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Literary Occasions: Essays
3.71
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This anthology was assembled shortly after Naipaul won the Nobel Prize. Its repetitiveness suggests that the publishers wanted to get something new -- ...more
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May 27, 2017
 
Thrown
3.80
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The narrator is in Des Moines, Iowa, attending a conference on phenomenology. She tires of listening to a “balding professor stunningly wrong about Hu ...more
May 10, 2015
May 10, 2015
 
Bears: A Brief History
3.76
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When paleolithic man first encountered the prehistoric ancestor of the modern bear, he saw an animal capable of standing on two legs. Since Northern E
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Jan 13, 2014
Jan 13, 2014
 
How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America
4.21
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If white American entitlement meant anything, it meant that no matter how patronizing, unashamed, deliberate, unintentional, poor, rich, rural, urban, ...more
Jul 09, 2016
Jul 09, 2016
 
Limber: Essays
4.19
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Do not come to the book looking for spiritual lessons brought to you courtesy of trees. There are some lessons here for those who want them, although ...more
Jun 25, 2015
Jun 25, 2015
 
The Annotated Supernatural Horror in Literature
4.11
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Lovecraft’s history of the weird tale covers territory that is now more familiar to readers than it was when HPB published it in the 1927. But even if ...more
Nov 27, 2016
Nov 27, 2016
 
Horace Walpole's Cat
4.25
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Frayling’s book is literary nerdism of a very high order. In writing about Thomas Gray’s elegy to Horace Walpole’s cat Selima, who drowned going after ...more
Oct 29, 2014
Oct 29, 2014
 
How Literature Saved My Life
3.36
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Page 4:
His book – as what serious book is not – is born of genuine despair.
(Shield’s writing about Ben Lerner’s Leaving the Atocha Station.)

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Jun 26, 2016
Jun 26, 2016
 
Moon: A Brief History
3.35
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How's this for damning with faint praise? Bernd Brunner's Moon, A Brief HIstory is a pleasantly boring read.

I see that at least one other reader revie
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Jan 13, 2014
Jan 13, 2014
 
A User's Guide to the Millennium: Essays and Reviews
3.78
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These are mostly short reviews written for a variety of London daily papers. The choice of review material is classic Ballard -- biographies of Nancy ...more
Mar 27, 2010
Mar 07, 2010
 
American Philosophy
3.84
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Dec 22, 2016
Dec 22, 2016
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