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To After That by Renee Gladman
To After That (Toaf)
by Renee Gladman
read in April, 2016
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A book about a failed book. I read this as largely nonfiction, but perhaps it is more interesting as pure fiction. All this being said, while there are some interesting lyrical moves in the writing, the whole was very lacking. There isn't much there ...more
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Smithsonian Depositions & Subject To A Film by Clark Coolidge
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Not my bag, really, but the Smithsonian Depositions is an accretion. It is a building up of object, sacred and profane, that builld upon each other in useful and useless ways in order to create meaning. The sheer amount of appropriation here, and the ...more
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Story by Bernadette Mayer
Story
by Bernadette Mayer
read in April, 2016
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Like a lot of Language poets, Mayer will confound most readers. She is not easy to read. Yet she is delightful. In Story, there are 14 different stories, which you will begin to pick at as you read. You will read of 2 of 5, who killed their father an ...more
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Written In the Zero One by Hannah Weiner
Written In the Zero One
by Hannah Weiner
read in April, 2016
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One of the most striking and beautiful pairs of prose poems I have read. They are each relatively long, at a dozen plus pages, but are also very playful and fun and striking and sad. Written In plays with metatextual jokes while weaving in a story of ...more
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The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal
The Charterhouse of Parma
by Stendhal
read in April, 2016
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Easily the worst of the "great" novels. The Charterhouse of Parma bounces from genres with ease, which is nice, and it has a story of many twists and turns, and a theme surrounding the passion of love, which is wonderful, but the writing is so incons ...more
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From the Observatory by Julio Cortázar
From the Observatory
by Julio Cortázar
read in March, 2016
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Counterpointing the mysteries of eels today, and of their historical place, with the mysteries of the sky and the wonders of astonomy, Cortazar weaves in also pictures with his pictorial language. Does it mean anything? Well yes, but the meaning is m ...more
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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne
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Sadly, this is another of the kinds of books I respect immensely, while not particularly enjoying. The metafictional aspects are fun and striking, but add little, and the humore is a few hundred years off of my own style.

This is a shame. Tristram Sha
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Food by Jim Gaffigan
Food: A Love Story
by Jim Gaffigan
read in March, 2016
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Like most things that are collected, and then adjusted for a consistent whole, people who are already fans of Gaffigan will be a bit disappointed by the sheer amount of recycled material. I mean, it's being collected in written form, which is cool, b ...more
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You're Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day
You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)
by Felicia Day (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2016
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I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked this book. I'm a fan of Felicia Day's, and enjoyed The Guild, but was never particularly swept away by it. It is the kind of writing that amuses me, but doesn't ever truly grab me, giving chuckles and ...more
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Adulthood Is a Myth by Sarah Andersen
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Honestly, this is just a delightful little book. Sweet and fun and mirthmaking. It's sometimes thoughtful and insightful, but mostly it's just clever enough to make a joke and go on. Each comic is only a page, and the whole thing reads quite quickly. ...more
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