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The Big Sleep
She was the first thing I saw when I walked into the bookstore. Such a looker I damn near tripped over a stack of calf-high hardbacks set next to a s ...more
Aug 22, 2008
Aug 19, 2008
I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell (Tucker Max, #1)
This book makes me embarrassed to be a man. The fact that it has sold 400,000 copies makes embarrassed to be a reader. That it's justified as bathroom ...more
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Dec 28, 2008
A Moveable Feast
Whenever a friend/Roman/lover/countryman/debtor/student/
jackass bar brawler tells me that Hemingway lost it after THE SUN ALSO RISES or (being generou
Aug 1989
Dec 11, 2007
The Big Penis Book
I started to shoplift this the other day, but I couldn't stuff it into my pants.
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Jun 01, 2008
The Mermaid Chair
This book is so corny it will pass straight through you, undigested.
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Aug 27, 2008
Lady Chatterley's Lover
I see a lot of my GR friends are currently reading this, so I'll be interested to see what they think of it. I understand the importance of this one-- ...more
May 25, 1986
Feb 11, 2009
Tender Is the Night
This is a hard but necessary book to read. It should be the type of plot we're attracted to, because it's a dissolution story, not unlike LOST WEEKEND ...more
Jul 1992
Dec 21, 2007
The Last of the Mohicans (The Leatherstocking Tales #2)
I can still remember the edition of this that---somehow---I had in my room as a child. It was a hardback, dense type, the occasional woodcut, thin pag ...more
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Jan 18, 2009
Dog Soldiers
A few weeks ago I happened to catch the 1978 adaptation of this novel, Who'll Stop the Rain, starring Nick Nolte when he was only, like, 36 instead of ...more
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Dec 22, 2010
Pierre, or The Ambiguities
I like to think of this as the Metal Machine Music of American literature. It's a crazy, baffling, totally alienating renunciation of readers of the 1 ...more
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Jan 18, 2009
I've resisted reviewing this one since I've been on this website because I didn't really think I could convey how weirdly central it's become to my li ...more
Jan 1974
Jan 06, 2008
The Complete Maus (Maus, #1-2)
This was our second book in the local library's discussion of Jewish graphic novels. It is, of course, the most famous and most celebrated exemplar of ...more
Aug 2008
Sep 10, 2008
Last Night at the Lobster
Reading this book I was reminded of Joe Queenan's Red Lobster, White Trash, and the Blue Lagoon (1999), an unfunny book of tossed-off "humor" pieces a ...more
Jan 2007
Jan 09, 2008
I recently read this for an encyclopedia entry I was writing on post-2000 coming-of-age novels, so my assessment, I fear, isn't really fair. On the on ...more
Oct 2007
Dec 11, 2007
Love Medicine
Erdrich's first and still best-known work (because it's the one most often taught) has become something of a model for the contemporary short-story cy ...more
Jun 1987
Mar 28, 2008
Sabbath's Theater
I can respect other folks' positive reviews of SABBATH's THEATER. I'm normally a big Roth fan, too---I really got a lot out of AMERICAN PASTORAL, THE ...more
Jan 2004
Dec 24, 2007
Go Ask Alice
When I was a child I used to slip into my mother's paperbacks late at night when no one was looking. This was one of the first books I gobbled up, in ...more
Jan 1973
Dec 19, 2007
This Side of Paradise
A very flawed novel but one much adored in its day---in fact, Paradise was FSF's best known work during his lifetime (not Gatsby). Inevitably, biograp ...more
Jan 1993
Dec 11, 2007
The Thin Man
If I weren't the mean teacher I am I'd cut Hammett slack and round up to four stars because this---the last of his novels---is a solid 3-1/2. And that ...more
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Nov 10, 2011
Vernon God Little
Another book read for my coming-of-age encyclopedia entry. It's pretty clear this book won the Booker Prize because the Brits felt like flipping the b ...more
Feb 2007
Dec 19, 2007
Six Fang Marks & a Tetanus Shot
I owe Richard a big apology. I read Six Fang Marks back in September when we traded books and I've been as unprofessional as a comet-tailing hooker by ...more
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Sep 02, 2008
The Ivory Grin
This is the first time Archer went all sociologically profound on our genre-loving asses, and there's pros and cons. The good news is that Macdonald's ...more
Apr 09, 2011
Apr 13, 2011
The Blue Hammer
Yesterday I got so sick of that stupid Seth Rogen superhero movie trailer that I turned to my ladycakes and said, "I would honestly like to smash that ...more
Dec 28, 2010
Dec 29, 2010
The Way We Die Now
Great title---one of the best interextual noir spins on another title ever, in fact. Every time I think of Trollope (or John W. Aldridge, who copped T ...more
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Nov 22, 2010
The Plague
THE PLAGUE is my favorite Camus in part because it treats its subject humanely. While I can appreciate this historical influence of THE STRANGER, I fi ...more
Jan 1986
Dec 25, 2007
A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates
In retrospect this may not have been the ideal book to read immediately on the heels of Shade of the Raintree: The Life and Death of Ross Lockridge, J ...more
Feb 21, 2009
Feb 24, 2009
A Mind of Its Own: A Cultural History of the Penis
Can't wait to get my hands on this one and give it a whack.
not set
Jun 19, 2008
Sex Drives: Fantasies of Fascism in Literary Modernism
The big controversy in England over F1 chair Max Mosley's "Nazi sex orgy" ( got me wondering what exactly is ...more
Jan 2008
Apr 04, 2008
Charlotte Temple & Lucy Temple
This is the first selection in our 19th Cent American Novels class this semester (even though, technically, it's an 18th cen novel), so I'm rereading. ...more
Jul 1990
Jan 04, 2009
The Blithedale Romance
Flat out my favorite Hawthorne, though I end up teaching THE SCARLET LETTER a lot more. This is probably his one work that feels very contemporary, wh ...more
Jan 1982
Dec 31, 2007
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