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The Scalpel, the Sword by Sydney Gordon
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Conspicuous Consumption by Thorstein Veblen
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Like a dry, uneven satire written by Henry James. Just not juicy enough for me. To be fair, the whole was devoured in the whoozy and pained post-operative state. Not the best for many books. I'll have to come back to this to see if I served it poorly ...more
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The Way Home by Harry Mathews
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An uneven collection which gets better as it chugs along. Reaches brilliance with the Armenian Papers (and perhaps The Orchard) and ends on the rather straightforward Autobiography. Worth those few things alone, though I am curious now to move on to ...more
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Against Civilization by John Zerzan
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Dacia spied this beside my chair recently, flipped through it and muttered that it sounded like just a bunch of angry old men. Sadly, it didn't even live up to that. The way themes overlap in the first half of the book is a textbook case of how NOT t ...more
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The Company of Ghosts by Lydie Salvayre
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Originally picked this up used because it was on Dalkey Archives, the second press to publish my favorite author, Carole Maso. It was okay, but forgetful. The text an alternating paranoid monologues with a kafka-esque (if I am so allowed) finishing s ...more
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The Book Nobody Read by Owen Gingerich
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I love a good intellectual mystery or personal history of crazy projects and nerdy pursuits, and the THIRTY YEAR history of this guys quest is prett awesome, but overall the book was a bit dry and boring. Interesting to read modern political history ...more
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The Pursuit of Oblivion by Richard Davenport-Hines
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Perhaps a bit too thick a tome with too tiny a print for most. Perhaps it wanders a bit too much, doesn't follow quite the order of its own chronology, and jumps about the world a bit too much. That said, I love it. Reminds me of how we've endlessly ...more
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Deconstruction and Criticism by Harold Bloom
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I think my initial review (when I was about halfway through) has been eaten by cyberspace. no matter. the first half of the book is plodding through Bloom and suffering through de Man (to be honest, with little understanding) until I finally came to ...more
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Fear and Trembling by Søren Kierkegaard
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Much like Nietzsche in that it made me sad to see so much extraordinary thought wasted on Christian morality. Can't wait for this era to end. ugh. The retellings of Abraham's story which begin the text were presciently post-modern. Very odd. Was begu ...more
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