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The Prestige
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Dangerous Laughter
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Abba Gold by Elisabeth Vincentelli
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One does not write an entire book dedicated to ABBA Gold unless one is the kind of person prone to sentences such as:

"And so I should admit that 'SOS' is not only my favorite ABBA song, it is my favorite song of all time, encapsulating everyt
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Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
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There's a little known condition called "psychological hypochondria." Basically, psychological hypochondriacs read memoirs of mental illness, chemical imbalance, and various other forms of emotional and social trauma, and try to self-diagnose based u ...more
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L.A. Confidential by Manohla Dargis
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Structurally a bit of a mess, but Dargis is on top of things — even if this ground was better covered in "Sunshine Noir," J. Hoberman's recent Artforum piece.
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Without Feathers by Woody Allen
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The formula's a little more threadbare than in Getting Even, but this one does have "The Whore of Mensa."
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Getting Even by Woody Allen
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I think that whenever Woody Allen is composing a humor piece he uses a Master Name List with the names of early Nobel laureates and disciples of Freud and bad composers and obtuse German philosophers, and when the piece he's writing requires the pres ...more
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If On A Winter's Night A Traveler by Italo Calvino
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I remember hearing that this book was made up of first chapters of books, and I thought, "Cool, I can't finish anything either, I should read this and find some sliver of justification therein." No such luck, as it happens.
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Blow-Up and Other Stories by Julio Cortázar
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The literalization of metaphor.
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The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
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I suspect that his editor had to talk him into editing down the liner note section considerably.
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Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
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"What I learned from this book": Lots of things about Tourette's Syndrome and Zen Buddhism and how to run a car service &c. It's very educational.
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Gun, with Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem
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Aside from being, retrospectively, the first main component of a career that reads as one long argument in favor of the artistic viability of the mash-up (as well as a really fun read), it also has one of the more well-chosen epigraphs I can remember ...more
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