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Anti-Intellectualism in American Life by Richard Hofstadter
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I don't know what exactly I expected from this book. I was familiar with Hofstadter's "Paranoid Style" essay, which is excellent, and of course the title feels pretty relevant to our current political predicament.

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Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust
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Maus I by Art Spiegelman
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Maus is more powerful than I remembered. One of the finest graphic novels ever published, this is personal, striking storytelling. It's full of poignant moments and makes good use of the visual layout to add depth to the narrative. It's not so much t ...more
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The World Jones Made by Philip K. Dick
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This short novel is a big leap forward in Philip K. Dick's early writing career. It's his second published book (after Solar Lottery) and a score of short stories. I've been slowly reading PDK in chronological order and I enjoyed the World Jones Made ...more
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Nathan Coulter by Wendell Berry
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This volume is Wendell Berry's first book and also the first Berry I've read. Berry would follow up on this story with a series of novels that are now referred to as the Port William stories. At around 120 pages, it's a very quick read.

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“Universal education has created an immense class of what I may call the New Stupid, hungering for certainty yet unable to find it in the traditional myths and their rationalizations.”
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