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5 stars for the music – the best part. Guitarists will appreciate the description of how Keith came up with 5 string open G tuning, which he often use ...more
Feb 07, 2011
Jan 30, 2011
First posted in 2011. [Revision dates in brackets]

Plot synopsis:
Man walks around Dublin.
Nothing important happens.

You probabl
May 13, 2011
Jun 16, 2010
Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1)
If you are reading this review, there is no doubt that you are a Goodreader, possibly someone contemplating reading all of In Search of Lost Time, or ...more
Mar 27, 2014
Mar 14, 2013
What Pooh Might Have Said to Dante and Other Futile Speculations
A review of a book of book reviews sounds like something recommended by the Department of Redundancy Department. Nevertheless, this little jewel is we ...more
Apr 27, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
Eichmann in Jerusalem : A Report on the Banality of Evil
A few words about the title, “Eichmann in Jerusalem.” It is concise and accurate in identifying the trial of 1961, but it gives no clue about the insi ...more
Jan 20, 2014
Dec 29, 2013
Money’s Nothing
Five stars for honesty and intensity. (And a sixth star for damn good writing.)
It’s like a brick upside the head for us ordinary folk sleepwalking thr
Apr 25, 2014
Apr 12, 2014
If Research Were Romance and Other Implausible Conjectures
Yet another update … July 22, 2013 … at the end.

This update is a (4%) progress report. Scroll down to beginning.
This is an early (2%) progress
Jul 06, 2013
Jun 22, 2013
Sodom and Gomorrah (In Search of Lost Time, #4)
At one level, the Dreyfus Affair cracks open.
At another, the closet door opens wider.

By now, I am accustomed to Proust’s writing style, his sentence
Jan 02, 2015
Mar 14, 2013
A Fine Balance
‘The proofreader nodded … “You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair.” ‘

That sentence rang out near the third point of the book, an
Jul 26, 2014
Apr 28, 2014
Margaret Bourke-White: Photographer
Margaret Bourke-White is one of my favorite photographers. The Goodreads blurb gives an overview of her extensive career. Life Magazine sent her all o ...more
Dec 29, 2014
Nov 26, 2014
The Waves
The Waves barged to the front of my reading list, displacing all others, the unfinished books and overdue reviews. It was a joy.

Gabrielle writes: “Fo
Dec 26, 2010
Dec 24, 2010
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
This is the life story of Louis Zamperini, WW II Army airman and POW.
It is the best book on my Survival shelf. Well researched, beautifully written an
Feb 14, 2011
Jan 26, 2011
Family Matters
There is more to the title than first meets the eye. Is it family MATTERS? Or is it FAMILY matters? The meaning of “matters” evolves as the story prog ...more
Jul 12, 2014
Jun 18, 2014
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Many years later, as I faced the final pages of this book, I was to remember that distant afternoon, more than thirty years before, when Francoise sto ...more
May 08, 2015
Jan 03, 2015
Dear Life
Review added 2-21-2014.

I've enjoyed Munro’s stories since 1990, but have read only a small fraction of her work. Most collections seem to have a few s
Mar 2013
Dec 17, 2012
Sex and Cupcakes: A Juicy Collection of Essays
Rachel Kramer-Bussel is a busy writer. She has edited many anthologies of erotica, led workshops on writing erotica, and much more. However, Sex and C ...more
Nov 07, 2014
Oct 31, 2014
Art Nouveau, Belgium, France: Catalogue of an Exhibition Organized by the Institute for the Arts, Rice University, and the Art Institute of Chicago:
(Before the title page)
“Years ago, someone who was twenty-three in 1900 gave me an inkling what Art Nouveau meant for his generation. I was speaking a
Jan 1976
Mar 14, 2014
Lonely Planet Discover India
Discover India by Lonely Planet is one of two guidebooks we used on a four week trip to India. The other is India – DK Eyewitness Travel. Both were us ...more
Aug 2014
Apr 27, 2014
Breakfast of Champions
Hiding beneath a tale told by a lunatic, is a sane look at America around 1970, covered in black humor and cynicism.

I felt like I was Wallace Shawn li
May 2009
May 20, 2009
I sometimes forget that the English language can be so beautiful. Orlando is a delightful reminder.
Sep 17, 2013
Sep 03, 2013
How Proust Can Change Your Life
“… we are tempted to visit Illiers-Combray.”

“It should not be Illiers-Combray that we visit. A genuine homage to Proust would be to look at our world
Mar 07, 2014
Mar 01, 2014
The Best of Franz Kafka's Short Stories
I was excited to find this audiobook. Who better to read Kafka than Lotte Lenya? Both were born in Austria-Hungary in the late 1800’s. I imagined trac ...more
Feb 27, 2013
Mar 04, 2013
In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower (In Search of Lost Time, #2)
Five stars, of course.
I liked In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower even more than Swann’s Way. It looks like other Goodreaders also liked it, as t
May 16, 2014
Mar 14, 2013
Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything
After reading Gleick’s Chaos in 1989 and The Information this year, I was anticipating Faster. What a letdown. Chaos and The Information rocked. Faste ...more
Aug 19, 2011
Aug 16, 2011
A Visit from the Goon Squad
"One cannot review a bad book without showing off."
— W.H. Auden

This book won the Pulitzer Prize, and many other awards. For more than half way throug
May 23, 2011
May 14, 2011
Fugitive Pigments
It is a feast of small plates,
a tapas to be sampled again and again.

Sometimes I thought I would never finish.
One or two words would send me into a day
Jan 02, 2014
Sep 01, 2013
Selected Shorts: Even More Laughs
The correct title is Selected Shorts: Even More Laughs.

“Selected Shorts is a program featuring readings of classic and new short fiction, recorded liv
not set
Mar 09, 2011
Nasdaq Handbook: The Stock Market for the Next 100 Years : A Complete Reference for Investors, Registered Representatives, Company Executives, Resea
The Nasdaq Handbook: The Stock Market for the Next 100 Years, 1992, should not be confused with The Nasdaq Handbook: The Stock Market of Tomorrow - To ...more
Jan 2010
Jun 28, 2014
To the Lighthouse
The writing is beautiful, mos def 5 star quality. And yet, I was disappointed. I had hoped for the same magic I found in The Waves, an unreasonable co ...more
Dec 21, 2011
Dec 22, 2011
Sag Harbor
Halfway through this book, I was bored and ready to quit. It just wasn’t going anywhere. What’s wrong with me? This book has great buzz and an author ...more
Jul 16, 2009
Jul 16, 2009
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