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Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
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As a landmark in the history of the English theater, sure. But as something that has withstood the test of time and still resonates today, not so much.

Marlowe is the warmup act for Shakespeare; he may have broken new ground but it was Shakespeare who
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The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
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One of my UCLA English profs is friends with Dan Brown. She said that he knew full well that America reads at a 14-year-old level and that's the standard he aimed for with The Da Vinci Code. That's not sarcasm or cynicism; Dan Brown is just ...more
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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
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Yes, yes, it's a very important book. Yes free speech and freedom of expression are vitally important to a healthy society. Yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever.

It's fine, it gets the job done. Woo-hoo, our democracy is safe, one reader at a time.

This is a
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Shakespeare by Another Name by Mark  Anderson
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This research further convinced my UCLA Shakespeare prof that Edward de Vere was the man who wrote the Shakespeare plays. From everything she's said and what I've read of this book so far, I gotta say I'm pretty convinced.

The argument for the man
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Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
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Yes, I get that this is absurdist theater. Yes, I get that it's not necessarily supposed to make any sense.

But seriously, this is just freakin' ridiculous. It's absurd in its absurdity, and that's not a good thing.

Call me ignorant, call me
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Contact by Carl Sagan
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Carl Sagan is just a wonderful, wonderful human being.

The novel is every bit as excellent as the Jodie Foster film and then some. What's most appealing to me is that the novel goes deeper into the mathematics--sounds geeky and terrible, I know. But
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Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
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Quite possibly my second-favorite novel of all time... but for the last chapter. Rip those pages out and you've got an absolute masterpiece.

It's an escapist, engrossing modern fairy tale of sorts; once you've lived in the world of Bel Canto, you
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Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
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A wonderful collection of short stories that are all focused on some aspect of life as an Indian immigrant.

Lahiri's style is elegant and sumptuous. Her storytelling "voice" is just incredibly engrossing and soothing. The stories themselves are all
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Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
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Another lengthy Austen work that can be a bit demanding at times. If Pride and Prejudice isn't an enjoyable breeze of a read, you might want to re-think Sense and Sensibility.

The Ang Lee film adaptation is excellent but may come off a bit flat and
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Madeleine L'Engle
“They are very young. And on their earth, as they call it, they never communicate with other planets. They revolve about all alone in space."
"Oh," the thin beast said. "Aren't they lonely?”
Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time




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message 2: by Keith

Keith Mukai Heh, yeah. It's part of a whole series that I did as a joke:

http://www.ebanzai.com/view_gallery.j...

One of my grad school classmates was scolding me for not doing more reading while I was in LA this summer. I tried to explain to her that my LA life doesn't have much sedentary time; I'm always out at the beach.

So of course she says, "duh, bring a book with you to the beach!"

"I don't think you understand what I mean when I say 'go to the beach.'"

And thus this photo series was born!


message 1: by Otis

Otis Chandler No idea how long you've had that profile photo dude, but I just saw it and it rocks!


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