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The Irrationalist by Suzanne Buffam
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it was amazing

Buffam does a great many things well, including prose and hybrid styles. But I have to say that what drives this book for me is her astute turns: wry, witty, and capable moments of doubling back into a thought to broaden or deepen it. No where is this skill more apparent than in the section of the book entitled "Little Commentaries." "The magician says watch closely./The lover says close your eyes." ("On Vanishing Acts") This is a book to return to repeatedly; if only to fall deeper in love each time. How often do we get to say that about any book?
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December 5, 2010 – Shelved

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Timothy Faust Thanks for the recommendation! I'll pick this up as soon as I can.


Derek Mong Doug, I totally agree! Josh Edwards gave me a copy (quite generous of him) and I managed to finish it before the baby was born. The Little Commentaries section reminds me of Anne Carson's Short Talks.


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