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Patriotism by Yukio Mishima
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(a friend suggested this and lent me his copy)

Upon further contemplation, I’ve concluded that Mishima was a bona fide virtuoso. Firstly, one must understand that Japanese is a particularly difficult language to translate into English because of vario
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Industrial Society and Its Future by Theodore J. Kaczynski
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I found it well-observed and sufficiently philosophical.

While not one of my alma mater’s more distinguished alumni, Theodore John Kaczynski is undeniably one of its most prescient. Unfortunately, like many writers, Kaczynski would’ve been better off
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Philosophical Investigations by Ludwig Wittgenstein
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It is with this seminal work that one L. Wittgenstein, known poststructuralist, fully and finally eradicated the possibility of truth, of knowledge, and of history, thereby detonating the Tower of Babel, shattering the Logos into a dust cloud of innu ...more
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Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus by Ludwig Wittgenstein
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In my club of comedians, we all know each other’s jokes so well that instead of telling them, we just shout a few numbers into the microphone and the room erupts because everyone knows what joke each refers to. My favorites are 2.0131, 3.032, 3.32, 4 ...more
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Faces in a Cloud by George E. Atwood
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Faces in the Clouds was pretty good, so I decided to check out its sequel, Faces in a Cloud. Forewarning: Practicing psychoanalysts are this book’s target audience, and as someone who’s never sat in a chair of any therapeutic variety, I may not be th ...more
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Faces in the Clouds by Stewart Elliott Guthrie
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Stewart Guthrie is the sort of person for whom academics feel compelled to guard their theories with disclaimers, caveats, conditionals, parentheses, reservations, footnotes, and the plethora (yes I am using that word) of other defense mechanisms par ...more
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Omensetter's Luck by William H. Gass
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At the carnival the numbers 1 through 100 find themselves engraved in a vertical line, some ten or eleven feet high, next to a pneumatic tube of sorts where a ball—steel, iron, some metal—of not inconsiderable density yearns to strike a bell above li ...more
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Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac
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Apparently considered a classic of world literature, but if you ask me, Honoré de Balzac is a classic example of a man born in the wrong time period; anyone of sense (as obviously I am) can deduce that, were he to have worked in the twentieth, his tr ...more
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Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
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Victorians were all about that public virtue, private vice, so it’s no wonder this became a bestseller on publication (thereby proving Swift’s point). But aside from being the most misanthropic satire of a travelogue I have laid (and will likely ever ...more
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Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord
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Homework, I suppose, one assigns oneself to get a better grip on the Marxist diaspora, with prose as—little surprise—lucid as the state of constant inebriation in which our bibulous author insisted on drowning himself. Yet the broad thesis, that soci ...more
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