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Sarah Vowell is a refreshing voice in Non-Fiction, specifically History. She always strives for the alternate view, inserting herself smack in the middle of these, what I would call, extended essays, many of which unfold in untrodden territory. Her a ...more
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In the third installment (if you can call 840 pages an installment) MZD ramps up the story line especially regarding Xanther and family. Some of the characters have begun to overlap into each other's worlds as I'd expected. In fact, a few personae ar ...more
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"Some believe that this is “The Great Gay Novel.” That couldn’t be more wrong. There are only two recognizable gay men in this work, JB and Caleb. A creative queen and a violent, probably psychopathic, sadist. All the other “possibilities” are pedo..." Read more of this review »
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I find it really ironic that in a novel of this length written by a woman there are zero female characters of note; much less any strongly developed ones. Otherwise, this book is just an exercise in pity. I found it difficult to understand why everyo ...more
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In the Dutch writer Herman Koch's latest novel in translation, Dear Mr. M, there is a character named Herman; a charismatic but troubled youth, budding filmmaker, Svengali. Is he meant to represent the author himself? Maybe we'll never know, perhaps ...more
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“The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things. ”
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“Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: 'You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.”
Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

Oscar Wilde
“We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.

All art is quite useless.”
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