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McSweeney's #10 by Michael Chabon
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Nov 19, 08

bookshelves: read-in-2008
Recommended for: fans of genre fiction, sci-fi nerds, hard-boiled private eyes, nerdy hipsters
Read in January, 2008, read count: once

do you like genre fiction? then read this book. tragically, i dislike genre fiction. i'm sure this is a great anthology for people who do like genre fiction. by which i mean, westerns, mysteries, fantasy, old-school pulp novels, & items that can be found in the gold room at powell's in portland, oregon. when i was in college, one of my several majors was popular culture, with an emphasis on the inter-relationship of cinema & literature. which seems weird to me now that i never watch movies, but okay. to this end, i took several classes on genre fiction, in order to thoroughly understand the tropes of your average western novel or sci-fi book. even though i have never liked books like that & still don't. when i moved to portland & applied to be a bookseller at powell's, i was by chance interviewed by the woman who managed the gold room. she was looking for someone to handle romances, thrillers, nautical fiction ("horation hornblower," "jaws") & books on tape. i talked a good game thanks to my college learnin' & got hired. sadly, everyone else on the genre team was a super-nerd who actually really loved the "star trek" novelizations or the "dr. who" books & got psyched for every new sue grafton release. it was evelen months of pure unadulterated nerd-dom, & that is also how i felt reading this anthology, which i read because i was desperately ill with a sinus infection & couldn't concentrate on reading anything i would have actually liked.
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Rick interesting review. You got style, kid! Powell's ... PDX ... you sound like a Greener ...


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