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Peking Story by David Kidd
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The Physiology of Taste by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
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Here, you might think, is a book about food, but to say that is to miss the point entirely. While it's mostly about food-- and how nice it is to drink a cup of coffee as Brillat-Savarin pontificates about coffee, or to enjoy a plate of pasta with tru ...more
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Camp Concentration by Thomas M. Disch
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Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1)
by Margaret Atwood (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2015
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What is it with dystopias nowadays? Audiences pack movie theaters to watch humanity in its death throes under the thumb of the surveillance state and struggling to survive in a wracked climate. In the literary world, onetime New Yorker realist Chang- ...more
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The Physiology of Taste by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
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Difference and Repetition by Gilles Deleuze
Difference and Repetition
by Gilles Deleuze
read in August, 2015
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As a former Deleuze fanatic, it was interesting to revisit the early ideas of someone whose ideas were once so important to me. Yes, there was a lot of bloviating. Yes, there was a lot of reliance on these just incredibly silly Freudian, Lacanian, an ...more
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Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
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In the Miso Soup by Ryū Murakami
In the Miso Soup
by Ryū Murakami
read in August, 2015
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My first foray into the writings of the other Murakami turn out to be a sterling success. What starts as a less-than-ideal holiday season turns into escalating violence, insanity, depravity, a thinner and thinner line between fantasy and reality, and ...more
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In the Miso Soup by Ryū Murakami
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Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig
Beware of Pity
by Stefan Zweig
read in August, 2015
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What happens when good intentions go awry, especially given the arcana of good manners and military bearing in prewar Austria. While this is nowhere near the compact tour de force of Chess Story, it's still a fine novel about a guy who tries to do go ...more
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