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Philosophical Papers by J.L. Austin
Philosophical Papers
by J.L. Austin
read in June, 2013
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Reading most philosophers is like being in the part of the hardware store where they display the faucets; with Austin, you get in among the pipes (in this analogy, language = plumbing).
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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
by Ben Fountain
read in December, 2012
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The cover calls this the Catch-22 of the Iraq War, which I think is exactly wrong; Catch-22 is the Catch-22 of the Iraq War, as it is the Catch-22 of every war, except maybe, oddly enough, World War II. The point of Catch-22 is that the particular ri...more
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The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
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The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
The Yellow Birds
by Kevin Powers
read in June, 2013
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This book seemed to take all and only the best possible lessons from Hemingway: the terseness, the prosaic honesty, with none of the faux-stoic nonsense that makes Hemingway the favorite of Shouts and Murmurs parodists all over the earth. Like Billy...more
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Libra by Don DeLillo
Libra
by Don DeLillo
read in June, 2013
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Here we see the Delillo conspiratorial thinking machine applied to some of the real world's most famous conspiratorial grist. At times the cast gets a little too broad (all those uncomfortable ex-CIA guys in semiretirement!), and it doesn't end so mu...more
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We Others by Steven Millhauser
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Wittgenstein says, in the Investigations: "What *we* do is return words from their metaphysical to their everyday use." You think through a lot of the words in that sentence before you think about the "we"; it is possible that, if limning of special...more
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How Literature Saved My Life by David Shields
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Just not quite as good, in any way, as you keep hoping. Granted, the notion of literature saving anyone's life is a little silly, but still. Includes a deeply offputting sense of underlying apparent pride in being unable to put up with One Hundred Ye...more
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George Eliot
“If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.”
George Eliot, Middlemarch

Thomas Pynchon
“Because everybody on the school board, and the railroad, and the PTA and paper mill had to be somebody’s mother or father, whether really or as a member of a category; and there was a point at which the reflex to their covering warmth, protection, effectiveness against bad dreams, bruised heads and simple loneliness took over and made worthwhile anger with them impossible.”
Thomas Pynchon, Slow Learner: Early Stories

Rivka Galchen
“We need to develop a better descriptive vocabulary for lying, a taxonomy, a way to distinguish intentional lies from unintentional ones, and a way to distinguish the lies that the liar himself believes in – a way to signal those lies that could be more accurately described as dreams. Lies – they make for a tidy little psychological Doppler effect, tell us more about a liar than an undistorted self-report ever could.”
Rivka Galchen, Atmospheric Disturbances

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