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Mateo Mateo said: " This guy can WRITE. His words are whipping me into shape to take the GRE. His attention is teaching me to live slowly. I am jealous by how good a person he comes off as being in these essays, but inspired by his honoring of the seemingly inconsequent ...more"

 
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Rickles' Book by Don Rickles
Rickles' Book: A Memoir
by Don Rickles
read in August, 2008
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Maybe 2 and a half.

I can't say what supernatural force led me to my local library branch to SEEK OUT and then READ most of Rickles' book. He's got a lot of one liners in there, it's just that I don't get them (how they're funny, that is). Definitely
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Presence by Arthur Miller
Presence: Stories
by Arthur Miller
read in August, 2008
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These stories have revived a faith in the good old fashioned short story I haven't felt for a decade. Though recently published, they read like contemporaries with Salinger, early Roth, or other powerfully controlled voices. Each situation takes on m ...more
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Now and Forever by Ray Bradbury
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The first of these 2 recently published novellas by Bradbury had me from the first chapter and didn't let go for the 100 page duration. It was, for me, what some would describe as 'achingly beautiful', not so much science fiction as a type of magic w ...more
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The Human Stain by Philip Roth
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Bury Me Standing by Isabel Fonseca
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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Lolita
by Vladimir Nabokov
read in June, 2008
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Please don't trust your delusions... until you read this book.
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Life by Georges Perec
Life: A User's Manual
by Georges Perec
read in April, 2008
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This book, over the course of the 8 months I coexisted with a borrowed copy, became a very dear friend. Not any character within the book, per se, but the book as a whole takes on a character of its own worthy of an intimate relationship. Intertwinin ...more
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Shroom by Andy Letcher
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This jarringly pseudo-sober account of what evidence there may be of intentional mushroom use throughout western (and other) civilizations turned me off at first by the author's so very British tone. The first great labor of the work is tearing down ...more
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Hiroshima by John Hersey
Hiroshima
by John Hersey
read in March, 2008
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about a month ago during (i suppose) a particularly stressful night i had a dream that my father and i had survived the dropping of an atomic bomb on some unnamed city. i remember very clear ducking behind a large rock as the shockwave went past, and ...more
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