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Lost City of the Incas
3.47
liked it
wow. this book is completely insane. such an interesting window into the attitudes of educated white people towards other civilizations and indigenous ...more
Dec 07, 2011
Feb 12, 2009
 
The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative
4.28
it was amazing
READ THIS BOOK. RIGHT NOW. GET YOUR ASS OUT OF YOUR CHAIR AND FIND IT. really.

i'm having the most amazing, fortuitous confluence of literature in my l
...more
Jan 29, 2009
Sep 12, 2008
 
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 9: Motherland (Y: The Last Man, #9)
4.27
it was ok
there were a handful of nice panels in this one. but really, whatever interesting stuff might be going on completely collapses under the weight of unn ...more
Dec 20, 2012
Dec 21, 2012
 
In the Language of My Captor
4.32
really liked it
4.5
Aug 20, 2017
Aug 20, 2017
 
Selected Prose and Prose-Poems
3.85
liked it
i've been wanting to check out mistral for a long time. she writes beautifully about women's experiences. her religious writing i find more opaque, di ...more
Aug 08, 2011
Mar 14, 2011
 
Stumbling on Happiness
3.82
really liked it
clearly and colloquially written (although sometimes the punning gets overwhelmingly obnoxious). gilbert has loads of interesting theories about how w ...more
Sep 20, 2008
Sep 14, 2008
 
The Voice at 3:00 A.M.: Selected Late and New Poems
4.15
it was ok
i wanted to like these poems more than i did. i knew simic more for his translation work than his own, and the poems in this collection didn't quite d ...more
Jan 31, 2008
Jan 29, 2008
 
Poems of  André Breton: A Bilingual Anthology
4.07
liked it
i have a push-pull relationship with surrealism. some of it grabs me and some of it i find unbearably dull. breton tends to be on the better end of th ...more
Mar 21, 2011
Dec 21, 2007
 
Embryoyo: New Poems
4.10
really liked it
i took a while to read through this because it is absolutely beautiful. if i have any complaint, it's that some of these poems felt like they ended to ...more
Jun 07, 2008
Feb 07, 2008
 
The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry
3.82
it was ok
although this purports to be a general theory of poetry, i find it extremely limited in its scope. bloom has insightful things to say, but they aren't ...more
Mar 15, 2013
Mar 14, 2013
 
Our Lady of the Ruins
4.26
liked it
i sooo want to love this book. i never got my bearings entirely, though, and the sense of dislocation threw me out of the poems rather than deeper in. ...more
Mar 08, 2016
Mar 08, 2016
 
The Tunnel: Selected Poems
4.34
really liked it
so why have i not read russell edson before? shit! i adored the style of these poems, especially the early ones. "A Love Letter" is gorgeous. "Fire is ...more
Feb 03, 2008
Feb 01, 2008
 
The Survivors and Other Poems:
3.91
really liked it
a selected works (not selected by the author but by the translators). the phrasings in some of these translations are tidier than in faces of anxiety ...more
Apr 18, 2008
Apr 17, 2008
 
From Tribal Village to Global Village: Indian Rights and International Relations in Latin America
3.12
it was ok
the writing is sort of uneven, sometimes too colloquial, sometimes too pedantic. sometimes just a boring laundry list. when brysk has a point, it can ...more
Aug 02, 2010
Jul 28, 2010
 
The Wilderness: Poems
4.04
really liked it
quietly sensuous, a kind of walk along a forest edge.
Aug 04, 2015
Aug 04, 2015
 
At the Crossroads of the Earth and the Sky: An Andean Cosmology
4.33
really liked it
excellent book on quechua/incan cosmology. urton writes accessible prose and gives highly detailed explanations of the stars and how they relate to re ...more
May 15, 2012
May 15, 2012
 
The French Exit
4.44
liked it
smart poems & interesting language.
Aug 03, 2015
Aug 03, 2015
 
Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus
3.75
really liked it
as that rarest of rarities, a novel of ideas, frankenstein succeeds spectacularly. as a plot- or character-driven thrill-fest, not so much. throw out ...more
May 15, 2012
May 11, 2012
 
Collected Poems
4.14
really liked it
lovely poems but i can see why betjeman is not much discussed outside the uk. he captures a particular time, place, class, gender of english experienc ...more
Apr 17, 2012
Apr 17, 2008
 
Alice in Sunderland
3.74
really liked it
delightfully trippy history mashing. really a 3.5.
Jan 29, 2015
Jan 22, 2015
 
Story, Performance, and Event: Contextual Studies of Oral Narrative
3.88
really liked it
exploration of the relationships between narration as story and narration as events, focusing on tall tales and practical jokes in communities in west ...more
Jun 06, 2010
Jan 30, 2008
 
Miracle Fruit
4.22
really liked it
i like the voice and i especially like the concreteness of place and event in these poems. most of them felt too short, somehow incomplete, like they ...more
Oct 31, 2011
Oct 31, 2011
 
Maps Of Englishness: Writing Identity In The Culture Of Colonialism
4.00
really liked it
really well written and thoughtful scholarship on english identity in colonial and post-colonial contexts. gikandi is extremely good at separating som ...more
Nov 28, 2010
Nov 30, 2010
 
Meanwhile Take My Hand
3.92
really liked it
a nice enough book, but it didn't completely come together for me. still, there's a lot of joy in this. and a lot of attention. i don't know any basqu ...more
Feb 22, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
 
Never Give In! The Best of Winston Churchill's Speeches
4.16
really liked it
highly recommended reading. churchill's genius was not only in his intelligence and his thoughtfulness (which allowed him to accurately assess the int ...more
Jan 25, 2009
Jan 15, 2009
 
In Search of an Inca: Identity and Utopia in the Andes
4.25
really liked it
series of essays that trace andean utopia ideology since the spanish conquest. flores galindo is deservedly one of the lights of recent peruvian schol ...more
May 20, 2012
May 20, 2012
 
Begin Again: Collected Poems
4.04
really liked it
i truly fell in love with the ease of Paley's language. her mastery of rhythm is both daunting and inspiring. these are the everyday poems of a storyt ...more
Mar 29, 2011
Jan 23, 2008
 
The Trouble Ball: Poems
4.45
it was amazing
beautiful poems on a wide range of subjects, all effortlessly touching on the personal and the political. espada is a master of poetic language and th ...more
Sep 26, 2011
Sep 26, 2011
 
New And Collected Poems
4.08
liked it
i like paley's political poems more than her personal poems (although some places these overlap, admittedly). her vietnam and south american poems i l ...more
Feb 11, 2008
Feb 10, 2008
 
Acts of Memory: Cultural Recall in the Present
3.88
really liked it
great anthology with many big names in memory and culture studies. the geographical, historical, and artistic reach of the collection makes for engagi ...more
May 22, 2010
May 04, 2010
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