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Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
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This book is a great, quick read in the genre that I would call something like the learned book, in which a very knowledgeable narrator uses his or her armada of information to try to deal with an emotional landscape that it often fails to equal. The ...more
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The Utopia of Rules by David Graeber
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This book is a fascinating, personable and clear account of the history, perils and even attractions of all of those rules (some of which goes a long way to explaining the sort of insidious gamification-of-everything ideas that people keep coming up ...more
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True False by Miles Klee
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This is a weird book in every positively valued sense of weird, a book in which the linguistic power of the sentences do not work as embroidery but as a genuine site of engagement and something like argument between its ideas and its language. I espe ...more
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The Political Unconscious by Fredric Jameson
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The Theory of the Novel by György Lukács
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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
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The cover calls this the Catch-22 of the Iraq War, which I think is exactly wrong; Catch-22 is the Catch-22 of the Iraq War, as it is the Catch-22 of every war, except maybe, oddly enough, World War II. The point of Catch-22 is that the particular ri ...more
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The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
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The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
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George Eliot
“If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.”
George Eliot, Middlemarch

Rivka Galchen
“We need to develop a better descriptive vocabulary for lying, a taxonomy, a way to distinguish intentional lies from unintentional ones, and a way to distinguish the lies that the liar himself believes in – a way to signal those lies that could be more accurately described as dreams. Lies – they make for a tidy little psychological Doppler effect, tell us more about a liar than an undistorted self-report ever could.”
Rivka Galchen, Atmospheric Disturbances

Thomas Pynchon
“Because everybody on the school board, and the railroad, and the PTA and paper mill had to be somebody’s mother or father, whether really or as a member of a category; and there was a point at which the reflex to their covering warmth, protection, effectiveness against bad dreams, bruised heads and simple loneliness took over and made worthwhile anger with them impossible.”
Thomas Pynchon, Slow Learner: Early Stories

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