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Billy Budd, Sailor by Herman Melville
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The Confidence-Man by Herman Melville
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...what is this novel? is it a novel? is it a collection of vignettes? is there a plot? honestly, who knows?

Following up the critical failure of Moby-Dick, Melville decided to pen his final novel, The Confidence-Man. I'm not even sure if I can give a
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We Think the World of You by J.R. Ackerley
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At the beginning of We Think the World of You, Frank, our queer middle-aged narrator, is faced with the reality that his young lover Johnny is being sentenced to a year in Wormwood Scrubs. Johnny is, however, also married and has a child. His 'vile' ...more
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Party Monster by James St. James
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It's a story that everybody knows. Remember that time Michael Alig killed a guy? It's a tale told at every afterparty, an Aesopic fable about the dangers of excess - the final hurrah of the Club Kids.

In Party Monster (originally published as Disco Bl
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The Odyssey by Homer
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I mean, it's no Ulysses.
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What Is Literature? by Jean-Paul Sartre
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In this book-length essay, Sartre asks some fairly simple questions. 'What is writing?', 'Why write?', 'For whom does one write?' etc. Does he answer them? I mean, I guess.

The major idea to come from this essay is Sartre's distinction between prose
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The Evidence for Visions of the Virgin Mary by Kevin McClure
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I think it is impossible to not be intrigued by Marian apparitions. Whether you believe they're real or not, the sights on which the Virgin Mary has allegedly been seen have become some of the most important pilgrimage spots in the Christian world; n ...more
Words Without Music by Philip Glass
" Audrey wrote: "Excellent review. Can you be found writing reviews (in print) anywhere else?"

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