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Grand-Guignol by Richard J. Hand
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This was a good read and very thorough, if brief, summary of this famous theater and the plays it produced. I was always interested in learning about them and that interest has been satiated.
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Bacon by Luigi Ficacci
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I found this book really hard to get into but a joy to look at. Ficacci's unpacking of Bacon's work is incredible. However, the style is difficult navigate. More often than not I found myself drifting on the rapids of his verbosity. There were a few ...more
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The Art of Cruelty by Maggie Nelson
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I read this book like so many books on a lark. A gift certificate from a co-worker on my birthday last January.

For a book of criticism, Nelson is incredibly personal and frank in her opinions, which I found as useful energy to get through some of th
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The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
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The review: I just finished the book a few minutes ago. I was touched at the end despite early difficulties. The book itself is fragmented by using inherently complicated Eastern themes on politics and religion blended with the use of a magical narra ...more
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Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
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I would like to preface this review by saying that the body of the review has a lot "spiritual" talk and some people may find my words trite and very syrupy about my inner thoughts on life. So if you are feeling cynical right now, I think you will ha ...more
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The Strength Of Poetry by James Fenton
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I have finished this book and feel more emboldened by it. Poetry has always been a side-line interest. Reading a little bit of Rilke here, pick up some Ezra Pound and put it right back down.

However, Fenton's series of essays are each brilliant bouli
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Bowie In Berlin by Thomas Jerome Seabrook
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He is the man what else is there.
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Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire by Mike Mignola
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Just a great horror adventure. Badassery in the style of Melville and early romoantic writers.
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