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The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales
really liked it
Bettelheim has totally schooled me on the phallic symbol. I have learned, in reading about how to read fairy tales, that I am woefully under-educated ...more
not set
Mar 30, 2009
War Songs: Metaphors In Clay And Poetry From The Vietnam Experience
it was amazing
Elegantly simple and highly accessible work of collaboration. Harp's poems are concise and precise--but they are also complex puzzles. We associate wa ...more
not set
Apr 09, 2009
Son of the Great River
it was amazing
A story of four teens who adventure together during the Bronze Age. Though the context and setting are ancient and the characters familiar, the action ...more
not set
Mar 24, 2009
Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World
really liked it
Book lives up to its title, using current stats, empirical data, and lucid explanation as to why America is so massive. Similar to Fast Food Nation, a ...more
Jan 2005
Jul 03, 2007
The Book of General Ignorance
really liked it
Best bathroom reading there is. High-brow and pop-cultural, the book, topically, is a fun survey of trivia and oddities ranging from antiquity to oute ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 31, 2008
it was amazing
Despite the intellectual weight and academic heft, Sidewalk is real page-turner, reading more like a great novel than sub-cultural examination. Brilli ...more
Jul 2006
Jul 03, 2007
On Bullshit
it was amazing
An economical, wry little book as much about human deceit and motivation as spin and fluff. Frankfurt holds us accountable for our own definitions, of ...more
Jan 2006
Jul 03, 2007
Cornstarch Figurine
it was amazing
Ellliptical, hip, and arbitrary, and totally, totally adrenalized. Treadwell's writing is its own beam, sometimes walking the edge of the intellectual ...more
Apr 2007
Jul 02, 2007
Stars of the Night Commute
it was amazing

My review of Ana Bozicevic's Stars of the Night Commute is up at Jacket. One of the best poetry books of 2009, without a doubt. Check it out!

Jan 26, 2010
Oct 28, 2009
Going Rogue: An American Life
it was ok
More like a 2.5. Palin's memoir is readable, as far as political memoirs go, and though the work is accessible and full of the folksy straight talk th ...more
not set
Feb 04, 2010
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