Before Law School" are bullshit. One's concerns the first year are overwhelming practical -- Am I cut out for t ...more
Jan 06, 2009
May 30, 2008
Contracts: Cases and Materials (University Casebook Series)
A solicits a price quote from B via mail. B faxes one to A. A mails an order that includes an arbitration clause and asks for delivery on the January ...more
May 12, 2008
Aug 01, 2007
Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
If Taubes is right we should all be very, very angry.

He makes two basic claims:

1. The calories-in, calories-out theory of fat regulation is entirely
Jun 2012
May 31, 2012
What Are You Laughing At? A Comprehensive Guide to the Comedic Event
I tried reading Freud's "Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious" a couple months ago b/c I was interested in an analysis of what makes comedy wor ...more
Jul 27, 2012
Jul 21, 2012
Good Calories, Bad Calories
Lots of good and fascinating information, but not high on the readability index. Taubes is trying to overturn common wisdom so he builds his case very ...more
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Oct 27, 2007
How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
A wonderful introduction to a fascinating person. It's almost criminal that I got through 19 years of education and only heard his name once (12th gra ...more
Nov 22, 2012
Apr 23, 2011
Memory (Hard Case Crime, #64)
Might be one of the best novels I've ever read. Combines the existentialism of Camus's "The Stranger" with the despair and fear of Kafka's "The Trial. ...more
Apr 05, 2014
May 11, 2010
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
I know, let's create a wonderfully rich fantasy world and mythos which centers around a protagonist who's a total bore. Who never seems to react or mo ...more
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Feb 14, 2007
Happy Days Were Here Again: Reflections of a Libertarian Journalist
This guy was once the standard-bearer of the conservative movement. Now people look to the likes of Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter. Too bad.
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Feb 20, 2007
The Order of Things: How Everything in the World Is Organized Into Hierarchies, Structures, and Pecking Orders
If, like me, you're one of those sickos who loves organizing, cataloging, ranking and labeling, this book is like porn.
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Feb 17, 2007
Hollywood Station (Hollywood Station, #1)
I cannot improve on the blog post that prompted me to read it, so I'll repost a lengthy excerpt:

Which brings
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May 27, 2008
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
My copy of this book says to file it under "economics." This is an error. This is a wonderful work of psychology and philosophy, a modern exposition o ...more
Apr 15, 2012
May 17, 2007
Rosa Blanca
It's no wonder to me why this is out of print because it's the worst novel I've ever read. First, the flat, stock characters -- the noble Indian and h ...more
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Mar 10, 2010
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
Parts I and II get 2 stars, while parts III and IV get 4 stars. The story takes far too long to get going, but picks up quite nicely when the fair ope ...more
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Jul 06, 2009
In Praise of Commercial Culture
Essential reading for arts-and-humanities types. The commercial/economic context in which art is created is every bit as important as the intellectual ...more
Feb 26, 2012
Feb 21, 2012
BJs on the Roof
Mortensen has a real knack for mixing corporate satire and sweet romance. Like her novel "Can Job" (which you should get if you enjoy this short story ...more
Jun 30, 2013
Jun 30, 2013
Culturematic: How Reality TV, John Cheever, a Pie Lab, Julia Child, Fantasy Football . . . Will Help You Create and Execute Breakthrough Ideas
A handbook for DIY cultural innovation that will appeal to artists, designers, and creative people of all kinds. Reading Grant's work always gives me ...more
May 02, 2012
Apr 27, 2012
Somebody Owes Me Money (Hard Case Crime #44)
A wonderful novel that would make a great movie. The mob, gambling, crime, late 60s-early 70s NYC low lifes, and a genuine mystery that isn't solved u ...more
Jul 07, 2013
Jul 05, 2013
The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy
I'm only a middling sports fan, know little about the NBA or basketball, yet I couldn't put this down. Worth it for the footnotes alone. Are his Page ...more
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Dec 03, 2009
Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder
Apparently, since this book's initial publication, Hodel's theory has been discredited. Ellroy no longer believes and others have poked too many holes ...more
May 27, 2009
May 16, 2009
My Sister's Keeper
Too melodramatic for me, particularly the ending. Although her motivation makes sense by the end of the book, I had a hard time buying the premise tha ...more
Jun 21, 2009
Jun 09, 2009
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