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Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now--Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything
3.50
it was ok
People who don't think for themselves really irk me. And since there are alot of dipshits in our society who conform to the mass mindlessness, I seem ...more
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Sep 07, 2011
 
Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever
3.88
did not like it
There hasn't been much in American culture to get excited about since the 1970s. The cable tv revolution and gadget boom of the 1980s might have been ...more
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Nov 28, 2011
 
The Real Romney
3.58
liked it
This may sound like a loaded question, but, "How much difference is there really between Obama and Romney?" Both men seem to be basically nice guys of ...more
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Feb 13, 2012
 
The John Lennon Letters
4.18
really liked it







In May of 2009 I turned 41, making me older than John Lennon was when he died. That was a weird feeling. Every Rock star has an Ideal Iconic Deat
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Dec 06, 2012
 
Here, There and Everywhere
4.24
really liked it
Lately I'm starting to believe that 90% of what makes a good book is the subject matter and the other 10% is the author not being a total ass hat. In ...more
Jan 25, 2009
Aug 21, 2010
 
HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton
3.59
did not like it
Can someone convince me that Hillary Clinton is NOT a Republican?

She was Raised as a Conservative and actively Campaigned for Republicans in high scho
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May 13, 2014
May 13, 2014
 
The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych
3.89
liked it
The writing here isn't the deepest, in fact sometimes it seems like its more geared toward an audience of high school or college age kids at times - b ...more
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Apr 17, 2013
 
Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s
3.77
liked it
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I don’t know what happened during the 1980s that ruined the two great passions of my childhood life—major leag
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Aug 12, 2010
Aug 03, 2010
 
Songs in the Key of Z: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music
3.96
really liked it
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To pin down an exact definition of Outsider Music is like trying to turn a bottl of ketchup into a tomato.
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Jan 24, 2013
 
The Chitlin' Circuit: And the Road to Rock 'n' Roll
3.95
it was ok
I'm always leery when fresh-cut, middle-class white guys try to inform me about the blues, and Preston Lauterbach's The Chitlin' Circuit is a good exa ...more
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Sep 03, 2011
 
Everything Bad is Good for You
3.49
did not like it
If everything bad is actually good for you, like the title of Steve Johnson’s study of pop culture suggests, then his book must be the best thing sinc ...more
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May 15, 2011
 
The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
3.85
it was ok
The Shallows

One of the things that Nicholas Carr asserts in The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains is that too much internet use is ca
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Sep 07, 2010
Sep 07, 2010
 
Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music
4.02
liked it
There was a chapter at the end of the book that asked people how Grunge will be remembered. Some folks said it changed music, it changed the industry, ...more
Jun 17, 2010
Jun 15, 2010
 
Experienced
4.42
liked it
For reasons not worth going into right now, I spent the last 9 days in my hometown, a small town (population 3,000) atop a heavily wooded hill overloo ...more
Aug 10, 2011
Aug 08, 2011
 
And Nothing But the Truthiness: The Rise (and Further Rise) of Stephen Colbert
3.33
it was ok
Lisa Rogak's biography of Stephen Colbert would have been a huge disappointment, except that I wasn't really expecting much from it to begin with. All ...more
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Jan 21, 2012
 
Kill Bin Laden: A Delta Force Commander's Account of the Hunt for the World's Most Wanted Man
4.00
liked it
There was a program that BBC aired in November of 2001 (just days before the incident in Tora Bora) where Jeremy Vine revealed an FBI document in whic ...more
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Apr 21, 2013
 
Pinched: How the Great Recession Has Narrowed Our Futures and What We Can Do About It
3.66
liked it
If you put our current economic problems into a historical context, you might conclude that we are simply in a valley in the up and down economic cycl ...more
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Aug 22, 2011
 
Mad as Hell: The Crisis of the 1970s and the Rise of the Populist Right
4.12
really liked it
Mad as Hell: The Crisis of the 1970s and the Rise of the Populist RightMad as Hell: The Crisis of the 1970s and the Rise of the Populist Right by Dominic Sandbrook

I've read a number of books that are well researched. But
...more
May 13, 2011
May 12, 2011
 
Murder in the Metro: Laetitia Toureaux and the Cagoule in 1930s France
3.50
it was ok
After completing Chapter 1 and 2 of this non-fiction page-turner I had that familiar feeling that comes with reading certain brilliantly entertaining ...more
Jun 15, 2010
Jun 15, 2010
 
How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America
4.13
really liked it
In his book How We Do Harm, Otis Webb Brawley, M.D (whose credentials run on nearly forever and include being the chief medical and scientific officer ...more
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Mar 12, 2012
 
American Skin
3.79
liked it
I went to grad school, had classes with and was tutored by Don De Grazia at Columbia College in the early 1990s. His talent was immeditately recogniza ...more
Jan 27, 2003
Jul 08, 2010
 
Staring at Sound: The True Story of Oklahoma's Fabulous Flaming Lips
3.72
it was ok
Jim deRogatis does adequate research, but he's not much of a writer. Still the band is interesting enough to make this an interesting read. Its funny ...more
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Aug 03, 2015
 
If You Like Metallica...: Here Are Over 200 Bands, CDs, Movies, and Other Oddities That You Will Love
3.85
liked it
I had this heavy metal friend when I was a freshman in college who was always barging into my dorm room saying "Dude, you gotta check this shlt out! I ...more
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Sep 27, 2012
 
Bob Dylan in America
3.83
did not like it
I think I would rename this book, Why does Bob Dylan wear cowboy hats?
I'm a fan of Dylan, he's done some brilliant things. But Wilentz points out some
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Oct 25, 2010
 
Eating the Dinosaur
3.75
I disagree with about 90% of everything Chuck Klosterman utters, yet I enjoy reading him (although I only end up reading about 50% of any book he publ ...more
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Dec 02, 2011
 
End the Fed
4.05
liked it
End The Fed by Ron Paul

I first developed an interest in politics after 9/11. Why on earth would someone hate America that much, I wondered? Who is al
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Dec 23, 2011
 
Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life: A Book by and for the Fanatics Among Us
3.63
it was ok
Here is a letter I recently sent to the publisher of a book called Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life:

Hi, I just finished reading your book Rock and Ro
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Jun 03, 2010
Jun 15, 2010
 
Ready Player One
4.31
liked it
"It was the dawn of a new era, one where most of the human race now spent all of their free time inside a videogame."
-page 60

Although Ready Player On
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Feb 02, 2012
 
The Chintz Age: Tales of Love and Loss for a New New York
4.29
liked it
I often think of short story collections as being comparable to a record album or a mixed tape, with each story being like an individual song on the a ...more
Nov 15, 2015
Nov 24, 2015
 
Common Sense
3.97
How The Superbowl Encourages Socialism:
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