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The Tesseract
I went to a drop in medical centre today and got told there was a couple hour wait, but I could go for a wander and come back. I dropped into a nearby ...more
Dec 17, 2010
Dec 17, 2010
Proust and Signs: The Complete Text
I'm gonna go out on a limb and give this five stars; it's a limb because I only recently finished Proust and this is the first critical study of his w ...more
Jul 08, 2011
Jul 08, 2011
Selected Poems, 1923-1958
im too o-l-d
and ja

for e e
and balloons

and spring
and love
in spring
Aug 17, 2011
Aug 16, 2011
Dream of Fair to Middling Women
Beckett wrote this at 26 - my age - and initially had it rejected by everyone he sent it to, and later refused to have it published until after he die ...more
Aug 13, 2011
Jul 28, 2011
The Third Mind
The cut-up technique of creating poetry can be traced back to the French in 1917, when Tristan Tzara produced a poem in public by pulling words at ran ...more
Aug 27, 2011
Aug 26, 2011
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Narrated by one arsehole, who brags about how much drugs and drink he can take over a couple days with another arsehole. Like Bukowski, Kerouac et al, ...more
Jun 18, 2011
Jun 18, 2011
Crazy Cock
An early work of Miller, in which he somewhat fails to write in the third person, and shows some of the qualities that we all grew to love in his late ...more
not set
Feb 21, 2010
While I sympathise with its anti-modernist sentiments, this was one of Ballard's most poorly executed works, terrible characters, really jumpy plot, d ...more
Jul 08, 2011
Jul 08, 2011
My Mother/Madame Edwarda/The Dead Man
Despite what Mishima might have you believe in the preface, 'My Mother' is the key work here. Highly recommended for a good read to fans of Genet, H M ...more
Feb 25, 2011
Feb 23, 2011
Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch
Not his greatest work. The first 100 or so pages unravel an anti-societal (somewhat Rousseau/Thoureauian) and pro-community philosophy, which I found ...more
Sep 18, 2011
Sep 04, 2011
Drinking in Vogue
McNulty is a Chinese-born, American-raised British journalist who at the time of this books publication was a Vogue columnist. This book, despite bein ...more
Jan 17, 2014
Jan 17, 2014
Death & Fame: Poems, 1993 1997
Didn't think I was really going to like this, based on the one poem in this collection that I was familiar with, The Ballad of the Skeletons, which Gi ...more
not set
Feb 15, 2010
A truly absurd work with plenty of gore, sex, science, poetry, history, politics, dreamlike passages, an existential hero (think a more fucked up Hung ...more
Oct 10, 2010
Oct 10, 2010
The Buddha of Suburbia (Faber Firsts)
If namedropping were a crime, Kureishi would be on death row. The pages of his first novel are peppered with references to pop culture and the literar ...more
Aug 14, 2010
Aug 14, 2010
Williams' prose is near-perfect and his presentation of time is superb. Of course, this isn't a huge surprise, as Williams was, like many contemporary ...more
Aug 11, 2010
Aug 10, 2010
We Can Build You
Entertaining and smooth enough that I got through 200 pages of this in transit between 3:30-6:30am this morning, still, it doesn't really go anywhere. ...more
Nov 23, 2010
Nov 22, 2010
The Book of J
"J" is proposed by scholars to be the author of one of the earliest Biblical texts, which was split up over the following millennium and greatly edite ...more
Sep 2010
Aug 28, 2010
A Tale of Two Cities
I feel that I'll enjoy this more on my second read. Begins quite punishingly, but very rewarding in the last hundred pages or so (I read the closing 1 ...more
Feb 25, 2011
Feb 21, 2011
American Psycho
I was thinking before, having just read this horrible book by Alex Garland about some of the worst books I've read, and I remembered Brett Easton Elli ...more
not set
Dec 17, 2010
Bone Black: Memories Of Girlhood
Autobiographical prose by a critical theorist. She attempts to recreate the voice of her childhood and teenage self, maintaining a degree of innocence ...more
Sep 08, 2010
Sep 08, 2010
I couldn't sleep so I got in the bath and starting reading this out loud. Nearly three hours later I'm wrinkly as a granny, nearly lost my voice, and ...more
Sep 10, 2011
May 19, 2010
Set on a university campus, this is a book about Egyptians living in Chicago. While its political commentary is perhaps valid, its social commentary i ...more
Mar 17, 2011
Mar 15, 2011
Well, this is what happens when you find yourself stuck at an airport with four hours until a flight, having not slept for 36 hours, and with the only ...more
May 24, 2010
May 23, 2010
Humpty Dumpty in Oakland
No science fiction here - to my surprise, Dick wasn't a one trick pony. In this book, a period piece of sorts, Dick deals with the plight of modern ma ...more
Jan 17, 2014
Jan 17, 2014
Earth in the Mouth: A Story
If this book had have ended after it's second section, I would have given it one star and a brief review along the lines of "Shit in the Mouth" a la t ...more
Jun 16, 2010
Jun 15, 2010
The Piano Teacher
When you've seen the adaptation of a book before reading it, it's hard to read it objectively. And while I'm probably overlooking that this set up the ...more
Aug 14, 2011
Aug 14, 2011
Annie John
Stylistically not as interesting as her short-prose collection At the Bottom of the River, featuring a very difficult to like but fairly well develope ...more
May 10, 2011
May 10, 2011
The Impossible
Bought this copy at City Lights books in San Francisco. Great selection, but I wanted to buy something that they'd published, and I was surprised I ha ...more
Jul 08, 2011
Jul 08, 2011
The Art of Loving
Not a self-help book. Fromm takes cues from Freud and to a degree Jung, and I suppose has a bit in common with Frankfurt School philosophers, I guess ...more
Jun 18, 2011
Jun 18, 2011
The Bridge on the Drina
Structurally impressive, incredibly precise prose, plenty of clever little allegorical tales and historical bites... I really wanted to like this a lo ...more
Jul 28, 2011
Jul 10, 2011
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