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Hard Rain Falling by Don Carpenter
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Suspicious Minds by Ian Gold
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Based on the subtitle of the book (and, if I recall, the blurbs on the dust jacket, though I always throw that away and thus don't have it handy), I was expecting a book more in line with my broad thought on the whole mental health thing (mainly, tha ...more
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Resuscitation Of A Hanged Man by Denis Johnson
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You know what - pretty good. Part mystery caper, part Catholic angst, a little this, a little that, keeps moving. Good.

I think Roger Ebert would have liked this book.
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A Frolic of His Own by William Gaddis
A Frolic of His Own
by William Gaddis
read in May, 2015
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This is basically a replay of my review of Carpenter's Gothic... funny, good sensibility, but the style beats you down. I'm still giving three stars, Mr Gaddis was clearly talented, I'm glad Mr Gaddis existed, I'm just not sure I want to read any mor ...more
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The Bushwhacked Piano by Thomas McGuane
The Bushwhacked Piano
by Thomas McGuane
read in April, 2015
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Started out slow, reached a relatively tepid peak when Payne was at the Montana ranch, and wheezed from there out out. The dullard Wayne Codd was the most interesting character and that's not a compliment.

What can I say. Sorry.

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The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway
“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”
Ernest Hemingway
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Short Letter, Long Farewell by Peter Handke
Short Letter, Long Farewell
by Peter Handke
read in April, 2015
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Another book that doesn't quite live up to the synopsis on the back.

"air of generalized delirium": maybe a bit at the end
"inventive and exhilarating": eh
"totally unexpected Hollywood twist at the end": clank
"love letter to America": really?
"full of s
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The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett
The Long Tomorrow
by Leigh Brackett
read in April, 2015
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“If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.”
Emma Goldman
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Cleaver by Tim Parks
Cleaver
by Tim Parks
read in March, 2015
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The premise of this vaguely reminded me of my own three night trip to the Fortress of Solitude. So, there's that.

This never quite revved up for me. Not bad, not great. I was annoyed by all the German being said. I realize that may be a part of the po
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Thomas Bernhard
“We always wonder, when we see two people together, particularly when they're actually married, how these two people could have arrived at such a decision, such an act, so we tell ourselves that it's a matter of human nature, that it's very often a case of two people going together, getting together, only in order to kill themselves in time, sooner or later to kill themselves, after mutually tormenting each other for years for for decades, only to end up killing themselves anyway, people who get together even though they probably clearly perceive their future of shared torment, who join together, get married, in the teeth of all reason, who against all reason commit the natural crime of bringing children into the world who then proceed to be the unhappiest imaginable people, we have evidence of this situation wherever we look... People who get together and marry even though they can foresee their future together only as a lifelong shared martyrdom, suddenly all these people qua human beings, human beings qua ordinary people... enter into a union, into a marriage, into their annihilation, step by step down they go into the most horrible situation imaginable, annihilation by marriage, meaning annihilation mental, emotional, and physical, as we can see all around us, the whole world is full of instances confirming this... why, I may well ask myself, this senseless sealing of the bargain, we wonder about it because we have an instance of it before us, how did this instance come to be?”
Thomas Bernhard, Correction

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“Everyone is isolated from everyone else. The concept of society is like a cushion to protect us from the knowledge of that isolation. A fiction that serves as an anesthetic.”
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“I like my human experience served up with a little silence and restraint. Silence makes experience go further and, when it does die, gives it that dignity common to a thing one had touched and not ravished.”
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