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Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan
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Mar 28, 2012

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Read from March 28 to June 14, 2012


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06/01/2012 page 53
15.0% "The thing is, Pulphead is pretty good. But in reading it alongside David Foster Wallace's Consider the Lobster, I can't help but make the obvious comparisons. And John Jeremiah Sullivan is coming up short."
06/12/2012 page 155
42.0% "I have the habit (neither bad nor good) of skipping around in a collection of essays. And so I've read more than 155 pages at this point, and I can say tell you that some of these essays are great (particularly on Michael Jackson and Axl Rose), but "La-hwi-ne-ski: Career of an Eccentric Naturalist" is absolute crap, the worst thing I've ever read (especially among things that pretend to be good). So uneven."
06/14/2012 page 365
100.0% "As someone else said, this collection is widely uneven. It's often derivative of DFW's style, with occasional footnotes and riffs and tangents. Sometimes it really, really works. Sometimes it really, really doesn't (e.g. the essay on Rafinesque). Still, Sullivan's got his finger on the pulse of great music. The music essays and "Violence of the Lambs" merit 3.5/5 stars, if I could give a half-star."
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