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Infinite Jest
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Virginia Woolf
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Evan Evan said: " Along with Briggs, I'm using this as a companion to reading all of Woolf's works in order. So far, I've found it more theoretically insightful and useful than Briggs in placing Woolf within larger contemporaneous systems and structures such as change ...more "

 
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Evan Evan said: " This is something of a biography organized into chronological chapters around her major books. Thus, it is not so much a linear narrative of her life as a thematic biography loosely structured around each work. An appropriate companion to my current ...more "

 
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A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the S... by Edmund Burke
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Though slim and succinct (and thus potentially beautiful, but likely not sublime), Burke's 1757 study re-orients Longinus (and closer contemporaries such as Addison) in a work on aesthetics that strongly anticipates romanticism while still banging it ...more
Pages from the Goncourt Journals by Edmond de Goncourt
"An edited English-language compilation of selected entries from the Goncourt brothers, Edmond and Jules, novelists, playwrights, critics and member of the French literary elite of the mid- to late-19th century. They counted among their friends and..." Read more of this review »
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The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
The Castle of Otranto
by Horace Walpole
read in January, 2017
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The first "gothic" novel is a challenge to modern sensibilities, and, like the early melodrama it strongly prefigures, skirts the edge of the ridiculous. Indeed, at times I felt I was reading an unironic, literary adaptation of a Scooby Doo episode. ...more
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The Nix by Nathan  Hill
The Nix
by Nathan Hill (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2017
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The Nix is another disappointing example of a contemporary sub-genre: the modest American novel. Like the great American novel, it hooks with grand themes, familial (the mother-son psychodrama) and political (the '68 democratic convention as crucible ...more
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Of Walking in Ice by Werner Herzog
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Comradely Greetings by Slavoj Žižek
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The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray
The Mark and the Void: A Novel
by Paul Murray
read in December, 2016
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Gargantua by François Rabelais
Gargantua
by François Rabelais
read in December, 2016
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A less satisfying experience than Pantagruel for a modern reader. Gargantua depends far more than its predecessor on arcane jokes about contemporaneous clerical life. The characters, including Gargantua himself, are considerably less vivid, less outr ...more
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Comradely Greetings by Slavoj Žižek
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