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Junky by William S. Burroughs
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Burroughs is a terrific writer when he pens linear narratives, which in this case is a loose biography of his first several years as a junk addict. Some passages are ambiguous and repetitive (this may be due to poor editing of the original manuscript ...more
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Numero zero by Umberto Eco
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It reads as if Eco didn't give a damn with his final novel, or as if his intention was to troll his readers. Most passages are spectacularly beside the point and uninteresting, and are peopled by toneless, awkward cardboard characters whose only purp ...more
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Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
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Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov
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The Wild Boys by William S. Burroughs
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More of the same as Naked Lunch, but also more to the point. The Wild Boys is a nightmarish concoction of surrealism, violence, and of course sex. As the novel progresses, so does the franticness of Burroughs's cut-up technique. This is not for weak ...more
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Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
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The characters in this book are incredibly obnoxious. I could not finish this.
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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
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Nabokov wrote some of the most beautiful prose in English literature, lovingly on display in Lolita. He also has a killer sense of irreverent humor. The novel does drag a bit in the second half, which keeps me from awarding it five stars.
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The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
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Fiercely entertaining crime novel. The narrative surprises and twists at almost any opportunity.
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The Case of Wagner by Friedrich Nietzsche
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Nietzsche takes on one of his one-time idols in art and philosophy and, as he has done with Schopenhauer, bashes him with a curt and powerful shotgun-blast of criticisms, sarcasm and ire. He portrays contemporary Richard Wagner, one of the greatest ( ...more
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How to study by George Fillmore Swain
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I thought I might give it a try after a not-too-great year of studies at the university. Published by an MIT and Harvard professor in the early twentieth century, this is a formal piece of non-fiction dedicated to the practice of successful studying ...more
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