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That Summer in Paris
really liked it
Morley makes for a great antidote to certain strains of self congratulation found in Papa's assays at the milieu (love them as I do) - he's like the d ...more
Jan 2009
Mar 06, 2009
Acceptance (Southern Reach, #3)
really liked it
this trilogy was weird and cool in the way raw shark texts and house of leaves (and few others) are weird and cool - all three come at you at oblique ...more
Jul 12, 2014
Jun 23, 2014
The Dog Stars
really liked it
Here you go Cormac, this is how you write a post apocalyptic novel, with characters that act like real people and are capable of human emotions like h ...more
Nov 26, 2012
Nov 22, 2012
How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery
it was ok
point, belabored
Feb 2015
Feb 04, 2015
Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day
really liked it
fan·tas·tic   /fænˈtæstɪk/ Show Spelled
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1. conceived or appearing as if conceived by an unrestrained imagination; odd
Apr 2011
Nov 16, 2010
Reality Hunger: A Manifesto
it was ok
meh - engaging book, fluctuated between lively debate with it and just plain gnashing my teeth at some of the 'author's' more strained points - method ...more
Mar 24, 2010
Mar 15, 2010
The Impossible Fortress
liked it
kind of fun but as someone who actually was alive and conscious at the time this one seems to try awfully hard to name check and date stamp all the de ...more
Dec 18, 2016
Dec 14, 2016
Corn Flakes with John Lennon: And Other Tales from a Rock 'n' Roll Life
liked it
Not a speed-fueled scatter-gun poet like Bangs, not a synthesizing visionary like Marcus but an enthusiast; relatively clear eyed if (only) occasional ...more
Jul 10, 2009
Jul 11, 2009
Books for Living
really liked it
enthusiasms reminiscent of Randall Jarrell
Nov 07, 2016
Sep 25, 2016
it was ok
Pafko at the wall is excellent but the rest of the book has none of the qualities that make that section so excellent. A parallel runs to Libra which ...more
not set
Mar 06, 2009
Within These Walls
did not like it
Mar 20, 2015
Mar 11, 2015
Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll
really liked it
There is something of the magic that Randall Jarrell brings to his poetry criticism here in Marcus's book. His approach in discussinng any given song ...more
May 10, 2008
Mar 06, 2009
The Average American Male
it was ok
a compulsively readable trainwreck of a book that occasionally made me a little sick to my stomach. average american male? not quite. a parody of the ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 06, 2009
the real 'magic' of this book is the fact that Shaw, an academic, manages to turn a study of one of the most vital and sensual records of all time int ...more
Jul 31, 2015
Aug 01, 2015
Within the Context of No Context
really liked it
here's the kicker analogy that ties this allusive and elliptical essay together - Family Feud - before Family Feud quiz shows were about facts and fac ...more
not set
Apr 09, 2009
Trouble Is My Business
liked it
the magazine stories are a little more ham fisted and facile than the novels - you can see the process of refinement at work - you know what comes nex ...more
Apr 2010
Apr 23, 2010
Hemingway in Love: His Own Story
liked it
nice companion to A Moveable Feast - also some good insights into some of the details of Hemingway's last days, his physical decline after the crash(e ...more
Jun 15, 2015
Jun 11, 2015
The Last Templar (Templar, #1)
I couldnt get past the first chapter, just horrible - clunky writing, formulaic set up, stupid scenario: mounted knights riding into the middle of a r ...more
Oct 18, 2012
Oct 19, 2012
The Island of the Day Before
it was ok
If in the Name of the Rose Eco has acheived a fine balance between his love of ideas and his responsibilities as a novelist here he has failed to the ...more
not set
Mar 06, 2009
Paris in the Fifties
really liked it
rereading this lovely remembrance of a golden age (not 'the','a', great cities have more than one) in the life of a great city - which Im going to go ...more
Oct 25, 2012
Oct 25, 2012
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
did not like it
Just a few chapters in and Im tired of her repeating how unbelievable each of her stories are but they're really true and isnt that funny and most peo ...more
Dec 06, 2012
Dec 04, 2012
Selected Poems
liked it
I find Roethke damn frustrating - often times just silly, often strained and histrionic but every now and then there's some perfect and graceful line ...more
Sep 14, 2012
Sep 09, 2012
A Moveable Feast
it was amazing
Made me want to write, made me want to go find Paris circa the 1920s, made me realize he was actually pretty funny
Jan 08, 1983
Mar 06, 2009
Under the Volcano
really liked it
Holy Jesus this book kicked the shit out of me - dense and hallucinatory and leaden with this sense of creeping doom.
not set
Mar 06, 2009
Road Dogs
it was ok
Mediocre Elmore Leonard is still better than the best of most others in the game
Feb 2009
Mar 23, 2009
The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats
really liked it
what a great book this is, indelible characters, a plot full of twists - great call JE, this one was a pleasure to read
Apr 29, 2009
May 08, 2009
it was ok
why Mr President? Sure there were passages that were fluid and lyric but at the same time the narrator was an annoying git without enough spine to dea ...more
Jul 04, 2009
Jun 17, 2009
The Trip: Andy Warhol's Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure
liked it
quick read, not terribly deep, which considering the subject...
Oct 19, 2015
Oct 17, 2015
The 42nd Parallel (U.S.A., #1)
really liked it
seriously, how is this guy not mentioned in the same breath as Joyce? his achievement here is breathtaking - the great american novel has already been ...more
Jan 2009
Mar 12, 2009
The Liberal Imagination: Essays on Literature and Society
liked it
the idea that politics and literature should seem so closely intertwined to Trilling seems now a quaint reminder of a time when books and ideas matter ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 06, 2009
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