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It is heresy in America to embrace any way of life except as half of a couple. Solitude is un-American.Erica Jong
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Drinking, Smoking and Screwing by Sara Nickles
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Good, perfect for the airplane. All the selections except maybe Donleavy were just the right length.

I may look to pick up some Tom Robbins after seeing his work in this book.
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Drinking, Smoking and Screwing by Sara Nickles
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Straight Man by Richard Russo
Straight Man
by Richard Russo
read in June, 2014
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This is the genre I keep swearing off and keep coming back to. Here I am again. Strongest in the middle of the book, at the peak of the whole duck (goose?) situation. Warm and cool otherwise, drags a bit here and there.
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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.Paul Bowles
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Jakob von Gunten by Robert Walser
Jakob von Gunten
by Robert Walser
read in May, 2014
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The Drop Edge of Yonder by Rudolph Wurlitzer
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Not bad, not awesome... I don't agree with the cover blurb about being a "western if Céline had written one", it's not nearly misanthropic enough, but a good well paced fun read.
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The Pilgrim Hawk by Glenway Wescott
The Pilgrim Hawk
by Glenway Wescott
read in May, 2014
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Pretty good - nice and taut, I like the analogies between hawks and men, pick it up and read it, doesn't take long. Les Misérables is available from your bookmonger if you need something long.
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The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil
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this is a tough book to rate. Not sure whether I liked it or not. Tough call. It's like watching a boxer whose style makes it hard to say whether he's won a round or lost a round. It's the John Ruiz of literature.

sorry.
More of Jeff's books…
Paul Bowles
“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.”
Paul Bowles

Erica Jong
“It is heresy in America to embrace any way of life except as half of a couple. Solitude is un-American.”
Erica Jong, Fear of Flying

Stephen Hawking
“People who boast about their I.Q. are losers.”
Stephen Hawking

Djuna Barnes
“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.”
Djuna Barnes

Montesquieu
“Solemnity is the shield of idiots”
Montesquieu

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