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MoonFire. The Epic Journey of Apollo 11 by Norman Mailer
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Seize the Day by Saul Bellow
Seize the Day
by Saul Bellow
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Women by Charles Bukowski
Women
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I'm hoping I can become one of those who is genuinely affected by having read Charles Bukowski without resorting to calling him only by his last name or always bringing it all up when drinking whiskey. This book is frequently monstrous. He is a circu ...more
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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
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this is my first encounter with Raymond Carver (outside of not initially remembering that he was the foundation material for Short Cuts). closer to Charles Bukowski than to Hemingway, but somehow more refined than either. these vignettes are so immed ...more
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The Second World War by Antony Beevor
" This was such a massive undertaking I felt like I was reading it in real time. But I appreciated the fact that it was expansive enough to really drive ...more "
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The Devil's Pleasure Palace by Michael   Walsh
" It's certainly erudite; Walsh's knowledge of Western literature is vast and encyclopedic. When he writes about literature, his words flow quickly through the pages. But when he attempts to use them support to his ill-defined political views, the..." Read more of this review »
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Christopher Hitchens
“Suppose that a man leaps out of a burning building—as my dear friend and colleague Jeff Goldberg sat and said to my face over a table at La Tomate in Washington not two years ago—and lands on a bystander in the street below. Now, make the burning building be Europe, and the luckless man underneath be the Palestinian Arabs. Is this a historical injustice? Has the man below been made a victim, with infinite cause of complaint and indefinite justification for violent retaliation? My own reply would be a provisional 'no,' but only on these conditions. The man leaping from the burning building must still make such restitution as he can to the man who broke his fall, and must not pretend that he never even landed on him. And he must base his case on the singularity and uniqueness of the original leap. It can't, in other words, be 'leap, leap, leap' for four generations and more. The people underneath cannot be expected to tolerate leaping on this scale and of this duration, if you catch my drift. In Palestine, tread softly, for you tread on their dreams. And do not tell the Palestinians that they were never fallen upon and bruised in the first place. Do not shame yourself with the cheap lie that they were told by their leaders to run away. Also, stop saying that nobody knew how to cultivate oranges in Jaffa until the Jews showed them how. 'Making the desert bloom'—one of Yvonne's stock phrases—makes desert dwellers out of people who were the agricultural superiors of the Crusaders.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

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