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Nevada
4.06
You should read this because you are probably an insensitive patriarchy-reinforcing asshole like me. You should read this because you have made or sto ...more
Mar 10, 2013
Jul 01, 2012
 
Meditations in an Emergency
4.21
There are exactly 115 exclamation points in this collection (114 if you don't count an epigraph). Here are all of them:

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
...more
Jun 03, 2009
May 26, 2009
 
Miss MacIntosh, My Darling
4.29
Really, what's with the value/rating fetish, Goodreads (and everybody else)? I give infinite unstars to everything. No superlatives please. I'm sure n ...more
May 10, 2009
Jun 07, 2007
 
Do What You Love and Other Lies About Success and Happiness
3.94
Important reminder of the toxic ideology we've all internalized. Sickening to see the vapid idolization of entrepreneurs, the tone deaf motivational c ...more
Aug 29, 2015
Aug 23, 2015
 
The Warmth of the Taxidermied Animal
4.10
I guess it's been about a year since I snagged a copy off translator Niina Pollari (who I know through a (literally) distant acquaintance) in a cafe i ...more
Feb 16, 2014
Mar 28, 2013
 
Speedboat
3.83
Kept thinking of David Markson, though it's been years since I read any of his work so the connection might be tenuous. Curious about Pitch Dark now.
Aug 24, 2015
Aug 04, 2015
 
Sonnets to Orpheus
4.34
I don't know German, but I love bilingual editions (and not because I believe the translation is inferior or some such nonsense). I've at least heard ...more
Nov 29, 2010
Nov 30, 2010
 
Secular Buddhism: Imagining the Dharma in an Uncertain World
3.98
Batchelor's essays were just the tonic I needed at this juncture in what was becoming a somewhat lapsing practice. I think his notion that study can b ...more
May 06, 2017
Apr 27, 2017
 
Awakenings
4.09
I could hear Dr. Sacks (whom I'd come to know via radio before reading any of his books) throughout, and while nerding out over the theoretical bits i ...more
May 07, 2016
Apr 14, 2016
 
You Private Person
4.33
The writing style occasionally gets a little ponderous but the storm-bright arrivals made it worth it. Parts had me whirring with the moment conjured ...more
Aug 23, 2014
Aug 20, 2014
 
Drifting House
3.64
Like the author I was whisked away to this magical land when I was 5, and when I heard her describe it in an interview, I immediately decided to get t ...more
Jun 24, 2012
Jun 24, 2012
 
War and Peace
4.11
Were there no good editors in Tolstoy's day? because maaaaaaaaaan [long whistle]...

Maybe he predates "show, don't tell"? And perhaps a little S&M
...more
Jun 25, 2012
Jan 14, 2008
 
Empty Set
4.07
Literary devices felt like a bit of an affectation at first, but they accumulate with the narrative and become enjoyable and significant.
May 2018
Apr 09, 2018
 
Squee's Wonderful Big Giant Book of Unspeakable Horrors
4.18
delightfully delightful in the most delightful way
Mar 06, 2018
Feb 27, 2018
 
To the Lighthouse
3.77
I hate hyperbolic praise. Here are some random observations instead:

So much depends then, thought Lily Briscoe, looking at the sea which had scarcely
...more
Jul 22, 2013
Jul 08, 2013
 
Let the Great World Spin
3.94
The extended poetic conceit doesn't quite hold together for me, but the writing and characters move the book along.
Apr 17, 2018
Mar 15, 2018
 
The Poem of a Life: A Biography of Louis Zukofsky
4.53
Brilliant. Reading "A" now, and complete shorts on the way. Also, just borrowed Bunting's complete from NYPL.
Nov 24, 2008
Jan 17, 2008
 
Pitch Dark
3.86
Compelling read. Threads left hanging and taken up again feel like the narrative we each construct in our own thoughts.
Oct 10, 2015
Aug 24, 2015
 
Aloft
3.53
Writing really hits its stride at times, and the humor's a great relief.
Jul 27, 2015
Jul 25, 2015
 
Fate, Time, and Language: An Essay on Free Will
3.74
My logic admittedly has a charming patina (though I practice a rudimentary form of it daily as a database manager), and I had just enough of the modal ...more
Aug 24, 2012
Jun 11, 2012
 
Station Eleven
4.02
Bland.
Jun 30, 2015
Jun 29, 2015
 
The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America
4.11
Well written for nonfiction but also suffers from some common hazards of that group. The book's been both criticized and praised for the strength of i ...more
Oct 2007
Jun 21, 2007
 
A Grief Observed
4.23
Language, style, and some of the thinking feel dated, but of course the experiences expressed are raw and familiar. I couldn't help but be aware of ho ...more
Dec 09, 2017
Dec 08, 2017
 
The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013
4.35
Some fellow patron put a hold on this so I had to rush through, but with that in mind, parts of the early poems strongly recalled Auden (particularly ...more
Apr 10, 2017
Mar 26, 2017
 
The Poetry of Juan Gonzalo Rose
0.00
I don't know if it's because I'm progressing in learning Spanish, but the musicality seemed to come forth more and more in the later poems. The musica ...more
Jul 22, 2016
Jul 21, 2016
 
The Goldfinch
3.89
Easy, pleasing page-turner at times. Too much expository chaff (show, don't say, you know?). And the whole sly calling out of the reader seems like mo ...more
Feb 05, 2015
Feb 05, 2015
 
Flappers and Philosophers - The Original 1920 Edition
4.00
I didn't realize these were short stories until I was quite a ways into it, and so I spent quite a bit of time pondering how they were connected as ch ...more
Aug 30, 2014
Aug 29, 2014
 
Bending the Mind Around the Dream's Blown Fuse
4.62
I had a class or two with the poet at William Paterson University, and that was partially my motivation in seeking out the book. Am a little disappoin ...more
Jun 12, 2009
May 20, 2009
 
Tree of Song
3.50
I've experienced enough Spanish now to at least be able to hear how it's supposed to sound most of the time (even if I can't necessarily reproduce tho ...more
Dec 02, 2010
Aug 24, 2010
 
Dead Souls
3.99
There are moments of astonishment that I experience when I read some books, and said moments allay any fears I carry of having stepped into a big pile ...more
Sep 04, 2017
May 24, 2017
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