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Thoughts Without Cigarettes by Oscar Hijuelos
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Jun 03, 2011

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A well-crafted memoir portraying the last decade when Writers (capital intentional) were fueled by goblets of scotch and cigarette after cigarette. Reveals a self-absorbtion and has a tendency to sound a bit whiny at times, like in his description of his experience at a Writers Colony with John Gardner, John Irving, etc.; but overall an interesting writers' book. Made special for me by references to Wesley Brown, who was, when I was an undergrad at Rutgers, hands down my favorite professor; references to a neighborhood with which I am familiar; and Corpus Cristi Church, where a priest-relative now presides. Interesting social circles, an amazing period of time in NY.

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