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Humboldt's Gift
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The Gentrification of the Mind by Sarah Schulman
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The Red and the Black by Stendhal
The Red and the Black
by Stendhal
read in November, 2014
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The edition translated by Lloyd C. Parks is apparently not an option on Goodreads. In any case, the author's unflagging sarcasm mixed with the main character Julien's manipulation (born out of his own ambition) of the clerical, political, and social ...more
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Love, Anarchy, and Emma Goldman by Candace Serena Falk
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My Disillusionment in Russia by Emma Goldman
My Disillusionment in Russia
by Emma Goldman
read in January, 2014
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If there is a more personal and riveting political memoir out there I would like to read it. Emma Goldman writes about her first hand experiences in Russia during the two years she lived there, from 1920 to 1921. She enjoyed wide access to public fig ...more
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My Disillusionment in Russia by Emma Goldman
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Pimp by Iceberg Slim
Pimp: The Story of My Life
by Iceberg Slim
read in December, 2013
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Both fascinating because of all the scheming and slang (there is a slang dictionary in the back that slightly helps) and disturbing given the events that transpire. The author maintains a credibility however due to the confessional nature of the book ...more
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The Gentrification of the Mind by Sarah Schulman
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Just Kids by Patti Smith
Just Kids
by Patti Smith
read in July, 2013
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Patti Smith's dedication to her friend Robert Mapplethorpe and their/her work is inspiring. She is over indulgent at times with words and symbolism related to her 'pursuit of art' but I've always taken this as an emotional boldness. I also find her e ...more
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A Book of Dreams by Peter Reich
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The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon
The Lazarus Project
by Aleksandar Hemon
read in July, 2013
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I'm not sure if I walked away with a coherent understanding of the narrator, nor did some of the looping metaphysical utterances seem to resonate with the story. I really liked the writing overall though, and appreciate that Hemon very lightly sprink ...more
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