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Wilderness of Mirrors: Intrigue, Deception, and the Secrets that Destroyed Two of the Cold War's Most Important Agents
The two titular agents - Angleton and Harvey - are nominally the focus of this briskly-paced book, but the wider intent of the book seems to capture t ...more
Jan 16, 2015
Jan 08, 2015
Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker
What Crouch seeks - and finds - is not only a story of the rise of Charlie Parker. Note the other noun in the subtitle: 'times.' As much as the book t ...more
Jan 07, 2015
Jan 04, 2015
Who I Am
You'd think this memoir's story would go downhill around the same time the Who stopped mattering when Keith Moon died in '78. A strange thing happens, ...more
Aug 18, 2014
Aug 18, 2014
Quick Question: New Poems
New Ash is Ash worth reading all the same: has its highs and lows but like most of these small volumes of his that dribble out in recent years, not th ...more
not set
May 14, 2013
Washington Square
"Morris Townsend agreed with her that books were tiresome things; only, as he said, you had to read a good many before you found it out."

A small, tens
Sep 28, 2014
Sep 29, 2014
Begins at the end and eventually gets back there in sterling and engrossing style; features an absorbing section that ought to be subtitled 'Everythin ...more
Mar 02, 2013
Apr 15, 2013
Gravity's Rainbow
“It is difficult to perceive just what the f*** is happening here" is a line that pops up late in the book and seems to describe the whole enterprise ...more
Sep 05, 2013
Sep 26, 2013
Not quite a book per se but an artifact of literature nonetheless; the closeness of another's grief is rarely as elegantly rending as it is here
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Apr 15, 2013
My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind
reading a book that catalogues anxiety through time surprisingly does not alleviate one of it
May 16, 2014
Aug 18, 2014
We the Animals
Nice to see a family member acknowledged in a well-wrought, elliptical, hypnagogic Bildungsroman
Aug 17, 2014
Aug 18, 2014
All's well that ends well: although he may not have, this book does; you figure out the rest.
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Apr 15, 2013
The Sense of an Ending
a work for one sitting whether you want or not: it makes you stay until you're done with it
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Apr 15, 2013
Flow Chart
Our greatest living poet writes down a dream solid enough to hold in your hands
May 06, 2014
Aug 18, 2014
Monsieur Pain
For those (not so) rare occasions you want to turn into a nervous wreck (and enjoy it)
not set
Apr 15, 2013
Letters to a Young Contrarian
pouring over with salient advice for living in devious times
Jul 18, 2014
Aug 18, 2014
Operation Shylock: A Confession
unheimlich and riotously absurd: in short, the master
Jul 23, 2014
Aug 18, 2014
The Savage Detectives
I guess this kind of leads into 2666 but with more bohemians
May 26, 2013
May 26, 2013
T.S. Eliot
A good overview of a great poet and a bad man
Jun 23, 2014
Aug 18, 2014
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
eminently readable, immanently hateable
Jun 02, 2014
Aug 18, 2014
Exit Ghost
late Roth, good Roth
May 12, 2014
Aug 18, 2014
The Dying Animal
slight, good, done
May 28, 2014
Aug 18, 2014
May 14, 2014
Aug 18, 2014
Zuckerman Bound: The Ghost Writer / Zuckerman Unbound / The Anatomy Lesson / The Prague Orgy
Proustian, perverse, alienating, funny, a reverse Dantesque finishing in Limbo
Jan 2013
Apr 15, 2013
Our Man in Havana
An absurd espionage thriller so hilarious that the perfect conclusion almost slips by - almost
Jul 21, 2013
Jul 08, 2013
Cloud Atlas
at the end of the Great Dictator Charlie Chaplin broke the fourth wall to give a great and out-of-place speech about 'humanity.' Something like that d ...more
May 14, 2013
May 14, 2013
Considering the Radiance: Essays on the Poetry of A.R. Ammons
Good and enlightening essays about Ammons. You get to know him in ways different from the distinctly personal but wary persona of his poems.
May 28, 2013
Apr 15, 2013
The Power and the Glory
If you want to learn how to write, go here. If you want to learn depravity, hopelessness and hope, come here too.
May 27, 2013
Jul 17, 2011
The Odyssey
not set
Jul 17, 2011
The Human Stain (The American Trilogy, #3)
not set
Jul 17, 2011
Islands in the Stream
Mar 03, 2014
Apr 15, 2013
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