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Hold Everything Dear: Dispatches on Survival and Resistance
3.98
"There are seven levels of despair -- one for each day of the week -- which lead, for some of the more courageous, to the revelation that to offer one ...more
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Dec 20, 2008
 
Kari
3.69
I didn't realize just how sick I was of reading terrible, terrible, graphic novels by mopey white dudes about their boring love life until I read Kari ...more
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Oct 15, 2009
 
Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records, the Indie Label That Got Big and Stayed Small
4.17
Oral histories are such a pleasure to read, and I'm glad that Merge got represented this way. If you're not already vested in certain Superchunk songs ...more
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Nov 10, 2009
 
Chronic City
3.49
The plot's too convoluted to do justice here (much like a Pynchon novel) but I will say that there's an angry sort of specificity in this book that I ...more
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Nov 10, 2009
 
Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture
3.44
I wanted to hate on this book before I even read it, figuring that it was just another in this endless-series of titles cashing in on the corporate ri ...more
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Oct 15, 2009
 
Yonder Stands Your Orphan
3.61
"A sort of burned laughter."

Many people I'm close to swear by Barry Hannah. His sentences stone, his proclamations astute and usually off-color. That
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Nov 10, 2009
 
Neveryona (Neveryon Series)
3.91
Can you really mix Conan-style fantasy with high-falutin' theory? Then move the last book into the modern era & the emergence of the AIDS epidemic ...more
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Feb 26, 2008
 
Dispatches
4.23
War reportage from Vietnam. It took me a good third of the book to get used to his writing style which jumps from anecdotal character studies to a mor ...more
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Apr 04, 2010
 
Light Years
4.11
A couple of authors were gushing about this book at a recent event and it sounded intriguing. From a craft sense I understand the praise. The man is a ...more
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Dec 08, 2009
 
2666
4.19
"no one pays attention to these killings, but the secret of the world is hidden in them."
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Apr 24, 2009
 
Angle of Yaw
4.20
Really a mixed bag here, as most poetry books are. Certain lines are lightning & thunder but there's this huge, unavoidable cloud of annoying driz ...more
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Mar 11, 2010
 
Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko
4.06
Probably not too interesting for non-comics nerds, but the writer does a decent job of getting into the treacherous mechanics of working on mainstream ...more
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Apr 24, 2009
 
Diario de Oaxaca: A Sketchbook Journal of Two Years in Mexico
3.94
I was more familiar with Peter Kuper's political stencil work so this full-color sketchbook from Mexico was a real surprise. It's a way more personal ...more
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Mar 11, 2010
 
Poor George: A Novel
3.52
"I don't see how you can count on co-operation from the government if you intend to instruct students in how to destroy it," said George. Adrift with ...more
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Feb 25, 2010
 
Beijing Coma
3.81
Our protagonist is a student protestor from Tianeman Square, beaten so severely that he's in a coma. Our man is sentient though and takes us through t ...more
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Jun 09, 2009
 
What Is Found There: Notebooks On Poetry And Politics
4.33
Crucial. Timeless.

So rarely do essays successfully argue for the importance of poetry and engaged politics in daily life. And rarer to have a speaker
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Oct 15, 2009
 
A Cultural Dictionary of Punk: 1974-1982
3.95
Self-indulgent, sure. But I am regularly curious about what the academics say about the music & subculture that I feel fairly steeped in.

This one'
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Nov 10, 2009
 
Final Crisis
3.34
Obviously, don't read unless you're already vested in superhero comics. And read this from yr. library.

That said, Grant Morrison continues to do the s
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Apr 09, 2010
 
The Five Percenters: Islam, Hip hop and the Gods of New York
3.89
Curious about the 'mathematics' references certain rappers (GZA, Rakim) drop? The 85%, 10% & then the 5% of 'poor righteous teachers' get covered ...more
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Aug 27, 2009
 
Because They Wanted to: Stories
3.90
I find it curious that the author gets criticized for being rough or unsentimental when her characters are so clearly awash in the complex & confl ...more
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Aug 20, 2009
 
Atmospheric Disturbances
3.13
Ambitious first novel and very well crafted. Not as slapstick as Pynchon but traveling similar paranoid & secret-society routes. A psychiatrist be ...more
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Oct 29, 2008
 
PrairyErth (A Deep Map)
3.98
He's not kidding with the "deep map" & "epic history" part of the title. The author takes a non-linear, immersive journalist approach to the prair ...more
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Aug 20, 2009
 
The Vagrants
3.81
"Let me tell you -- history is, unlike what they say on the loudspeakers, not driven by revolutionary force but by people's desire to climb up onto so ...more
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Apr 26, 2010
 
Kung Fu Cult Masters: From Bruce Lee to Crouching Tiger
4.00
Interested in a British academic's mid-90s take on Hong Kong martial arts films? Definitely a niche read, but this spoke to my sensibilities. Not too ...more
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Oct 15, 2009
 
The Book of Genesis
4.00
Much, much stranger than I expected. Not in Crumb's style, which stays his own, but in the actual text & narrative of Genesis. Great footnotes, to ...more
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Feb 25, 2010
 
The Voice Imitator
3.96
"Anyone, he said to us, who enters the civil service, no matter for what reason and no matter in what capacity, will be laid low and destroyed." p.85
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Jun 15, 2011
 
Earthly Possessions
3.71
Bought on a whim in the 25-cent bin but it treated me well, alternating a kidnapping drama & domestic seething. Southern in a rare, quiet & no ...more
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Oct 31, 2008
 
The Oxford American Book of Great Music Writing
3.74
Who doesn't love to argue or gush about music? Worth browsing at your public library if you care about any of the subjects...
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Jun 09, 2009
 
The Ransom of Russian Art
3.67
This was the 1st John McPhee book I picked up, and it reads like a longer, immersive magazine article on an American economics professor who starts co ...more
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Nov 04, 2008
 
Master of Reality
4.05
"Maybe you don't mean any harm, maybe you just get carried away. That's what 'After Forever' is like: too heavy to keep from crushing things. Ozzy is ...more
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Aug 16, 2008
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