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Taipei
3.40
Taipei – The Charlie Rose interview


Charlie Rose: When Tao Lin graduated New York University in 2005, he began a career which pumped new life into the...more
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Dec 27, 2012
 
Kafka Was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir
3.70
A fabulously novelistic memoir.

Broyard's writing is, in a word, whimsical. He writes stuff like "To open a bookshop is one of the persistent romances,...more
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Mar 14, 2012
 
Adulterers Anonymous
3.66
One comes for proto-goth icon Lydia Lunch, but ends up staying for Exene Cervenka, whose deadpan free-verse monologues scamper across the page in gidd...more
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Aug 27, 2011
 
Women
3.92
It's pretty bad; even a superficial reading can discern that.
Whereas Ham on Rye is a touching novel about growing up in unfortunate conditions, and Fa...more
Nov 29, 2012
Nov 19, 2012
 
Thérèse Raquin
3.71
Even in 1867, at his young age, Zola clearly had skill as a novelist. The prose is terse yet engaging, while dripping with poetic morbidity when it is...more
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Feb 01, 2012
 
Urien’s Voyage
3.55
While I was in New York visiting The New School I made a side trip to Strand Bookstore and bought this for six dollars. My parents listened to a Jeff...more
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Apr 21, 2012
 
The Temptation of St. Antony
3.80
Beautifully conveyed, and more shocking than À Rebours.

"Antony meets all his enemies one after another. He recognises people whom he had forgotten. Be...more
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Dec 12, 2011
 
Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook: Uncollected Stories and Essays, 1944-1990
4.14
Very many posthumous Bukowski titles are underwhelming, but this collection escapes the trend in its pithy selection of vital, uncollected works. His...more
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Aug 27, 2011
 
All You Who Sleep Tonight: Poems
4.20
Protocols

What can I say to you? How can I now retract
All that that fool, my voice, has spoken–
Now that the facts are plain, the placid surface cracked...more
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Feb 19, 2012
 
The Dictionary of Accepted Ideas
3.95
Flaubert's mock-dictionary into which he poured the contrived opinions of the fin de siècle uppercrust.
If that synopsis didn't tip you off, it's possi...more
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Apr 24, 2011
 
Roman Poems
4.32
It is painfully clear that, in this case, the poetry has suffered in translation. I look at the Italian and it simply sounds better than the English....more
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Mar 17, 2012
 
The Lost Steps
3.71
Breton in a particularly arrogant stage of his career.

It is irritating to have Breton mock Gide, an easy and undeserving target, again and again in mu...more
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Jun 24, 2011
 
Sanctuary
3.66
Of Faulkner's works I have only read Sanctuary, As I Lay Dying and the story Barn Burning. I thought nothing of Barn Burning, but As I Lay Dying floor...more
Apr 30, 2012
Mar 21, 2012
 
Night Games and Other Stories and Novellas
4.11
The prose is somewhat attractive, but these are altogether very simple stories about extramarital affairs and gambling and backstabbing friends and ot...more
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Oct 09, 2013
 
Hairstyles of the Damned
3.71
I bought this on a whim when I was sixteen. Even then I knew it was pants-on-head retarded.

It is a young adult novel, but the 'adults' to whom it is m...more
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Apr 24, 2012
 
Long Day's Journey Into Night
4.05
O'Neill is a very novelistic playwright, and this is the most novelistic of his plays; take the brackets off the stage directions and replace "MARY:"...more
Apr 08, 2013
Mar 12, 2013
 
Inventing the Enemy: Essays
3.71
A highly enjoyable collection of "occasional writings" from Eco. (A tangent: Eco, ever so unflamboyant, would have named the book itself Occasional Wr...more
Nov 29, 2012
Nov 05, 2012
 
Concrete Island
3.70
"And I awoke into the war I knew I must wage for all eternity."
-William S. Burroughs, Cities of the Red Night.


Ballard poses a fairly orthodox story, a...more
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Jul 01, 2011
 
White Noise
3.85
The first half (third?) was a cool send-up of academia and consumerism (I can hardly write those words because of how much of a cliche it's become in...more
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Sep 05, 2011
 
The Metamorphosis, In the Penal Colony, and Other Stories
3.98
Pushkin famously said of Gogol that "behind his laughter you feel the unseen tears," and the same could easily be applied to Kafka. Reading The Metamo...more
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Mar 26, 2011
 
Travels in Hyperreality
3.86
A writer interested in a pseudoscholastic take on a nation so consumed by modernity that it became a hysteric caricature, and in the ways history is b...more
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Feb 17, 2012
 
In the American Grain (New Directions Paperback No. 53)
3.98
Using the same premise as Borges in his A Universal History of Iniquity, Williams here attempts to shed new light on history by writing short, fiction...more
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Dec 29, 2011
 
The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara
4.37
It was the beginning of my junior year in boarding school, and during the previous summer I had seen many of my friends leave the school. I, already p...more
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Mar 26, 2011
 
The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
4.15
I think one of Camus' failures is that he strove to be a philosopher when really he was more of a journalist with novelistic aspirations. My favorite...more
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Mar 26, 2011
 
Maldoror and the Complete Works
4.28
It is interesting to think that around 1870, when Arthur Rimbaud's celebrity was international and at its peak, there was another young man writing si...more
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Mar 26, 2011
 
Miss Lonelyhearts/The Day of the Locust
3.94
I've read way too much of this mid-century, dark, pessimistic stuff. Kafka, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Camus, Cheever, Bellow... and now Nathanael West! Th...more
Jan 27, 2012
Dec 29, 2011
 
Things Fall Apart
3.55
It's viscerally fascinating to see Okonkwo's wrenching descent from power. It's like seeing Godzilla shot down by UFOs; a frightening tyrant brought d...more
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Jun 24, 2011
 
Whores for Gloria
3.71
Somewhat shallow. There are a lot of interesting themes, like Jimmy's fear of admitting to himself that Gloria is a figment, that are briefly skimmed...more
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Dec 28, 2011
 
Ham on Rye
4.15
There's real wisdom in this novel, like when Hank sarcastically adopts Nazism in college just to have allegiance to something, but what's most strikin...more
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Mar 26, 2011
 
Mating Males: An Evolutionary Perspective on Mammalian Reproduction
3.00
A strange book, something of a highly informal biology textbook peppered with some of the author's autobiographical information. Timothy Glover is a s...more
Feb 02, 2013
Jan 27, 2013
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