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Dusty Myers rated a book 2 of 5 stars
The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat
The Farming of Bones
by Edwidge Danticat
read in March, 2009
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A diasporic novel in line with Coetzee's The Life and Times of Michael K and McCarthy's The Road. Which is to say, it follows people trying to escape turmoil, in this case Amabelle and other Haitian workers as they try to escape the Dominican Republi...more
Dusty Myers rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Jungle Portraits by Delia J. Akeley
Jungle Portraits
by Delia J. Akeley
read in March, 2009
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Delia keeps hunting stories to a minimum here, and instead tries to make her 1930s reader feel the wealth of exotica that Africa has to offer. Or at least had to offer Delia, on her several expensive safari trips she undertook with museum funds.

The b...more
Dusty Myers rated a book 5 of 5 stars
They All Seemed Asleep by Matthew Rohrer
They All Seemed Asleep
by Matthew Rohrer
read in February, 2009
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This chapbook was described to me as "an action-adventure story about a homosexual uprising and some shadowy militant figure named The Cat." That's what it's about, and it's a great premise for a poetry chapbook. This is narrative poetry at its fines...more
Dusty Myers rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Spell by Alan Hollinghurst
The Spell
by Alan Hollinghurst
read in February, 2009
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Hollinghurst's The Line of Beauty, which won the 2004 Booker, may be one of the best novels I've read, among those novels in the Forsterian/Jamesian tradition, if such a tradition can exist. You know what I'm talking about. Novels about the lives of...more
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A New Map of America by Louis Streitmatter
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Androphilia by Jack Malabranche
" It reminded me of Sexual Persona by Camille Paglia in that it's scholarship is a bit silly and that it vacillates between being eye rollingly retarded, and completely agreeable. One minute you are like 'yeah that's right on' only to reach the next... " Read more of this review »
Dusty Myers rated a book 4 of 5 stars
How Fiction Works by James    Wood
How Fiction Works
by James Wood
read in January, 2009
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I write realist fiction.

Lots of times I'm able to hold onto this as a source of pride, in that I "believe in" realism and what it can accomplish—what it has accomplished for me as a lifelong reader. But lots of other times I understand it as a limita...more
Dusty Myers rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Beloved
by Toni Morrison
read in January, 2009
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Dusty Myers rated a book 2 of 5 stars
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
by J.K. Rowling
read in December, 2008
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This book contains the following word: simulacrum. I learned this word, oh, four years ago, only after poring over Baudrillard's Simulacra and Simulation for what was assuredly a failed paper on the use of same in Saunders's short fiction. I was twen...more
Dusty Myers rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley
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I thought this book would be light and breezy, probably because of ill-informed notions I had of Smiley as a writer (I guess I placed her near Anne Tyler in some kind of continuum), and because of the folksy title. The conceit behind the book is that...more
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