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When You Are Engulfed in Flames
liked it
Here's my take on Sedaris, or maybe my take on Sedaris before I listened to this book: Naked is easily his best work because it's his most thorough, ...more
Jul 02, 2008
Jul 11, 2008
Wonder Boys
really liked it
For a straight man, Chabon is very gay friendly. I know there's been stuff written, possibly by Chabon himself, about early gay liaisons he undertook, ...more
Oct 2007
Sep 26, 2007
The Crying of Lot 49
it was amazing
I'm if anything a fussy writer. The sort of guy who prefers to come up with excuses why all the factors surrounding the writing of some story or chapt ...more
Mar 17, 2008
Feb 27, 2008
Midnight's Children
it was ok
An important novel. Rushdie's narcissistic narrator, Saleem Sinai, achieves this narcissism from being the first child born on the day India won its i ...more
Aug 11, 2008
Aug 12, 2008
did not like it
As a quick game take a moment to think of the most vile and perverse sex act you can. Really, push yourself. That sex act is in this novel somewhere.

Mar 18, 2008
Mar 19, 2008
Wise Blood
liked it
I like Flannery O'Connor, but I don't love her. This is a problem, I know, because if one reads half as obsessively as I do the words of other writers ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 08, 2008
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
did not like it
I had a friend back in Pittsburgh who was incredibly smart and very kind and funny, but had a tendency toward literary snobbishness. (I know: can you ...more
Oct 19, 2008
Oct 23, 2008
Forbidden Colors
it was ok
For those who don't know, Yukio Mishima is one of Japan's most-revered writers of the 20th century. He committed suicide in 1970 that tragic and noble ...more
Oct 05, 2008
Oct 23, 2008
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
liked it
A novel written as theme-and-variations, in line with the musical genre. In seven parts, Kundera (as a very present, questioning narrator) posits vari ...more
May 19, 2008
May 19, 2008
The Farming of Bones
it was ok
A diasporic novel in line with Coetzee's The Life and Times of Michael K and McCarthy's The Road. Which is to say, it follows people trying to escape ...more
Mar 13, 2009
Mar 16, 2009
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